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Overview of Our Five Priority Areas
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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

  • Students will meet or exceed rigorous academic standards in all areas of student achievement with an emphasis on math, science, language arts and social studies.
     
  • Students will demonstrate their mastery of the standards through multiple measures, knowledge, and critical thinking across the disciplines.
     
  • Students will receive a broad-based education that includes the visual arts, performing arts, music, and physical education (K-5) with an option to elect in-depth participation in these areas, and applied arts, at upper-elementary and middle school levels.
     
  • Students will have sufficient uninterrupted time to be instructed appropriately in each core subject.
     
  • Students will receive an educational program differentiated to meet their varying abilities.
     
  • Students will benefit from appropriate interventions at the earliest possible indication of below grade-level performance in either math or language arts.

 

Initial Priority/Action Steps 2006-2007
  • Research K-5 Instructional Programs, determining how to:
    • Provide for inclusion of staff collaboration time
       
    • Provide for increased instructional minutes
       
    • Develop protected block of instructional time
      • Research scheduling options for all supplemental programs (K-8)
         
      • Survey teachers in the District for use of performance-based projects
         
      • Research/Acquire data management tool to track essential standards


 

CURRENT KEY INITIATIVES:

Thinking Strategies

Response to Intervention (RtI PyramidState of the District: RtI)

Data-based Inquiry

Student Intervention Programs

Uninterrupted Core Instructional time

Collaboration Time for Teachers (Elementary Collaborative Time Models)

Building Capacity in Instructional Leaders (Leadership Action Plan)

FINANCE

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  • The District will maintain a sustainable budget
     
  • The District will propose and conduct a parcel tax renewal and increase
     
  • The District will collaborate and coordinate with community organizations in regard to spending of available resources

 

Initial Priority/Action Steps 2006-2007
  • Propose and conduct a parcel tax renewal and increase
  • Prepare a financial strategy if parcel tax measure fails
  • Collaborate and coordinate with community organizations in regard to spending of available resources.
    • District, in partnership with community organizations, will develop a process to improve and enhance the coordination and communication of fiscal resources.
    • Maintain a sustainable budget (ongoing)
    • Meet reporting requirements of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) 45 for other post-employment benefits (OPEB)
    • Evaluate and review the Special Reserve Fund for Capital Outlay to address General Fund program capital needs.

 

CURRENT KEY INITIATIVES:
 

Ensuring Positive Certification of financial reports from the County Office of Education (COE

Successful Audit Reports

Strengthening Relationships and Clarifying Roles with Partner Organizations

Passage of Parcel Taxes

Measure B

Measure J

HEALTHY KIDS – HEALTHY ADULTS

  • Students will be physically fit and have skills, knowledge and confidence to enjoy an ongoing, healthy life style
     
  • Students will acquire grade-level knowledge that is needed for making healthy food and beverage choices
     
  • Students will understand the relationships between nutrition, exercise, health, wellness and disease, and how these contribute to their current and future successes
     
  • Students will demonstrate respectful communication, problem-solving and interpersonal skills that will allow them to be self-advocates, resilient and to promote peaceful resolutions throughout their lives
     
  • Students will acquire knowledge and skills to prevent alcohol, tobacco and drug use and to protect their personal safety and the safety of others
     
Initial Priority/Action Steps 2006-2007
  • Meet Compliance with law
    • Provide students with PE instructional time to meet the minutes required
    • Teach the PE Content Standards
    • Follow the laws related to nutrition in providing guidelines for food service at schools
    • Assess Current Level of Practice
  • Utilize School Health Index
  • Collect reliable baseline data for physical fitness testing
  • Collect reliable data on California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)
  • Develop Wellness Committee and Policy Committee/Designate Point Person

 

CURRENT KEY INITIATIVES:

Adoption of Wellness Policy

Implementation of CATCH Physical Education Program (State of the District: CATCH P.E.)

Engagement with Challenge Success

Training and Implementation of Character Counts! (State of the District: CharacterCounts!)

Focus on Nutrition/Healthy Eating Habits

Implementation of Drug and Alcohol Education Program

GLOBALIZATION

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in English communication
     
  • Students will gain an understanding of the global impact of local, national and international events and developments
     
  • Students will be knowledgeable and respectful of other people, cultures, and ideas.
     
  • Students will have access to foreign language education beginning in kindergarten.

 

Initial Priority/Action Steps 2006-2007
  • Identify standardized assessment tool to measure competence levels in foreign language
  • Visit/Research foreign language programs for implementation of K-8 foreign language program
  • Gather baseline information on discipline issues related to tolerance, teasing and bullying (Healthy Kids/Healthy Adults)
  • Create a pilot Globalization Record Sheet

 

CURRENT KEY INITIATIVES:

Training and Implementation of Character Counts! (State of the District: CharacterCounts!)

Development of Elementary Foreign Language Implementation Plan

Integration of Cultural Competency

TECHNOLOGY

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  • Students will have access to the hardware and software necessary to assist mastery of the curriculum standards.

  • Students will have a common and equitable technology experience at each school and specific grade level

  • Students will practice responsible, ethical and legal use of technology systems, information and software for communication and learning

  • Students will employ and integrate current technology resources in mastering the curriculum standards

 

Initial Priority/Action Steps 2006-2007
  • Research/Report current practices nationally related to Access, Curriculum, Ethical use, Integration
  • Review/Evaluate/Report current levels in LAFSD related to Access, Curriculum, Ethical use, Integration
  • Develop District Technology Standards to address Access, Curriculum, Ethical use, Integration

 

CURRENT KEY INITIATIVES:

District and Site Technology Plans

Infrastructure & Equipment Refresh

  • Multi-year Budget Development; Equipment Standardization
  • Transition from server-based tools to cloud hosted services

Integration of 21st Century Skills

Digital Citizenship

Home-School Communication

Professional Development