Students placed at Rowley are expected to show growth both behaviorally and academically in order to return to their district school. This growth is tracked through the Daily Tracker which is sent home to parents every Friday. Teachers either email or call parents/guardians on a regular basis to keep them informed of the students’ academic and behavioral progress. The Daily Tracker and the communication home are two of the main indicators to a parent/guardian that a student is progressing towards exiting or is not progressing successfully to be considered for exiting.
In addition to the Daily Tracker and communication between home and school, the following is a consolidated list of the requirements that the Administration reviews when considering eligibility for a student’s return to a district school :
Students placed at Rowley are allowed to return to the district school at semester break (January) or at the beginning of the following school year. Students on an IEP (SPED) or MDR (504) placement will be allowed to return to the district school with an 80% average on the Daily Tracker ; full attainment of the goals set in the IEP or with the Administration ; time met as indicated in the IEP or MDR.
All questions regarding placement should be addressed to the Principal.
November 28, 2017/ A. Bonnaffons, Principal
As I reflect on the 2016 – 2017 school year, it is apparent that we embraced the district motto for the year, “PICTURE the POSSIBILITIES,” and realized great successes at Rowley.
Our middle schoolers, when challenged, met the requirements to transition to the next grade by realizing success on the district benchmarks. The majority of our ninth graders met the credit requirements to transition to the tenth grade. A solid percentage of our high schoolers passed the EOCs to meet the state requirements for a high school diploma. 100% of our twelfth graders met the requirements for a high school diploma through instruction, online credit recovery, and online credit attainment; as did a number of eleventh graders who accomplished that goal to become seniors within three years. We pictured the possibilities and it happened.
We received a grant that enabled us to offer after-school tutoring twice a week; provide bus transportation following tutoring; and, to offer additional school-based opportunities for PLC collaboration. We revamped a schedule that had been in place for 10 years which allowed for a common planning period for middle school teachers (thus extending opportunities for team collaboration); an enrichment period for middle schoolers during which we were able to provide art enrichment and life skills education through community partnerships; an extra class period for the implementation of a school-based Social Skills curriculum; and, a different bell schedule for middle school and high school. We also transitioned from a point card system to a daily tracker for each student and increased communication with parents via the Student Success Planner. We enhanced our high school program with the addition of a Jumpstart credentialing class and we also implemented WorkKeys as an added assessment tool to assist our high schoolers with college admissions.
We are very proud of the innovations and additions we brought to fruition during the school year, just as we are proud of our school and district efforts towards receiving accreditation through Advanc Ed. It has been a busy and successful school year at Rowley and, just as we “Pictured the Possibilities” for 2016 – 2017, we are prepared to go “Beyond the Expected” for the 2017 – 2018 school year.
Have a safe and happy summer!
Your partner in education,
C.F. Rowley Alternative School