Halifax County School Superintendent Geraldine Middleton announced in a press statement improvements in the district’s academic achievement, with six of the county’s 14 schools meeting Adequate Yearly Progress as part of the federal No Child Left Behind standards for the 2008–09 school year, a decrease in the dropout rate for students in grades 7-12 and gains in reading and math according to North Carolina’s ABC education model.
“We’ve made great strides over the past year to improve curriculum, expand educational opportunities, and increase teaching effectiveness in our classrooms,” Middleton said. “Last year none of our schools made AYP. I think we’re starting to see pockets of success as a result of some of the plans my team implemented when I came to the system almost two years ago.”
The six schools achieving AYP are Brawley Middle School and five elementary schools: Aurelian Springs, Everetts, Hollister, Pittman and Scotland Neck Primary.
On the ABCs Growth Model, Pittman Elementary School achieved “High Growth” and Aurelian Springs and Scotland Neck Primary achieved “Growth.”
Following a comprehensive needs assessment, the district modified students’ daily schedules to allow for 45 minutes of additional tutorial time, had district-wide assessments of each student’s progress every six weeks, and conducted extensive professional development for teachers.
The district also entered into partnerships with Halifax Community College, Elizabeth City State University and North Carolina State University’s School of Math and Science to provide additional training for classroom teachers.
Under North Carolina’s ABCs program, which is designed to monitor students’ yearly growth on the End of Grade tests, Halifax students at several of the district’s schools achieved what the state calls “High Growth” in 3rd grade math and “Expected Growth” in 4th and 8th grade math. Several schools met growth in reading in grades 4, 5, and 8.
Another sign of the district’s improvement was a reduction in the number of students in grades 7-12 who dropped out of school. The rate decreased from 6.73 percent to 6.27 percent.
“While we see these successes as the first fruits of our labor, we recognize that as a district we must continue on this course to reach students and improve the quality of education they deserve,” Middleton added.
Improving elementary reading and math scores are still essential priorities for the 2009-10 school year. Eighty-two percent of students in grades 3-8 scored at or above grade level in reading and or math. At the high school level, a third of students proved themselves proficient on end-of-course tests.
In addition to weeks of intensive professional development for teachers and administrators over the summer, 12 full-time master educators will be working with the district this coming year to help classroom teachers improve instruction.
“This is a pivotal time for Halifax County Schools,” Middleton said. “Never before in our state’s history has a district come under such heavy fire politically, economically, and socially.
“It is my resolve that the children of Halifax County not be reduced to a set of negative statistics or part of someone’s political profile, but are allowed the opportunity to achieve and excel,” Middleton concluded.
Elle is a good citizen and her behavior may mean helping others.
At 2.5 years old, Elle is an American Pit Bull Terrier and has already been recognized as a Canine Good Citizen by the American Kennel Club.
The Roanoke Rapids Police Department Tuesday arrested a man for his alleged involvement in an October shooting in the 800 block of Marshall and Carolina streets.
Deputy Chief Adam Bondarek said Joseph Cordell Oglesby faces four counts of discharging a weapon in the city limits and a count of assault with a deadly with intent to kill. He was jailed on $100,000 bond and has an August 25 court date. There were no injuries in the shooting.
A canine officer with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office has died.
Dan, a German shepherd trained in explosives detection, was apparently hit by a car after he was let out of pen sometime Monday, Major Mike Casey said.
You can’t keep playing the kid card.
We believe in the importance of a quality education and we also know even a public education isn’t free, someone is paying and that is the taxpayers.
The Roanoke River Region is an area rich in history, heritage and culture. Our region will only be as strong and vital as individuals and groups are willing to decide to listen and learn from one another and our varied life experiences. One means of accomplishing this goal is to attend the next Cultural Awareness Seminar sponsored by the Roanoke River Regional Collaborative on Saturday, July 31, 2010 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Tillery Community Center on 321 Community Center Road in historic Tillery. The seminar of “Race, Power, & Illusion” will give participants an opportunity to share experiences and perspectives and listen to others thus building our community. I encourage everyone to avail themselves of the opportunity to make a definitive difference in bringing all in our region closer together as a community. (For more information about the next seminar or to register, please call 252-826-3017.)
Jeff Watson - Roanoke Rapids
Monday I was taking my wife from Roanoke Rapids to Duke University Medical Center to consult with an orthopedic surgeon. We were early so we decided to stop at the McDonald’s, just off Interstate 85, in Oxford.
When we got back in the car it would not start. I opened the hood and within a minute a young boy came running over to ask if I needed jumper cables. I walked back to his car with him and asked the lady driving if she would be willing to jump start my car using hers. She was in the McDonald’s Drive Through Lane but she said she would help me as soon as she picked up her order.
I’ve been reading and listening to comments about the city proposals to start a fitness center and sell monuments.
Am I the only one who disagrees with arguments against these proposals?
Monday, Lafayette Gatling was held accountable, found in default and his contract to buy the Roanoke Rapids Theatre ended.
If there is any criticism to what council did it would be it should have been done sooner but we understand these things take time and complex legal maneuvering.
The Gatling saga is not over with as the Chicago businessman told us himself Wednesday. “We aren’t planning on running away.”
The city will not issue any fines as it comes up with ways to allow Roanoke Avenue merchants to display their wares on sidewalks.