P'ville Elementary Newsletter

February 2017 Edition - We're Growing Learners & Leaders

Mission Statement for Pleasantville Community Schools

The Pleasantville Community School District, in partnership with the entire community, will empower every student to become a life-long learner who is a responsible, productive and engaged citizen within the global community

Data Update: Pleasantville Reading Scores Well Above Area & State Averages

Pleasantville Elementary students are required by law to test each student's progress on early literacy by screening students three times a year on an assessment called FAST. These screenings indicated that, as usual, Pleasantville students demonstrated strong proficiency scores in literacy as compared to our AEA (Area Education Agency) and state averages.

For example:

Preschoolers this year were screened in the fall. At that time only 30% could reach benchmark. As of the winter screening, 73% have attained the winter benchmark! This is 11% better than our area's average and 19% better than the state average.

Kindergarten students also performed well. In the fall and winter, 88% cleared the benchmark. That number is 7% better than our AEA's average and 13% better than the state average.

1st grade had a slight tumble from fall to winter, but this was common across the area and the state as well since kids are being asked to perform much tougher skills (especially demonstrating fluent reading). In the fall, 86% cleared the benchmark while 84% cleared it in the winter. Still, this was 12% higher than our area's average and 17% better than the state's average.

2nd grade had a huge leap up from fall to spring. In the fall, only 78% reached the reading benchmark but this winter they were able to reach 89% proficiency. This was 18% better than the area average and 22% better than the state's overall performance.

3rd grade also showed strong gains, improving by 7% from fall to winter (81% to 88%). This was 18% better than the area and 22% better than the state average.

4th grade improved a couple percentage points by hitting 91% in the winter screening period, tops among all classes in the school. This score was 23% higher than the AEA average and 25% better than the state's score.

5th grade rounded out the strong performance despite taking a slight dip from fall to winter (81% to 79% reaching benchmark). Their score was 7% better than the AEA's average and 12% better than the state.

We are very proud of our kids for this great performance. Thank you staff for helping them become such fluent readers and for the support at home in encouraging your kids to READ, READ, READ!

The "Data Wall" below is connected to our building goal (All students will be proficient or grow at the expected rate by Spring 2017 on the FAST reading assessment), which links with the data described above except for one difference. Kids that do not reach benchmark can still positively affect this graph by growing the expected rate in between screenings. For example: If a 2nd grade student was below benchmark in the fall (benchmark is 58 wpm and they reached 48 wpm), they would negatively impact the graph by being non-proficient. If they repeated that again in the winter (benchmark is 87 wpm and they reached 83 wpm) BUT grew the expected amount in between screening periods (difference between fall to winter is 29 wpm - and this student scored 35), then they counted toward our graph going up. As you can see below, all grade levels are moving upward (either proficiency or through growth)!

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Congratulations to Mrs. Gordon's Class, this month's "Orange Pride Classroom of the Month"

Nineteen classrooms had the opportunity to be selected for our Classroom of the Month, but only one could win this honor! Congratulations to Mrs. Gordon's class for being selected as the recipient of this prestigious award. They were chosen thanks to collectively and consistently exhibiting our PBIS Orange Pride Expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe. These are the "school rules" our students follow as part of our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) system. The classroom of the month earns a special privilege such as extra recess minutes and/or reading the morning announcements. Way to go!

Wells Fargo Donates $1,000 to Elementary's Leader In Me Initative

We would like to thank Wells Fargo for contributing $1,000 to further our work in learning and applying the 7 Habits. This donation will help provide further training and support for this program. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Trojan Tromp Celebrates Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Congratulations to our February "Trojan Trompers!"

In February, we focused our attention on the habit "Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood," which focuses on listening. We emphasized that we should be listening twice as much as we talk since we have only one mouth but two ears. Deep listening involves the eyes and heart as much as it does the ears. Congratulations to the following students who were nominated by their teacher for best exemplifying this habit and got to participate in the latest "Trojan Tromp": Wynn Otto, Awna Valster, Wyatt Rothfus, Dale Widman, Weston Lawson, Max Gilmore, Grace Fee, Lilac Launsdale, Addison Bartels, Emmalynn King, Sophia Casey, Addison Sobotka, Laila Pedicini, Evan Windholz, Alayna Loneman, Colin Giles, Miranda Benge, Emma Ellis, Jacob Rice, Maggie Gasparovich, Brett "B-Mac" McConnell, Logan Roff, Gabe McIver, Micha Hume, Mira Hughes, Grace Fust, Damien Lawson, Carson Ammons, Hayden May, Abbie Wilson, Abby Lyon, Dayson Leerhoff, Ryan Clement, Silas Koenig, Amy McDanel, and Jury "If You're Not First You're Last" Ellis! Congratulations!

Upcoming Important Dates for Parents

NO SCHOOL: March 13-20 (school resumes Tuesday, March 21)

Late Start Mondays (10:10 AM): March 6 and 27

DR. Seuss Birthday Week: February 27-March 3 -- WATCH FOR DRESS UP DAYS!

PTO Meeting: March 1 at 5:30 PM in Elementary Library

PTO "Daddy/Daughter Dance": March 25 in Event Center

Be on the look-out for information about this popular event!

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