Culture and Climate Surveys

Holyoke Public Schools used the Panorama Culture and Climate survey tool to gather interim feedback from our students, staff, and families.

The Fall 2020 survey results are in!  Thank you for your participation.

These survey responses inform our improvement efforts at the school and district level, as we work together to be families’ first choice for their children’s education. 

An interim survey was sent in November in order to gather feedback on our learning model; understand the supports that students, staff, and families need; and check in on progress towards our key measurable annual goals.

  • Participation highlights: We are pleased to report 74% staff participation, 70% student participation, and 1570 families returning surveys!
  • We would like to share a special shout out to the E.N. White families; more than half responded to the survey!
  • Visit the Panorama website and choose the Holyoke icon to view district results and the Schools icon to view individual school results.

We are particularly encouraged by:

  • More than half of the students in all grades feel they are getting the help they need with their schoolwork right now
  • Stronger relationship building, in all grades, with more students feeling connected to adults at school
  • More students in all grades are feeling that their culture and native language are respected
  • More than half of teachers and staff feel the school has implemented the right amount of COVID-related safety measures and protocols and that leadership has helped in resolving challenges they have faced this year
  • Teachers and staff report there is a more positive working environment
  • Professional growth of teachers through professional development and observations continues to increase
  • Families feel the communication from school about COVID-related safety measures and protocols are clear
  • Families are satisfied with the frequency of communication from their child’s teacher
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We still have room for improvement, including:

  • Ensuring students and families feel supported and confident in using the distance learning technology
  • Promoting connection between students during remote learning
  • Ensuring that our efforts to personalize learning opportunities for students, such as through the theme-based academies in high school, STEM in middle school and dual language in elementary school, translate to students being interested and excited about their classes
  • Providing more programming and opportunities for families to learn how to support their child’s learning at home.
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This input and feedback about our schools and district are critical to ensuring that we adapt and refine our strategy and implementation. Thank you for your continued engagement and please know that surveys are just one way we collect feedback. Please reach out to us with questions and suggestions throughout the year!

A look back at last April’s Annual Survey results:

  • Families felt that the school provides programming and opportunities to learn how to support children’s learning at home
  • The majority of families indicated that they meet or communicate via email or text with their child’s teacher at least monthly
  • More students felt safe in their classroom (6-pt increase to 74% in grades 3-5 and 5-pt increase to 75% in grades 6-12) and around school
  • Students reported stronger relationship building, especially in grades 3-5, with more students feeling that their teachers encourage them to do their best
  • More students in grades 6-12 felt that teachers are excited to teach their classes, especially since this was a growth area last year
  • Visit the Panorama website and Choose the Holyoke icon to view last year’s district results and the Schools icon to view individual school results.

This input and feedback about our schools and district are critical to ensuring that we adapt and refine our strategy and implementation.  Thank you for your continued engagement and please know that surveys are just one way we collect feedback. Please reach out to us with questions and suggestions throughout the year!  

Contact Us

Jenny Malave, Project Manager
Email: 
jmalave@hps.holyoke.ma.us

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