While local school districts are more than a month away from starting yet another school year, school boards work year round as they use the summer days to decide on plans and policies to implement in the fall.
Monday night, the Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools Board discussed and approved a grading scale for elementary students in the district that is determined from the standard based 1-4 grade rating with 3 being determined as “proficient” meaning they are at grade level standards and 4 being “above and beyond”. The transition is occurring in the district through grade 5.
Greater Jasper Schools Superintendent, Dr. Tracey Lorey, also spoke about the addition of an Advance Placement Environment Science class for the upcoming school year.
Before the board approved for the textbooks mentioned for this new class, they questioned the way books are selected by the district and it’s administrators as in the past there use to be a committee of teachers, administrators, and parents who made those selections.
Superintendent Dr. Lorey assured the board that textbooks for AP classes must be approved by the Indiana college board as these classes are considered either transferable or as dual credit in some higher education institutions.
Superintendent Dr. Lorey also reflected on 3 groups of leadership roles that students interact with during a regular school year. She says the 3 groups she wanted to highlight were school Nurses, Social Workers, and their partnership with the Jasper Police Department, especially with the School Resources Officer Jason Knies.
The purpose for recognizing these groups was to provide the board with knowledge of the work each group accomplishes withing their capacities and daily school routines. Superintendent Dr. Lorey continues by saying that the school Nurses saw over 20,000 visits this year for various reasons. She stated that school social workers also partake in the students development as they support student’s social, emotional, and academic needs. In addition, she recognized Officer Jason Knies for demonstrating positive role model traits as he interacts with the students and administrators while simultaneously providing a presence of safety.
Superintendent Dr. Lorey, elaborates on the significance of recognizing the various groups of leaders withing a school corporation that are vital to a students daily academic experience.
Superintendent Dr. Lorey, adds that support from all groups or individuals who invest in the academic success of each student is note worthy and that it’s fundamental to work together in guiding a child to become a well-rounded student and being able to meet their specific needs.