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EMS School Improvement Plan

The Ephrata School District and its schools are using the school improvement process to increase student achievement. Each school has a leadership team that analyzes data, sets goals and implements a plan that reflects the needs of their students. 

2023-2024 Ephrata Middle School Improvement Plan

ABOUT EMS (2022-2023 Data)

  • 450 Students
  • 63.3% Free / Reduced
  • 12.2% Bilingual
  • 8.9% English Learners
  • Targeted 1-2 for the Washington School Improvement Framework for ELL / SPED
Purpose Statement

EMS is united with our school district in that our purpose is for Kids & Learning through differences collected for unity's purpose. Our Building Leadership Team's purpose is to "Facilitate learning, clear direction and growth for students and staff."

Building Leadership Team
Tina Mullings Teisha Moreno
Courtney Bronowski Katie Johnson
Greg Becker Randy Johnson
Amanda Owens PJ Anderson
Frank Moore Gaemmi Jasman
Heidi Johnson Missy Beierman
Michelle Osburn  


Needs Assessment Summary


Our Building Leadership Team worked throughout August - September to analyze data from the past five years to determine what needs stood out to the team. We looked at additional staff surveys to determine what the needs were for this year. We also shared  survey out during our orientations with families and received strong feedback that was incorporated into our goals as well.

Goal: Family, Student and Community Engagement

Implement a comprehensive set of inclusive initiatives to enhance the sense of welcome and belonging in our school community by an increase in the number of families and community members participating.

Activity 1: Quarterly family nights / events, including: orientations, family fun night / student showcase, staff vs staff events, college and career nights, drama performance, STEM and literacy night, game night, La Chispa cultural celebration and / or talent show.

Activity 2: Tiger of the Quarter morning celebrations

Activity 3: Newsletter communications via Remind and social media

Goal: Evidence Based Practices & Continuum of Supports
  1. Improve proficiency on SBA in Math and ELA for our ELL students, with current reality of a 9% passing rate, increased to 25%, within one year through targeted instructional strategies, additional academic support and equitable access to resources for all students.
  2. Improve proficiency on SBA in Math and ELS for our IEP students, with the current reality of a 12% passing rate, increasing to 30% within one year through targeted instructional strategies, additional academic support and equitable access to resources for all students.

Activity 1: Targeted instructional strategies (content curriculum for Math 1 and pilot curriculum for ELA and Science)

Activity 2: Additional academic support (ELA 2 curriculum of ELA 2, Math 2 curriculum of ALEKS and Achieve)

Activity 3: Equitable access-collecting data on classroom based assessments, progress reports to ensure growth and integration of all students.

Activity 4: Staff meeting - engaging in PD work during meetings based on staff surveys and data collection.
*Seek out evidence based PD for certified and classified staff in the areas of ELL and SPED inclusionary practices.

Additional Information - Current EMS Teams

RTI: Look at students struggling behaviorally, academically, etc. to determine how to increase learning.

Advisory: Address social emotional learning through Second Steps Program as well as support study habits.

PBIS: Support Tier 1 Positive Behavior Systems through teaching skills and reinforcement through PBIS rewards.