Stevens Middle School
Stevens Middle School
Phone: (360) 452.5590
Hours of Operation:
FAX: (360) 457.5709
- Stevens Middle School website
- Continous School Improvement Plans
- Stevens Middle School Enrollment, January 2013 - 558.93
- Port Angeles School District Demographics Information
For more information on Stevens Middle School, click here to view Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Washington State Report Card information.
All Stevens Middle School students will reach high standards and graduate prepared with knowledge, skills, and abilities to choose a successful future.
Stevens Middle School believes that it is our responsibility to work together with families in our community to develop intellectual curiosity, responsible citizenship, and a safe, nurturing environment where all students can and will learn.
REFLECTIONS ON THE 2011-12 SCHOOL YEAR
The Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process remains the foundation of our instructional process by using data to align the curriculum calendars, match student needs and state standards, and provide multiple remediation and enrichment activities to challenge students. As a result, student 2011-12 Measurement of Student Progress assessment scores continued to produce success.
- For the third year in a row the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction recognized Stevens Middle School (SMS) as one of 20 middle schools noted for overall excellence and one of only two middle schools recognized for science.
- All grade levels and subjects scored above the State average.
- 244 eighth graders took the End of Course exam for algebra, and 85% met the State standard.
- Seventh grade reading level 4 increased by 21.9% points.
- 60.5% of eighth grade special education students met the state standard in science. In addition, seventh grade special education students excelled compared to State special education students in reading and writing.
- Eighth grade reading strands Analyze / Interpret increased 10.9% points and Critical Thinking increased by 16.7% points.
- Eighth grade science Measurement of Student Progress continues to score above the State by 20.3% points.
- No gender gap exists for eighth grade science; there’s only a 4.6% gender gap in math.
- 93.2% of seventh grade girls met standard in writing.
PLANS FOR THE 2012-13 SCHOOL YEAR
The Continuous School Improvement Plan drives the instructional focus of teachers in the core academic areas of reading, writing, math and science. Overall school scheduling and specific classroom design focuses on the diverse learning styles of all students, allowing for targeted instruction, enrichment and remediation through a teaming approach, and the inclusion of special education students as deemed appropriate.
Student Learning. The foundation of SMS - the block schedule in core academic classes - allows for multiple remediation and enrichment opportunities through intentional use of 86 minute periods. In addition, these become small learning communities in which students and staff build trust and respect for each other and the learning process. New this year is the use of planners and the creation of a daily 20 minute study skills course to assist students with organization, communication, study skills and tutoring opportunities. In all subjects, each unit is embedded with on-going formative assessment to gauge student understanding before progressing to the next objective. Summative assessments are given through District benchmarks. Additionally, MSP scores, grades, formative assessments, teacher recommendations and parent requests help to place students in small tutorial groups and advanced classes. Teams and block schedules allow teachers to divide students for tutorial and enrichment on a regular basis.
- Planners and study skills for all students.
- Thursday School is mandatory each week for students missing work, and is supervised by certificated staff.
- Homework Club will continue on a voluntary basis for students before and after school, Monday through Friday from 3:15-4:00 p.m.
- Rotary will provide paid tutors twice a week though the Black Tie program.
- AmeriCorps volunteers will support classroom work with small groups Monday through Thursday, as well as provide after school tutoring from 3:15-4:00 p.m. for students with specific needs and parent approval. AmeriCorps volunteers will pilot the use of various sensory stimulation tools to increase student attention during after school tutoring, Wed. & Thurs, 3:15-4:00 p.m.
- Parent/teacher conferences and Family & Student Access allow teachers to communicate student needs and tutorial options with parents.
- The Native American Interventionist will coordinate additional remediation with all stakeholders, including after school tutoring and environmental education, Monday through Thursday, 3:15-4:00 p.m.
- The ESD Intervention Specialist will set up “Check & Connect,” a daily accountability program, with students demonstrating attendance and/or behavioral difficulties.
- The Seminar program is available to seventh and eighth grade students who are identified as gifted, and Jazz Band is available for gifted music students.
- Advanced math courses are available to students in the form of honors pre-algebra for seventh graders and honors algebra for eighth graders.
- Math Olympiad teams are formed annually for seventh and eighth grade students.
Additional Support. Increasing the involvement of parents and community agencies will assist in furthering the education of all students. SMS will survey teacher needs and align with community resources available; increase the opportunities for community agencies to provide educational resources and expertise for students, staff, and families; solicit community volunteers who can provide educational expertise for SMS students; recruit at least one active community agency representative for the SMS site team.
Professional Development. Weekly department meetings under a Professional Learning Community model enables sharing of student work, common assessments, lesson plan design and peer observation reflections. Daily team time allows for discussion of instructional strategies, differentiated instruction and groupings, and use of ELT and flex time for remediation and enrichment groups. Curriculum coaches funded through Title 1 will provide professional development, coaching and model effective instructional practices for language arts, math and special education staff. Substitutes will be provided for peer observations, teacher collaboration days and curriculum mapping. Additionally, workshops, school visits, and a book study will create professional development opportunities.
School Climate. A fall 2012 survey of parents indicated great support for Stevens Middle School. Parents scored Stevens above Washington State’s “Schools of Distinction” in all surveyed categories. Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) data shows Stevens’ highest performing areas were: high standards & expectations, 95%; effective leadership, 91%; and clear and shared focus, 89. 83% of staff felt they worked in a supportive learning environment. More survey results are available from your school principal.
The Stevens Middle School community believes in a safe, supportive and collaborative work environment for staff and students; rigorous curriculum that addresses the varied needs of individual learners; active parent and community partnerships; continuing development of positive citizenship; education that prepares students for success as life-long learners in an ever-changing, multicultural, and technical world; acceptance and celebration of the individual and technical world; acceptance and celebration of the individuality and efforts of all students while cooperatively seeking academic excellence.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. But not all children learn in the same way at the same time. The parents, friends of Stevens students and our community are all instrumental in providing the additional support that makes learning at Stevens motivating and rewarding. We need your support to continue our rich history of a middle school that cares for kids and celebrates success. Please call us at 360.452.5590.
USE AND CONDITION OF BUILDING
Stevens Middle School is a one story building built in 1960, with additions in 1964 and 1978. In October 2004, a new music building was completed. The facility supports grade seven though grade eight classrooms, as well as outdoor fields for District and community recreation. The physical evaluation of this education facility is rated 33% 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.
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For more information on Port Angeles School District's Report Card go to: reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us.