While it’s still early, this school year is already full of positive things happening at Pineville Independent School.
Discussed at the school board meeting Monday were the results from the ACT Profile Report from the 2013-2014 testing cycle. Average scores for juniors in reading, English and math improved while science scores remained constant with the prior year.
“Science is not included in accountability, but there is a huge push for that in college. We felt good about this group and we may even improve more this year,” said Paula Goodin.
The school began practicing a new arrival and dismissal procedure that matches parents to children with numbers. As parents drop off their student at school in the morning they are given a number. This number corresponds with the student’s number when they are picked up in the afternoon.
Teachers and parents believe this is a time saving measure that also provides an added safety benefit.
“This is a safer procedure for our kids and everyone’s secure and accounted for. This has been a huge success and we’ve been able to form a relationship with the community and that’s great,” said assistant principal Russell Thompson.
Students throughout the school are beginning to say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. An elementary student says the pledge over the intercom as the rest of the school follows in the classroom. The newly-added tradition was implemented with the help of the PTA, which was able to purchase an American flag for every classroom.
Pineville will also make an amendment to the graduation procedure for students that wish to graduate early. Details for this are being organized and will be available after the September board meeting.
Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.