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Chatfield elementary MCA results lower than anticipated

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board met for its regular October meeting on Monday, October 21. Board members Kathy Schellhammer and Greg LaPlante were absent from the meeting.

In Principal Randy Paulson’s report he thanked everyone involved with homecoming activities. This year’s homecoming was one of the most successful Paulson has seen while at Chatfield. There was more involvement in activities during this year’s homecoming week.

Paulson also congratulated the volleyball and football teams for their spots in tournament rankings. Chatfield volleyball ranked first in Section 1AA-East while Chatfield football ranked third in Section 1AA.

ACT scores are on an upward trend and Paulson hopes this progress continues. However, Chatfield High School’s Multiple Measurements Rating dipped slightly this year compared to last year. The Multiple Measurements Rating is computed based on four components including proficiency, student growth, achievement gap closure, and graduation rate. Last year’s MMR was 81 percent while this year’s was 76.44 percent.

Progress was stunted in the elementary over the past year. Elementary Principal Craig Ihrke reported that MCA scores were quite low. “We haven’t done well,” he stated. Many factors have to be taken into account with the recently released scores. Teachers have been developing new educational programs such as Action 100 in the past year. Late testing and nice weather in May also likely impacted how students scored.

Some indicators do point towards marginal proficiency improvement in the elementary, so Ihrke will continue working with a team of elementary teachers and education coordinators to improve scores for next spring’s upcoming testing.

Consent Items

•Hire Damien Nickelson as seventh grade basketball coach.

•Approve Mitch Lee as spelling bee advisor.

•Approve probationary employment termination of Jonathan Walston.

•Approve seniority list.

•Approve leave request for school year 2014-2015 for Kelly Puent.

•Approve 2012-2013 Annual Report on Curriculum, Staff Development, and Student Achievement.

•Approve elementary para professional resignation for Mary Broen.

•Approve high school para professional resignation of Donna Oellrich. The board thanked Oellrich for her 16 years of service.

•Approve FFA fruit sales fundraiser.

•Approve community ed preschool assistant Cheryl Newman.

•Approve elementary custodial hire Brandi Royet.

The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for November 18, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Chatfield High School Media Center.

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