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Kimble Discusses Test Results
November 8, 2017

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Director of Child Nutrition, Safety, Testing and Student Services Amanda Kimble and Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Susan Boyle attended the Tyler County Board of Education Nov. 6 meeting to report on the West Virginia Summative Assessment test results, staff development and the future testing direction from the West Virginia Department of Education.

Kimble discussed three year trends of Tyler County students test scores as well as the comparison of 2016-2017 scores along with the state average scores of the students in the same grades. Sixth, seventh and eleventh grade students scored below the state average in English and Language Arts. Third and fourth grade students scored below the state average in mathematics. Eighth grade scored below the state average in science. These scores will be used to better prepare staff for future teaching methods in the low scoring subjects.

Kimble also discussed the future testing direction from the West Virginia Department of Education. She informed the board that she would know more about plans from Superintendent Robin Daquilante as soon as she returned from meetings. The only information available now is from an article from The Charleston Gazette.

Requests approved by the board included;

* Connie Stewart will use professional leave take FCCLA State Officers Alaina Thompson and Megan Vandruff to the FCCLA Fall Leadership Conference at Cedar Lakes in her personal vehicle on Nov. 14. Other FCCLA students will use bus transportation and Haley Stewart will chaperon them on Nov. 15.

* Debbie Miller will take AIB fourth and fifth grade students to view the presentation of "The Nutcracker" in Marietta, OH on Dec.1. Bus transportation will be used.

* Robert Schupbach will take all TCHS theater students to see a production of Moliere's Tartuffe at Marietta College on Nov. 14. Bus transportation will be used.

* Pam Stollings and Terri McCoy will take any interested junior and seniors for a tour of Washington State Community College on Nov. 1. Bus transportation will be used and the college will pay for the transportation expenses.

* Tristan Willey will take the TCMS seventh and eighth grade students to Valley Cinema 3 in New Martinsville on Nov. 28 by bus to view the film version of the novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

The students will need to bring signed permission slips from parents and $10 to cover the movie and concession stand.

A $200 nonrefundable deposit is needed to make the reservation. Mrs. Summers along with four to five other chaperons will attend as well.

* TCHS Biology teacher Joe Griffith will take the advanced science classes and the Art Honor Society to Pittsburgh on Dec. 15 by bus to visit the Mattress Factory Art Museum, National Aviary and the Carnegie Science Center.

Chaperons include Mr. Griffith, Mrs. Stephens, Tracy Summers and one additional teacher.

* Valerie and Von Ash's son Colton will be released from Tyler County Schools to attend Paden City Elementary School for the 2017-2018 school year.

* Brady Anderson and Abbigail Gonzales will be released from Tyler County Schools to attend Paden City Schools for the 2017-2018 school year.

* Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Susan Bolyes' approved 2017-2018 Standing Textbook Committees will review mathematics kindergarten through grade 12 textbooks.

* The Tycon Knights will rent the TCHS auditorium and commons area for their end of the year banquet on Nov. 12. Vanessa Matthews will oversee the event and the organization will be responsible for clean-up.

* The Tyler County Community Choir will use the TCHS auditorium, back parking lot and the tower restrooms for their Christmas Cantata on Dec. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Amy Yeater will oversee the event and the organization will be responsible for clean-up.

Resignations approved by the board included;

* Jan Kirk resigns as Substitute Secretary.

* Chad Gruber resigns as TCHS Freshman Boys Basketball Coach.

Employments approved by the board included;

* Rob Jones III is employed as Freshman Boys Basketball Coach.

* Donald Shields is employed as Substitute Bus Operator.

* Tonya Stanley is employed as the countywide Substitute School Nurse.

Tyler County Policy renewals approved by the board included; JF Compulsory Student Attendance, GAA Recruitment and Hiring, GAH Resignation, GAC Seniority Rights for School Personnel and GAI Employment of Substitute Teachers. In addition the board approved the GAK Employment of Substitue Personnel Two Week Comment.

In other business;

* The board approved the minutes of the Oct. 16 meeting and paid the bills.

* The next meeting is at the Tyler County Board of Education Office on Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

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