Teacher, Stu­dent of the month hon­ored at El Do­rado School Board meet­ing.

El Dorado News-Times - - Front Page - Jan­ice McIn­tyre City Ed­i­tor

Most Bench­mark grades recorded for El Do­rado School District stu­dents in grades three through 10 were higher than scores of their peers, when com­pared to a district with sim­i­lar en­roll­ment, area of the state and so­cioe­co­nomic chal­lenges.

Stu­dent Bench­mark test scores for 2017 in read­ing, math, science, English and writ­ing were pre­sented as part of the El Do­rado School District’s An­nual Re­port to the Pub­lic on Mon­day night.

Rhonda Sim­mons, as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent, said that in read­ing, El Do­rado stu­dents scored as fol­lows:

Third-graders scored 28, com­pared to a sim­i­lar district’s 30;

Fourth-graders scored 42, com­pared to 36;

Fifth-graders scored 30, com­pared to 23;

Sixth-graders scored 45, com­pared to 25;

Sev­enth-graders scored 31, com­pared to 20;

Eighth-graders scored 45, com­pared to 43;

Ninth-graders in both dis­tricts scored 30; and

10th-graders scored 31, com­pared to 29.

She said that in the third grade, stu­dents be­gin tak­ing the timed Bench­mark test and have to type their an­swers. She said now stu­dents start learn­ing typ­ing skills on a com­puter in kinder­garten.

In math, El Do­rado: Third-graders scored 46, com­pared to 51; Fourth-graders, 40 to 36; Fifth-graders, 42 to 35; Sixth-graders, 57 to 53; Sev­enth-graders, 33 to 29; Eighth-graders, 32 to 36; Ninth-graders, 22 to 15; and 10th-graders, 19 to 16. Science scores in­cluded: 27 to 32 in third grade;

35 to 33 in fourth grade, 36 to 26 in fifth grade;

43 to 28 in sixth grade;

37 to 27 in sev­enth grade; 42 to 34 in eighth grade; 23 to 22 in ninth grade; and 27 to 22 in 10th grade.

In English: Third-graders scored 60, com­pared to 71 scored by stu­dents in a com­pa­ra­ble district; Fourth grade, 66 to 62; Fifth grade, 64 to 54; Sixth grade, 68 to 56; Sev­enth grade, 77 to 69; Eighth grade, 70 to 59; Ninth grade, 53 to 49; and 10th grade, 51 to 56.

In writ­ing: Third-graders scored 6, com­pared to 14; Fourth, 25 to 21; Fifth, 48 to 30; Sixth, 65 to 46; Sev­enth, 29 to 28; Eighth, 28 to 43; Ninth, 39 to 42; and 10th, 47 to 53.

Fed­eral pro­grams in schools have been go­ing through a process change in the past four years, said Bon­nie Haynie, pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment/ fed­eral pro­grams and special project di­rec­tor for the school

district. Ti­tle I fed­eral funds for the district went from $1,491,459.31 to $1,130,00.

Jim Tucker, su­per­in­ten­dent, re­ported that dur­ing the sum­mer months about $100,000 was spent to paint sev­eral ar­eas at schools through­out the district and the roof of the Ad­min­is­tra­tion Of­fice, 200 W. Oak, is be­ing re-done and por­tions of other roofs on build­ings in the district were also re­done dur­ing the sum­mer.

He said, this school year, the district is fo­cus­ing on im­prov­ing and ex­pand­ing STEM (Science, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Math) learn­ing at Bar­ton Ju­nior High School and El Do­rado High School. He also re­ported progress in the “Break­fast in the Class­room” pro­gram started this school year.

Avery John­son, a sixth grade stu­dent at Wash­ing­ton Mid­dle School, was hon­ored as stu­dent of the month. She is the daugh­ter of Kristi and Don John­son. Tyler Compton, her English teacher said, “Avery works hard ev­ery sin­gle day and is al­ways on task and fo­cused. She is po­lite, re­spect­ful and al­ways will­ing to ex­tend a help­ing hand.” Her prin­ci­pal, Jodie Vines, said she is an ex­em­plary stu­dent and a great role model for oth­ers.

Chelsey Turner was hon­ored as teacher of the month from WMS. She re­ceived her bach­e­lor’s of science ed­u­ca­tion de­gree from the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Lit­tle Rock and her mas­ter’s in ed­u­ca­tion-li­brary from South­ern Arkansas Univer­sity. She is a media spe­cial­ist at Wash­ing­ton and has been with the district for five years. Fel­low work­ers said she “goes above and be­yond for every­one.” She is help­ful and “al­ways strives to im­prove learn­ing for our stu­dents in ev­ery way imag­in­able.”

Also dur­ing Mon­day’s meet­ing, board mem­bers ap­proved sev­eral stu­dent trans­fers, one from El Do­rado to Park­ers Chapel, one from El Do­rado to Strong-Hut­tig, one from El Do­rado to Smack­over-Nor­phlet, three from StrongHut­tig to El Do­rado and one from Smack over Nor­phlet

to El Do­rado.

Fol­low­ing an ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion of the board Mon­day night, mem­bers ac­cepted the fol­low­ing res­ig­na­tions: Bruce Pep­per, Bar­ton Ju­nior High, ef­fec­tive Aug. 31; Ta­tianna Woods, El Do­rado High School, ef­fec­tive Sept. 13; Sarah Camp­bell, EHS, ef­fec­tive Aug. 3 and Shawna Ma­son, Yocum, Judy Bass, Bar­ton and An­drea See­man, North­west, all ef­fec­tive May 26.

They au­tho­rized the em­ploy­ment of Maria Martinez, EHS, be­gan Sept. 5; Kes­dan­dra Tray­lor, North­west, be­gan Sept. 6; Angie Waller, Hugh Good­win, be­gan Aug. 22; Jan­ice Zei­gler, Yocum, be­gan Aug. 14; Latasha McAl­phin, Wash­ing­ton Mid­dle School, ef­fec­tive Aug. 28; Tif­fany Hurley,

North­west, be­gan Aug. 14; Den­isha Nor­man, Yocum, be­gan Aug. 21; Vic­to­ria Quarshire, Bar­ton, be­gan Aug. 21; April Thomp­son, Yocum, be­gan Aug. 14 and Amanda Grif­fin, Wash­ing­ton, be­gan Aug. 21.

Pho­tos cour­tesy of Katie San­difer

Hon­ored: Chelsey Turner, left, a media spe­cial­ist at Wash­ing­ton Mid­dle School, was hon­ored as teacher of the month by the El Do­rado School Board dur­ing their monthly Septem­ber meet­ing. Right, Avery John­son, a stu­dent at Wash­ing­ton Mid­dle School was...

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