P'ville Elementary Newsletter
February 2017 Edition - We're Growing Learners & Leaders
Mission Statement for Pleasantville Community Schools
Data Update: Pleasantville Reading Scores Well Above Area & State Averages
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)!
Congratulations to Mrs. Gordon's Class, this month's "Orange Pride Classroom of the Month"
Trojan Tromp Celebrates Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Congratulations to our February "Trojan Trompers!"
Upcoming Important Dates for Parents
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!