BOE presents growth banners to schools
Several county schools were presented with growth banners based on their test scores for the 2011-12 school year during the Rutherford County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.
The schools were recognized for meeting expected growth, having high growth or receiving a special designation based on the ABC’s accountability model. The model evaluates schools based on student performance on standardized tests.
Schools that received banners were:
•Ellenboro Elementary - School of Distinction, High Growth
• Rutherford Early College High School- Honor School of Excellence, Expected Growth
• Chase High School- School of Distinction, High Growth
• Rutherford Opportunity Center- High Growth
• Cliffside Elementary School- School of Progress, Expected Growth
•East Rutherford Middle School- School of Progress, Expected Growth
•R-S Central High School- School of Progress, Expected Growth
• Spindale Elementary School- School of Progress, Expected Growth
Other excitement included the swearing in of Re-elected board members Barry Gold, Jackie Hampton and Ritchie Garland conducted by Hazel Haynes, county clerk for the Rutherford County Board of Commissioners.
Recognitions included Drew Terrell, senior at Chase High School, who was named National Beta Club Secretary. Terrell was presented with the official Beta Club officer banner during the meeting, which will be placed in the commons area at Chase.
Amy Owens, teacher at East
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Rutherford High School, was also recognized for being named the 2011-12 North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teacher. This is the third time that Owens has received this title.
Pam Crowe, instructional coach; Kendra Greenlee, instructional technology facilitator and Darlyne Perry, kindergarten teacher, gave a presentation on the new format for kindergarten through second grade report cards.
“We are using FileMaker Pro which is a database for report cards. The instructional support team has worked with the teachers on using this new technology and each of them have FileMaker on their laptops”, Greenlee said. “It is set up so that they can update the report cards anywhere that they have an internet connection.”
The report cards have been revised to correlate with the Common Core State Standards.
“The new report cards are both parent and teacher friendly. They are easy to use and the information is saved automatically so you don’t risk losing it when you go to work on something else,” Perry said. “Parents can quickly see how we are applying interventions and enrichments for the student. The parents that I have spoken to love it and say it is easy to understand and read.
The meeting ended with Janet Mason’s superintendent report. Mason presented a two minute video clip that was put together by Brian Bridges to show the impact of the 1:1 Laptop Initiative and other technologies on the school system. The video will be shown in Raleigh today during a reception for schools recognized as digital innovators.
“Rutherford County Schools was recognized as an Innovator in Digital Learning. Tomorrow a team of educators from our system will travel to Raleigh to be honored at a reception where this video will be shown,” Mason said. “I think this might be the best superintendent’s report I have ever given.”
Items of consent for the meeting included the human resources report, Head Start program information summary and a pasture lease agreement.
The next regular board meeting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.