SLOAN-HENDRIX SCHOOL DISTRICT

2008

ANNUAL REPORT TO THE PUBLIC

 

The Sloan-Hendrix Elementary and High Schools received accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in March, 1991.  In February, 2006, Sloan-Hendrix Schools were re-evaluated by the North Central accreditation standards and were found to be in total compliance.  The standards of educational quality established by this accrediting association signify that Sloan-Hendrix Schools has the resources, personnel, and leadership necessary for effective education.  This is the highest rating possible for a school in the state of Arkansas.

 

In accordance with the “Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools,” Sloan-Hendrix Schools are in complete compliance.  All teachers are fully certified in the subject areas they teach and the high school offers more than the 38 units required for a full curriculum under the Smart Core curriculum requirements

 

In November, 2005, Sloan-Hendrix Schools were monitored and evaluated by a committee from the Standards Assurance Office of the Arkansas Department of Education.  The On-Campus Standards Review Committee found that all programs were in compliance with state standards.  The visiting committee was complimentary of the educational programs and the quality of instruction provided to Sloan-Hendrix students.

 

SLOAN-HENDRIX HIGH SCHOOL

 

CURRICULUM

  1. Sloan-Hendrix High School presently requires 23 credits for graduation requirements.  Students will be required to follow the requirements of the Smart Core or Core Curriculum in planning for graduation.  Beginning with the 7th grade students, parents are required to choose which course of study in which they wish for their child to participate.
  2. Spanish I and Spanish II classes are being provided through the Arkansas School for Math and Science Distance Learning Program.  Compressed video technology is being used to provide these instructional services to our students.
  3. Vocational programs are provided in Agriculture, Business Education, Computer Technology, and Health Science Technology Education.
  4. Advanced Placement courses being taught during the 2008-09 school year include AP English Language/Composition, AP English Literature/Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, and AP Government.  This completely satisfies and goes beyond the Advanced Placement curricular requirements established by the Arkansas Department of Education.

 

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

  1. The Stanford-10 Achievement Test Series was the norm-reference test used for 9th grade students during the Spring, 2008.
  2. 63% of 9th grade students were average or above in stanine averages in reading.
  3. 77% of 9th grade students were average or above in stanine averages in math.
  4. 57% of 9th grade students were average or above in stanine averages in language.
  5. 7th & 8th Grade Benchmark Exams combined population results:

7th Grade Literacy                                59% proficient and advanced

7th Grade Math                         66% proficient and advanced

                        8th Grade Literacy                                59% proficient and advanced

                        8th Grade Math                         51% proficient and advanced

End of Course Exams combined population results:

Algebra                                                75% proficient and advanced

                        Geometry                                             70% proficient and advanced

                        11th Grade Literacy                              57% proficient and advanced

  1. Students planning to go to college are encouraged to take the ACT college entrance exam.  During the 2007-08 school year, seniors who took the ACT exam and had completed the core college preparatory curriculum had average composite scores of 20.4.  The Arkansas state composite average was 20.6.
  2. Students who participate in the four week summer College Preparatory Enrichment Program continue to benefit from instruction they receive.  100% of students who participated in the program increased their composite scores significantly on the ACT.
  3. Other assessments provided for students include the PSAT, ACT Explore, ACT Plan, ASVAB, and vocational assessments.

 

 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

1.        Academics is strongly emphasized at Sloan-Hendrix High School, but the development of social, athletic, and intellectually stimulating skills are also important.  A wide variety of extracurricular activities are provided and students are encouraged to participate.  Student Council, Sr. Beta Club, Art Club, Quiz Bowl, Annual Staff, Future Teachers of America, Fire Marshals, Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership Program, Greyhound Newspaper Staff, Band, Choir, Greyhounds Making A Difference (G-MAD)

2.        Vocational Clubs:  FFA, HOSA, FBLA, FFA Livestock Show Team

3.        Athletics:   Jr. High Girls and Boys Basketball and Track

                              Sr. High Girls and Boys Basketball and Track

                              Sr. Girls Fastpitch Softball

                              Sr. Boys Baseball

      4.     Cross Country has been added to the athletic offerings for boys and girls.

 

FACILITIES

           

1.      Bids have been taken on the building of a new agriculture building.  Construction will begin in the Fall, 2008.

2.      Renovation of the cafeteria has been completed.  A new roof, ceiling tile, and ceramic tile floor was installed.

3.      Additional improvements to the cafeteria include kitchen enlargement, additional storage, new restroom facilities, and new HVAC equipment installed.

4.      Technology improvements include all classrooms being fitted for Inter-write tablets and projectors.  This will allow teachers to use up-to-date instructional practices in their classes using new software and Internet presentations.

5.      CPS crickets have been added to Mr. Sloan’s room for improved assessments for immediate feedback.  This will also be used for literacy target testing for identification of student educational needs.

 

STAFF DEVELOPMENT

  1. All teachers have completed at least 60 hours of professional development and training in various subject areas. 
  2. Staff members have attended the following workshops:  Improving Grammar Skills Through Writing; Classroom Management, Effective Instruction, and Student Motivation; So Many Books, So Little Time!; G/T Secondary Content in the Classroom; Understanding, Reaching, and Teaching Today’s Youth; The Impact of Media Violence on Our Youth; Integration of Health Activities in the Classroom; Elementary P.E. Lesson Ideas; and many other workshops sponsored by the Northeast Arkansas Education Cooperative and the Arkansas Department of Education.
  3. Vocational Professional Development:  Advanced Videography & Basic Editing; Podcasting for Your PC; Story Development, Directing, and Editing; Wikis, Blogs, and Podcasts; Spreadsheets in the Classroom; CPR Instructor’s Class; Farm Pond Management; Career Orientation.
  4. Administration attended workshops on ACSIP, Annual Yearly Progress, parental involvement, anti-bullying policies, curriculum assessment, fiscal management, Arkansas educational standards, and technology.

 

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

  1. Parents are always encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s educational planning.  Parent-teacher conferences are held after the first and third quarters of the school year.  Parents are strongly advised to consult with teachers during these meetings to determine each child’s progress.
  2. 9th grade orientations are scheduled to involve parents and students in academic planning for high school.
  3. Parents and community members serve on various committees involving vocational and federal programs.
  4. The Sloan-Hendrix Parents and Teachers for Education (PTE) works cooperatively within the community and the school to get parents involved with the school and to provide informative programs of interest to all parents.

 

 

SLOAN-HENDRIX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

The Sloan-Hendrix School is accredited by the North Central Association and is in full compliance with state standards for the Arkansas Department of Education.  Sloan-Hendrix Elementary School, grades K through 4, has 197 students for the 2008-2009 school year.   

 

SLOAN-HENDRIX MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

The Sloan-Hendrix Middle School is made up of students in grades 5, 6, and 7.  It is felt that Sloan-Hendrix can best meet the needs of students at this level by offering specialized instruction in the core subject areas of Math, Language Arts, Reading, Science, and Social Studies.  Sloan-Hendrix Middle School has 114 students for the 2008-2009 school year.

 

STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Sloan-Hendrix Elementary and Middle School teachers have each completed 60 hours of inservice training, provided by the Arkansas Department of Education, NEA Cooperative and district level instruction related to staff development. The elementary faculty participated in, Math Links, Arkansas Math and Science Professional Development Institute, Instructional Alignment and Strategies, Arkansas History training, Cognitive Guided Instruction, Technology training, Elf, Ella, Literacy Now, Reading First, Parental Involvement training, and many other sessions geared to improve each teacher’s ability to meet the needs of their students. 

 

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT                

Testing:

Elementary School

Grades K, 1, and 2 were tested in April, 2008 using the SAT-10.  All third and fourth grade students were tested using Augmented Benchmark Exams.

The results of the SAT-10 test are listed below.  However, there are no results for Kindergarten.  After the test was given it was learned that the testing company had made a mistake in the testing process.  Thus, all results statewide were ruled invalid and those students will be retested in September, 2008.  This data represents the percent of students who scored at or above the 50th percentile:

 

Grade Level                                          Literacy                          Mathematics

K                                                                                                        

1                                                                79%                                  75%

2                                                                65%                                  70%

 

The Augmented Benchmark Exams are given to third and fourth grade students.  This information indicates the percentage of students who scored Proficient or Advanced in April, 2008:

 

Grade Level                                          Literacy                          Mathematics 

3                                                                 81%                                  90%

4                                                                 75%                                  74%

 

Middle School

All fifth, sixth and seventh grade students were tested using the Augmented Benchmark Exams in April, 2008.

The results of the Augmented Benchmark Exams are listed below.  This information indicates the percent of students who scored Proficient or Advanced:

 

Grade Level                                          Literacy                         Mathematics

5                                                                46%                                  46%

6                                                                58%                                  86%

7                                                                59%                                  66%              

 

PARENTAL INVOLEMENT

Two parent conferences will be scheduled each year.  Parents will be required to meet with teachers to discuss their child’s progress at the end of the first and third nine-weeks grading periods.  Continuous communications will be kept with parents through phone calls, letters, conferences, home visits and progress reports.  The elementary/middle school counselor provides constant tracking of each student and his/her progress. 

 

Elementary students will use parent communicator folders in grade kindergarten through fourth. 

 

The parent center’s services include technology and materials to supplement the parent-volunteer program.

 

The parent center is now located in the elementary building that had previously been used only as special education classrooms. 

 

Parents, grandparents, and community persons continue to provide a source of knowledge to the elementary instructional program.

 

The GUARDS, grandparents reading program is expected to continue its expansion this year.

 

Mrs. Bonnie Young is employed as the parent center coordinator, and Mrs. Rebecca Jones is the certified parent center facilitator.

 

 

IMPROVEMENTS

Sloan-Hendrix Elementary and Middle School offers 45 minutes of weekly instruction in art and music, and 60 minutes of physical education weekly to all students.  Sixth and seventh grade students are also given the opportunity to participate in instrumental music.  Improvements continue to be made in technology with the addition of computers in the classrooms and in the computer lab.  Also, Inter-write Boards have been placed in most of our middle school classrooms and plans are being made to begin placing them in elementary classes.  The Orchard software program has been implemented to help meet state requirements for the remediation of students.  This software also allows for the easy tracking of the state frameworks.  Saxon phonics is being continued in Kindergarten.  The Grandparents reading program of assisting students in K-2 in reading has continued to be a huge success.  Our new book room is being utilized to improve the literacy of all of our students.

 

To alleviate overcrowding Sloan-Hendrix is providing 3 sections in the Third Grade which gives us an average of 15 students per class.  All other sections at Sloan-Hendrix Elementary and Middle School have an average of 19 students per class.

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Realizing that the physical well-being of students should also be addressed by public schools, Sloan-Hendrix is endeavoring to make the wellness of each child a priority.  The district now employs a fulltime nurse, Susan Malone, to oversee the medical needs of our students.  Also, efforts are being made to educate all students in the benefits of good nutrition.  This year all students in grades 3-6 will be allowed to participate in an intramural basketball program, and 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students may be chosen to play on the Sloan-Hendrix basketball teams.   

 

FEDERAL PROGRAMS

Sloan-Hendrix is a school wide Title One program. Title One provides instructional assistants in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade.  Mrs. Chris Murphy is now employed as a part time reading teacher in the primary grades.  Mrs. Peggy Smith is a Title I math teacher for K-6.  Our parent center coordinator is also paid for through Title One funding.

 

Title 2A funding provides a class size reduction teacher for Third Grade.  This has allowed us to reduce classroom size in Third Grade from approximately 23 students each to an average of 15 students in each room.

 

Title V is used to purchase books and supplies in the media center.

 

NSLA funding provides monies for teacher inservice training, an instructional assistant for grades 4, 5, and 6, math supplies, and after school tutoring.  Those funds also allowed for the employment of a Math Coach and Literacy Coach for the district.

 

GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION

Mrs. Rebecca Jones directs the Gifted and Talented programs.  Programs are offered to all students in Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.  Third through sixth grade students are selected for the program based on their individual talents and their ability to manage a more advanced curriculum.  Those students are then guided through activities in art, theater, and research of core curriculum subjects.  Mrs. Kathy Parker directs the GT activities for our seventh grade students.

 

ACT 1220

The Sloan-Hendrix Schools has formed a School Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisory Committee. The committee is made up of school administrator, food service personnel, school board member, teachers, parents, student, and professional groups such as nurses and pharmacist.

 

Funding received from soda contracts are used for providing accident insurance for Sloan-Hendrix students.

 

NEW STAFF

Glenda Causbie-Middle School Literacy

Chris Murphy-Elementary and Middle School Art and Elementary remedial Reading

Andrea Roark-Third Grade Teacher

Andrea Hickman-Third Grade Teacher

Retha Taffar-Elementary Paraprofessional

Barbara Jones-Elementary and Middle School Paraprofessional

Danny Brown-Elementary Custodian and Bus Driver

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES

Becky Foreman-Literacy Coach

Jonna Kincade-Reading Interventionist

Stephanie Lewis-First Grade Teacher

 

SLOAN-HENDRIX SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

EQUITY

The Sloan-Hendrix School District equity coordinator is David Cook.  He can be reached at 869-2384.

 

FEDERAL PROGRAMS

Sloan-Hendrix Schools participate in the following federally funded programs:

Title I – Sloan-Hendrix Elementary and High Schools participate in a schoolwide Title I program.  Instructional assistants provide supplemental instruction in literacy and math in cooperation with classroom teachers.  Funding is provided for professional development activities and the purchase of instructional materials and supplies.

Title II-ASloan-Hendrix Elementary School receives funding for Class-Size Reduction.

Title V – Sloan-Hendrix Schools receives federal funds to purchase library books and instructional aids and supplies.

 

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

John Smith serves as transportation director.  Randy Gholson is the new bus driver for the Old Union route in Randolph County.  Danny Brown is the new bus driver for the Ravenden/Hwy 90 route.

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Effective January 1, 2006, school board members are required to get six hours of training every calendar year in association with the Arkansas School Boards Association.  The current hours of training for each board member is listed below, but it should be noted that school board members have until December 31, 2008, to complete this requirement.

 

STATEMENT

The Sloan-Hendrix Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School administration, faculty, and staff wish to thank parents, students, and patrons for their continued support of our school. We join with you in being proud of our school, its students, and their achievements.

 

There will be a public meeting held on Thursday, September 18th beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Sloan-Hendrix Athletic Center for the presentation of the Annual Report to the Public.  The PTE Open House/Parents Make A Difference Night will follow.