Dry Creek Elementary
We welcome Port Angeles kindergarteners through sixth graders to Dry Creek Elementary School, 25 Rife Road. If you have any questions, please call us at 360.457.5050.
- Dry Creek Elementary School Website!
- Continous School Improvement Plans
- Dry Creek Enrollment, October 2011 - 360
- Port Angeles School District Demographics Information
For more information on Dry Creek Elementary School, click here to view Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Washington State Report Card information.
At Dry Creek all students will thrive as responsible learning individuals and developing citizens.
To provide each child the best possible basic education, concentrating on the whole child within an educational environment conducive to maximum individual growth.
Reflections on the 2011-12 School Year
The vision of Dry Creek Elementary is “all students will thrive as responsible learning individuals and developing citizens.” We honor this vision by using a variety of teaching styles and supports to individualize and maximize instruction for all students. At Dry Creek we not only develop life-long learners, but we also develop strong members of the community. This community and school link is strengthened by making the school the hub of the community with community tutors and mentors and a strong association with the Parent Teacher Organization. Our 2012 Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) achievements are as follows:
- Dry Creek performed above the State average in all testing areas.
- Third grade reading scores did not dip during a curriculum change.
- There were no Level I readers from fourth grade.
- Strong gains were made in writing conventions with the fourth graders performing at 87.7% proficiency.
- Fourth grade had an 8% drop in intensive math students.
- There were no Level I readers in the sixth grade.
- There was a 9% reduction in Level I performers in sixth grade math.
- Dry Creek had the highest School District overall reading average, grades 3-6, with 83% on the MSP (third-87.3%; fourth-79.2%, fifth-91.3%, sixth-78.7%).
- Dry Creek science scores increased by 38% for a total of 87% passing the fifth grade MSP.
Plans for the 2012-13 School Year
Reading Objectives: Dry Creek will implement the Houghton Mifflin comprehensive leveled Language Arts curriculum Kindergarten-fifth grades and McDougall Littel Language Arts curriculum for sixth grade. We continue to use the RTI (Response to Intervention) model school-wide so students receive instruction at an appropriate level. To aid students with the greatest need, we will use Reading Specialist, Title I and paraeducator support to keep reading groups small for our struggling students. Teachers will conduct grade level meetings to discuss curriculum and give collegial feedback from learning walks. In addition, community volunteers will work with reading students. We plan to create a school computer lab so all students can take Houghton Mifflin tests and use technology supplements.
Writing Objectives: We will implement the new Houghton Mifflin (with writing) component with fidelity this year and focus intentional planning to improve Content, Organization, and Style: create Lunch Bunch Literature for feedback to emerging writers; use computer lab weekly (each class) to understand the link in writing and technology; host writer workshops in third and fourth grade. We will increase student support for writing through focused feedback (including from peers) and quality exemplar stories: bring in a published author to share; provide high school and community tutor support; sponsor Book It Theater, Postcards to the Principal, Writing Night events.
Math Objectives: The number one building goal is to improve math scores through increased community outreach, parent education, and weekly fluency timings for Math Mondays (continuing Math Dragons and the start of a new math curriculum). Frequent monitoring of teaching and learning by colleagues and the Principal will allow for supports for engaging and relevant instruction. Community tutors and paraeducators will provide small group and individual math support. Number Corner will serve as a supplement to the curriculum so students continue to build on their number sense.
Science Objectives: Dry Creek staff will continue to calibrate State standards with the FOSS curriculum science kits and make informed adjustments to classroom learning at all grade levels. Enrichment activities such as the Reptile Man and guest science lessons by the principal will support science classroom instruction.
Professional Development will be dedicated to writing and reading connection with the Houghton Mifflin curriculum and will include principal walkthroughs to give instruction feedback; a math book study, plus a concerted focus in all instructional areas during grade level team meetings. School District training will be provided for all teachers and support staff on the new math curriculum. A School District instructional coach will model science instruction.
Our fall 2012 Center for Educational Excellence (CEE) survey data shows parent support in the following categories and characteristics: high standards & expectations, 91%; supportive learning environment, 87%; curriculum, instruction, and assessment, 87%; clear and shared focus, 86%.
Dry Creek is committed to the goal of providing quality education for every child in the School District. To this end, we want to establish partnerships with parents and with the community. Everyone gains if Dry Creek and home work together to promote high achievement by our children.
How You Can Help
Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. We know not all children learn in the same way at the same time. Parents, friends of Dry Creek students and our community are all instrumental in providing additional support that makes learning at Dry Creek motivating and rewarding. We are always looking for volunteers, so every child has an adult advocate for personalized support. This allows us to continue our rich history of an elementary school that cares for kids and celebrates success. Please call us at 360.457.5050.
Use and Condition of Building
Dry Creek is the fourth largest elementary school, rebuilt in 1996. The facility supports pre-school through grade six classrooms, as well as outdoor fields for district and community recreation. The physical evaluation of this educational facility is rated 81% based on a January 7, 2008 study and survey by BLRB Architects. Facility Use and Conditions Report available at the Port Angeles School District office.
|Dry Creek Statistics||2011-12|
|Average Class Size||23|
|Classroom Teachers (FTE)||20.5|
|Support Staff (FTE)||1.25|
|Avg. Annual Attendance||94.09%|
For more information on Port Angeles School District’s Report Card go to: reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us.