Award Year: 2013

Maple West Elementary School

851 Maple Road
Williamsville, NY, 14221-3260

(716) 626-8840

Charles Galluzzo Ed.D., Principal at time of Nomination

Williamsville Central School District

School Website

Mission

To prepare students to think creatively and critically, to apply theirknowledge to become confident learners and productive citizens in our schooland community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 80%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 10%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application

Maple West is one of six elementary schools located in Williamsville, NY, a northern suburb of Buffalo, NY, with several colleges and universities in the surrounding areas. Maple West's student body represents cultures from nationalities around the world. The Parent Teacher Association at Maple West is very active in supporting our instructional programming through providing funds for special speakers, programs and field trips that enhance and
extend the learning outside the four walls of the classroom.

Our Child Study Team (CST) process has been utilized as a model for district implementation of the Response to Intervention (RTI) mandate which requires schools to collect and analyze data to determine if proper instruction was provided before determining if a child is in need of special education services. The (CST) process, revised in 2005-2006, led to the formalized study of educational data to guide instruction. Student Intervention Plans or SIP’s are developed by grade level teams through the collection and charting of cause and effect data. Cause data refers to information collected in relation to actions of teachers in terms of teacher strategies and implementations of lessons. Effect data refers to information collected based on student achievement. The CST uses this information to analyze strengths and obstacles; establish, review and revise
goals; select instructional strategies; and determine future result indicators.

Our highest priority is our students. We believe that learning how to learn is as important as what is learned and that our students achieve when effort and perseverance toward excellence is encouraged, supported and celebrated. Parent and family involvement is critical to successful learning.