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Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt   

Year-end reports were presented by Holyoke Elementary Principal Kyle Stumpf and JR/SR High Principal Susan Ortner at the June 7 meeting of the Holyoke School District Re-1J Board of Education.

K-6 student count was at 314 on the last day of school in May, said Stumpf. He noted K-6 had a 94 percent attendance rate for the 2010-11 school year.

Laura Loutensock and the technology committee successfuly earned a Morgridge Family matching grant for $40,000. Stumpf said there will be 19 Promethean boards in the elementary school including art, music and ESL.

In addition to Promethean boards, the grant went towards ActivExpressions (clickers) and supporting technology equipment.

Using mill levy override funds, enough document cameras were purchased for every classroom at the elementary school.

Stumpf showed the board a document camera which will scan, record video and post items captured or recorded directly to Promethean boards and teacher websites.

Stumpf said he appreciated Lori Nelson at Computers Etc. who became a vendor for the type of document camera the district desired.

In further technology demonstration, Stumpf showed the board iPads, card readers and read-me-a-book technology.

Federal funds were used to purchase four iPads to be used in the special education classroom, said Stumpf.

Over $1,800 was earned by collecting Box Tops for Education at the elementary school. These funds will be used to bring in character education presenters for 2011-12.

Three identified Root Causes are being addressed, with the staff belief overall academic growth in K-6 will be increased over the next three to five years.

These three focus areas are K-6 essential skills, interventions and K-6 writing program.

Stumpf noted 87 percent of all third grade students were proficient or advanced on the 2011 CSAP reading test. This is the second highest overall third grade reading CSAP score in its 14-year history.

The only better score by Holyoke third graders was 90 percent proficient or advanced in 1999, the second year the CSAP test was given.

Stumpf presented a discipline report for the school year, as well as a CSAP summary report for third grade reading testing.

Stumpf cited four things to look forward to next year:

—working with Tracy Trumper and the Colorado State Extension Service to bring STEM course work to the elementary school for 30 minutes a week with each grade level.

—researching character education and bully prevention presentations to bring to the school.

—using NWEA system to enhance how the staff uses data to drive instruction for all students.

—continuing to build a good working relationship with the local preschool.


JR/SR High highlights reported by Ortner

Highlights from 2010-11 at Holyoke JR/SR High were reported by Principal Ortner.

She noted scholarship funds earned by the Class of 2011 totaled $1,249,807. Mallory Bennett was the first Boettcher scholarship winner at HHS since 2001.

Math and English departments, as well as business and special education, benefitted from using Promethean boards for primary instruction. Ortner noted the boards will be used in all core classes next year.

In addition, four document cameras were purchased for the JR/SR high next year.

Positive student growth was demonstrated when Response to Intervention (RtI) was implemented in math and reading last year, said Ortner.

She also pointed out Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) was implemented a full year prior to state mandate. It will be a graduation requirement beginning with the Class of 2012.

Also during ICAP, Silent Sustained Reading (SSR) was implemented one day a week.

Ortner’s English as a Second Language (ESL) data showed 13 students participated in Language for English credit. The average increase in fluency scores was 1.2 grade levels, and average increase in reading comprehension scores was 1.25 grade levels.

In overall proficiency scores, 71 percent of the ESL students showed growth on the CELA test. The average score growth was 10.35 points. Three students improved two full proficiency levels.

Ortner also highlighted attendance comparisons, unified improvement plan goals, reading intervention growth data and NWEA spring to spring data for each grade.

During 2010-11, 86 percent of the JH students and 81 percent of the HS students were involved in extra-curricular activities.

Ortner noted 20 students are currently making up 31 credits in summer school.

The PBIS benchmark of quality score for Holyoke JR/SR High was reported at 86 percent, well above the required 70 percent, noted Ortner.

Other celebrations in 2010-11 at HHS included:

—first-time state softball qualifier.

­—girls’ state basketball qualifer.

—one state wrestling champion.

—11 FBLA members on five teams qualify to compete at national meeting in Orlando, Fla. Whitni Redman is a national officer candidate.

—21 FCCLA members on four teams qualify to compete at national meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

Holyoke Enterprise June 16, 2011