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Notes for Community Continuous Improvement Program (CIP) Meeting

Freeman CIP Community Meeting

CIP Team Collaborates with Community on Choices!

On September 25th, the Continuous Improvement Process committee held its annual fall semester community meeting where school improvement goals, projects, and ideas are discussed.  This year the meeting addressed the school goals of:

1. All students will improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills across the curriculum.

2. All students will increase their respect for other students, adults, and property.

3. All students and staff will utilize technology to improve learning and instruction across the curriculum.

Mrs. Nieveen presented information on our DEAR program and how it is being utilized school-wide in both elementary and high school buildings.  D.E.A.R stands for Drop Everything And READ and in this program students and faculty are given twenty minutes every day Monday through Thursday to read a book that interests them.  This is a researched program that has generated successful results for schools striving to improve reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. We are excited about the progress we have seen toward meeting our first school goal of having All students will improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills across the curriculum.

Freeman Public Schools has made a strong commitment to the development of a strong school culture that reflects our community’s core values. Mrs. Israelson and Mrs. Riha presented the progress of the implementation of the Choices and PBIS programs in the elementary buildings.  Mrs. Israelson and Mrs. Riha shared stories of students making great choices that reflect our school desired culture. The transition from elementary is a difficult step for all students; we are confident that the common language reinforcing our core values will make that transition smoother as all Freeman Faculty members unite in delivering the same message of what it means to be a Freeman Falcon with the same terminology.  We are happy with the progress we have made in meeting the second school goal of All students will increase their respect for other students, adults, and property.

Mr. Delhay presented information on the current state of our Technology program, and how it has successfully implemented a one to one computer program for our students grade 7-12.  He also explained our new initiative that places more student ownership on the school computers.  Our 7th, 8th, and 9th-grade students have been handed out new laptop computers that they will be responsible for during the school year until they graduate.  At Graduation, the laptops will be given to the students as we cycle new computers through the program.  This has proven to be a cost-saving experience as computer repair needs to decrease significantly while production increases.  Our school’s technology department has been goal driven in providing the opportunity for all students to display their respect for other students, adults, and property while utilizing technology to improve learning and instruction across the curriculum.

Mrs. Nieveen explained the State testing situation and how the state has yet to release the results, and that we can expect more rigorous testing from the state moving forward.  We will know more as the State irons out its changes.

Mrs. Seih and Mr. Sokol discussed the creation of a Spirit video, a product of our PBIS program going school-wide.  The video includes clips of students describing their own definitions of Sportsmanship, Pride, Inspiration, Responsibility, Involvement, and Team. The administrators discussed the importance of including students in the implementation process of promoting the CHOICES culture we are establishing, and we are seeing the students begin to buy-in to the Freeman core values. Mr. Rumsey discussed the progress on the Stop-It program, where students will be given opportunities to learn more about digital citizenship when displaying poor choice behavior with the improper use of technology.

The most important part of the meeting occurred when community members collaborated with students and faculty on furthering our mission to create a stronger school identity regarding our CHOICES initiative.  Freeman stakeholders worked together in groups to share ideas on what impact choices have on our students and our community.  The information retrieved from this discussion is critical to helping the school administration make better-informed decisions based on what was viewed as valuable from all Freeman Public School Students, Faculty, and Community members.

The next community Continuous Improvement Process (CIP) meeting will be March 26 at 6:30 p.m.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Teri Nieveen and she would be happy to give you more details.  We welcome anyone that is interested in helping our school better serve the people of our community.

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