Information from your Superintendent,
First quarter of school has quickly passed. I’m sure the time seems to drag on for some of the students but for many of us we can’t believe how quickly the school year is moving along. The first semester ends December 18. That marks the midway point of this school year. It was good to have a pretty fair turnout from the parents for the parent/teacher conferences held on October 27. It is a great asset to have parental support of your children's education. Please remember, we welcome all of you to the school anytime to see what is going on. Also with the end of first quarter, our volleyball and football teams have finished their regular seasons. The Bearcats volleyball team will be competing in their District tournament on October 30 - 31 in Grass Range. The Bearcats football team will host the MonDak Thunder in the first round of play-offs on October 31 in Stanford. Good luck to all of the student athletes and their coaches in postseason play.
The Board of Trustees will be discussing the renewal of both the Stanford-Geyser and the Denton-Geyser-Stanford co-op agreements at their regular board meeting November 17 in the school library. This is the last year of the current three year agreements and the renewal applications have to be submitted to the Montana High School Association in February 2016. If any of you have comments or concerns regarding either of the co-ops please come to the board meeting to voice your concerns or contact any of the trustees or myself and we will share/discuss those concerns at the November meeting. Your concerns or comments are also great information for our board representatives to take to the respective Stanford-Geyser and DGS co-op boards.
We will dismiss school at 12:05 and run the buses at that time on November 25. There is No School on the 26 and 27 as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. This should be a time for all of us to reflect on the good things we have in our lives and to give thanks for our many blessings.
As many of you may have read or heard, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released test scores October 28. These scores are from a random selection of fourth and eighth grade students across the United States in Reading and Math. The test results show a decline in student scores from the 2013 test results. Before everyone gets too alarmed and concludes that our schools are failing, we need to look at some important statistical data. Even with this year's declines eighth graders still scored 19 points higher in Math than eighth graders in 1990. That equates to almost two years of learning. Since 2000, eighth graders have improved their performance by 9 points - nearly a year's worth of learning. So while this year's test scores declined, it does not mean our schools are failing.
(Information for this news item was retrieved from the Montana School Boards Association).
Yours in Education,
Mr. Tim Dolphay