At Arrowhead, we are committed to increasing and deepening student understanding in all content areas through the study and implementation of research-based learning models and the use of high quality teaching materials. Arrowhead’s School Improvement Plan is closely aligned with the implementation of new literacy curriculum as well as the Northshore School Board’s adopted goals.
Arrowhead’s School Improvement Goals:
Increase the percentage of students exceeding the state reading standard by the end of the 3rd grade
- 83% of Arrowhead students will meet/exceed grade level standards in reading as evidenced by the 2016 Smarter Balanced Assessment
Increase the percentage of students meeting standard in math by the end of 5th grade
Increase the percentage of students exceeding state learning standards by gender, ethnicity, income level and special needs
- 75% of Arrowhead students will meet/exceed grade levels standards as evidenced by the May 2016 Smarter Balanced Assessment
Increase the capacity and utilization of effective instructional practice
Our School Improvement Plan includes the following:
In designing or revising our School Improvement Plan we engage in the following steps:
- Areas and opportunities for professional development
- Increasing knowledge about balanced literacy
- Collaboration and planning across and among grade levels
- Reading assessments administered throughout the year to track progress and identify learning needs
- Writing Assessments administered throughout the year to track student growth and support instruction planning
- Implementation of shared reading, small group instruction, writing workshop and word study
- Increasing knowledge about effective math instruction
Our current School Improvement Plan extends for two years and is reviewed annually. This year's work was a continuation of the progress made the previous years and will provide a foundation for next year's efforts to improve our teaching and student learning.
- Analyze data (state, district, school, grade level)
- Identify student learning needs
- Design an instructional plan to meet the identified need
- Determine criteria for success and identify assessment tool
- Implement the plan for improvement across all classrooms
- Monitor progress to determine if improvement is occurring in identified areas
Our mission involves forming meaningful partnerships with parents and the community. Quite simply, when a community is focused on working together for the benefit of all students, school becomes a special place for students, parents and staff members. Our PTA has consistently been recognized as one of the top in the state. In May of 2009 and May of 2011, the Washington State PTA recognized Arrowhead Elementary PTA as our state's Outstanding Local Unit, evidence of the special relationship our school has with our community.
We are so thankful for the volunteer hours that are regularly donated to support our school. Here are a few ways our community supports our school:
Classroom volunteer program
At Arrowhead, parents and staff work together to form a solid foundation of respect and learning that continues to enhance the educational opportunities and activities for all children. Opportunities for involvement at home:
- Attending parent/teacher conference
- Assisting with track and cross country
- Art Docent program
- Library volunteer program
- Field trip supervision
- Before-school playground supervision
- Parking lot safety volunteers
- Arrowhead PTA Membership—the goal is 100% membership!
- Participation in a PTA activity—see the PTA Web site
- Participation in company volunteer programs (Microsoft, Boeing, etc.)
Over the years, alumni have supported Arrowhead through volunteer work and monetary donations, funding such things as our sixth-grade sailing trip, books for students and other materials and activities. We love the fact that many of our graduates return to volunteer in our classrooms and some even join us as student teachers! The ties former students and families have with our school, speak to the special relationships we develop with one another. It is true that once you are part of the Arrowhead community, you are always a member.
- Communicating daily with your child regarding learning opportunities
- Talking positively about learning, school, and teachers
- Providing a study space and time for homework
- Reading with and to your child daily
- Communicating concerns and celebrations to the teacher
- Extending and enriching your child’s learning
Our school was built in 1957, giving it a long-standing history in the Arrowhead community. Over the years, we’ve undergone both major and minor renovations. Over the last few years, our gym floors have been refinished, the entire ventilation and heating system was replaced as well as the roof. Each classroom has an interactive white board, projector, document camera and sound system to meet the needs of both pupils and staff. Outside, our students benefit educationally from two natural garden habitat areas. Additionally, Arrowhead students enjoy a variety of options for play on the grounds with the beautiful backdrop of St. Edward’s State Park behind the school.