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UNDERSTANDING THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT

Student: Courtney Roof

School: Tioga School

Term: Fall 2016

Your site visit experience offers you the opportunity to learn how schools operate as a large community promoting the growth of a
learner. School environment is determined by the schools culture, its history, its belief in how to do things and what is worth doing.
Become familiar with the school environment by completing the table below. Accomplish this by using the host schools website, the
Illinois Public K-12 School Rankings based on the Report Card and school personnel interviews.
Demographics
The following elements look at the demographic information of a school.
The demographic information of a school can provide an excellent look at the diversity of the school environment.
What is/are the
Answer
Resource for the Answer: Persons name and
title, document or website.
Current school enrollment
791
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Percentage of various races and
ethnicities
Number of males and females as per
school report card

White: 19.7%, Black: 5.3%, Hispanic:


67.5%, Asian: 3.2%, Hawaiian/Pacific
Islander: 0%, American Indian: 0%, 2
or more races: 4.3%
52% male, 48% female

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Percent of low income students

70.3%

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Percent of students with IEPs

15.7%

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Percentage of English Language


Learners
Composite percent of students who
meet and exceed state standards
# of FTE (full time equivalency)
teachers

46.4%

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22% meet, 2% exceed

Illinoisreportcard.com

163

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School Organization
The following elements identify various aspects of the organization of the school.
By understanding the school organization, teachers can better plan their lessons and their day.
School Mission Statement
Maximize the unique potential of each child http://www.bsd2.org/index.aspx?NID=266
by honoring a natural curiosity and igniting
a desire to learn
Length of school day for students Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri.: 6 hr and 45 min
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Thu.: 5 hr and 50 min
Length of school day for
contracted staff
Number of minutes per class or
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time allotted for each subject
min, Social Studies: 30 min, Writing: 40
min, Word Work: 15-20 min
Number of minutes for specials Dance: 15 mins
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Art, P.E., Music, etc.
PE: 30 mins
Music: 30 mins
Art: 45 mins
Elective classes offered
Chorus, Fine Arts, Health, P.E, Music.
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Extracurricular activities offered
Types of duties which teachers
are assigned
Types of communication between
the school, home, and community

Art club, Band, Music Club, Chorus,


Newspaper, Reading Club, Spanish Quest,
Technology Club, Yearbook Club
Lunch duty, Recess duty, Bus/Afterschool
duty
Parents and teachers working as partners can
help children succeed in school. One way
we can all help is to keep the bond between

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Student Handbook
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Types of all-school or grade level


assemblies
School colors and mascot
Student and faculty dress code

school and home healthy and our


communites open and respectful. This is
important to the success of all students.
Parents can assist us by keeping their childs
teacher informed about issues that may
impact their childs success in school.
Band

Student Handbook

Blue, red, yellow

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Clothes must present health, safety, order,


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discipline and modesty
Assistance
The following elements identify various types of assistance available to students and faculty.
Identifying and understanding the various types of assistance available to students and teachers provides a teacher with a greater
sense of community.
Student intervention plans such
The district adopted a 3-tier approach to
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as Response to Intervention (RTI) instruction. Students needing additional
support academically and/or behaviorally
will be monitored frequently to ensure
students meet grade level expectations.
Positive behavior interventions and supports
is a freamework from which good behavior
is systematically described and taught
through expectations and rewarded when
observed. Students accumulate points in
some form that qualify them for special
events.
Provisions for students so that
they can participate in
extracurricular activities (e.g.
transportation)
Types of technology available for Laptops, SMART boards
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teachers
Types of technology available for Chrome books, computer labs, Study Island
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students
Types of professional
- Destination success reading and math
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development available to staff
- Earobics reach
- SMART board training
- SharePoint
Policies
The following elements provide a greater understanding of the policies that exist in a school environment.
Read and summarize the Schools There are not any email servers available to
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digital etiquette policy for
prevent private messages. If used same
students.
punishment will be given as other bullying
consequences are.
Staff credentials to sponsor
Supervisors, chaperones, sponsers
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extracurricular activities
Philosophy of the school library
Students have access to a varied and
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or learning center
engaging book, magazine, and video
collection as well as updated technology to
reinforce media and information literacy for
all students.
Study hall policies for students
and teachers
Lunchroom policies for students
Teachers monitor lunch line and cafeteria
Student handbook
and teachers
and rotate throughout designated section.
Hallway policies: during class
Be safe, respectful and responsible
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time and between classes
School discipline policy
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Emergency procedure plans (fire,


tornado, evacuation, and
lockdown)

Fire and disaster drills are all clearly


presented. Drills of all kinds are practiced
frequently.

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