7th Street Elementary Principal's Report

7th Street Elementary Principal's Report
Posted on 04/07/2022



7th Street Families:

We did it!  We made it to the end of the school year.  We have lots of things to celebrate including student achievement and the receiving of a BEST grant to build a new elementary school pending the passing of a bond for our match.  Additionally, every single staff member is coming back to 7th Street this next school year so our team that was so successful this year will be back for another year. 

First, I would like to highlight student achievement.  Our students rocked it!  In MAPS 50% is the norm for all the kids tested across the nation.  Our kids are above the norm in everything but 3rd grade -5th grade in reading; however, we are super close to the norm at 47% and the growth this group had in reading was in the 94th percentile.  This means they grew more than 94% of kids across the nation who came in at the same level at the beginning of the school year.  This in itself is amazing and our students and teachers couldn’t have done much better.  With growth like that gaps are getting filled and achievement is rising.  In all other areas, our school is performing above or even well above the norm.  For example, Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade are in the 88th percentile for reading achievement and in the 96th percentile for reading growth.  What this says is that the funds the board of education has put into curriculum and professional development for the past three years are working.  Further, this tells me our teachers are teaching extremely well, our students are learning well, and our parents are supporting students with their learning.  (See charts below for more information).

Next, in May we were awarded the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant for  $12,648,692.65 to build a new elementary school pending the passing of a bond from our community for $10,348,930.35.  This is such an exciting opportunity for our school and an excellent value as our match is just 45% of the total project.  A new building would mean that the $77,695 on average spent per year just to keep our facility functioning on top of normal operating expenses would no longer be an annual expense.  It would also mean our kids would be in a safe and secure environment up to current standards.  The only issue is that if a bond isn’t passed this next November we have to give all $12,648,692.65 back to the state as the actual receipt of the funds is dependent on the passing of a bond.  At any rate, our school has some great things to celebrate - have a wonderful summer break!

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