School Learning Plan
Meadow Park Middle School
Academics: At Meadow Park, we offer a wide variety of academic programming to address the needs of a diverse student population while we attempt to live our mission each day. Our AVID Program has two components. The AVID elective now reaches 103 Meadow Park students and should continue to grow. In addition, our staff has done a wonderful job integrating AVID strategies, particularly around collaboration, during instruction in all classes. We believe student voice is important and giving our students the opportunity to work together and interact in meaningful ways leads to powerful learning. In addition, our Dual Language program is gaining consistency in both number of students and course offerings. This year the program offers two subject areas in Spanish during each grade level in Humanities or Math. The Summa program is growing with the merging of Cedar Park and Meadow Park programs on our campus. We now have a full program of approximately 180 students in the current year.
Meadow Park achievement data has historically been divided along socioeconomic and demographic lines that were sadly predictable. In recent years, our achievement data has grown incrementally but our academic growth data has been on a big upward swing. On the report card for the previous year, in both ELA and Mathematics, we have seen significant growth in our historically underserved populations. Across all students, our percentage of students making growth in mathematics has risen from 37% to 50% in just two years. Similarly, the percentage has risen in ELA from 35% to 55% across all students. We are particularly proud that this growth is paralleled for our ELL, Latino, Economically Disadvantaged, SPED, and historically underserved students. The global pandemic has limited our ability to see if these results are continuing as our historical test measures aren’t currently happening.
Activities and Athletics: Many students find their most positive connection with school through the various activities and athletics programs offered outside of the school day. The last few years at Meadow Park, we have been fortunate to have an award winning MESA program, a very large multicultural soccer program, and sports offerings through THPRD. Through the passion of former students, every student that wants to participate in Science Fair (Summa or not) is given the opportunity and mentorship to be successful in that endeavor. We continue to have a wide variety of clubs that happen on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, with staff volunteering their time to ensure students are connected to school. In CDL, our staff have also offered their morning plan time and/or lunches to offer opportunities for students to connect. This includes several affinity groups.
School Climate and Culture: Meadow Park is a school with a diverse population of learners and a wide variety of programs. We want our students to attend and believe it is our legacy to have students leave us knowing that they are cared for, believed in, and can make an impact on the world. Our school is proud that attendance was on the rise prior to the pandemic. This was done through the hard work of staff, tracking absences and intentionally connecting with students that were missing. We continue to engage in this work during CDL, with our front office and BH&W teams doing outreach on a daily basis.
Relationship building, restorative practices, social and emotional support, and keeping students in class focused on learning has become a cornerstone of the student management philosophy at Meadow Park. In the previous year, we incorporated circles into classrooms in an effort to build capacity for sharing, reflection, empathy building, and restorative conversations. In our CDL environment, this is difficult to replicate but our work in building connection and empathy while also holding high standards is helping CDL to be more successful.
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.