Pleasant Grove Elementary 
At a Glance ~ 2016-2017 

  

BELIEF STATEMENTS

 

  1. We recognize that ALL children have the ability to learn in different ways and at different rates.
  1. We will provide quality learning that is meaningful, authentic, and relevant.
  1. We will design systems to ensure that our school is a safe, caring place where respect, responsibility, and acceptance are valued.
  1. We will foster quality learning through collaborative partnerships among children, teachers, parents, and community.
  1. We will hold high standards and expectations to encourage academic excellence.
  1. We will build a community of life-long learners.
  1. We will cultivate a sense of esteem in children for themselves, for others, and for the world around them.
  1. We will accept responsibility as adults to be powerful, positive influences and models for children.

 

SCHOOL PROCEDURES

 

  1. Visitors must check in at the front office, show their driver’s license and receive a badge after being screened by the Raptor system.
  1. Visitors are welcome at PGE. However, 8:45-9:15 a.m. and 3:25-3:45 p.m. we will not be admitting adults in the building to ensure student safety during drop off and pick up.
  1. Early Student Pickup: For emergencies or appointments, parents must check their child out through the front office, prior to 3:15 p.m.
  1. Change in Transportation: Made by sending in note with the child stating the change requested by the parent or guardian. Emergency requests must be phoned in prior to 1:00.
  1. Medication: All medication must be brought to school by an adult, and be in the original container. A form must be filled out by parent for medication to be dispensed by the clinic. This includes over the counter medicine and sunscreen.
  1. Money sent to school should be placed in an envelope with the child and teacher’s names, amount and purpose.
  1. Lunch Money:  School lunches may be paid for online or in school, on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Money envelopes should show child’s name, teacher, and lunch account number. Free/reduced lunch applications must be renewed yearly and are available in Guidance or online at ww.citrus.k12.fl.us
  1. Breakfast Program: Served 8:40-9:10
  1. Absences/Tardies: Students must have a note when they return to school.
  1. YMCA Before and After School Care: Call 637-4900 for registration and information.

 

 

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

 

  1. Florida State Standards instruction will include CORE materials such as Pearson Reading Street, Harcourt Go Math!, National Geographic Science, Social Studies Weekly, and Lucy Calkins/Pearson writing
  1. Tier II and Tier III interventions are provided for students that are struggling in reading, math and behavior.
  1. Exceptional Student Education Programs: Speech/Language, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Special Education Classes, and REACH (gifted)
  1. E.S.O.L.: English for Speakers of Other Languages
  1. Title I reading and math interventions
  1. Success Maker: reading and math
  1. P.E., Music, Art, and Media/Technology
  1. Musical Programs; Keyboards in Education
  1. Special Assemblies
  1. FOCUS, Child Lures & Home Safety Programs (Sheriff’s Dept.)
  1. Field Trips
  1. Tropicana Speech: 4th and 5th grades

 

PARENT and COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

 

  • Title I Parent Nights: Sponsored by Title I to inform parents of Title I opportunities
  • Parent Teacher Association (PTA): provides monthly free/low cost family involvement opportunities
  • School Advisory Enhancement Council (SAEC): Open to interested school and community representatives
  • Volunteer/Mentor Program: Volunteers undergo training and commit to a regularly scheduled time to support our school’s efforts (Coordinator L. Braden)
  • Parent Curriculum/FSA and Open House: Parents and community members visit P.G.E
  • Parent Resource Library: Parenting and curriculum resources available for checkout from Guidance Office
  • Parent and Student-led conferences held throughout the year
  • Partnerships: Opportunity for businesses and community groups to enhance learning at P.G.E. (1st United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Rotary Club, Shop with a Cop, Family Resource Center, Head Start, C.A.R.E. team, The MENTORS, Adopt-a-class, and Citrus County Blessings).

 

STUDENT SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

 

  1. Safety Patrol: Fifth grade students apply and are selected to assist in monitoring student safety throughout the school
  1. Student Council: elected fourth and fifth grade students focus on community service and sharing with the principal, teachers, students and Enhancement Council ideas and needs of all students
  1. P.G.E. Post Office: Intra-school postal service run by fourth and fifth grade students in partnership with the Inverness Post Office
  1. Morning Show: Fifth graders assist in the daily closed circuit T.V. production that informs students and staff of school activities/events
  1. Peer Buddies: Third through fifth grade students tutoring program
  1. STAR Runners: running club open to all third, fourth, and fifth grade students

 

STUDENT RECOGNITION

 

  1. Promotion Celebration: Fifth grade classes celebrate completion of the requirements to progress to the next level of education.
  1. Presidential Educational Program Awards: Nationwide program that recognizes our top fifth grade scholars. Students must maintain all A, or all A/B and achieve 80% or higher on FSA testing in fourth and fifth grade to qualify for this award.
  1. Honor Roll: Open to fourth and fifth grade students who have earned all A’s and B’s each marking period.
  1. Student of the Week: One student per class is chosen each week for citizenship.
  1. Upward Bound: Fourth and fifth grade students who succeed in overcoming challenges are recognized each quarter.
  1. PGE Morning Show: FSA, AR, Reading, Success Maker, Math, FASTT Math, Writing, FCAT Explorer and Fitness awards are presented
  1. Perfect Attendance recognized quarterly

 

2015 School Grade

 

Due to the FSA Validation process, school grades have not been issued for the 2014-2015 school year. PGE has earned an A for nine of the past ten school years. Congratulations PGE Family!    

 

2015-2016 School Improvement Goals

 

PGE will use Florida Standards to insure that 90% of our PreK-grade five students will meet all end-of- year benchmarks for regular promotion.

 

Florida State Standards and Next Generation State Standards (K-5th) will be taught at PGE.

 

  1. Reading/Language/Writing: LAFS (Language Arts Florida Standards) will be taught in a 90 minute block utilizing Pearson Reading Street as the core. 30-60 minutes of intervention for struggling students will be provided as needed utilizing Reading Sidewalk, Success Maker, RAP, Great Leaps, SRA Early Intervention,  Read Well, and other resources.
  1. Math: MAFS will be taught utilizing Harcourt Go Math! series. AIMS, FASTT Math, Success Maker and other resources will be used to supplement instruction. Progress monitoring and diagnostic tests will assist in identifying needs of students.
  1. Science: NGSSS will be taught utilizing National Geographic Science, weekly lab activities, FCAT Explorer, content reading and other resources.
  1. Parent Involvement Goal: PGE will provide academic activities/opportunities for parents to support student achievement. Activities include: Title I, Parent, and Open House Nights; Media Monday, Monthly Evening Events, and Websites.
  1. PBS Goal: PGE is a PBS School where preK-fifth grade students will have their social/emotional needs met evidenced by a 10% reduction in office discipline referrals. Strategies: continue to  develop “Time to Teach” practices throughout PGE; develop school-wide reward system for Positive Behavior to support all students; K-1 character ed taught on the fine arts wheel;  continue anti-bullying lessons; expand nurturing, mentor, volunteer and Citrus County Blessings program.

 

Positive Behavior School

 

Pleasant Grove Elementary is in the ninth year of implementing Positive Behavior Support.  This program is designed to foster a climate of cooperation, academic excellence, respect and safety. Our students learn about STAR (Stay Focused, Take Responsibility, Act safely, Respect all) expectations in every area of our school.  This is an excellent program that stresses the importance of cooperation, academic excellence, respect and safety at school, on the bus and at home. PGE earned Silver Model Status last school year! Congratulations PGE Family!