This announcement was just released this week from the Vision 2015 folks. They identify 24 schools in Delaware that are beating the odds. Four on the list are Lake Forest Schools. W.T.Chipman Middle would be on the list because has consistently been among the highest achieving middle schools. I suspect the poverty level is average so that's why it's not included.
Way to go Lake Forest students and staff!
Vision 2015 would like to commend a number of schools that have demonstrated through their DCAS results that they are “beating the odds.” These schools have a low-income student population that is greater than the state average and out-performed the state on math and reading DCAS. These schools demonstrate that zip codes don’t have to determine student performance.
The teachers, support professionals, and school leaders at these schools are placing their students on radically different life trajectories. From Delaware Department of Education public data, here are 24 schools that are beating the odds:
• Banneker Elementary (Milford)
• Brittingham Elementary (Cape Henlopen)
• Clayton Elementary (Indian River)
• East Millsboro Elementary (Indian River)
• Elbert-Palmer Elementary (Christina)
• Fairview Elementary (Capital)
• Hartly Elementary (Capital)
• Indian River High (Indian River)
• Keene Elementary (Christina)
• Kuumba Academy Charter School
• Lake Forest Central Elementary (Lake Forest)
• Lake Forest East Elementary (Lake Forest)
• Lake Forest North Elementary (Lake Forest)
• Lake Forest South Elementary (Lake Forest)
• Long Neck Elementary (Indian River)
• Millsboro Middle (Indian River)
• North Dover Elementary (Capital)
• North Georgetown Elementary (Indian River)
• Ross Elementary (Milford)
• Seaford Central Elementary (Seaford)
• Showell Elementary (Indian River)
• Smith Elementary (Christina)
• South Dover Elementary (Capital)
• Stokes Elementary (Caesar Rodney)
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
For many families, the start of the school year means adding multiple activities and logistics. It can be a challenge to create consistency and calm when family members are going in different directions. Having set routines at the beginning and end of the day can not only help children build healthy habits but also give them a sense of security.
- Help your children pack up their backpacks for school the night before.
- Make lunches, sign field trip permission slips, etc., the night before.
- Lay out clothes the night ahead.
- In a family meeting, work out a schedule for using the bathroom and getting breakfast that gets everyone out the door on time. Post the written schedule in a prominent place.
- Eat breakfast with your children.
- Talk about the next day’s schedule so your children know what to expect. It can be helpful to have a weekly calendar posted in a prominent place. Include each person’s chores and when they are to be completed.
- Eat dinner together and talk about everyone’s day. Make it a practice to have every family member contribute at least one interesting thing they have learned that day.
- Have a family activity — play a game, work on math facts, practice spelling.
- Set rules about video games and television watching, and turn them off long before bedtime. Sometimes television images are too stimulating and make it hard for the child to get to sleep.
- Read with your children before bed.
Posted by Dan Curry, Superintendent, Lake Forest Schools at 2:05 PM