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Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School

Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School

 

Executive Summary

 

Gregorio T. Camacho (GTC) Elementary School is located in the northern rural village of San Roque on the northwest shore of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Established back in 1951, GTC was always known as one of the public schools with a small student population. However, since the merging of Tanapag Elementary School and GTC Elementary in 2014, the student population has increased significantly. GTC opened this past School Year 2019-2020 with 325 students. The school zone includes the villages of Capitol Hill (Northwest of Egigi Dr.), Sadog Tasi, As Mahetok, Tanapag, San Roque, Achugao, and As Matuis.

 

GTC serves many families from diverse ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses. At the end of the School Year 2019-2020, all students qualified for the free meal program under the Community Eligibility Provision. About 53% of our student population are of Chamorro descent, 13% Filipino, 10% Carolinian, and smaller percentages that include students of Caucasian, Bangladeshi, Chinese, Chuukese, Marshallese, Mortlockese, Palauan, Pohnpeian, Russian, and Yapese descent. For the school year 2019-2020, 15% of GTC’s student population were identified as English Language Learners, 20% receiving Title I services, and 9% identified for Special Education services.

 

The GTC Elementary school faculty and staff are committed to helping students achieve their goals and fullest potential. Our faculty consists of a total of 36 staff. The school administration consists of a Principal and Vice Principal. Support staff include a Secretary, Administrative Assistant, Librarian Aide, and Building Maintenance. The teaching faculty include fifteen Classroom Teachers, two Special Education Teachers, five Special Education Teacher Aides, and two Classroom Teacher Aides. GTC is assigned one Literacy Coach and two Title I Teachers. GTC also has two instructors for the Chamorro Carolinian Language Heritage Studies (CCLHS) program and a School Counselor that serves the entire student body. Nine out of fifteen or 60% of the teaching staff have attained their Master’s Degree. About 90% of our teachers, including Special Education, and the School Counselor, Principal, Vice Principal, and CCLHS Instructors are also certified by the Board.

 

The Title I Consolidated Grant, Local Operations Allocation, Wellness Allocation, and Parent Involvement funding afford opportunities for our school to purchase instructional materials, resources, and pay for training needed to support student learning. GTC’s main focus during School Year 2019-2020 was to implement evidence-based strategies and instructional support to help meet our school’s initiative of every student making progress in reading and math by increasing their Scaled Score to meet or surpass the grade-level benchmarks, as well as improving writing skills.

 

GTC’s School-wide Improvement Plan is aligned to the CNMI Public School System’s Strategic Priorities. The school concludes each school year with work sessions to collaborate and analyze student performance data, determining areas of concerns to be addressed for the following school year. Data dialogues are held at the beginning of each school year to analyze ACT Summative Assessment data released in July. This collaborative effort helps determine actions to improve academic achievement as well as supports for both students and teachers. GTC continues to improve efforts to integrate teacher and student-directed technology to challenge all students. GTC also continues to implement the school-wide Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) program as a framework to strengthen the school’s Response to Intervention (RtI) with classroom teachers, Title 1, Counselor, and Special Education supports. A strengthened leadership team is in place to ensure the implementation and monitoring of the continuous improvement process.

 

Additionally, each year all online subscriptions and technology is renewed to support and enhance the school’s technology programs and assessments. This technology promotes student engagement, but more importantly guides students to make connections with the curriculum as global learners in the 21st Century.

 

All funding has contributed to student achievement by providing the needed resources and materials for classroom instruction, as well as the daily operations of the school. We look forward to continuing on our path to student growth and achievement so that our students can continue to make leaps and bounds in education.

 

 

Student Achievement Data School Year 2019-2020

 

The school uses a variety of assessment data to determine students’ academic performances.  The table below includes the results of the STAR Early Literacy, Reading, and Math from the third screening administered in March 2020.

 

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STAR Early Literacy

Grade Level At/Above Benchmark On Watch Intervention Urgent Intervention
K 34% 17% 29% 20%
1st 60% 12% 16% 12%
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STAR Reading

Grade Level At/Above Benchmark On Watch Intervention Urgent Intervention
2nd 55% 18% 18% 8%
3rd 43% 18% 29% 11%
4th 35% 28% 25% 12%
5th 47% 17% 28% 8%
School-wide 46% 18% 24% 12%
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**Our kindergarten students do not take the STAR Math assessment. 

 

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STAR Math

Grade Level At/Above Benchmark On Watch Intervention Urgent Intervention
1st 63% 12% 8% 17%
2nd 53% 17% 17% 13%
3rd 57% 23% 9% 11%
4th 48% 16% 22% 14%
5th 64% 7% 13% 16%
School-wide 57% 15% 14% 14%
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SWP: Goals, Number of Objective Met/Number of Objectives


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Goal Name

Number of Objective Met/Number of Objectives

1

(READING) Student Success— By the end of School Year 2019-2020, all grade levels from 3rd through 5th grade will meet or surpass their grade-level’s target percentage of students at the “ready or exceeding” level in reading as measured by the ACT Aspire Summative Assessment.The grade-level targets for this school year 2019-2020 are outlined in the table below:

Grade Level Target Percentage of Students at
the “Ready or Exceeding” Levels

3rd Grade

29%

4th Grade

42%

5th Grade

38%

**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the district was unable to administer the ACT Aspire Summative Assessment this school year.  
GTC administered ACT Aspire Interim III in January 2020.  Below are the ACT Interim III results:

Grade Level Target Percentage of Students at
the “Meets Benchmark” Levels

3rd Grade

21%

4th Grade

35%

5th Grade

13%
Objectives: 0/4

 

 

2

(MATH) Student Success— By the end of School Year 2019-2020, all grade levels from 3rd through 5th grade will meet or surpass their grade-level’s target percentage of students at the “ready or exceeding” level in math as measured by the ACT Aspire Summative Assessment.  The grade-level targets for this school year 2019-2020 are outlined in the table below:

Grade Level Target Percentage of Students at
the “Ready or Exceeding” Levels

3rd Grade

48%

4th Grade

43%

5th Grade

57%

**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the district was unable to administer the ACT Aspire Summative Assessment this school year. 
GTC administered ACT Aspire Interim III in January 2020.  Below are the ACT Interim III Math results:

Grade Level Target Percentage of Students at
the “Meets Benchmark” Levels

3rd Grade

25%

4th Grade

18%

5th Grade

30%
Objectives:  0 / 2

 

 

 

3

(WRITING) Student Success—By the end of School Year 2019-2020, 52% of students in grades 3rd through 5th will score 50% or higher across writing traits scored in English Language Arts (ELA) as measured by the ACT Aspire Summative Assessment.

**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the district was unable to administer the ACT Aspire Summative Assessment this school year. 
GTC administered ACT Aspire Interim III in January 2020.  The ACT Interim assessment reports do not report the writing traits scored.  The table below include the ACT Interim III results for English:

Grade Level Target Percentage of Students at the
“Meets Benchmark” Levels
Productions of
Writing
Conventions of
English

3rd Grade

25% 42%

4th Grade

54% 53%

5th Grade

57% 70%
Objectives: 0 / 1

4

(STUDENT COMPETITIONS)  By the end of School Year 2021-2022, GTC will continue to motivate and maintain student engagement in extra-curricular competitions made available through our school district as measured by competition/event registration.

Objectives:  1 / 1

5

(ATTENDANCE) By June 2021, GTC will increase the student daily average attendance to 97% as measured by school attendance data as measured by attendance data from Administrator’s Plus.

Objectives:  0 / 1

6

(PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT) By the end of SY 2020-2021, all instructional staff will demonstrate progress toward using the Rigor and Relevance Framework to create an effective learning environment that is engaging and aligned to learner needs by achieving and maintaining an average overall score of 3 or more for Active Learning as measured by observations using the Effective Learning Environments Observation Tool (ELEOT).

Objectives:  0 / 1

7

(PARENT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT) Parent Community Involvement— By June 2020, GTC will continue to strengthen community engagement and parent support to enhance relationships between parents, families, school, and community as measured by attendance sheets for PTA meetings, quarterly Mid-Progress conferences, and school events.

Objectives:  1 / 1
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School Budget (Local, Federal, Non-Appropriated Funds, Others)


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Funding Source

Total Allocation

Personnel Local Budget (including all benefits)

$1,064,670

Personnel Federal Budget (including all benefits)

$259,601

Local Budget - Operations Allocation

$30,000
**Due to budget cuts, we did not receive the full allocation.

Federal Consolidated Grant (School-wide Plan)

$204,000

Federal Wellness

$7,786

Federal Parental Involvement

$3,000

Non-Appropriated Funds (Including PTA Funds)

$3,300

Non-Appropriated Funds (Educational Tax Credit)

$3,500

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School Successes / Highlights

  • Welcomed new first grade teacher to the GTC team before the opening of the School Year 2019-2020
  • Welcomed an additional Title 1 Teacher: Mrs. Susan Castro (K-2). With two Title 1 Teachers on campus, reading support was extended to our struggling students in grades 3rd -5th)
  • Student Council Officers for School Year 2019-202 0were elected by their peers in October 2019 and sworn in by Honorable Judge Joseph N. Camacho at the second PTA Meeting. STUCO Officers for School Year 2019-2020: President - Jon Pinaula; Vice President - Ana Villagomez; Treasurer - Gabrielle Johnson; Secretary - Kobe Farley; Sports Spirit - Elina Borja. Carla Norita, Javen Camacho, Jeremiah Yokota
  • Renaissance Flow 360 Implementation supported by Professional Development with Brenda Reed-Pilcher, Renaissance Consultant
  • Joined the E-land Environment Youth Alliance (GTC Go Green Club); Advisors - Mrs. Raena Camacho, Ms. Melisa Mendez, Ms. Hope Gomez, and Ms. Yolanda Dela Cruz
    • Club initiated the use of recycling bins on campus and in all classrooms for plastic and paper recyclables.
  • Partnered with the Children’s Healthy Living Program (CHL) to implement the second phase of their research projects
  • Collaborated with PSS Pupil Transportation to conduct the first Bus Evacuation Drill in September 2019
  • GTC school administration, teachers, and counselor participated in the Social-Emotional Learning training facilitated by REL Pacific in November 2019
  • GTC’s Co-ed Soccer Team recognized as the Interscholastic Soccer Champions for the Elementary Division
  • November 22, 2019 – Instructional staff participated in the myON Webinar Training w/ Rebecca Moran from Renaissance
  • Welcomed new CCLHS Instructor, Ms. Christiana Duenas, to the GTC team. This allowed for the resumption of daily CCLHS classes for kindergarten through fifth grade.
  • Welcomed AmeriCorps student member, Ms. Leana Cristobal in December 2019, who provided reading support to students in first through third grade. GTC Site Supervisors: Ms. Rachelle Muna and Ms. Henara Sasamoto
  • December 2019 – GTC Co-ed Volleyball team participated in the Interscholastic Volleyball Tournament. Coaches: Ms. Sharon Seivers and Ms. Heather Otiwii
  • GTC celebrated PSS’ Education Day on December 6, 2019 and recognized students for the school-level Education Month contests. School-level Logo Contest Winner – Guadalupe Villagomez; School-level Essay Contest Winner – Raiana Ferdous
  • GTC Instructor, Ms. Jennie Magofna, was recognized as the overall PSS Instructor of the Year on December 6, 2019.
  • GTC’s Spelling Bee champion and runner up participated in the State-level Spelling Bee held at the Fiesta Resort on December 7, 2019. Our school champion, Ana Villagomez, placed amongst the top ten finalists for the Bee and represented GTC and PSS at the Regional Bee in Guam in March 2020, where she was recognized as the Runner-Up for the region.
  • Student Council held a New Year’s Field Day on January 14, 2020 for all students to promote wellness
  • GTC held its school-level Geographic Bee on January 16, 2020. GTC School Geography Bee Champion - Jon Pinaula; 2nd Place: Javen Camacho; 3rd Place: Lena Ngiraked; Advisor - Mrs. Jennifer Villagomez
    The school champion completed the National Geographic Bee Qualifying test on January 29, 2020.
  • GTC participated in the elementary-level Math Court competition event on January 18, 2020 at Koblerville Elementary School. At the January event, two GTC students placed in their division and three students qualified for the state-level competition. GTC had four students who qualified and competed in the state-level competition on May 9, 2020 via Zoom.
  • GTC students and teams participated in the 3rd Annual CCLHS Competition on January 25, 2020 held at Saipan Southern High School. GTC entered the Poster/Drawing, Choral Reading, and Children’s Choir categories. GTC placed 2nd in Children’s Choir and 3rd in Choral Reading. Two of our students placed in the Poster category: Nikita Megino, 1st Place; Anton Megino, 2nd Place
  • Instructional staff participated in the myON/Clever Launch training. Renaissance myON® is a student-centered, personalized literacy platform that offers unlimited access to thousands of enhanced digital books both online as well as offline.
  • Hosted four university students from the University Network of Global Leadership (UNGL) from February 24 - 28, 2020
  • On March 03, 2020, GTC teachers, administration, and literacy coach facilitated a Parent Technology Workshop for interested parents to learn how to support their child with the online programs implemented at the school. (SmartyAnts, Kidbiz3000, Splashmath/Freckle Math, Accelerated Reader Math, myON, Foundations in Reading)
  • GTC held a school-level STEM Fair in March 2020. The top five winners represented GTC at the Island-Wide STEM Fair held at Marianas High School on March 14, 2020. School-level STEM Fair winners: 1st Place—Ana Villagomez; 2nd Place—Jesus Villagomez; 3rd Place—Guadalupe Villagomez Ezekiel Menese; 4th Place—Randy Rabago
  • After over two years without a librarian, GTC finally filled the vacant position in March 2020.
  • Full implementation of AP Notify - to inform parents of important school information and events throughout the school year.
  • GTC partnered with the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association to provide introductory soccer courses through a PE Support program. NMIFA coaches provided these courses to our first through third grade classes.
  • GTC continued the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Curriculum in kindergarten through second grade in support of the PSS Child Nutrition Program. This was the first year for third grade to be included in the program.
  • Extracurricular Activities:
    • Academic Competitions: Education month student competitions; School and State-Level Spelling Bee; School-Level Geography Bee and National Geographic Bee Qualifying Test; Math Court Competition; School and State-Level STEM Fair
    • Interscholastic Sports: Soccer and Volleyball
    • Participated in Community-Sponsored events and competitions: Red Ribbon Week; DFEMS Outreach Presentation; JKPL Book Mobile; Christmas in the Marianas Tree-Decorating; Hosted university students from the University Network of Global Leadership (UNGL); PSS Pupil Transportation Appreciation Week; National AmeriCorps Week; Division of Public Health School Dental Program (2nd grade)
    • Student Clubs: Student Council (STUCO); E-land Environment Youth Alliance (Go Green Club)