Thank you so much for taking the time to complete this year's Parent/Guardian Survey! Your responses will help the School Council and Dr. Smith-Mumford as we prioritize and refine next year's School Improvement goals. If you are interested, you may read about the School Improvement Plan here:
http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/school-council.html

The survey should take ten minutes or less to complete. If you have more than one child enrolled at Pierce, please begin the survey with only one child in mind; there will be an opportunity to comment on each subsequent child's experience as the survey progresses.

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* 1. What grade is your child currently completing at Pierce? (you will have a chance to respond again for any additional children in a few minutes)

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* 2. Please indicate your level of satisfaction with the following aspects of school life at Pierce:

  extremely dissatisfied somewhat dissatisfied satisfied extremely satisfied I am not familiar with this
Quality of instruction
Creative assignments
Atmosphere that fosters the love of learning
Curriculum materials
Programs designed to assist in differentiated learning (e.g. book groups, math specialist, Enrichment Challenge & Support program, leveled math groups)
Use of technology
Amount/nature of homework assignments
Parent/guardian conferences
Opportunities for service learning and community service
World language program
Library access
Recess
Social-emotional thinking curricula (e.g. Responsive Classroom, Developmental Designs)
Olweus anti-bullying initiative
Social atmosphere for children
Pierce Plays (grades 3-6 or 7/8)
Before- and after-school programs, including team sports, PSED, and Enrichment
Outreach to new families
PTO-sponsored events (e.g. FitFest, Family Skate Night, Trivia Night, March Madness)
Communication between teachers and home, including class breakfasts, work sharing opportunities, parent involvement in classroom life and field trips
Communication between school and home, including the PTO (the Bridge, email updates) and information from the principal and other administrators
Schoolwide events (e.g. community breakfasts, Principal's Forums, Pierce Reads)
Grade-specific parent networks
Nutrition and wellness efforts

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* 3. From the above list, or in addition to the items on that list, please tell us a few of your favorite academic or social elements of life at Pierce, and briefly explain your feelings about each.

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* 4. From the above list, or in addition to the items on that list, please name a few elements of academic or social life at Pierce with which you are less satisfied, and briefly explain your feelings about each.

The next two questions relate to the Homework section of this year's School Improvement Plan. This year, we have identified several options for providing a forum for the Pierce community to address homework concerns, as well as improve the homework experience at Pierce, without interfering with how well-prepared Pierce students are for the work load at the high school. Next year, we and Dr. Smith-Mumford hope to continue working on this issue, collaborating with other Brookline principals and possibly addressing this topic district-wide.

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* 5. How would you describe your child's homework load this year?

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* 6. With regard to homework assignments, how helpful might your family find each of the following home- and school-based supports and strategies?

  Not helpful Somewhat helpful Extremely helpful My child is in grades K-2; this is not yet relevant to our experience
Completing or working on homework at PSED
Homework clubs
Private tutors
Meetings with classroom teacher
Identifying a dedicated time and space at home for completing homework
Having the teacher identify each assignment's purpose (e.g. to reinforce classroom learning, to extend classroom learning, to monitor retention)
Expanded time frames for assignments, with some due overnight and others over several nights
Assigning all homework at the beginning of the week so that students might better manage their time
The next three questions pertain to the Math Differentiation section of this year's School Improvement Plan. This year, the collaboration between math and ECS specialists and classroom teachers to implement "more math/flexible grouping" as an instructional strategy for grades 4 and 5 continued. The differentiated instruction is supported with a range of materials and services. The 5th grade pilot expanded to all four classrooms with continued consultation with ECS specialist, math specialists and special education teachers to monitor this instructional model and student outcomes. MCAS math and EOYA math data show students making progress. School Council surveyed parents and teachers, and we plan to continue to gather data to broaden this practice. Preliminary survey results indicate support for continuing or implementing "more math or a 6th period of math" in other grades, particularly, 2nd-4th.

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* 7. How satisfied are you with the following elements of math education currently employed at Pierce?

  Not satisfied Somewhat satisfied Extremely satisfied Not familiar
Current math curricula and its supporting rationale
Beginning- and end-of-year student assessments
Continuous assessments of comprehension and progress throughout the year

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* 8. How satisfied are you with the following elements of differentiated math instruction in your child's classroom?

  Not satisfied Somewhat satisfied Extremely satisfied Not familiar
Flexible grouping
Individualized homework assignments
Use of extension assignments in class

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* 9. Do you feel that your child's math education needs are being met?

The next question pertains to the Literacy Collaborative section of this year's School Improvement Plan. This year was our second year as a Literacy Collaborative school (www.literacycollaborative.org.) All K-2 teachers completed training and classroom coaching with literacy coach Mary Gabriel. In addition, K-5 teachers administered the Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) twice to each student to help determine individual instructional needs and to identify students for additional support through Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI).

Next year, training and support for new teachers will continue. Pierce will receive additional literacy specialist support to serve a larger number of students through LLI. The school is also considering how to support teachers in using the BAS for instructional decision-making.

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* 10. How satisfied are you with your child's literacy education?

The next question pertains to the Technology section of this year's School Improvement Plan. This year, we continued to focus on technology's impact on teaching and learning, identifying three goals: 1) to make technology more accessible and reliable so teachers can plan to use it with fewer technical problems; 2) to use digital technologies to differentiate instruction within literacy and math initiatives; and 3) to use technology to enhance communication about student work and events between teachers and parents. In addition, we explored methods of enhancing student homework and class work through technology, implemented wireless upgrades, and shared projects across grades to inform the use of technology between teachers and with parents.

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* 11. How satisfied are you with the following uses of technology in your child's classroom?

  Too little for grade level Appropriate for grade level Too much for grade level
Word processing (brochures, essays)
Data analysis (Excel, Graph Club)
Multimedia (PowerPoint, Prezi)
Social Media (blogs, wikis)
Research (library databases, other web sites)
Digital images/video

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* 12. Do you have another child currently attending Pierce?

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