Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Mark Messman,
Eden Valley-Watkins Schools
The construction project continues and is progressing as expected. It's a very rewarding experience to walk through the elementary buildings to witness the various stages of craftsmanship and completion. The building in Watkins will soon have a paved parking lot, while finishing touches are completed on the bathrooms and classroom unit vents. Masonry just completed the final exterior bricks on the elementary building in Eden Valley, while the flooring and painting contractors are in full force.
We've had a lot of spectators on site watching the massive precast gymnasium walls get installed. I'm thoroughly impressed with the level of accuracy and caution implemented by the work force. Progress on the office, bathroom, and corridor walls continues to move along as expected.
Be sure to use door numbers 11 and 12 when entering the secondary site. The South and West side of the building is considered a construction zone. Please give me a call if you'd like to talk about our project or set up a tour.
State Assessment Data:
You may have recently read or heard news that there has been little change in student test scores when compared to a year ago. State results will reflect 75 percent of all Minnesota students are proficient in reading, and just over
61 percent are proficient in math. I'll be meeting with school administrators and our assessment coordinator to analyze our results and prepare a report that outlines the success of our student population.
Weekly Tip Box: A Seven-Part Plan for Improving Education
1. Develop a school culture of shared responsibility and leadership
2. Schools should recruit, train, and prepare educators from diverse backgrounds
3. Provide opportunities for continuous professional growth and development
4. Teachers and administrators should utilize evaluation tools that measure student growth and other contributions
5. Educator career paths should include opportunities for advancement
6. School leaders should create a healthy environment for teachers to succeed and engage all students
7. Communities should engage the schools and play an active role
From Electronic School News @ www.eschoolnews.com
"School is the mouse race that equips our youth for the rat race."
From Will Jones, Minneapolis Tribune.