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May 2, 2000

Progress in the Hamilton High, Templeton Middle and Maple Avenue Elementary school site plans were shared May 2 at the School Board meeting.

The high school plan indicates that student achievement will be maximized by:

  • teaching common skills across the curriculum, aligning content with state standards and assessing them with common assessments;
  • meeting individual students needs through development and implementaiton of instructional practices and resources; and
  • expanding use of family, community and business resources and expertise in the school.

Hamilton Principal David Furrer pointed to school accomplishments which have included work on state standard alignment, remediation efforts, skill-deficient student support, writing-across-the-curriculum activities, a four-year technology plan and rubric and performance assessment work.

Templeton’s plan indicates that student achievement will be maximized by:

  • meeting state standards through active, innovative, creative, rigorous learning experiences;
  • collaborating to ensure cross curricular standard implementation, shared resources and learning opportunities, and communication among parents, students and teachers;
  • developing and implementing alternative programs for students who are disenfranchised or facing academic difficulty.

Templeton Principal Patricia Polczynski and Associate Principal Dale Kuntz described the specific steps that will be taken to accomplish each strategy. They also identified Templeton’s significant past accomplishments which includes middle school programming modifications, rubric development, academic interventions efforts, data collection, North Central Accreditation participation, Writers’ Workshop and spelling program implementation and math and writing curriculuar changes.

Principal Randy Kunkel presented Maple Avenue’s site plan which includes strategies that call for:

  • alignment of reading and writing curriculum to state standards and adoption of a buildingwide instructional strategies and assessment scope and sequence;
  • technology integration into the curriculum including training to ensure consistent use among all students and staff; and
  • intervention and enrichment opportunities for all students

Specific areas of accomplishment for the school were in the areas of writing, service delivery system for gifted and talented students, and before and after school enrichment and remedial programming.