Improvement Activities

Schoolwide Initiatives
     *Implementing Common Core State Standards
     *Claims and Targets
     *Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Level Questioning Techniques
     *Response to Intervention (RTI)
     *Behavior Intervention
     *Differentiated Instruction
     *Weekly Northwood Support Team (NST) Meetings
     *Weekly Student Resource Committee (SRC) Meetings
     *Weekly Grade Level Team Meetings
     *Grade Level Team Meetings Every Trimester with Principal
     *Monthly Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) Leadership Team Meetings

Reading
     *Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) Progress Monitoring (Weekly/Bi-Monthly/Monthly Progress Monitoring) 
     *STAR reading (Monthly Progress Monitoring)
     *Journeys Leveled Reading Books/Small Group Instruction
     *Read Natually Progress Monitoring
     *Accelerated Reader (AR)
     *Enrichment Block (4th-6th Grade)

Math
     *IXL Math
     *Xtra Math
     *Supplemental Curriculum (EngageNY)
     *STAR math/MCS (Monthly Progress Monitoring)
     *Enrichment Block (4th - 6th Grade)

LAP
     *Read Well Double Dose
     *Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words (SIPPS)
     *Fry Words
     *Six Minute Solution
     *Journeys Write-In Readers
     *Reading Mastery
     *Science Research Associates (SRA) Phonemic Awareness

Parent, Family, and Community Involvement
Each of our schools strives to engage with the community (PSD School Board Direction – Communication, Engagement and Involvement).  Specific examples/plans of this parent and community engagement can be found by clicking here to see the school’s annual performance report. 

Use of Technology
In each of our schools, technology is a primary tool to facilitate instruction and these tools have a positive impact on student learning. Technology also allows our school to communicate effectively with parents through a variety of innovative means. We also use various district software applications for student intervention as we continue to develop Response to Intervention (RTI) systems in our school.

We use the following software applications for this work:

  • Schoology/Presence websites: Contains teacher instructional materials and guidelines; communication for parents, and student access to instructional materials.
  • STAR ­Reading and Math Assessments: Diagnostic assessments to provided benchmark indicators on student performance in reading and math.
  • PerformancePLUS: Repository for all state, district, and building assessment data; data available to analyze student performance by school teams.
  • SchoolMessenger: Communication tool to inform parents on important school information and student learning events.