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    DEMOGRAPHICS
    YEAR SCHOOL OPENED
    1943
    ATTENDANCE RATE (%)
    93.7
    student Enrollment
    479
    Race/Ethnicity (%)
    African American....................... 25.2
    Hawaii/Pac. Islander.......................... -
    White.............................. 34.0
    Multiracial...................... 7.0
    Hispanic......................... 29.6
    American Indian/AK....................... -
    Asian.............................. 3.6
    GENDER (%)
    Male................................ 50.3 
    Female........................... 49.7
    Special Services** (%)
    FARMS........................... 83.8
    504.................................. 3.0
    Special Ed..................... 9.5
    LEP................................. 15.1
    Title 1............................. Yes

     **Glossary of Special Services Terms

    School Renovation Details - Park Elementary was a complete renovation which resulted in a new building. The building was transformed from a two story building to all one floor. In 2018, Park Elementary received an early childhood wing that included six new classrooms. These classrooms are used for pre-k and kindergarten students.

Park Elementary School

Park
  • All AACPS schools were asked to study their community and their school’s data to make decisions on which strategic indicators to choose to focus on during the 2018-19 school year.  We know that it is more likely for us to make positive strides when we narrow our focus and concentration.  This school selected the following Strategic Plan Indicators to drive their work this year:

  • Strategic Plan Indicator(s) Chosen - 1, 5, 6, 10 (expand to view details)

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    Indicator 1. INCREASE THE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS, FAMILIES, STAFF, AND PARTNERS WHO REPORT FEELING LIKE A VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL OR SCHOOL SYSTEM COMMUNITY

    Indicator 5. INCREASE THE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS WHO READ ON OR ABOVE GRADE LEVEL BY THE END OF SECOND GRADE

    Indicator 6. INCREASE THE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS IN GRADES 3-8 WHO MEET OR EXCEED EXPECTATIONS ON STANDARDIZED READING, LANGUAGE ARTS, AND MATHEMATICS ASSESSMENTS

    Indicator 10.  INCREASE THE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ATTENDING SCHOOL ON A DAILY BASIS

Existing School Culture

  • Park Elementary School is committed to realizing outstanding outcomes in the areas of RELATIONSHIPS, RIGOR & READINESS across the next five years. We will develop an even stronger partnership with our school community to ensure that all students, families, and community members feel welcomed, celebrated, and appreciated. Drawing upon the diversity among our learners and leaders, we will leverage their knowledge, skills, and experiences to create opportunities for our students to explore, learn, and practice core content and critical skills. Furthermore, we are committed to fostering a school climate and culture that provides students with a safe and supportive environment where they feel valued and supported every day. This very intentional work will actualize value number one, All means All. Park Elementary boasts a history of career-teachers who make our school their permanent home. This consistency among faculty allows us to retain quality teachers that have deep pedagogical and content knowledge affording us opportunities to implement our curriculum with confidence and fidelity while challenging our students to think critically about the content daily. Ready, Set, Launch, the second value in our strategic plan, deals in part with having full access to a viable curriculum and preparing for college and career. Here at Park, that is our collective mission.

Reasons for Selecting Strategic Indicators

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  • Traditional MSDE and/or school-based student data factors

    • Attendance Rates
    • Numbers of  FARMS students
    • LEP (Limited English Proficiency) students 
    • Title I Status 
    • Student Mobility Rate
    • Quarterly Assessments scores - English
    • PARCC Scores - English/Language Arts (Elementary grades 3, 4, 5)

  • Non-Traditional Socio-Economic Factors

    • Businesses/Job Market
    • Student Mobility
    • Unaccompanied youth and homelessness
    • Access to food  ("food desert")
    • Rates of crime 
    • Access to transportation
    • Limited English proficiency for students and/or families
    • Families in Crisis (mental, physical emotional, financial)
    • Access to healthcare
    • Substance Abuse

  • Historical factors that have influenced the writing of this school's SCHOOL STORY 

    Socio-economic community issues (employment, income levels, housing costs)

    • Significant changes over time in student/community demographics
    • Lack of access to:
      • community financial programs
      • public transportation
      • community social programs
      • community health-related programs
      • community academic support programs
    • Significant increase/reduction in student enrollment numbers

Discussion of Contributing Factors

  • Reading: The AACPS curriculum redesign to include professional development and resources for guided reading instruction has been of great benefit in efforts to increase the numbers of students reading on or above grade level. Continued progress monitoring throughout the school year has helped to track student data more closely and be responsive to student needs. Despite all of this, our students struggle to read on grade level text. Teachers diagnostically look at student data to see if accuracy or comprehension are to blame when students do not meet success. Data analysis shows that for students in grades 1-5, they do not progress to the next level of text largely because they struggle with comprehension. A school-wide focus for the 2018-2019 school year will include work around helping students retell and summarize.

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Over Time: Our Vision of Success by the 2021 School Year

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    Students will see a large collection of books in the school, teachers who are excited about the teaching of literacy, and a welcoming environment that includes a variety of seating opportunities for independent reading. Students will say that they love coming to school, they love reading, that they are having discussions about books, and they express confidence in themselves as readers.

    Adults will see a high level of student engagement, a high level of teacher enthusiasm, students engaged in a high level of rigorous work and students excited about literacy. Community members will see an increased number of children at the county and school libraries. Food Service workers and bus drivers will see students carrying and reading books. Adults will say that they are happy and satisfied with children attending Park Elementary. They will say that our school is college and career focused and we encourage students to apply for magnet middle schools.

Principal's Summary Statement

  • At the end of the 2018-2019 school year, this will be a reflection statement written by the principal and his/her leadership team where the foundation has been laid and new indicators possibly chosen, depending upon ......