I am writing to inform you that we practiced a lockdown drill today at Langley. Our teachers and students did an amazing job and we were able to activate our procedure efficiently and then move on with a day of learning! This is one part of our emergency response preparedness, each month we practice fire drills and we also practice earthquakes, severe weather, and lockdown drills a several times a year. Lockdown procedures are used to protect building occupants from potential dangers in the building or outside. Here are the basics of what occurs during a lockdown drill: Teachers close and secure windows and doors, pull down the blinds, and turn off the lights. Students sit on the floor away from any windows and doors. Students and staff stay quiet and await further instruction. Students in main office, health suite, cafeteria, and or multipurpose rooms remain at these locations under the direction of the staff present. Our emergency response team check the classrooms and then students return to their daily schedule after about 5-10 minutes. We know that lockdowns are a sensitive issue given current events. It is important to practice however, we are careful at Langley to make sure our practice drills exhibit sensitivity and are as least-intrusive as possible to our children. Most importantly, we have invested in trauma-informed training and social emotional learning this year, our staff is always on the lookout to provide support to students; we have a great team here to help!
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me directly.
The Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE) recently released the second annual citywide School Report Card that includes information about how every public school in DC performed in School Year 2018-2019. At Langley Elementary School, we are focused on ensuring every student receives an excellent education. This letter provides an overview of our results this year and background information on the Report Card and STAR Framework.
For the 2018-2019 school year, our school received a rating of 2 Stars. This means we improved from 14.27 points, a Level 1 score to 32.07, a Level 2 score making an over 17-point increase and doubling our score in one year. We are one of a handful of schools across the city that improved a whole STAR rating in on year, we are very proud of our students and teachers for their perseverance and hard work. We are now only 8 points away from a Level 3 score.
Our rating of 2 Stars indicates that we have much to celebrate as a school community, including strong student achievement. We’re proud of the high-quality education we provide our students and the great things happening in our school. Last year we were able to increase the students scoring at the proficient and advanced levels of the PARCC assessment by double digit gains in both ELA and Math. We could not have realized these improved results without the support of our entire community, and we look forward to continuing to build on these results this year.
We are committed to continue Langley’s rise to the top and will continue our laser-like focus on social emotional and academic learning for all students and utilize our ESSA funding for the next 1.5 years to move even faster. Our team works hard each and every day to improve outcomes for all of our students. To understand more about our focus areas as a school, please review our Comprehensive School Plan (CSP) Snapshots available online at https://dcps.dc.gov/snapshots. This snapshot shares our strategies for improvement and student success.
If you have additional questions about the STAR Rating Framework, please find a quick overview on the back of this page. In addition, please join us at our next school event, the January PTA meeting on Wednesday, January 8 from 6:00-7:30pm in the PD room, where I will be available to answer questions. If you cannot attend, or if there are any questions our team of educators can answer, please chat with me at the door or email me at email@example.com.
Sincerely, Vanessa Drumm Principal, Langley Elementary School