Our SIT is comprised of seven staff members who represent all levels within our school. Additionally, we have two East parents as members of our team as well as three school board members who have been invited to participate in our meetings. The third Thursday of each month is reserved for our team meeting, but we also meet informally and more frequently as needed. The team attends MiBLSi trainings. •We discovered that our students needed more help in Math than in Reading. This led us to tweak our School improvement plan to provide more RTI assistance in Math without eliminating our intentional RTI reading plan. •Our work with data continues as we analyze the concepts our students are having issues with and address these areas in our curriculum before the test cycle. •Our “School Families” continue to experience success building community and promoting positive character seven years after we first started them. Former students visit to see their families during the Thanksgiving Feast. •Tier l of our MiBLSi Positive Behavior Program has been successfully implemented. •Our Reading Nights have been a total success with a large staff, student, and family attendance. •Our Student Council has enjoyed a wonderful year with many events from a morning TV show to various committees that perform charitable activities. Points of Pride • Technology Integration Prototype Classroom and ipad training • RTI (Response to Intervention), DIBELS, grade level planning, LLI interventions. • Kids Hope – Four churches provide mentor/tutors for 80 students. • Step Program – Middle school after school academic tutors at Fourteen Street Christian Reform Church Points of Pride • “Be Nice” campaign (an anti bullying program for 4th and 5th graders) • Miles of Smiles – A visiting dentist office from the health department. • Our Social Activism Committee has kept the local Community Action House stocked and taught our kids kindness in the process. Points of Pride • Our Disability Awareness Committee continues to successfully work with our general population to build understanding. • Our School Beautification Committee creates an inviting climate and promotes communication. • Our March is Reading Month Committee promotes/celebrates reading. They are used as a resource to extend content knowledge with students and families. Points of Pride • For the past two years, two teachers from East and a teacher from Holland Heights have volunteered to lead students from across the district to participate in Math Pentathlon. Held at East, Math Pentathlon is a mathematics club designed to strengthen math skills by way of hands-on learning games. • For the past four years, one teacher from East and an assistant have run a voluntary after school reading club for grades 3-7. The reading club starts with a lesson or a read aloud and then offers students 50 minutes of uninterrupted reading time. • Another teacher runs a knitting club for her fourth grade students one day a week. • We also have staff and parents who lead East’s, Girls on the Run. • Prior to making a decision about how we could spend our Title funds, our SIT met to talk about how we had spent funds in the past and to discuss what interventions and pieces were currently working. • We also explored where we felt we still had needs for academic intervention. • Our team members then met with their respective grade level colleagues to share our conversation and get their suggestions and feedback. • • • • As a result of these conversations, our SIT and staff chose to use our funds in the following ways: We are providing training and support by the means of a series of professional staff development in-services in one of our very successful reading interventions, LLI. We are acquiring the materials to implement LLI. We are purchasing more books for our book room. We are buying the hardware necessary to assist with RTI. •Summer school for our Title l students going into the first, second, and third grades. •MEAP item analysis review. •MEAP gap analysis •Planning for next year with our new technology •Planning for next year with our new assessment (Discovery) We would tell you how we married our FISH philosophy, and “School Families” with our MiBLSi training. We kept the same language students and staff were familiar with as we continue to improve and grow.