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October 2016

La Crescent Secondary School Board Report

To: La Crescent –Hokah School Board and Superintendent Cardille

From:  Steve Smith –  Principal (5-12)

Date:  October 2016

Both the middle and the high school participated in our first “Active Intruder” event on Thursday October 13th.  We informed all parents via skymail earlier in the week.  The La Crescent Police Department helped to coordinate this drill.  I have linked more information about this protocol here:  ALICE

We have completed most of our benchmark testing for students in reading and math and have begun planning for student interventions a the middle school level.  Last year we served students in reading, math and behaviors.  We had 68% of our students in reading demonstrate over a year's growth and 67% in math. This data will also be part of our ongoing work in Professional Learning Communities and support our efforts to improve our MCA test scores as well.

Homecoming week was a great showcase of spirit and community.  Our student council and staff brought the whole week together with an all day event on Friday.  The parade was even more successful this year and students really enjoy getting the elementary students involved as well.  We will continue to examine the week and look for more ways to help develop pride in our school and build relationships with staff and students.

Our early release time on Wednesday has been devoted to getting our PLC groups organized and setting a vision for the year.  We also have built in committee time to help spread the workload amongst staff.  

We are drilling down on aligning standards with test specs to make sure we are being fairly assessed on what we are currently teaching.  

The High School is  moving into our flex time schedule on the 17th of October.  We are looking at this to help in several areas like, interventions, academic support, enrichment, and club/activities.  We hope to blend in community opportunities as well but the focus is mainly on students and staff having the flexibility to manage their contact time as efficiently as possible.

We have started a committee of interested staff to look at what a common 7-12 schedule can look like for next year.  Our first meeting was on Friday the 14th and we hope to have a workable model in place by December.