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September 2016

La Crescent Secondary School Board Report


To: La Crescent –Hokah School Board and Superintendent Cardille

From:  Steve Smith –  Principal (5-12)

Date:  September 2016


    The opening days of school have gone very well.  The first weeks are filled with a lot of routines, expectations, etc.  Our enrollment has held pretty steady with some higher numbers than expected.

    Inservice for staff was centered on the ideas behind our PLC and curriculum work.  Quentin Pettigrew has been hired by our district to align our work with student achievement and the best ways to measure and support that.  We have new groupings this year to help with that work and are looking forward to a two year journey to get our curriculum to better align with standards.

    Mentors and Mentees met to get the year started as well.  We have 3 new staff to our district this year and this program helps them learn about our systems and our culture.  We have great people supporting them and interestingly enough none are new to education.

    Fall activities are in full swing and seasons are underway.  Homecoming activities are scheduled the week of Oct. 7th and our student council is actively planning the events.


  • Back to school night went well.  Freshman and their parents had a chance to learn more about the high school experience and what to expect.  Our link program added more programming for the freshman this year and also had an activity this week to support the transition.

  • ACT results have returned and this data reflects the graduating seniors who would have taken the test in the spring of 2015.  You might recall this is the group that the state mandated all students take the test.  Results are linked here:

    ACT Historical data


  • MCA results for our reading and math showed progress on nearly all fronts.  We saw gains in the Middle School of 2.2% in math, 9.7% in reading, and 2.5% in Science.  Reading is above the state average. High school saw a gain of 1.3% in science and a drop of 9.1% in math. Reading is above the state average. Here is a link for historical MCA data through MDE: Report Card

Our back to school assemblies went well and students were informed of the changes and also the opportunities that lie ahead with homecoming.  There are some exciting things planned for that week.  Here is a brief summary of our new FLex time at the high school as well. Flex Time