School Learning Plan
Vose Elementary School
Vose School was built in the year 1960. It was the first school in the Pacific Northwest that was constructed in a circular shape. Vose currently houses students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through fifth. At present there are approximately over 700 students enrolled at Vose.
In the 2017-18 school year, we welcomed our staff, community and students into a brand-new, eco-friendly school building and campus in the original location. Our school community loves our new building and is proud to be designated a community evacuation point due to the earthquake readiness construction and central location. We are also proud of the modern design, recycled materials and innovative and sustainable practices that were used during the building’s construction. Our status as a STEAM school is a source of pride as well.
Our reflection on our potential school priorities has involved utilizing the ORIS Framework, student, staff and parent surveys as well as discussions, classroom observations and meetings with staff, community members and parents in the spring and fall. We have also reviewed student achievement and assessment data to determine what students need within our school through our needs assessment culminating last spring in our decision to implement a schoolwide collaborative co-teaching model. We worked from December - May last year with a team of 15 certified and classified staff to research best practices, conduct school visits, and analyzed past and current data regarding our learning progress for our English language learners. Through collaborative efforts with our entire staff, we determined a collaborative co-teaching model would be implemented schoolwide starting this school year.
Our outreach and community gatherings have informed us that we need to continue to expand our efforts to include, engage and support our diverse family and broader community. Our current efforts have increased family support and involvement but we feel we can continue to improve.
Vose Elementary School currently has two strands of instruction. One is Dual Language (DL) immersion in Spanish, the other is English Only (EO). This year (2019-20 school year) we are continuing to expand our DL program to include 3 classrooms in each grade level in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. We have two classes per grade level in 3rd-5th for dual language. There are two classes of English-Only in grades K-5th. In both DL and EO classrooms, we use the workshop model for instruction in math, writing, and reading. Focus on knowing the students as a learner, reader, and mathematician continues to be a primary focus for designing and implementing instruction. Use of the IRLA/ENIL for reading provides specific guidance on where the students are as readers and what strategies need more refinement. In writing, authentic published writing and continual daily practice provides us with a roadmap for instruction. In math, we use math congress, Fosnot strategy landscapes, and continual use of the eight mathematical practices to ensure we are supporting the individual learners. Each of these areas necessitates conferring to set up individual goals, and strategic grouping during work time to link instruction to need.
At Vose we are moving to full-implementation this year of the co-teaching ELD model and high levels of collaboration to ensure that students are not pulled out of instruction with their age alike peers. To best accomplish this, every classroom has their classroom teacher as well as a highly qualified co-teacher who is ELD licensed and in the classroom for a minimum of 45 minutes every day. The classroom teacher and the co-teacher collaborate daily to create specialized instruction with an emphasis on literacy. We have built a school schedule that supports this time, as well as 45 minutes every 7 school days for each grade level team to collaborate with their ELD co-teacher. We would like to continue to support these efforts with PD, coaching and support as we monitor and adjust the implementation.
Date of Last Revision: October 1, 2019
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.
WE Expect Excellence
- WE teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.
- WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.
- WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.
- WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.
WE Embrace Equity
- WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.
- WE provide needed support so that every student succeeds.
- WE work and learn in teams to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.
- WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.