Koblerville Elementary School

Koblerville Elementary School

Home of the Hugging Umang 


Executive Summary


Koblerville Elementary School (KES) is located on the southern end of the island of Saipan. In 1986, the school opened its doors to 278 students in Grades 1 to 7, with seven teachers on staff. With each school year the enrollment and teaching staff grew. By 1990, the seventh grade was merged into junior high school, while two kindergarten classes were opened with AM and PM sessions. In 2023, the school successfully opened four full day Kindergarten classes. Today, KES serves as the fourth largest elementary school in the CNMI, with 517 K-5 students from the villages of Koblerville, San Antonio, and outlying areas. Of the 517 students, 12% account for students with IEPs and 26% who are English Learners (EL students). The student ethnic population is predominantly Chamorro at 47%, 18% Chuukese, 15% Filipino and 7% Carolinian.  The school has 68 staff members. 

In line with the priorities and current expectations of the CNMI Public School System, the school aims to fulfill the goals of the CNMI PSS Strategic Performance Management.  Increasing high student achievement and ensuring a safe and caring school for students are at the forefront of the school’s priorities. 

At KES, a variety of opportunities for students are provided through meaningful learning for the “whole” child. We cater to the needs of our individual students through the special services that supplement the regular school program. The school aims at fully implementing the High-Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM), along with services encompassing Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) through the strategies embedded under the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS). 


Students will graduate college and career ready to be productive in an independent global society.


Koblerville Elementary School will become a school of excellence, promoting an inspiring learning environment with effective teachers and quality curriculum, which capitalizes each student’s potential to be successful in all areas of learning, creating responsible citizens with strong values for the 21st century.


We believe that all students can thrive given these set of values necessary to adapt to a constantly advancing and challenging world:
  • Shared Leadership
  • Technology
  • Accountability
  • Responsibility
  • Life-long Learning
  • Innovation
  • Nurturing
  • Growth Mindset
Grade Level Grades K-5
Student Enrollment 517
Number of School Admin., Teachers, and Staff 68 
Schoolwide Plan Allocation $370,326
Number of Objectives Met 1 objective for all 4 critical initiatives
Number of Objectives Not Met 0
Number of Completed Activities 14
Number of Lagging Activities 0
KES School-Wide Plan Report
Successes: Based on the school wide plan focus for SY2023, KES has fulfilled its four intended critical initiatives. The allocation of funding for the acquisition of instructional materials and services were exhausted in the last quarter of the school year. As a result of the school's effort to improve student achievement levels, and as noted on the overarching goal/ main objective, KES has met its target with 54% of K-5th grade students reaching proficiency levels in reading, as well as 55% of Grades 1-5 students proficient in math.
Activity/ Benchmark End-of-Year Report
Critical Initiative #1: 21st Century Culture of Learning- Enrich 21st century culture of learning by involving all stakeholders to meet the needs of all K-5 digital natives
  • 100% SEL curriculum implementation across all grade levels (met) - All lessons from the Positive Action curriculum were delivered at all grade levels.
  • 100% of identified students needing mental health support are provided services (met) - The school completed all tasks addressing the mental health needs of students. Services provided and activities conducted within SY 2022-2023: SARC Referral (Attendance contract agreements maintained by students helped to prevent SARC referrals), Classroom Guidance, Attendance Watchlist, Individual Counseling and Check-Ins, Group Counseling, Pediatric Checklist Monitor, Parent Conferences with Counselor and Student, Other Services (Mediation), Child Study Team Referrals: CST and Section 504, Head Lice Screening and Monitoring
  • 100% Grade Level SEL End-of-Year SEL Activities conducted (met) - The 5th Grade Transition to Middle School Transition Summit was conducted on June 02, 2023. Over 100 students participated in the event with presentations and activities focused on the CASEL competencies that offered SEL skills necessary as students prepare to enter the early stages of their secondary level schooling.
  • Vision, mission, goals shared via social media, parent orientation, class activities (met) - The vision, mission and goals were shared with the school community through the school handbooks, the parent orientation sessions, posters and through the goal-setting sessions teachers and students had at the beginning of the school year. 
  • Acquisition of technology resources, equipment, services and subscriptions (met) - Allocated funds were used to procure technology items, services and subscriptions.
  • IFB published for technology items (met) - The IFB process for technology items were executed.
Critical Initiative #2: Empowerment of School Stakeholders- Involve all stakeholders to engage and support the learning process to ensure the continuous improvement processes is focused on learners’ experiences and needs
  • 25% or more of KES parents will have participated in school activities (met) - Based on all the parent engagement activities for the entire school year, there was a total of 34% parent/ legal guardian participation.
  • 100% of stakeholder surveys deployed (met)- All 12 identified stakeholder surveys were deployed on April 13, 2023. The school closed all the stakeholder surveys on June 09, 2023. The school team analyzed the parent, staff and student results during the End-of-Year Data Dialogue session.
  • 100% of personnel assigned leadership roles executed their activities (met) -School personnel were tasked leadership roles on school activities and initiatives in the following: PTSA/ Student Council Election Processes, MyWave Club Recruitment and Community Activities, Marianas Village Pride Development Plan and Scheduled Activities, BoxTops for Education Program, Motherread/ Fatherread Literacy Program, Garden Club, Interscholastic Sports Competitions, Child Study/ Section 504 Team Leaders, Holiday Program Activities (CITM event), Education Day, Spelling Bee Competition, MathCourt Competition, Chamorro Performing Arts Competition, ROAR- Read On Awesome Readers- School Wide Reading Intervention MAC Classes, MTEC Summit, Fight Against School Vandalism Projects, Bookmobile Visits, Cultural Heritage Month Activities, Parent Literacy Night, Read Across America, STEM Fair, Mid-Progress Reporting, Library Month Spirit Week, Young Author’s Book Fair, Family Fun Night, Field Excursions, Academic Challenge Bowl, 5th Grade Transition to Middle School Summit, Promotion Ceremony Event
Critical Initiative #3: Learner Engagement – To impact the engagement of learning, learners must experience content through a diverse 21st century learning environment
  • Minimum of 53% of KES students are proficient in reading and math based on the STAR Early Learning, Reading and Math assessments (met) - STAR Assessment Outcome Results: STAR Early Literacy/ Reading (Grades K-5) - 54% , STAR Math (Grades 1-5) - 55%
  • At least 10% of the student population will engage in Project-Based Learning based on student produced artifacts (met) – an average of 50% of the student population have engaged in PBL learning experiences within the school year.
  • Overall score of 3.0 or higher on the ELEOT 2.0 Observation Tool (met) – Score of 3.36 Total Average on Cognia 
  • Students will have participated in 80% of the school and/or community extracurricular activities/competitions/event/student organization, service offerings (met) – Students were afforded opportunities to participate in the following learning activities, organizations, events, competitions: Student Council, MyWave Club, YAP, After-school/ Saturday Programs, Education Month Contest, JKPL Library Program, CITM, Health Walk, MTEC Tourism Summit, Interscholastic sports competition (soccer- 2nd place, basketball- undefeated championship, volleyball- undefeated championship, track-n-field with multiple medals garnered), Spelling Bee competition, dental sealant program for 2nd Grade, Island Time Film Screening-AMP, STEM Fair (3rd place project and paper airplane champion), Young Author’s Book Fair, hearing test- 1st & 3rd Grade, earthquake, fire and lockdown drills, multiple holiday spirit week, Family Fun Night, multiple Field Excursions, Academic Challenge Bowl
Critical Initiative #4: Transform Teaching & Learning Practices- Create paradigm shift in the teaching and learning processes so students experience a learning environment that support their academic and non-academic needs
  • 90% or more of designated school staff will have participated in professional development training/ seminars/ conferences (met) – School personnel engaged in the following professional learning with averages at 95% participation in SY 2022-2023: Safe & Civil Schools, SPARKS Training, SIOP, Social Studies Standards, CCLHS Training, Statewide PD, Infinite Campus, Achieve3000, NVCI Training, Really Great Reading, AAC Special Education, SSIP Scale Target & Scale Up Session, SEL – Mental Health, EWS/ Foundations of Reading, UOG CCLHS Certification Course Graduate Program, Reducing Vaping in Youth, FPO on Federal Funding, Staff Evaluation, Into Math Virtual, School Accountability, Phase 2 Incident Response Guide- GSEMS, Data Dialogue, Active Shooter SOP Review, PrePare Core Training for Counselors, MTSS Collaborative, MTSS/ Renaissance/ EduClimber, High Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM- Into Math, Into Reading, into Science, Into Social Studies), NCSI Convening, Team-Building Workshop, IC Report Card Troubleshooting, Amira- Leadership Edition, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch certification training
  • 100% implementation of Daily 5 /Cafe/ Math Daily 3 across grade levels with fidelity and consistency (met)- 100% of Read-to-Self activities were implemented and maintained.
  • 80% of UBD unit lesson plans will show evidence of 21st century instructional practices (PBL, content integration/ Holistic, technology-based)/ (met) - 83% of UbD unit lessons submitted show evidence of 21st century instructional practice.
  • 60% will have received MTSS Tier 3 services throughout the school year from After-school/Special Ed/Title I/ (met)- 100% of students identified in the EL program received EL pull-out/push-in services once a week. 100% of students with IEPs that indicate pull-out services received 2-3 pull-out sessions per week. 100% of Title 1 students received 30 minutes service 3 times a week. Several IEP students with urgent needs were receiving pull-out sessions 5 days a week, more than they used to in previous months. The school launched the school-wide Tier 2 reading intervention for all students placing students on their appropriate literacy level (homogeneous grouping across all grade levels).  This school wide Tier 2 intervention had a positive impact on student achievement levels in reading. The after-school and Saturday remedial and enrichment programs were offered by the third quarter with 25 separate intervention and enrichment programs.