Central Middle School is a rural middle school located in Gates County, North Carolina. Approximately, 390 students attend Central Middle School. The school's demographics consist of approximately 65% white students and 35% African American students, and 55% of our students are considered low socioeconomic status.
Regina Bracy, EC Teacher
Casey Brown, Parent
Alice Casterlow, 6th Grade Math Teacher
Tony Coley, Assistant Principal
Deidre House, 7th Grade Math Teacher
Steve Hunter, Principal
Crystal Owens, 8th Grade English Teacher
Stacy White, Media Coordinator
Kristen Ward, Data Manager
Gates County Public Schools will work collaboratively with all stakeholders to provide a nurturing educational environment that empowers students to be college and career ready through utilizing technology and 21st century skills. Gates County Public Schools are committed to inspiring all students to reach their maximum potential in becoming productive citizens.
Central Middle School shall be an institution where students are challenged and motivated to succeed in an emerging global society.
The following is Central Middle School's Test Data from the 2016-2017 school year:
Reading EOG Proficiency 54% down 2 points from previous year.
Math EOG Proficiency 46% up 6 points from previous year.
Science EOG Proficiency 84% up 9 points from previous year.
Math One Proficiency 100% up 10 points from previous year.
Central Middle School did not meet growth.
Overall, Central Middle School's test scores increased 10 points from 45% to 55%.
For the 2017-2018 school year, we expect to accomplish the following goals:
Increase reading proficiency by six points to 60%
Increase math proficiency by 5 points to 51%
To have at least 80% of our 8th graders to pass Science EOG
To have at least 100% of our Math One students to pass their End of Course of Math One exam
To have Central Middle School to make at least 'Expected Growth'
To increase our school-wide attendance from 90% to 95%
Listed below are phrases or words used in the Gates Strategic Improvement Planning model.
Continuous Improvement Process – A process whereby the district, on a routine and systematic basis, reviews and updates the “district” and “school” strategic improvement plans. Questions used to facilitate this process include “Who are we?”, “Where are we now?”, “Where do we want to go?”, “How will we know when we have arrived?” and “How do we plan to get there?”.
“District” Strategic Improvement Plan – The district strategic improvement plan serves as the strategic and operational improvement plan for the school system. The district strategic improvement plan is developed and updated using a continuous improvement process.
School Improvement Plan – A school improvement plan is aligned to the district strategic improvement plan and serves as the strategic and operational plan for the school. The school strategic improvement plan is developed and updated using a continuous improvement process.
Planning Team – A group of 20 – 25 people, both internal and external, who work to develop the district Beliefs, Mission, Vision, Strategic Goal Areas or Goals and Strategic Priorities.
Action Team(s) – A group of 5 – 7 people, primarily staff, who work to develop the Performance Objectives, Measures & Targets for a Strategic Goal Area or Goal. Typically there will be a different action team for each Strategic Goal Area or Goal.
Beliefs – The fundamental convictions and core values that guide the actions and decisions of an district
Mission – Defines why a district exists; the district’s purpose/core work; all operational functions, actions and decisions should support the mission.
Vision – The statement of a district’s picture of future success which communicates; where it wants to be in the future. The vision helps to determine the district strategic perspectives.
Stakeholder Input – Data gathered from stakeholders, internal and external. May be in the form of a survey or public engagement session.
SWOT Analysis – Listing of district’s strengths (S), weaknesses (W), opportunities (O) and threats (T).
Strategic Goal Areas or Goals – District Strategic Improvement Plans typically have between three to five strategic goal areas which provide a framework to describe the district’s mission and vision. Strategic Goal Areas highlight the key areas that a district must address as it works to achieve its mission.
Strategic Priorities – 2 to 4 key measurable performance areas under each strategic goal or goal area in which the district needs to put special emphasis.
Strategic Dashboard – Graphical report that captures, for quick review, the strategic priority measures of the district.
Performance Objectives – Are concise statements that describe the specific strategies within each strategic goal or goal area that must be performed for a district to achieve its desired results. Performance Objectives along with specific performance measures will be used to determine progress towards overall strategic goals or goal areas. Performance objectives should be stated in action terms, beginning with an action verb, such as improve, increase, reduce, initiate, develop, lower, become, achieve, etc.
Performance Measures – Are quantifiable measures used to evaluate and communicate performance against targeted results. Performance Measures are tools used to determine whether districts, groups and individual performers are meeting performance objectives and moving toward the successful implementation of strategic goals.
Performance Targets – Desired levels of performance for performance measures, usually expressed as a number or percentage, and expected to be achieved by a specific time.
Performance Scorecard – An actual report of performance objectives used to evaluate target vs. actual results of performance measures over time. The performance scorecard presents a balanced view of the success of the district.
Action Plan(s) – A set of initiatives with individual action steps for the board of education, district and individual schools to implement one of the stated performance objectives. Action plans should reflect cost implications, resources needed, personnel responsible and timeframe for completion.
Initiatives – A plan, program, project, process, or task that will have a positive impact on progress towards a performance objective.
Action Steps – Individual steps needed to be completed to execute an initiative which is linked to a performance objective.
|I.Purpose And Direction|
|I.1.SMART Goal 1- Every Central Middle School Teacher will provide all students with a personalized education that is centered around rigor, relationships, and relevance.||Person Responsible||Steve Hunter, Central Middle School|
|I.1.A.Action Step A- Teachers will utilize student data throughout the school year to drive instruction.||Department/Group||Leadership Team; Principals; Teachers||Timeline|
|Status||In Progress||Completion Date||6/8/2018||Evidence|
Teachers will see an increase in all test scores on exams such as common assessments, benchmark assessments,NC Check Ins, and End of Grade Tests.
|I.1.B.Action Step B- Teachers will increase literacy instruction for all students in all classes.||Department/Group||District Curriculum Team; Leadership Team; Principals; Teachers||Start Date||8/27/2017||Due Date||5/31/2018||Status||In Progress||Completion Date||6/8/2018||Evidence|
Teachers will assign more reading and writing assignments in each class period, daily.
|I.1.C.Action Step C- Teachers will enhance their knowledge and implementation of differentiation while teaching all students.||Department/Group||District Curriculum Team; Principals||Start Date||8/22/2017||Due Date||5/31/2018||Status||In Progress||Completion Date||6/8/2018||Evidence|
Individual classroom instruction will demonstrate the use of centers/stations, small group instruction, whole class instruction, peer instruction, etc.
|I.1.D.Action Step D- Teachers will read various professional and educational books throughout the school year and conduct book studies to deepen their professional knowledge. Teachers will read "Focus" and "Improving the Growth Index", both books discuss the importance of literacy and improving student learning for all students.||Department/Group||Principals; Teachers||Person Responsible||Tony Coley, Assistant Principal; Steve Hunter, Central Middle School||Start Date||9/10/2017||Due Date||4/30/2018||Status||In Progress||Completion Date||4/30/2018||Evidence|
Principals will see evidence of teachers utilizing strategies that were discussed in the book study of the books read throughout the school year.
|I.1.E.Action Step E- Teachers will be required to attend at least three games or events per year in order to build relationships with students.||Department/Group||Teachers||Person Responsible||Steve Hunter, Central Middle School||Start Date||9/18/2017||Due Date||5/31/2018||Status||In Progress||Completion Date||5/31/2018||Evidence|
Staff Attendance at Sporting Events
|I.2.SMART Goal 2- All teachers will receive professional development training on various topics such as co-teaching, developing and implementing engaging lesson plans, and strategies to improve literacy awareness among the students.||Status||Not Started|
|I.2.A.Action Step A- Increase staff development in utilizing research-based instructional strategies that improve literacy skills.||Department/Group||District Curriculum Team; Leadership Team; Principals; Teachers||Person Responsible||Tony Coley, Assistant Principal; Steve Hunter, Central Middle School||Start Date||8/27/2017||Status||In Progress||Completion Date||5/31/2018||Evidence|
Increase in ELA proficiency scores
Integration of reading and writing across the curriculum
|I.2.B.Action Step B- Encourage/support teacher endeavors in continuing education such as pursuing National Board Certification, obtaining master's degree in a certain discipline, and attending workshops, which pertain to their disciplines.||Department/Group||Principals||Person Responsible||Tony Coley, Assistant Principal; Steve Hunter, Central Middle School||Timeline|
August 2017-June 2018
|Start Date||8/20/2017||Due Date||5/31/2018||Status||In Progress||Completion Date||5/31/2018||Evidence|
See an increase of teachers pursuing National Boards and attending various need based workshops
Increase number of NBCTs
Increased enrollment in Advanced Degree Programs
|I.2.C.Action Step C- Teachers will increase the amount of time their students spend reading and writing in their classes.||Department/Group||Leadership Team; Principals; Teachers||Person Responsible||Tony Coley, Assistant Principal; Steve Hunter, Central Middle School||Start Date||8/27/2017||Due Date||5/31/2018||Status||In Progress||Completion Date||5/31/2018||Evidence|
Formal and informal classroom observations
Evidence in Lesson Plans
|II.Governance And Leadership||Description|
The school operates under governance and leadership that promote and support student performance and school effectiveness
|II.1.SMART Goal 1- All of Central Middle School educators will concentrate and work toward increased student proficiency and student growth in all content based subjects.|
|II.1.A.Action Step A CMS administrators and support staff will provide staff development and professional development for all teachers at CMS.
Differentiation||Department/Group||District Curriculum Team; Leadership Team; Principals||Person Responsible||Tony Coley, Assistant Principal; Steve Hunter, Central Middle School||Benefits|
Benefits are teachers will be more effective in their delivery of instruction.
|Start Date||8/20/2017||Due Date||5/31/2018||Status||In Progress||Completion Date||5/31/2018||Evidence|
Increased student learning
Teachers will utilize strategies that will be presented in the staff development.
|II.1.B. Action Step B- CMS administrators and lead teachers will conduct classroom observations and provide feedback to all teachers at Central Middle.||Department/Group||Principals||Person Responsible||Tony Coley, Assistant Principal; Steve Hunter, Central Middle School||Start Date||9/5/2017||Due Date||5/31/2018||Status||In Progress||Completion Date||5/31/2018||Evidence|
Principals and lead teachers will see an increase in teachers implementing best teaching practices, which should lead to an improvement in student learning.
|III.Teaching And Assessing For Learning||Description|
The school’s curriculum, instructional design, and assessment practices guide and ensure teacher effectiveness and student learning
|III.1.Central Middle School will increase overall proficiency by 10 points from 55% to 65% during the 2017-18 school year.|
|III.1.A.Action Step A- CMS Teachers will increase reading and writing (literacy) for understanding for all students.||Department/Group||District Curriculum Team; Principals; Teachers||Person Responsible||Tony Coley, Assistant Principal; Steve Hunter, Central Middle School||Start Date||8/28/2017||Due Date||5/30/2018||Status||In Progress||Completion Date||5/31/2018||Evidence|
|III.1.B.Action Step B Teachers will provide differentiated instruction in all core subjects.||Department/Group||Leadership Team; Principals; Teachers||Person Responsible||Tony Coley, Assistant Principal; Steve Hunter, Central Middle School||Start Date||9/5/2017||Due Date||5/31/2018||Status||In Progress||Completion Date||5/31/2018||Evidence|
Increased student achievement
Classroom observations, formal and informal
|III.1.C.Action Step C-Teachers will meet with students to discuss their individual data on common assessments, benchmark tests, and NC Check Ins. Teachers will utilize the data to meet the needs of all students.||Department/Group||Teachers||Person Responsible||Tony Coley, Assistant Principal; Steve Hunter, Central Middle School||Start Date||9/5/2017||Due Date||5/31/2018||Status||In Progress||Completion Date||5/31/2018||Evidence|
Students producing data notebooks
Data Walls in classrooms and data walls visible in hallways
Bi-monthly data team meetings
|III.1.D.Action Step D- Central Middle School will work with all stakeholders in order to increase parental involvement at home and school.||Department/Group||Principals; Teachers||Person Responsible||Tony Coley, Assistant Principal; Steve Hunter, Central Middle School||Start Date||8/28/2017||Due Date||5/31/2018||Status||In Progress||Completion Date||5/31/2018||Evidence|
More parents visiting on campus (Parent sign in document)
Teachers utilizing Remind
School Messenger Messages
Doughnuts with Dads
Muffins with Moms
|III.2.SMART Goal 2- All students at CMS will show growth in reading and math compared to the 2016-2017 Growth Index.|
|III.2.A.Action Step A- Teachers will meet bi-weekly in PLC meetings to discuss test data and best teaching practices.||Department/Group||Teachers||Person Responsible||Tony Coley, Assistant Principal; Steve Hunter, Central Middle School||Start Date||9/7/2017||Due Date||5/31/2018||Status||In Progress||Completion Date||5/31/2018||Evidence|
Minutes from PLC Meetings
Revised Lesson Plans to show what was demonstrated in PLC meetings
|III.2.B.Action Step B- Teachers will utilize differentiation strategies in their classes on a regular basis.||Start Date||8/28/2017||Due Date||5/31/2018||Status||In Progress||Completion Date||5/31/2018||Evidence|
More stations for students should be prevalent in all classes
Decrease in whole class instruction
|III.2.C.Action Step C- Students will be required to keep a data notebook that contains individual test data plus personal academic goals.||Department/Group||Teachers||Person Responsible||Tony Coley, Assistant Principal; Steve Hunter, Central Middle School||Start Date||9/5/2017||Due Date||5/31/2018||Status||In Progress||Completion Date||5/31/2018||Evidence|
Functioning Student Data Notebooks with up to date data
Students knowing their data (data walls visible in classrooms)
Graphs/charts- student data
Increased student participation
|III.2.D.Action Step D- School wide attendance will be 95% or higher each day.||Department/Group||Leadership Team; Principals||Person Responsible||Tony Coley, Assistant Principal; Steve Hunter, Central Middle School||Start Date||8/28/2017||Due Date||6/8/2018||Status||In Progress||Completion Date||6/8/2018||Evidence|
Higher EOG Results
Frequent Letters to Parents based on attendance
Attendance Committee Reports and Recommendations