Students took the lead on the Local School Improvement Council presentations this week at the Barbour County Board of Education meeting.
The school board heard reports from students of both Kasson Elementary/Middle School and Mount Vernon Elementary School. Both schools practice the seven habits outlined in the Leader in Me program. Students were selected and asked to take the lead in presenting the LSIC reports to the board members.
Principal Michelle Barb of Kasson Elementary/Middle School said taking the lead helps students to become more involved in the school. She said students also took charge of the school's awards ceremony.
Kasson Elementary/Middle School students lead the Local School Improvement Council report at the Barbour Board of Education this week. From left to right, Kiara Harris, sixth grader, Emma Kennedy, fifth grader, Seth Harris, third grader, Emily Payne, second grader, and Mason Haller, first grader, all took turns addressing the school board with the school’s information.
Seven student members of the Leader in Me and Rachels Challenge program at Kasson were chosen by teachers and members of administration to conduct the LSIC report. Students Cara Kirk, eight grade, Luke Burnett, seventh grade, Kiara Harris, sixth grade, Emma Kennedy, fifth grade, Seth Harris, third grade, Emily Payne, second grade, and Mason Haller, first grade, all took turns addressing the school board with information.
They reported that attendance for last year was 99 percent and all WESTEST2 scores for the school were higher than the county and state averages.
In reading/language arts, the school was at 57 percent proficiency. The Barbour County average was 39 percent, and the state average was 42 percent.
Proficiency in math for the school was 48 percent. Barbour County's average math scores were at 36 percent, and the state was at 46 percent.
Science proficiency for the school was 45 percent. Barbour County averaged 27 percent, and the state averaged 40 percent.
Social Studies scores for the school resulted in a proficiency of 47 percent. The county averaged 28 percent and the state averaged 36 percent.
Vice President Bob Wilkins said that the school did not have any special education students on campus that could have caused lower WESTEST2 scores. He said the school was small and the size may have had an impact on the results. Superintendent Dr. Joseph Super and many school board members said the scores presented by the students were accurate.
The students also said the school's goals are to further improve the overall WESTEST2 scores and improve the school playground equipment.
Many students said their favorite thing about Kasson Elementary/Middle School was the teachers.
"The teachers are nice and respectful," Kiara Harris said.
Fifth grade students gave the LSIC presentation for Mount Vernon Elementary School. The students taking turns to present the report include Shelby Frey, vice president of the leadership team, Isaiah Dazis, Cody Farris, Matthew Howard, Ty Moats, Erin Wyatt, Katlynn Orelli, Logan Strushensky and Makayla Westfall.
Students at Mount Vernon Elementary School also study the seven habits of the Leader in Me program. Students asked teachers for quotes about the effectiveness of the program, and presented a quote in their slideshow presentation.
"Yes I think it has affected our school. Our students are more responsible now," said Melody Faulkner, reading teacher.
When the computer froze on students during their presentation, they had an opportunity to show the school board how they incorporate "Synergize," one of the seven habits. The students synchronized their understanding of computers and worked as a team to solve the problem. Teachers in the audience watched patiently and did not need to instruct the students to "synergize." or to solve the problem on the students' behalf.
"Team work or the team don't work," Frey said.
Frey said students attend a Leader in Me class every Friday and it helps them to become better leaders.
Students also took the lead in designing classrooms and voting for their favorite student designs to use in the classrooms. All of Wyatt's classroom designs won, Frey said.