Submitted by michelle.wisdom on Fri, 10/06/2017 - 21:01
Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change

Goal is to graduate well rounded students prepared to be successful in post secondary education with a strong emphasis in STEM careers.

Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths

The strength is in the academic level and commitment of the STEM students and the leadership program at Salado HS.

Another strength is in the rigor of the math program at Salado High School.  Strong UIL math contenders each year.

Salado has a strong and committed CTE department.

Student involvement is a strength at Salado High School.  Students are involved in many activities and organizations.

Strong parent and community involvement at Salado HS is a strength.

Describe certifications
None yet, but are developing CNA certification.
Describe degrees
Associate of Arts
What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?

STEM Awareness: we need to place a greater emphasis and importance on the STEM program at Salado HS.

Technology-infrastructure- the infrastructure at Salado is not strong but the district is getting ready to hopefully pass a bond that would address the program.

Utilization of technology- all teachers have chrome books and students have BYOD- All teachers have chrome books and students can bring their own devices, but teachers need continued help on utilizing the technology.  School is conducting trainings on Schoology and this has helped as well as google classroom.

 

What tools or resources would be valuable to your campus to support your implementation of the blueprint?

Technology training

PBL training

Visits to other campuses.

What have been your challenges and how have you addressed them?

STEM Awareness- we have set up a campaign to address the issue.  Signs have been put up in the building, ambassadors are now named, speakers are set up to speak about STEM, college and industry tours are set up for spring.

Apathy of status quo- Salado has been a top notch school for many years and the community expects them to be the best at whatever they do.....status quo...adding STEM is different for many of the members of the community who have the idea that if it is not broke, don't fix it.  They don't see where the students are falling behind the other schools because they keep achieving.  The campus is working to show them that STEM is a way for the future for our students and that if they don't get onboard the students will eventually fall behind.  Community meeting, newspaper articles, and students presentations will eventually change the culture.

 

School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - describe
PBL
Chromebooks
Schoololgy

School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
All staff members have chromebook, computer cows in classes, smart board in classes, BYOD program in place.
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - describe
none yet, but will implement as students become seniors. Only freshmen and sophomores at this time.
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - describe
Strong Advisory Board: Business leaders, parents, school board members, engineers, Temple College and Texas Bioscience institute executives, Texas Workforce Commission executive, teachers, administrators make up the board. They are currently working on bringing in future internships for the students, speakers, bridge program, support for programs. they have divided into subgroups: engineering, pre-vet/pre-med, computer science, agriculture.
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
School counselor and STEM coordinator on campus who works with the students. Counselor holds FASPA nights, college nights, schedules visits to colleges, works with students on scholarships.
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
Training has focused mainly on technology implementation into the classroom. Schoolology and Google training has been emphasized. They are planning on adding swivls into the classrooms to use as a device for the flipped classroom.
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - describe
English 1301 and 1302- offered on campus with instructor
US History 1302- offered on campus with instructor
Economics- offered on campus with instructor
Numerous AP classes including AP Calculus and Physics.
Associate through Texas Bioscience Institute- students as Juniors or seniors go to the Bioscience Institute for 1/2 day either in the morning or afternoon taking a full load of college classes - 15 hours each semester culminating with an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in advanced science, engineering, medicine, or computer science.
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - please evaluate
Agree
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - describe
School district made the change last year which began with last years freshman class in calculating the Dual Credit and AP credit as the same weight for GPA. This has really helped more students to get into Dual Credit classes this year and will continue to grow. In the past, Dual Credit got less weighted credit that the AP even if the student did not receive credit for the AP course.
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
School district had a Two day Bridge program focusing on STEM and being part of the high school program. Each of the Advisory Board's subgroups did a presentation on that pathway.
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
No seniors yet! Not till year after next.
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - describe
Looking to develop a capstone project course for seniors. The Salado senior students at the Texas Bioscience Institute are given the opportunity to complete a research capstone with a research scientist at the Baylor Scott and White campus.
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - describe
Students are mentored in a program with the Salado Education Foundation. They also assist with FASPA and Scholarships.
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - describe
Regular comprehensive high clubs and athletic. NHS, Student Council, Band Choir, Spanish Club, DECA,AG, 4 H, FCA, etc.
Robotics club- competition in robotics events and mentor middle school robotics group.
STEM ambassadors: a small group of STEM students who as as ambassadors for the STEM program at Advisory Board meetings, greeting visitors, etc.
Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

Temple College-Texas Bioscience Institute housed on Baylor Scott and White's West Campus Cancer Research Center.

Central Texas College-offer courses on campus

Texas A&M Central Texas- 2X4 plan automatic entrance to Texas A&M Central Texas

University of Mary Hardin Baylor- facilities usage for various activities and speakers.

Baylor University- speakers

 

School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - describe

Computer science- second year of implementation- Pre AP Computer science 1 and computer science 2

Agriculture/Vet Tech- First year of Vet Tech program

Robotics: about 5 years old in the robotics program.  Compete each year in the FRC.

Engineering- first year of Principles course- will add more advanced next year.

Health Science-first year of Pre-nursing program.  Medical terminology.

Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support

Lastovica Cattle Company

Bush's Chicken

Nate Self's Engineering

Baylor Scott and White

Texas Bioscience Institute

Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Mission-Driven Leadership' (TSTEM)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'STEM Culture' (TSTEM)
4
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Student Support' (TSTEM)
3
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Teacher Development and Support' (TSTEM)
5
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment' (T-STEM)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Strategic Alliances' (TSTEM)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Growth and Sustainability' (TSTEM)
4
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Rating

Program 16-17 SAT Average (#)
1509
Program 16-17 ACT Average (#)
23
Program 16-17 AP Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
0
Program 16-17 DC Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
0
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI math (#)
0
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI math (#)
0
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI reading (#)
0
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI reading (#)
0