CCHS looks to improve English, math scores
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
The South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees met for its first meeting of 2021 last Tuesday where Mary Mathes was appointed board president, Larry Hauswald as vice president and Barbara Smith as the secretary. It was also the first meeting for new board members Nick Evans and Daneen Stewart.
Keith Marshall, principal of Corydon Central High School, presented the school’s improvement plan for the coming year, along with goals he hopes to achieve with staff and students. After speaking with department heads and evaluating past test scores, Marshall said they have set goals they believe are achievable but will still push their students to be better.
The school has set an English goal of being above the state average by 5% and a goal of being 10% better than the state average in math. Marshall said they set the math goal that high with hopes to raise the school’s math scores and really focus on increasing that area this year.
“Our final goal is our attendance this year, which we hope to have at 96%,” Marshall said. “When we finished the fall semester, we were at 90.91%, and, if you would have asked me when the year started if we would have been that high, I would have said, ‘No way.’ We want to maintain attendance rate because we feel students will learn and do better if they are in the classes with our teachers.”
Jennie Capelle, director of College and Career Readiness, went over changes to the program and what to expect for the coming year. A student must have completed items in three separate areas of this program in order to graduate.
The Career Technical Education concentration area has been a moving target since its inception, Capelle said. A change being made for the upcoming year, which will affect eighth-grade students and below as they move into the program, is that students will be required to complete three courses in their chosen field of study as opposed to the two courses they were required to complete prior to the change.
This change came with the roll-out from the Indiana Dept. of Education on new pathway options for next level programs and studies. South Harrison Community School Corp. received a grant in 2020 to pilot two of the new pathway options: certified nursing assistant and certified medical assistant.
Capelle said she has been in contact with the state department to notify them on what is working and what isn’t so they are able to create samples for the rest of the state to create their programs.
Some of the pathway offerings for students will be changing as well, including the addition of a hospitality and tourism program and the removal of the advanced manufacturing program. However, the manufacturing program coursework will be found in other programs that are still being worked out between teachers.
“We are excited about these changes,” Capelle said. “I have spent time with each of the teachers to go over objectives, and I believe we are ready for any changes once any regulations regarding coursework comes through.”
In other business, the board unanimously approved the course catalog for the 2021-22 school year and approved the teaching contract cancellation of Michael Emmert to be effective immediately and to post his position to be filled.
The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at the corporation office.