Mason County High School - Compression Plan Document


Redesigning Student Learning Experiences at Mason County High School





Mason County High School

Maysville, Kentucky

December 12, 2013

Revised December 17,2013


Kermit Belcher

Mason County Schools

Maysville, KY
Dr. Kermit Belcher

Kermit Belcher, Ed.D.


Designed and Facilitated by:

Jill Griffiths




Table of Contents


Session Participants……………………………......................................        3


Compression Design…………………..................................................     4


Design Review   ………………………..................................................     5


Key Deliverables:  Top Ideas ………...............................................      6


Other Ideas ………… ………………….............................................           7-8


Session Evaluation……………………..................................................     9


Initial Action Plan……………………..................................................      10-11


Communication Plan………………………………………………………………….12-13






MCHS NexGen Leadership Team


Pam Stewart


Dana Belcher


Shannon Roberts


Steve Appelman


Sean Jackson


Seth Faulkner


Carla Stith


Greta Stanfield


Rick Ross


Robert Kimble


Amy Gilkison


Kermit Belcher







Redesigning Student Learning Experiences at Mason County High School



Who Will Do It/


Explore Headers

Overall Purpose

To increase the pathways and opportunities for Next Generation Learners beginning in 2014 School Year




A team attended Next Generation Learning Leadership group through UK


A team visited and/or gained exposure from Elkhorn Crossing, Reynoldsburg City Schools, Danville Ind. & Eminence to look at programming for career tracks and project based learning


A team visited Locust Trace in Fayette County for agriculture project based learning

CCR Data shows 48.1% in 2012 but improved to 54.5% in 2013

Career-ready data is an area needing improvement

Community college within the district is a resource as is MSU.  Both willing to work with the district

Purpose of Today’s Session

To identify the top ___ ideas or initiatives we can implement with fidelity


To identify the key actions we can take byFebruary


Non-Purpose of Today’s Session

To worry about the possible impacts on staff



Currently working toward hybrid and online classes being in place at MCHS (provide more opportunities for online classes at MCHS)


There is a 1:1 ratio of students to iPads


There are significant numbers of students failing that we want to address and help make successful

The district has a desire to find and provide a meaningful experience (PBL, 21st Century Skills, Capstone Projects, Digital Portfolios) for all students, not just those going to college

Minimal Initiatives are in place:

Flipped Classroom: 1 Math  Class

Middle College: use a different name

Mentorship: revamp needed

CCR: More pathways needed

See artifact

To increase students’ 21st Century Skills

To increase student engagement


What are we doing now that is working for the students?


What should we stop doing because it’s not working?


What new approaches can we begin?


What would the students say they need or want?


Sure-fire ways to get council and staff buy-in for our top ideas?


Top Ideas to Implement Next Year


Focus Headers






Review of Compression Plan Design


During the review of the Compression Plan Design the following edits or additions were made:



Project Lead the Way: provided thru the Gates Foundation from UK; curriculum in place for Computer Science, English, Health Sciences; Encore: Arts; Agriculture (5 dots)

  • Potential to have academy
  • Revamped property needed
  • Going to school board by January
  • Early Scheduling needed for Move Up Day.  Also for MS Exploration Course


Purpose of Today’s Session

To identify the key actions we can take by January/February



Background artifact:  The status of initiatives at Mason County High School was reviewed.


  • Innovative Scheduling (No)
  • PLC – Teacher Roll out process – buy in (No) 
  • Mastery Learning (No)
  • Project Based / Challenged Based Learning (No)
  • Flipped Classroom Model (One math classroom)
  • Blended Learning (No)
  • Middle College (Yes, we just haven't called it "Middle College"…and it needs expanded)
  • Career Clusters / Villages (No)  
  • Fusion (No)
  • Mentorship (Yes, by name only…needs revamped)
  • Digital Portfolio’s (No) 
  • College / Career Readiness (Need to provide more pathways for career ready and get more students college ready)
  • Student Capstone Presentations (No) 




Key Session Deliverables

The leadership team members generated, prioritized, and merged the following ideas that best serve their stated purpose.


The Top Ideas or Initiatives We Can Implement with Fidelity by Next Year


Innovative Scheduling (8 dots)

  • Course offerings/sequence (3 dots)
  • Entrance Exams at MS for HS offerings- allow students to comp out of classes (1 dot)
  • Restructure electives not in CCR path


Project Lead the Way: provided thru the Gates Foundation from UK; curriculum in place for Computer Science, English, Health Sciences; Encore: Arts; Agriculture  (5 dots)

  • Potential to have academy
  • Revamped property needed
  • Going to school board by January
  • Early Scheduling needed for Move Up Day.  Also for MS Exploration Course
  • Project Based/Challenge Based Learning


Career Clusters/Villages (4 dots)

  • Develop Pathway Blueprint (3 dots)
  • Student ownership-understanding of pathways (1 dot)
  • Learning path for every student (1 dot)
    • College
    • Work skills
    • Combination
  • Flex Schedules
  • Start at MS with CCR information, acceleration, prep or paths.  Makes students aware of more careers.
  • Using the same school structure from the early 1900s-get the kids out of school, 24-7 learning


Redefine RTI Class (5 dots)

-CERT Pilot

-Remediation may be better with student’s own teacher

  • Remediation in school calendar
  • CERT with adjustments
    • ACT Predictor
    • Remediation
    • In Pilot Year


Middle College (4 dots)

Other ideas generated during the Explore Phase and considered during the Focus Phase


Explore Phase: What are we doing now that is working for the students?

Focus Phase: What Needs Expanded?

  • Math “Flipped Classroom” has shown success with embedded technology (1 dot)
  • Academy Odyssey Ware for Credit Recovery
  • The “look” of MCHS college student has changed…all walks of life get to attend!
  • Student input is valued.  Students are engaged by leadership teams.
  • JROTC, AG, Culinary
  • Shannon Roberts and Pam Steward represent increased pathways and increased career rates
  • ATC that has been offering four classes for 100 students
  • Improved opportunity for students to take college classes.  Students can attend college classes all day now.
  • Digital textbooks-content
  • Reinstated Teaching Pathway.  Formerly was Teacher Cadets and Morehead State University did away with it.  Students can now get college credit.
  • Plant the Dream: a mentorship-like program for troubled students
  • Mentorship
  • Data tracking and identifying students by using Mason County system of spreadsheets
  • Students are given real-world opportunities (ex. School farm, catering) (2 dots)
  • Technology rich with 1:1 IPads and real world (2 dots)
  • Opportunities for AP classes that are showing success rates
  • Opportunities for IC3 and MOS certification which was implemented this school year
  • Apprenticeships outside the building-culinary school (2 dots)


Explore Phase: What should we stop doing because it’s not working?

Focus Phase:  What should we keep or revamp?

  • Class Schedule:  it now has more opportunities but has been basically the same for 14 years.
  • Confined by traditional schedule
  • Forcing ALL students to “get ready for college”
  • Grading…not just normal grading-more project based.  Don’t grade on neatness of binders!
  • Current way ILP is completed with a “just get it done” attitude.  ILP is not utilized as meant.
  • Honor Classes as we don’t limit who takes them.  Are they truly “honors?”  Need to look at AP courses instead. 
  • Not all IEPs are implemented appropriately
  • Special Education resource room methods:  Data shows not working.  There are scheduling issues with contact time.  Also issues with regular education teacher accountability. (1 dot)
  • “Old School” teaching styles.  Top 1/3 teachers use evidence-based practices.  Other fall back to old practices.  Working toward more student engagement and less lecture. (1 dot)
  • Some classes that are not Core Content should not be taught because they are not related to the career pathway
  • Lack of ownership for some students
  • Summer school is a reinforce for some students, those that refuse to try during the school year
  • Students rely on night school-will miss regular school and make it up at night.  Some classes cannot be made up at night, example culinary.
  • PD without focus on College and Career Readiness


Explore: What New Approaches Can We Begin?

Focus:  Same Question

  • Mastery Learning (2 dots)
  • Use Work Ethics Seal with Chamber of Commerce
  • Network with Business and Industry:  for student tutoring, dialog about skills needed, inform them about what schools are doing
  • Advising-ILP
  • Fusion period- core content fused and is class project based (1 dot)
  • Blended Learning in core class areas.  Online and teacher driven.
  • Student Capstone Presentations
  • Digital Portfolios which are part of senior capstone and justify learning


Explore:  What would students say they need or want?

Focus:  Not included

  • Less sitting, more moving
  • “Hands-on”
  • “Teach me something I will use in college”
  • Why Algebra??  Practical application of math classes
  • To stay at vocational all day to master a skill
  • More opportunities relating to their interest
  • Real world-authentic learning- the why
  • Real world results of their success (across al contents, how is this helping me really)
  • Work on projects
  • Advanced students like a college traditional model
  • Let me do nothing
  • Rewards-recognition

Session Evaluation


What Went Well

  • Sharing ideas
  • All ideas identified!
  • Started “doing” not just talking
    • Organized Planning
  • Development of plan
  • Everyone was able to share their thinking and plan together
  • Organization of priorities/next steps
  • Organization!! Everything was so organized as we brainstormed!  You helped my OCD! J
  • Got organized and started to narrow our focus
  • Organization of ideas
  • Narrowed our focus


Lessons Learned

  • Bigger task than first thought
  • Importance of identifying key concepts
  • Faced facts about our school
  • Planning requires time to discuss and brainstorm.  Organize ideas/prioritize.
  • Visuals helped to narrow thoughts & prioritize.  Lots to do!
  • We have a long road ahead but it’s possible
  • Organization is key to moving our focus.  Also, our administrators truly value our input as teachers.
  • We have a lot of great ideas and a plan for moving forward.
  • Awareness of what is “right” and what needs improvement
  • It will take a lot of planning and developing to implement.  Need to begin actual “work on the work” sessions


What would we change for our next session?

  • More teacher input
  • #/Prioritize tasks
  • Not sure
  • NA
  • More classroom teachers
  • More teachers involved
  • Have more classroom teachers at the table for discussion
  • No change



Action Plan


Who Will Do

It/ Deadline



Write report and mail to Greta and Kermit

Jill/By Monday December 16


Emailed 12/15/13

Get budget to committee members

Kermit/by Dec. 17 meeting

Discussed 12-17-13

Funding from facilities/bonding

Restructuring of staff other than adding staff

Get list of staff and certification to committee members

Steve/by Dec. 17 meeting


Determine course offerings/pathways

  • Determine the pathway sequences
  • Look at existing pathways
  • Print/post pathways

Team/January meeting


In process

Current pathways for posting began after Dec. 12 meeting

Discussed 12-17-13

Define Innovative Scheduling

  • Bring ideas to meeting

Team/Dec. 17 Meeting


Determine ways to get staff and site-based buy-in for plan

Jill & Team/Dec. 17 meeting


Share Compression Plan Report with HS Department Heads during planning periods

Pam, Steve, Seth/Before Christmas Break-Dec. 19th


Talk with Middle College staff about scheduling and business pathway

Pam/By January meeting


Hold departmental meetings to determine:

  • What to offer
  • What’s required
  • Electives
  • Course syllabus

Steve/By January meeting


Survey students about course offerings they desire

Shawn/By January meeting


Plan to take teachers (and students) on schools visits

  • Visit a Project Lead the Way School

Kermit/By January meeting


Create Master Schedule options

Team/January meeting


Plan schedule for entrance exams with MS 8th Grade




Who Will Do

It/ Deadline



Determine the Core Sequences Area



Get site-based approval






Communication Plan


Specific Messages:

  1. Why we are doing this
    1. To increase student engagement
    2. To increase career opportunities
    3. To increase CCR Opportunities
    4. To individualize learning
    5. For 24-7 learning- Next Generation Learning
  2. Explanation of what Next Generation Learning is
  3. Information learned from visits to other schools
  4. Our desires for our kids.  Statement of impact heard on school visit:  “Your kids will be working for these kids.”  (Creativity)
  5. Information in inspirational-motivational videos
  6. The positive impacts on adults
  7. Outline of proposed plan
  8. The effects of the plan on teachers
  9. Information about Project Lead the Way
  10. The benefits of becoming dual-credit for teachers/students
  11. Timelines- actions to this point, proposed timeline
  12. Background of the leadership team’s work
  13. The effects of the plan on students
  14. The results of student input
  15. CCR Data
  16. Benefits to business


Who Needs to Know

What They Need to Know

Who Will Tell them

How Will We Tell Them





Dept. meetings, planning periods,

PLC on Jan. 3



1,2,4,7, 9,10, 13

Pam & Seth

At special events: career fairs, scheduling night


Via 5-minute video created by students



1,2,4,7, 9,10, 13

Pam & Seth

At special events, PTSO meetings, newspaper, radio webpage, video, phone system


Who Needs to Know

What They Need to Know

Who Will Tell them

How Will We Tell Them


Board of Education


Rick & some team members/students

Board of Ed meetings


Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Business/Industry


Rick, Kermit & some team members/students


Also invite them to school special events


Site-based Council


Steve, Robbie, Seth, Shannon, Kermit & Pam

Site-based meetings


MSU-Joe Pace



Telephone call



MCTC-Justin Pate



Telephone call



Elementary Schools


Rick, Kermit & Greta



Middle School





Media:  WPTM & newspaper


Rick & Nancy

Media releases





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