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Robert and Patricia Muth Excellence in Leadership Award

Leggett Elementary School
Waterford School District ~ Keith Wunderlich, Principal

Leggett Elementary School serves 340 students in grades K-5. Almost 40% of the student population qualify for free/reduced lunch and 19% are designated Special Education. Twenty-five percent of the 97-98 student population was in a first year at Leggett. A high degree of mobility is one of the challenges for staff at the school.

Leggett’s staff takes the mission, "We guarantee to every student the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to become an effective citizen of the world," very seriously. In the previous year their efforts have resulted in significant increases in math and reading MEAP scores. Not only have more students achieved satisfactory status, a significant decrease was achieved in the lowest category of scoring.

In addition to a focus on academic achievement, Leggett staff know that building a community of caring and respect is essential for student learning. Skillstreaming is a program in which skills are taught every other week in every class.

These include self-control, dealing with anger, problem analysis, dealing with group pressure, staying out of fights, and a number of skills needed by children in group situations.

A school-wide thematic unit for Leggett students and staff next year is entitled "Valuing diversity improves the quality of life." The project, serving all students K-5, will include a student performance demonstration. A different project will be developed at each grade level.

A key component of Leggett’s work is professional development. The staff participated in "Book Study Teams." The teams used Methods That Matter and compared their own practice to a number of research-based quality methods. They met monthly and considered the following: integrative units, small group activities, representing to learn, classroom workshop, authentic experiences, and reflective assessment. Staff also meet in alike-grade groups as well as multi-grade groups to align practices within grades and across grades.

Leggett has an extended school year. During the intercession (week-long spaces between sessions) students are offered a set of theme experiences that afford learning for those who want to participate.

Parents are involved in the traditional conferences and volunteer activities at Leggett. In addition, the school funds a part-time parent position to coordinate activities related to the school improvement goals, parent workshops, and the Families and Schools Together (FAST) eight-week sessions.

Leggett staff does not assume they know what everyone is thinking. A part of the yearly process includes parent and staff surveys to determine how improvements can be made.
 

 

 

 

Robert and Patricia Muth Excellence in Leadership Award

Leggett Elementary School
Waterford School District ~ Keith Wunderlich, Principal

Leggett Elementary School serves 340 students in grades K-5. Almost 40% of the student population qualify for free/reduced lunch and 19% are designated Special Education. Twenty-five percent of the 97-98 student population was in a first year at Leggett. A high degree of mobility is one of the challenges for staff at the school.

Leggett’s staff takes the mission, "We guarantee to every student the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to become an effective citizen of the world," very seriously. In the previous year their efforts have resulted in significant increases in math and reading MEAP scores. Not only have more students achieved satisfactory status, a significant decrease was achieved in the lowest category of scoring.

In addition to a focus on academic achievement, Leggett staff know that building a community of caring and respect is essential for student learning. Skillstreaming is a program in which skills are taught every other week in every class.

These include self-control, dealing with anger, problem analysis, dealing with group pressure, staying out of fights, and a number of skills needed by children in group situations.

A school-wide thematic unit for Leggett students and staff next year is entitled "Valuing diversity improves the quality of life." The project, serving all students K-5, will include a student performance demonstration. A different project will be developed at each grade level.

A key component of Leggett’s work is professional development. The staff participated in "Book Study Teams." The teams used Methods That Matter and compared their own practice to a number of research-based quality methods. They met monthly and considered the following: integrative units, small group activities, representing to learn, classroom workshop, authentic experiences, and reflective assessment. Staff also meet in alike-grade groups as well as multi-grade groups to align practices within grades and across grades.

Leggett has an extended school year. During the intercession (week-long spaces between sessions) students are offered a set of theme experiences that afford learning for those who want to participate.

Parents are involved in the traditional conferences and volunteer activities at Leggett. In addition, the school funds a part-time parent position to coordinate activities related to the school improvement goals, parent workshops, and the Families and Schools Together (FAST) eight-week sessions.

Leggett staff does not assume they know what everyone is thinking. A part of the yearly process includes parent and staff surveys to determine how improvements can be made.