School district recognizes positive achievements

Schools in the Moffat County School District are making progress, and they want the public to know about it. Over the last five years, teachers and administrators have drafted a list of reasons they are proud of improvement at each school.

But the information was previously reserved for school board members and rarely reached the community where it should be presented, Superintendent Pete Bergmann said.

"Too many times all that hits the news is a negative impact of standardized testing or high profile activities rather than the day-to-day happenings," he said. "We want to let the public know that great things are happening in our schools all the time."

The following is a staff compilation of first quarter achievements at Moffat County schools.

Moffat County High School:

-- The FFA meat carcass meat evaluation team received a silver emblem at its National contest in Louisville, Ky.

--English Language Learners teacher Kayln Rogers has excelled with communicating the ELL program to the community.

--The high school newspaper, the Post Script took five awards in 4A schools at the Colorado High School Press Association Journalism Day at Colorado State University.

--Rose Siminoe, Roger Spears, Bonnie Revele and Cassia McDiffett helped prepare the North Central Association accreditation on-site review.

--Community members Dr. John and Sally Ilko and Johnny Ilko, Jr. were instrumental in making firework shows at homecoming football game.

Craig Middle School:

--The percentage of eighth grade students scoring "proficient" or "advanced" on the science assessment exceeded the state average for the second consecutive year.

--Both seventh and eighth grade students posted gains in writing.

--The Language Arts Department has attempted to introduce useful writing strategies to parents so they can help monitor and guide their students' writing for school assignments.

--This year the staff has begun working in collaborative teams each day.

--The Physical Education/Health Department has made several changes this year. Besides introducing a quarter-long health class for each student, staff has created a cardio/fitness room in the school auxiliary gym to improve students' performances on next spring's testing for the President's Fitness Challenge.

Craig Intermediate School:

--Many teachers have remarked on the kindness of our students this year. They have indicated that students display good citizenship and character skills.

--In the last month, the sixth grade Friendly Helpers, a peer-helping group, learned, rehearsed and performed an anti-bullying play. The play challenged the students to get the anti-teasing message across to all students.

--CIS staff should be commended for working hard to overcome the obstacles of change and striving to become a professional learning community focused on student achievement and assuring that every child learn at CIS.

--Fifth and sixth grade students showed tremendous effort in the President's Physical Challenge Fitness Awards Program.

--Fifth and sixth grade music classes performed awesome musical programs for the parents.

East Elementary School:

--Students in. Judy Foster's 4th-grade class have gotten the writing bug and have begun producing newspapers and magazines for the school to enjoy.

--Two sections of second and fourth grades have paired up as writing buddies. Teachers have joined together to reinforce to enhance the Six Trait Writing Program.

--The Colorado Children's Chorale performed for our school, thanks to Betty Landon for setting up the performance and the East PAC for funding the event.

--Students participated in a variety of events to keep students drug-free during Red Ribbon Week.

--The swim program was a great success this year. This program provides a service to our students because many who are unable to attend swimming lessons at other times can learn about water safety during those two weeks at school.

Maybell Elementary School:

--Has the most wonderful students and one-room schoolhouse in Colorado.

-- Is proud of its state math scores.

-- Is proud of its parent and community support and involvement.

-- Is proud that students love to read.

-- Is proud of hard work and fundraising skills because we are now able to purchase a new digital camera and printer for our students.

Ridgeview Elementary School:

--Is proud of how wonderful its parents have been in helping our students become current with their immunizations.

--Is proud of Ridgeview Stars and all those students who are working diligently on obtaining them.

--Is proud that it won the award for "Most Entertaining" at the district talent show.

--Is proud of the wonderful cooperation it has received from parents in utilizing the sign-in sheet at the front office.

Sunset Elementary School:

--Thanks to the new Literacy Coordinator, Charlotte Mason for organizing reading and math interventions and mentoring of new staff members.

--Thank you to the Parent Advisory Committee and Ragan Neil for conducting a successful fund-raiser.

--The Sundog Program has many new members in its first trimester. It stands for students who display respect, honesty, responsibility and a positive attitude at school.

--Students are creating many projects through the computer labs.

Early Childhood Center:

--A new assessment will be used to measure a child's social and emotional development. Parents and teachers will complete an assessment, review the results together and collaborate to develop a plan to aid a child's social and emotional development.

--Sixty-four students were awarded a preschool scholarship and placed in their choice of three community preschools thanks to a grant through Colorado Preschool Program.

--The Child Find team has evaluated 25 children from birth to five years old who were referred for concerns with their growth and development.

--The preschool program is implementing a violence prevention program called Second Step that is an important factor for kindergarten readiness.

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or by e-mail at ahatten@craigdailypress.com.

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