October 2016 Newsletter
Each year the Paisley School District is graded by the state on how we do on the state assessments in Math and English Language Arts. For the second straight year school districts are not being given an overall rating. This is because the new form of state testing is only in its second year and the state wants to work out the bugs before giving school districts final ratings.
I can share that Paisley School District scored very high in three out of four categories in which we do receive a score. Out of a possible Level 5 score, our district earned a Level 4 in Academic Achievement, Academic Growth, and Student Group Growth. We were rated a Level 2 in Graduation. This is certainly an area we need to improve upon. Our percentage of students who met or exceeded the standards in Math and English Language Arts is slightly lower than last year. A copy of our report card is available in our district office.
Our student enrollment is holding steady with 80 students in our brick and mortar building and 141 students in our Distance Learning Program. We have several students here in Paisley involved in our sports program, either in cross country or volleyball. Our DLP students held their annual enrollment event at the Gilbert House Children’s Museum in Salem. DLP students and staff have quite a few field trips lined up for October including visits to The Willamette Valley Pie Company and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum. They will also be volunteering for the Oregon Food Bank.
Here in Paisley we are offering a middle school drama class for the first quarter. Students and staff are excited about this opportunity and we hope to expand this class next year.
Our Fall sports program will end in late October and boys and girls basketball will start mid-November. We are looking forward to a great season. We hope to see all of you at our games.
Our Word of the Month for September was “Confidence”. We held weekly drawings and recognized many students throughout the month. At an assembly on Thursday we recognized three students who were nominated by staff members as our Students of the Month. The recipients were: Colton Robinson, Luke Colahan, and Kate Thai. The word for October is “Honesty”.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. You can reach me at the district office during the week.