Scorecard for MAPS addressed
Rankings important, superintendent says
Friday, August 22, 2014 12:00 AM
MENOMINEE — Members of the Menominee Area Public Schools Board of Education and those in attendance at Thursday’s meeting were informed by the new superintendent of the factors that determined the school scorecard.
The Michigan School Accountability Scorecards gave the MAPS senior high school a red or 40 of 50 points, junior high school a yellow or 32 of 40 points and Blesch Intermediate a yellow or 38 of 50 points.
Superintendent Terri Mileski said several factors were used to determine the ranking: student participation rates on state assessments, student graduation rates or attendance rates, educator effectiveness label reporting and teacher/student data link reporting rates, and school improvement plan reporting and school diagnostic reporting compliance.
“This system is designed to hold schools accountable for the academic growth of their lowest performing 30 percent of students (usually special education and at-risk),” said Mileski. “We are not making excuses, but we know we need to work on school achievement.”
The red scorecard has a statewide percentile ranking of 52. The yellow scorecard for the junior high has a statewide percentile ranking of 74 and the yellow scorecard for Blesch Intermediate has a statewide percentile ranking of 62.
Central Elementary was given a yellow, but no number score.
Mileski said the school scorecard is important because on the district’s first paraprofessional day, staff will analyze data, identify gaps and develop strategies to implement best-practice instruction to address and remediate the achievement gaps as a K-12 district.
Mileski added it will be a team effort for everyone involved and for everything that’s a challenge for her and the other new staff members in the district.
Those include the new principals for Central Elementary and Blesch Intermediate School.
Glenda Davis, the new principal for Central Elementary, said an ice cream social will be held at orientation from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 27. A change at the school will be a special schedule for the school students to engage with students at Blesch Intermediate School. In addition to changes, the school is going wireless and door locks and fire issues are being looked into.
Brandie Williams, the new teacher at Blesch Intermediate, said popsicles will be handed out during orientation to all students from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26. New pick-up and drop-off schedules will be also be discussed.
High school principal Mike Cattani said orientation for freshmen will be at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 27.
The district continues to have phone problems as the system was struck by lightning. Cattani said to remedy the situation, cell phones may be purchased and used until the problem is fixed.
As of 5 p.m. Thursday, there were 1,523 students enrolled at MAPS.
Classes begin Sept. 2.
In other action, the board:
Approved the student handbook for the 2014-15 school year. Changes include the dress code, the addition of Saturday school for those who violate the handbook, repurcussions if caught using a cell phone to cheat, and a ban on electronic cigarettes.
Approved the district calendar and the alternative school calendar for this school year, which includes mid-winter break, Martin Luther King Day and professional development days.
Approved Wendy Baron, fourth grade teacher at Blesch Intermediate School, and Miki Lu Peters as a math interventionist at the junior and senior high school as new hires.
The sinking fund report included a $42,000 cost for the gymnasium roof replacement and new windows and doors at the junior and high school.