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GHS Principal discusses multiple topics at Tuesday’s Board of Ed. meeting

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017

GRAFTON— Grafton High School Principal Dr. Joseph Findley unveiled his plan to raise the C grade to a B grade, at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

Board member, Doug Flohr, was unable to attend the meeting, but was on speaker phone, to hear Findley present his plan.

Findley presented the board with a PowerPoint presentation, that outlined four goals that the school has made, to raise the C grade received from the West Virginia A-F accountability system, last year.

The PowerPoint presentation showed timelines, goals, objectives and action plans to help the students at Grafton High School, achieve their ultimate goal of graduating.

The first goal that was presented to the board, was to identify and address at-risk students, as well as, to raise the graduation rate at the school.

According to Findley, one of the action steps to achieve this goal, is to utilize ZoomWV, Bright Bytes, and teacher identification, to maintain or adjust an at-risk list.

“With a list of at-risk students, we can provide those students different services to help them,” Findley added.

Principal Findley explained to the board, there are programs available at the school to help at-risk students. The programs are the Freshman Academy, Credit Recovery, Option Pathway and SAT.

Freshman Academy is a program that identifies at-risk students in the eighth grade. Those students will be placed in the academy to receive additional academic support, and have an extra class that is designed to help with the transition to high school.

Findley shared, the SOS Program is another program to help students. The program is geared toward juniors and seniors that need extra help. An individual support plan is made for the student, which will help them graduate.

The second goal presented to the board was the school’s plan to increase English scores.

One of the steps Findley said the school would take to achieve this goal, is to hold monthly department meetings to discuss areas of weakness from the 2016 GSA test.

According to Findley, with the information from the meetings, the teachers can focus on areas of writing, composition, reading comprehension and test-taking strategies to use in the classroom.

For the complete article see the 02-17-2017 issue.

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