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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: TRICKUM MIDDLE           Principal: Ryan Queen

District Strategic Priorities/Goals Rationale Action Steps
(Implementation Design)
How will you measure growth?
Growth Factors (Baseline & Targets)
Empathy 1.A - Cultural Competence

As Trickum Middle School continues to be a diverse school, we feel the need to build the cultural competency of our staff as a means of increasing empathy and creating a school in which all stakeholders feel a sense of belonging and safety.

  1. Counselors will address cultural competence amongst students in classroom counseling lessons and/or the creation of small groups.
  2. Host a Multicultural/International Night
  3. Support the International Student Club where students can learn about different cultures represented in our school.
  4. Instructional Leadership Team book study on Dare to Lead by Brene Brown.
  5. Welcoming ritual to open faculty meetings focused on empathy 
  6. Teacher Preplanning Breakout Sessions focused on empathy circles, restorative practices and revisiting Tiger Pride (advisement lessons)
  7. Continued work with empathy circles throughout the year (4 sessions) being redelivered by the Instructional Leadership Team.
  8. Connections and Self-Contained Special Education book study on We Belong: 50 Strategies to Create Community and Revolutionize Classroom Management.

Cultural Proficiency - Staff Survey

Baseline: 64%; Target: 68%

Cultural Proficiency - Student Survey

Baseline: 93%; Target: 94%

Sense of Belonging - Student Survey

Baseline: 75%; Target: 77%

Equity 2.A - Multi-tiered System of Supports

At Trickum Middle School, our vision is to “ensure learning for all students.”  As a school, we continuously work towards creating conditions in which every child has an opportunity to reach their full academic and social potential.

  1. Data meetings for the MTSS team with progress monitoring
  2. Employ a lead counselor with a focus of MTSS
  3. Interdisciplinary team meetings once per month to discuss and document data/progress monitoring (KidTalks)
  4. Utilize iReady Screener to identify students in need to provide support for students
  5. Provide reading and math supports for all identified students 
  6. Attendance small group facilitated by counselors
  7. New Tiger Time approach to include progress monitoring
  8. Schoolwide staff development focused on effective Tier 2 practices & how to utilize them in Tiger Time
  9. Implementation of a formalized process for Kid Talk/MTSS Data Collection.

MTSS Screening - Academic

Baseline: 96%; Target: 96%

MTSS Screening - Wellbeing

Baseline: 96%; Target: 96%

PBIS Distinguished

Baseline: Installing; Target: Operational

Student Improvement - % Beginning on Milestones

Baseline: 19.4%; Target: 15%

Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access

At Trickum  Middle School, we will ensure that all of our students will have opportunities to engage in and access to high-quality, rigorous, and culturally relevant curriculum.

  1. 1 to 1 devices for all students
  2. Whole staff training on Restorative Practices; initiate implementation
  3. Implementation and professional development regarding iReady testing and the interpretation of results
  4. Continued focus on small group instruction coupled with peer observation
  5. Continued scheduling practices to include all instructional settings on multiple pods
  6. Increase the number of Gifted, EL and Instructional Coaching endorsed teachers
  7. Discipline Data Review Team to focus on analyzing, sharing, and providing assistance in regards to Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports implementation
  8. Continued implementation of restorative practices by Assistant Principals to include restorative circles and re-entry conferences.

Gifted & Talented Representation

Baseline: 2; Target: 1

Discipline Disproportionality

Baseline: 2; Target: 1

Effectiveness 3.A - Results-Based Evaluation System

At Trickum Middle School, we strive to be the “greatest middle school in the nation.” This includes ensuring a sustained legacy of academic performance.

  1. Continue to link Results-Based Evaluation System with the Local School Plan for Improvement 
  2. Weekly walk-throughs with "sticky note" feedback by Leadership Team
  3. Continue to implement collaborative practices utilizing the best practices of professional learning communities
  4. Implementation of the Trickum Middle School Instructional Framework
  5. Professional learning focused on effective Tier 2 practices & how to utilize them in Tiger Time
  6. Continued focus on small group instruction coupled with peer observation
  7. Leadership Team will continue to provide feedback to teachers, focusing on the improvement of instructional practice

Gwinnett Teacher Evaluation System [GTES] (Percentage of teachers who are proficient and/or exemplary in Standard #2 Instructional Planning, Standard #3 Instructional Strategies, Standard #4 Differentiation, Standard #8 Academically Challenging Environment and Standard #9 Professionalism) 

Baseline: 99.5% Target: 100%

Improvement Progress (Increase the percentage of students scoring in the Proficient or Distinguished categories on each of the Georgia Milestones Assessments)

Baseline/Target - see attachment

Excellence 4.A - Preferred Education Destination

At Trickum Middle School, we promote a culture of excellence, focused on the achievement of all students. Our goal is to be a school of choice and to provide all stakeholders with exemplary customer service.

  1. Continued opportunities for students to be involved in school processes such as including Student Council in meetings with the principal.
  2. Continued focus on developing and implementing effective advisement lessons (Tiger Pride)
  3. Continued implementation of 8th grade career lessons (Bridge)
  4. Improve parent outreach and communication by providing more opportunities for incorporating all stakeholders into our school’s community, including communicating in the primary language, when possible
  5. Continued high levels of student choice and variety for extracurricular activity involvement year round
  6. Continued structures to incorporate two-way communication with staff and parents via "Ryan's Roundtable" opportunities
  7. Family Engagement workshops and activities led by the Parent Engagement Liaison to include, but not limited to, parent-support nights, ESOL parent nights, faculty workshops for engaging parents, translation services for publications, etc.

Student Satisfaction - Student Survey

Baseline: 50%; Target: 55%

Family Satisfaction - Family Survey

Baseline: 78%; Target: 83%