Throughout 2011 and 2012, Taft has contributed and pledged more than $300,000 to Ralph Waldo Emerson School 58. The funds help support a full-time community/school coordinator, a part-time parent liaison/after-school assistant, funding for additional after-school programs, transportation home from those programs and more. In addition, Taft employees volunteer at the school in many different ways.
Following is a summary of activities and academic progress for the 2011-2012 school year and the first semester of the 2012-2013 school year.
2011-2012 School Year Summary
- A total of 32 after-school programs were offered either first or second semester.
- 39% of the students were enrolled in after-school programs (an increase of 28% from the prior year).
- Transportation home was provided for students enrolled in after-school programs. This allowed many students to participate who otherwise wouldn't have had the opportunity.
- 46.5% of students passed both math and ELA sections for ISTEP (up from 41% the prior year).
- IPS 58 outperformed other schools with Project Seed (a math program). Eighty percent of students participating showed positive gains on the program's post-test compared to pre-test scores.
- 75% of students who participated in Project Seed for two years achieved grade level ISTEP math scores.
- 50% of ReadUp students demonstrated more than a typical year's growth in reading skills as measured by SRI.
- 182 parents attended two workshops that provided instructional tips for parents to support their child's academic success.
- 145 home visits were completed by the parent liaison and 66 home visits were conducted by teachers prior to the school year.
- Taft employees volunteered at ReadUP, Cub Scouts and other after-school programs. Taft employees also donated uniforms for students in need.
- Taft recognized six Taft scholars for first semester grades and eight students for second semester. The firm also honored 13 students for most improved in their classroom.
- In addition, with funds provided by Taft, the school was able to (1) take sixth graders to IUPUI campus to show them college is an option for their future; (2) purchase a site license for Accelerated Reader (a program aimed at increasing students' level of motivation for reading as well as provide assessment on comprehension); and (3) purchase six student response systems, which utilize technology to engage students in whole group question/answering sessions, providing immediate feedback to the teacher.
2012-2013 First Semester Update
- IPS 58 is temporarily relocated while the school is under construction this year.
- 11 after-school programs are being offered in the first semester.
- 100 students enrolled in after-school programs and 48 students participating are in Project 75, an after-school tutoring program.
- 14 teachers conducted home visits over the summer (up from three last year).
- Taft employees volunteer at ReadUP, Cub Scouts and other after-school programs. Two Taft employees volunteered on the first day of school.
- Several classrooms will visit the Indiana Repertory Theatre and attend a matinee production as a result of Taft's partnership with IRT and donated tickets.
- Taft has provided the school with Indiana Ice tickets to use as incentives and other rewards for students and families.
- Academic statistics will be updated and provided following the end of the school year.
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