Armstrong Middle School 8 period day

Report
Middle School
8 period day
Rationale
• Low performing academic scores on Texas
Assessment of Knowledge and Skills
(TAKS) - specifically in mathematics
• To create time on task for the core
subjects during the regular school day for
our students in high risk categoriesie…teachers were able to pull students
during the second work period to address
areas of academic concern
• To provide a 92 minute block of math for all
sixth graders, special education students,
ESL students, and other students in high
risk categories with no additional staffing
allocation from the district
• To make learning a high priority and create
a successful academic environment for all
students while increasing TAKS scores;
this would allow for additional time for
teachers to collaborate with students,
parents, staff members and administrators
• To reduce the six week failure rates by
giving teachers additional time to work
with students on an individual basis or in
small groups at various times throughout
the school day for students that continually
are unsuccessful academically
Sample Schedules
Student schedule- 6
1) Math
2) Math
3) PE
4) Language Arts
5) Language Arts
6) Fine Arts
7) Science
8) World Cultures
Teacher schedule- 6
1) Language Arts
2) Language Arts
3) Team work period
4) Language Arts
5) Language Arts
6) Honors Math
7) Honors Math
8) Conference
Sample Schedules
Student schedule- 7
1) Elective: Athletics
2) English
3) Elective: Art
4) Texas History
5) Math
6) Math
7) Science
8) Elective: Spanish
Teacher schedule- 7
1) English
2) English
3) Team work period
4) English
5) English
6) English
7) English
8) Conference
Sample Schedules
Student schedule- 8
1) Elective: Spanish
2) English
3) Elective: Art
4) World History
5) Math
6) Math
7) Science
8) Elective: Athletics
Teacher schedule- 8
1) History
2) History
3) Team work period
4) History
5) History
6) History
7) History
8) Conference
Bell Schedule
Sample 8 Period Day
• ANNOUNCEMENTS 8:25 – 8:30
• PERIOD 1
8:30 – 9:16(46)
• PERIOD 2
9:19 – 10:05(46)
• PERIOD 3
10:08 – 10:54(46)
GRADE 6
• Lunch
10:56 – 11:26(30)
• 4th period
11:29 – 12:15(46)
• 5th period
12:18 – 1:04(46)
GRADE 7
• 4th period
10:57 – 11:43(46)
• Lunch
11:45 – 12:15(30)
• 5th period
12:18 – 1:04(46)
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GRADE 8
• 4th period
10:57 – 11:43(46)
• 5th period
11:46 – 12:32(46)
• Lunch
12:34 – 1:04(30)
• PERIOD 6
1:07 – 1:53(46) 5
• PERIOD 7
1:56 – 2:42(46) 6
• PERIOD 8
2:45 – 3:30(45) 7
8:30 – 9:18(48)
9:22 – 10:14(48)
ANNOUNCEMENTS(4)
10:18 – 11:06(48)
12:24 – 12:54(30)
11:10 – 12:02(52)
12:02 – 12:22(Advisory)
11:10 - 11:46(36)
11:47 – 12:17(30)
12:18 – 12:34(16)
11:42 – 12:34(52)
12:34 – 12:54(Advisory)
11:10 – 11:40(30)
12:58 – 1:46(48)
1:50 – 2:38(48)
2:42 – 3:30(48)
Math Block Lesson
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Warm up- 15 minutes
Homework- 15 minutes
Launch- 5 minutes
Explore- 30 minutes
Summary- 10 minutes
Homework- 10 minutes
Benefits
• No additional staff allocation was needed
• Increased instructional time for math by 46
minutes daily
• Students benefited from teacher’s
targeted instruction during the school
day because many students have
additional responsibilities before and after
the school day at home, ie… sibling care
and work responsibilities with parents.
• One conference period and one
team/student intervention period serve as
a recruitment tool for teacher applicants.
• Teachers meet as a grade level and/or
department to analyze all testing data. A
plan is developed and implemented to help
any struggling students achieve success.
• In addition to developing an academic
plan, teachers have time to address any
behaviors of concern before they become
a classroom disruption.
• Teachers have time to collaborate with
colleagues to address student needs, both
at school and at home.
• Parents have additional opportunities to
meet with teachers to address educational
concerns.
• The additional work period provides time
for staff to address differentiation of
instruction for all types of learners,
especially for our special education and
ESL students.
• In order to close the achievement gap, we
designed a schedule to best meet the
needs of our student population.
Achievement
• Armstrong’s TEA rating progressed from Academically Acceptable
(2004-05) to Recognized (2005-06).
• Armstrong met AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) both in 2004-05
and in 2005-06.
• Armstrong had the greatest percent increase among all the PISD
middle schools in grade six math TAKS in the populations of: All
Students, Hispanic, White, and Economically Disadvantaged.
• Student performance increased in reading and writing.
• Student performance was constant in social studies.
Goals for Bowman
2006-2007
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Achieve Recognized Status through AEIS
Improve AYP performance in all categories
Reduce the number of disciplinary referrals; as
well as, increasing the safety and security of the
campus
• Cultivate “communities” and sense of
connection; as well as the constructive
participation within the Bowman Community

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