Estacada Middle School

Principal: Ben Hargrave

Vice Principal: Greg Kelley

Estacada Middle School Is:

Student-centered and dedicated to students by name and need

Problem-specific, solution-oriented and results-driven

Committed to an inclusive culture where students treat each other with respect

Collaborative: Building a school based on RTI and the DuFour PLC process

Leading teams to communicate positively with families and ensuring families know how well their child is learning at EMS

Fostering an improvement mindset by making learning visible to students and families by engaging in quick cycles of data-driven inquiry

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Ben Hargrave

Before entering administration, Mr. Hargrave was a teacher. He taught Spanish I, II, III, IV, and AP V. In addition to foreign language, he taught English Language Development. He has instructed all age groups, K-12, has served as a high school Dean of Students, was the Director of Activities at the high school level, and served as the advisor to the Student Council as well as the Spanish National Honors Society.

Mr. Hargrave is passionate about the middle level learner. Students in adolescence are unique and require an environment which fosters a culture of academic learning as well as supports the social-emotional learning of all students.

In the 22-23 School Year, Mr. Hargrave will begin his 6th year as Principal.

Greg Kelley

Prior to EMS, Mr. Kelley served as the Athletic Director at Sam Barlow High School. As a classroom teacher, he taught 7th and 8th grade social studies at Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School. Mr. Kelley started his career in education in the Lake County School District, where he taught 8th grade social studies, 10th grade US History and 12th grade economics and government.

Mr. Kelley is excited to be back at the middle school level helping students achieve success and grow as individuals in and out of the classroom. Supporting a high level of academic achievement and fostering authentic relationships for all learners is a top priority for Mr. Kelley.

Click to View EMS's Strategic Actions

What is EMS doing to work toward our District's Strategic Plan? To view how these strategic actions are measured and to monitor progress, please click here. Notes: This is not a *live* document and will be updated in November 2022; this spreadsheet does not include links to other progress-monitoring measures to protect confidentiality of staff notes.

Student Success (85% of Students Proficient in all Standards by the end of the year): 1: EMS Staff are engaging in short cycles of inquiry based off student achievement data. All teacher teams are using student achievement data to determine an instructional problem, to develop a plan, to study this plan's impact on learning, and to act (adopt, adapt, abandon) on the plan based on new student achievement data. EMS Department, PLC Teams and Grade-level Teams interpret student achievement weekly. 2: EMS Departmental Leadership Teams are systematizing processes to improve classroom instructional practices based on formative data analyses. Each Department PLC Team works through individualized PLC efficacy strategic actions. We are developing the capacity for teachers and teacher teams to implement PDSA cycles of improvement around questions three and four ("How do we respond when students don't know?" and "How will we respond when students already know?") of the DuFour Model PLC and aligned with Tier 1 (for all) proactive instructional methods and T2 in-class instructional routines.

Inclusive and Collaborative Culture (Student, Employee Engagement): 1: EMS continues to develop the ability to consult staff on the decisions which affect their job. This upcoming year, staff disclose their desire for improved cascading communication while meeting less frequently. We will cascade twice weekly through Leadership Team-to-Teacher Team then Leadership Team-to-Administration cascading procedures. To improve staff engagement, staff have also determined sending out principal-led staff agendas at least 24 hours in advance. 2: EMS will focus on "Students treat each other with respect at my school"" which is the lowest-rated indicator within the Student Engagement Survey by a) developing a student-designed peer-nominated Respect Form of which peers will nominate each other when observing "what right looks like" and b) provide results to students through Life classes. Additionally, we will be working to improve cascading communication with students. Our goal is to capture 100% students' voice in a single day by strengthening Administration-to-Life Teacher-to-Life Class communication as well as Student Council-to-Student-to-Administrator communication.

Engaged Families: EMS staff will communicate with families about how well their student is learning at school. EMS will provide families with opportunities to learn PowerSchool ParentPortal to view records of proficiency measures. EMS staff will use ParentSquare to communicate upcoming and past learning opportunities. Our teachers will be sending out notices to families any time their gradebook is updated with recent assessment results as well as weekly with progress reports.

Up-to-Date Buildings and Facilities: At EMS we prioritize student safety and school cleanliness. "My school is clean" is an indicator within the student engagement survey we target to ensure students' perception of our buildings and facilities is a reality. To improve cleanliness, 6th period classes will be responsible to clean a specific space of the school as well as the that period's classroom. We measure to effectiveness of this action through monthly pulse surveys.

Transparent Finances: At EMS a specific agenda item (in weekly staff meetings as well as in monthly parent, Site Council meetings) is to disclose the most up-to-date budget and items which have been recently purchased. Our goal is to show what money is being spent and for which purposes. Although the budget is cascaded weekly to staff, each month the administration and principal's secretary send balances to each department which inform the staff how much money remains in their allocated amounts as well as how much money was spent for students in comparison to staff.

EMS Schedules and Systems 2022-2023

Click to View EMS's Past and Present Scorecards

Click to View Estacada Middle School's School Improvement Plan (SIP)

Because we are a targeted school for improvement: administration, families, stakeholders, staff, and students wrote a three-year improvement plan in the 2018-2019 school year. The plan has been adjusted. Please review our school's improvement plan and our focus: Click Here.

The plan linked above is re-mapped to align with the District's Strategic Plan, Envision Estacada 2030, as well as the school's scorecard and pillar goals.

Click to View Estacada Middle School's Report Card (ODE)

Report card information for the 19-20 and 20-21 school years are not available - yet - for public viewing on the ODE Website.

This report card (SY 18-19) shows the achievement and growth of student outcomes as defined by the statewide assessments.

This additional report card (SY 18-19) shows the achievement and growth of student outcomes with more detail (ESSA Report).

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