Title I School Improvement Plans

Hudson Junior High School (2017-2018)


Comprehensive Needs Assessment
In the 2016-2017 school year, the 6th grade was added to Hudson Jr. High School. The Junior High School, for the 2017-18 school year, will be 6th grade, 7th, and 8th grades. Previously, the transition to 7th grade has been difficult for many students due to the added academic and social responsibilities.

The Junior High School Leadership Team developed what we feel is an excellent plan to meet the 6th grade students’ needs so they can be successful as 6th graders and better prepared for 7th grade the following year. The School Leadership Team developed a plan based on the D.L.T. plan, the 2016-17 Improvement Plan, and the District’s Vision 2020 Goals and Targets. Monthly meetings will be used in working towards meeting the District’s Goals. Click here to view the Destination Graduation goals.

Schoolwide Reform Strategies
During the 2017-18 school year, 6th grade teachers will continue to be departmentalize. There will be a 6th grade writing classes added for all students. A new FOSS kit science curriculum which is aligned with the next generation standards will be implemented in all 6th grade classrooms. Seventh grade will begin transitioning to the FOSS kits in 2017-18, and 8th grade will begin using it in 2018-19. Students in the Junior High will take practice assessments in LinkIt, S.R.I. and Fastbridge for E.L.A. and Math. These assessments will assist in determining students’ strengths and weaknesses and getting them extra assistance if necessary. Math teachers will continue to implement a Student-Centered Collaborative Classroom Structure with the assistance of Teaching and Learning Coaches. This model will assist with teacher collaboration and their ability to provide instruction that leads to multiple points of access for all students. Special Education Teachers have moved from a consultant teacher to co-teaching model for more student contact. The Junior High will administer and analyze LinkIt and Fastbridge E.L.A. and Math assessments which are aligned to the Common Core Standards. This data, and with the assistance of the Questar III Math Specialist, teachers will be able to identify trends and adjust their teaching based on the data. Grade level meetings will be added this year so that the Administrator can discuss Cross-Curricular content and specific students that may be struggling and what resources and/or interventions they may need. Language Live will be implemented in 15:1 Self-Contained classrooms to improve students’ reading levels.

Instruction by Highly Qualified Teachers
The Junior High works closely with the Human Resources Department at the District level to ensure that all teachers in the building are properly certified and meet the criteria of Highly Qualified. There are no teachers in the Junior High that are uncertified or teaching outside of their certification area. Postings for vacant positions are placed on OLAS to reach a wider candidate pool. We have hired 5 new teachers who will be mentored during the year.

High Quality and Ongoing Professional Development
The Junior High will continue to provide its faculty with Professional Development with the focus of increasing collaboration in every classroom amongst students so that they take more of an active role in their learning. The District also has Teaching and Learning Coaches/Specialists that are also available for E.L.A., Math, Social Studies, Special Education, E.N.L. and technology.

Strategies to Attract High Quality Highly Qualified Teachers to High Needs Schools
All buildings in the District are Title I buildings so no one building has a greater need for High Quality Highly Qualified teachers over the others. Building administrators discuss teacher placement, across the District, regularly with each other and with the Superintendent. Teachers are reassigned as the administrative unit deems necessary. The OLAS website for hiring new staff is used primarily to recruit new teachers, as well as utilizing various social media sites to share postings. Teaching assistants, who also possess teacher certification, are also recruited in classes with the greatest need.

Strategies to Increase Parental Involvement
SMART building goals will be communicated to staff, families, and students across the school community several times throughout the year via newsletters and presentations. Parent Coordinators from the H.C.S.D. Community Schools work with students and families that need additional support due to attendance and/or academic concerns. The process of locating, informing and encouraging families will continue throughout the school year, especially for report card conferences and to improve chronic attendance issues. There is a 6th grade orientation to help parents understand the transition to the Junior High School.

Transition Plans to Assist Preschool Children from Early Childhood Programs to the Elementary School Program
The Junior High has students in grades 6th, 7th and 8th.  This element is not applicable.

Measures to Include Teachers in Decisions Regarding the Use of Academic Assessments and the Use of Assessment Data to Inform Instruction
Academic Intervention Services (A.I.S.) are provided to students needing assistance based on New York State E.L.A. and Math exams, LinkIt, Fastbridge and S.R.I. assessments.  The assessment exams will facilitate the use of data to inform instruction which will be discussed at grade level, department and faculty meetings.  Additionally, the assessment exam results will be able to assist with the data collection for R.T.I. to substantiate the process.  Language Live will continue to be utilized in Self-Contained Special Education classrooms to assess and improve students’ reading levels.  Grade level meetings are held once every three weeks to discuss student performance and interventions and to facilitate collaboration between teachers. 

Activities That Ensure That Students Who Experience Difficulty Attaining Proficiency Receive Effective and Timely Additional Assistance
Students will be provided Academic Intervention Services (A.I.S.) based on New York State E.L.A. and Math exams, LinkIt, Fastbridge and S.R.I. assessments.  Individual students will be discussed at grade level meetings and plans put into place for struggling students.  The Junior High partnered with the Hudson Area Library in the 2016-17 school year to pilot a tutoring program after school.  The program was evaluated and funding was continued for the 2017-18 school year.  Saturday School is also offered throughout the year for students who need additional support and assistance. This is an opportunity to spend extended time with a teacher for a block of time.  Students who qualify for McKinney-Vento services are also offered tutoring through the grant. 

Coordination and Integration of Federal, State and Local Services and Programs
The Junior High will continue to collaborate with the Parent Coordinator to help facilitate increased parent involvement.  Parent Coordinators work with identified students and attend attendance meetings to decrease chronic absenteeism.  A core group of students were chosen to participate in the grant funded My Brother’s Keeper program which began in the summer of 2017 and will continue throughout the school year.  All 7th grade students will participate and attend Power of Peace facilitated by Michael Arteberry.  The program’s mission is improving the quality of life of young people through Positive Youth Development in a safe, supportive environment, encouraging youth to become active, productive member of their families, schools and communities.

Download the 2017-18 Hudson Junior High School Schoolwide Improvement Plan (PDF).

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