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September 8, 2017

 

For Immediate Release

 

Re: 2017 ISTEP+ Results for MSD of Martinsville

 

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) has released ISTEP+ score results from tests taken in Spring 2017. Students in grades 3, 5, 8, and 10 participate in testing for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. Grades 4, 6, and 10 are tested on science. Exams in grades 5 and 7 focus on social studies.

 

District highlights include:

 

1)Centerton Elementary received the highest overall scores:  

ELA 77.9% students passing / Math 79.0% students passing

(Of the students passing the math test, 53% scored a rating of Pass +)

 

2)Poston Road

ELA scores were up 2.4% from 2016 / Math scores up 7.9% from 2016.

Poston Road’s math scores were the highest percentage growth in the district.

 

3)Brooklyn STEM Academy

ELA scores were up 5.2% from 2016 / Math scores were up 3.1% from 2016.

(Of the students passing the math test, 47% scored a rating of Pass +)

 

"We are pleased with the sustained achievement shown by Centerton. We are also pleased that Poston Road's implementation of Success Groups is leading to increased student academic growth. We want to thank all of Poston teachers for working so hard to implement this new program. We are also excited to see the increases that Brooklyn Elementary netted last year with their STEM curriculum.

 

We do want to remind all parents, however, that while these gains are exciting to see, we also believe that our children are more than just a number. Our children are the sum of many parts and one test does not measure that. Our children are kind people. Our children excel in the fine arts. Our children are athletes. Our children have a compassion for their world. These attributes are just as important to us as the score on a test.”  –Dr. Michele Moore

 

Jayne Burke

Director of Community Relations

MSD of Martinsville

765-342-6641, Ext 1040

Jayne.burke@msdmartinsville.org

 


September 8, 2017

 

For Immediate Release

 

Re: Martinsville High School Guidance Counselors Receive Gold Star Status

 

We are excited to announce that our Martinsville High School guidance counselors are recipients of the 2017 Indiana Gold Star School Counseling Award sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE).

 

In order to become a Gold Star School, the counselors of MHS had to show that they have created a “comprehensive and accountable counseling and guidance program, aligned to Indiana School Counselor Standards and national American School Counselor Association (ASCA) standards.” –Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), www.doe.in.gov/student-services/student-assistance/recognition

 

MHS Guidance Counselor Lori Lund stated “The Indiana Gold Star Award is an award that came from many hours of planning meetings with a team of counselors, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members.  A great deal of data gathering occurred that led us to three primary goals for this upcoming school year:  

-Increasing the number of Core 40 diplomas earned by our special education population.

-Increasing the number of freshmen that have high school four year plans.

-Increasing the number of students who complete their Scholar Track tasks before graduation.  

 

Other positive changes that have come out of the Gold Star process is allowing more time in the school counselor's schedule to hold student small groups during the school day (Artie Hour). We can meet on a variety of topics.  To begin the process of selecting the subjects that will be addressed in the small groups, we have already begun surveying students and parents with needs assessments to find out what topics are of highest priority to them.”

 

Since our MHS guidance counselors will receive the IDOE Gold Star Award, they qualify also as recipients of the Recognized ASCA Model Program Award (RAMP) from the national, professional organization, American School Counselor Association (ASCA). 

 

The Gold Star Award Ceremony for Indiana schools will be held on November 2, 2017 in Indianapolis during the Indiana School Counseling Association Fall Conference.

 

Jayne Burke

Director of Community Relations

MSD of Martinsville

765-342-6641, Ext 1040

 

jayne.burke@msdmartinsville.org

 


 

 

September 1, 2017

 

Jayne Burke

Director of Community Relations

MSD of Martinsville

389 East Jackson St

Martinsville, IN  46151

Jayne.buke@msdmartinsville.org

765-342-6641, Ext 1040

 

For Immediate Release

Public Hearing for Superintendent’s Contract

 

The MSD of Martinsville Board of School Trustees announce a public hearing to discuss support for and objections to a proposed superintendent’s contract.

September 19, 2017

Notice of Public Hearing

6 PM

Central Education Center

389 East Jackson St.

Martinsville, IN  46151

 

The proposed contract can be found online @ msdofmartinsville.org -> About section -> School Board.

 

Interested persons can sign up to speak the evening of the hearing but need to be signed up by five minutes before the start of the meeting. Speakers will be allowed five minutes for comment. Please note that any public comment under Indiana state law is limited to speaking about the contract and its terms only.

 


 

August 28, 2017

 

For Immediate Release

 

On August 25, 2017, the administration of the MSD of Martinsville received a letter of resignation from a teacher recently placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct. Since our priority is the well-being of our students, we have accepted the resignation of the teacher and will work quickly to fill the position in order to support our students and rebuild our students' academic routine.

 

Jayne Burke

Director of Community Relations

MSD of Martinsville

 


 
August 23, 2017
 
 

Dear Community,

 

As you may know, we are currently investigating allegations of teacher misconduct. I wanted to write to say that my concern is always the safety of our students. At this time, it appears no illegal activity has taken place.  I will reach out to you with more information as it becomes available.

 

-Dr. Michele Moore

 


 

 

August 22, 2017

 

For Immediate Release

 

On August 22, 2017, a teacher at Martinsville High School was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct. The District’s first priority in responding to allegations of employee misconduct is to take all necessary steps to ensure the well-being of our students. The administration of the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville is vigorously investigating these allegations and will take appropriate action to resolve the matter. In order to protect the statutory and constitutional rights afforded to the teacher, we are unable to discuss the matter at this time but will release information to our valued community as we find out more.

 

Jayne Burke

Director of Community Relations

MSD of Martinsville

765-342-6641, Ext 1040

Jayne.burke@msdmartinsville.org