Vol. 13 | Issue 18

20 May

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Mechdyne Corporation in Marshalltown donated $5,000 toward Project Lead the Way at Marshalltown High School. Representatives presented a check to the Board of Education at Monday’s meeting.

Mechdyne Corporation in Marshalltown donated $5,000 toward Project Lead the Way at Marshalltown High School. Representatives presented a check to the Board of Education at Monday’s meeting.

Rogers University returns, expands this summer

Rogers University will begin its third installment in June, this year serving students from the Rogers Elementary neighborhood entering preschool through sixth grade.

“It’s really far more unique than just a summer school,” said Dr. Mick Jurgensen, principal at Rogers Elementary. He said the program takes the idea of the “university” to heart, with teachers known as “professors” and kids having majors and minors.

A 21st Century Learning Center Grant secured by Mid-Iowa Community Action funds Rogers University and a network of community agencies and organizations provide support and enrichment for students. Some of this summer’s activities include programs with SATUCI and the Community Y, the summer reading program at Marshalltown Public Library, and a drama component organized by the Orpheum Theater Center.

“We have a climate where kids are interested and willing to learn,” Jurgensen said.

Preschool students have a two-week program that begins June 10. K-3 students have a six-week program running June 10-July 19. For this first time this year students in grades 4-6 residing in the Rogers neighborhood will participate in a 4-week program June 24-July 19. Students will participate in a variety of activities, including broadcasting and drafting lessons through Marshalltown Community College, service learning at the Iowa Veterans Home and work with Iowa State University.

Art students find success after MHS

Before she retired, Marshalltown High School art teacher Julie Bousum decided to see how many of her former students she could track down. She wanted to know what they had done with their lives and if their paths included the lessons learned in art classes.

The results were overwhelming.

Bousum shared the results of her search with the Board Monday, which included pages of names of MHS alum in every facet of the art world. Some are art directors, some graphic designers, some art educators. Others were currently enrolled in prestigious art and design programs across the country. All said their time with the MHS art department shaped their personal and professional lives.

Classroom engagement increases, falls short of Strategic Plan projections

While classroom engagement increased in 2012-2013 compared to the previous school year, the increase didn’t meet the projections in the Strategic Action Plan.

Engagement is measured through Instructional Practices Inventory, a set of strategies for profiling student engagement in six categories, with 1 being “complete disengagement” and 6 being “student active engaged learning”.  This data helps teachers assess and enhance their teaching process to increase engagement and with it student achievement.

In 2011-2012 the district saw 86.46 percent of observations scored in the 3-6 range. In 2012-2013 that number increased to 88.3 percent. While the number increased, it fell short of the 92 percent projection in the Strategic Action Plan.

Dr. Susan Pecinovsky, associate superintendent for student achievement, told the Board the District will continue organizing IPI data for building-level analysis, as well as building a problem identification and solution process. Dr. Jerry Valentine, the foremost authority on the IPI process, will be conducting training in the District this fall as well.


By Dr. Marvin Wade, Superintendent of Schools

Among other things, tonight’s board meeting included review of financial and academic accountability measures. Just as metrics (e.g. Solvency and Day’s Net Cash ratios) convey the financial condition of our district, the Indicators of the Strategic Action Plan allow us to monitor the academic condition of MCSD – recognizing that progress on these ten Indicators is a big deal because attendance, achievement and the other Indicators are important for the success of our students.

While holding us accountable, our Board also acknowledges there is much more to MCSD than the numbers being reported. The Board appreciates the complexity of 21st century education. Each board member understands that every child and adult is unique, and that schools must often address non-academic needs as a precondition for the academic success of many of our students. Just this evening, this “awareness of the bigger picture” was demonstrated through board member comments about a broad array of topics, including Art, Athletics, Band, Healthy US Schools Challenge, World Languages (Chinese), Four Oaks, Project Lead the Way, Rogers University, Promise Neighborhood, Net High, Marshalltown Learning Academy, and Spread the Words – Read by Third!

As mentioned in the last issue of The Board Report, continuous improvement is something all Bobcats can expect to see from your Marshalltown Community School District – knowing that our Board values formal -and informal- indicators that we are meeting the diverse needs of our students, families and community.

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