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During this month’s meeting, the Orchard Advisory Board received a presentation from guidance counselor Tammy Cheatum on how the school is improving the ACT and MAP Summative as well as discussion on the renewing of the junior high sports co-op with Clearwater and Ewing.
Cheatum discussed the number one priority in improvement is knowing the numbers. Throughout the last 4 years, results from the ACT have varied; however, because they are hard to compare to current numbers, the school is taking an approach to better students in the upper, middle, and lower levels of learning.
A lot of time has been put into finding several instructional strategies to cover the wide range of student compatibility. Among those found was the marzano training for teachers, ReadWorks, John Baylor, ACT online prep, EdReady, and so much more.
Cooper and Cheatum both hope to implement these strategies into a weekly intervention time. During this time, students will be able to find their benchmark and take units on their own based on their personalized study gap. Cheatum stressed the importance of not only trying to challenge the struggling students, but to continue to push higher level students as well.
“Mrs. Cooper and I have really been working on trying to get some resources for the intervention time, because this is where we can utilize what we know about our kids and how we can take them to that next step,” said Cheatum. “And it’s for all kids, because sometimes I feel like we don’t always challenge our upper kids enough. Everybody would have an instructional goal of some kind.”
Along with academic improvement, the board discussed the renewing of junior high athletics with Clearwater and Ewing. All members agreed that the co-op has been very successful and there was no negative input on the matter. With a motion from Candice Hoke and a second from DeAnna Clifton, the motion was passed for the continuing of the co-op in the 2018, 2019, and 2020 sports year.