Executive Summary

Description

Tinian, lying less than 5 miles south of Saipan, is the second largest of the fourteen islands comprising of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The CNMI is located at about 15˚ North Latitude and 146˚ East Longitude. Tinian is in Earth’s eastern hemisphere, with the Pacific Ocean to the East and Philippines Seas to the west. The CNMI is three hours flying time south of Japan and eight hours west of Hawaii. Tinian has a land area of

39.2 square miles in size. As a result of the Covenant, two-thirds of the island is leased to the United States Department of Defense. The population is distributed among four communities (villages) in the southern third of the island: San Jose, Marpo Heights, Marpo Valley, and Carolinas Heights. The population of Tinian is about 3,000 and is composed of various ethnic groups: the indigenous Chamorro, Chinese, Korean, Bangladesh, Nepalese, Japanese, Filipino, Carolinian, New Zealand, and U.S. mainland. The ethnic mix is due to the employment of non- resident workers in the local industries and inter-marriages with the local resident. Tinian is a relaxed, safe, beautiful island with a down-to-earth, and laid-back lifestyle. Its unspoiled, tropical beaches overlook crystal-clear blue water. Calm, placid waves break the shoreline and one can walk the immaculate sand which stretches for miles and watch the perfect surf breaks in the distance or sit on a pristine beach and watch the sun set.

Tinian Elementary School(TIN), Home of the Colts, sits on over five hectares of land in the heart of San Jose Village. The school is surrounded by the San Jose Church, the public library, the health clinic, the police and fire department, the post office, and the private businesses and residences. It is from this location that our stakeholders interact daily to provide our students with the best possible education.

For SY 2018-19 the total student population of TIN is 243. A variety of ethnic groups attend our school: indigenous Chamorro (61%), Filipino (30%), Chinese (2%), Bangladesh (2%), Korean (1%), Carolinian (1%), Caucasian (1%), Japanese (1%), and Nepalese (1%). Males comprise 53% of our student population and females comprise 47% of our student population. Twenty-three percent or 55 students are English Language Learners, 6% or 15 students have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Our student enrollment by grade level is as follows:  Kinder-33, 1st Grade-29 students, 2nd Grade- 29 students, 3rd Grade-40 students, 4th Grade-35 students, 5th Grade-39 students, and 6th Grade-38 students.

We have a total of 37 Faculty and Staff. The Administrative Staff includes the following: a Principal, Vice Principal, Counselor, Secretary, Procurement Specialist, Building Maintenance personnel, a Custodian, a Bus Conductor, three Bus Drivers, and a Food Monitor. Our instructional staff and instructional support staff include the following: two kindergarten teachers, two first-grade teachers, two second-grade teachers, two third-grade teachers, two fourth-grade teachers, two fifth-grade teachers, three sixth-grade teachers, a Special Education teacher, a CCLHS Instructor, three Special Education teacher aides, a Title I teacher, and literacy coach. We also have three MOU Staff assigned from the Mayor’s Office to assist us with the front office and the library.

Fourteen of classroom teachers hold Bachelor Degrees. There is one teacher with a master’s degree, and one teacher with a doctorate degree. Three teachers have 20+ years of service. Four teachers have over 10 years of experience, and nine teachers have between 0 and 5 years of teaching experiences.

Purpose

In keeping with the general philosophy set forth by the CNMI Board of Education, our school is committed to providing a safe educational environment and sound educational opportunities for all students regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstances, an environment which offers equal opportunity and fosters enthusiasm for learning. Opportunities that will, hopefully, help these children develop into happy, self-respecting, understanding, and contributing members of society.

Central to the development process is the teaching of basic skills; the foundation for which intellectual and practical development are based. Skills that will prepare students for a rapidly changing world and increasingly unforeseeable demands of the future.

Achieving this goal, we offer diverse approaches to education that integrates academic discipline with physical, emotional, social, moral, aesthetic, and cultural knowledge.

Students are given the opportunities to

  • Become creative, critical, and independent thinkers;
  • Make responsible choices;
  • Take reasonable risks;
  • Build self-esteem and self-respect;
  • Value and respect others;
  • Participate actively in the learning process;
  • Show awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures;
  • Understand the Commonwealth’s traditions as well as those of other cultures;
  • Exhibit genuine concern for the environment; and
  • Develop a sense of responsibility to the world around them.

Vision

Upon leaving Tinian Elementary School, our students will be RESPONSIBLE, RESOURCEFUL, and READY for college and career to be productive and independent in the global society.

Mission

Create an environment that promotes academic, emotional, social, and physical growth,

Offer opportunities to achieve the highest level of literacy,

Lead students to become active participants in the learning process,

Teach students to become independent thinkers, and

Support students to become productive members of their community

Notable Achievements and Areas of Improvement

  • ACT Aspire is an assessment that measures academic achievement in English, Math, Reading and Science in grades 3 through 6. ACT Aspire is linked to the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards, research-based information that makes test results meaningful by connecting a student’s ACT Aspire score to specific skills and knowledge important for college and work success.
ACT Aspire Summative
English

Grade

Average

Annual Growth

2018 Target

2018 Results

Met

2019 Target

3rd

57

2

59

80

Yes

61

4th

58

2

60

67

Yes

62

5th

70

1

71

51

No

72

6th

73

1

74

80

Yes

75

ACT Aspire Summative
Math

Grade

Average

Annual Growth

2018 Target

2018 Results

Met

2019 Target

3rd

21

4

25

50

Yes

29

4th

22

4

26

35

Yes

30

5th

31

4

35

34

No

39

6th

40

3

43

31

No

46

ACT Aspire Summative
Reading

Grade

Average

Annual Growth

2018 Target

2018 Results

Met

2019 Target

3rd

10

5

15

47

Yes

20

4th

15

5

20

36

Yes

35

5th

17

5

22

22

Yes

27

6th

26

4

30

24

No

29

ACT Aspire Summative
Science

Grade

Average

Annual Growth

2018 Target

2018 Results

Met

2019 Target

3rd

11

5

16

36

Yes

21

4th

10

5

15

24

Yes

20

5th

23

4

27

17

No

31

6th

29

4

33

25

No

37

 

  • School Level Competitions/Events: Spelling Bee, STEM, Geography Bee, Parade of Books, Book Trailer, Wake and Up Read, Celebrity Readers, Young Authors, Poetry Contest, MathCourt, National Elementary Honor Society Induction, SGO (Student Government Organization) Inauguration, Monthly AR Superstar, Anti-Bullying activities, Chamorro Carolinian Language Heritage Studies Celebration activities, Colt’s Got Talent, Read to Succeed with Achieve3000
  • State Level Competitions: Spelling Bee, STEM (2nd    Place), Academic Challenge Bowl (2nd    Place),  Chamorro  Carolinian  Language  Heritage  Studies  competition  –  Saipain  (1st Place:  Chant  &  Choral  Reading,  2nd      Place:  Storytelling,  1st      and  2nd      Place  in  Essay), Chamoru Competition – Guam (1st   Place in Chant and Essay, 2nd   Place in Choral Reading and Essay), MathCourt (4th   Place)
  • Community Sponsored Events: Lady Diann Torres Foundation Young Authors Writing Contest (2nd   Place), Law Drawing Contest (1st   and 2nd   Place), PDM Drawing Contest (1st, 2nd &  3rd     Place),  Music  of  the  Marianas  Association,  American  Red  Cross  Walk-a-Thon, Team Koka Light It Up Blue (Autism Awareness), NPW - Bubble Fun Run/Walk/Wheel Event, DEFMS Family Fun Day; McDonald’s Track and Field Event (Champion – 9 & under Male category, 2nd   Place in 7 and 13 under Female Category), MVA Tourism Island Tour with 2nd   Graders
  • School Infrastructures: Completed (Fence, Admin., Building K, H Restrooms, Septic Tank, and Building I roofing), In Progress (Parking Lot, Building E restroom)

Additional Information

Due to the closure of our island’s major gaming industry, the economy has declined. Many Tinian residents have relocated off-island to seek employment opportunities. However, this has not significantly affected our student population due to the transfer of private school students. The cost for commodities are much greater and brings financial burden to many of our families.

We have managed to overcome many of these obstacles because TIN is a unique, close-knit community. Respect for families, language, and heritage is very important to the people of Tinian. Our close-knit community allows us to share resources to assist our students, especially when resources are scarce. Both parents and community leaders are actively involved in raising funds and providing resources to TIN, so our students will not miss opportunities on and off- island. We are very grateful for them.