School Learning Plan
Five Oaks Middle School
This year our story is not that much different than other schools; our community is struggling through distance learning, health and safety guidelines, and economic hardships that are beyond what many have ever experienced before. All of that coupled with the recent forest fires has left our community feeling out of sorts and disconnected and in some ways adrift. At the same time that we are experiencing unprecedented events, learning must continue, students must progress through standards and grade levels, and we need to continue our commitment to prevent a widening of an already prevalent achievement gap.
Our demographics reflect a highly diverse student body (41.55% Latinx, 37.8% White, 7.7% Two or more races, 7.1% Asian, 4.9% Black/African American, < 1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, < 1% Indigenous) as in the past, however our enrollment decreased over the summer and early fall. Anecdotally we know that our families are experiencing economic hardship at extreme levels, however, our official free and reduced lunch percentage dropped almost 20% from this time last year to 37.35%. Our hypothesis is that many families have not filled out the forms this year at the same rate as previous years because of issues related to the pandemic.
Going into this school year, everyone at Five Oaks and Rachel Carson knew it would be a year of changes and transitions, even without Covid-19. The 2019-2020 school year was challenging in many ways prior to the pandemic closures especially in terms of climate and culture, and staff changes, however we are committed to making this school year great for our students and families and coming together as a staff by working on three goals that are tied to our AVID school wide metrics:
Engaging in learning and application around SEL
Taking actionable steps to become an ABAR organization by 2025.
Increasing proficiency around technology and AVID strategies