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Strategic Plan

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The following Strategic Plan update was presented to the Board of Education during its meeting on Sept. 19, 2022. For information on the complete Strategic Plan, please scroll down this page and use the tabs to view specific areas of the plan.

Year 1 Highlights

Academic Excellence

  • Implemented the K-12 MTSS plan with staff. Held grade level data meetings K-8.
  • Provided on-going professional development and training to all staff regarding social-emotional needs and supports.
  • Developed common K-12 expectations/language.
  • Created a secondary scheduling committee to investigate master schedule models and survey students and staff for input.

Midlakes Community

  • Surveyed families regarding expectations for and barriers to effective communication.

Strong and Empowered Staff

  • Researched best practices for internal communication and surveyed faculty and staff regarding internal communication systems.
  • Reviewed the existing evaluation process for professional development sessions that have been offered and developed feedback mechanisms, including an annual survey and individual session evaluations.
  • Conducted a needs assessment to determine professional development needs for all employees.
  • Provided clarity on the system for professional development eligibility and payment for participation.
  • Compiled a report of evaluation and enrollment data on the year's professional development offerings.
  • Provided opportunities through the district wellness committee for staff such as the LIFT Project, Rally Rewards, etc.

The Lift Project Themes

  • Week 1: Speak Positively - Your Limbo is Listening
  • Week 2: Motion Creates Emotion – Move Dynamically
  • Week 3: Together Feels Better – Immerse in an Uplifting Social Environment
  • Week 4: Feelings Follow Your Focus – Look to the Positive
  • Week 5: Food Fuels Your Mood – Eat Nutritiously
  • Week 6: Rest Well & Stress Less to Feel Your Best
  • Week 7: Giving is Living – Serve

Student Life

  • Assessed participation rates and family/student interests in athletic program offerings.
  • Reviewed and updated behavior/conduct policies to ensure progressive discipline strategies for drug and alcohol infractions are included and policies are aligned with current laws.
  • Researched partnership opportunities to address specific needs found when analyzing discipline reports.
  • Explored leadership opportunities for students and expanded before and after-school programs, clubs, and other extracurricular offerings.

New clubs/activities for 2022-23 at Middle/High School: E-Sports, Debate, Diversity Club, HS Intramurals, Newspaper, Arts & Crafts, Announcements.
Elementary School: Chess club, Running club, STEM club, Safety Patrol, and Announcements club.

Year 2

Academic Excellence

  • Develop a sustainability/accountability plan for MTSS K-12 work.
  • Implement PBIS (positive behavioral interventions and supports) at all levels to support Social-Emotional Learning.
  • Develop an annual process for reviewing district data and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to ensure continual improvement.
  • Investigate additional strategies to improve graduation rates.
  • Review progress and the steps needed for implementing findings and recommendations regarding the special education review conducted by the University of Rochester Warner School.

Midlakes Community

  • Investigate inconsistencies between operational communication with families.
  • Investigate current resources, needs and ability to access (barriers) to these community resources.
  • Investigate methods of being transparent about student achievement, data, and educational improvement efforts.
  • Gather a comprehensive list of ways to celebrate accomplishments and traditions.
  • Investigate barriers to the engagement and inclusion of specific subgroups.
  • Educate stakeholders on diversity, equity, and inclusion within the district.

Strong & Empowered Staff

  • Implement a system that will increase quality communication between faculty and staff.
  • Gather information on current practices and identify what people want for emotional, social, and physical wellness activities and opportunities.

 Student Life

  • Identify underlying causes of disruptive, distractive, and recurring behaviors.
  • Review and assess opportunities for all student education in drug and alcohol use and abuse.
  • Evaluate our current athletic fields and facilities to maximize community and student accessibility.

Additional Focus on Midlakes Community

  • To ensure the safety of students and staff.
    • Increased SRO support in all buildings across the Midlakes campus.
    • Installation of call buttons at MMS/MHS through the Smart School Bond Act Project.
    • Limiting building access for staff to operational hours to limit risk and liability.
    • Improved measures in cyber security (2-Factor Authentication, Phishing Exercises).
    • Investigate the use of 24-hour helpline for reporting incidents.

Phelps-Clifton Springs CSD Strategic Plan (2021-2026)

Approved by the Board of Education on Oct.18, 2021.

District Vision: To create a community of learners and leaders who demonstrate the 21st century skills necessary to compete and thrive in a global society.

District Mission: The Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District will enable students to demonstrate college and career readiness by displaying:

  • Strong Moral Character: Our students will display compassion and respect for others. Students will be confident yet humble in their approach. When faced with a choice, students will make responsible decisions.
  • Critical Thinking Skills: Our students will demonstrate the ability to solve complex problems and to do so by remaining open-minded to all possible outcomes. 
  • Perseverance: Our students will proactively demonstrate an ability to put forth the extra effort in order to accomplish tasks. With a focus on both short and long term goals, students will demonstrate the ability to work hard, build stamina, and ultimately attain goals.
  • Cultural Awareness: Our students will be mindful of cultural differences based on the ever-evolving global community. Our students will be culturally sensitive and collaborate with a diverse population. 
  • Innovation: Our students will demonstrate an ability to take calculated risks, be creative, and not be fearful of showing vulnerability.

The Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District Strategic Plan consists of 4 primary areas of focus: 

  • Academic Excellence: To provide programs and supports to improve student achievement.
  • Midlakes Community: To connect with parents and community members to support our students, create new opportunities for excellence, honor and sustain our traditions and ensure success for every member of the Midlakes Family. 
  • Strong and Empowered Staff: To ensure all employees will feel valued and supported in their commitment to student success.
  • Student Life: To provide a wide variety of inclusive opportunities that foster the development of all students’ character and well-being through education, athletics, and other programs.

Last Modified on September 22, 2022