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Nine-week progress report highlights Beach’s low scores

Extracurricular activities score high
According to school board member Wayne Kennedy, Colonial Beach schools have had “the most successful extracurricular fall ever.”  Awards to students in athletic and academic skills include:  2010 Northern Neck District Champions –Varsity Cheerleading, 2010 Northern Neck Champions – Middle School Girl’s Basketball, 2010 Northern Neck Champions – Theater, and 2010 Northern Neck All Academic – Paige Trivett, Melissa Turner and Destiny Smith.  


Superintendent Donna Power gave a report on the School Transition Team’s first nine-week report on student achievement levels in grades 3 through 12.  The federally-mandated transition team was put into place to advise and measure student progress.  The findings of the team are the culmination of teacher observation/mentoring and student testing and create a baseline measure of achievement in reaching federally mandated achievement goals for academic year 2010/2011 under No Child Left Behind legislation.
Federal standards under No Child Left Behind provide for a 4 percent increase each year in student achievement as measured by Standards of Learning or SOL tests.  If Colonial Beach students fail in any one of four tested subject areas, the school will be deemed to not making Adequate Yearly Progress and will be subject to further federal intervention.  
Elementary students were tested in reading, math, science and social studies.  Tests results were above the SOL mandated pass rate for grades 4, 6 and 7 in reading;  grades 3, 4, 6 and 7 in math; grades 3, 6 and 7 in science; and grade 3 in social studies.  Grade 5 students showed the most need for improvement in all test categories, with a 53.8 percent pass rate in math; a 69.2 percent pass rate in science; and a 79.5 percent pass rate in reading.  
Elementary school Principal Kevin Newman advised the board that the lower scores in the grade 5 are a surprise, as that group scored high on the grade 4 tests and that remediation efforts are in place.
High school students in grade 8 showed the most improvement in reading, science and math pass rate scores.  For students in grade 11 the pass-rates for reading scores came in at a low 66.7 percent.  Students taking World History I, II and Virginia & US History showed pass rate scores ranging from 78.3 percent to 92.3 percent.  
However, scores plummeted to a 0 percent pass rate for the 14 high school students currently taking Algebra II.  High school Principal Clint Runyan noted that the Algebra II scores were “very alarming” and reported that remediation efforts were in place, such as a curriculum realignment workshop being held for high school teachers.
Power also reported that history and geography courses are in transition year with a new curriculum being developed at the local level for grades 5, 6, 7 and 8.  
In other matters, Colonial Beach students collected 354 boxes of cereal to be distributed to local food banks.  Fundraising efforts to build a new school library totaled $11,050 funds donated; the goal is to raise $50,000. An audit report provided by Robinson, Farmer and Cox of the Student Activity Funds gave a “clean opinion” on the fund, with no comments or findings.  The timeline for installation of a new ModPod unit to replace three instruction trailers at the elementary school is on target; the ModPod is expected to be operational in January.  Colonial Beach students in third grade presented a “Timeline of History.”

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