Assistant principal Angie Carpenter talked about results for the Response to Intervention program which gives freshmen students who entered the school with below benchmark standards in math and English a double dose of classes to get them back on track. She said this meant a student would not get a C in a math or English class.
Carpenter said that last year 43 students were in the core English program and 39 of those students are in sophomore English this year. Currently three students are receiving As, 11 students with Bs, 15 with Cs, four with Ds, and five with Fs.
In math last year, 56 students took the core class and 51 of them are in sophomore math. Eight students are currently getting As, 16 received Bs. 11 with Cs, 10 with Ds and six with Fs.
She added that three of the students are receiving Fs in both math and English. Also all students in both math and English who are currently receiving Fs this year also had Fs their freshmen year.
“I think that shows us that we caught a vast majority of them up and they are ready to be successful in high school,” Carpenter said.
She said that Hall needs to continue to test incoming students to recognize who is struggling before they begin classes at Hall in order to improve their chances of success.
Assistant principal Eric Bryant said that attendance also is a big part in making sure students are successful.
“We feel that if they are here, then we can make a better impact,” he said.
He told the board the school has been working with a stricter absence policy and has been making lots of calls to parents. These efforts have shown some success as absences went down from five per day in the first semester last year to about 4.5 this year.
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