Principal's Message

I am honored to be a member of the Glenwood Community in Rutland, MA. Incorporated in 1722, Rutland is the geographical center of Massachusetts with a tree on Central Tree Road marking the spot. As your principal it is my mission to continue the collaborative culture that has motivated and inspired each and every member of our school community. Glenwood is unique with its diverse student population, coupled with a staff that believes in the potential of each individual child. Glenwood teachers challenge their students daily, building perseverance and a lifelong love of learning. It is my hope that Glenwood will become the center of your child’s academic career. I look forward to working closely with Grade Level and Leadership Teams who are committed to supporting all of our students by implementing curriculum that will help students develop strong critical thinking, and problem solving abilities.

My commitment to the Glenwood Community is:

  • To continue to develop a collaborative culture where all members of the Glenwood Community feel valued and heard.
  • To work closely with all members of the Glenwood community to develop and communicate a clear vision for continuous improvement, academic growth and achievement.
  • To continue to develop a collaborative culture where all teachers own every child at Glenwood.

These goals will be accomplished through:

  •       On-going and honest communication
  •       Respectful conflicts
  •       Collaboration
  •       A commitment to student growth and perseverance
  •       Mutual accountability for all
  •       Celebration of our diversity

 

MCAS INFORMATION

 Glenwood is a Level 2 school. Teachers and administration have taken the months of September, October and November working in data teams during grade level meetings to analyze MCAS data, looking at our strengths and weaknesses. All grade level teams have analyzed their scores, delving into released questions to determine whether it was an instructional weakness, lack of test taking skills, or a skill that students had not mastered. Each and every teacher reflected on past practice and began the process of setting a course of action for the upcoming year.  We have delved deeply into ELA MCAS scores from the district level right down to individual teacher scores including released MCAS questions. We have just begun the process with Math MCAS scores. It must be noted that in the 2016 MCAS test Glenwood has made growth in majority of categories.

2016 Official Accountability Data - Glenwood Elementary School

2015

2016

Glenwood’s overall performance relative to other schools in the same school type.

64%

Glenwood’s overall performance relative to other schools in the same school type.

77%

Progress narrowing proficiency gaps. Cumulative Progress and Proficiency Index.

 

All students- 55

Progress narrowing proficiency gaps. Cumulative Progress and Proficiency Index.

 

All students -74

Narrowing proficiency gaps in students with disabilities.

50

Narrowing proficiency gaps in students with disabilities.

64

2016 MCAS Scores

ELA

2015

2016

66% of all students at Glenwood are proficient or above in ELA.

(17% were advanced)

73% of all students at Glenwood are proficient or above in ELA.

(20% were advanced)

17% of students with disabilities were proficient or above in ELA.

(1 was advanced)

21% of students with disabilities were proficient of above in ELA.

(2 were advanced)

Median student growth percentile for all students in ELA was 54.0%.

Median student growth percentile for all students in ELA was 57.5 %

Median student growth percentile for students with disabilities in ELA was 35.0%.

Median student growth percentile for students with disabilities was 40%.

68% of third grade students were proficient or above in ELA (11% were advanced).

68% of third grade students were proficient or above in ELA (12% were advanced).

64% of fourth grade students were proficient or above in ELA (12% were advanced).

Median growth percentile=53.

67% of fourth grade students were proficient or above in ELA (12% were advanced).

Median growth percentile=51.5

66% of fifth grade students were proficient or above in ELA (27% were advanced).

Median growth percentile=55.5

81% of fifth grade students were a proficient or above in ELA (35% were advanced).

Median growth percentile= 62.

 

 

MATH

2015

2016

63% of all students at Glenwood were proficient or above in Math.

(27% were advanced)

76% all students at Glenwood were proficient or above in Math.

(39% were advanced)

 

Median student growth percentile for all students in Math was 40.0%.

Median student growth percentile for all students in Math was 68.5%

17% of students with disabilities were proficient or above in math. (6 were advanced)

21% of students with disabilities were proficient or above in math. (8 were advanced)

Median student growth percentile for students with disabilities in Math was 25.0%.

Median student growth percentile for students with disabilities in Math was 51.0%.

80% of third grade students were proficient or above in Math (37% were advanced).

80% of third grade students were proficient of above in Math (48% were advanced)

51% of fourth grade students were proficient or above in Math (15% were advanced).

 Median growth percentile- 30.

67% of fourth grade students were proficient or above in Math (20% were advanced).

Median growth percentile-51.5

60% of fifth grade students were proficient or above in Math (30% were advanced). Median growth percentile 52

81% of fifth grade students were proficient or above in Math (47% were advanced). Median growth percentile 62.

 

 

 

Science

 

2015

2016

60% of fifth grade students were proficient or above in Science.

19% were advanced

72% of fifth grade students were proficient or above in Science.

36% were advanced

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Moving forward all grade levels will continue to analyze MCAS data weekly to celebrate our successes, set a course of action for continued growth and to address our areas of concern. Some areas that have been identified:

  • We continue with co-teaching. All sped teachers are pulling out for multi-sensory reading and math. We are co-teaching, writing, social studies, science and comprehension.
  • 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering standards have been addressed in our professional development half day. Trainers from Stemscopes for fourth and fifth grade and National Geographic Learning Science third grade have trained teachers in using these materials across all content areas.
  • We have discovered that open response on paired text is a weakness with our students. We will use multiple sources to address this including, Readworks, Storyworks, Reading A-Z science and other resources.
  • We have discussed the use of graphic organizers which may be slowing down our students. The ELA leadership team is currently researching alternative strategies that will give our students the tools they need to answer open response and multiple choice questions. Fifth grade will continue to use graphic organizers, as they have proven to be a successful tool for fifth grade students.
  • Math is a relative strength due in part to our Daily Math Review and Weekly quiz which reviews and strengthens previously learned skills.
  • We will continue our Drop Everything and Fact every day.
  • Math Leadership team is currently assessing whether Math Forum’s Problem of the Week will give our students the strategies, perseverance and skills to solve multi-step real world problems.
  • Teachers are encouraged to spend time in other classrooms to observe colleagues.
  • Title I students that are scoring in the 230-238 range will be addressed. These children may be lacking basic skills, problem solving skills or critical thinking skills. The Title I teacher has been involved in each of our grade level meetings and will zero in on these children identifying their strengths and building the strategies to address their weaknesses.
  • We continue to have Cross Grade level meeting times where teachers will meet across grade levels to identify areas that must be addressed in previous years in order to build a base of knowledge that can be used to build upon. The focus this year will be writing.
  • We continue to assess Powerful Writing Strategies for All Students. The mnemonics introduced and used by all teachers for persuasive writing and for some teachers for open response questions will include: POW, TREE.
  • Wordly Wise is a vocabulary program that has proven to be an asset in raising scores in vocabulary acquisition at Glenwood.
  • Some classes are piloting Empowering Writers: Revising and Editing.
  • Mindfulness will continues to be practiced at Glenwood. Each class was given Mindfulness to begin implementing mindfulness. Mindfulness has been linked to improved test scores.