Gilmanton School District 2017-18 Goals


  1. To continue to work collaboratively with the Gilford Board to maintain and increase communication between districts.

  1. To support a comprehensive and challenging academic program at all levels.

  1. To continue to update School Board policies as needed.

  1. To continue to support the High School Options Committee until they reach a recommendation.

  1. To continue with the short and long term plans for the facility maintenance and future space needs and to work with the town and the planning board to update the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

  1. To maintain high academic achievement and standards that can be reflected through standardized testing and student achievement.

  1. To continue to work toward meaningful and effective communication with the community with regard to educational and budgetary development and initiatives.

  1. To continue developing a positive culture and working environment for teachers, staff, and students.


  1. To oversee and coordinate curriculum, instruction, assessment processes and programs with an emphasis in all academic areas.

  1. To continue to make a commitment to improve student achievement through a comprehensive, standards aligned, Response to Intervention (RIT) model enabling early identification and intervention for all students with academic or behavioral difficulties prior to student failure with the primary goal of improving all student achievement and growth.

  1. Meet or exceed state average for all students.

  1. To continue to communicate with the Gilford administration to ensure that optimum educational opportunities are achieved.

  1. To continue to facilitate external communication and collaboration by building and expanding relationships with local government, businesses, residents, and other community agencies.

  1. To continue to be proactive and responsive in regard to communication with the community.

  1. To work closely with the High School Options Committee to explore potential options for Gilmanton's High School Students.

  1. To manage the District resources effectively and develop a new budget that maintains sound fiscal stewardship of community resources. To have the Superintendent, Business Administrator and school administration work collaboratively in an effort to effectively support student learning and to communicate the status of the budget to the Board and community. To have a successful transition for our newly hired Business Administrator.

  1. To maintain the Technology Plan  that is consistent with the needs of the District and the Department of Education. To monitor the new part time (1 day/week) technology integrationist for effectiveness.

  1. To successfully complete our transition from First class to Google. To continue to offer professional development for staff and to expand staff's knowledge and mastery of Google.

  1. To expand the presence and utilization of technology for students.

  1. To maintain the Professional Development Plan that is consistent with the needs of the school community and the Department of Education.

  1. To enhance the school's Emergency Response Plan and continue to have appropriate drills to ensure the safety of staff and students. To work with school to update our flip chart to reflect changes.

  1. To assist and provide mentoring opportunities to the many new employees of the District.


  1. Continue to improve instruction for all students based on current best practices.

  1. Continue to use our curriculum mapping program to implement curriculum, instruction, and assessment so that they align with the National Standards.

  1. Utilize the current curriculum committees to analyze and assess each K-8 curriculum map and to research available instructional resources to assist in delivering curriculum.

  1. To continue to provide opportunities for teachers to meet across grade levels to assist in their efforts to align curriculum.

  1. To update our Curriculum Guides to align with the Common Core Standards and to make them current with best practices in recommended topics and instructional methods.

  1. To update our Science Curriculum Materials to reflect the grade level expectations as outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)  (

  1. Train new staff members in the processes and procedures of Guided Reading in order to deliver consistent, effective reading instruction.

  1. To pilot a reading textbook with the goal of adopting a K-8 series that aligns to the National Standards.

  2. Continue to explore more strategies to help improve reading comprehension, K-8, including the adoption of a progress-monitoring tool to identify student needs.

  1. To continue to focus writing instruction on the Six Traits Writing Program, adopting a common language and consistent expectations across the grade levels.

  1. To continue to align the beginning stages of writing instruction with Handwriting Without Tears and to continue handwriting instruction and practice at all grade levels in order to offer a more consistent approach to handwriting.

  1. Focus professional development efforts on best practices such as differentiated instruction, RTI, and data analysis in order to meet the needs of all learners.

  1. Continue to support and integrate technology across the curricula areas, using such tools as Chromebooks, IPADS, Smart Boards, and mobile laptops.

  1. To explore new math programs and textbooks in Grades 7 and 8 to assist in implementing instruction that aligns with National Standards, with the goal of choosing a new textbook by the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

  1. To enhance our Unified Arts Programs to further enrich the many and varied talents of our students.

  1. Improve the use of data and assessment to enhance student learning.

  1. Increase teacher participation in using data effectively to drive instruction.

  1. To explore the use of Aimsweb to test students on specific skills for the purpose of enhancing individualized student instruction and value-added grouping.

  1. To improve the data brought to weekly Child Team members to make more specific recommendations for student interventions.

  1. Continue to train staff members to use available testing tools such as accommodations, modifications, released items, writing prompts, Study Island, NWEA, and the Smarter Balance Website to prepare for standardized testing.

  1. Continue to use data to implement value-added small group work through the Trailing Model and the use of Phase 5 Documents or similar tools in conjunction with our current Literacy and Mathematics Curriculum Maps.

  1. Continue to build a collaborative culture through the concepts of Professional Learning Communities.

  1. To finalize a comprehensive Professional Development Plan in a collaborative effort between staff and administration to improve the effectiveness of teacher evaluation.

  1. To train staff members in the use of Google Docs and Google Mail in an effort to  effectively share documents and to replace the current means of communication.  The transition between First Class and Google will be completed during the current school year.

  2. Find creative ways to utilize all of our human resources to improve instruction.

  1. Seek ways to encourage and support collaboration among staff members through active participation in daily, weekly, and monthly meetings.

  1. Continue to provide a safe and orderly school environment for students, staff, and community through effective discipline, daily organization, and clear expectations.

  1. Continue to foster mutual communication with GMHS staff and administration through monthly administrative meetings as well as curriculum meetings that involve teaching staff from both School Districts.   Successfully transition students academically and socially as they leave Gilmanton School and enter high school.

  1. Continue to maintain a current website, including updated Teacher Webpages.

  1. Find innovative ways to educate and engage the community and families regarding teaching and learning.

  1. To continue training the staff in the effective use of the Emergency Management Plan to ensure that staff and students are prepared for emergency situations.

  1. To use our Wellness Committee to continue our efforts to improve the health and well-being of our staff and students.

  1. To explore progress reports and report card options to help maximize communication with families.

Adopted: October 11, 2016