About the School


DCS Code of Conduct 2016-2017

Code of Conduct
DCS Code of Conduct

Parent Handbook
Parent Handbook (2016-2017) (1).doc

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to create a learning community that fosters the physical, emotional and intellectual well-being of each student by blending academic activities with enrichment learning and meaningful technology. 

MISSION
The faculty, staff and administration of Montana Street Magnet School join with parents and students, in creating a learning community that honors ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity.  Our mission is to improve the academic performance of all students in all areas of the curriculum by blending standard academic activities with purposeful enrichment learning and meaningful technology.  We will create a school culture that promotes respect, democratic principles, and preservation of the Earth's resources.  This will be accomplished through shared decision-making opportunities for students, parents, teachers, and administrators.

Montana is also a STEAM school. STEAM  is an acronym for the fields of study in the categories of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The initiative began to include arts and design in STEM fields education. STEM programs are designed to integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the classroom.

For more information on STEAM schools, please visit the article below:
http://www.magnet.edu/e-choice-articles/Regaining-STEAM

Our Strategic Goals for 2016-2017

Goal #1

We will identify barriers to teaching and learning and identify support systems to address barriers.

Our objective is to discover and address  any barriers to our students’ success. We will meet routinely as a staff to review data and discuss student progress. Any student who is struggling , either behaviorally or academically,  will receive interventions through his or her classroom teacher and interventionists. We will maintain records utilizing RTI Rails to track delivery of interventions and monitor student performance.

Goal # 2

We will further develop a community-schools model that engages parents, students, school personnel at the local school level in creating innovative, flexible community-based education that exceeds expectations and prepares students for their next step.

Our objective is to collaborate with our parents, students and community members  continuously throughout the year. We will accomplish this through our Learn-A-Thon, PTO meetings, Mayor's Cup Challenge, Parent Conference Day, Fire Prevention poster contest, Red Ribbon Week, Salvation Army canned food drive, Parent Night at the book fair, Relay for Life, Jump Rope for Heart and Liberty and Legacy patriotism program.

Goal #3

We will work with our students so they can perform at proficient levels and demonstrate continuous improvement .

Our objective is to offer our students rigorous instruction in math through our GO Math program  based on our state College and Career Ready Standards . We plan to increase proficiency in reading by engaging students through literacy strategies. We also introduced STEAM days this year in which students engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math enrichment activities.



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In January of 2017, Montana Magnet School was accepted into the Magnet Schools of America Standards of Excellence Certification Program.



The 2017-2018 school year will consist of the following process:
   

  1. Online training to begin the certification process and access to the Rubicon-Atlas Management System.
  2. The Rubicon-Atlas platform will be the certification tool for a period of @10 months for self-assessment, uploading evidence, and creating SMART goals as needed.
  3. All applicants will receive technical assistance for the online platform throughout the duration of the certification process (March 1 – January 30).
  4. At the close of the certification process (January 30), MSA Evaluators will examine the evidence against the Standards of Excellence rubric.
  5. Evaluations may take up to 60 days, at which time applicants will be notified of results.
  6. Schools receiving the designation of Certified or Demonstration will receive their seal and be recognized at the MSA National Conference the following spring.