Friday, May 26, 2017

NMS School Improvement Plan for 2017-2018



Continue to Make Improvements at NMS

On Thursday, May 25, Mr. Geoghegan presented the NMS School Council's 2017-2018 School Improvement Plan to the MPS School Committee.

Let me again thank all the people who were responsible for making this plan:  the NMS Council of parents, teachers, and community members; NMS faculty and staff; and NMS administration.

Below I have the Google Slide Presentation as well as the Plan itself.

Here is a slide that encompasses all of the ideas we hoped to incorporate in this Plan.  You will see that our intention is to keep improving in every aspect of school for our NMS students:


If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Geoghegan.

We are always working to make NMS even better.

Thank you.


Middleborough Public Schools
John T. Nichols, Jr. Middle School
School Improvement Plan
2017-2018



“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”


John T. Nichols, Jr. Middle School
2016-2017 Council Members

Mr. Martin R. Geoghegan, Principal
Ms. Amy Anderson, NMS Faculty
Ms. Amy Conley, Parent Representative
Ms. Patty Delaney, Parent Representative
Ms. Anne Peddie, Parent Representative
Ms. Amie Nay, Parent Representative
Ms. Sherri Swindle, Parent Representative
Ms. Deborah Walgreen, NMS Faculty


Administrative Summary

This School Improvement Plan serves as a blueprint of the actions and processes needed to produce school improvement for the John T. Nichols, Jr. Middle School.  It has been prepared with the School Council, staff of the Nichols Middle School (NMS), and the Administration.  As a collaborative team, we have worked on this plan to help us in identifying what we need to improve on.  We incorporated parts of the district’s Strategic Plan to align our plan with the direction of the district as a whole.  This plan will focus resource allocation, staff development, instructional content and practice, and assessment on the goals that have been established by the team.  NMS will then focus many areas of staff meetings, staff in-service, staff recognition, and staff monitoring around the School Improvement Plan objectives.  Since we have invested time in the development of a thoughtful, focused plan, we know this will pay dividends to our school over time.


John T. Nichols, Jr. Middle School’s 2017-2018 School Improvement Plan’s Goals are:

§  To celebrate our students’ academic, social growth, and achievements with community recognition to promote positive outcomes;

  • To continue to build stronger relationships within the school and district community to support students with social and emotional challenges; and

  • To increase Student-Centered Learning experiences for all students through the utilization of more personalized learning strategies throughout their classes



The mission of the Middleborough Public Schools is to foster a culture of excellence within every student, in every classroom, every day.

School Goal #1:  To celebrate our students’ academic, social growth, and achievements with community recognition to promote positive outcomes.
Connection to District Strategic Goal (B) Culture of Excellence (B-1 and B-2)

Performance Target:  Help our students realize we care about their achievements and recognize that sometimes we need to measure success in different ways.  We want our students to see GRIT stands for Growth, Resilience, Integrity, and Tenacity in what they can accomplish.


Action Plan/
Improvement Strategies
Person(s) Responsible
Timeline
Measurement and Outcomes
Resource(s) and/or Funding Source

Utilize social media as a means to celebrate and recognize our students’ successes.



NMS Administration

NMS Faculty and Staff



School Year 2017-2018




Utilization of social media: Twitter, blog, website, contact with Gazette

Academic achievement



Support from Administration

Student Activities account


Continue our ROAR Awards and TIGERS School Culture Initiative.



NMS Administration

NMS Faculty and Staff



School Year 2017-2018




More students recognized for incremental growth

Academic achievement


Support from Administration

Student Activities account

Action Plan/
Improvement Strategies
Person(s) Responsible
Timeline
Measurement and Outcomes
Resource(s) and/or Funding Source

Study and form a committee to create a NMS “School ‘Honor’ Society.”



NMS Administration

NMS Faculty and Staff

Committee


School Year 2017-2018



Committee agendas and meeting minutes

Development of criterion and selected outcomes


Support from Administration and Faculty


Finding ways to recognize our NMS students more.


NMS Administration

NMS Faculty and Staff


School Year 2017-2018



Marked change in achievement, attendance, and discipline reports



LifeTouch Postcards

Faculty Meeting time



Create an NMS “Honor Roll” Committee.


NMS Administration

NMS Faculty and Staff


School Year 2017-2018




More discussions and conclusions made on what defines achievement.

Closer calibration of grading practices across teams, grade levels, and school-wide.



PLC and Faculty Meeting time

Research articles and Professional Development




School Goal #2:  To continue to build stronger relationships within the school and district community to support students with social and emotional challenges.
Connection to District Strategic Goal (C) Culture of Well-Being (C-1 and C-2)

Performance Target:  In today’s world, we need to help our middle school-aged students see the purpose for their learning and support them on where they are academically, socially, and emotionally. 


Action Plan/
Improvement Strategies
Person(s) Responsible
Timeline
Measurement and Outcomes
Resource(s) and/or Funding Source

Incorporate more “career study” opportunities throughout our academic courses and the school year.



NMS Administration

NMS Faculty and Staff



School Year 2017-2018




Career Day(s)

Academic assignments

Classroom observations



Career resources; online program

Tapping local businesses

NMS PTA



Develop a Guidance curriculum to be studied by all students where each student takes the class once a year through their DIAL block.


NMS Administration

PPS Director

NMS Guidance Staff

NMS Faculty and Staff



School Year 2017-2018



Curriculum guide

Students getting to know their Guidance Counselor and having meetings each year

Classroom observations


PLC and PD Time

Support from Administration and professional development

Action Plan/
Improvement Strategies
Person(s) Responsible
Timeline
Measurement and Outcomes
Resource(s) and/or Funding Source

Study to incorporate a more organized positive behavioral intervention and support system.


NMS Administration

PPS Director

NMS Faculty and Staff



School Year 2017-2018



Improve student emotional well-being, increase school safety and promote positive behavior

Classroom observations

Achievement, attendance, and discipline reports



PLC and PD Time

Support from Administration and professional development



Begin a more formalized student mentor/mentee structure within, across, and vertically with students in the district.



NMS Administration

NMS Faculty and Staff



School Year 2017-2018



Increase student leadership opportunities

Utilize MHS Internship program, Student Council, and volunteers better




DIAL Time

Support from Administration, Technology, and professional development







School Goal #3:  To continue to make our curriculum, instruction, and assessment a more personalized, individual exploration where the students are at the center of their own learning in all courses and classes.
Connection to District Strategic Goal (A) Culture of Innovation and Achievement (A-1, A-2, A-3)


Performance Target:  Instruct for 21st Century Learning with a more personalized view in conjunction with implementing the standards to have our students see that education is boundless and not limited to classrooms, textbooks, schedules, brick and mortar as we make them better and more creative communicators, collaborators, and critical thinkers within a 1:1 Chromebook environment.


Action Plan/
Improvement Strategies
Person(s) Responsible
Timeline
Measurement and Outcomes
Resource(s) and/or Funding Source

Develop a Portfolio system to track learning, growth, and goals for all students of personal work to be collected from academic courses during trimesters and at the end of each school year.


NMS Administration

Department Leaders

NMS Faculty and Staff


School Year 2017-2018

A year-end reserve of learning and

MCAS Scores

Helping students see connections between classes and the importance of learning overall.


Google Suite of Apps

Chromebooks

Help students to develop academic and social goals to be tracked in Google Drive.

NMS Administration

Department Leaders

NMS Faculty and Staff


School Year 2017-2018

Help students grasp the purpose of their learning.

MCAS Scores


Google Suite of Apps

Chromebooks
Action Plan/
Improvement Strategies
Person(s) Responsible
Timeline
Measurement and Outcomes
Resource(s) and/or Funding Source

Continue to utilize our 1:1 environment to improve learning through more advanced usage of: Chromebooks within the Google suite of Apps and other web-based resources.


NMS Administration

NMS Faculty and Staff

NMS Technology Teacher


School Year 2017-2018




Utilization of more Google Suite of Apps

Academic assessments

MCAS scores

Support from Administration, Technology, and PD

Chromebooks


Continue to develop our DIAL periods to better integrate personalized learning.


NMS Administration

NMS Faculty and Staff


School Year 2017-2018


Curriculum guides

Academic assignments and assessments


“Book Study”

Develop, study, and utilize initial and on-going assessments of student readiness and growth with Scantron.


NMS Administration

Department Leaders

NMS Faculty and Staff


School Year 2017-2018




Virtual Data Walls

Common assessments in core subject areas

MCAS Scores


PLC and PD Time

Support from Administration, and professional development


Incorporate “Makerspaces” and “Genius Hour” ideas into classes.


NMS Administration

NMS Faculty and Staff


School Year 2017-2018


Giving students more chances to innovate on projects of their choice to learn.


Professional Development







Thursday, May 25, 2017

2017 NMS Talent Show A Tremendous Night of Talent


The Results Are In ... NMS Tigers Have Tremendous Talent!

And the winner is ... Everyone!

Students, staff and parents at the annual NMS Talent Show on Wednesday, May 24, evening got to see some of the phenomenal talent that we have here at Nichols Middle School.  

Mr. William Candler and Mrs. Carmela Mayeski organized the 2017 NMS Talent Show, along with help from Ms. Natalie LaPerriere, Mr. Paul Donovan, Mr. Aaron Petruski and Ms. Susan Schobel.

There were 21 incredible student acts, and the judges, Ms. Andrea Borges, Ms. Rosanne Marino, Ms. Crystal White and Ms. Sally Weaver had the very difficult task of deciding on winners.

Students sang, danced, drummed and twirled around the NMS stage to the enthusiastic cheers of a phenomenal audience!

Special thanks to the NMS PTA for their support, as well as all of our hard working student and teacher volunteers, tech crew and fantastic custodial staff.
All of our student acts were amazing and we are very proud of their effort and courage in putting themselves out there, it was truly a memorable night!

2017 NMS Talent Show Winners

1st Place:  From Grade 7, Korynn Dones
2nd:  From Grade 7, Brooke Spataro
3rd:  From Grade 8, Mia Bennett


Awesome job, Everyone. Thank you for shining bright for NMS!

Here are some pictures from the evening: