Improvement Activities

From The Principal

Welcome to Kalles Junior High! At Kalles, we pride ourselves on the consistent foundations of respect and service. Kalles has a long tradition of academic excellence and also being a school that is loaded with spirit and has a warm and welcoming environment. We are proud of the “Tyee Goodness” that fills our hallways and classrooms. We believe Kalles Junior High is a great place for students to be, a great place for staff to work, and a great place for families to be involved. Our charge is simple - create the best learning environment possible! It really is that basic & we work tenaciously to make that happen! That happens with a commitment to reflect on our practices, along with a commitment to regularly improve on our efforts. Here is where we believe we are and where we plan to head:

 

School-Wide Kalles Initiatives

  • Response to Intervention (RTI) - Approach to supporting struggling students (includes double-dipping, block, co-teaching and para-educator support)
  • Classroom Teacher Support (before, during and after school)
  • Blocked ELA/Social Studies Courses
  • Creation of smaller / focused classes to support struggling students
  • AVID Elective Courses at all grade levels
  • ZAP! Program - Monday morning homework/missing-work support
  • Student-Led Conferences (Goal Setting, Assessment Results, Student Reflection)
  • On-Time Graduation Specialist (OTGS) for 9th Grade Students
  • Academic Counseling Support
  • Attendance Interventions
  • AVID Core Skills (Organization, Note-taking, Questioning, Collaboration) beginning to be implemented in most classes (on-going effort)
  • Special Education - Resource support via specialized instruction in math, reading, study skills, as well as additional para-educator support in this area
  • Increased Progress Monitoring efforts in reading and math

 

Other KJH Researched-Based Best Practices

  • Strong 1st Instruction
  • Teaching Note-Taking Skills
  • Teaching Text-Based Evidence Skills
  • Higher Level Thinking & Questioning Skills
  • Knowing and Teaching To Our Standards
  • Bell to Bell Teaching
  • Active Monitoring and Roaming
  • Checking for Understanding
  • Tying in Prior Knowledge
  • Creating Interesting and Engaging Lessons
  • Using Data to Drive Instruction
  • Using Formative Assessments Effectively
  • Using Effective Grading Practices
  • Connecting with Students – Positive Relationships
  • Using a Variety of Teaching Models
  • Pre-teaching and Re-teaching

 

Parent, Family, and Community Involvement

Each of our schools strives to engage with the community (PSD School Board Direction – Communication, Engagement and Involvement).  Specific examples/plans of this parent and community engagement can be found on the school’s annual performance report at Kalles_Annual_Performance_Report.pdf.

 

Use of Technology

In each of our schools, technology is a primary tool to facilitate instruction and these tools have a positive impact on student learning. Technology also allows our school to communicate effectively with parents through a variety of innovative means. We also use various district software applications for student intervention as we continue to develop Response to Intervention (RTI) systems in our school.

We use the following software applications for this work:

  • Blackboard/Edline websites: Contains teacher instructional materials and guidelines; communication for parents, and student access to instructional materials.
  • STAR ­Reading and Math Assessments: Diagnostic assessments to provided benchmark indicators on student performance in reading and math.
  • PerformancePLUS: Repository for all state, district, and building assessment data; data available to analyze student performance by school teams.
  • Blackboard Connect: Communication tool to inform parents on important school information and student learning events.