2021-2022 ESSER III/School Innovation & Improvement Plan

Outcome goals for this academic school year

Complete ESSER school funding plan

School Innovation and Improvement Plan At-a-Glance


Fox Mill Elementary School

Region 1

Brian Moose, Principal  


Background: The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) is a federal grant which requires that spending be used in specific areas. Part of the Fairfax County Public Schools spending plan identifies funding to be used for Unfinished Learning and Student Academic and Social, Emotional, Mental Health (Wellness) Needs. Schools have been given funding allocations to support the academic and wellness needs of students. Schools are required to create plans in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Wellness highlighting the strategies they will use to support these areas using their ESSER III funding. These strategies are shown below.


ESSER III English Language Arts Strategies

Outcome: Ensure students are making continuous achievement growth in Language Arts


Strategy 1: Leverage tier 1 resource, Imagine Language and Literacy in a whole group or small group setting. Utilize materials that align with science of reading and explicitly teach systematic and strategic phonics instruction in grades K-1.


Strategy 2: Enhance cultural literacy by investing in books that reflect a diverse perspective and experience and for incorporating Japanese literacy in the classroom.


Strategy 3:Restructure and revisit the Language Arts workshop model by working with school based specialist to enhance students' fluency and comprehension. 


ESSER III Math Strategies

Outcome: Ensure students are making continuous achievement growth in Mathematics.


Strategy 1: Leverage tier 1 resource, ST Math for all students in a whole group or small group setting. Utilize Do the Math program to help students build a strong foundation in number sense.


Strategy 2: Restructure and revisit the Math workshop model by working with specialist to enhance and/or remediate students' number sense. 


ESSER III Wellness Strategies

Outcome: Ensure students feel safe, included, and supported in the school environment.


Strategy 1: Provide opportunities to build a positive relationship with the school community. 


Strategy 2: Utilize the Second Step program for social/emotional learning within the classroom to build strong communities and allow equitable learning environments. 


Strategy 3: Invest in literacy geared towards Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to use in a classroom setting. 


Background: All Fairfax County schools are also required to complete an access and opportunity goal as part of their School Innovation and Improvement Plan (SIIP). 


Access and Opportunity End of Year SMARTR Outcome

Goal: By June 2022, as a school-wide initiative, the FMES team will provide a more profound learning experience for all students by using the tier 1 Advanced Academic curriculum in the classroom. Students will continue to make achievement growth throughout the school year. 


Strategy 1: Fox Mill Elementary School will provide professional development for teachers to gain a deeper understanding by using Making Thinking Visible and the Creative and Critical Thinking strategies for the classroom.


Strategy 2: Staff members will use the Tier 1 Access to Rigor curriculum in their classrooms every quarter.


Strategy 3: Students in grades 4th-6th will complete a google survey to explain which strategies they have learned in the classroom and how they applied them.


Strategy 4:  Collaborate with the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) to create and plan lessons to enhance students' engagement and learning on a deeper and more meaningful level.