Dear BHSWCA Faculty and Staff,
I want to thank each of you for your commitment, dedication, and effort that have led to many
accomplishments for our students, both academically and socially. I thank you for all you have done to serve our students and their families. Your work is appreciated. For everyone joining our team this year, I welcome you and want you to know how truly happy I am that you are here. I look forward to a collaborative, productive and successful school year with you all. Your guidance, support, and energy will be needed to continue to encourage and honor excellence on a daily basis.
I look forward to working with you to achieve our school’s vision, which is to create a community of
life-long learners, readers and writers who use the written world as our vehicle to explore our world and to know ourselves.
Your Partner in Education,
Terri L. Grey, Principal
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Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts
Our school is a small community of life-long learners, readers and writers. Using the written word as a vehicle, students explore their world and learn to know themselves. They write across all content areas in order to master concepts and demonstrate understanding. We offer a college preparatory program and provide opportunities for creative writing, advanced study and opportunities in the fields of theatre and communications. Students produce a variety of school publications to demonstrate and celebrate learning. We expect all of our students to graduate with a New York State Regents endorsed diploma within four years and be prepared for college or to enter the workforce. Establishing a community of young people who grow into concerned, committed and productive citizens is another major goal of our small school. We encourage students to use various forms of communication to participate in the democratic process and community development. Parents are seen as full partners in community participation and all school activities.
Based on current research for best practices, ten core organizational values strategically guide the school
plan to ensure that far more students will achieve academic and personal success. The entire faculty and staff
at the Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts will:
1. Cultivate a strong and respectful school community that maintains high expectations
for all using positive behavior interventions and enforcing clear and uniform consequences.
2. Plan and deliver rigorous, data-driven, student-centered and engaging instruction daily.
3. Provide differentiated learning for all students in every core academic course.
4. Integrate writing, reading, listening and speaking into all academic courses daily.
5. Promote a holistic education, including core academics, advanced and remedial courses,
wellness, and visual and performing arts integrated into the daily curriculum and as
6. Ensure inclusive classrooms that challenge and motivate all students, including students
with disabilities and English language learners.
7. Link learning to life goals through college and career preparation in advisoryand ELA.
8. Commit to a sustainable work environment and engaging and differentiated professional
development for teachers.
9. Engage local community members and families as integral partners in our students’
10. Create a collaborative school community where everyone feels empowered and all
voices are heard and respected.
Mission: A data-driven, personalized, and student-centered learning environment where faculty and staff are reflective, collegial and work collaboratively to set high standards, provide frequent feedback and create a positive climate for all students. Thus, enhancing student engagement and voice and raising student achievement in courses, on performance assessments and Regents exams, ultimately preparing all students for post-secondary success.
1. Goal: To strengthen the Kid Talk (Kid Talk) and Learning From Student Work (LFSW) protocols to support cohort teams in their capacity to monitor and evaluate student progress and achievement.
Outcome: A data-driven approach used by teachers to adapt lesson plans and instructional strategies to differentiate instruction for students, thus creating more engaging and rigorous classrooms. It will also allow teachers and counselors to develop individualized short and long term goals for academic and social and emotional growth, thereby creating a personalized learning environment.
2. Goal: To incorporate classroom inter-visitation and learning walk protocols into our collaborative planning time for inquiry at the grade level. To enhance our teaching observation and evaluation process as it is aligned to the Danielson research-based instructional framework and will allow us to engage in short, frequent cycles
of observation and provide timely feedback to one another.
Outcome: An expansion in our ability to differentiate professional development for staff and provide timely feedback to faculty from administrators and teaching colleagues on instructional practice. Also, this process provides greater content area support and shares best practices for ELL’s and SWD’s for teachers and enhances the professional,
collegial and collaborative work of our faculty.
3. Goal: To provide more opportunities for the school faculty and staff to interact with student performance data by using Skedula by Datacation, ARIS, the Data Tool, the Quality Review Rubric , the school’s progress report and Learning Environment Survey, and quantitative student data during team meetings focused on inquiry.
Outcome: To develop school staff who speak with a
common language and a shared understanding of the metrics used the measure a
school’s success. To make school-wide decisions that are transparent,
collaborative and informed by data and result in teacher empowerment and higher
4. Goal: To leverage the work of the humanities department through collaborative partnerships with community based non-profits, including EPIC Theatre Company, and Studio in a School, and the science and math departments, using Community word Project, to support the development of common core aligned units that assess performance based tasks using rubrics that incorporate the common core learning standards.
Outcome: Teachers and students who understand their strengths and areas of growth on a specific topic as measured by a rubric and demonstrated via an authentic project or task for every student. Classroom instruction that is differentiated, rigorous and engaging creating a more personalized learning environment to support learners who are advanced or require additional support. Increased course and Regents exam passing rates.
6. Goal: To reinforce a school culture centered on positive reinforcements by continuing to implement the
Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS).
Outcome: A school where peer to peer, peer to staff, and staff to staff interactions are respectful and academic achievement and leadership are respected and honored. A decrease in classroom and hallway incidents as more systems and celebrations are implemented school-wide. An increase in student and staff positive incentives resulting in an increase of school pride and spirit.
7. Goal: To strengthen the college readiness and post-secondary planning paths for our students by incorporating more college visits and guest speakers, and involving all students and faculty in post-secondary planning. Diversifying our curriculum to include more advanced placement, College Now, and honors-level classes. Consistent transcript review and individual graduation plans for every student. Adding College Summit to the curricula for all grade levels in order to start college readiness in ninth grade.
Outcome: A student body that believes they can go to college and/or have a successful career, understands their options for achieving this goal and the path needed to get there. An increased graduation and college readiness rate.
8. Goal: To provide multiple entry points and consistent feedback to students so that they can access the curriculum at their level and improve at their own rate.
Outcome: Students who can speak directly to their performance levels and can meet the
common core learning standards.