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PCES Reports on 2015-16 School Year

By Staff | Oct 12, 2016

Paden City Elementary School’s students fared well, compared to their peers throughout the county and state, on the Reading/Language Arts portion of the state’s Smarter Balance Assessment.

Results were given at the Oct. 3 meeting of the Wetzel County Board of Education. This meeting was held at Paden City High School, due to Local School improvement Council reports from both PCHS and PCES.

PCES’ third grade students achieved 46 percent “at or above mastery” compared to 48 percent proficiency, state; and 48 percent, county.

Forty-two percent of fourth graders were at or above mastery, compared to 45 percent, county; and 48 percent, state.

Fifty-six percent of fifth graders were at or above mastery, compared to 45 percent, county; and 51 percent, state.

Fifty-four percent of sixth graders were at or above mastery, compared to 41 percent, county; and 46 percent, state.

PCES’ students did not do as well on the Math portion of the Smarter Balanced Assessment. However, their peers throughout the other county schools, and the state, did not either.

The most impressive Math scores came from third graders, and this was true for PCES, the county, and the state. Forty-two percent of PCES third graders scored at or above mastery, compared to 52 percent, county and 49 percent, state.

For fourth grade, 22 percent of PCES fourth-graders were at or above mastery, compared to 33 percent, county; and 40 percent, state.

Twenty-two percent of PCES’ fifth graders were at or above mastery in Math, compared to 18 percent, county; and 33 percent, state.

Finally, 18 percent of PCES’ sixth graders were at or above mastery, compared to 18 percent, county; and 29 percent, state.

Paden City Elementary’s Principal, Tammy Chambers, gave updates on last year’s LSIC goals, as well as improvements throughout the school. She said the office at PCES was moved to the front of the building in an effort to improve the security of the building. Chambers said the old office space is now the staff workroom.

As for a safer route to school, for PCES students, it was reported that the money from a former grant was returned to the Department of Highways by the City of Paden City. The city is supposedly pursuing another grant for the full amount necessary to complete a sidewalk from the school to Fourth Avenue.

Chambers also reported that an electrical upgrade was completed to prepare for the 1:1 initiative. Also, a color copier is now in place in the office. The copier also functions as a user friendly scanner and fax. Two other new copiers have been placed in the staff workroom. Chambers reported that more “things have happened this summer at PCE than in all nine of my other years here as principal put together.”

Chambers requested that the board consider one big item for the school, for the future – a multipurpose room or a gymnasium, “so we don’t have to use our current gym for everything.”

“The area that we have is being used as the breakfast room, physical education classroom, lunch room, and assembly room.”

Chambers said the school is limited to what and when it can have events. For instance, physical education classes are not possible when there is an assembly. Also, on picture day, pictures were taken in this room. This meant physical education was disrupted. Also, physical education cannot begin until clean up is completed from breakfast or lunch. Chambers noted, “if we were able to clear the current kitchen or build a classroom in addition to a gym, 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. If the area was large enough or a classroom built, we could also move band downstairs, which would be a little more sound proof for the classrooms that surround the band room at this time. This movements would allow one-and-one-half classrooms to open in the upstairs area allowing growth as well as allowing a few of our specialty teachers to have their own space and not have to double up in a room.”

Chambers said the school always has a full class and more waiting for pre-kindergarten services.

She added that an elevator could be added to a new section of the building to allow handicap accessibility to the whole school. Additionally, “it would also assist our ladies in the kitchen to be able to bring grab and go items to the upstairs without having to go outside and around the building with their carts of food.”

Chambers also requested that fencing be completed around the pre-kindergarten playground. She said this area, by policy, is to be sectioned off.

She added that PCES is still interested in hallway doors for the Pre-K/K wing and hallway doors before entering in to the main part of the building and continued support for replenishing items for the positive behavior program.

Paden City Elementary’s Local School Improvement Council President, Elliot Kendle, also reported on the initial draft of the LSIC’s strategic plan goals. These goals are as follows:

* Increase data driven decisions to inform instruction. This does not mean collection of more data, but the LSIC intends to focus on the data that gives the best information for each individual student and how they can be helped.

* PCE will develop a schoolwide math goal focused on concepts and procedures at each grade level. This can also be used by the teacher as an individual evaluation goal.

* PCE will provide family educational opportunities to increase parent involvement. PCES already conducted Open House and a Star Watch. In October, PCES is beginning a monthly technology night. This month, Office 365 will be presented to parents.