New District Office
The transition is still underway. The district office staff, Mr. Shaw, and the maintenance and custodial staffs have been extraordinary in this change. It has been a hectic summer.
Opening of School
I believe that we are ready for a smooth opening to the 2006-2007 school year.† The handbooks will be shipped by the 18th from the printer and will be ready.† The students should have received their schedule by the end of this week in the mail.† All other organizational tasks are prepared as well.
In order to celebrate the success of the eighth graders on the PSSA last spring, Mr. Leese will be chaperoning 36 of this yearís ninth grade students to the Hancock Park/Pool for the day on September 1, 2006 this was approved last year. The students had to have been proficient or advanced in both reading and math to get invited.† Letters and permission slips were sent out to the parents.†† They will leave at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 1st and return at approximately 2:30 p.m.† During their day they will have the opportunity to play volleyball, kickball and swim.† We are also trying to get the Hancock Police Department to do a demonstration for them such as the K-9 dog.† Mr. Leese is picking up the tab for the bus and the cost of swimming.
Twenty eight eleventh graders
scored advanced and proficient in both reading and math.† These students are invited to take a trip to
the beach at
PSSA Plans to Improve the Scores
Mr. Hollenshead, Mr. Leese, Mrs. Layton, Miss Brown, Mr. Sholes and I looked over the tentatively released scores and planned some strategies for this year.† Mr. Leese made a list of all the students who scored low on the Terra Nova in seventh grade last year; these students will be receiving tutoring in reading from Mr. Leese an additional period each week.
Mr. Hollenshead reviewed the Terra Nova scores and placed the bottom fifteen, not including the special education students, in the math class called PSSA Remediation.†† This class will count as an elective for them not a math credit.† Some students will be taking an additional math class if they need the math credit.
In addition, the committee and I will meet with the special education teachers and Mrs. Younker to try to come up with a list of strategies and test prompts for them to focus on with their students in an effort to raise their scores.
Seventh Grade Orientation
Seventh Grade Orientation will be held on August 22nd from 1:00 Ė 8:00.† Parents will be able to meet and greet the teachers and go through the students schedules as well as practice opening lockers.
On Thursday, August 31, 2006, there will be an Open House at the High School from 7:00-8:30 p.m.† The faculty will provide information on the specific course and their grading procedure.† There is not enough time on this evening to conduct parent/teacher conferences.
The following schedule will be used:
7:00-7:10-All students and parents should meet in the auditorium for an introduction.
7:23-7:28- 2nd period
7:31-7:36- 3rd period
7:39-7:44- 4th period
7:47-7:52- 5th period
Student/Parent Handbook Changes
I added the policy so it is congruent with the high school.† It states: Students will not receive academic credit for school days if twenty-five or more days are missed regardless of excuses.† Students will be required to repeat the grade.† Parents will be informed of attendance status by first class mail following the tenth day and twenty-fifth day of absence, and by registered letter following the twentieth day of absence.† Administration has the discretion to excuse students that have extenuating circumstances.
First and second-graders are now the only students that take the Terra Nova Tests.
Sally Wilson will be
attending an Access PA Database Training on September 11, 2006, in
Luncheon with Grandparents
In honor of Grandparentsí Day on Sunday, September 10, grandparents will have the opportunity to each lunch with their grandchildren on Friday, September 8.
Accountability Block Grant
The final report for the 05-06 school year has been approved.
August 24†††††††† 7:00 p.m. †††††††† Kindergarten Orientation
August 28†††††††† 1:00 p.m.††††††††† Community Relations Meeting
August 28†††††††† 6-7:30 p.m. †††† Open House
August 29†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† School Begins
September 8†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Grandparent Luncheon
September 13†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Individual Pictures
Federal Programs Report
Nothing to report.
The District Office is about finished except the sidewalk, keyless entry system, and some detail work.† I have given you a hand out with expenses so far for the District Office.
Life Skills Room
Remodeling of the life skills room is taking place now.
Business Manager Report
We have purchased a total of 3,008,000.00 in CDís that when they mature will be valued at $3,179,917.80. The average percentage yield for the 32 CDís is 5.69%.
We have received payment for medical access in the amount of $35,346.00 for the 05-06 school year.
Technology Update - †ES
Iíve installed a new server at the ES to replace an older one.† I also upgraded SuccessMaker Enterprise and Accelerated Reader to their latest versions.† Iím working on upgrading the computer lab and computer carts with these new versions of software.
I replaced the laser printer in the ES office with one that is much faster and holds more paper.
Technology Update - HS
Iím in the process of replacing the main HS server (used by faculty and staff) as it is five years old.† This will be ready prior to the start of in-service.
Iíve configured the 24 new laptops.† The cart for them arrived damaged and I am waiting for its replacement to arrive Ė should be sometime this week.† If for some reason the cart does not arrive prior to the start of school, the damaged cart can be used temporarily; however, one of its doors will not shut enough so that it can be locked.
Iím in the process of replacing the laser printers in the faculty room and upstairs janitorís closet with ones that are much faster and hold more paper.