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January 16, 2014

Spring break to return next year

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PLC Presentation

Middle school social studies teachers Joe Bell, Jason Maddy, Kelly Luck, Mike Sterner, made a presentation on how they have collaborated to teach. The smart goal set by the teachers states that 100 percent of students will score at least a two on their Grade Level Benchmark assessments. Learning targets are posted in each teacher’s room and student achievement is posted on a data wall which is set up similar to a stop light system red, yellow and green.

Four goals

District advisory committee school improvement goals for 2014-2019 were presented by Dr. Mary Cooksley, district curriculum director. Every five years the district is required to report the goals. The comprehensive school improvement goals help the district chart a course based on a few broad-based goals. The goals were adopted and it is expected that the board goals that are currently under development will reflect similar and in conjunction with the comprehensive school improvement goals.

All students will achieve at high levels in Reading, Math, and Science to be successful citizens.

All students will utilize technology to be successful citizens.

All students will choose healthy lifestyles and feel safe, supported, and connected to school

Develop, promote, and sustain partnerships among students, parents, staff, and community.

Third party curriculum review

Board chair Carl Drost said in conversations with Reiter and other board members, there is a desire by some to have an external independent review of educational programs at Oskaloosa.

“We all want to provide the best education to our students,” said Drost.

The use of the Area Education Agency, the Iowa State Association of School Boards, and the Department of a Education were among the organizations considered.

Reiter said there was a need for some unbiased individual group to do the evaluation if the board chooses to pursue the review.

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