Literacy and Eureka Math Updates!
At the Informal
Meeting of the Board of Education, the Board was presented a report on the continued
progress of the Balanced Literacy curriculum framework. Key Highlights from the
Data in Early Reading has shown improvement
- GMAS EOG ELA
Content Mastery Points have shown improvement
Development and Professional Learning opportunities have provided
effective practices – From survey data collected 100% of participants
agreed or strongly agreed that the information shared would help them
reach objectives around implementing stronger independent reading
participants agreed or strongly agreed that the new learning around Guided
Reading would make them more effective in their roles.
To view the
full report, click here:
The Board was
also presented a report on progress made in the continued progress of the Eureka
Math Curriculum. Initially implemented district-wide in Grades
Pre-K-2(though some schools did accelerate implementation to higher grade
levels), Eureka Math was expanded to Grade 3 this school year and is set to be
expanded to Grades 4 & 5 in the upcoming 2019-20 SY. Test results are
showing early success for our students.
Growth for the two years of implementation From BOY - MOY:
Kindergarten – 13.6 (Average
national norm - 11.5)
- 1st Grade – 12.6 (national norm –
In Grades 3-5
GMAS scores increased in proficiency and content mastery. Scores
are at or above the comparison groups in proficiency and content mastery.
To view the
full report, click here:
also received an update on efforts to provide identified impact schools with
more prescriptive and directed assistance to improve staff performance and
academic performance of students this school year. Schools were provided
this year with:
Coaching & Effective Feedback
Analyzation and Training
Planning (Intersession, Instructional Focus, Lesson Planning)
seen improvement in a number of areas:
- 8 Schools
realized increases in their Climate Rating score by 1 or more points
- Addition of
Behavior Interventionists assisted with decrease in discipline referrals
and out of school suspensions
Rate has improved with addition of social workers and school counselor
- Curtis V.
Cooper provides Physical, Dental and Behavioral Health Services support
To view the
full report follow this link:
Division staff also presented the Board with an overview of the Budget Process
for FY 2020. The Board is scheduled to hold the first Public Hearing on
the 2020 FY Budget on May 15th. For a look at the budget
process follow this link:
Adjustment – Charter School Funding Report
Officer Larry Jackson presented the Board with a report on Mid-Term Budget
Adjustments to Charter School Funding. To view the full report:
2019 Legislative Session concluded on April 2, 2019. The Governor has 40 days
to sign or veto these bills. This year’s session included many education
related matters. Bills of particular interest included the Governor’s
FY20 Budget that includes pay raises for certain state employees, Educational
Scholarship Accounts (or Voucher Bills), limitations to Dual Enrollment, and
modifications to the Teacher Retirement System. The Governor has signed a number of
educational related bills. A summary is
provided at this link:
the Good News!
Superintendent’s Student of the Month for April was announced! Congratulations to
Aneih Hernandez– a 7th grader from Hubert Middle School!
Volunteer Service Award Recipients
This year, the
Savannah Chatham County School System began offering the President’s Volunteer
Service Award to encourage and strengthen volunteerism in our schools based on
hours entered into our Volunteer Tracker Program software APP Garden. 17
volunteers - 9 students and 8 adult volunteers at our schools – have qualified
for the Gold Level Presidential Volunteer Service Award!
Polite and Ms. Ruby Lipscomb sit on the Board of Directors for the Community
Help Inc organization. Mr. Polite was the driving force - along with the
Historic Savannah Foundation - to start the SCCPSS Historic Preservation
program at Savannah Early College. Mr. Polite himself has also been a chaperone
on numerous field trips for the program’s students and has contributed to the
Savannah Early College Social Studies Department and Historic Preservation
Program as a guest speaker.
Atlanta-based ArtsNow Program kicked off its work in Savannah-Chatham County
Public Schools last month. ArtsNow has been awarded more than $2.27 million
over four years to fund its smART Literacy! Project in three SCCPSS schools –
Heard Elementary, Marshpoint Elementary and Garrison School for the Arts.
School Nurse Day!
This year, the
theme for National School Nurse Day is “Making the Grade on School
Health.” To recognize the valuable contributions of our school nurses,
the Board of Education proclaimed Wednesday, May 8, 2019, as National School
Teacher Appreciation Week!
the valuable contributions of our teachers, the Board of Education proclaimed
May 6 through May 10, 2019, as National Teacher Appreciation Week.
GAG and Administrative Regulation GAG-R – Staff Conflict of Interest have been updated to
provide guidance on employee limitations regarding paid speaking engagements
and acceptance of gifts.
JBA-R(1) Compulsory Attendance Ages has been modified to align with State Board Rule 160-5-1-.10
Student Attendance which no longer ties requirements for driver’s or learner’s
licenses to student attendance or unruly behavior.
BDF – Administrative Regulations has been modified to provide for a period of preparation when
certain policy actions require operational adjustments. The
Superintendent shall establish and provide an effective date.
Lunch Feeding Program 2019
School Nutrition Program has again been offered the opportunity to provide
meals for the City of Savannah Recreation Department’s Summer Lunch Feeding
Program. It is anticipated the summer program will provide an estimated
80,000 meals over a thirty-eight (38) day period. The Program dates will be
from May 28, 2019 through July 19, 2019. The Board approved the Summer
Feeding Program with the City of Savannah Recreation Department at the
estimated reimbursement cost of $280,000.00.
Board approved the use of Statewide Contract 999999-SPD-G20160601-002 for the
purchase of 02 buses at a total cost of $181,520.00.
Substitute Teacher Contract Services
Board approved the third and final renewal option to extend the district’s
contract with Source4Teachers for the company’s final one (1) year term at an
annual estimated cost of $9,000,000.00.
Forest Elementary Principal Kimsherion Reid is retiring effective July
been named Interim Principal at Windsor Forest Elementary (effective 7/1/2019).
has been named Interim Director of Curriculum and Instruction. (effective 7/1/2019).
been named Interim Principal of Largo-Tibet Elementary School. (effective 7/1/2019).
been named Interim Principal at Beach High School. She had been serving
as Acting Principal. (effective
been promoted from Interim Principal to Principal of Heard Elementary School. (effective 7/8/2019).
Swindell-Foster has been promoted from Interim Principal to Principal of the
Henderson E. Formey, Jr. Early Learning Center. (effective 7/8/2019).
been promoted from Interim Principal to Principal at the School of Humanities
at Juliette Gordon Low Elementary.
May Committee Meetings
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE COMMITTEE
May 9, 2019
IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING
May 14, 2019
HEARING - BUDGET
ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE MEETING
May 28, 2019
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS, MAY 21 – 24, 2019
high school graduations are at the Savannah Civic Center at 301 W. Oglethorpe
May 21, 2019
Academy 9:00 AM
at Savannah High School 3:00
May 22, 2019
Tompkins High School 9:00 AM
High School 3:00
May 23, 2019
High School 3:00
May 24, 2019
School 12:00 PM