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Providence Elementary School (PES) Jesse Kraft presented his seventh State of the School report to the City of Fairfax School Board on Monday, February 1.

The presentation addressed the 2015 Standards of Learning scores, technology integration, enrichment programs and the connection between the City of Fairfax and Providence Elementary.

Assistant Principal Dan Phillips presented information about the PES Standards of Learning scores for the 2014-2015 school year. Students in grades 3-6th in Virginia take the Standards of Learning tests in the spring of each year. Virginia sets benchmark scores in each the subject matters including English, math, history and science for state accreditation. The federal Department of Education sets Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) for the overall school and for individual subgroups for the school in English and math.

Mr. Phillips presented PES scores in a variety of scores in different subgroups. In English/Reading, the state accreditation benchmark is 75% with Providence ES scoring 88%. The Federal AMO is 72% in Reading with Providence scoring 81%. In math, the state accreditation benchmark is 70% with Providence ES scored 90%, while the federal AMO is 68% with Providence AMO is 81% meeting all objectives in each subgroup except with students with disabilities. Mr. Phillips addressed how Providence ES is supporting these students with intervention plans for each students, dedicated planning time for resource and classroom teachers and personalized instruction in small groups or one on one.

“We won’t rest until we can help our students grow as learners and to help them meet those specific needs that they have,” said Phillips.

Assistant Principal Suitte presented technology integration and student use of personal technology or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). At Providence, students may bring personal devices to enhance learning. Ms. Suitte reported that there were over 120 devices registered at PES including laptops, smartphones and tablets. The majority of the use is for research according to teachers.

Principal Kraft reviewed some of the many enrichment programs at Providence including the award-winning and nationally recognized STEM Lab. In addition, Providence offers a summer programming/coding three week course, advanced academic programming and will be incorporating a new math program. Mr. Kraft credited the support for the City of Fairfax for many of these additional services.

“The connection between the City of Fairfax and Providence is really, really strong,” said Kraft. “We are able to think big and act on big ideas because of the city connection.”

Mr. Kraft listed a number of support systems in place he is able to provide due to the extra support from city funds including additional planning time for teachers, financial support for field trips, technology, doubling the amount of students for summer programs and the dedicated teachers in the STEM Lab.

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