The Upshur County Board of Education heard from three elementary schools'
Local School Improvement Councils.
Tennerton Elementary School, Union Elementary School and Washington District Elementary School LSIC reports were given. All three schools reported success
on the most recent WesTest.
"We're having a great start to the year," Principal Sara J. Stankus of Union
Elementary School said, adding that the school was one of the state's best on
the annual test. "We are very blessed with great people that are willing to go
the extra mile."
According to the LSIC documents turned in to the Board of Education, the goals
of Union Elementary School are to assure all students achieve proficiency in
reading/language arts and math by 2014, assure all students will be educated
in a safe environment, maintain educating students in a caring environment and
create stronger and more cohesive partnerships between parents, school staff
and the community, Debrah Weese, the LSIC president, reported that the school's levy has helped supply Union Elementary School with new furniture and improvements, including a climbing wall in the gymnasium. She said students really enjoy the climbing wall, and it helps get them moving more. Other benefits of the climbing wall include improving student flexibility, strength and problem solving.
Peggy Hall, the principal of Washington District, said her elementary students not only met test score goals, but surpassed them and placed in the top 33 percent of the state. Student math scores for the school exceeded many of those same schools.
"We are doing something this year that I am very much interested in, the teachers, and the students are getting very much interested in it. It's our global 21st Century learning," Hall said, adding that seven classrooms have been divided into "continents." Each classroom represents a different continent. Students in one grade will learn about one continent, while students in another grade learn about another.
Hall told a story about a student discipline tactic she used to stop repeated behavior problems involving a kindergarten student who habitually marked on furniture. She said the student marked on something, so she talked to him about it. He later took a glue stick to another piece of furniture. Realizing that talking didn't help, she had the student clean up the mess. The student then used a pencil to write on furniture, and Hall changed her tactic. This time, she told the student she would have to think about his punishment. "I thought I'd let him think about it overnight, and maybe he'd worry about it a little bit," Hall said.
The student went home thinking about what he had done and came in the following morning with an apology letter, asking his teacher if his principal could read it and if she knew about his punishment.
Tennerton Elementary School students achieved proficiency in reading/language
arts and math. The school recorded 29 behavioral incidents. The school has a behavior support system that recognizes students for positive behavior. A goal of the school is to provide a safe environment conducive to learning.
"Our teachers at Tennerton Elementary School are dedicated individuals that work hard to meet our needs of our school and our community," said Karen Lee, the faculty senate president, adding that 94 percent of school staff is considered highly qualified.
The next Board of Education meeting is set for 6 p.m., Nov. 16 at the high school.