According to North Carolina state statute, every school must have a School Improvement Team (SIT) which is designed to "develop a school improvement plan (SIP) to strengthen student performance". The membership of the SIT at the Hospital School includes the principal, the administrative assistant and the chairperson of each SIT Action Team. At monthly meetings, the SIT creates and monitors the implementation of the SIP. Meetings also provide an opportunity for collaboration among stakeholders to address issues directly or indirectly related to instruction, student performance and school climate. The school improvement process is designed to move schools toward the goals established in the CHCCS Long Range Plan. The School Improvement teams tasked with implementing the School Improvement Plan are Equity, Instructional Excellence, and Partnerships. SIT members for 2016-2017 are Michelle Brown and Lee Ann Gelinne (co-chairs), Karen Weatherly (Instructional Excellence), Michaella Levandoski (Data), Mary Clare Freeman (Equity), Tania Agosto (Partnerships), Angela Romatzick (Recorder and classified staff member), and Nancy Yoder (Principal).
This year at the Hospital School we are updating our Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to focus purely on improving our instruction. This means collaborating with each other to push ourselves beyond the bounds of the comfortable, embracing innovation and exploration in the strategies we use. To do so we will employ the district’s Learning-Focused Lessons™ program, which emphasizes higher-order thinking strategies such as inference, deduction, argumentation and more. We will organize these principles into lessons that focus learning with an Essential Question – the “main idea” of the lesson that students will attempt to grasp amidst a variety of different learning activities.