October 2013

Salisbury Township School District Strategic Plan 2020

by Randy Ziegenfuss and Lynn Fuini-Hetten on October 29, 2013

SAMSUNGDid you know that this year’s sixth graders will graduate from high school in 2020?  What will the world look like in 2020?  What types of opportunities will be available for graduates?  What types of learning experiences will these students need to be successful?  What will Salisbury’s schools look like in 2020? If you are interested in investigating these questions, strategic planning is for you!

Salisbury Township School District is starting to develop its 2014-2020 Strategic Plan.  Strategic planning is a dynamic process in which stakeholders in the Salisbury Township School District (parents, teachers, board members, community members, administrators, support staff and students) work together to answer the overarching question “What should Salisbury Township School District look like in 2020?”  Through on-line and face-to-face collaboration, participants in the strategic planning process will look at core foundations of programs and facets of the organization, identify needs, and plan actions aligned to the district’s vision, mission and beliefs.

A Planning Committee comprised of leaders from each of the subcommittees will meet monthly to share information and determine the direction of the process. Tentative Planning Committee Dates are:

November 21 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM (UPDATED)
December 19 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM (UPDATED)
January 16 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM
February 13 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM
March 20 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM
April 24 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM (UPDATED)
May 15 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Subcommittees will also meet on a monthly basis at the discretion of the subcommittee leaders. The subcommittees and their major questions include:

Mission and Vision
What beliefs do we hold about learning, and how do they shape the district’s mission and vision?

Safe and Supportive Schools
What types of services should the district provide to support the health and well-being of our students?

Student Achievement
What programs should the district provide to support the learning of all students? How will we evaluate student achievement beyond test scores?

Special Education
What services should be pursued to support students with special learning needs?

Gifted Education
What services should be pursued to support students identified as gifted?

Technology
What types of technology should be used to support the learning of students and the operation of the district?

Professional Development
What types of activities and experiences should be made available to staff members to support the vision and mission of the district?

Extra-Curricular Activities
What types of activities should the district provide outside of school to support the growth and development of students?

Facilities
What priorities should the district pursue in maintaining or upgrading our facilities?

If you are interested in participating in Salisbury Township School District’s strategic planning process, please complete the form here. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Superintendent Michael Roth at mroth@stsd.org.

We look forward to engaging the community in planning the next six years of the district as we continue to Inspire, Think, Learn, Grow… TOGETHER!

Annual District Testing Summary

by Randy Ziegenfuss on October 29, 2013

DistrictCollage2013The annual District Testing Summary was shared during the October 28 Curriculum & Technology Committee meeting of the school board. The first part of the presentation consisted of a report on the demographic shifts within the district since 2001-02. Some of the highlights included the following:

Ethnicity – From 2011-12 to 2012-13, district student enrollment increased by 64 students, breaking over a decade of declining enrollment. Non-white subgroups continue to increase (from a total of 21.1% in 2011-12 to 23.5% in 2012-13). The largest increase continues to be in the Hispanic subgroup.

Economically Disadvantaged – The subgroup “economically disadvantaged” refers to the number of students enrolled in the free/reduced lunch program. In 2012-13, there was an overall increase of economically disadvantaged students district-wide – 1.4% (39 students). The largest increase was at Salisbury High School with 24 additional students participating in the free/reduced lunch program.

English Language Learners (ELL) – The number of ELL learners dropped by 13 or 1%. While the overall number decreased, enrolled ELL students need more intense support services due to limited English proficiency.

Special Education/Gifted – There continues to be a decrease in the number of students identified as learning support and emotional support.

Student Mobility – Student mobility is defined as the total number of students who enrolled or disenrolled between June 12, 2012 and June 11, 2013.  The statistic does not include the natural transition of students already enrolled in the district from grade 5 to 6 or grades 9 to 10.  The statistic includes new students entering these grades from other districts. Student mobility decreased in all schools except Salisbury Middle School for an overall decrease in student mobility district-wide for 2012-13.

Charter Schools – “Total school population” is adjusted to include charter school students and homeschool students so as to arrive at an accurate percentage of school population. Total charter school enrollment dropped by 3 students. Cyber charter school enrollment dropped by 15 students, largely due to the establishment of our own cyber school, VAST. Brick and mortar charter school enrollment increased by 12 students. Eight (8) of the 12 students enrolled in the new Arts Academy Charter School for 2012-13.

Homeschooling – The number of students participating in homeschool education decreased by 5.

Current Enrollment for 2013-14 – As of October 1, 2013, total district enrollment is 1,615 students. One year ago, enrollment stood at 1,626, but grew to 1,635 over the course of the 2012-13 school year.

The second part of the presentation was a review of the PA School Performance Profile website. How SPP scores are determined was also explained. Individual scores for all schools were reviewed. The links below lead to the individual school page on the PA School Performance Profile site.

While our schools are making progress and performing well in the areas of achievement and growth as measured on the spring 2013 administration of PSSA and Keystone Exams, the professional staff of the Salisbury Township School District provides more learning opportunities for our students than those tested on standardized tests. The final part of the presentation consisted of a discussion of these opportunities.

 

 

TEDx SaliburyHighSchool

October 21, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Randy Ziegenfuss, Ed.D. 610.797.2062 rziegenfuss@stsd.org STAGES OF  CHANGE: WHAT PROMOTES COMMUNITY TO CHANGE AND ALTER, MOVING FORWARD WHILE KEEPING HOLD OF THE PAST? TEDx SalisburyHighSchool Event – November 16, 2013 ALLENTOWN – Salisbury High School will host the second TEDx SalisburyHighSchool event at Salisbury High School on Saturday, November 16 […]

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What’s in a Grade? PDE’s New School Performance Profile (SPP)

October 17, 2013

On October 4, 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Education made available access to the School Performance Profile (SPP) website. Replacing Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) determinations schools have dealt with over the past twelve years, the state-communicated purposes of the SPP are to: ·      inform the public of school performance ·      provide a building level score […]

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Get Connected this October!

October 2, 2013

Get involved this October with Connected Educators’ Month! Discovery has a full calendar for the month of October.  A different opportunity for learning is presented each day.  For example, today’s professional development opportunity is a link to Kathy Schrock’s blog for Discovery, Kathy’s Katch. There are also links to Discovery webinars, twitter chat information, learning […]

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