School Learning Plan
Mountain View Middle School
Like many schools around the world, Mountain View Middle School is in the midst of transition. Over the past few years, Mountain View has dealt with the pandemic through CDL, Hybrid, and back in-person instruction with heavy COVID restrictions around masking, social distancing, and testing. This took a toll on Mountain View’s community as a whole, but especially our economically disadvantaged students and their families, who were impacted at a greater rate than many others. With that said, Mountain View has been known for being welcoming and accepting of all students, and that has not changed as our enrollment continues to increase each year now totaling about 900 students. Mountain View also received an entirely new administrative team from the previous year, as per a decision made by the district.
Our economically disadvantaged population was at 55% prior to the pandemic, but with the middle school boundary shifts and the effects of the pandemic, our economically disadvantaged population increased to 64% as of October 2022. Our racial demographics are as follows: Latinx 42%, White 40%, Multiracial 10%, Black 6%, Asian 3% and Native American 1%. We have two specialized learning programs that include the Emotional Growth Center (EGC) and the Structured Routines Center (SRC). In addition, Mountain View is an AVID school-wide site.
We are also in our fourth year of a district program called Upgrade, which focuses on students who are at risk of dropping out of high school. The program is for 7th and 8th graders identified as at risk through our Behavior, Health, & Wellness data collection and analysis team. Students identified opt in to participate with the consent of their families. We currently have 4 classes of about 6-10 students each with the goal of expanding to reach as many students in need as we can.
This past summer 2022, we hired 17 new certified staff and our focus for the start of the year is physical and emotional safety. This is based on discipline data and a staff survey that was sent last June to find out more about the school. What came across loud and clear was the systems and routines which were in place were not as effective as everyone had hoped. Last year was difficult at the middle school level here in Beaverton, but Mountain View might have had the most difficult year of all Beaverton middle schools.
The data collected was used to create new systems and routines to better fit the needs of the students, staff, and community. We are already starting to see students who are better regulated, prepared for school, and trust that Mountain View is a safe place to learn and be their authentic self.
While our focus at the beginning of the year is to hone in on sustainable structures that promote physical and emotional safety, we are hoping to shift to improving instructional practices in all classrooms. We are hopeful that we will show significant gains in all standardized test data and a decrease in student discipline incidents which result in suspensions and expulsions.
2021 2022 Challenges:
Each school has its own unique challenges . Here are some of our current struggles:
Adjusting to the new middle school schedule
Lack of teaming
Increased passing periods
Collaboration among teachers
Finding reliable academic data
Labor shortages have left the education world with a lack of classified employees, classified substitutes, and certified substitutes.
Our OSAS scores from last year were reflective of the strains brought on by the pandemic. Our percentage of students meeting the math benchmark was only at 12% while our reading scores were only slightly better at around 25%. We understand that scores across the country were down overall, but we were below state averages.
Date of Last Revision: November 2022
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.
WE Expect Excellence
- WE teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.
- WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.
- WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.
- WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.
WE Embrace Equity
- WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.
- WE provide needed support so that every student succeeds.
- WE work and learn in teams to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.
- WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.