Dry Creek Elementary

Welcome to Dry Creek Elementary School

Dry Creek Elementary

25 Rife Road
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Office: 360.457.5050
Fax: 360.417.8019

Dry Creek Elementary School Website

Our Vision

At Dry Creek all students will thrive as responsible learning individuals and developing citizens.

Our Mission

To provide each child the best possible basic education, concentrating on the whole child within an educational environment conducive to maximum individual growth.

For more information on Dry Creek Elementary School, click here to view Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Washington State Report Card information.

Reflections on the 2015-16 School Year

Dry Creek Elementary is a learning community where every student receives excellent instruction every day in every classroom. We are a school of almost 400 students, pre-kindergarten through sixth grade with special education infant/toddler and preschool programs. We are proud to work with over 100 students who are members of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. We partner with parents, staff, the Dry Creek Parent Teacher Organization, community members, and various community organizations to help each child be a successful learner.

Our 2016 assessment achievements are as follows:

Third Grade English Language Arts (ELA) and Math:

A marked reduction in students scoring at level 1 and 2 on third grade ELA and math translated into outperforming the state for students meeting standard in ELA by +11.7% and +3.2% in math. Third grade teaching and learning strategies, time and programs contributing to positive results are being analyzed for application across grade levels.

School Climate

The most recent Center for Educational Excellence (CEE) survey showed parent support in the following categories and characteristics: high standards & expectations, 85%; supportive learning environment, 80%; curriculum, instruction, and assessment, 78%.

Dry Creek is committed to the goal of providing quality education for every child. To this end, we want to establish partnerships with parents and with the community. Everyone gains if Dry Creek and home work together to promote high achievement by our children. Parents play an extremely important role as children’s first teachers. Support for their children and for the school is critical to children’s success at every step along the way. The goal is a school-home partnership that will help all students to succeed.

How You Can Help

Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. We know not all children learn in the same way at the same time. Parents, friends of Dry Creek students and our community are all instrumental in providing additional support that makes learning at Dry Creek motivating and rewarding. We are always looking for volunteers, so every child has an adult advocate for personalized support. This allows us to continue our rich history of an elementary school that cares for kids and celebrates success.

Use and Condition of Building

Dry Creek is the fourth largest elementary school, rebuilt in 1996. The facility supports pre-school through grade six classrooms, as well as outdoor fields for district and community recreation. The physical evaluation of this educational facility is rated 81% based on a January 7, 2008 study and survey by BLRB Architects. Facility Use and Conditions Report available at the Port Angeles School District office.

Plans for the 2016-17 School Year

Relationships: Creating a positive and effective school-wide culture is our highest priority. The overarching vision of our school is all students can learn and achieve at high levels. We love our students unconditionally and we communicate genuine hope for their futures. We teach the behaviors we expect to see in every classroom and school-wide. Students desire this consistency and structure as much as we do.

Instruction: Teachers design rich, meaningful, purposeful, engaging lessons, aligned to the common core standards. Collaboration, sharing successful lessons and strategies, is our constant norm. We all get better together and we celebrate what we want to see more of.

Assessment: Formal assessment is necessary. Formative assessment is essential. Frequent checks for understanding provide the data we need to adjust lessons and differentiate instruction to keep all students moving toward communal learning goals. Closing the achievement gaps is the challenge we attack every day within the steady flow of instruction.

Enrichment & Remediation: As a school staff, we will engage in collaboration and collegiality in the interest of improving student learning. We will practice four specific behaviors to address student growth and enrichment: 1) teaching and learning, 2) observe each other engaged in the practice of teaching, 3) work on curriculum, and 4) teach each other as our work is articulated. Effective instruction has the greatest influence on achievement. We will use formative assessment by content in grade level teaching teams to focus and improve instruction and analyze learning gaps and provide enrichment.

Reading Response to Intervention (RTI): RTI supplements whole group reading instruction by providing 30-45 minutes of a second dose of targeted reading support in a small group focused on the needs of the students.

Math Enrichment: Two volunteers will focus on grades four, five, and six for math enrichment. Students will be challenged with work that is enriching and “beyond the basics” by working in small groups.

Behavior: We will examine our current student behavior expectations and focus on strongly implementing tier 1 of our Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) framework with fidelity.

Professional Development

Professional development will be prioritized to continuously improve effective instruction for improved teaching and learning. Professional development will be aligned with identified needs based on staff evaluation and student performance. We will continue to develop a school-wide culture valuing professional reflection, collaboration and professional dialogue focused on effective instructional practice and learning outcomes. Professional development will include developing and improving essential formative assessment strategies and developing and improving teaching and learning strategies to access common core state standards for all learners.

Dry Creek Statistics

Enrollment 388
Smallest Class 16
Largest Class 28
Average Class Size 19
Classroom Teachers (FTE) 22.2
Support Staff (FTE) 4.4
Administrators 1
Secretaries (FTE) 1.4
Paraeducators 13
Custodians 2
Food Services 3
Volunteers 50
Avg. Annual Attendance 93.8%
Suspended 28
Expulsions 0
Students Promoted 98.4%
Free/Reduced Lunch 68.3%
Title I/Lap school-wide
Special Education 49
Bilingual 6

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Port Angeles School District Report Card,

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dry Creek Elementary School Report Card

Fourth Grade Assessment Trend, 2013-16
Measurement of Student Progress (MSP), Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)

dc assesstment

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Citizen Complaints-Federal Programs

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