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Nicole Covell, Executive Director of Instruction and Personnel

Nicole Covell

Executive Director of Instruction and Personnel


Jessica Ariola

Jessica Ariola

Director of Curriculum


Michael Foley, Director of Data and Instructional Technology

Michael Foley

Director of Data and Instructional Technology


Academic Program

As a school district we are “committed to a challenging educational program that promotes academic and personal growth for all students.” Our work is specifically focused so that “each student will become a confident, productive, responsible individual with a strong academic foundation, and the ability to make positive ethical choices. Our goal is to cultivate a sense of pride, character and accountability in our students and community.” We believe that the “Board of Education, staff, parents, students, and community share responsibility for this mission.”

Those words, from our Mission Statement, are the reason behind all decisions regarding teaching and learning at Phoenix Central School District. In this context, we continuously strive to enhance student achievement by evaluating and adjusting the kinds, and quality of programs, we offer our students. Over the past couple of years, we have continued the practice of reviewing and revising our programs to better meet the needs of all students.

During the 2016-2017 school year, we began full implementation of our Response to Intervention process.  At its core, Response to Intervention is a way of structuring a system and working collaboratively so that we can all focus on what we expect students to know and to be able to do as a result of instruction; it is a focus on learning and growth, on core instructional practices, and on successful interventions and supportive structures.

The pages and documents linked from this page are intended to provide any and all information regarding our core academic program and all of the supports around that core program.  In our language, we call that the “core and more." Each page includes important information related to the overarching focus on student learning, from a particular lens. Please browse our Comprehensive District Education Plan to see what specific data sets we use when we evaluate our growth. Our CDEP committee has previously worked very hard to focus on two primary objectives:

For each objective the committee determined to write three or four indicators of progress.  We recognize that these indicators are only a few of the factors that could be used to assess progress toward each objective.  

Indicators of Progress for Objective #1 - Student learning will demonstrate an upward trend.

  1. Every student will make the projected standard growth target within one year (based on NWEA-MAP RIT score).
  2. We will increase participation in Advanced Placement and college-level courses.
  3. We will increase the percentage of students achieving a Regents (or Advanced Regents) diploma.
  4. We will increase the percentage of students participating in, and achieving, 6.5 credits in a school year.

Indicators of Progress for Objective #2 - Students will develop a sense of pride and self-worth.

  1. We will reduce the percentage of students who are chronically absent.  Every student will have more than 90 points and more than 90% attendance at EJD.
  2. We will reduce the number of discipline referrals.
  3. Participation in extra-curricular activities or community activities will increase. 

Thank you for your interest in our work.  Please feel comfortable reaching out to any of us if you have any questions regarding our academic program. 

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