“Two Agents for Change” Jackman Middle School, Elk Grove Unified School District

Winter 2006 | | January 21, 2006 at 3:14 pm

Located in south Sacramento in a rural and growing residential area, Jackman Middle School enrolls 1312 students in grades 7-8. Student ethnicities include 37 % African American, 30% Hispanic, 18% Asian, 7% White, and 8% other; 66 % receive free and reduced price lunch. English Language Learners are 31%.
In 2003-2004 many challenges faced the staff at Jackman Middle School, including:

  • minimal parent involvement
  • being a Williams school (scoring in the lowest 3 percentiles)
  • low % of advanced students
  • low % of teachers qualified for English Language Learners
  • an unrealized vision

Two agents for further changes were the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) Guiding Principles for Middle Schools and the California GEAR UP grant. The EGUSD Principles include:

  • Focus on individual students
  • Focus on on-going assessments and progress monitoring
  • Flexible schedules for movement of students
  • Academic program assistance for students in Far Below Basic, Below Basic and Basic categories

GEAR UP provides a college-going focus, funds to address parent involvement and professional growth, and the impetus for change. The school uses both the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) classes and the Family Initiatives Project (FIP) sessions. Their parent outreach now includes a Parent Evening and a Parents Day on Campus. For teacher professional growth, the AVID program expanded to 12 trained teachers. The teachers use Cornell notes as the model for their classes.

Regional Coordinator: Norman Knight

left to right: William Del Bonta, Principal; Matt Guzaitis, Special Education Department Head; Tyrone Weaver, counselor; Denise Gonzalez, parent; Kay Costello, AVID/Language Arts teacher; Nafeesah Mustafa-Rasheed, Academic Coordinator/Site contact

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