York Public Schools Focused on Learning

  • By Dr. Mitch Bartholomew – York Public Schools

 

At the start of the 2016-17 school year, York Public Schools implemented a process called ICU. ICU (Intensive Care Unit) is a process that holds students accountable for their work and focuses on teachers creating quality assignments. A key component of ICU is a school-wide database that tracks missing assignments. The database allows teachers, administrators, students and parents to communicate with each other about incomplete assignments. YPS has had tremendous success with ICU and has received numerous compliments from parents.

YPS needed the ICU process due to the number of assignments our students weren’t completing. For example, during the 2015-16 school year, York High School gave out nearly 4,000 zeros. These zeros were having a dramatic impact on students’ grades and were unintentionally reinforcing student apathy. Also, teachers were not able to determine if all students were learning the content being taught because many assignments were not completed.

 The idea behind ICU is to grade student learning, not punish students with grades and require all students to complete all assignments. Like many adults, some students will not meet deadlines. The ICU process requires students to create a plan for completion and allows teachers to require extra time and support for students.

Since we’ve implemented ICU, YHS has seen a dramatic increase in student achievement. During the 2016-17 school year, we saw nearly a 25 percent reduction to our weekly failure rate compared to 2015-16. Compared to the 2011-12 school year, we have seen nearly a 65 percent failure rate reduction. We’ve also seen a drastic reduction to the number of students enrolled in summer school for credit retrieval. At the end of the 2011-12 year, YHS had 127 students enrolled in at least one summer school class. During the 2016-17 school year, YHS only had seven students needing credit recovery.

The York High School staff is very proud of our student achievement numbers and our students. Many students have stepped up to the ICU challenge and are doing very well. As a staff, our next challenges include sustaining the ICU process, creating quality assignments and focusing on students that are repeatedly on the ICU list.

Great Job Laurel MS!

Another success email!

The 2016 – 2017 school year will go down as another successful ICU year for Laurel Middle School. The last two years saw LMS complete all assignments and have the list cleared by the last day of school. Two years ago finished with more than 24,000 assignments on the list. Last year finished with just over 23,000 assignments on the list.

This year we set a lofty goal of dropping that number to less than 15,000 assignments. Our staff and students knocked it out this year, with only 14,131 assignments being placed on the list! YES! We came up just four assignments short of clearing the list for the year, but the overall result is something our staff and students should take pride in. A large part of this decrease in the overall numbers is that our teachers are focusing more on standards-based, quality assignments and being more selective in what gets graded. Awesome!

Patrick Cates
Principal
Laurel Middle School”

Power of ICU in York, Nebraska

Good things happening in York, Nebraska! All came together to dig deeper into Healthy Grading and Quality Assignments – both part of the Power of ICU Formula. Participants were engaged with “student success” on the forefront of their minds. The excitement could be felt as new ideas were introduced.

The Power of ICU Team was honored to be there! We were graced with hospitality and good company, and we look forward to seeing York students succeed!

 

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AFLOAT WITH A LIFEGUARD LEAGUE

“We first learned about this concept from author Danny Hill. In his book Brick House, Hill explains how lifeguards prevent struggling students from drowning academically.” Sherri Nelson

Check out this fantastic article written by Sherri Nelson, Director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment for the Huron School District 2-2 in South Dakota. Sherri is also one of our amazing and dedicated Power of ICU Partner Presenters.

ASCD February Education Update

Blitz Day Success in Windom!

Blitz Day

Another awesome email…

We just had a Blitz day last week in which we took 60 missing assignments off the ICU List which reduced our List by 62%! We’re loving what the Power of ICU List and Standards Based Grading has done for us!

Erin Elder, Dean of Students
Windom, MN

2500…Seriously AWESOME!

Great news coming out of Watertown, South Dakota! Watertown Middle School is nearing 2500 assignments completed this year thanks to the Power of ICU Formula and the implementation of Holiday Blitz, Super Study Hall and Dance Dash! Congratulations to Principal Todd Brist, Assistant Principal Chad Johnson and the WMS Staff ! The Power of ICU is a proven formula for student success!

Watertown Middle School

Way To Go Luverne!

We are hearing awesome things about Luverne Middle/High School in Luverne, MN. Luverne Middle School and High School are Power of ICU Partner Schools implementing the proven Power of ICU Formula. So far this year they are celebrating over 4,000 assignments completed AND 21,000+ daily communications sent to Luverne parents!

Kudos Principal Ryan Johnson and staff! THIS is Success! 

“Every student completes every assignment is an attainable and measurable goal.”

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Dropping Failure Rates!

We have completed 1757 assignments grades 6 thru 12. Last year, when we were just using the Power of ICU Formula in our middle school, our failure rate dropped 30 percent in a semester. ICU has been terrific!!!

Richard Roan, Jr High Principal  

Cooper Jr/Sr High, Cooper,TX

Cooper ISD_0

Power of ICU- Blitz Day Success!

260 student school…we have completed 1,457 assignments! 

We completed our first blitz in December and students completed EVERY assignment to fidelity. We are planning our 2nd blitz in March and calling it the “Basketball Blitz”. We will have a students -vs- teachers basketball game with ME as the referee!

Todd Chandler, Principal                                                                                                                                                        Cleburne County Middle School, Heflin, AL

Focus On The ICU FORMULA

At the half way point last year we had 276 course failures.  Frankly, the number of students failing was out of control.  We were allowing the students to CHOOSE to fail.  THIS YEAR WE ARE NOT! 

This year at the half way point we have 239 LESS course failures than the previous year at the half way point. What an incredible accomplishment for us all (including our students).

I just wanted to share with you all where we are and I know as we work through this process and focus on the ICU Formula for Success (Assignment Completion + Quality Assignments + Healthy Grading Practices = SUCCESS) things are only going to get even better.  I am proud to have the opportunity to work at Washington Middle School!

Mark Goyette

Principal                                                                                                                                                                                        Washington Middle School, Glendive, MT

Excellence