Pomeroy School District No. 110 strives to aid each student’s intellectual, physical, emotional, and social growth giving him/her the basic skills essential to become an employable and responsible member of home, community, and society. Our schools help prepare each student to positively contribute, think, and function in a world of rapid change and to adapt to the demands of the 21st Century.
Pomeroy Schools: Dreaming, Believing, Achieving—Where students are safe, educated, and prepared. We strive to make people better everyday!
Pomeroy School District Guiding Question:
How will each staff member of the Pomeroy School District work collaboratively, as a vertical P-12 system, to improve teaching and learning for every student?
Pomeroy Elementary School is located in Pomeroy, Washington. Pomeroy is the only city in Garfield County. Approximately 1,400 people live in Pomeroy with 2,300 living in the entire county. Garfield County is primarily an agricultural community.
Pomeroy School District #110 is the only school district in the state in which the entire district boundaries coincide with the county line. ESD #123 (Educational Service District) serves the district as a regional education resource. The ESD is located in Pasco, Washington, two hours away.
Table 1 – Poverty Level
Percentage of Free/Reduced Lunch Students
Pomeroy Elementary School prepares students to enter a rigorous college preparatory course curriculum at Pomeroy Junior-Senior High School. All students learn keyboarding skills and software skills through Business Education taught by teachers in grades 1 through 6.
Our faculty is a cohesive group of professionals dedicated to maintaining high academic standards. It is willing to spend the time necessary to examine and improve existing practices and curriculum.When an outsider visits the halls of our school, he or she will quickly feel a sense of "family." Being a small school lends itself to this type of atmosphere. Twice a year parents are invited to conferences on campus. Because the school is small, many times teachers meet parents informally outside of the school day. This gives them the opportunity to help parents learn about student progress.
2019/20 School Year Goals to Improve Our School
The classroom teacher drives instruction for all students in the classroom focusing on these goals for each student:
Goal 1: All students will show growth in the area of mathematics, specifically focusing on mathematical word problems.
Goal 2: All staff will continue to implement the knowledge and skills gained from the professional development focused on becoming “Trauma-Informed”, and the understanding of ACES. With a school-wide focus teaching Grace and Courtesy.
Goal 3: Staff will engage in self-care to help maintain professional and personal growth and continue to make a difference in every students’ lives.
Specific tasks to achieve goals
- Continue to align/supplement curriculum and instructional techniques to the common core state standards specific to math instruction
- Integrate the new math curriculum envision 2020 with fidelity
- Communicate with parents on the expected standards at each grade level specific to math word problems
- Implement pre/post assessments to assess students’ progress toward mastery
- Continue to be involved in professional development focused on becoming trauma-informed and using the skills and strategies learned
- Provide opportunities for family involvement-before school reading, family events, strengthen family communication-working toward understanding of background and other outside influences
- Conduct staff meetings to discuss and support each other in working with the most challenging students
- Implement the PAX good behavior game into the classrooms-teaching and practicing expected behaviors
- Focus and be intentional about teaching grace and courtesy in the classrooms and other areas of the school; the school theme will focus on these area using bulletin board, assemblies and other opportunities.
- Every Friday morning will be time to chat over coffee in the elementary library
- Have staff meetings twice a month to check-in, talk, network, collaborate
- Plan monthly get-togethers outside of school
- Set goals for yourself and commit to them
Status of: 2018/19 School Year Goals to Improve Our School
The classroom teacher drives instruction for all students in the classroom focusing on these goals for each student. Our primary goal is to make people better!
Goal 1: All students will show growth on their grade level standards; this will be assessed using classroom-based assessments and the state Smarter Balance Assessment
Status: ALL students did show growth in grade level standards, however not all students in grades 3-6 met proficiency on the SBA assessment.
Third Grade: Math: 82%; ELA: 82%
Fourth Grade: Math: 60% ELA: 56%
Fifth Grade: Math: 50% ELA: 54%; Science: 88%
Sixth Grade: Math: 48% ELA: 57%
Goal 2: All staff will continue to implement the knowledge and skills gained from the professional development focused on becoming “Trauma-Informed”, and the understanding of ACES.
Status: Staff continued to implement strategies gained from the PD provided on ACES and becoming trauma informed. Discipline referrals decreased significantly, attendance rates increased, and academic growth also saw significant increases
Goal 3: Staff will implement teaching and learning strategies that integrate STEM focused instruction and development with a focus on content based science instruction
Status: Each grade level introduced a new science kit that focused on the Next Generation Science Standards. In the 5th grade, 88% of the students tested proficient on the state science test
The following equity factors play a positive role in how all students learn:
- Small class sizes allow for more teacher interaction with students. When possible, large classes are split into two sections specifically in the 1st and 2nd grade band.
- Alternative opportunities are provided for students who don't succeed in class the first time, such as Summer School and the After School Program.
- Various community, church groups, and regional organizations support students who may not be able to afford the needed resources, supplies, and materials for class and activities. This allows all students the ability to better participate in all aspects of the school. Church programs are offering a weekend backpack food program during the school year. The Nazarene Church offers summer lunch program. PTO and Nazarene Church offers snacks for students during the school day.
- Pomeroy School District provides a good nutritional breakfast and lunch to all students
- Healthy Kids insurance is available to all students.
- The Garfield County Health Department works in cooperation with the school system in order to provide health education in HIV, family health, CSAP, and sex education.
- ELL (English Language Learners) students and families are supported in educational endeavors.
- The LEEP (Link to Early Education in Pomeroy) provides early learning experiences to young children, preparing them for pre-school and Kindergarten.
- Pre-school is now being funded to all students ages 3-5 without a cost to families
To learn, live, and work successfully in an increasingly complex and information rich society, students must use technology effectively. Pomeroy Elementary School provides opportunities to students to explore and used technology in order to soundly prepare them to meet the challenges of their future:
- All students in grades 1-6 are given opportunities for typing instruction as well as other software programs
- Students utilize Microsoft Office applications (including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) in order to complete assignments across the curriculum.
- Computer software is used as an intervention to help students gain needed math, reading, and writing skills in the general education classroom as well as in the Title I and Special Education classrooms.
- All teachers use document cameras and projector technology to enrich student lessons.
- Almost all classes are equipped with interactive whiteboards to engage student learning using technology.
- The elementary building is equipped with 90 Chromebooks to help support technology integration.
Pomeroy Elementary School recognizes that strong parent/community involvement is integral to the success of our school program. The partnerships between schools and the families and communities they serve must reflect the particular needs of individual students. We strive to reflect the needs of individual students. These following indicators of parent/community involvement encourage communication:
- Skyward Family Access is available through the Internet. Parents can learn about student grades and lunch funds.
- Communication to parents occurs in a timely manner through a classroom teacher’s newsletters, progress reports, school Facebook, Bloomz and email.
- An annual Back to School Night invites parents to meet their child’s teacher and organize supplies the night before school begins.
- Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences are offered in the fall and spring. Evenings are available for parents who cannot take time off from work to meet during the day.
- The school district website includes information, such as the lunch menu, and the activity calendar.
- Parent/community volunteers assist student learning in many primary classrooms.
- MCT (Missoula Children’s Theatre) and the Winter Program provide a link to the community with student performances in the theatre arts
- Reading is promoted through the Family Nights sponsored through Title I and other resources.
- Several fundraisers support various programs and resources.
- The monthly district newsletter updates parents and the community of news and information occurring in the elementary school.
- Student achievement is highlighted in the local newspaper through the “Bikes for Books” program and at Student of the Month Assemblies.
The participants in this year's school improvement planning process:
Sandra Bates 1st Grade Teacher
Jennifer McKeehan 2nd Grade Teacher
Rachel Gwinn Elementary Principal/Superintendent
Gwen Schwemmer Special Education Teacher
Amy Smith Elementary Counselor
Jennifer Maves 5th Grade Teacher
Elizabeth Waldher Kindergarten Teacher
Jim Greene 6th Grade Teacher
BJ Cannon 1st Grade Teacher
Andrea Claassen 4th Grade Teacher
Katie Bolland 3rd Grade Teacher
Adela Ledgerwood Pre-School Teacher
Maureen Scoggin Para-Professional
Jeanne Lamb Para-Professional
Carrie Kimble Para-Professional
Jerri McDonald Para-Professional
Wendy Snyder Para-Professional
Christa Slaybaugh Para-ProfessionalJoan Zimmerman Para-Professional