Individual schools and school districts across the State of Ohio will not receive grade cards for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.
Michele Bagrowski, district curriculum director, gave that information to the Archbold Area School Board during its Monday, May 20 meeting.
The hiatus will allow Ohio Department of Education officials to transition from the current report card system that ranks schools between “Academic Emergency” and “Excellent with Distinction” to a letter-grade system of A, B, C, D, or F.
Bagrowski said during this time, the ODE will continue to release data that would normally go into the report cards, but will not produce the report cards themselves.
With that data, Bagrowski said she can calculate what rating the district would have received, had the report card been issued.
In her written report, Bagrowski presented board members with unofficial results of the spring session of the Ohio Graduation Test.
The test areas, and the percentage of students who took the test who passed: reading, 90.7%; math, 87%; writing, 88%; science, 81.5%, social studies, 86.1%.
Ag Day Changes
Dorothy Lambert, Archbold elementary principal, said this year as in the past, FFA students from Archbold High School presented an agriculture awareness day for third grade students. Fourth graders went to a countywide event at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.
However, she said due to curriculum changes there will be changes in the agriculture programs.
She told board members that Sarah Tiplady’s third grade class collected the most box tops, at 4,579, in the Box Tops for Education program.
Students will receive an ice cream sundae party for their efforts.
In all, 54,887 box tops were collected.
Money from the program is used to purchase headphones for students, playground equipment, and for special events assemblies.
She also reported elementary teachers had donated over $1,600 by paying a fee to wear blue jeans to school one day per month. She said other schools in the district allows jeans two days per month.
Money raised goes to individuals or groups within the community.
Every Other Day
Royal Short, high school principal, said teachers at the high school are only allowed to wear jeans every other Friday.
Short noted the recent successes of the high school choirs and the student musical.
He said more than 1,200 people attended the musical April 12-14.
More than 90 students worked on the musical, from on-stage performers to pit orchestra musicians, technicians, and other roles.
Several community members also performed with the pit orchestra, he said.
A list of graduates was approved by the board.
Music Competition Returns
Matt Shields, middle school principal, said after a five-year absence, Archbold again hosted a junior high large group choral competition.
The eighth grade choir earned an Excellent at the event, Friday, May 17, at the high school.
The Archbold junior high boys and girls track teams won the league championship.
Shields noted the middle school book fair earned more than $7,000 to support the school library, while the school student council continues to find ways to raise money for charity.
Aaron Rex, superintendent, said he visited the high school senior picnic and talent show, Friday, May 17.
“I like that about our school, that our kids are able to do that,” he said.
He noted one student played an instrument he made from plastic pipe. A video clip of the performance had been posted on the Internet, and had received 3,000 views.
He said the talents among Archbold students are amazing.
Board members approved several items under their consensus agenda, including changes in the middle school student and faculty handbooks.