2017 Fall Student Survey Results

  • By Heidi Kruglet
  • 30 Nov, 2017

Every fall and spring, the School Accountability Committee (SAC) asks all students in 2nd - 8th grades to participate in a survey. The intent of the survey is to get a sense of how PRA students feel about their peers, teachers, and classes. The surveys are written for three different age groups: Grades 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8.

 This is the 2nd year of our new surveys which the SAC redesigned last summer to better align with specific elements within PRA’s mission statement. Questions were designed so that the student responses would help us measure if we are providing: “... an academically rigorous education with a well-defined, sequential curriculum in a safe, orderly, and caring environment.

 Because the surveys were revised last year, it means that we are comparing the current surveys only to the fall and spring ones from last year.

 PRA has phenomenal teachers, and that is a very clear theme running through all three student surveys. The data from all three surveys indicates that students are happy to go to PRA. Overall, students expressed that they know what's expected of them, that they feel their teachers are supportive and approachable, and they believe their teachers are respectful and compassionate. While there was not much room for improvement from last year, we have reached virtually 100% of all students feeling happy or mostly happy at PRA and saying that their teachers are kind and helpful all or most of the time.

 The new survey asks many questions about the presence of and responses to bullying. We were very excited to see a 20% improvement in all grades on questions about feeling safe and the presence of bullying at PRA .

 One area that did raise concern was students’ perception that misbehavior by other students was not always sufficiently addressed by teachers and the administration. The students seem to believe that if they are not fully informed as to the discipline that has taken place, that, in fact, discipline has not taken place. . Due to confidentiality issues, this is not a reasonable expectation. The SAC Committee has recommended sharing this perception with the teachers so they can help students understand that even if they don’t know exactly how situations are handled, they should trust that their teachers have dealt appropriately with the situation.

 Overall, it is apparent that PRA is staying true to its mission of a safe and caring environment.

Here is a link to the actual survey results: 

2017 Fall Student Survey Results

 

PRA News

By Heidi Kruglet 07 Dec, 2017
Our Student Council selects a special project they are passionate about to support during the holiday season.  This year, the hurricanes were a big concern for many of the students. Miss Hall was personally aware of an Elementary School in Puerto Rico, Escuela Luis M Santiago, which was nearly wiped out by the recent hurricanes and is now in great need of:

**new or gently used SCHOOL SUPPLIES from grades K-5  

**dollars to buy several water purifying filters (grades 6-8) Can you believe they still have unclean water?

If you would add this to your shopping lists, we would really appreciate your support in this effort.   PRA has always been so generous in the past!!  We hope to wrap the boxes up by December 15th .  

Thank you!!
By Heidi Kruglet 07 Dec, 2017
By Heidi Kruglet 07 Dec, 2017
Come see 5th grader Kelly Tanberg this holiday at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center production of Annie playing from December 7th- January 7th.

Event and Ticket Information here:    Annie

By Heidi Kruglet 07 Dec, 2017
Last Saturday PRA PTO sponsored a Breakfast with Santa!  We had great attendance and a ton of amazing help.  Our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students stepped up and helped us make this a fun event for all the younger kids.
By Heidi Kruglet 07 Dec, 2017
The next PNO (Parents Night Out) is SATURDAY!!!!! - your chance to have a night out to enjoy a relaxing dinner, get a head start on your holiday shopping, or just enjoy a some kid-free hours to do whatever you want. This is a fundraiser for PRA 8th graders who are going to Washington, D. C. this spring. We'll have games and a movie for the kids and food available for purchase. Here are the details:

WHEN:  SATURDAY, December 9th 2017

TIME: 5:00 - 8:00 PM

WHERE: PRA GYM

COST: $10/CHILD

RSVP Here:

Food Available:

Pizza $1/slice
Popcorn $1/bag
Bottled water $.50
Reserve your spot now. Your kids will have fun, you'll have fun, the 8th graders will learn and earn - it's a win-win-win! For any additional questions please contact Heather Price, price.heather@gmail.com
By Heidi Kruglet 07 Dec, 2017
Yearbooks are available for purchase!  Please go to Pictavo Community to place your order.  When you get to the homepage, please search for Platte River Academy, and then click "Shop My School".
Order through December 31st for $30.00 . After that, price increases to $35.00.
Final order deadline is March 2nd, 2018.

Attention to 8th grade parents!!
You can purchase baby recognition ads for the pricing listed below:
Baby Ad Pricing (due date is Feb. 16th):
Full page: $125
1/2 page: $75
1/4 page: $50
1/8 page: $35

By Heidi Kruglet 07 Dec, 2017

Tuesday December 5 PRA A-team at Ben Franklin would be another fan favorite as the Panthers of PRA brought their A game.  Ben Franklin and PRA went back and forth during the first half with the Panthers behind by 2 points at the half.  The second half would belong to the Panthers as they cam out of the half with an aggressive defense that would turn the game in favor of the Panthers.  PRA would never look back and cruised to a 38-32 win.  "I couldn't be happier for my guys.  They played great pressure defense that lead to points for us and Dakota Golden was a beast." gushed coach Glaser.  Dakota Golden lead all scorers with 16 points, Marshal Gueller had 8 and Gabe and Quinn K added 6 and 4.  Next up is Littleton Prep at PRA on Thursday.  Go Panthers!!!


By Heidi Kruglet 30 Nov, 2017

Every fall and spring, the School Accountability Committee (SAC) asks all students in 2nd - 8th grades to participate in a survey. The intent of the survey is to get a sense of how PRA students feel about their peers, teachers, and classes. The surveys are written for three different age groups: Grades 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8.

 This is the 2nd year of our new surveys which the SAC redesigned last summer to better align with specific elements within PRA’s mission statement. Questions were designed so that the student responses would help us measure if we are providing: “... an academically rigorous education with a well-defined, sequential curriculum in a safe, orderly, and caring environment.

 Because the surveys were revised last year, it means that we are comparing the current surveys only to the fall and spring ones from last year.

 PRA has phenomenal teachers, and that is a very clear theme running through all three student surveys. The data from all three surveys indicates that students are happy to go to PRA. Overall, students expressed that they know what's expected of them, that they feel their teachers are supportive and approachable, and they believe their teachers are respectful and compassionate. While there was not much room for improvement from last year, we have reached virtually 100% of all students feeling happy or mostly happy at PRA and saying that their teachers are kind and helpful all or most of the time.

 The new survey asks many questions about the presence of and responses to bullying. We were very excited to see a 20% improvement in all grades on questions about feeling safe and the presence of bullying at PRA .

 One area that did raise concern was students’ perception that misbehavior by other students was not always sufficiently addressed by teachers and the administration. The students seem to believe that if they are not fully informed as to the discipline that has taken place, that, in fact, discipline has not taken place. . Due to confidentiality issues, this is not a reasonable expectation. The SAC Committee has recommended sharing this perception with the teachers so they can help students understand that even if they don’t know exactly how situations are handled, they should trust that their teachers have dealt appropriately with the situation.

 Overall, it is apparent that PRA is staying true to its mission of a safe and caring environment.

Here is a link to the actual survey results: 

2017 Fall Student Survey Results

 

By Heidi Kruglet 30 Nov, 2017

Even though we have had the results from last year’s state assessments since August, and we have shared individual reports with families months ago, we have held off sharing the story of PRA’s performance with our community.  This delay is primarily due to the fact that we weren’t sure how best to present the data.  To simply provide a table showing three year’s worth of PARCC data would be insufficient to communicate a full story of performance.  Because there were unique circumstances surrounding each year we’ve administered the test, year to year comparisons would be misleading.  To be fair, all schools in Colorado are still adjusting to these new forms of assessment, and the resulting scores indicate that there is still room to grow.


After much analysis and discussion, we came to the conclusion that we needed to share the 2017 results in a way that fully communicates how our students performed in comparison to those in surrounding schools.  For some, just looking at average scale scores does not provide much meaning.  So, we decided to pull the average scale scores for ELA and Math from the schools nearest us in Douglas County (i.e., Mountain Vista, ThunderRidge, Highlands Ranch, and Rock Canyon feeder schools, including charters), and then compared them to Platte River Academy’s average scale scores.  These comparisons were used to create a picture of how PRA stacks up...the results are below this article!

State assessments are used to help schools measure their effectiveness; we feel proud of our students’ performance!  We will continue to strive for excellence in the work we do at PRA to know and grow every learner.



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