How will you measure growth? Growth Factors (Baseline & Targets)
Empathy 1.B - Staff and Student Well Being
Couch Middle School will promote student and staff wellbeing through prioritizing self-care, physical and mental health, and social emotional learning. Students and staff who feel safe and connected are more likely to excel on all levels.
SEL lessons will be implemented weekly.
Zen rooms will be established and maintained on each grade level.
4 Staff members will earn National Growing Leaders Facilitator certification. Those staff members will assist with the implementation of school wide practices that support the holistic wellbeing of all students.
ISS will be called Student Resource Room and the staff member will use Navigate 360 and/or Growing Leaders SEL lessons to support the holistic wellbeing of students in the Student Support Room.
Teachers will have the opportunity to participate in "Fun, Food, and Fellowship" team-building activities throughout the school year, including but not limited to, Pre-planning, Digital Days, and monthly grade level activities.
Continue service-centered activities to support stakeholders:
Care Team, Community Closet, Food Drive, Holiday Share/Giving Tree
Couch Middle School Student Health Survey will be administered in October and April.
Couch Middle School Staff Health Survey will be administered in October and April.
Equity 2.A - Multi-tiered System of Supports
Couch Middle School will implement a comprehensive MTSS system to address the academic and behavioral needs of students so that all students have the opportunity to maximize their potential.
MTSS AP, MTSS Coordinator, Grade Level Counselors, and Tier 2/3 teachers will meet with MTSS AP bi-weekly to review student data and to create plans for students who have been identified as being in need of additional supports.
MTSS Coordinator will attend district led trainings and meetings.
Bi-weekly Team Talks and Ram Talks will be held to address the holistic needs of all students.
A Tier 2/3 behavior support class, Life Academy, will be offered during Connections to meet the needs of students who need behavior support.
CICO will be used for students who earn a 4th disciplinary STEP and/or students with major infractions, as needed.
Increase the number of staff who are trained in Restorative Practices.
RAM Time will be used to provide remedial support for students.
CMS will pilot an ML resource to gain access to additional resources to support our ML population.
Novice teachers will be provided with a mentor and Coaching Cycles.
All certified teachers and paraprofessionals will receive GCPS Restorative Practice training.
Peer Observations will be completed by all novice (1st-3rd years) teachers or other teachers, as needed.
% of Beginner Level Learners
% of Beginner Level Learners
# of CICO Students
Restorative Practice Training
Baseline Data: 2022-2023
2023-2024 Target Data:
Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access
Couch Middle School will expand student access to high-quality, rigorous, Gifted, and Carnegie courses.
Increase the number of academic opportunities students have via RAM Time.
Increase Carnegie course options for 8th grade students.
Continue to identify students for the Gifted program.
Increase the number Gifted serves for all students in the Gifted program.
Expand student leadership opportunities.
Establish a Peer Leadership Program for all grade levels.
Increase the number of students who participate in Student Council.
Increase the number of students who participate in Fine Arts courses.
Increase the number of PBIS activities.
Per Student Data
Total # of classes
Effectiveness 3.A - Results-Based Evaluation System
To improve student achievement outcomes, RBES will be used as a tool to create measurable LSPI aligned goals for all staff.
All teachers will plan collaboratively, at least, one day per week.
Writing Across All Content Areas will be implemented school wide using the RACES and/or CER frameworks.
Professional Learning will focus on strategies that improve student achievement outcomes:
Quality Plus Teaching Strategies
Aug 203-Dec 2023
Teachers and Paras
Restorative Practices Training
June 2023-Dec 2023
1st to 3rd Year Teachers
Teacher Support Meetings
Biweekly to Monthly
Teach Like A Champion
Bi-Weekly to Monthly
Backwards Design and Lesson PLC Lesson Planning
Aug 2023-Dec 2023
Instructional Coaching - GCPS Coaching Framework (Art of Coaching Teams)
Sept 2023-March 2024
1. 5% increase in levels 3 and 4 on the ELA GMAS.
Grade 6th ELA
Grade 7th ELA
Grade 8th ELA
2. 5% increase in levels 3 and 4 on the Math GMAS.
Grade 6th Math
Grade 7th Math
Grade 8th Math
Grade ALG 1
3. 5% increase in levels 3 and 4 on the 8th Grade Georgia Studies GMAS.
Grade 8th Georgia Studies
4. 5% increase in levels 3 and 4 on the Physical Science GMAS.
8th Grade Physical Science
Excellence 4.C - World-Class Communication and Engagement
Family Engagement, Building Parent Capacity. We will build our parents' capacity to support their children's academic achievement by implementing the activities identified in The Plan/The Promise.
The CMS Parent Liaison will create a Parent University.
The CMS Parent University will hold quarterly parent support meetings that focus on building parents' capacity to support their student's academic achievement.
The CMS Parent Liaison will work cooperatively with the CMS PTSA to increase enrollment and parent/student engagement.
The CMS Parent Liaison will work collaboratively with Admin to create opportunities that support all stakeholders.