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A sampling of improvement plans for Pinellas County schools

Fifth-grade teacher Beth Moore talks with Amelia Tenney, 10, about her book at Sawgrass Lake Elementary School in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. The school missed being rated an “A” school by 1 percentage point.

KATHLEEN FLYNN | Times

Fifth-grade teacher Beth Moore talks with Amelia Tenney, 10, about her book at Sawgrass Lake Elementary School in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. The school missed being rated an “A” school by 1 percentage point.

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Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Elementary, St. Petersburg

School grade: A | Population: 567

Demographics: 53 percent black, 34 percent white, 8 percent multiracial, 3 percent Hispanic, 2 percent Asian

Free/reduced-price lunch: 69 percent

2009 FCAT results: reading: 70 percent at grade level or above; math: 70 percent at grade level or above

Strength: The school has five curriculum coaches, three more than the district provides, and an engineering curriculum developed by teachers under the direction of USF that integrates science into other subjects.

Weakness: More parents need to get involved in their children's education and monitor their academic and behavioral performance.

Action step: Communicate news of events to parents through school newsletters, reminders in student agendas, fliers, the school marquee and student-made invitations.

Sawgrass Lake Elementary, St. Petersburg

School grade: B | Population: 751

Demographics: 58 percent white; 22 percent black; 7 percent Hispanic; 5 percent Asian; 8 percent multiracial

Free/reduced-price lunch: 52 percent

2009 FCAT results: reading: 77 percent at grade level or above; math: 76 percent at grade level or above

Strength: The school missed being an "A" school by 1 percentage point. This is the first year Sawgrass Lake has a full-time literacy reading coach and a full-time math coach.

Weakness: Although the school made Adequate Yearly Progress last year as defined by federal standards, it did not make enough student gains, decreasing in all areas.

Action step: Struggling readers will be placed in the READ 180 program; math teachers will use the Everyday Counts Calendar daily.

Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School, Largo

School grade: B | Population: 1,397

Demographics: 59 percent white, 11 percent black, 15 percent Hispanic, 8 percent Asian, 7 percent multiracial

Free/reduced-price lunch: 59 percent

2009 FCAT results: reading: 62 percent at grade level or above; math: 61 percent at grade level or above

Strength: The school raised its grade from a C to a B in 2009. With the addition of the gifted magnet program, the school aims to earn an A.

Weakness: The school continues to struggle with FCAT science scores. The percentage of eighth-graders performing at grade level in science fell from 34 to 31 in 2009.

Action step: All students will complete hands-on science lab activities weekly.

Tyrone Middle School, St. Petersburg

School grade: C | Population: 820

Demographics: 53 percent white, 23 percent black, 10 percent Asian, 9 percent Hispanic, 5 percent multiracial

Free/reduced-price lunch: 73 percent

2009 FCAT results: reading: 44 percent at grade level or above; math: 37 percent at grade level or above

Strength: A new "block" schedule with 88-minute class periods offers increased opportunity for classroom learning centers, effective teaching strategies and differentiated instruction.

Weakness: The school was given four more classes of students with emotional behavior disorders but lost two violence prevention intervention programs.

Action step: Staff will be encouraged to refer students to the violence prevention specialist, guidance counselors, or the behavior specialist.

Tarpon Springs High School

School grade: D | Population: 2,281

Demographics:, 81 percent white, 7.3 percent black, 5.1 percent Hispanic, 1.4 percent Asian, 3.2 percent multiracial, .2 percent American Indian

Free/reduced-price lunch: 20 percent

2009 FCAT results: reading: 45 percent at grade level or above; math: 73 percent at grade level or above

Strength: Strong local business participation and community support in the form of money, materials and manpower. Every year, the school attracts more than 560 volunteers, one for every four students.

Weakness: As the northernmost county school, Tarpon is often overlooked in terms of training. Teacher morale is down this year due to outside factors including salary and the new seven-period schedule.

Action step: Teachers will participate in professional learning communities and school-based workshops and district-level training focusing on research-supported strategies.

Gibbs High School, St. Petersburg

School grade: F | Population: 1,851

Demographics: 62 percent black, 26 percent white, 5 percent Hispanic, 4 percent multiracial, 2 percent Asian, less than 1 percent American Indian

Free/reduced-price lunch: 52 percent

2009 FCAT results: reading: 31 percent at grade level or above; math: 47 percent at grade level or above

Strength: Two magnet programs, Business Economics and Technology Academy and Pinellas County Center for the Arts, serve as major attractors.

Weakness: Students and staff members have indicated that the school lacks disciplinary measures.

Action step: Launch a discipline plan that includes a crackdown on cell phones, stricter adherence to the dress code, and more campus monitors in the hallways during class changes.

A sampling of improvement plans for Pinellas County schools 10/17/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 17, 2009 4:30am]
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