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R-VI touts solid testing scores

Posted on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 11:13 am

Community R-VI Secondary Principal Bob Curtis talks to the school board about test scores.

Community R-VI Secondary Principal Bob Curtis talks to the school board about test scores.

Community R-VI had several solid results from MAP and state testing last year in the district and they were announced during the monthly board meeting held two weeks ago.
Secondary Principal Bob Curtis told the board that students scored a 96% in English II to lead the EMO Conference schools in proficient and advanced scores.
As for Biology, the district has the second-best scored of 89% while English I ranked third in the conference with a 73%.
“Really across the board…we really had a good year,” Curtis told the board. “I’m just really proud of the teachers in the effort they put in, the students I think they were really motivated by our save our Mondays campaign. They truly understood how those test scores were important to them.”
In at least four of the eight areas tested, R-VI students were above the state average.
The 2016 School Annual Performance Report for the 2014-15 school year was 75%; the projected total for the 2015-16 school year is 89.8%, which is almost a 15% increase as a district in the areas of academic achievement, subgroup achievement, college and career readiness, and attendance.
“I feel like our students and staff are work extremely hard to push the achievement level each day,” said Community R-VI Superintendent Cheryl Mack. “The results are in the data from the 2015-2016 school year as our APR is the highest it has been in the last 10 years!”
In grades 3-5, the district made a 12% increase in the number of students proficient and advanced on the communication arts portion of the test.
There was a 22% increase for math with 3rd grade scoring above the state average. Science is still an area of concern.
“Overall, we were very pleased with the elementary MAP scores,” Superintendent Mack said. “We fell below the state average for all grades even with the improvements, so we still have areas to work on.”
She did say the proactive technology department ensured bandwidth would allow the students to test without any difficulties.
Board meeting
Secondary Principal Curtis also noted the upcoming National Honor Society induction taken place on October 25, cheerleaders at state on November 6, and a Veteran’s Day Celebration is set for 8-10 a.m. on November 10. A Fun Fest will also be held later that same Thursday evening.
Community R-VI Elementary Principal Tammy Angel presented attendance data and shared September attendance was at 97%. Parent teacher conferences were held on October 17 and there was a good turnout. She stated that in September she attended at federal programs conference at the Lake of the Ozarks and received an abundance of information. Finally, she shared that on November 15, there will be an academic achievement night to honor students for their MAP testing scores.
According to meeting minutes, the board voted to approve the amended agenda to include in the Consent items, Item I. – Agreement for School Support Services.
The board voted to approve several consent agenda items.
The Board voted to approve and pay October 2016 bills.
Brennan Cash, 4th grade student, gave an update on the elementary school. He shared that 89 elementary students participated in a first quarter celebration that included a hayride as well as making smores. He read the newsletter and finally, passed out jars to the board to collect dimes throughout the school year for the elementary.
Rhonda Curtis commended all of teachers on their professional work attire.
The board voted to amend the 2016-2017 Budget as needed to show changes in revenues and expenses and also to include the purchase of “Guardian Angel” for the entire building.
Michael Unger presented information on the possible purchase of a new bus. The board voted to take bids on the purchase of a new 2018 school bus.
Superintendent Mack shared that she, Caitlynn Cunningham, Lisa Grotewiel, and Bob Curtis will be presenting at the MARE conference on October 20. She stated that administration is working with staff and the technology department on policy and procedure to approve apps. She reviewed the transportation and OPAA! Food Service Management, Inc. reports. Finally, she reminded the Board of the October 27 special meeting to meet with auditors to review and approve the 2015-2016 audit. This will take place at 5:30 p.m.