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RCA completes its fall formative assessments for students in grades K-8

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The Rural Community Schools Inc. board of directors met in their
regular monthly meeting last Tuesday.

Jennifer Wall, CAO, stated the corporation has completed its fall
formative assessments.  All students in grades K-8 took the NWEA
assessment.

"This assessment allows teachers and parents to look at how students
perform in reading, math and language compared to students across the
nation and it also allows us to see if students met their anticipated
growth in the winter and, then again, in the spring," she said.

Wall also reported the school has given a fall benchmark test to
students in grades K-4 called the AimswebPlus.

"This is another formative assessment that tells our title teachers
and classroom teachers how students are doing on very specific reading
and math skills," she noted. "Every evening this week, each classroom
teacher in grades K-4, along with Lynne Kennedy, Susan Harris, Kaylee
Bohnert and myself are meeting to go over all the data on each
student. From this meeting, decisions are made about classroom
instruction and small group intervention."

Wall said RCA will be starting to take advantage of a partnership with
West Central Education Service Center in Greencastle. Teachers will be
attending professional development both virtually and on site in the
areas of math and ELA.

"We had 50% of our teachers enroll in the Ball State Remote Teaching
Online Series this fall," she said. "Ball State offered six learning
modules to assist teachers with online teaching and paid each teacher
$250 upon completion."

Derek Grant, COO, reported the school is staying healthy from COVID-19.
He added that bus inspections, due to the pandemic, have been pushed
back until at least November. Also, board president Susie Pierce and
himself have just two school marketing courses remaining, which are
presented by Nick Royale.

Grant went on to say the school's annual report is almost complete and
the auditor was to be in the building last Thursday; speech and
hearing screenings have been completed; and evacuation safety training
for bus riders have been completed for the first semester.

Pierce went over the Bylaw amendments according to the updated model
from BSU and requested approval and signatures from the quorum of four
board members present which also included a reviewed copy of the
ORG001C Conflict of Interest policy. All board members agreed and
signed the document.

Also, the Ball State University Office of Charter Schools Request for
Amendment to the bylaws and the Ball State University Office of
Charter Schools Request for Approval Governance Change-Board Training
were both signed and will be submitted.

In other business:

• In extra-curricular updates, volleyball season has ended, while
basketball is hoping to start practice in November.

• Alison Lane and Mike Drake presented the school with a $500 check
from Casey’s Kicks.

• The board approved the hiring of Tiera Vaughn as the first/second
grade teacher retroactive to Sept. 21; and approved changing Lynne
Kennedy’s title to Instructional Services Specialist.

• A decision on board pictures was tabled and may have to do
individual pictures.

• Board members were given copies of Board of Directors and School
Leaders position descriptions.

• RCA received a $500 check from Southwest High School Alumni Association.

• Procedures were discussed on how to present the Veterans Day and
Christmas programs. Veterans will be invited to the program with
limited student family members. The Christmas program will also limit
student family members to attend.

• The school also announced 2019-20 yearbooks are available for sale.

• Dates to remember:

Friday — Halloween parade and Fall Festival/Soup Supper will both be
held outside.
Nov. 10 — Veterans Day program, 9 a.m.
Nov. 17 — Next board meeting at 6 p.m.


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