Nick Myers, principal •

Anne Fox School • Hanover Park, IL

Hungry for more success!

I am principal of Anne Fox School in Schaumburg D54, and I really wanted to share with you some of our data results from our winter MAP administration. We spent last year, my first year at Fox, developing our mission, vision, commitments and getting teams to function interdependently using some common assessments. Over the summer, we really made whole scale changes to our master schedule and built in our intervention and enrichment block based off of Becky's model from Boone's Mill.

Our students now receive 45 minutes of targeted literacy intervention in small groups each day while proficient students are receiving extension and enrichment instruction. We also put into place an accelerated math section in each grade level in 3rd-6th basing our student class lists off of our common assessment results. The attached tables demonstrate that we are making great progress.

Our staff utilizes spring MAP proficiency targets, which correlated almost perfectly with ISAT last year, for determining students meeting or exceeding state standards. These targets are where we want all of our students to be in May (of course it is wonderful when they get there quicker J). What we are seeing right now is incredible growth in math and great gains in reading. As I shared with my staff last night at our staff development meeting - we are achieving in January where we were achieving in May a year ago in terms of the percentage of our students that are proficient. I am particularly excited about this result because it is not just one or two grade levels observing this trend - it is ALL of our grade levels in ALL of our subject areas.

Teachers are now seeing the results of their efforts, and are hungry for more success!!! Thanks for all of the support you have given us at Fox and in D54 the past two years. While we aren't where we want to be yet, the future sure looks bright and I can sense great optimism in a school that was not providing students with what they needed to be successful in the past. I know that my teachers are now seeing that even the most troubled kids can and have made considerable gains. I can't even tell you how many "individual" student success stories we have this year - kids that were well below the national norm in reading and have now surpassed it in a three month window. We didn't do it with gimmicks or canned programs, we did it by working together in proactively intervening with every child not achieving impressive results. We will keep building off of this!!!

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