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«Page 1 Marathon High School School Mission Statement Our mission is to maximize student learning in a safe and orderly environment. School Belief ...»

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Marathon High School

Wendy McPherson, Principal

350 Sombrero Beach Road

Marathon, FL 33050

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Marathon High School

School Mission Statement

Our mission is to maximize student learning in a safe and orderly environment.

School Belief Statements

 Students will learn.

 Students will focus on learning in a safe and secure environment.

 Students will be challenged with a rigorous curriculum.

 Students will be provided with a variety of instructional approaches.

 Students will be provided with extra-curricular activities to help develop well rounded and productive citizens.

Strategic Plan Objectives:

Strategic Objective 1: Marathon High School will work to create a positive climate through a focus on social, emotional, ethical, civic, and intellectual education that fosters trust and professionalism school wide.

Strategic Objective 2: Marathon High School will produce globally competitive students and outstanding citizens.

Strategic Objective 3: Marathon High School will provide effective communication to all stakeholders.

Strategic Objective 4: Marathon High School will recruit, retain, and professionally develop a high performing staff.

Strategic Objective 5: Marathon High School will leverage technology resources and innovative practices to support the mission, vision, and core values of the school.

Page 2 School Demographic Information Demographics Ethnicity Number White 291 Black 38 Hispanic 325 Asian 7 Multiracial 6 Total 667 Gender Male 356 Female 311 Socioeconomics Free/ Reduced 61% Lunch NON Free/Reduced 39% Lunch SIP Development Information School Improvement Timeline The 2014-2015 School Improvement Plan is focused on achieving school goals related to Florida School Accountability measures during the current school year. Other goals of the school improvement plan focus on bringing the school into alignment with Monroe County School District’s five year strategic plan and as such are planned and measured on a more extended timeline.

Page 3 School Improvement Plan Funding

The initiatives and staff development listed in this plan are funded through a variety of sources. Examples include:

 FTE generated discretionary budget  School Professional Development funds  Local grants and contributions Evaluation of the School Improvement Plan Specific evaluative information will be collected by the school over the course of the 2014-2015 school year and

beyond. Objectives will be evaluated based on an analysis of data including but not limited to:

 Florida Standards Assessment Test (FSA)  Florida End-of-Course (EOC) tests  Monroe County School District EOC tests  ACT, SAT, and PERT tests (college entrance/college readiness)  Florida Alternative Assessment (FAA)  Comprehensive English Language Learning Assessment (CELLA)  Advanced Placement (AP®) performance  Dual Enrollment Performance  Career and Technical Industry Certification tests  School level attendance and discipline data  Monroe County School District climate survey data Progress toward achieving established goals will be determined by the School Advisory Council and the Building Level Planning Team.

Multi-Tiered Student Support (MTSS)/Response to Intervention Strategies (RtI) MTSS/RtI is a data‐based, decision‐making process that is used to identify academic and behavioral needs of all students. This “need-driven” decision-making process seeks to ensure resources reach the appropriate students at the appropriate levels to accelerate the performance of all students within a school. The structured problem

solving process involves the following steps:

 Accurate identification of problems and goals  Analysis of data to determine and validate root causes of undesirable outcomes  Design, support, and implementation of interventions  Use of data to evaluate progress toward the goals and make adjustments to interventions as needed Page 4 Supporting Information and Resources Additional documentation and information can be found in the following areas and accessed from the SIP homepage on the Marathon High School web site (http://mhs.keysschools.com )

1. Faculty/Staff Listing

2. School Advisory Council Calendar, Agendas, and Minutes

3. School Improvement Plan annual review

4. State Public Accountability Report (SPAR)

Other sources of useful school data can be found in the following locations:

1. School Grades, AYP, School report cards: http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/

2. FCAT/EOC Results: http://fcat.fldoe.org/mediapacket/2014/

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Highly Qualified Instructional Staff 88% (38/43) of the MMHS staff are highly qualified and fully certified in the subject areas to which they are assigned. (Two teachers are taking subject area exams and three teachers are “on track” and within 2 courses of ELL certification.) The MMHS instructional staff represents a distribution of teachers relatively new to the profession. The 10 new and beginning teachers have been paired with mentor or peer teachers.

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Reading Page 6 Objective One (Reading Performance Percentile) By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, the performance percent rank for reading will improve from 31st th percentile to 55 percentile showing higher achievement and higher growth.





Objective Two (Reading Learning Gains) By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, the percent of students who earned annual learning gains in reading will improve from 64 percent to 80 percent.

Objective Three (Reading Learning Gains Lowest Quartile) By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, the percent of students in the lowest quartile annual learning gains in reading will improve from 63 percent to 75 percent.

Mathematics

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Objective Two (Math Learning Gains) By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, the percent of students who earned annual learning gains in mathematics will improve from 61 percent to 71 percent.

Objective Three (Math Learning Gains Lowest Quartile) By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, the percent of students in the lowest quartile annual learning gains in mathematics will improve from 59 percent to 70 percent.

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Social Studies Objective One (Civics End of Course Test) In 2014, the Civics EOC was a baseline assessment. Using the T scale scores, 36% scored in the bottom third, 41% scored in the middle third, and 23% of MHS students scored in the top third as compared to other 7th graders in the state. In 2015, achievement levels will be reported for the first time.

Objective Two (United States History End of Course Test) By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, 75% (64/92) of students taking the United States History End of Course test will perform at a level 3 or above. This represents an increase of 25 percentage points over the 2013-2014 school year.

Science Page 8 Objective One (Science Proficiency) By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, 80% of students taking science exams for the first time will perform at level 3 or above.

Graduation Rate Objective One (Overall Graduation Rate) By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, the graduation rate will be 90%, as determined by the state formula. This represents an increase of 22 percentage points over the 2013-2014 school year.

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By the end of the 2014-2015 school year the at risk graduation rate will be 50%, as determined by the state formula. This represents an increase of 22 percentage points over the 2013-2014 school year.

Stretch Learning Objective One (College Readiness - ACT Scores) By the end of the 2014-2015 school year the percentage of students scoring “college ready” in all four subject areas will be 40%. This represents a 26 percentage points increase over the current year.

Objective Two (Career and Technical Education) During the 2014-2015 school year, Marathon High School will align curriculum, resources, and instructional staff so that all Career and Technical course sequences will include the opportunity to earn industry certification.

Page 10 Marathon High School will continue focus on the culinary CAPE program. The number of ProStart certifications will increase each year to develop students who are career ready and highly marketable. By the end of the 2014-2015 school year 90% of students who complete a Career and Technical sequence will earn industry certification in that field.

Objective Three (Career and Technical Education) Marathon High School with Career and Technical will develop and implement a computer science course sequence that leads to multiple industry certifications.

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By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, the number of students successfully completing one or more Dual Enrollment courses with a C or higher will increase by 20 percentage points.

Students with Special Needs (Florida Alternative Assessment) Objective One (FAA Reading) By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, 82% of FAA students will demonstrate proficiency (Level 4 or above) on the Florida Alternative Assessment Reading subtest.

Objective Two (FAA Mathematics) By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, 82% of FAA students will demonstrate proficiency (Level 6 or above) on the Florida Alternative Assessment Math subtest.

Objective Three (FAA Science) By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, 82% of Grade 11 FAA students will demonstrate proficiency (Level 4 or above) on the Florida Alternative Assessment Science subtest.

Page 12 Objective Four (FAA Writing) By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, 82% of FAA students will demonstrate proficiency (Level 4 or above) on the Florida Alternative Assessment Writing subtest.

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Objective One (CELLA Test Performance) By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, each ELL student will increase one placement level in the respective categories of listening/speaking, reading and writing as determined by the CELLA interpretative guide.

Student Success Goals Strategic Objective 1: Create a positive climate through a focus on social, emotional, ethical, civic, and intellectual education that fosters trust and professionalism school wide.

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Objective One (Middle School Early Warning) By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, the number of students exhibiting two or more early warning indicators will decrease by 25 percentage points.

Objective Two (Community Service Hours) By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, 60% of students in grades 10-12 will accumulate an average of 10 or more community service hours per school year.

21st Century Technology Strategic Objective 5: Marathon High School will leverage technology resources and innovative practices to support the mission, vision, and core values of the school.

Objective One (Technology) By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, 50% of the faculty at Marathon High School will increase the use of technology to deliver educational objectives based on the TIMS pre and post survey.

Objective Two (Technology) By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, Marathon High School will have implemented a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy.

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Objective One By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, Marathon High School will have faculty members participating in the district aspiring leadership program.

Communication Goals

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Objective One (Communication) Marathon High School will increase usage of Blackboard Connect system, the marquee, and parent volunteer to keep parents and students informed.

Objective Two (Parent Involvement) Marathon High School will utilize orientations, curriculum showcases, and parent meetings to keep parents informed and an active participant in their child’s education.

Strategies for Success in Core Learning ELA

The following strategies will be used to reach each of our middle school and high school goals:

1. Use marking the text/annotating strategy while reading texts

2. Use exemplars and model good reading and writing practices daily

3. Incorporate Everybody Writes into all ELA classes

4. Utilize the FSA ELA rubrics in class

5. Implement close reading to stimulate critical thinking while reading text

6. Implement writers and readers workshop with think aloud strategies

7. Utilize Superintendent Young Reader’s Award to encourage more reading and increase vocabulary

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Science

The following strategies will be used to reach 8th grade science goals:

1. Utilize the MCSD progress monitoring system

2. The science department PLC will implement Inquiry Method lessons on problem solving

3. The science department will utilize the Florida Achieves FOCUS mini assessments for all 8 th grade students

4. Science process skills, design skills and engineering skills will be developed through STEM initiatives

5. Utilize Flocabulary

6. School participation in the district science fair will be a school-wide expectation.

The following strategies will be used to reach Biology 1 goals:

1. Utilize the MCSD progress monitoring system

2. Access FLVS online support system for biology review purposes

3. Assess multiple practice end-of-course exams (EOCs)

4. Use New York Regents exam sample questions

5. Use North Carolina EOCs

6. Use Escambia County EOC Reviews

7. Florida Standards lessons from the University of Tampa

8. Inquiry Method for problem solving

9. Provide teacher/student lunch and learn sessions

10. The science department will utilize the following technological resources:

a) Bozeman Science biology podcasts

b) YouTube EOC Review Videos- from Spanish River High School FL

c) Bioscopes, CPALMS lessons, FCAT Explorer Page 16 Social Studies

The following strategies will be used to reach middle school and high school goals:

1. Implement three Document Based Questions (DBQ’s) per semester



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