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R-6 doesn't make AYP, however some schools show growth

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

SIKESTON -- No building in the Sikeston R-6 School District met state targets in all subgroups in both reading and math on the state standardized test -- a trend nearly three-fourths of Missouri schools seemed to follow.

Results of the Missouri Assessment Program test were released earlier this month by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The reading target for last spring's test was to have 51 percent of all students in all subgroups scoring proficient on the MAP test while the target for math was to have 45 percent of all students in all subgroups scoring proficient on the test.

Because no building met all subgroup targets, or adequate yearly progress, in both reading and math, Southeast, Lee Hunter and Matthews elementary schools are in level one of school improvement. Morehouse Elementary, Fifth and Sixth Grade Center, Seventh and Eighth Grade Center and the high school are in level two of school improvement.

"Because all buildings are in school improvement, each building will evaluate activities and programs that are currently in place, and those in level one will write a plan for improvement while those in level two will review their current plans and make necessary changes based on their evaluations of their programs," said Dr. Marisa Bowen, assistant superintendent of curriculum and middle grades.

While no school made AYP in both reading and math, some schools did show improvement in some subgroups in reading and math.

In reading, Sikeston's largest growth was in middle grades, Bowen noted.

"The seventh and eighth grades, meeting the target in three of five subgroups, showed improvement in all communication arts subgroups while fifth and sixth grades, also meeting three of five subgroups, showed improvement in the 'total,' 'free and reduced' and 'black' student subgroups," Bowen said.

In math, seventh and eighth grades improved in all subgroups and met the AYP goals in all subgroups. Also meeting AYP math goals in all subgroups were Southeast Elementary and Lee Hunter Elementary

In other business Tuesday, R-6 Athletic Director Brent Keefer provided the board with a recap of the 2007-2008 athletics. He said 194 boys lettered in a varsity or junior varsity sport, which is down 15 from last year.

"We have averaged around 200 over the past nine years," Keefer said.

For girls, 149 lettered in a varsity or junior varsity sport, which is up 15 from the previous year. There hasn't been any significant change in the last nine years, he said.

Nineteen local scholarships were awarded with 27 students earning first team, all-conference selections, 33 students earning first team, all-district selections and five students receiving first team, all-state selections.

Boys basketball were conference co-champions and volleyball were conference champions while girls tennis and boys tennis were both district champions. Boys track were district champions and went on to finish fourth at state. Cheerleaders won their second straight state championship, fifth overall championship.

Keefer said numbers for the first day of fall practice on Monday were fine.

The annual safety and orientation meeting for parents and student athletes will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Field House.

Nearly 985 students were enrolled in the district's summer school program. An 8.94 percent growth rate was seen in reading and math for grades K-8 following the summer session, according to Lynn Crader, summer school director.

Thirty students were retained in the district for the 2007-2008 school year compared to 44 retained in 2006-2007 school year, said Cindy Griffin, assistant superintendent of special education and elementary students. Of the 30 retained, 21 were in kindergarten, seven in first grade, one in third grade and one in fourth grade.

The district's high school dropout rate for the 2007-2008 school year was 1.8 percent, or 19 students, according to Andy Comstock, assistant superintendent of professional development and secondary education.

The district received one answer to its request for a proposal of audit services for the district. It was from Van de Ven LLC of Cape Girardeau in partnership with Spitzmiller, Bridger and Co. of Sikeston for a total amount of $29,000 a year for three years.

The board approved the following new staff employments for the 2008-2009 school year: Amanda Emmons, elementary classroom teacher; Andrea Pratt, parent educator; Suzanne Shaw, Title I classroom teacher; Elizabeth Beydler-Hamlin, remedial math for grades 5-8; Carrie Cain, band instructor; and Kathy Grubbs, health occupations.

At the request, district employees, Jessie Walker and Ronda Maltbia were released from their contracts.