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District gets report card

SPRINGVILLE – The Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education was updated on the district’s New York State Education Department’s report card for the 2015-16 year at its Oct. 3 meeting. The report card looks at information from state assessment tests, gathered from data.nysed.gov.

“This is a review of how we’ve done on state assessments,” JoAnn DuPue, director of technology, data and assessment, said. “We are doing better … more students are taking the tests.”

In 2014-15, 55 percent of students in third grade didn’t take the ELA assessment, that number dropped to 18 percent in 2015-16 then settled at 24 percent in 2016-17. For math, 72 percent of eighth graders were not tested in 2014-15, with 62 percent not tested in both 2015-16 and 2016-17. The percentages range from the 30s to 60s in 2016-17 for both math and ELA in the middle school.

Due to the Middle School not making its state determined adequately yearly progress for four years, the school is identified as a LAP school – or a school that qualifies for a local assistant program. The state funded program offers assistance to the schools to improve its AYP.

“We’re focusing on all students … and we’re making improvements,” Middle School Principal Shanda DuClon said. “We’ve already made huge gains with math … with roughly half the kids taking assessments.”

DuClon explained the school has three years to recover from being named a LAP school, they are in their second year. The school received state funding, which was used for professional development.

The board had a discussion on after school bus runs, and whether there was need for additional runs. In 2016-17, it cost $33,000 for three late bus runs a week, Transportation Supervisor Ann Rugg said. This year, middle school students who stay for academic reasons are able to ride the elementary school bus. Board Member Jennifer Sullivan asked about students who live in Colden, who might not join a sports team due to the lack of transportation. She suggested a central drop off might be an option.

The board plans to continue to look into the late bus runs, but thanked Rugg for her work.

UhtegJulia Uhteg presented a review of her trip to Minnesota as part of her duties as a Fuel Up to Play 60 state ambassador. The seventh grader took a four day trip to the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit, which brought together ambassadors from across the country.

“We learned what to do in school … to help focus,” Uhteg said. “I met Jerome Bettis … and went to different workshops.”

Uhteg also met Thurman Thomas, toured the Land O’Lakes Cheese Factory and learned how to keep her fellow S-GI students active. Following the trip, Uhteg was a ball kid at a Buffalo Bills preseason game.

The S-GI Board of Education will next meet Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library and media center.

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