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Highland Renaissance
Academy
125 West Craighead Road
Charlotte, NC 28206
Courier #: 414
P: 980-343-5511  |  F: 980-343-5579 
LC: Northeast Learning Community - Garinger
Bell Schedule: 8:45 AM - 3:45 PM
Grades: K-5
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Principal Entry Plan 
 

Principal Entry Plan

Highland Renaissance Academy

 

 

  

Highland Renaissance Academy

125 West Craighead Road

Charlotte, NC 28206

 

Kimberly Vaught, Principal

June 2012

 

Part I:  Introduction and Rationale

Greetings! I am very honored and excited to join the Highland Renaissance Family as your new principal. As your new principal it is my mission to motivate, inspire and propel each and every member of our school family into our places of continual excellence as students, educators, parent-partners, community-based partners and life-long learners.  Highland Renaissance Academy is bursting with great potential to far exceed expectations and to produce learners and leaders who refuse to be average, overcoming obstacles, and blazing trails that make great impacts in our community and beyond.  As I join the Highland Renaissance Academy Family, I am personally challenged, inspired and motivated to grow our school by growing every child, every day based on their unique learner profiles. 

This Principal Entry Plan is being crafted as a tool to communicate my commitment to listen and learn as I lead at Highland Renaissance.  The action items outlined in this document are indicative of my commitment to “seek first to understand” as I join you as your new leader on this awesome journey that is well underway.  As we move forward, please know that I welcome and desire your input as we reveal Highland Renaissance as the premier school in the Charlotte region.   No longer will we be the best kept secret in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district.  Together we can and we will rise to the top because of our commitment to join forces as a united school family, declaring that our children will receive the best education possible. We are in our finest days and the best is yet to come!

Goals:

1.      Establish and nurture positive and productive relationships with the members of the Highland Renaissance School family in order to better understand the history, norms, values and traditions of the school community-at-large.

2.      Establish a foundation for continuous school improvement by identifying strengths and opportunities for growth for the school and school community.

3.      Collaboratively develop and communicate a clear vision for continuous improvement (academic growth and achievement), grounded in research-based outcomes and supported by historical data and feedback from staff members, parents, community-based partners, students and extended family members (district personnel).

4.      Rally the Highland Renaissance Family towards achieving goals outlined in our shared vision statement through

·         on-going and honest communication

·          collaboration,

·         challenging complacency

·         a commitment to growth

·         mutual accountability for all

·         celebration of our diversity,

·         inclusion of one and all

·         “debunking” the “glass ceiling”

Part II:  Entry Plan

 Goal 1: Establish and nurture positive and productive relationships with the members of the Highland Renaissance School family in order to better understand the history, norms, values and traditions of the school community-at-large.

Objective A:  Establish and nurture positive and productive relationships with the members of

 Highland Renaissance Academy staff members.

Actions for Accomplishing Objectives

Timeline

Attend introductory meeting with all staff members.

June 7, 2012

Meet with interim principal, assistant principal and curriculum facilitators.

June 2012

Meet with new financial secretary to establish structures and procedures.

June-August 2012

Send Connect ED message in English and Spanish to all staff, parents and students.

June 13, 2012

Invite all staff members to one-on-one meetings (via. E-mail and phone calls).

June 20, 2012

Communicate the Principal Entry Plan to staff members (via e-mail and posted on school website).

July 18, 2012

Meet with School Leadership Team

August 2012

Host one-on-one meet and greet with staff members.

·         Administrative Staff

·         Classroom Teachers

·         Instructional Support Staff (EC, ESL, Counselor, etc.)

·         Instructional Assistants

·         Secretarial Staff

·         Cafeteria Staff

·         Custodial Staff

·         Communities In Schools Representative

June-August 2012

Collaborate with administrative team and use feedback garnered from one-on-one meet and greets sessions and scheduling survey to develop Master Schedule for the 2012-2013 School Year in alignment with the preliminary Comprehensive Needs Assessment.

July 2012

Collaborate with administrative team to plan opening day activities.

July 2012

Send welcome back letter to staff members (for school year 2012-2013).

July 2012

Host grade level planning sessions prior to August 18th start date for certified staff.

August 2012

Schedule “Back-to-School” Night and communicate date to staff members and families.

August 2012

Host first formal staff meetings

·         Getting-to-Know You Activities

·         Develop Norms and “Essential Agreements” for staff expectations

·         Review of the Data –“State of the School” (Where have we been? Where are we now?  Where are we going? How are we going to get there?)

·         Preliminary development and articulation of shared vision and organizational goals

·         Family Gathering (Staff Luncheon)

·         Curriculum Shifts (Common Core and Essential Standards)

·         PLC Formation – Collaborative Planning Norms

·         Instructional and Non-Instructional Duties

·         Instructional Support

·         Master Schedule

·         Curriculum Mapping

August 18, 2012 –August 22, 2012

 

 

Attend daily planning sessions with certified staff members.

August – Ongoing

Conduct beginning-of-the-year walkthroughs in classrooms weekly and provide feedback and coaching for instructional staff as necessary.  Continue walk-throughs throughout 2012-2013 year focusing on prescriptive instructional practices for EACH child, high levels of student engagement, acquisition of 21st Century Learning Skills, intensive intervention and acceleration, evidence of data-driven instruction, and use of multiple-intelligence approaches to teaching and learning.

 

August - Ongoing

Establish  and publish the Events Calendar for 2012-2013  School Year

·         Title I Parent Meeting

·         PTA Sponsored Events

·         EOG Parent Night (s)

·         Curriculum Nights

·         Fundraising Events (Pictures, etc.)

 

By August 31, 2012

Send weekly newsletters to staff with updates, events, celebrations and “family news”.

 

Weekly

Review and develop norms for staff gatherings and recognition.

By August 31, 2012

Objective B:  Establish and nurture relationships with the student body of

 Highland Renaissance Academy.

Actions for Accomplishing Objectives

Timeline

Introductory walk-throughs on first days after being announced as the new principal of Highland Renaissance Academy

June 7, 2012

Attend EOY awards ceremony to provide introduction to Pre-K 4 students and parents.

June 7, 2012

Attend 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony to provide introduction to 5th grade students and parents.

June 8, 2012

Send ConnectED in English and Spanish to all staff, parents and students.

June 13, 2012

Informal meetings with students during summer enrichment programs:

·         Y-Readers

·         Freedom School

·         I Can Kids

June –July 2012

Send “Back-to-School” letters to all families in English and Spanish.

August 2012

Host Family Meet and Greet Night with the New Principal.

(Ice Cream Social)

July/ August 2012

Date TBD

Host “Back to School” Open House.

August 2012

Host student assemblies on the first day of school for grades Pre-K – 2 and grades 3-5.

·         Establishment of norms and “essential agreements”

·         Vision articulation

·         Beginning of the year motivational rally

 

August 27, 2012

Provide visible presence on morning announcements and set expectations for this morning “ritual”.

·         Introduce School Pledge (I am respectful, I am responsible, and I am ready to learn…)

·         Pledge to the American Flag

·         Moment of silence

·         Pertinent Announcements

August-Ongoing

Interact with and supervise students during morning drop-off and afternoon dismissal, in classrooms, during transitions, lunch time, recess, etc.

August- On-going

Host informal sessions with students to gather informal student perception information to make informed decisions about learning activities, programs, etc.

 

August - Ongoing

Recognize student birthdays (announcements, bulletin board).

On-going

Objective C:  Establish and nurture relationships with the parent community of

 Highland Renaissance Academy.

Actions for Accomplishing Objectives

Timeline

Attend EOY awards ceremony to provide introduction to Pre-K 4 students and parents.

June 7, 2012

Attend 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony to provide introduction to 5th grade students and parents

June 8, 2012

Send Connect ED message in English and Spanish to all staff, parents and students.

June 13, 2012

Meet with school webmaster to update website to provide accurate information and to provide another link for the home-school connection.

July 2012

Post introductory letter and Principal Entry Plan on Website

By July 3, 2012

Meet with P.T.A.  Executive Board and Parent Leadership Cadre.

July 2012

Meet with School Leadership Team

July 2012

Host Parent Coffees

Monthly beginning September 2012

Host Family Meet and Greet Night with the New Principal.

(Ice Cream Social)

July/ August 2012

Date TBD

Host “Back to School” Open House

August 2012

Establish  and publish Events Calendar for 2012-2013  School Year

·         Title I Parent Meeting

·         PTA Sponsored Events

·         EOG Parent Night (s)

·         Curriculum Nights

·         Fundraising Events (Pictures, etc.)

By August 31, 2012

Participate in parent events (PTA meetings, etc.).

On-going

Meet with parent leaders from our Spanish-Speaking families to determine necessary supports needed moving forward.

August –September 2012

Establish daily and weekly home –school communication protocols.

·         Daily Agendas

·         Wednesday Folders

·         Phone Calls

·         Parent Conferences

·         Newsletters

 

August 27, 2012

Establish and publish “essential agreements” for parent participation within the total school environment:

 

·         Sign-in and receive a visitor’s badge in the front office when visiting Highland Renaissance Academy.

·         Minimize disruption of classrooms during instructional periods.

·         Open-door policy (schedule appointments to visit individual classrooms during instructional blocks—prior approval from principal or assistant principal necessary).

·         Early dismissal before 3:15 only unless a prior note is provided.

·         Communicate concerns to your child’s teacher FIRST.

·         We are FAMILY –  Parents as Partners – volunteer, be involved, ask tough questions, challenge the status quo, support, celebrate!

·         Help us help your child become independent and responsible learners within our learning community.

·         Inclusion of one, inclusion of all!  All parents are encouraged to partner with the staff at Highland Renaissance Academy to ensure that we provide each child with the best education possible.  In order to make this possible, we as a staff will commit to: 1) open, honest and regular communication with our parents 2) eliminate obstacles to parent involvement that are within our control 3) make decisions that are in the best interest of all children 4) never give up – we will make it happen for each child!

Before August 27, 2012

Establish a “translation committee” within the school that will serve to translate documents for our Spanish-speaking families. 

Before August 27, 2012

Enlist the support of P.I.R.C. to provide resources for parents as needed and appropriate.

Before October 31, 2012

Objective D:  Establish working relationships with Central Office Personnel.

Actions for Accomplishing Objectives

Timeline

Hold regular conversations with the Zone Superintendent and Executive Director to receive feedback and support in alignment with the vision of the school district, the Central Elementary Zone and the local school body.

Ongoing

Attend Summer Leadership Conference for principals and assistant principals.

June 16-17, 2012

Attend regular principals’  meetings.

Ongoing

Confer with representatives from the Title I Office regularly to review the budget detail, federal guidelines and updates.

Ongoing

Meet with representative from Instructional Support offices to garner support for our administrative and teaching staff as we move forward with the Common Core State Standards and a Balanced Literacy Framework. 

Ongoing

Objective E:  Establish working relationships with Highland Renaissance Academy community members and business partners.

Meet with the Communities in School Representative at Highland Renaissance – schedule meetings with faith-based and business partners.

June-August 2012

Work with the Communities in School Representative to develop a plan for expanding current community and faith-based partnerships and establish new relationships with local businesses and faith based organizations.

July-September 2012

Identify 2 key communicators within the school to share out events and good news/pictures from Highland Renaissance to local news agencies and CMS communications.

August 2012

In collaboration with Communities in Schools, establish an H.R.A. Marketing Committee.

August –September 2012

Enlist the support of P.I.R.C. to provide resources for parents as needed and appropriate.

August 2012 - Ongoing

 

Goal 2: Establish a foundation for continuous school improvement by identifying strengths and opportunities of the school and school community and create systems to that support a thriving and successful learning community.

Objective A:  Identify Highland Renaissance Academy’s strengths and targeted areas of opportunities for growth in the areas of curriculum and instruction and define systems and practices for sustainable and continuous improvement.

Actions for Accomplishing Objective

Review historical performance data for the past 2 years, identifying trends for proficiency and growth for :

·         the total school

·         subgroups

·         grade levels

·         individual students

June-July 2012

Meet with the outgoing administrative team to discuss past instructional initiatives and future instructional needs of the school body.

June-July 2012

Meet with the current administrative team to review data, identify trends and develop priorities for school-wide instructional practices.

Beginning June 2012

Meet with individual classroom teachers and support staff members to review data, identify trends and develop priorities for school-wide instructional initiatives.

June-July 2012

Empower teachers to hold weekly data meetings to discuss preliminary data, flexible grouping options and alignment of best instructional practices.

August 2012-Ongoing

Based on data meetings and focus groups with staff members, develop the Comprehensive Needs Assessment in alignment with federal, state, district and school level.

July-August 2012

Conduct beginning-of-the-year walkthroughs in classrooms weekly and provide feedback and coaching for instructional staff as necessary.  Continue walk-throughs throughout 2012-2013 year focusing on prescriptive instructional practices for EACH child, high levels of student engagement, acquisition of 21st Century Learning Skills, intensive intervention and acceleration, evidence of data-driven instruction, and use of multiple-intelligence approaches to teaching and learning.

 

August - Ongoing

Conduct first round of observations host post-conferences with certified staff members.

Before November 9, 2012

Attend daily planning sessions with certified staff members as available.

August – Ongoing

Objective B:  Identify Highland Renaissance Academy’s strengths and targeted areas of opportunities for growth in the areas of parent and community relations and define systems and practices for sustainable and continuous improvement.

Actions for Accomplishing Objective

Meet with P.T.A.  Executive Board and Parent Leadership Cadre.

July 2012

Meet with School Leadership Team.

July 2012

Host Parent Coffees.

Monthly beginning September 2012

Host Family Meet and Greet Night with the New Principal.

(Ice Cream Social)

July/ August 2012

Date TBD

Meet with parent leaders from our Spanish-Speaking families to determine necessary supports needed moving forward.

August –September 2012

Develop and conduct a parent perception survey.

 

Analyze results of the parent survey and present results to P.T.A., School Leadership Team and staff-at-large.

Before September 14, 2012

Develop and share the Title I Parent Involvement Plan based on the results of the parent surveys and informal information gathered.

Before September 30, 2012

Meet with the Communities in School Representative at Highland Renaissance – schedule meetings with church and business partners.  Tentative Agenda items include but are not limited to :

 

·         Overview of the initiation of the relationship of the partnership with H.R.A.

·         Services provided

·         Sharing of current vision of H.R.A.

·         Sharing of current vision of community partners

·         Nature of the partnership –Reciprocal…

·         Needs of school as well as community partner, moving forward

July 2012-September 2012

Work with the Communities in School Representative to develop a plan for expanding current community and faith-based partnerships and establish new relationships with local businesses and faith based organizations.

July-September 2012

 

Goal 3: Collaboratively develop and communicate a clear vision for continuous improvement (academic growth and achievement), grounded in research-based outcomes and supported by historical data and feedback from staff members, parents, partners and students and extended family members

(district personnel).

Objective A:  Establish and communicate a shared vision for Highland Renaissance Academy that capitalizes on strengths and seizing opportunities for areas of continued growth and development.

Actions for Accomplishing Objective

Based on the findings of the Comprehensive Needs Assessment, begin the process of establishing and articulating a shared vision for future success.  Revisit the school mission statement…. Revisions necessary?

August 2012 -Ongoing

Collaborate with administrative team and use feedback garnered from one-on-one meet and greets sessions and scheduling survey to develop Master Schedule for the 2012-2013 School Year in alignment with the preliminary Comprehensive Needs Assessment. 

July 2012

Collaborate with the administrative team to establish expectations for instructional coaching and support as well as facilitation of collaborative planning (PLC meetings) sessions.

July -August2012

Develop Literacy and Mathematics Platforms in alignment with the Common

Core State Standards, district guidelines and the needs of the school body. Communicate the platforms to all staff members and district level representatives as appropriate.

July-August 2012

Develop school-wide Assessment Platform in alignment with the Common

Core State Standards, district guidelines and the needs of the school body. Communicate the platforms to all staff members and district level representatives as appropriate.

July-August 2012

Establish and communicate structures for data analysis, presentation and integration for the 2012-2013 School Year.

August 2012

Communicate the platforms with all staff members, parents and district level representatives as appropriate.

August – September 2012

Based on the findings of the Comprehensive Needs Assessment, develop action items, strategies and deliverables for the School Improvement Plan in collaboration with the School Leadership Team and staff members at-large.

August-September 2012

Establish and communicate expectations for instructional practices as well as non-negotiables to all staff members.

August 2012 - Ongoing

Establish and communicate expectations for collaborative planning sessions (PLC meetings) with all staff members.

August 2012

Host Title I Parent Night, sharing current data with parents and highlighting strategies for continuous improvement.

September 2012

Collaborate with the administrative team and instructional staff to develop Professional Development activities and calendar in alignment with the Comprehensive Needs Assessment for the 2012-2013 school year.

Before October 31, 2012

Host first quarter School Leadership Team meeting, reviewing the School Improvement Plan, providing updates and sanctioning amendments as appropriate.

Before October 31, 2012

Host First Quarter “State of the School Address” (held during staff meeting).

Before November 7, 2012

Establish and articulate proficiency and growth targets for the total school population, subgroups, grade levels and individual students.

Before October 12, 2012

Establish “Watchmen on the Wall” and “Gate Keeper” partnerships with staff members to foster mutual accountability, structures for support and focused, personalized Intervention Teams for identified students.

Before October 31, 2012

 

Goal 4: Rally the Highland Renaissance Family towards achieving goals outlined in our shared vision statement through:

· on-going and honest communication

· collaboration,

· challenging complacency

· a commitment to growth

· mutual accountability for all

· celebration of our diversity,

· inclusion of one and all

· “debunking” the “glass ceiling”

Objective A:   Develop systems for on-going communication between all members of the

Highland Renaissance Academy Family focusing on revisiting the shared vision, collaborative efforts, celebration of individual and corporate successes, intervention as necessary and maintaining momentum.

Actions for Accomplishing Objective

Establish systems for communicating information in a timely, clear and concise manner.

·         ConnectED messages

·         School Newsletters

·         Student Agendas

·         Weekly Communication Folders (Wednesday Folders)

·         Parent Conferences

·         School Meetings and Focus Groups

·         School Leadership Team and P.T.A.

·         Building Leadership Team

·         Quarterly  “State of the School” addresses and Benchmark Reports

August 2012-Ongoing

Establish systems and expectations for collaboration between members of the Highland Renaissance family:

·         Daily collaborative planning sessions

·         School Leadership Team and P.T.A.

·         Building Leadership Team

·         Parent Conferences

 

August 2012-Ongoing

Establish systems for celebration of individual as well as corporate successes.

·         Student Recognition

·         Staff Recognition

·         Parent and Volunteer Recognition

·         Diversity Celebrations (International Festival, etc.)

September 2012-Ongoing

Establish systems for reviewing goals outlined in vision and implementing interventions as necessary.

·         Weekly/Bi-weekly Grade Level Data Meetings

·         Administrative Team Meetings

·         Building Leadership Team Meetings

·         School Leadership Team Meetings

·         “Watchmen on the Wall”  and  “Gate Keepers”  initiatives

August 2012-Ongoing

Goal B:  Introduce members of the Highland Renaissance Academy family to other schools with like demographics that are experiencing exponential and sustainable growth in an effort to inspire

and motivate.

Send representatives from the staff to the National 90-90-90 Conference.

December 2012

Engage staff members in action research to identify the elements of high performing schools, with like demographics, that are continually successful over time. Identify the practices that are already in place at Highland Renaissance as well as opportunities for growth in this area.

On-going

 

 
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