October 27

SBAC Data- I’ve summarized our SBAC data for the past two years on this spreadsheet. Here is a brief explanation of what you are looking at.

  • Schools are listed on the left from highest poverty to lowest.
  • The bold line under Ponderosa is the average free and reduced lunch for the district. Above that line are title schools. Below that line are non-title schools.
  • Shows ELA and Math scores and growth percentiles for past two years.
  • Participation column is a difference in ELA and Math participation over the last two years. For example, a -2.1 would mean that 2.1% less students took that test in 16-17 than in 15-16.
  • Attendance number is the percentage of students as reported by the state who were ‘regular attenders’. A regular attender is any student who is present at least 90% of the time. For example, if your school showed 82.4, that means that 82.4% of your students were present 90% of the time or more. 17.6% of your students were chronically absent (under 90%).
  • Any green rectangle is above the district average.
  • District, State and Like District averages are at the bottom of the page.

Some Highlights

  • We are above the state average and like district averages in both math and ELA.
  • We went up in math (.4%) while the state dropped 1.6% and like districts dropped 1.7%.
  • We dropped 2.6% in ELA while the state dropped 2.8% and like districts dropped 2.7%. I never like dropping, but we aren’t alone and the drop is not as significant for us.
  • We had less students chronically absent than the state average.
  • over 3% less kids participated last year. Some schools had double digit declines in test participation which can have a dramatic impact on scores.

Let me know if you’d like to discuss or have any questions.

Staff Change- Many of you are probably already aware of this change, but may not be aware of why it has occurred.  Terry Cashman is now overseeing custodians.  To be clear, Walt Norris is still the direct supervisor of building custodians, but Terry (instead of Mike Tiller) is now overseeing Walt.  The reason for this is because of the burden our new bond has put on Mike’s time.  Some responsibilities had to be peeled away from Mike, as he adds a number of other bond-related, new items of responsibility.  In case you are asked, this move does not result in any cost to our general fund.  If you have a question or concern with a custodian Walt is still your first contact.

Transportation- Some new things are on the horizon around transportation and parent communication.  I’ll provide you the overview here, with more to come (likely from transportation folks) in the not-so-distant future:

  • GPS – These units are currently being installed on all of our busses.  With a downloadable app, parents will be able to track their child’s bus location.
  • RFID – If a parent is interested and volunteers, their child will carry a card (think plastic card swipe) that will, again with a downloadable app, let the parent know when their child gets on the bus and when they exit the bus.  This should be up an running by this December.

November/December Visits- Please sign up here for a November or December visit. I would like to accomplish two things during this visit. First, I’d like to do our initial SLGG meeting. You can find SLGG forms here and here. Use whichever one works best for you. Secondly, I’d like to do a mini observation and post conference with you. Thanks!

Middle School Move Up Day- Middle schools would like you to save May 22 for move up day. We’ve avoided outdoor school and I ask that you not schedule any fifth grade field trips or SBAC for that day as well. Please let me know ASAP if you have a conflict. Thank you.

Animals in the Classroom- I know all of you are aware of this policy, but I wanted to send a little reminder about Animals in the classrooms. Please be sure you are following this policy and that you use this form for any animals requests. Thank you.

Thank you for all you do. Conferences can be a draining time and I appreciate all of the thought, planning, energy and work you and your teachers do to prepare and carry out two days of meetings with parents. I hope that you were able to get some rest this weekend.




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