District Goals 2016-2017
Progress of goals will be reviewed at a Public Board Meeting as follows:
- November 28, 2016
- January 23, 2017
- April 24, 2017
- June 26, 2017
1. The District will provide resources to support and optimize ongoing student achievement in academic, career and life skills:
To improve academic achievement in Mathematics of students in all socio-economic categories through the implementation of dynamic, rigorous, technology-infused curricula, supported by problem-based learning, and arts integration.
A. A five (5) percent district-wide average increase for total student population in Elementary grade band 2-5 in Mathematics scores, over the period from September 2016 to March 2017, as measured by STAR Math Renaissance Test scale scores.
B. A two (2) percent district-wide average increase for total student population in Middle School grade band 6-8 in Mathematics scores, over the period from September 2016 to March 2017, as measured by STAR Math Renaissance Test scale scores.
Evaluation: For the purposes of progress monitoring and data analysis, the district will utilize Star Math Renaissance assessments. Evidence of completion will include STAR Renaissance Math data reports. Renaissance testing window is shortened because of PARCC testing window.
Responsible person(s): STEAM Director, Principals, grade-level Math teachers
To improve the academic achievement in Language Arts of all students through the implementation of dynamic, rigorous, technology-infused curricula, supported by problem-based learning and arts integration.
A. A five (5) percent district-wide average increase for total student population in Elementary grade band 2-5 ELA scores, over the period from September 2016 to March 2017, as measured by STAR LA Renaissance Test scale scores.
B. A two (2) percent district-wide average increase for total student population in Middle School grade band 6-8 ELA scores, over the period from September 2016 to March 2017, as measured by STAR LA Renaissance Test scale scores.
Evaluation: For the purposes of progress monitoring and data analysis, the district will utilize STAR Reading Renaissance assessments. Evidence of completion will include STAR Renaissance Reading data reports. Renaissance testing window is shortened because of the PARCC testing window.
Responsible Person(s): Superintendent, Literacy Supervisor, Principals, grade-level ELA teachers.
This goal will be assessed using the Accepted Growth Model as developed and nationally normed by Renaissance Learning.
In support of the District's ELA and Mathematics academic goals the Technology Department will support student engagement and growth through the following means:
A. During the 2016-2017 school year all students in grades 3-12 will be provided with access to individual Chromebooks for the purpose of in class engagement, guided practice, and literacy enhancement.
When: September/October 2016
Who: Technology Department
Evaluation: Technology Asset Management
B. Students will be provided with regular exposure to online assessment tools to help diagnose instructional strengths and weaknesses as a means of targeting classroom instructional goals.
When: 2016-2017 School Year
Evaluation: Lesson Plans/Assessment Reports
C. Students will leverage high speed data connections throughout district facilities to experience collaborative learning opportunities in-class, in-district, in-state, and throughout the world via virtual field trips and virtual classrooms.
When: 2016-2017 School Year
Evaluation: Lesson Plans/Walk Throughs/Classroom Observations
D. Provide technological support to ensure vital access to both hardware and software platforms at all levels through a fully staffed technology department.
When: 2016-2017 School Year
Who: Director of Curriculum and Technology
Evaluation: Fresh Desk Support System Analysis/Staff Meetings/Asset Management System
2. The Hopatcong Board has identified as one of the district goals to develop an internal facilities and asset management plan. The Plan will be aligned with the Budget and Long Range Facilities Plans, to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for all students and staff.
The plan will involve three major elements:
A. The Long Range Facilities Plan
• Will encompass the major projects needed to accomplish the goal
When: November 2016
Who: Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds/Business Administrator
B. Comprehensive Maintenance Plan
• Provide the schedule of maintenance activities to insure the continued progress as to the asset management aspects of this goal
When: November 2016
Who: Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds/Business Administrator
C. Appropriate Budget Allocations
• Support the continued achievement of the elements required to reach the goal objectives, of the Long Range Facilities Plan and Comprehensive Maintenance Plan
• Support the continued advancement of upgrades to the physical space and equipment and the ongoing maintenance of the District’s existing assets as indicated in plan
• Installation of new heating equipment and new windows and the start of air conditioning systems in the schools will address some aspects of this goal
• Provide ongoing progress reports on both plans to the board Facilities Committee monthly as outlined in excel spread sheet.
3. The Hopatcong Board will ensure complete financial responsibility and transparency through planning, projecting, funding and reporting as allowed by law.
A. The Business Administrator will provide to the Superintendent and to the Finance Committee at each Finance/Building & Grounds Committee meetings an up to date of the financial status of the approved budget and include copies of the latest monthly Board Secretary Report and Transfer Report, Budget Status Report along with any other reports or back up deemed suitable at that time.
B. Throughout the month, the Business Administrator will review the financial information provided by Systems 3000 as to the accuracy of budget accounts, purchase order requests, cash receipts, revenue status and bills presented to be paid.
C. During the proposed budget process the Business Administrator will provide the Superintendent and the Board up to date information to access the current and proposed budget by utilizing Systems 3000 and other materials received from the State Department of Education via attendance at County and State Association Meetings or emails forwarded.
D. The Business Administrator will work collaboratively with the Superintendent and administrative staff throughout the current budget year, as well as the proposed budget process. During the year, the Business Administrator will discuss items/issues with the Superintendent and administration which may arise. In the proposed budget process the Business Administrator will meet with the administrators to review their budget needs/wishes and make comparisons with their current budget. The administrators will be kept informed as the process continues of any proposed budget reductions or adjustments. In collaboration with the Superintendent, the 2017-18 budget will be established with input from the administration and the board in accordance with the budget calendar.
4. The Hopatcong Borough School District will continue to expand parental and community outreach by enhancing and disseminating school publications, offering evening workshops and increasing social media blasts and electronic communication.
A. The public relations staff will work with the District Branding Coordinator on all outgoing publications to create professional literature. District publications will be posted on the website and hard copies will be mailed to select community agencies to expand readership and promote the school district.
Evaluation: Outgoing messages and mailings may be tallied to obtain the total number of each format distributed
B. The district will continue to offer evening workshops on various topics for members of the community to become familiar with educational and social-emotional programs/practices implemented in the classroom.
Evaluation: Attendance at each workshop will be monitored by the hosting administrator
C. Important dates and notifications will continue to be shared with families via Blackboard Connect communications and through our various social media accounts.
Evaluation: Outgoing messages and social media posts can be monitored and tallied by the public relations staff