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Giffen Memorial Elementary

Giffen Memorial Elementary School

Prekindergarten-Grade 6

 

274 South Pearl St., Albany, NY 12202 (click here for directions)

Phone: 475-6650

Fax: 475-6652

 

Jasmine N. Brown, Principal

E-mail: jbrown@albany.k12.ny.us

 

School Improvement Goals
Areas of need have been identified from achievement results reported for Giffen Memorial Elementary School and the City School District of Albany via state assessment results, the New York State Report Card and the Comprehensive District Education Plan improvement priorities and have resulted in the goals below.

 

Goal 1
To increase the number of students who can read, write, listen and speak for information and understanding; those who can read, write, listen and speak for literacy response and expression; and those who can read, write, listen and speak for critical analysis and evaluation.

 

Goal 2
To increase the number of students passing the Grade 4 New York State (NYS) English Language Arts (ELA) Assessment.

  • By fourth grade, 80 percent of students will write in a variety of styles using standard English practices, including spelling, punctuation and grammar as assessed on daily writing, district ELA tests, TONYSS and NYS ELA.

  • To increase the number of students scoring at performance Level 3 and the number of students who will score at performance Level 4 on the NYS ELA Assessment.  

  • Students in grade on through six will be assessed every eight weeks and are expected to move three to four levels up in the Success for All reading program during the school year.

  • Continued implementation of the Success for All reading program and teacher training.

  • Ongoing staff development, monthly faculty and grade-level meetings. Faculty meetings are designed to focus on quality classroom teaching strategies, teacher workshops, conference feedback, current educational research, information on societal issues, and district initiatives. Weekly grade-level meetings are designed for teachers to support one another, related validated research and teaching practices, and district and NYS standards.

  • Whole and small group student after-school and Saturday morning instructional setting provided by YMCA tutors.

  • Continuation of Student Government for students in Grades 4-6.

  • Based on NYS ELA and math assessments, district assessments, and TONYSS, students who need additional instructional support will be identified and assigned tutors for individualized remedial activities four times a week for 30 minutes before, during, or after school.

  • Success for All daily tutoring for all students identified at risk in the first and second grades.

  • Increase use of vocabulary, word meaning, spelling, and standard English.

  • Success for All's Family Support Team will continue to meet weekly to address school-wide initiatives; and student, academic, social, and behavioral needs. Parents also attend meetings about the child. 

  • Continue Literacy Volunteer "Reading Buddy" program with DMV, FBI, and Albany Police Department.

  • Peer tutoring sessions.

Goal 3
To increase the number of students passing the Grade 4 NYS math Assessment.

  • To increase the number of students performing in Level 3 and the number of students performing in Level 4. 

  • Math in-service on Thinking Math, Multiple Intelligence's, Math Their Way.

  • Based on NYS district math assessments and TONYSS, students who need additional instructional support will be identified and assigned tutors for individualized remedial activities four times a week for 30 minutes before, during, and after school.

Goal 4
To reduce the number of out of school suspensions.

  • The number of students who exhibit explosive and non-compliant behavior which result in out of school suspension will be reduced to 1 percent.

  • Establish and provide services in an in-school alternative educational setting.

  • Incorporate mental health services and outside agency referrals as part of the alternative educational program.

  • Class meetings - daily 10-20 minutes.

  • School Buddy.

  • Success for All two week Getting Along Together (first two weeks of school).

  • Small group conflict resolution and social skill sessions conducted by the Catholic Charities social workers.

  • Data collected three times per year, December, March, June for suspension.

  • Grow Girls/Boys Only.

Goal 5
To increase attendance rate.

  • To increase the attendance rate by 2 percent each year over a five-year period.

  • Monthly attendance notifications, letters to parents of students with three or more consecutive absences/tardiness per week.

  • Summer home visits to families of all first graders as mandated by Success for All reading program.

  • Sunshine Breakfast Club - Success for All attendance program held in the mornings to reduce tardiness and absenteeism.

  • Referral to Family Support Team.

 
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