West Valley Elementary LAND Trust Report 2017-2018
Our goals were to improve academic performance in both reading and math. With a budget of $68,051, funds were used for the following…
We were able to hire half of our School Technology Specialist (STS) so that she could be at our school full time instead of two days a week. She was able to work in all classrooms helping all students and teachers with the implementation of technology, particularly in literacy and math.
Part-time para-educators were hired to assist in grade levels to allow for increased time for students in small-group and individualized instruction to support academic growth. We struggled to hire enough para-educators and had to transfer several that were hired to different school budgets to meet some critical needs at the school. As a result, we only had one para-educator consistently working towards our literacy goal and we had to create an amendment to utilize the allocated funds in a different way.
A substitute teacher was hired to teach coding skills to all students while teachers participated in weekly collaboration. All students participated in the coding class for at least a quarter of the year. Substitutes were also provided so teachers could collect and analyze data to improve literacy instruction. We received a grant that paid for our Lexia software licenses, so we didn’t need to spend any of the LAND Trust funds on that. Due to the difficulty in employing enough para-educators and not needing to purchase the software licenses, we needed to amend the LAND Trust plan because of the excess funds. As we are working on becoming a designated STEM school, we determined that we needed a stronger focus on math. We discovered that most classrooms did not have the manipulatives needed. With the amendment, we transferred funds from the personnel budget to the general supply budget in order to purchase class sets of a wide variety of math manipulatives. All classes will have the necessary math manipulatives to increase hands-on learning opportunities for students.
Thank you to last year’s West Valley STEM’s Community Council – Philip Twede, Mindy Pratt, Kerri Bauer, Quint Baran, and Ben Breinholt. We appreciate your service and the expertise you provided to help make decisions that shape our school and make it a wonderful place for our students. We are grateful for the LAND Trust program and funds as they provide much needed support and resources to help our students improve and achieve.