Archive for Thursday, December 22, 2005

Two local schools earn high marks

Basehor-Linwood middle, high schools fare well in accreditation

December 22, 2005

Basehor-Linwood High School and Basehor-Linwood Middle School recently received word that their academic performances are on the right track. Both schools received nearly perfect scores on their first and second of five visits by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA).

Receiving NCA accreditation is a nationally recognized process, school officials said.

"Not only does the NCA process provide feedback on school goals and progress made on achieving those goals, but it provides school staff the opportunity to work as a team in both making the presentation and completing the process over five years," said Bill Hatfield, assistant school superintendent.

The NCA team looks at testing data, as well as areas such as math and reading interventions and staff development. Each school formed a team of teachers to spearhead this process. The middle school team consisted of Josh Woodward, chairman; and Tom Cooper, Marina Cooley, Cindy Hiebert, Larry Booth and Kandy Johnson.

The middle school received a perfect score in each of the areas tested.

"The staff at the middle school is doing a great job and (they) continue to amaze me each day with what they accomplish," middle school principal Mike Boyd said. "This is the first time we have received scores this high in every category."

BLHS also worked hard to prepare for the NCA visit and dedicated several in-service days to the process. BLHS teachers Kelly Neil, chair-person; Jeff Haney, Emily Snyder, Kirsten Roussel and Jessica Hermon are serving as the School Improvement Leadership Team, which guided the high school to a near-perfect score.

"We feel we have made a very good start," BLHS principal Steve Blankenship said. "Our staff is dedicated to improving instruction and learning at BLHS. Our NCA plan is a document created by dedicated educators who constantly seek ways to improve themselves. The administration is very proud of their efforts."

This spring, both schools will receive a third visit from the NCA team. During the visit, officials from both schools will make recommendations regarding strategies and interventions to improve the instruction of students. The school will then have three years to implement these strategies and show improvement.

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