SIP (School Improvement Plan)

Each year, the Peirce School Advisory Council, consisting of the principal, teachers, and parent, meet to discuss the hopes and visions we all share for the improvement of our school.  We are not unique in this process, as each Massachusetts School is mandated to have such a council in place.  You can find more about the council and our members through the Peirce website.


This year, you will notice there is a strong push for improvement in math.  By no coincidence, that is a district goal as well. Our school improvement plan strongly reflects the goals of the district.  We have three major goals and action steps, and the APS goal it reflects:

Arlington Goal 1: 

The Arlington Public Schools will ensure that every graduate is prepared to enter and complete a post-secondary degree program, pursue a career, and be an active citizen in an ever-changing world by offering a rigorous, comprehensive, standards-based and data-driven K-12 system of curriculum, instruction, and assessment that integrates social, emotional and wellness support. Student Achievement

  Peirce Goal 1:  70% of students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will score either advanced or proficient in the MCAS


Action Steps Person(s) Responsible Timeline Resources Needed Success Indicators 2013 Progress
Incorporate  challenge activities into each math unit




Principal, Teachers, Math director July 2012 – June 2013 Think Tanks (previously purchased, already in classrooms)

Teacher and math director time, AEF grant funds (already acquired)


3% or more increase in MCAS scores in proficient and advanced

Bring in and utilize a math coach for teachers


Principal, Math director 2012-2013 school year Title One funds,

Teacher time beyond the school day


Increase PPI to 50% in MCAS scores  
Implement an after school tutorial program for at risk students Principal,


Math director

2012-2013 school year Title One funds, teacher time,



Tutors pre-assessment and post assessment  results, teacher observation  


Arlington Goal II – Staff Excellence and Professional Development

The Arlington Public Schools will recruit, hire, retain, and build the capacity of a diverse staff to

be excellent teachers and administrators by providing high quality professional development

aligned to needs, instructional support, coaching, and an evaluation framework that fosters

continuous improvement.

  Goal 2: Ensure that Peirce teachers are providing assistive technology for all students

Action Steps Person(s) Responsible Timeline Resources Needed Success Indicators 2012-2013 Progress
Expand use of assistive technology in the classroom Building tech person (Rebecca Kapler), Principal


2012-2013 IPad, lcd projectors, professional development from the district and school leadership, feedback by teachers formalized in a survey Kid survey? To measure their opinion of the impact

Identify classrooms in need of lcd projectors & document cameras, and acquire them IT, teachers, Building tech person 2012-2013 IT department, possibly PTO funds Equitable classroom inventory by 7/13  
Expand PD at the building level Principal, staff, Building tech person 2012-2013 PTO, Grants, Teachers, 25% of building meetings devoted to technology related PD  

Arlington Goal IV – Operations, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement

 The Arlington Public Schools will be run smoothly, efficiently and professionally. The district will operate transparently and engage in effective collaboration and responsive communication with all stakeholders. It will provide timely, accurate data to support financial decision-making,

envisioning of the district’s future, and long-range planning in partnership with other Town

officials. Through these actions it will create broad support for a high quality education system,

that is the community’s most valuable asset.

 PEIRCE Goal: 3 Improve Communication Between School and Home


Action Steps Person(s) Responsible Timeline Resources Needed Success Indicators 2012-13 Progress
Needs assessment from the Peirce Community via survey. Principal, secretary,



Advisory CounciL




Teacher communication with parents, office communication (summer) Survey Monkey and  hard copy results; protocol for creating a hard copy list

Communicate  confidentiality policy and FERPA law to staff and community


Principal, Advisory Council 2012-2013 Information provided by the DOE, slide show at PTO


Information shared this year and annually.


Create Grade level websites: Prepare supply lists and class lists before the end of the 2013 school year for 2013/2014 Teachers, Principal

Building tech person






Faculty time; teacher time



Completed websites and lists by June 2013




Some of these goals will be met at the end of the school year, and that progress will be reflected in the progress column. Others will continue, or be altered, to reflect the ever-changing needs of our school.

If you think you would like to be a member of our council, we are always looking for candidates, check the Peirce website for more information!

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