Executive Summary

Description

San Vicente Elementary School (SVS) is located on the eastern side of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. It is one of the nine public elementary schools in the CNMI Public School System. SVS opened its doors to serve students in the Tutram village in 1971.

The predominant ethnic groups that make up our student population are Chamorro and Carolinian followed by Filipinos. The remaining ethnicities comprise of Tongan, Samoan, Fijian, Hispanic, Yapese, Chuukese, Marshallese, Palauan, Pohnpeian, Nepalese, Thais, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Russian, Caucasian and African American.

School Year 2017-2018 ended with a student population of 658 and was the second largest elementary school in the CNMI Public School System. San Vicente Elementary School serves students in grades Kindergarten to 5th. Since the merge of Dandan Elementary School and San Vicente Elementary School in school year 2014-2015, the school has seen an increase in student enrollment each school year. Factors that have contributed to the increase of student enrollment stem from families relocating from one village to another and the construction of new apartment complexes and homes within our school zone. The school has a diverse student population. The school data indicates that 16% of students are English Learners and 13% are students with disabilities. 70% of students were eligible for the free meal program and 30% were eligible for reduced meal. All students receive after school snacks three times during the school week. School Year 2018-2019 student enrollment is 641 marking the school to be the 3rd largest elementary school in the CNMI Public School System.

For SY 2018-2019, SVS has a total of 54 personnel. Personnel comprise of 29 Classroom Teachers, 3 Special Education Teachers, 9 Special Education Teacher Aides, 2 Bilingual Instructors, 1 Librarian, 1 Counselor, 2 Literacy Coaches, 2 Administrators, 1 Administrative Assistant/Registrar, 1 Building Maintenance, and 3 Title I Teachers that provide Reading services to students in 1st to 3rd grade.

Purpose

Philosophy

We at San Vicente Elementary School (SVS) believe that the primary role of education is to support the total development of each student. This development is achieved through the integration of academic disciplines with the physical, emotional, social, moral, aesthetic and cultural values.

Children are our most treasured resources who will shape the future of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). SVS is committed to the task of providing all its students with a safe, positive and active learning environment where they are given the opportunity to achieve our community’s expected student learning outcomes and live by the SVS Honor Code “San Vicente Students do no lie, cheat, or steal; and we do not tolerate those who do.”

Educating our children requires an active, cooperative effort involving the school, the community at large, and the students with their families. Therefore, SVS is most effective when it builds and maintains strong community relations.

Mission Statement

The mission of SVS is to provide exciting and relevant learning experiences to meet the needs of all our students in an environment that stimulates academic achievement and intellectual curiosity, develops positive personal qualities and well being, and fosters respect for individual differences.

Expected Student Learning Results (ESLR’s)

The SVS ESLRs were originally developed in 1999 and revised in 2001 through a collaborative effort among the school’s staff and parents. With a play on the school’s mascot, the Canary, students are guided toward being CANARIES as follows:

Competent Communicators…. who express ideas, thoughts, and feelings in both oral and written forms;
Academic Achievers….  who demonstrate understanding of core concepts andprinciples from academic areas and proficiency in the use of technology for more and improved learning;
Nurturers of Values…. who develop awareness, respect, and appreciation of one’s own and other diverse cultures;
Athletically Aware Individuals…. who take actions that promote physical fitness, alert thinking, and mental health;
Responsible & Productive Citizens.. who develop self-esteem and self-respect as they take reasonable risks and visibly contribute to the welfare of the community, the environment, and the world;
Independent & Involved Thinkers… who make decisions reflecting responsible choices;
Enthusiastic Learners….  who exhibit self-direction toward lifelong learning; and
Striving for Excellence…..

mentally, physically, socially, emotionally, and aesthetically.

Notable Achievements and Areas of Improvement

We at San Vicente Elementary School (SVS) believe that the primary role of education is to support the total development of each student. This development is achieved through the integration of academic disciplines with the physical, emotional, social, moral, aesthetic and cultural values. Educating our children requires an active, cooperative effort involving the school, the community at large, and the students with their families. Therefore, SVS is most effective when it builds and maintains strong community relations.

SVS uses a variety of assessments to determine student academic performances and help identify schoolwide initiatives. Through the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP), data from Renaissance Learning STAR Early Literacy, Reading and Math and ACT Aspire has been our driving force for the past three years.

Based on the Renaissance Learning Early Literacy and Reading assessment administered during the end of August to the first week of September 2018, a total of 218 K-5 students are at the “at or above” proficiency level, 82 at the “on watch” proficiency level, 121 at the “urgent intervention” proficiency level, and 196 at the “urgent intervention” proficiency level. Renaissance Learning STAR Math data indicates that a total of 245 1st-5th grade students are at the “at or above” proficiency level, 97 at the “on watch” proficiency level, 126 at the “intervention” proficiency level and 82 at the “urgent intervention” proficiency level.

School year 2017-2018 Renaissance Learning End of Year Early Literacy and Reading assessment data indicate that a total 290 students in K-5 placed “at or above” proficiency level, 86 “on watch”, 113 at intervention and 162 at “urgent intervention”. Renaissance Learning End or Year STAR Math data indicates that a total of 298 1st-5th grade students are at the “at or above” proficiency level, 100 at the “on watch” proficiency level, 86 at the “intervention” proficiency level and 74 at the “urgent intervention” proficiency level.

ACT Aspire Assessments have been administered to students in grades 3-5 for the past four years. The following graphs provide detailed information on our trend data for each content assessed in ACT Aspire.

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Providing our students with academic and non-academic opportunities to foster growth is a priority at SVS. We offer an array of extracurricular activities throughout the school year. Students are provided an opportunity to compete in both academic and non-academic competitions such as Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, Academic Challenge Bee, Language Competitions, Interscholastic sports, and community sponsored competitions. Student clubs are also a big part of engaging students in student leadership roles and building their social-emotional skills. Clubs that are offered to our students are National Elementary Honor Society, Student Council, Youth Advisory Panel, Glee Club and My Wave Club. Student clubs help facilitate school level initiatives and are involved in various outreach activities.