Middle school students and parents packed the School District 509-J board room Monday night.

SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - JCMS students who scored a 3 or 4 level on the Smarter Balanced test in both math and language arts were recognized at Monday night's board meeting. Pictured from left front are, Wesley Thomas,  Brook Delamarter,  Amanda Plant,  Karman Sangha and TJ Stout. Congratulating them at back are board members Laurie Danzuka, left, Jamie Hurd, Courtney Snead and Stan Sullivan.
Middle school students and parents packed the School District 509-J board room Monday night for the first school spotlight recognition.

Superintendent Ken Parshall noted, "Our goal is to feature the success of students in our school district. There are some great things happening."

Jefferson County Middle School Principal Simon White read names and presented certificates to students who took the Oregon Smarter Balanced assessment tests last spring as sixth- and seventh-graders, and who exceeded the state standards by scoring a 3 or 4 level. The tests were for language arts and math.

"Less than half the students in Oregon scored a 3 or 4," Parshall said, adding, each year the bar is raised and the tests get more rigorous.

During his report, Parshall said 509-J enrollment for this school year had been projected at 3,030, and currently was 3,001. "So, we're down by 29 students," he said.

A new program he launched this month is the forming of certified employee and classified employee communication groups, who will meet with Parshall and district department heads. "The teams will meet monthly for the purpose of two-way communication," he said.

Two new grants were accepted by the board. A first-year $30,000 Collaboration Grant for Design from the Oregon Department of Education is a planning grant to build positive relationships with teacher leaders. The funds will cover teacher training and the hiring of a leadership coach.

At the end of the year, the district can apply for three more years of the grant, which will review the areas of career pathways or teacher leadership, compensation models, professional development and evaluation processes.

A Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant of $22,407 from ODE, will be used to improve student academic achievement, including improving the use of technology.

Under personnel, Tessa Bailey was hired as executive secretary to the superintendent and board, replacing Cindy Stanfield, who is retiring after 26 years with the district, and serving for seven superintendents. A retirement event will be held for Stanfield from 3:30-5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Performing Arts Center.

Coaching and activities assignments included: Melinda Grote, half-time assistant cross country coach at JCMS; Deanne Petersen, activities coordinator at Madras High School; Allen Hair, National Honor Society at MHS; and Lenida Bilanovic, Science Fair coordinator at JCMS.

The board will hold a work session for data review and making an action plan for the 2017-18 school year at 5 p.m., Oct. 9, followed by the regular board meeting at 7 p.m.

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