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Campbellsville test scores up

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Officials say they continually strive to improve

By Calen McKinney

Students at Campbellsville Schools have increased their state test scores, though officials say there is always room for even more improvement.

Kent Settle, instructional supervisor at Campbellsville Schools, discussed this year's state test scores at Monday's regular Campbellsville Board of Education meeting.

Though the Campbellsville District has been labeled as "needs improvement," it is now ranked higher than it was last year when compared to other public schools in the state.

Campbellsville School District received an overall score of 55.9 this year, up from 53.5 last year.

Campbellsville Elementary School received a 61.3, up from 56.1 last year.

The middle school received a 52.7, down slightly from 52.8 last year, and the high school a 57.8, up considerably from 51.9 last year.

The District's overall score qualifies it as in the 55th percentile, up from the 44th percentile last year. Nevertheless, the District falls in the "needs improvement" category because it falls below the 70th percentile in the state.

Individually, Campbellsville's three schools fall in the "needs improvement" category, though CES is also labeled as "progressing."

For a complete explanation of the scores, see the Sept. 30 issue.

Settle told Board members that, since this year is the second that scores have been released using the new state testing system, officials can use this year's data to compare to last year's scores.

He said state officials are using the recently released data to create each public school's goals for the next testing year. Schools should be told those sometime this month.

Settle said Campbellsville Schools are also using Measures of Academic Progress tests to see student progress. Students in grades one through three have completed MAP tests and those in four through eighth grade are taking them now.

He said the district is also using a new kindergarten screening tool to determine if students are ready to advance from preschool.

The screening is now required at all public schools, he said, but Campbellsville Schools have used screenings in the past.

He said all kindergarten students were screened by Labor Day and will ultimately be screened twice so teachers can see how they are progressing through the year.

Academic Spotlight

This month's academic spotlight focused on Campbellsville Middle School. The school's Site-Based Decision Making Council members told Board members about the activities at CMS this school year.

Principal Elisha Rhodes said the school, which was formerly Campbellsville Elementary School, now houses fourth- through eighth-grade students and enrollment stands at 458.

She said CMS has adopted the motto "Live Purple, Dream Gold" and students are embracing that mantra.

Council member Rochelle Brady said eighth-grade students now have the possibility of leaving school with having completed one high school credit.

Council member Steven Gumm said fifth- and sixth-grade students can now take high school classes through the Novel Star program. He said CMS students can also take art enrichment and honors math and reading classes.

As a result, Rhodes said, at the end of a student's time at CMS, students could have four to five high school credits. This will allow them to use part of their senior year to take college courses or complete an internship, he said.

Council member Katie Campbell said CMS students are chosen to participate in the school's Green Team extracurricular club based on their leadership skills.

The CMS choir has grown, the Council members said, and the school now has a junior beta group.

Rhodes said she and other school officials appreciate the Board and community's support during the recent death of CMS student Cameron Smith.

"It's amazing to see [everyone] come together like the family we are," she said.

Also at the Meeting:

• Board members gave their approval to floor plans for the district's new softball fieldhouse, which is estimated at costing $151,570. The district will next hire an architect.

The fieldhouse will mainly be used by the girls' softball team, but can be used by other teams. Board member Suzanne Wilson said officials would like the fieldhouse ready for use before the end of Christmas break.

• Campbellsville Superintendent Mike Deaton announced that the district's annual family night will be Friday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. at CMS. He said the night gives students, parents, faculty and staff a chance to fellowship together.

• CES teacher Lisa Wiseman received the district's Dare to Soar Award. According to a nomination letter written by a student's parent, Deaton said, Wiseman went above and beyond to help the student acclimate to kindergarten.

Wiseman, who has worked for Campbellsville Schools for more than 20 years, said "Even on bad days, it's a good day to be an eagle."

• The Board approved a shortened school day for a student and an agreement with Lake Cumberland District Health Department to protect the district's health and other information.

• Academic achievers for October were recognized. They are third-grade students Whitney Frayshure and Jadan Bates, fifth-graders Anna Clara Moura and Alex Lofton and freshmen Mallory Haley and Ricky Smith-Cecil. More information about the students will be printed in an upcoming issue.

• Finance Director Chris Kidwell presented the District's financial report for September. Revenue for the month was $654,073.48 and expenses were $1,122,522.61. The closing balance at the end of last month was $2,218,440.71.

Kidwell said the district has begun collecting property tax payments and will see its income increase through the end of the year.

He said the district is in the process of being audited and a report from the audit will be given to Board members at their next regular meeting, scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. at Campbellsville High School. The meeting is open to the public.

• A request for the Board to pay half the cost of CMS and CHS show choir uniforms was tabled until next month's meeting.

• The month's personnel report includes:

New Employees - Brianna Blair, Courtney Gupton and Carla Hoosier, substitute teachers.

Resigned/Retired Employees - Daryl Deener, CMS learning and behavioral disabilities teacher; and Carolyn Walters, CMS office clerk.