PCES Students Excel In Language Arts
According to Paden City Elementary School Principal Tammy Chambers, fourth and sixth grade PCES students performed better than both the county and state in the Reading/ Language Arts portion of the West Virginia Smarter Balance assessment, which last year replaced the WESTEST.
Chambers said comparing the Smarter Balance and WESTEST is “like comparing apples and oranges.”
“They are two very different animals,” she remarked.
Chambers said third graders scored 63 at or above mastery on the Reading/Language Arts portion of the WESTEST in 2014. As fourth graders, the same group of students scored 59 percent at or above mastery. Fourth graders scored 47 percent at or above mastery on the Reading/Language Arts portion of the WESTEST in 2014. As fifth graders, the same group scored 50 percent at or above mastery on the Reading/Language Arts portion of the WESTEST. Fifth graders had 25 percent at or above mastery in 2014, and as sixth graders, the same group scored 46 percent in 2015.
Math scores for PCES students were not as impressive; however, third graders scored 43 percent at or above mastery in 2014 on the math portion of the WESTEST. In 2015, as fourth graders, the same group scored 44 percent at or above mastery. Fourth graders scored at or above 30 percent mastery in 2014, and as fifth graders, 20 percent at or above mastery in 2015. Fifth graders scored eight percent at or above mastery in 2014, and as sixth graders, scored 12 percent at or above mastery.
Chambers said Instructional Practice Inventory was gathered by trained coders in May 2015. Results of the test showed that students were actively engaged 96 percent of the time. Discipline-wise, Chambers said the biggest issue involved completing homework.
In 2013-2014, PCES had a visit from Batman. In 2014-2015, the WV Mountaineer visited with “a positive message for all students.” Students also had a visit from the Harlem Rockets, Miss WV, and various guest readers.
Currently, PCES has an enrollment of 234.
“We have two classrooms of every grade level again,” Chambers remarked, stating “It’s a great thing.”
The school received new outside doors during the summer, as well as a new phone system. New blinds have also been stored in all the classrooms.
Chambers requested a cafeteria for PCES; the current room used as a cafeteria also serves as the breakfast room, physical education classroom, lunch room, and assembly room.
Chambers said during picture day, the schedule for pictures conflicted with the physical education schedule.
“When we have an assembly, if not all students are not involved, physical education classes are not possible. We cannot begin a PE schedule until we clean up from breakfast or lunch and wait for the floor to dry. If we were able to clear the current kitchen, we could make an office for the physical education teacher as well as a storage area for his equipment that doesn’t require it to be carried up and down the stairs.”
Chambers also requested an electrical upgrade for PCES.
Additionally, Chambers said PCHS Principal Jay Salva and herself would like an assistant principal to share.
“When we are out of the building, it is at least a day wasted when we get back to put out little fires that could be handled by the presence of another person not having other duties within the building.”
Furthermore, Chambers requested a colored copy machine in the building. Chambers said the school has four colored printers and several black and white printers, which use up all of the school’s technology supplies allocation each year.
Chamber said she has to go to the county office to copy multiple copies of training materials.
Lastly, Chambers requested additional funds to help with the positive behavior programs PCES implements. She said funds would be used for water bottles, backpacks, notebooks, headbands, pencils, and pencil packs.