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School of Choice Letter- WES

  1. 1. Westfall Elementary School 9391 State Route 56 West Williamsport, Oh 43164Janice Gearhart, Principal Deborah YoungeAlissa Putnam, Asst. Principal Curriculum Director740-986-4008 Westfall Local School District Dear Parent/Guardian: Westfall Local School District is committed to providing a high-quality educational program for your child. The staff has been reviewing our Local Report Card data, making plans and reviewing our goals for the 2011-12 school year. We are pleased to share that Westfall Elementary School is rated “Effective” for the 2010-11 school year. As a building, WES met seven of the eight performance indicators on the Local Report Card and earned a Performance Index Rating of 94.5. The average Performance Index for the State of Ohio was 93.3. The performance index is calculated by assigning a weighted score to each performance level. Greater weight is assigned to scoring at the accelerated and advanced levels. The performance index reflects the achievement of every student tested. Westfall is in “School Improvement Status – Year I” according to the guidelines set forth by the federal No Child Left Behind Act because we did not meet the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets set by the state of Ohio for the 2010/11 school year. Once a school is in school improvement it takes two consecutive years of achieving AYP to be removed from this status. In order to meet the federal AYP requirements, every student subgroup must be at or above the annual goals set by the state of Ohio or make improvement over last year. Subgroups are defined as: Black non-Hispanic, American Indian or Native Alaskan, American Indian/Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, Economically Disadvantaged, Hispanic, Limited English Proficient, Multi-Racial, Students with Disabilities, and White non-Hispanic. WES has met AYP for Reading and Math in all subgroups with the exception of Students with Disabilities. We are pleased to see the effective status maintained, and we are working diligently with our staff, students, and school community to continue our focused work toward improving student achievement and providing resources to support the needs of our diverse student population. In an effort to meet the needs of all our students, several intervention programs have been put in to place during the last few years. Staff has established a school improvement plan and will work collaboratively to improve instructional methods. If you are interested in learning more about it or becoming involved in these initiatives, please contact Janice Gearhart, elementary principal.
  2. 2. Some aspects of this plan include: Title 1 reading and math reorganization to reduce class size and provide more focused intervention Year-long Title 1 reading and math intervention for intermediate grades English Language Learners support in grades K-5 Response to Intervention Teams with student progress monitoring to provide intervention by targeting the needs of struggling learners Leveled Literacy Intervention Daily teacher collaboration to improve instructional methods and increase student achievementAs a Title 1 school that receives federal dollars, and because we did not meet the AYPrequirements for the 2010/11 school year we are obligated to offer you the option ofPublic School Choice. This is not a required move and you may choose to remain atWestfall Elementary. Your child can attend a similar school that is NOT in schoolimprovement status and the district will pay for transportation. The schools of choice willbe Teays Valley, Logan Elm or a community school. This list could be limited based onavailable resources. Your student may also choose to attend a community school in thearea. The following link will provide additional information:http://ilrc.ode.state.oh.us/Schools/Comm_School_list.asp If you are interested in discussing this option, please notify Westfall Elementary Schoolin writing by October 7, 2011 or you may contact Mrs. Gearhart at 986-4008.Our local report card is posted at http:// ilrc.ode.state.oh.us.We thank you for your continued support of Westfall Elementary School. We mustall work to ensure our student achieve at the highest possible levels. We need youto be involved in your children’s education and we welcome you, at any time, tocontact your child’s teacher about his/her academic performance. Again, you arereceiving this correspondence because it is required by the Ohio Department ofEducation.Sincerely,Cara Riddel Janice GearhartSuperintendent Principal

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