Engaging in Enrichment at Timber Lake Elementary

When opportunity knocked, the Timber Lake Elementary staff answered.

This marked the first year the school incorporated MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing into the district with a common goal of using data to drive our instruction while utilizing other assessments.

Data showed Timber Lake students benefiting from Intervention and Enrichment Strategies and set goals as a team.

“It was the perfect opportunity to make learning a reality for every student at Timber Lake Elementary!” Elementary Principal Danae Paxton said.

A total of 19 teachers, 12 classrooms, 4 paraprofessionals, a reading interventionist and a PE teacher were involved in creating and planning engaging intervention and enrichment activities.

Staff collaborated and arranged students in small group and large group formats based on Intensive, Strategic, and Benchmark categories, created folders to communicate from teacher to teacher and teacher to student for setting academic goals, rearranged schedules and set 40 minute uninterrupted blocks for student meetings.

“It truly takes a team of amazing educators to unite and do what’s best for students,” Paxton said.

The group also developed and implemented Panther Academy, which focuses on targeted instruction and teaching practices designed to meet a student’s individual learning needs. Panther Academy aims to improve the reading and math skills of struggling students and accounts for the unlimited skills of all students.

“Hearing the echoing shrills and squeals of students engaged and learning will never get old in our hallways,” Paxton said. “Opportunity knocked and we are willing to take risks, make mistakes, and succeed in order to reach our Goal of increasing student achievement for all.”