School officials focusing on intervention this year |

School officials focusing on intervention this year

Christina M. Currie

Moffat County School District officials have set several goals for the 2005-06 school year, but their primary focus will be on interventions.

Teachers and administrators are tasked with assessing what schools are doing for students who aren’t meeting standards, what they should be doing and what to do when that doesn’t work.

Superintendent Pete Bergmann presented an overview of the district’s goals at Thursday’s board of education meeting. They’ll eventually be available on the district’s Web site,

The district will continue to tackle math and literacy achievement, but it will put special emphasis on writing.

“We really hit math heavy last year, and we’re trying to maintain that momentum,” Assistant Superintendent Joel Sheridan said.

Students’ Colorado Student Assessment Program scores showed improvement in the targeted areas, but flatlined in writing, he said.

Writing strategies likely will mirror those that the district has instituted in reading and continues to develop for math, which include additional training opportunities for teachers and a focus on “balanced literacy.” The state considers there to be five components of reading and writing, and teaching all five is needed for balanced literacy. Those components include phonics, fluency and comprehension.

Board members will be updated periodically on the status of some district goals. On others, they’ll take a more hands-on approach.

The board has assessed the communication goal, which focuses on seeking more community input on education-related issues. Now, they’ll learn about Positive Behavior Support, a program the district is adopting in an effort to reduce discipline problems, increase student self-esteem and create a safer environment.

The program’s focus is rewarding positive behavior instead of just punishing negative behaviors.

Every school in the district is implementing the program.

The parent-based School Impro–vement Committee has the goal of evaluating the district’s policy on fundraisers and recommending changes if necessary.

“We think that’s a huge area of discussion that the committee can give us direction on,” Bergmann said.

Goals were also set to improve achievement among special education students, build positive relationships with families of English language learners and develop a program to serve gifted students.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or by e-mail at

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