School Learning Plan
Bethany Elementary School
The year 2020 marks the 50-year anniversary of Bethany Elementary School in its current location; although the first Bethany schoolhouse was established in 1895. It began as a one-room country school, but soon became one of the larger rural schools in the area.
Fast forward to today and Bethany is a K-5 Elementary School in the Beaverton School District with approximately 444 students, down 80+ students from its typical enrollment due to Comprehensive Distance Learning and other factors.
The students of Bethany form a diverse community of learners, speaking over thirty different languages. Bethany is a non-title school, with 17% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, approximately 15% of our students are English Language Learners, and 12% of our students qualify for special education services.
Bethany Elementary School has a long history of focusing on high-academic standards and developing successful learners. The school has traditionally maintained high percentages of students performing at or above grade-level in curriculum-based assessments in the areas of reading, writing, math as well as on state-wide standardized tests. Without data from the 2019-2020 school year, we can examine our last official numbers from 2018-2019. In that school year in ELA, as measured by the OSAS, 84% of students were proficient or advanced. In ELA, the achievement level on the school report card was a level 5, with a growth level of 4. In math, as measured by the OSAS, 79% of students were proficient or advanced. Our achievement level was a 5 and the growth level was a 3. Although the overall achievement remains strong, a downward trend was indicated in growth in both ELA and Math as well as attendance (92% to 89%). These are areas that we will continue to focus our efforts in, particularly during Comprehensive Distance Learning.
Our belief is that solid core instruction, small-group work, and meaningful practice has the largest impact on student learning. We use the district adopted/suggested curriculum within a workshop model for instruction in math, writing, and reading. Teachers use the IRLA to provide specific guidance on where the students are as readers, and what strategies to focus on next in order to build their skills and development. In writing, authentic published writing provides joy and a strong sense of purpose and audience for writing. In math, we use the workshop model and mathematical practices to ensure we are supporting individual learning needs. Over the past three years there has been a focus on building positive and meaningful relationships with students. When we know our students as humans, learners, readers, writers, and mathematicians we can maximize the time we spend with them each day.
Beyond our efforts to ensure that all students succeed academically, Bethany has implemented many structures and strategies to support and nurture the social and emotional learning needs of students. Over the past two years there has been schoolwide implementation of: morning meetings, knowledge and use of the Zones of Regulation, Conflict Resolution Curriculum, equitable teaching practices, fostering a growth mindset, calming spaces for emotional regulation, professional development in the area of SEL, Sanford Harmony lessons.
This year the umbrella and the foundation to all of our work is our commitment to becoming Anti-Biased and Anti-Racist Educators. We are uniquely positioned at this time in history to write our own next chapter. As a society, a community, and a school, we can use the opportunities that lie in our challenges as a catalyst for positive change. The Bethany staff is deeply invested in this work and we feel incredibly supported by our community in doing so.
Date of Last Revision: December 1, 2020
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.
WE Expect Excellence
- WE teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.
- WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.
- WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.
- WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.
WE Embrace Equity
- WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.
- WE provide needed support so that every student succeeds.
- WE work and learn in teams to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.
- WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.