Archbold Area Schools
Board of Education
March 19, 2012
Elementary: Mrs. Dorothy Lambert, Principal
Kindergarten Registration - Archbold Elementary School registered kindergarteners for the 2011-2012 school year on March 6-8, 2012. As of March 8th, we had 77 students registered. Kindergarten screening will take place at the school March 26-27, 2012. Parents who registered their children March 6-8 were given a scheduled appointment for the kindergarten screening at the time the child was registered. This year’s kindergarten students will not have school on March 26th and 27th.
Parents of children who will be five years old on or before August 1, 2011 are asked to bring the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residency to the elementary office as soon as possible if they did not come in during the registration times above.
Middle School: Mr. Royal Short, Principal
Academics - Several of our staff attended training on “differentiating instruction”. They worked on ways to meet the needs of learners at different academic levels within the same activity or lesson. Many of our teachers are working on IEP development for our students with special needs. Not only are special education teachers highly involved, but also all of our teachers are giving input to those documents.
We will be administering the Ohio Department of Education’s Modified Assessment test this week to several of our students. Our building chose to join the pilot through the Department of Education so that we could begin to get an idea of a new assessment that may be available for some of our students with special needs in coming years. It is the Department’s hope that soon there will be three choices for assessment of students with disabilities. There are currently two. Finally, scheduling for next year will begin this month. Students have been asked to submit request forms for band and choir this month. We are beginning the selection process for Math Integrated 1, for some of our eighth graders.
Service/ Fundraising Events - The AMS student council held a fundraiser for “ABC for Maddy”. The students donated money to participate in a dodge ball tournament during the lunch hour. There was also a bake sale to benefit the cause.
Sports - Track practice has begun. We expect another great spring. The Quiz team finished up it regular season. The team will participate in the JV and Varsity County Quiz Tournaments this week.
High School: Mr. Tim Meister, Principal
Winter Sports The following teams have concluded their winter sports season.
Honored Teachers - Congratulations to Jane Stevens and Diania Nemcik. These two have done an outstanding job in the county with the FCCLA student group and the countywide initiative Parents Who Host, Lose the Most. As a result, they are being recognized with an award from Healthy Choices Caring Communities. Jane and Diania will be recognized on March 12 at a Community Awards Banquet. Congrats to both on a well-deserved honor!
Curriculum Director: Mrs. Michele Bagrowski
Testing - The OTELA (Ohio Test of English Language Acquisition) and the AASWD (Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities) documents have been sent back for scoring. The OGT (Ohio Graduation Test) recently arrived in the district and testing has taken place for all high school sophomores and any junior or seniors still in need of a proficient score. The OAA (Ohio Achievement Assessment) has been ordered and testing will begin on April 24. Other district tests that are on the schedule are DIBELS and the Diagnostic Assessments.
JA in a Day - On February 28, 10 community volunteers presented Junior Achievement modules to our entire 8th grade class. Students learned about budgeting, credit scores, careers, and other key financial concepts. The students rotated through 5 different classes to be engaged in hands-on learning simulations. The sessions were very beneficial to our students and the volunteers felt the morning was successful.
Junior Achievement is a program that is funded through donations from community businesses. The program provides lessons to students in grades K-6, 8, and high school. All lessons are presented by volunteers from Archbold businesses. We want to thank the volunteers for their time and commitment to our school and students. We also want to thank the businesses that are willing and able to donate monetary support as well as supporting their employees who take time to volunteer.
Rigor and Relevance - I have continued to collect data on classroom instruction techniques based on the Rigor and Relevance Framework. I visited classrooms and recorded which of the four quadrants the students were working in. While there are appropriate times for work in each of the four quadrant areas, our teachers know that the best student learning experiences happen when there are higher levels of rigor and relevance. The ultimate goal would be to have a larger portion of our instructional time be spent in Quadrant D. (I intended to give more information about this at the February board meeting, but due to illness I was not in attendance. Please pull the information from your last board report, as I will attempt to cover this information at the March board meeting.)
Superintendent: Mr. David Deskins
New ODE School Ranking System - You may recall my report from a couple of months ago informing you that the Ohio Department of Education is moving away from the current State Report Card ranking system towards using the Performance Index and another system to be determined. The state superintendent recently released the state’s plan for rating schools in the future. Late last week, the state released a simulation of how schools would have been rated had they been using the new ‘letter grade’ system. I have enclosed for your review, a section of that 60 plus page report from the state and have pulled out information related to Fulton County which I am providing as an attachment to this report. As always, our administrative team and staff consider all such information as we look to make needed improvements from one year to the next and this information will be no different.
One-to-One Technology Device Initiative - As the board is aware, we have been researching the possibility of a one-to-one technology device model for our district for the past few years. This past Monday, the administrative team offered a detailed presentation to the board with information about why we feel the time is right for the board to consider such an initiative. Tonight, we are asking the Board to authorize us to enter into a lease agreement for the purchase of iPad’s for each student in grades 9-12 for the 2012-2013 school year. I am including as an attachment, the statement I shared with the Board during their work session in its’ entirety. On behalf of the students, the staff and the administration, we appreciate the Board’s consideration of this initiative which we are confident will benefit students at all grade levels by allowing technology to be passed on to other buildings. Click here for more details.
School Safety Plan - In light of a number of school safety issues having occurred around the state in the past couple of years, our guidance team, along with our administrative team are working to complete work we began in the 2010-2011 school year of updating and evaluating our district safety procedures. Our hope is to have more information in front of the board prior to the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
Action Items Regular Meeting
Future Board meeting dates: April 16, 2012; May 21, 2012; June 18, 2012 (5:30pm); July 16, 2012 (5:30pm); August 20, 2012 (5:30pm); September 24, 2012; October 15, 2012; November 19, 2012; December 17, 2012; January 7, 2013 (6:00pm) (7:00 p.m. at Archbold High School Media Center unless otherwise specified)