These Beverly-Center Elementary students were honored as students of the month for September: Kindergarten - Calvin Gonzalez and Kate Schultheis; First Grade - Emmie Duskey and Gianna Kasun; Second Grade - Graham Baker and Alaina Snodgrass; Third Grade Sydnee Duskey; Fourth Grade - Carlee Nelson and Ethan Zimmer; Fifth Grade - Colleen Campbell and Morgan Lawrence; Sixth Grade - Jimmy Smith.
Students had their picture taken for display on the school's "Student of the Month" bulletin board and received a pizza party, both sponsored by B&W Pharmacy and Domino's Pizza.
Students were chosen for this honor based on their "Cadet Pride" - character, attitude, determination, effort, team work, pride, respect, integrity, dependability, and encouraging spirit.
BEVERLY-CENTER PROGRESS RATING AN EARNS AN 'A'
Ohio's new report card to determine the effectiveness of public schools has been released. Beverly-Center has received an overall average of "A". This progress is measured as average progress for students in grades 4-8 in reading and math and, simply, looks at how much growth each student made in a year - including whether they made more or less progress as well. It examines growth overall, including students identified as gifted, those scoring in the lowest 20% overall, and those students with disabilities. With one year's growth being designated by a 'C' grade, this 'A' rating means that Beverly-Center students are gaining more than one year's growth in their math and reading progress.
The main area of concern for Beverly-Center remains in the area of educating gifted students, but an added study time in cooperation with Marietta College to provide intervention, further practice, or enrichment, called "Cadet Time", has been designed to bridge these gaps. Principal Megan Miller states in her monthly parent newsletter, "As a staff we have discussed our strengths, our areas of weakness, and a plan of action to target progress for all groups of students in our afternoon Cadet Time."
McTEACHER NIGHT IS COMING!
Mark your calendars for Nov. 5. McDonald's in Beverly is sponsoring a McTeacher Night to support Beverly-Center Elementary School. Teachers and staff members from the school will be on hand to take your orders and serve your food! A portion of the proceeds from the night's sales between 4:30 and 7:30 will be donated to the school to support various programs. Coupon books will also be available that night for special prices on McDonald's menu items, with 100% of the price of the coupons going to the school. Make plans now to stop by for dinner or a treat to help the school.
Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News & Sentinel.