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Superintendent's Message

The end of the school year is fast approaching and it will be June before we know it. The last three months of our school year are very important in our student’s educational lives. It is these months that can make or break some of our kids. The weather starts to get nice and attentions begin to turn toward non educational factors.

Please help us to continue the educational gains our kids have made by assisting your child in renewing study efforts and habits at home. Parents play a critical role in this as you can set the tone and expectations at home. This can be as easy as asking about their work or checking their grades on Schooltool. It’s important that students remain in their established routine, if it’s been successful or establish a new routine that will help them through these months.

Our grades 3-8 students participate in the ELA and Math NYS Assessments during April and May, but learning doesn’t end there! We continue to increase academic skills the rest of the year as well. This is important to our school as we collect data to see if our kids and our school have reached the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the school year. Our high school students and teachers will have a fine focus on finals and the NYS Regents tests. It is important that our students not only pass the Regents Tests, but also, we push for mastery level of the material by scoring an 85 or higher.

From this information, we will assess our goals towards our strategic plan and adjust them for the future. In this manner, our school can be responsive to the ever changing needs of our kids and maintain a steady target for the future! 

Thank you for your continued support of our school. The Brasher Falls Central School Community is very supportive of our efforts. We will continue to strive to create the best educational program we can for your kids!

Sincerely,

Robert Stewart
Brasher Falls Superintendent of Schools

 

Our district goals fall into three categories:

  1. Goal driven by the administration according to district wide needs
  2. Goal set for increasing student achievement on state testing determined through a collaborative effort between teachers and administration.
  3. Professional Learning Community (PLC) goal determined by the teachers, as the classroom experts, according to what they see as the needs of our students.

Goal 1 for each building revolves around creating greater rigor, relevance, and relationships for our students. Increasing rigor and relevance of learning, or what we call teaching in quad D, helps to better engage our students at a high level of learning. This prepares them for the future.

 

Goal 2 is directly related to improving student achievement through improving teaching and better implementing common core strategies and curriculum.

 

Goal 3 is directed by our classroom experts according to student’s needs. This goal may vary from building to building but directly relates to our overall vision.

 

Our goals have to be aligned with our vision or the ultimate reason we are here. We want our students to be successful after they leave us and have the opportunity to be anything they choose to be!

 

It’s important that we communicate our goals to the community so that we all understand what is trying to be accomplished. We want to create the best educational program we can in order to assure our kids are ready once they leave us. We use test scores and grades as guides along the way, but the determining factor of our success is our student’s success after leaving us.

 

 

 Elementary School Goals

 

Goal 1: RRR- (Rigor, Relevance, Relationships) Elementary School

 

The Brasher Falls Central School District will promote continual improvement of curriculum and instruction through focus upon Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships in learning and instruction.

 

Strategy: To increase student learning in Quad D instruction and activities.

Strategy: To analyze and improve relationships with students and community in order to increase student achievement.

Target: To increase each student cohort’s proficiency on the NYS ELA & Math Assessments by 4%

 

Goal 2: Student Achievement - Elementary School

 

The Brasher Falls Central School District will promote continual improvement of curriculum and instruction, in line with the Common Core Learning Standards, to raise the quality of student achievement.

Strategy: To embed the philosophy and practices of the Common Core Learning Standards into everyday practices at BFCSD.

 

Target: To increase each student cohort’s proficiency on the NYS ELA & Math Assessments by 4%

 

Goal 3: PLC - Student Achievement - Elementary School

 

The Brasher Falls Central School Board of Education will promote continual improvement of curriculum and instruction, in line with the Common Core Learning Standards, to raise the quality of student achievement.

Strategy: Implementation of student centered goal setting and tracking.

Target:To increase each student cohort’s proficiency on the NYS ELA & Math Assessments by 4%

 

 Middle School Goals

 

Goal 1: Rigor, Relevance, Relationships  - Middle School

The Brasher Falls Central School Board of Education will promote continual improvement of curriculum and instruction, in line with the Common Core Learning Standards, to raise the quality of student achievement.

Strategy:  To continue reaching for further ways to build personal Relationships between staff and students both in and out of the classroom.

Target: To increase student and staff relationships based on results of student surveys, given throughout the year, that focus on two main objectives:  How students feel teachers care about them and How students would like to be taught?

 

Goal 2: Student Achievement  -  Middle School

The Brasher Falls Central School Board of Education will promote continual improvement of curriculum and instruction, in line with the Common Core Learning Standards, to raise the quality of student achievement.

Strategy:  To continue the successes of our core reading and writing program, with an additional reading position, that will support student achievement.

Target: To increase each student cohort’s proficiency on the NYS ELA & Math Assessments by 4%

(Push for all Tier 2 students to be at reading grade level before they leave Middle School)

 

Goal 3: PLC  -  New York State Testing Vocabulary - Middle School

The Brasher Falls Central Middle School will promote the continued implementation of curriculum and teaching strategies that will prepare students to reach their full potential beyond high school.

Strategy 1:  To continue the use of our previous years 11 top Tier 2 words Middle School Faculty feel are need to increase student success on New York State Exams, including Regents in the future.

Strategy 2:  At grade levels 6-8, where certain words are at 80% mastery or better from the previous year’s cohort, teachers will begin adding subject specific words to their vocabulary instruction in addition to the original 11 words that fell below 80% the previous year.  (Current year’s list will be attached).

Target:  To increase each student’s APPLICATION knowledge of their Tier Two list by a minimum of 25% by years’ end.      

 

 High School Goals

 

Goal 1: Rigor, Relevance, Relationships  -  High School

The Brasher Falls Central School Board of Education will promote continual improvement of curriculum and instruction through focus upon Rigor, Relevance and Relationships in learning and instruction.

Strategy: To increase student learning in Quad D instruction and activities.

Strategy: To analyze and improve relationships with students and community in order to increase student achievement.

Target: Decrease the number of courses students are retaking in summer school by 5%

 

Goal 2: Student Achievement  -  High School

The Brasher Falls Central School Board of Education will promote continual improvement of curriculum and instruction, in line with the Common Core Learning Standards, to raise the quality of student achievement.

Strategy: To embed the philosophy and practices of the Common Core Learning Standards into everyday practices at BFCSD.

Target: Increase the number of students earning 3s, 4s, and 5s on Regents exams from 78.79% to 80%.

 

Goal 3: PLC -  High School

The Brasher Falls Central School Board of Education will promote continual improvement of curriculum and instruction, in line with the Common Core Learning Standards, to raise the quality of student achievement.

Strategy: Implementation of focused vocabulary building strategies that will allow students to demonstrate knowledge of content through functional literacy.

Target: Increase the number of students earning 3s, 4s, and 5s on Regents exams from 78.79% to 80%.