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Superintendent's Message

It seems like we were just saying good luck to our new graduating class, but September is now
upon us. We have spent the last two months completing the old school year and preparing for
the new!

We celebrate some of the highlights that we can now report from this past school year. Taking
the belief that student engagement in school is one of the single most important factors in
raising student achievement, we track academic and behavior data throughout the school year.
The more students are engaged in meaningful instruction, the better their performance and the
atmosphere of our school. This was a major focus last year and the results are pleasing.
Our students demonstrated a higher level of engagement in school this past year as we reduced
the number of discipline referrals from two years ago by 438! This was completed while
reducing the number of disruptive incidents within the school so the focus was on teaching and
learning. The attendance rate for our students remained high at 94.93%. We have to keep them
coming back! This year’s graduation rate rose to 82.86% with the possibility of growing higher
with August graduation.

Preparing to improve upon last year’s gains, we will be focusing on the three R’s again this year,
Rigor, Relevance, Relationships. Our school goals will be developed in these areas and they will
be the focus of staff development this year.

Rigor and Relevance must go together in our school. We have to find ways to engage students
in high-level rigorous learning experiences that are relevant to their future and can be applied
in the real world. This is how we prepare our kids for life after SLC. These experiences will
prepare them with 21st century skills.

Relationships is the way we interact with our students, family, and community. The more
connections and deeper connections we can make with our students, the better the learning
relationship. We want to know what makes our kids tick and to show them we care.
We will be sharing our progress throughout the school year so stay tuned. We welcome our
returning students and look forward to seeing their smiling faces come through our doors.

Thank you for the support given to our school. With your help, we can create the best learning
experience possible for our 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%.