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District Priorities

To ensure NMUSD neighborhood schools are the first choice of students and parents, we are committed to “Inspire Students and Enrich Communities.” These district priorities were developed within a comprehensive and aligned system of initiatives that support student learning from Pre-School to beyond graduation. These priorities and action plans will be systematically monitored and evaluated to determine effectiveness, foster continuous improvement and address the evolving needs of our students.

* Goal: All students will master grade-level English language arts and math content standards at milestone (3, 6, 8, 10, 12) grades.

NMUSD 2019-20 District Priorities Flyer

Scrabble Academics

  • Define, implement, and continually adjust our core curriculum
  • Utilize a comprehensive, transparent adoption process to select standards-aligned instructional materials for Pre-School -12 core content
  • Implement targeted training on effective use of standards and framework-aligned instructional materials
  • Review and refine course sequences to align to the California English Language Development (ELD) standards using the English Learner Roadmap to provide English learners access to rigorous grade level standards while achieving English proficiency
  • Implement research-validated elements of lesson design for effective instruction
  • Incorporate strategies for differentiation to meet each student’s instructional needs
  • Deliver best first instruction within a tiered system of support for diverse student learners
  • Implement integrated and designated English Language Development instructional structures aligned to the California English Language Development (ELD) standards and English Learner Roadmap to amplify the California Content Standards for English learners
  • Implement a structured system of formative assessments that guides teacher instruction and student learning
  • Use a variety of objective measures to identify, create, expand and maintain relevant, high-interest courses, programs and academies
  • Build Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways and sequential coursework in high-wage, high-demand sectors
  • Support the dual immersion programs (Mandarin and Spanish) and biliteracy development
  • Provide extended year/extended day programs to meet student enrichment and remedial needs
  • Support early childhood education programs to prepare students for kindergarten
  • Implement comprehensive school counseling program including career exploration and college preparatory activities
  • Identify and implement industry-standard best practices to maintain safe facilities
  • Establish facilities standards that are focused on supporting core curriculum
  • Develop an inventory of existing facilities assets and needs
  • Develop a long-term funding strategy to meet facility needs
  • Increase access to technology and expand the Chromebook Initiative to all zones
  • Create and maintain a sustainable plan for technology-infused classrooms
  • Promote innovation and creativity in all classrooms through research-based methodology, physical learning spaces, instructional tools and site-based coaching and mentorships

Scrabble Behavior

  • Sustain responsive school-based systems
  • Expand and enhance early intervention services with emphasis on proactive practices, approaches, and resources
  • Recruit specialists and service providers to complement existing resources and partnerships
  • Expand suicide prevention, crisis response systems, and drug and alcohol addiction prevention resources
  • Develop and disseminate early identification systems to support students and link them to appropriate services
  • Train staff and monitor discipline practices to promote student resilience and high quality decision-making
  • Expand systemic practices embedded in Restorative Culture paradigms
  • Foster character development by promoting healthy relationships, self-reflection and problem solving skills
  • Support the NMUSD Human Relations Task Force and consider its recommendations in promoting safe, respectful, and inclusive school environments
  • Expand systemic practices embedded in Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports
  • Implement evidence-based approaches to improve school wide attendance and behavioral expectations
  • Promote the responsible use of technology and digital citizenship

oScrabble Cmmunity

  • Solicit input and build two-way communication with advisory councils for students, parents, certificated and classified employees
  • Collaborate with internal organizations. (ex. school-connected organizations - Harbor Council Parent Teacher Association (HCPTA), foundations, boosters, etc.)
  • Support parent education programs that build understanding of our educational system, and meaningful involvement and leadership
  • Promote and build leadership from within the organization through high quality leadership training for classified, certificated and management employees
  • Expand partnerships with community organizations and industry
  • Enhance and implement comprehensive communication plan
  • Continue to build collaborative labor-management relationships
  • Increase project-based learning opportunities that address real-world issues at all grade levels
  • Expand Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways that engage industry, post-secondary education, and community leading to internships, industry standard certifications and articulated credit with post-secondary institutions
  • Engage students with leadership opportunities through local, state and nationally recognized organizations, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities