Archive for Wednesday, January 23, 2002

New math class finds success in numbers

January 23, 2002

Once struggling math students at Basehor-Linwood High School are now finding success because of a new program.

BLHS Vice Principal Sandra Guidry said a new transitional math class being offered is experiencing an almost perfect success rate in improving student scores.

The transitional math program places students that had previously scored below 60 percent in Algebra I into a year-long preparatory class for Algebra II.

Guidry said 48 of the 49 students enrolled in the transitional math program have improved their scores above the 60 percent mark.

The transitional class is for students that have had trouble in the normal classroom setting and the success of the program lies with the class, not with lowered standards, Guidry said.

"We have had a number of kids that have not been successful for a number of reasons," Guidry said. "We found that some students learn at a different pace and a lot of (school) districts have gone to this.

"Some students we couldn't see going on. We had to do something now. It isn't that we're lowering the bar here."

Guidry gave a presentation on the program Monday, Jan. 21, at the Basehor-Linwood School Board meeting.

BLHS administrators aren't the only ones impressed with the new program.

Cal Cormack, Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent, said he also thought the new class was beneficial to students.

"I have been really encouraged by the results," Cormack said. "It is important to recognize the pace at which some students advance."

Guidry said she has also received praise from parents about their students' work in the classroom.

"I had one parent say she finally felt like there was a class fit for her child's needs at that time," she said.

The program is scheduled for only one year at BLHS, but could be brought back at the approval of the School Board.

Also receiving recognition during Monday night's board meeting was BLHS athletic director Joe Keeler for his work in hosting the recent wrestling and basketball tournaments at BLHS.

"I would like to extend my appreciation to Joe as well as the rest of the staff at the high school for their work and the success of the tournament," Cormack said.

More than 30 schools participated in the two tournaments, drawing between 10,000 to 12,000 spectators, Keeler said.

"A lot of thanks goes out to people in the community," Keeler said. "There is no way to pull something like this off without the help of a lot of people. This was something the whole community could be proud of."

In other news, the School Board:

  • approved the restructuring of the Community Education program, including revision of organizational procedures and finding a new motto as well as name.
  • approved a new classroom aide position for Linwood Elementary School.
  • approved a computer lease agreement for intended use with the Basehor-Linwood Virtual Charter School.
  • approved the contracts for two new school district employees, Kelly McCarthy, assistant BLHS softball coach, and Colin Nelson, Basehor Elementary School custodian.

The next School Board meeting is set for Feb. 18, at the Basehor-Linwood Board of Education building.

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