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Accountability and flexibility are hallmarks of Gwinnett County Public Schools' success. Key to that success is ensuring that each school community understands the progress being made by its schools, as well as what plans will drive improvement. Each school creates a collaborative Local School Plan for Improvement (LSPI) to increase student achievement results, with targeted goals based on the four strategic priorities within the district’s Blueprint for the Future: Empathy, Equity, Effectiveness, and Excellence. All schools across the district will focus on goals 2A- Multi-tiered Systems of Support and 2B- Opportunity and Access. Additionally, schools are required to select one goal from each of the other strategic priorities. LSPI goals are dynamic, like our schools, and are updated to reflect changes that occur in schools. Multiple data points are used to determine areas needing improvement and to identify specific, measurable, annual objectives. Schools then determine how to use research-based strategies to achieve these goals, using flexibility as needed. The LSPI development process involves teachers, parents, students, and community members, so the entire school community has the opportunity to be involved in conversations about school improvement.


2023 - 2024 Local School Plan for Improvement (LSPI)

School: CHATTAHOOCHEE ELEMENTARY           Principal: Mark Moon

District Strategic Priorities/Goals Rationale Action Steps
(Implementation Design)
How will you measure growth?
Growth Factors (Baseline & Targets)
Empathy 1.B - Staff and Student Well Being

In order for students to be succesful, they need to feel a sense of belonging within the school environment. According to GCPS' Blueprint for the Future, "Empathy, the ability to understand the feelings of another person and place yourself in their position, is the entry point towards creating a culture where staff and students feel a sense of belonging and safety". Based on the analysis of Chattahoochee Elementary School's Effectiveness survey results, a need to promote student and staff wellbeing through prioritizing self-care, physical and mental health, and social emotional learning is a priority to create an environment that promotes and sustains student success. 

  1. Within the school, a location will be established for staff that focuses on self-care, physical and mental health. The Zen Den will be sustained to create an atmosphere of respect, care, and connection among staff members.
  2. For students physical and mental health, we will utilize a Sensory Room and a SPA Room (Calm down/movement based) for students in both general and special education. 
  3. We will implement a PBIS framework schoolwide to reward positive behaviors, that will include monthly PBIS celebrations, a token reward system for students, as well as other student celebrations and recognition, like student of the month. There will also be a reward system for staff to promote individual success and recognize the individual efforts for all staff members.

  4. Teachers will provide daily Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in all classrooms to support all students and sustain a positive learning environment. 

  5.  A Restorative Practices Team will be created to support positive reinforcement for desired behaviors and respectful redirections for all students at Chattahoochee Elementary School. Restorative Practices Training will be delivered to all Chattahoochee Staff members.
  6. There will be quarterly staff wellness days to create a sense of belonging the staff members of Chattahoochee Elementary School. 

Educator Effectiveness Survey (student, staff and family)

Progress will be measured using the following:

Family Survey

  • My student feels safe at this school(Baseline: 91% positive responses, target: 93%)

Student Survey

  • In this school, there is at least one adult who knows and cares about me (baseline: 76% positive responses, target: 78%)
  • I feel safe at this school (baseline: 60% positive responses, target: 62%)


Equity 2.A - Multi-tiered System of Supports

A multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) is a proactive and preventative framework that allows us to integrate data and instruction to maximize student achievement and support students’ social, emotional, and behavior needs from a strengths-based perspective. 


  1. Administer iReady, a universal screener to all students.
  2. Analyze data from the universal screener to identify academic and non-academic strengths.
  3. Provide responsive high-quality instructional strategies and interventions to each and every student.
  4. Leverage district assessment data, through data talks and data dive protocols, to gauge progress of our goal to reduce beginning percentages across students groups.
  5. Create a Data Team to meet throughout the year to analyze individual student data and identify the needed academic interventions. 
  6. Provide interventions at increasing levels of intensity based on student need. Extend and accelerate for students who demonstrate early mastery.
  7. Utilize the MTSS AIR Rubric to monitor interventions and move student progress forward in an atmosphere of continuous quality improvement. 
  8. Provide literacy supports to scaffold for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities.
  9. Continue to provide the MTSS team to support staff and students with the intervention processes of Chattahoochee ES.
  10. Use structures and processes (PBIS, Morning Meetings, SEL Lessons, Counseling Groups, Clubs) that promote relationships schoolwide.
  11. Continue to provide a SEL committee to support in the implementation of supportive community interventions.
  12. Implement a school-wide PBIS system to reward individual students who display behaviors that meet expectations and provide respectful redirections and consequences to positively impact student's behavioral choices. 

Milestones ELA 

Increase % Proficient and Distinguished at each grade level

3rd - 46% (TARGET: 49%)

4th - 44% (TARGET: 47%)

5th - 55% (TARGET: 58%)

Student Groups:

ML - 33% Proficient/Distinguished (3rd, 4th, and 5th) (TARGET: 36%)

Free Meals - 30% Proficient/Distinguished (3rd, 4th, and 5th) (TARGET: 33%)

SWD - 19% Proficient/Distinguished (3rd, 4th, and 5th) (TARGET: 22%)

Black - 38% Proficient/Distinguished (3rd, 4th, and 5th) (TARGET: 41%)

Hispanic - 35% Proficient/Distinguished (3rd, 4th, and 5th) (TARGET: 38%)


Move to implementing on the GaDOE PBIS levels of school recognition. 


Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access

Chattahoochee ES supports the GCPS Board of Education’s vision of expanded opportunity and access.

  1. Expand student opportunities to engage in and access high-quality, rigorous, and culturally relevant curriculum, advanced coursework (e.g., Advanced Placement and dual enrollment), and enrichment activities (e.g., the arts, gifted, STEM, career technical education).
  2. Students served in the Interrelated Resource setting will have access to small group resource  and co-taught settings, as well as access to additional support in science and social studies settings.
  3. All students will have access to EL Education, a High Quality Instructional material for reading and writing.
  4. Administer iReady, a universal screener to each and every student three times per year.
  5. Analyze data from the universal screener to identify academic and non-academic strengths of each and every student who may demonstrate characteristics of the gifted and talented.
  6. Increase the number of underrepresented students in the Gifted and Accelerated Programs.
  7. Provide Advanced content to third through fifth grade students who demonstrate an academic strength in mathematics and reading.
  8. Provide and engage Kindergarten through fifth grade students in rigorous STEM Problem and Project Based learning opportunities through STEM special.
  9. Provide a high-quality Computer Science Special course for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade with a computer science, coding, and robotics focus.
  10. Continue to provide students with a variety of enrichment activities through clubs, such as Harry Potter Club, Gardening Club, Newspaper Club, Running Club, Fitness Club, Chess Club, Coding Club, Robotics Club, Good News Club, Drama Club, Reader’s Rally, Dance Club and a variety of Music Clubs.
  11. Solicit feedback from students for opportunities they would like to experience while at Chattahoochee ES.
  12. Create a Student Advisory Council that will meet with the administration during the year to enhance student voice. 
  13. Continue to provide students in Kindergarten through fifth grade the access to a Korean Culture and Language Course.

Progress Toward Goal will be Measured via the following:

Percent of students who are universally screened in Math and ELA - 100%

Student Survey

  • All students have access to rigorous courses and supports (Baseline: 31% Positive Responses, Target: 33%)

Family Survey

  • My student is challenged with a rigorous course of study at this school (Baseline: 70% Positive responses, Target: 72%)


Effectiveness 3.A - Results-Based Evaluation System

In Gwinnett County Public Schools, the Results-Based Evaluation System (RBES) is used to measure performance and promote continuous quality improvement in the areas of supportive community and academic press. The RBES also defines accountability at the school and classroom levels. Based on end of year assessment data, action steps are needed to redefine the inputs, behaviors and actions that measure student success to support student growth.

  1. Employ the Chattahoochee Elementary School Instructional Framework which begins with the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS), is and gives full consideration to the integration of the AKS across each content area where alignment is appropriate for teaching and learning with fidelity.
  2. Provide targeted daily Tier 1 interventions and enrichment opportunities via CES Wildcat Time (AKS CQI) to each and every student based upon individual supportive community and academic needs.
  3. Provide Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions via small group instruction as well as personalized and/or individual pathways of instruction via iReady, Amplify, and LLI.
  4. Develop a system of peer observation and feedback that can be implemented by members of support staff.
  5. Utilize CLT assessment rubric, structured agenda and Plan-Do-Check-Act processes to strengthen collaboration among staff.
  6. Create RBES Goals for individual teachers aligned to the LSPI and District Blueprint.
  7. Provide professional development for new teachers in progress monitoring and interventions.
  8. Utilize the MTSS AIR Rubric to monitor interventions and move student progress forward in an atmosphere of continuous quality improvement. 

Progress Toward Goal will be Measured via the following:

% Proficient and Distinguished on the Georgia Milestones:

3rd grade Reading: 46% (TARGET: 49%)

3rd grade Math: 52% (TARGET: 55%)

4th grade Reading: 44% (TARGET: 47%)

4th grade Math: 59% (TARGET: 62%)

5th grade Reading: 55% (TARGET: 58%)

5th grade Math: 51% (TARGET: 54%)

Staff Survey

  • Struggling students receive early intervention and remediation to acquire skills (baseline: 81% Positive Responses, target: 83%)


Excellence 4.C - World-Class Communication and Engagement

In order for CES to meet supportive community and academic press goals, world-class communication and engagement is needed with parents, students and community.

  1. Prioritize and employ two-way communication between teacher-student and teacher-parent.
  2. Prioritize and employ two-way communication between school-parents using Chattahoochee ES website, Parent Square, eClass resources and Class Dojo.
  3. Ensure consistency across classrooms in regards to communication, such as eClass and weekly newsletters.
  4. Host virtual Principal Town Hall meetings quarterly to provide families, students, and the community with current school information as well as opportunities for parents to render feedback and input for school improvement.
  5. Host Parent-Teacher Conferences twice per year (or as needed) to inform parents of the progress of students and to solicit parent feedback and input for school improvement.
  6. Elevate student voice via Chattahoochee ES Student Council and local school surveys, as well as creating a Principal Student Advisory Council of students.
  7. Host Chattahoochee Elementary School Council and PTA meetings and use both as opportunities to solicit additional feedback and input for school improvement actions.
  8. Host parent engagement meetings to discuss pertinent topics, such as monitoring technology at home.
  9. Continue to utilize social media to communicate and engage with the community.
  10. Continue to host community events, such as Heritage Night, Bingo Night, Curriculum Night, STEM Night, Sweetheart Dance and PTA Movie Nights. 

Progress toward goal will be measured via the following:

Family Survey

  • Parents/families have input into plans for improving this school (Baseline: 81% Positive Responses - Target: 83%)

  • I am informed about progress toward the improvement goals of the school (Baseline: 83% Positive Responses - Target: 85%)

Staff Survey

  • With important decisions we seek input from parents and the community (Baseline: 80% Positive Responses - Target: 82%)