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After an immensely challenging year and a half, one of the things I’m most thankful for is being back in person with the incredible students that make up our RMP Southwest community.
I could write a novel about the many ways our students are amazing, but rather than hear from me, I thought it best to share some of the wonderful things they told me they are grateful for this year:
As you can see, there is much to be grateful for this year!
Thank you to our students, teachers, staff, and families who make RMP Southwest the incredible place it is. I am so thankful for each of you!
Be sure to watch the short video below from RMP Southwest Principal Sara Striegel and Assistant Principal Samatha Szabo for some pro tips on how you can continue to set your students up for success as we continue remote learning.
We are here for you! As we all adjust to remote learning this fall, please be sure to connect with your student’s teacher with any technology problems or view our tech support videos here.
With two weeks left in the school year, we know many students and families are wanting to finish the year strong and are looking for ways to reinforce those last days of learning before summer break!
We turned to Laura Haller, a teacher at RMP Southwest, to get the tricks of the trade for helping your student’s success with remote learning as we wrap up this school year.
As teachers, one of the most important lessons you can learn is that if something’s not going well in the classroom, you’ve been unclear and you need to set better expectations. The quicker you learn that you’re responsible for every small part of your classroom environment, the stronger a teacher you become!
Setting clear expectations has a couple of important components:
As parents, you already do this all the time! But here are a few examples of ways you can embody this as your student’s teacher at home:
|It’s almost lunchtime and your student is losing steam. Their attention is scattered and they’re starting to whine about finishing their math pages.||
Show Empathy & Praise: “I’m sorry you’re feeling tired and hungry. I am too! But you’ve already worked so hard and are halfway through the page! You’ve got this!”
Set Expectations: “Focus your attention to finish the last three problems, then we can eat lunch together and take an hour recess outside.”
Why is it powerful?
|After lunch, your student sits down to watch some Netflix. You’ve already warned them that they need to start their independent reading but they’re not listening... and you’ve got to clean up lunch and put a load of laundry in!||Set a timer for 5 minutes.
Set Expectations: “[Scholar Name], you have 5 minutes to finish watching your show. When the timer goes off, turn the TV off, find a book, and start reading by yourself. When I’m done putting the laundry in I’ll join you and we can read together.”
Hold them to the Expectations:
If they follow your directions → “[Scholar Name], nice job! I’m so proud of how independent you are. Great job listening the first time!”
If they continue to watch TV → “[Scholar Name], the direction was to turn off the TV and begin independent reading. You did not follow the direction and now [consequence*].”
*Provide a natural consequence for not following instructions right away -- a student needs to read 5 more minutes independently before they can read with you, a student needs to complete a chore before they can take a break, etc. Give a consequence that fits for your family and your parenting style.
Why is it powerful?
Stacy G., a parent of four students at RMP Southwest, made a checklist for what her students need to complete each day. She also added notes about what their teacher asked them to work on that week. Stacy’s advice is to keep trying routines until you find one that works for your family.
Set a schedule and stick to it the best that you can. The schedule doesn’t have to be intense or minute by minute, but it does need to be predictable.
As teachers, we spend the first few weeks setting routines for everything - how to move from the carpet to your desk, how to get your materials out, how to ask for a drink of water, how to take a break, how to walk in the hallway. We get super clear about the details of each routine.
It can be as simple as FIRST, THEN or WORK, then PLAY. First, we’re going to complete these 10 math problems, then we can play Connect 4. Now it’s time to read for 20 minutes, then we can go for a walk. Next, you’ll read the passage and answer the questions, then you can get on your tablet for 20 minutes.
Or it can be chunked into parts of the day! In the morning we complete our reading tasks. After lunch and a long recess, we complete our math tasks.
You can set an hourly schedule that works for your family to add additional structure.
No matter what your schedule works best for your family make sure you’re always finding time to play, be creative, and spend time outside! This is vital to your student’s physical and mental well being. Plus, it will help break up the day and give them the break times that they need.
Olga O., a parent of two students at RMP Southwest, made a schedule for her students with each content area on construction paper.
Extra Tip: Use a timer! Timers are helpful for setting clear expectations but also help the student know what they’re working for (and that it won’t last forever). It’s also a great way to make a game out of a task “I bet you can’t finish these three problems in three minutes.”
At school we weave incentives throughout the day. Students earn class parties, shoutouts, opportunities to share, class jobs, and naturalized breaks. Integrating incentives at home will be powerful as well.
Incentives don’t always have to be tangible, but they can be. Here are some ways to incentive your student at home for completing their work:
Most importantly, give yourself and your students grace during this process.
It’s rare that a teacher goes home and says “that was an amazing day and everything went perfectly!”
Teachers often go home with a list of things they’ll do to improve the next day. And if they crumbled after every tough day, they wouldn’t make it.
Remote learning is no different! Everyone is learning and adjusting.
It’s okay if you get off schedule. It’s okay if you have to spend time working through your student’s emotional needs instead of finishing that page of math problems. It’s okay to let kids be independent and take a minute to take a quick adult break to catch your breath. Have high expectations for yourself and your students, but be present and do what’s best for you and your family.
Earlier this month, Denver Public Schools (DPS) shared the results for the 2018 School Performance Framework (SPF) ratings, a report card that tells us important information about how much our students have improved their scores on state tests from year to year, and how satisfied our students and families are with our school. We are then able to use this information to make any necessary changes in the classroom and to bring in additional supports where needed.
RMP Southwest has been rated “yellow” or accredited on watch. (This year’s rating was calculated using the more-limited early ed SPF. Once we receive PARCC growth data in 2019 we will qualify for the traditional framework.)
Our Fletcher campus is a part of Aurora Public Schools, which evaluates schools using the State of Colorado SPF. We look forward to seeing Fletcher’s state ranking in January 2019.
With the release of school year 2017-18 Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) data, we are excited to celebrate our successes and reflect on the areas where we hope to grow. We’re committed to being transparent about our work, as we believe this is central to continuing to improve.
Below are a few early reflections on RMP’s CMAS results, with more to come as additional data is released by the state.
In fact, for the fourth year in a row, our Creekside students had the highest math proficiency rates among any DPS school with a majority of students eligible for free or reduced lunch. In that same subgroup, RMP students’ scores were fifth for English Language Arts.
When looking specifically at proficiency rates for our students who are English Language Learners, both Creekside and Southwest students’ math proficiency scores were in the top ten of all schools in the district.
At RMP Southwest, we were eager for our students to take CMAS for the first time. Our two third grade classes at this campus embodied our PEAK Values, showing adventure and perseverance as they completed their first-ever round of CMAS testing.
In math specifically, RMP Southwest students’ math proficiency scores were 20% higher than those of other elementary schools in the district with a similar percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.
However, our ELA results at RMP Southwest were significantly short of our goals for RMP students with 15% proficient.
These results help us understand where our program has strengths we can continue to build on, and where we will seek to make adjustments.
When it comes to 2018 parent satisfaction survey results, we are thrilled that for the second year in a row, RMP Southwest was rated in the top five out of all schools in the district. RMP Southwest had the #1 highest overall positive parent satisfaction rating out of all DPS elementary schools.
Additionally, RMP Creekside’s parent survey results were in the top 15% of all schools in the district.
We have also just recently received growth data from the state. While we’re proud that our 4th- and 5th-grade students’ math growth at RMP Creekside outpaced the state results, we fell short of our goals for our students’ literacy growth. As we have more time to process this data, we will be sharing additional reflections on growth specifically. (We will not have growth data for our Southwest campus until next year.)
As we review this data and our performance on the school performance framework, we will be reflecting on a number of questions:
We look forward to receiving additional data from the state to help us answer some of these questions. And we are committed to ensuring that our ELA results improve significantly over the next few years.
I am very proud of our team here at RMP, and I can’t imagine a stronger group of educators to continue to work towards ensuring the best for all our students.
Today, Denver Public Schools (DPS) shared the results for the 2017 School Performance Framework (SPF) ratings, a report card that tells us important information about how much our students have improved their scores on state tests from year to year, and how satisfied our students and families are with our school.
DPS uses a color-coded rating scale to show at-a-glance how schools are performing, ranging from the highest rating, Distinguished (blue) to the lowest rating, Accredited on Probation (red).
We are thrilled to share that RMP Creekside has received a Distinguished or “Blue” rating on this year’s SPF.
In fact, based on our SPF rating, RMP Creekside is the highest-performing elementary school in DPS out of schools where more than 50% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. (#1 out of 79 schools!)
Creekside is one of only 20 schools in DPS to receive the Distinguished rating.
We are also proud of our RMP Southwest campus, which received a Meets Expectations or “Green” rating on the more limited Early SPF, and are particularly proud that Southwest is in the top five of all elementary schools that educate more than 50 percent English Language Learners.
Our Fletcher campus is a part of Aurora Public Schools, which evaluates schools using the State of Colorado SPF. We look forward to seeing our first state ranking in January 2019.
At Rocky Mountain Prep, we know that meaningful parent and family engagement helps shape our school culture, holds RMP accountable to meaningful results for students, and drives positive change in our communities.
One of the ways in which families reflect and give feedback on their experience at RMP is through the DPS Parent Satisfaction Survey, sent to parents once each year through the school district. Read more about the distribution and data collection for this survey on the DPS website.
We are thrilled to share that on the 2017 survey, both RMP Southwest and RMP Creekside were rated in the top five out of all schools in the district.
In fact, RMP Southwest was the #1 overall highest-rated school out of all schools in the district:
As we break the data down even further, on 23 of 33 measures on the 2017 DPS Parent Satisfaction Survey - including the questions about academics and teachers caring about their child's success - RMP Southwest had the highest positive parent satisfaction score out of all DPS elementary schools.
Thank you to our RMP families for helping us reach this important achievement! We are honored and privileged to have such amazing families as a part of the RMP community.