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School Improvement Plan, 2022-23


A School Improvement Plan (SIP) ...

  • Is developed according to the Washington Administrative Code 180-16-220
  • Is annually approved by the school board
  • Is a product of collective inquiry, led by the principal with school staff and in collaboration with district staff:




    1 Examination
    What does the data and our collective experience tell us about trends, issues and opportunities?
    Product: Summary of a problem of practice

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    2 Goal Setting
    What specifically would progress look like in terms of student outcomes and teacher actions?
    Product: Goals, Theory of Action

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    3 Learning/Planning
    What strategies might capitalize on the opportunity to impact the issues?
    Product: Action Plan

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    4 Implementing
    What do I need in order to implement and assess the planned strategies?
    Product: Evidence

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    5 Monitoring
    What does the evidence tell us about our implementation and the efficacy of the selected strategies?
    Product: Feedback

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    Adapted from DuFour & Eaker and Lipton & Wellman

  • Recognizes the impact of non-academic factors on student learning and wellbeing
  • Addresses disproportionality as identified in the Washington School Improvement Framework (WSIF)
  • Has action plans that are based on best practice as identified by quality research
  • Is a continuous process that requires ongoing monitoring and adjusting
  • Addresses the use of technology to facilitate instruction
  • Addresses parent, family and community involvement
  • Integrates the OSPI-identified 9 characteristics of successful schools:
  • clear and shared focus
  • high standards and expectations for all students
  • effective school leadership
  • high levels of collaboration and communication
  • curriculum, instruction, and assessments aligned with state standards
  • frequent monitoring of learning and teaching
  • focused professional development
  • supportive learning environment
  • high levels of family and community involvement

Staff certification and demographic information is available for each school at the OSPI School Report Card Home


In this section reflect briefly (1-2 pages) on your prior School Improvement Plan and implementation.

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This section of the School Improvement Plan describes the use and study of student achievement data to inform SIP goals and to set learning targets to address systemic disproportionality.

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This section of the School Improvement Plan describes the setting of a specific, measurable, attainable, results-oriented and timely (SMART) school-wide achievement goal(s)

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What systemic (district-wide) research-based strategies will be implemented in support of achievement and disproportionality goals?

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What additional or specific research-based strategies will be the focus of implementation to achieve school-wide goals? Or describe how your school is implementing systemic action listed above. Indicate elements targeted (not school-wide) to address disproportionality.

SIP Team & Final Review

  • Principal: Tod Wood
  • Site Council/PTSA Review Date: January 20, 2023
  • Supervisor Review: Melinda Reynvaan
  • School Board Review Date: February 15, 2023
  • Leadership Team:
  • Tod Wood, Principal

  • Emily Beckford, Kindergarten Teacher

  • Katie Afman, First Grade Teacher

  • Tonya Johnson, Second Grade Teacher

  • Jessica Burnham, Third Grade Teacher

  • Julie Howard, Fourth Grade Teacher

  • Madi Herr, Fifth Grade Teacher

  • Priscilla Hooke, TLAP Teacher

  • Taryn Day, LRC1 Teacher

  • Edith Delgado, MLL Teacher

  • Chad Porter, Dean of Students