Port Angeles School District

Michael Herzberg Principal

Michael Herzberg


Dry Creek Elementary

Welcome to Dry Creek Elementary SchoolWe 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.

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.

Our Mission
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 2012-13 School Year
Dry Creek Elementary is a learning community where every student receives excellent instruction every day in every classroom. We are a school of almost 400 students, pre-K through sixth grade with special education infant/toddler and preschool programs. We are proud to work with over 100 students who are members of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. We partner with parents, staff, the Dry Creek PTO, community members, and various community organizations to help each child be a successful learner.

Our 2014 Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) achievements are as follows:

  • In Reading, 83% of third graders met standard (Performance is above 80% last four years); fourth graders performance above State and District; 86.7% of fifth graders met standard (three year + trend); 77.4% of sixth graders met standard.
  • In Math, 83% of third graders met standard; 31.5% of fourth graders met standard; 66.7% of fifth graders at standard; 67.2% of sixth graders met standard.
  • In Writing, 51.8% of Dry Creek students met standard in 2014 as compared to 48.95 in 2013.
  • In Science, 82.2% of Dry Creek students met standard.

Plans for the 2014-15 School Year
A major focus for Dry Creek is continuing to build our understanding of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and to align our instruction to the standards. This means that we are continually identifying what parts of our current curriculum is aligned as well as identifying the gaps that exist and finding the additional materials that will support the learning. The CCSS are being assessed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), which replaces the Measure of Student Progress (MSP). This new assessment is another area of learning for all of us as we seek to understand not only the testing format, but what testing strategies students need to know to best demonstrate their mastery of the standards.

Another major focus is to support the CCSS by identifying those instructional strategies that are research and evidence based, and that if used across all curriculum areas will improve student learning.  

A final main focus this year will be to continue building our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) school-wide system. We are in our first year of implementation and are focused on implementing tier one (whole school) supports. We have developed clear, common expectations across the school to help support student behavior. PBIS emphasizes being proactive, positive, and preventative.

Reading Response to Intervention (RTI)
RTI supplements whole group reading instruction by providing 30-45 minutes of a second dose of targeted reading support in a small group focused on the needs of the students.  All students will receive RTI instructional support at the tier identified through a combination of assessments including Dibbles, Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) information, Analytical Reading Inventory (ARI), running records, and teacher input. The Reading Teacher, Classroom Teacher, and paraeducators will plan and collaborate each Friday or as needed during the RTI planning block designed for each grade level on Friday.

Professional Development
A high level of collaboration and communication to intentionally foster teamwork will create an environment that celebrates individual differences and contributions to organizational outcomes. Additionally, paraeducators will engage in a Playworks Training; all certificated staff will have the opportunity for PBIS training; teachers will participate during Early Release in a book study, Daily 5 Book Study; other opportunities will focus on peer observations and DRA/ARI/WAKids activities.

School Climate
Our fall 2013 Center for Educational Excellence (CEE) survey data shows parent support in the following categories and characteristics: high standards & expectations, 85%; supportive learning environment, 80%; curriculum, instruction, and assessment, 78%.

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 2013-14
Enrollment 391
Smallest Class 16
Largest Class 29
Average Class Size 21
Classroom Teachers (FTE) 22.25
Support Staff (FTE) 1.75
Administrators 1
Secretaries (FTE) 1.4
Paraeducators 8
Custodians 1.75
Food Services 3
Volunteers 60
Avg. Annual Attendance 90.55%
Suspended 7
Expelled 0
Students Promoted 98.2%
Free/Reduced Lunch 69.8%
Title I/Lap school-wide
Special Education 31
Bilingual 3

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Port Angeles School District Report Card,reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us.

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dry Creek Elementary School Report Card

Fourth Grade
2011-2014 Assessment Trend

Fourth Grade Assessment 2011-2014

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Citizen Complaints-Federal Programs

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