Somerville Middle School
November 2016 Update
This year the WIG for Somerville Middle
School will be: “Somerville Middle School
students will gain Global Awareness through reading, writing, virtual
experiences & interdisciplinary activities.”. We have also developed a SMART Goal for
internal measurement of our progress with the WIG. Our SMART Goal is “By May 2017, the SMS
learning community will increase students’ opportunity to gain Global Awareness
from 30% to 75%. Reading, writing, virtual experiences and interdisciplinary
activities will be implemented to achieve the goal.” The following structures have been developed
and will be implemented to meet this year’s WIG goal.
section on the teacher lesson plan form includes an area where teachers can
input planned WIG activities. This
section of the lesson plans is for the purpose of monitoring the frequency of
implementing Global Awareness, focus and utilization during the class period.
weekly form entitled- SMS Weekly WIG Classroom Reflection, will be completed by
all teachers on Friday. The form
consists of a minimum of four required yes/no questions. This form will be strictly used as data
implementation will also be noted on administrators’ purpose driven walk-throughs. Once again, this data will be compiled and
used when reporting implementation frequency.
Additionally, since we realized the benefits
from collaborative writing assignments, and since this experience can be used
as a vehicle for Global Awareness learning opportunities, we will continue this
interdisciplinary writing activity. Grade
level teams will meet and discuss which Language Arts teacher will collaborate
with the Social Studies teachers and which Language Arts teacher will collaborate
with the Science teachers. A form
attached will indicate the writing teams at each grade level.
Through collaborative discussions that began last April, the Somerville Middle School professional community reflected on the one goal that would transcend content specific efforts and support student individual growth academically, socially and emotionally. Our objective was to develop a goal that would benefit our students, not only during their middle school years, but would have a lasting impact in their development well into adulthood.
As such, the Somerville Middle School community has determined that our 2016-2017 SMS WIG is “Somerville Middle School student s will gain Global Awareness through reading, writing, virtual experiences & interdisciplinary activities”. Expanding students’ knowledge and perspectives of the world strengthens the social/ emotional development of each child. When highlighting the real world application associated with the learning done in the classroom the student’s ability to make connections between the academic content areas is enhanced. Through this WIG, the academic progress made by students today will support them in developing the skills that will allow our students to evolve into strong and positive global citizens.
The administrative team of the middle school will gather data to support the development of this goal through purpose driven walkthroughs that are conducted on a monthly basis. During these walkthroughs, data will be gathered that will reflect observable evidence of the WIG implementation.
We are excited about the opportunity to embark on our WIG as we see our students embrace new perspectives about learning and the world through the building of connections.
Somerville Middle School
Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, the SMS learning
community focused on vocabulary development.
Research indicates that expanding one’s academic vocabulary strengthens
student’s ability to make academic connections, understand academic content and
process academic concepts at a higher level of thought. To that end, each grade level team identified
100 content words that were prevalent in their curriculum. The “100 Word Challenge” was the vehicle used
to measure the students’ ability to engage with words. Monitoring student academic vocabulary
acquisition was also documented through monthly administrative Purpose Driven
Walkthroughs, student writing samples and classroom word walls.
When reflecting on the data generated by the various
measurement tools, the growth in student vocabulary acquisition schoolwide grew
at a steady rate during the school year.
Each grade level individually demonstrated steady growth in student academic
vocabulary understanding and usage as well.
When the professional community reflected on the manner in
which students communicated both verbally and through the written format, they
observed the use of higher level vocabulary throughout the school day. They also observed the students’ ability to
analyze a word and to develop meaning independently.
As we recognize the importance of attending to academic
vocabulary development, we continue to be committed to the skills and
strategies that will enhance our students’ academic progress. We are anticipating ongoing progress in this
area which will result in our students having a greater ability to express
themselves in all areas of academia.
When reflecting on the data gathered through the “100 Word Challenge” assessments and the administrators’ monthly classroom Purpose Driven Walk Through visits it is evident that the entire school community has embraced this year’s WIG of vocabulary development. Word Walls have been developed in all of the classrooms. They are expanding on a regular basis as the students discover and embrace new vocabulary in their specific content areas. Upon visiting the classrooms, the administration has observed the exploration and discussion of new words infused in the daily learning activities. These teachable moments of discovering new vocabulary spark the interest of students and encourage further exploration of the content, themes or ideas that are connected with these words.
Progress with the “100 Word Challenge” that the school embarked on in September was assessed in January. Each grade level provided their students with the opportunity to demonstrate their vocabulary growth through this activity. Schoolwide, the students have shown an increase in vocabulary acquisition as a result of this assessment.
The professional community has reflected on the manner in which students are communicating both verbally and through the written format. They have observed their students using higher level vocabulary throughout the school day. They have also observed the students’ ability to analyze a word and to develop meaning independently.
Our students continue to demonstrate their growth in vocabulary acquisition. We are anticipating ongoing progress in this area which will result in our students having a greater ability to express themselves in all areas of academia.
Through collaborative discussions
that began last April, the Somerville Middle School professional community
reflected on the one goal that would transcend content specific efforts and
support student individual growth academically, socially and emotionally. Our objective was to develop a goal that
would benefit our students, not only during their middle school years, but
would have a lasting impact on their development well into adulthood.
As such, the Somerville Middle
School community has determined that our 2015-2016 Wildly Important Goal at
Somerville Middle School will focus on Vocabulary Development. Having a rich vocabulary is necessary for an
individual to excel in today’s global society.
We recognize that communication, whether it is in the written form or
verbal is paramount in supporting an individual when realizing his/her
The administrative team of the
middle school will gather data to support the development of this goal through
purpose driven walkthroughs that are conducted on a monthly basis. During these walkthroughs, data will be gathered
that will reflect the introduction or use of new vocabulary during a class
lesson. Additionally, each classroom
will display a “Word Wall” that will continue to develop as new words are introduced. Data on student growth with respect to their
reading levels will also be reviewed.
Vocabulary development will contribute to students’ growth in reading
A “100 Word Challenge” has been
launched at each grade level. The
students will be given 100 words that represent each content area (Language
Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Exploratory) that they will master by
the end of the academic year. We will
monitor their progress in the “100 Word Challenge” at the beginning, middle and
end of the school year.
We are excited about the
opportunity to celebrate new words as we expand our students’ vocabulary!