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2013 Pinellas Primary Academy Open House Presentation
Transcript of 2013 Pinellas Primary Academy Open House Presentation
Pinellas Primary Academy's mission is to provide a nurturing and creative environment for highly motivated students to help them rise to their potential.
Charter schools began in Florida in 1996. Charters operate under a different set of laws which allow the schools to be more flexible and innovative in their approach to working with children.
Charter Schools are usually operated by
not-for-profit agencies which organize to operate a school to meet specific needs. Pinellas Preparatory Academy, Inc. is our own agency and is under the direction of our Board of Directors.
Pinellas Preparatory Academy, Inc. was established to meet the needs of students who were highly motivated, but not being challenged in conventional classrooms.
PPA is a public charter school, authorized by Pinellas County Schools in 2001, PPA, Jr. was approved in February 2010 and opened with 288 students in August 2010. We now have 324 students in K-3.
Being a charter school allows us the freedom to offer an education that can have rigorous curriculum and high expectations. We are still accountable and administer the FCAT test, but we don't FOCUS on the test!
Charters are independently run schools, contracted by the school district to provide a high-quality education to public school students.
Pinellas Primary Academy
We get to know our students
Small school environment
Strong relationships with families
21st Century Skills: creating, analyzing, and producing
Thematic approach to education
Ask higher order questions to invoke creative solutions to critical, creative thinkers.
Engaging lessons that afford students the opportunity to put forth great effort.
Students must be willing to put forth their best effort.
Motivated students that want to do well in school.
Every student deserves to reach their potential.
Our goal is to challenge every student to reach their potential.
Why Standards Based Grading?
project based learning
textbooks / curriculum
Textbooks should be a resource for teaching the curriculum; not the curriculum itself.
Project based learning is cross-curricular, meaning it emcompasses most or all of the subjects. When we analyze the standards, if a project does not incorporate that standard, it is taught as a stand alone, meaning you may see a traditional
Science or Math lesson.
We have chosen to use 'real' literature in our Language Arts classes. We have adopted the Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop models. We also use the Making Meaning series for vocabulary. We monitor using Fountas and Pinnell assessment tools and guided reading books. We have leveled readers, and incorporate writing in our daily lessons.
We are able to integrate Science standards into the projects. Teams have put together kits that contain Science experiments. Science and Social Studies is integrated into all the projects.
Math Connects is a MacMillan McGraw Hill
series that lends itself quite well to project
based learning. It is based on the Common
Core Standards and is highly recognized
Social Studies, like Science is integrated into the projects. Rather than a textbook, projects make Social Studies 'Come Alive' for students. Using primary sources, the Internet, etc. students are able to understand history and Social Studies concepts with more depth.
Students are presented with an open ended driving question.
The project begins to formulate and is cross curricular, including many or all of the subjects (i.e. Science, Math, Social Studies, and Reading).
Requires inquiry - Students are led to come up with new ideas, solutions, or creations.
Critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication with others.
Projects have many activities during the process, often leading to other student inquires.
Assessments are part of the process, not the end result, and usually the project ends in an activity or presentation.
21st Century Skills
Students have art, music, Spanish, and physical education as a normal part of their weekly schedule. These programs go above and beyond a "typical" primary school's offerings.
Strong home-school communication is essential to ensuring an effective school experience. Our staff are prompt about responding to parent inquiries, and keep you informed about what is happening at school. The bulk of our communication is electronic, making 2-way communication easy.
We utilize online tools to assist students with their education; from Jupiter Grades, which provide parents with real time access to the teacher's grade book, to Google Docs for creating create documents online. We incorporate technology skills into everyday lessons.
We believe 21st century skills are about more than just computers… It’s about how to learn, collaborate, communicate, connect, create, and analyze the information they are presented. We prepare students with these skills.
Teachers conduct at least one after school club each week. These may change each semester. This semester we are focusing on academics, musical theater, sports, and instrumental music. These clubs are by teacher recommendation and audition.
We administer our own before and after care program. Drop off is as early as 6:30am ($15 per week), and afternoons are as late as 6:00pm ($65 per week) and have extended pick up until 3:30 pm ($5 day). We also offer Summer daycare for $95 per week to enrolled students.
Not for everyone
for more of these types of
question and answer
Currently our hours are
Pinellas Primary: 8:15am - 2:30pm
BUT based on teacher survey and input, we may look
at extending the hours from 8:15 - 3:00 pm next year.
8:00am - 2:40pm grades 4-5
8:00am - 2:50pm grades 6-8
We have high expectations of students and expect them to be well behaved and focused on their instruction. With our relatively strict behavior policy, if we find the student exhibits repetitive behaviors and referrals, they may be asked to find another school. We have zero tolerance for bullying behaviors and deal with such issues quickly if they arise. We teach and model character traits to help prevent negative behaviors, and we have a strong character education program.
Kindergarten - 3rd grade classes are limited to 18.
These are individual class limits;
Pinellas Primary Academy does not use school averages.
Our students wear uniforms that consist of a logo embroidered polo or oxford shirt, with navy or khaki bottoms. Pinellas Primary Academy moved to uniforms because uniforms have been shown to help students 1) feel a sense of pride in their school, 2) help with behavior issues, and 3) help families by not having issues over what clothes to wear each day. We offer a wide variety of choices and they are purchased at Allen's Sports Center. (PPA does not receive any profit from the sales, but uses Allen's due to pricing and availability).
There is no cost!
We are a public school
and state tax money pays
for your students to attend.
We are required to participate in the FCAT, however, we do not believe in making this the focus of our instruction on a regular basis. Our philosophy is that if we do a good job TEACHING the standards and more, students will do well on the test. Each year our 3rd grade scored above both the county and state.
We believe we will provide an excellent education, however, we realize that we are not a match for all children or all families. We are designed to meet the needs of students who are very highly motivated and willing to put forth a great deal of effort into their education, are willing to accept and adhere to our school’s expectations, and families that are involved with their children's education.
We ask that all families contribute at least 20 hours of volunteer time a year. We have a very active Parent Teacher Enrichment Group (PTEG) which serves similar to a PTA at other schools. Basic parent memberships are free but there are membership levels that can be purchased that includes perks, merchandise, and benefits.
Still Apply to PCSB
Applications can be picked up in our office. They must be returned by the lottery deadline on April 1, 2014 in order to be considered. The number of openings at each grade level (except Kindergarten - 72 and 3rd grade - 18) will be determined by the attrition rate in the other grades.
Applications are assigned random numbers when entered. Those numbers are sorted during the lottery to determine which students will be admitted. The lottery will be held April 3, with notification on April 7, 2014. Anyone not selected on April 3 will go onto a waiting list in the order they were selected.
Students not selected by lottery will be added to the waiting list in the order they were selected. The waiting list is maintained throughout the school year, so you may be called even after the 2014-2015 school year has begun. Sibling preference is given on the waiting list. Once a student has been chosen, they no longer need reapply each year.
They are guaranteed a spot through the 8th grade.
Our application process is completely separate from the district's enrollment process. We recommend you still apply through the district's system in case you are added to our waiting list.
Traditional grading lends itself to point gathering
to get a grade, but doesn't
always indicate mastery
of a standard.
SBG allows both the student and parent to see what areas the students have strengths and weakness.
What is Standards Based Grading?
A research based method of grading using a 4 point scale
Based on Sunshine State and National Common Core Standards
3 = meaning mastery of the standard
2 = grasps the concept, but still needs a little help
1 = concept just introduced or needs additional help or remediation
(4) Has mastered the concept as well as the teacher knows it and could probably teach the class the standard (4's happen, but are rare)
Thank you for your interest
in Pinellas Primary Academy.
We are very proud of our school, our program, and most of all...our students!