Partridge Elementary, Waynesville
Partridge Elementary is located on Fort Leonard Wood which creates some unique challenges. Our student population is 99% military dependents and as such, is highly transient, averaging between 30% and 40% new students each year. We have a high percentage of students receiving free and reduced lunch. Additionally, we have experienced the impact of school consolidation which increased our attendance from 340 to 460, the integration of staff from the closed school, and during a two year period , we added 6th grade and lost 6th grade to another building. Changes in teaching staff have occurred in the MAP assessed grades. However, through it all we pulled together and made gains as we focused on student achievement.
Grade level teams meet at least twice weekly and focus on reviewing student data. Teams focus on the 4 PLC Corollary Questions. These questions guide all decisions regarding student achievement and committee work. We are a results oriented school and all teachers are committed to student success. We believe, "All children can learn and we will establish high expectations for student success". To ensure that success, we use universal screenings to monitor student progress three times each year; Star Reading and Math testing five times per year; Study Island benchmark tests and many other assessments to ensure students are learning and if not, what we need to do to assist them in learning. With our highly mobile population, we have new students entering our building on a regular basis. We assess current levels of achievement within 10 school days. When any gaps are noted in student achievement, we begin immediate problem solving through our PLC and RTI system.
The building Leadership Team meets at least twice a month to guide and monitor grade-level team progress. The Leadership Team has helped implement common agenda and minute templates building-wide and has created an artifacts spreadsheet aligned to the MO PLC Implementation Rubric to help grade level teams organize artifacts. The Leadership Team uses this spreadsheet to review grade-level team progress, providing feedback and support as needed. The Leadership Team created a plan to systematically review the PLC process and uses the Critical Issues survey to monitor building progress in each implementation area. When low areas are identified, the district instructional coaches provide support in the areas identified as needing improvement. For example, the area identified in 2011 was Assessment For Learning. The coaches provided professional development to the entire staff, with follow up by the Leadership Team. The focus was involving students in the assessment process. During the first learning walk of this year, significant growth in this area was noted.
We have grown over the years as a staff with a strong culture of learning. Each year, we review our building’s plan for student achievement and write building-level SMART goals to support our district’s CSIP. In 2011, we created our building collective commitments by discussing and agreeing on the practices that are most important for effective student achievement. All staff signed the agreement, confirming our support of these commitments. We establish a list of expectation for teachers at Partridge, also. Each year we have revised the expectations to keep us committed and constantly improving. One expectation is for all teachers to have a Masters Degree. With that goal in mind, we have grown from only 30% to now having over 85% of staff completing a Masters program. In 2011, we were one of only four schools in Missouri to be recognized as an "ALL Achieve" school by the University of Missouri-Columbia
7078 Young Street
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Principal - George Lauritson