2011-12 Annual Meeting - DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science

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2011-12 Annual Meeting - DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science

02/13/2012


Topic Presenter Time

Welcome

Terri Sheehan,

Board Chair/Parent

5 minutes

Board Election Results Terri Sheehan 5 minutes

Enrollment, Enrollment

Policy

& Charter Contract

2010 – 2011 in Review &

Current Happenings

Financial Summary

High School Planning

Cory Klabunde,

School Director

Terry Moffatt,

Academic Director

Doug Hiatt,

Board Treasurer/Parent

Patrick Hobot,

High School Coordinator

15 minutes

15 minutes

10 minutes

15 minutes

Questions/Closure Cory Klabunde 5 minutes


Mission

DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science will awaken a passion for learning

through an enriched and individualized approach to education. Students,

parents and teachers will work together to ensure positive character

development and build a strong foundation for higher education.

Vision

DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science will be known and respected for

providing a dynamic educational experience in which students become

lifelong learners with a sense of responsibility to society.

Pillars

Arts and Science Focus

Enhanced Learning Experience

Differentiated Instruction

Character Development


Election Results


Enrollment

The Table below is a table identifies the number of students enrolled at DaVinci Academy during the

first four years of operation. Data is based on an October 1 average daily membership.

Our enrollment has increased each year and we are projecting an additional 50 students for next

year’s enrollment. We will be adding 9 th grade next year and our student population will be a

kindergarten through 9 th grade school.

Staffing has increased each year to accommodate this fantastic student growth.

School

Year

K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Total

Enrollment

Percentage of

Increase

Attrition

Rate

2008-09 34 33 18 28 20 25 12 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 170 N/A N/A

2009-10 50 47 50 25 25 25 21 20 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 263 35% 27.1%

2010-11 50 50 50 50 50 50 25 25 25 N/A N/A N/A N/A 375 30% 9.9%

2011-12 52 52 52 52 52 52 50 25 24 N/A N/A N/A N/A 411 9% 10.7%

2012-13

Projection

54 52 52 52 52 52 52 50 25 18 N/A N/A N/A ~ 459 ~10% N/A


Staffing History

The Table below identifies the number of staff at DaVinci Academy

during the first four years of operation. We do have several contracted

services in special education, nursing, snow/lawn, busing, etc. which

affect our staffing numbers.

School Year

Classroom

Teachers

FTE

Paraprofessionals

FTE

Support staff

FTE

Administrators

Total Staffing

FTE

Percentage

Of

Increase

2008-09

K-6

2009-10

K-7

2010-11

K-8

2011-12

K-8

2012-13

K-9

~Projection

11.5 (13) 2.0 2.5 (3) 2.0 18.0 (20) N/A

15.3 (16) 3.5 (3) 3.6 (5) 2.0 24.4 (26) (23%)

23.3 (24) 8.8 (9) 4.1 (6) 3.0 39.2 (42) (38%)

25.4 (26) 12.0 4.6 (7) 5.0 47.0(50) (16%)

29.0 14.0 5.1 (7) 4.0 ~52.1 (54) (~7%)

* Parentheses indicates actual personnel.


New Enrollment Policy

Grade Level

Number of

Sections

Enrollment

Limit Per

Section

Estimated

Number of

Students

Returning for

2012-2013

Number of

Students Per

Section

Estimated

New Students

K 3 18 N/A 18 54

1st 2 26 50 26 2

2nd 2 15 50 25 0

3rd 2 15 48 24 0

4th 2 15 47 23/24 0

5th 2 15 44 22 0

6th 2 26 42 26 10

7th 2 15 48 24 0

8th 1 15 23 23 0

9th 1 12 11 12 1

• Policy is effective starting with the 2012-13 school year.

• School board reviews enrollment policy annually.

• Targeted services from RTI, Title One, tutoring, homework help, and staff are

available to new students if needed.

• The enrollment policy is endorsed by our authorizer, Friends of Education, to be

implemented by the 2013-14 school year.


New Contract

Friends of Education renewed our charter contract because the school met three required

conditions:

o The school demonstrated improved student achievement;

o The school did not have significant unresolved fiscal deficiencies; and

o The school did not have significant unresolved compliance or operational issues.

Significant New Requirements

The contract is for three years; we will start the renewal process – September 2013


Educational goals:

• State Assessment Tests (MCA)

• Meet or exceed proficiency standards

• Nationally Normed Assessment (NWEA/MAP)

• Steadily increase student percentile rankings.

• Data-Driven Instruction (DDI)

• Create and Implement


Significant New Requirements (Continued)




School Culture Goal

• Attendance – maintain 95% rate

• Satisfaction Surveys – Parents and Staff (80% overall satisfaction)

Enrollment policy – as discussed earlier

Maintain 35% fund balance

Website


To review our current contract, please visit our school’s website.


Academic Performance

DaVinci Academy focuses on the whole child, encouraging their

success through individualized learning plans as well as differentiated

instructional strategies. DaVinci Academy realizes that all children do

not learn uniformly, thus our school strives to meet the educational

needs of each child. We encourage each child to meet and exceed his

or her goals for education.


NWEA Results for Math and Reading

Reading

Math

Grade

% of students meeting growth

or

grade level proficiency

2009 - 2010 2010 - 2011 2009 - 2010 2010 - 2011

Kindergarten 80.3% 86% 88.3% 88%

First Grade 64.5% 88% 68% 82%

Second Grade 87.5% 80% 83.5% 80%

Third Grade 90% 82% 81% 76%

Fourth Grade 75% 92% 76% 96%

Fifth Grade 74% 96% 68% 86%

Sixth Grade 82% 80% 86% 76%

Seventh Grade 76% 79% 72% 71%

Eighth Grade ---- 78% --- 77%


MCA II Reading Proficiency Results

Grade 2009 - 2010 2010 - 2011

3 92% 84%

4 83% 100% (74%)*

5 76% 100% (65.3%)*

6 84% 80%

7 60% 79.2%

8 --- 60%

*Addition of students new to DaVinci Academy


MCAIII Math Proficiency Results

Grade 2009 - 2010 2010 - 2011

3 92% 94%

4 88% 96% (86%)*

5 56% 96% (55.1%)*

6 54% 52%

7 36% 66.7%

8 --- 72%

*Addition of students new to DaVinci Academy


Program Successes and

Educational Best Practices

1. Data-driven assessments in math - Friends of Education provided

training on data-driven instruction and we have implemented

interim assessments in math. These assessments helped to ensure

that student performance was on the same level of rigor required by

state standards. Teachers were also able to see where students

were struggling and re-teach topics as needed.

2. Math and reading groups - In the areas of math and reading,

students are placed in ability groups rather than homeroom groups.

This ensures that students who need extra help are able to receive

that assistance and that students who need more of a challenge are

at a level equivalent to their abilities. Groups for reading and math

are kept as small as possible to allow for maximum academic

growth in these areas.


3. Continuation of Accelerated Reader Program - The Accelerated

Reader program was used in first through eighth grade. Students

read and took quizzes on books they read throughout the school

year.

4. IXL Math - IXL assesses students' understanding as they practice,

and generates detailed performance reports to give valuable

insight into students' abilities. Reports can be generated by

teachers which include data on grade-level proficiency, trouble

spots, and even progress toward meeting state standards.

5. Mandatory Intersession – As a result of a later start to the school

year, we changed the winter intersession to a mandatory session.

This was very successful and was enjoyed by teachers and

students alike!

6. Addition of iPads for classroom use –

Throughout the school year, we purchased

10 iPads to supplement classroom

instruction. Numerous educational

applications were added and this is

an area we continue to explore.


7. Homework Club - We have continued to implement homework club on

Tuesdays and Thursdays. Teachers stay after school on those days to

assist students who are struggling in classes or who have fallen

behind.

8. Regional and State Science Fair - Last year we had 6 students go on to

the Regional Science Fair in St. Cloud. We learned that there is

certainly a lot of paperwork involved in participating at that level! Two

of our students were chosen to participate in the state science fair

which was held in Bloomington. In the future, we hope to have many

more students qualify for the state event.


9. Expansion of Music Program - Last year we added band, orchestra

and choir. We were able to have winter and spring concerts in our

own gym. Approximately 65 students participated in the music

program.

10. First School Play - Along with the first music concerts was the first

school play. This was a full-length play written and directed by Mr.

Cauley, our fourth grade teacher.

11. State Art Winners - During the Art in Minnesota week, two of our

students were chosen to display art at the state capitol.

12. State Basketball tournament - Our first boy’s basketball team

participated in the MYAS league and ended their season by winning

the Minnesota State Recreation Tournament.


Financial Summary

• 40% Holdback ($1.3 million for 2011-12)

• 35% Fund Balance ($1.096 million at end of 2010-11)

• $50 Increase in General Education Aid, Literacy Aid (new for 2012-13)

and Permanent Land Endowment Funding (new)

• Clean Audit

• Pending Legislation (HF 1860) – This bill would require operating

referendum levies to follow resident students to charter schools. This

would amount to about an extra $300,000 for DaVinci Academy. We

strongly encourage you to contact your Representative and

Senator and encourage them to support this bill.


Town Meetings are taking place on a

monthly basis. Although attendance is not

large, valuable ideas and questions have

been exchanged. I am grateful for the

stakeholder input.

• Most questions have been related to college

credits in high school

• Will my child really be prepared for higher

education?

• What kinds of elective options will exist?


8 th Grade Family Night is scheduled for

February 28 th at 6:00 PM. 8 th grade

families have been invited to come in to:

• Look at curriculum materials

• Get a real feel for the typical daily schedule for

their new 9 th grader

• Get answers to pressing questions

• BELIEVE in the high school happening

• And enjoy a snack


What’s done?

• Course catalog has been established and the

mechanism to coordinate the classes we will offer

with the Minnesota Common Course Catalog is in

place.

• Curriculum alignment and maps through 11 th

grade are nearly finished and will be complete by

end of February 2012

• Approaches for college level credits selected and

programming designed to support that. (PSEO,

AP- level classes, College Level Exam Program

rigor in all classes


What’s done? (continued)

• Strategic schedule has been proposed to

maximize resources and minimize need for

expanded staffing for 2013 school year

• Proposed move to “paperless” design by using

Chromebooks or other technologies to highly

integrate technology in the classroom is being

explored in committee


Still to come?

• Report to board for long term planning and

predicted needs for facilities and staffing

• Development of the student/family handbook

incorporating expectations and opportunities for

DaVinci Academy families

• Exploration into extra-curricular programming


Still to come? (continued)

• Much more discussion and a plan of action for

new facilities

• Strategic plan to maintain or grow DaVinci

Academy high school if significant attrition takes

place as students matriculate from middle school

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