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CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS TO WATCH

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California Schools to Watch is a statewide program implemented by the California League
of Educators, California Department of Education, California Middle Grades Alliance, National Forum, and the California Schools to Watch model schools.
Mistletoe STEM Institute

Redesignated: 2013, 2016, 2019

Designated 2010

Enterprise Elementary School District

Shasta County

Cody Brawley, Principal

1225 Mistletoe Lane, Redding, CA 96002

530-224-4160

School Characteristics

Community: Mid-size city; Enrollment: 633; Grade Levels: K-8
School Schedule: 8 periods, 120 minute core, blocked math/ELA and history/science with optional 9th period and flexible schedule to allow for intervention, advancement or work on projects.

School Demographics

68% White; 15% Hispanic/Latino; 6% Asian; 4% American Indian/Alaska Native; 4% Two or more races; 1% African American; 1% Pacific Islander; 0% Filipino; 67% Free/Reduced Lunch; 7% English Learners

Replicable Practices

  • STEM instruction for all students through math/science classes engaging students in PBL, robotics, and jet propulsion.

  • All core teachers offer interdisciplinary project-based units encountering realistic problem solving including research, design, testing, and evaluation of projects.

  • Music program includes band, choir, and a vocal/dance performing group. Students can also receive weekly instruction in piano, guitar, and music composition.

  • School supports 1:1 technology in all classrooms and implements Google Classroom and Google Apps for Education schoolwide.

  • Trimester assessments and release time for analysis, allow teachers to provide academic interventions while spiral learning occurs and mastery is achieved.

  • No Excuses University practices include each classroom “adopting” a university and supporting classroom displays, field trips to a college for each grade level, school-wide “wear your college gear” Monday, as well as workshops for parents and students on college aid options and planning for college.

  • Teachers have adopted Common Core Strategies to implement, including 50/50 student-teacher talk, academic discourse, speaking in complete sentences, use of formative assessment, close reading, DOK levels, student-friendly learning targets, use of questioning strategies, and citing evidence from text.

  • Core teachers have students for 120- minute blocks to meet academic standards and give time for hands-on projects. ELA and math are 80 minute blocks and science/history are 40 minute blocks.

  • Intervention programs include an individual remediation plan to give students an additional opportunity to demonstrate mastery in a class, extended-day tutoring, After-school Community Education (ACE), study hall elective, i-Ready, and additional tutoring by teachers at lunch and before/after school.

  • All language arts teachers have been trained and implement ELD grammar program for support of EL and low-performing students.

  • Student safety is addressed through a variety of programs including: WEB, Botvin’s Life Skills Training, annual internet safety training course, and full implementation of “Capturing Kids’ Hearts” principles.

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