Blue Creek has been a school in transformation for the last five years. The staff has worked diligently to raise the expectations of our students thus creating an atmosphere of success and achievement. We are so very proud of the work that has been done both to the aesthetics of the facility and to the quality of instruction that is being provided to our students.
Final testing results for the 2011-2012 school year indicated that we surpassed our 79.4% performance composite from 2010-2011 by 1.5%. The 2011-2012 performance composite of 80.9% placed Blue Creek in the School of Distinction category by the North Carolina ABC accountability program. We met all 15 of our Annual Measurable Objectives for 2011-2012. With focused intervention and a renewed spirit of success, Blue Creek Elementary was able to achieve a status of High Growth for its students.
Blue Creek was granted the first chapter of a National Elementary Honor Society in Onslow County. We have instituted AVID in fourth and fifth grade. Our theme of Scientific Inquiry is permeated throughout our culture and our regularly scheduled K-5 science labs reinforce classroom instruction in the area of science. Blue Creek continues to host the Onslow County Elementary Science fair and sponsors a Community Science Day to showcase local scientific careers and opportunities that are available to students. We are in our second year in Positive Behavior Intervention and Support and we were awarded a five star safe school rating by the department of Safe and Caring Schools of Onslow County. Blue Creek also continues to be a leader in data dissemination to students. Our Data Notebooks are an integrated process on how we do business at Blue Creek and this has brought attention from other elementary schools. WAVE scheduling continues to be our method of choice for program implementation.
With eyes on the future, we look forward to the exciting work ahead of us to further improve instruction at Blue Creek. We will be offering French to students in grades one through five via Rosetta Stone. We are in the process of Project Based Learning staff development in order to train teachers how to best implement the program in their classrooms. We are looking to add the K-3 Beginnings component to elementary AVID. This could open the door to Blue Creek becoming a National Elementary Demonstration Site for AVID. As part of our Scientific Inquiry theme, we are investigating the implementation of the science, technology and mathematics components of STEM. Our fifth grade has already taken the lead in this endeavor and has created STEM clubs on campus. Each of the four fifth grade teachers has taken a component of STEM (4 components) and offers enrichment activities in that area as part of a “club”.
Although the Blue Creek community is proud of the accomplishments made by the school this year, we know that this is just the beginning. We look forward to the continued progress of our school and students and will do what we do best as we come together to face challenges as a team with a common vision.