The MSD of Shakamak School Board listened to a report on student progress during the first grading period and a briefing on the school's accountability grade during their regular monthly meeting Thursday evening.
Superintendent Mike Mogan said he was pleased with the grades received by the junior and senior high school in the state A-F Accountability grading system because the school's grades improved over last year's grades.
"The junior-senior high school got a B overall. The high school got an A and the junior high got a C for an average of a B and we're well-pleased," said Mogan.
Mogan said the elementary school would have had a C if the scores had been based on the same criterion as last year. This year scores included a new "growth model" factor and Mogan said the elementary lost a point due to lack of growth, so they received a D.
"We'll continue to work to get there," said Mogan.
Junior/Senior High School Principal Chris Ross reported on overall student progress and attendance through the first grading period, pointing out a correlation in the statistics between students with good attendance and good grades.
"The percentage of students with perfect attendance mirrors the percentage of students with A and B grades," said Ross noting 60-80 percent of students with perfect attendance also get high grades.
Ross said work continues with ISTEP remediation and teachers are putting in extra effort to help those students who are getting lower grades or are failing a class.
On the elementary level, Principal Jeff Gambill said an ISTEP committee has formed and will start meeting next week.
"This group will have three goals," said Gambill. "The first one will be to plan and coordinate a tutoring schedule for students beginning in January. This tutoring will primarily focus on Title One students."
"Also, we'll be planning a couple of ISTEP 'boot camps.'"
Gambill said the boot camps will be designed to help students prepare for the test and also just get them motivated to take it.
The third goal of the committee will be to look at ways to reward students for achieving high growth and pass plus.
To encourage attendance on the elementary level, Gambill said students who achieved perfect attendance during a grading period are receiving "Brag Tags" and they passed out over 175 after the first period. The tags look similar to a military dog tag and can be attached to a book bag or back pack.
A new PBIS committee is also being formed. PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. Gambill said the committee will implement a plan next year.
Gambill said parent-teacher conferences were very successful this year.
"We had parent-teacher conferences and we had a 90-95 percent attendance rate," said Gambill.