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Chatfield’s Math Data team helps students make the mark “The Perfect Storm”


Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield High School’s Seniors hit an all-time high for passing the Math MCA test. With 93 percent of their students passing the test, this far has exceeded any of our expectations, according to High School Principal, Randy Paulson. “Our original goal was to have 75 to 80 percent of our students to pass, but with efforts of our Math Data Team (Dan Conway- Math Instructor, Jeff DeBuhr- Math Instructor, Mitch Lee- Online teacher and also Lindsey Wojtkiewicz- School Counselor, Randy Erickson- School Psychologist, and Randy Paulson- High School Principal) we far surpassed our goal.”

The students worked hard to accomplish this, especially the last group with seven of the eleven students passing the last retake. Mr. Conway commented, “They (Chatfield Seniors) were motivated and worked really hard. I am extremely proud of them.”

Some of the factors that lead up to the success according to Conway: “We took a multifaceted approach where the students worked on improving their general math skills, reviewed and re-learned the actual content, and also practiced test-taking strategies.”

Online Teacher Mitch Lee commented on the quality. “When you start with a solid program and fantastic teachers, the road to success is already paved. We have managed to improve upon that formula with our math intervention program that is tailored to finding and shoring up weak points in their personal skill set, or reviewing ideas that may have gathered some rust since last use.”

The students were very focused on passing the test, which senior student Kelsey Buss enthusiastically stated, “I made use of the time in SST (Supervised Study Time) and my own time and I really wanted to pass. Mr. DeBuhr said that I ended up in the top eight percent!”

Mr. DeBuhr focused on each individual student to help them succeed. “Students were placed into different levels of interventions based on test scored and teacher recommendations. We attempted to use data to identify the direct needs of each student and address those needs to the best of our ability.”

Recently, Chatfield High School implemented a Senior incentive program that improved students’ attitudes toward performance on the assessment, and they were engaged and interested in the review sessions. According to Mr. DeBuhr, “The overall plan created the perfect storm for motivated learning at the appropriate level for each student. .....
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Superintendent Harris addresses school safety

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

As Christmas Break quickly approaches for most school districts, the Chatfield School Board met on Monday, December 17 to wrap up the business for 2012. Because it was the December meeting, the Truth in Taxation Hearing occurred during this regular ..... 
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Chatfield School Board hears good news from audit report

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, November 19 with all members present at this regular monthly meeting. In addition to those who normally report to the board, auditor Alan Anderson was also present to present the 2011 ..... 
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100 Book Challenge gets positive comments in Chatfield

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, October 15 for its regular monthly meeting with Jerry Chase and Kathy Schellhammer absent from the meeting. Principals Craig Ihrke, Randy Paulson, and Superintedent Ed Harris were pre ..... 
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Red Ribbon Week promoted in Chatfield

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield students MaKayla and Mariah Pederson promoted this campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of illegal drug use and the abuse of alcohol at the council’s October 8 meeting. Red Ribbon Week is to be October 23-31 in Chatfield. The na ..... 
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Chatfield school year off to a good start

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

With another school year back in session, Chatfield School Board members met on September 17 to see how students are approaching the new academic year. Both Principals Craig Ihrke and Randy Paulson were present to give insight. Irhke and Paulson ha ..... 
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Chatfield ready for new school year

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board met for the last meeting before the start of a new school year on August 20, 2012. A wide variety of information was passed on from school administrators to the board about the academic year that will begin in September. ..... 
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Chatfield discusses possibility of fifth kindergarten teacher

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield School Board members met on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, for the regular monthly meeting in the high school library. There were a few issues discussed that will affect the coming school year and the district’s future. One of the items of di ..... 
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Chatfield School Board discusses literacy plan

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield School Board members met on Tuesday, May 22 for the final meeting before the conclusion of the 2011-2012 school year. Items on the meeting agenda included several alterations in the district’s staffing and the approval of the newly initi ..... 
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