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Letter From
The STMS Principal

STMS Year in Review

Dear Parents,

I would like to share with you an overview of the 2015 – 2106 STMS school year.  We are proud of our accomplishments and look forward to the future as we continue on our path of being a “School to Watch” by 2018. 

We initiated several building-wide programs and changes this year and the net result was an improved learning environment and an enhanced building culture.  One of our biggest changes was with our building-wide schedule.  Moving from the 84 minute block schedule we implemented a teaming model with six grade-level teams and one Encore Team operating on a building schedule with nine 45 minute classes.  Our six academic teams had collaboration time built into their schedule which resulted in the following:

  • Grade-level meetings were conducted once per cycle throughout the school year to discuss and analyze student data and to plan instruction.
  • Improved parent-teacher communications throughout the school year with over 200 parent conferences held, weekly Sunday Blasts emailed to parents previewing upcoming assignments and weekly Friday Flashes emailed to parents previewing upcoming school events.

  • Monthly team rewards activities for students meeting our A.R.R.O.W.S. expectations.

  • Individual student data dialogues held three times per school year with all students examining their own CDT data and creating individual CDT data goals.

  • Grade-level and department data meetings were held throughout the school year for the purpose of analyzing student data and achievement.

  • Grade-level assemblies occurred at the end of each marking period to recognize students’ academic achievements and A.R.R.O.W.S. accomplishments.

A second initiative for the 2015 – 2016 school year was the introduction of our PBIS program called A.R.R.O.W.S.  Our A.R.R.O.W.S program gave us the opportunity to implement building-wide expectations for student behavior in the classrooms, in the hallways, in the cafeteria, in the auditorium, in the restrooms and on school buses.  We developed lesson plans to teach our A.R.R.O.W.S. expectations and these lesson plans were taught four times this school year.  Nearly 400 students were recognized during our grade-level assemblies for demonstrating positive A.R.R.O.W.S. behavior.  In addition to quarterly recognition, students could earn A.R.R.O.W.S. signature cards and positive Dojo points for striving to meet our expectations.  Thanks to the generous financial support of our PTSO, students had the opportunity to submit their A.R.R.O.W.S. signature cards during our lunches for A.R.R.O.W.S. snacks, prizes and coupons.  Numerous students had their lunches served to them by the principal or assistant principal as their A.R.R.O.W.S. signature card prize.  Other important A.R.R.O.W.S. data include:

  • 51% of our student body received zero office referrals for the entire school year.

  • 45 hall sweeps were conducted daily between classes to ensure that students arrived to class on time and teachers were enabled to teach bell to bell.

  • The average daily attendance for the school year was 95.59%.

  • 6th grade received 27,485 positive Dojo points and 2,318 negative Dojo points or 92% positive for the year.

  • 7th grade received 25,297 positive Dojo points and 4,639 negative Dojo points or 85% positive for the year.

  • 8th grade received 26,343 positive Dojo points and 3,653 negative Dojo points or 88% positive for the year.

Academically, STMS students experienced success of which we can all be proud.  Below is a snapshot of the academic achievements for our students:

  • Marking period I – 38% of our students achieved Honors or Distinguished Honors

  • Marking period II – 34% of our students achieved Honors or Distinguished Honors

  • Marking period III – 34% of our students achieved Honors or Distinguished Honors

  • Marking period IV – 33% of our students achieved Honors or Distinguished Honors

  • 163 STMS students were invited to our end of the year Honors Breakfast.

  • 25 eighth grade students were accepted to Dauphin County Vo-Tech

  • STMS students participated in the National Geography Bee and the Spelling Bee for the first time in several years.

  • 247 STMS students met our reading challenge, reading eight or more books since December.

  • Nearly 400 students participated in our Band, Chorus or Orchestra programs throughout the school year.

  • 86 students participated in our school musical, Music Man Jr.

  • Approximately 700 students took advantage of our Academic Assistance Program held after school on Tuesday and Thursdays.

  • From the STMS library, 33,418 books were circulated this year.  This represents 57.1 circulations per student.  Classes visited the library 854 times this school year which represented a 31.4% increase over last year.

  • STMS administrators completed 205 classroom walk-throughs and 68 formal observations this school year.

In the area of building safety, STMS conducted all scheduled safety drills with the exception of a fire drill in December and May.  In the area of building budget, STMS is on track within our budgetary limits.

We had many successes to celebrate at STMS this school year but there are also many OFI (Opportunities for Improvements).  One OFI will be to strive to reduce the number of office referrals by 15% for the upcoming school year. A second OFI is to raise the bar academically by providing effective support programs. We are excited to be rolling out a Read 180 program to help support students with literacy. We plan to meet the needs of all students by refining our STMS SUCCESS groups to now include assistance in Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. We are looking to expand our Student Assistance Program to offer more school services to help our students who need it the most. A third OFI is to improve parental engagement. We are looking to improve parent attendance at our Principal’s Coffee meetings, back to school nights and other informational sessions throughout the school year. We are excited to offer a new parent resource room for parents to access by the first day of new school next year!

We had a very busy and rewarding school year at STMS and we are looking forward to the 2016 – 2017 school year.  We will continue to build bridges with our students, parents and community members while we strive to obtain our goal of being named a “School to Watch” by 2018. 

I hope you and your family have a safe and enjoyable summer.


Kenneth Edwards

Kenneth Edwards


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