PS41 At-A-Glance

Dear PS 41 School Community,principal

I hope this email finds you all in good health and high spirits. I am thrilled for the opportunity to join this vibrant and dedicated school community. As we begin this journey together, I would like to take this moment to share my 90 Day Plan and digital portfolio with all of you.

You can access my digital portfolio here - This portfolio provides an overview of my educational background, professional experiences, leadership philosophy, and achievements. It serves as a platform for you to learn more about me, my vision for our school, and the values that guide my educational approach.

I firmly believe that open and transparent communication is the foundation of a strong school community. By sharing my 90 Day Plan and digital portfolio, I aim to foster a sense of transparency and build trust among all stakeholders. It is my hope that these documents will give you valuable insights into my leadership style, educational initiatives I have undertaken in the past, and my commitment to creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment.

I am eager to collaborate with each and every one of you - our talented and dedicated staff, our enthusiastic students, and our supportive parents and guardians. Together, we will create a school environment where every child feels valued, empowered, and inspired to reach their full potential.

If you have any questions, concerns, or simply wish to connect with me, please do not hesitate to reach out. I am here to listen, learn, and work hand-in-hand with all of you to ensure the success and well-being of our students.

Thank you for your warm welcome, and I am genuinely excited about the journey ahead. Let's embark on this adventure together, making PS 41 a beacon of excellence in education.

Dr. Laura Onwuka

  1. Standard based instruction that aligns with student needs and learning
  2. Lesson plan that clearly outline the learning objective, instructional tasks/steps, and assessment.
  3. Learning objective is framed in terms of what students should know, understand, and be able to do as a result of the lesson.
  4. Explicit instruction that begins with a “Do now” and end with “exit ticket” in order to assess student mastery of the concept/skill taught.
  5. The use of the gradual release of responsibility model- I Do, We Do, You Do to facilitate mastery.
  6. Ongoing formative assessment and adjusting instructional (in real time) based on the assessment data.
  7. Differentiated instruction/task for individual and/or groups of students based on student level data
  8. Purposeful grouping of students based on data
  9. Questioning and discussion throughout the lesson. In math, student conversations to explain their thinking and use of varied representation to improve conceptual understanding and abstract reasoning.
  10. Lessons must be designed using the adopted curriculum as a
  11. Use of content specific vocabulary and content specific practices

Attendance Plan

Tier 4

Tier 4: Students with less than 75% attendance (YTD)

    • Daily phone calls will continue when Tier I person is absent

    • RISA should be printed.

    • If ACS needs to be called because of no contact:
      • If they take the call: Form LDSS-2221A should be filled out
      • RISA is filed with LDS-2221A form including Call ID number, time, and person taking the call

    • If ACS does not take the call
        • RISA should be filled with time and person spoke to. Email to attendance team, cc administration. Update tracker with information

    • ILOG all interactions

Tier 3

Tier 3: Students with less than 75%-79% attendance

    • These students, when absent, will have daily phones call made to the family by Family Worker

    • Counselors/Social Workers and CSD will continue to follow up with students.

    • Counselors/Social Workers assigned will email Ms. Summerville who moved from Tier II to Tier III.

    • Home visits will be made as needed by the Attendance Teacher.

    • Tier II Interventions will continue.

    • After 10 days of no parent contact and/or Chronic List, Tier 4, automatically gets escalated.

    • Email is sent to administration of potential ACS calls.

    • ILOG all interactions

Tier 2

Tier 2: Interventions and incentives for students with 89-80% year to attendance

    • Ms. Yuhn will update the tiers for those that are in tier 2 to tier 3.

    • Tier 2 students are assigned to a Counselor and/or Social Worker and Community School Director to be tracked daily for attendance.

    • Counselor and/or Social Worker and CSD will be introduced to parents and students will be informed as to how the tracking system works, incentives their scholars can earn and also consequences of chronic absenteeism (promotion in doubt, ACS involvement, etc)

    • In parent meetings, attendance progress and goals will be set and reviewed by each benchmark for attendance (4x per year, during progress report).

    • Incentives include parties, trips, positive phone calls home, awards, school involvement, etc.

    • Tier 2 and 3 parents will be invited to a special virtual/in person meeting designed to express the importance of attendance and the correlation between attendance and academic success.

    • Students and parents will meet with Tier 2 attendance team members to fill out the attendance contract.

    • Notes are placed into our attendance tracker showing what outreach was made and what the outcome was (i.e. student came to school, student is sick, etc.)

    • Family Worker will send letters to all scholars on Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3, twice a month letting the parent know how many absences and latenesses their child has and what the ramifications of chronic absenteeism are (i.e. promotion in doubt, ACS).

    • Email sent to Ms. Summerville (Attendance Teacher) for any student that is in need of a homevisit

    • After 5 days of attendance in a two weeks period, student is moved to Tier III

    • ILOG all interactions. ILOG letters sent.

Tier 1

Tier 1: School wide interventions and incentives for all students and 90% - 100% (YTD).

    • Family Worker should send Robo attendance calls by 8:10 am to increase attendance.

    • Teachers take daily attendance by 8:30 am.

    • Family Worker will coordinate attendance data by 9:00 am.

    • Family Worker will complete attendance calls by 9:30 am.

    • Family Worker will follow up with absences via phone calls, emails or messaging.

    • Notes from phone calls are placed into our attendance tracker and ILOG showing what outreach was made and what the outcome was for every student who is absent, especially the Chronically Absent list (i.e. student came to school, student is sick, what parent said about the absence, etc.)

    • The Admin Team and Attendance Team receives a daily absence list and updates for review.

    • Awards Assemblies are held quarterly and classroom celebrations with the highest attendance, second-highest attendance, and third-highest attendance are celebrated monthly.

    • Month to month 100% individual and class attendance are celebrated over the loudspeaker.

    • Students will be celebrated for perfect attendance with certificates, classroom parties, trips, and more.

    • After 2 days of non-attendance in a two week period, students are moved to Tier II and

    • Family Worker complets home visits after 2 days of no contact from parents/caregiver.

    • Teachers will also call families to advise them of what was missed from class

    • ILOG all interactions, especially daily contacts and home visits.