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Norwood Elementary will have a revamped report card for kindergarten through third grade this school year in efforts to better provide parents with information on how their child is progressing.

Principal Sue Barte and elementary curriculum Director Andrea Buescher gave a presentation Monday night to the Jefferson Local Board of Education on the new standard-aligned report cards.

The goal of the new report cards is to provide more information than the previous cards, and to reflect the student’s progress with the new standards for the coming school year. A committee working on the project was comprised of Barte, Buescher, teachers, a secretary and a parent.

“It was really a year-long process to get this done,” Barte said. “The reports now align to the new standards.”

The new kindergarten through third grade report cards now have the reporting scale of: 4, (advanced), 3 (secure), 2 (developing), 1 (at risk) and NA (not assessed at this time).

Fourth and fifth grades will continue with the traditional A (90-100), B (80-89) C (70-79), D (60-69), F (0-59) and NA (not assessed at this time).

“We can’t have all of the standards because there are so many,” Buescher said. “So we chose the power standards and the rest should fall into place. There will also be a page of frequently asked questions, so we can answer some questions ahead of time.”

The board voted and approved the new standard aligned report cards and voiced its gratitude for the work that was put into the project.

“I want to commend you for all your hard work on this,” board member Dr. Meg Hiss said. “I think we are now providing parents with much more accurate information.”

“Thank you for all you have put into this project,” board President Dave Harper added. “It will not only benefit the parent, but the student also.”

Barte also gave thanks to the Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library and Director Cathy Allen for the recent Reading Safari Summer Reading Program. Barte said Norwood Elementary had 269 students sign up and had 265 complete the summer reading program.

West Jefferson Middle School principal Debbie Omen said the school will host a Popcorn With The Principal event on Monday, Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. for sixth grade students and their parents. Incoming sixth-graders can also get their schedules and locker information on Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. before the event or on Tuesday, Aug. 19 from noon to 2 p.m. so they can become familiar with the school, their classroom and locker combinations.

There will also be a Parent’s Night on Tuesday, Sept. 16, which will give parents an opportunity to have time to see some of their child’s work from the start of the school year and ask questions.

The high school will host freshman orientation on Thursday, Aug. 14, said West Jefferson High School principal Dave Metz. There will be a parent open house on Monday, Aug. 25 during which parents can follow their students and meet all of their teachers for the upcoming school year.

In other business, board also approved a 1.7 percent base pay increase for all of the following administrators: William Mullet, Jill Smith, Dave Metz, Debbie Omen, Sue Barte, Joan Scofield, Andrea Buescher, Curt Dennis, Joe Galore, Christine Elkins, Bob Strobl and Shawn Buescher.

Superintendent William Mullett said the increase is the same increase that all Jefferson Local School employees have negotiated for the coming school year.

Kevin Dye covers the West Jefferson area for The Madison Press. He can be reached at kdye411@gmail.com.

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