MCISD principals present plans to board

Posted 11/12/19

The four Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) principals each presented brief campus improvement plans to the board Monday during the monthly meeting for November.

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MCISD principals present plans to board

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The four Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) principals each presented brief campus improvement plans to the board Monday during the monthly meeting for November.

Much of the presentations had to do with campus accountability. While the schools received high grades, they all acknowledged possible improvements in the English and math areas.

“Last year, our projection was a ‘C’ and we were successful in getting that bumped up to a ‘B’, or 86,” said Madisonville High School Principal Heath Brown. “We still have to continue to focus on the same thing that I talk about year after year. That goes back to our English/language arts and math. Those are the two areas that will require improvement if we want to continue to boost our overall score. Last year, we were able to do that.”

Last year, the high school saw an eight point jump in English and 10 point jump in mathematics.

The challenge will now be more than simply passing the STAR test. The high school, like most campuses, will focus on maintaining their high grade by having students reach the Meets Grade Level category.

The high school also improved immensely in the College Career Military Readiness (CCMR) category by adding a number of certificate-based courses for their students and will continue to add new speciality classes.

“We are very similar to the high school with the exception of CCMR, and that is what changes for us,” said Junior High Principal Rhonda Morgan. “We still have to focus on math and English/language arts. In that area, I feel like the changes we have made have really helped.”

One change in the next year will be reading and writing combining for one test.

“That will be critical for us and a big change,” said Morgan. “Our teachers are working harder and harder as we go, preparing for those tests to change on us.”

The Intermediate campus is focusing on making strides in any way they can by promoting forward progress for all students.

“Everyone is going to move a little bit forward,” said Intermediate Principal Tawnya Nail. “It takes some of the pressure off of the teachers and kids. It is hard to tell a kid they have to improve 50 points to pass a test, that is a lot.”

The Intermediate campus is at or above the passing level across the board but will focus on moving kids to the Meets Grade Level or Masters Grade Level categories. They are not just focusing on passing but improving, as well.

Madisonville Elementary is focusing on math and reading by giving their students the opportunity to gain confidence as they practice their management skills. This also allows their teachers to specialize.

The campus is also focusing on identifying students with dyslexia at an early age through testing.

“We test a lot on the elementary campus because we realize we need that data in order to make improvements,” said Dr. Rhodena Brooks, Elementary Principal. “We want to make sure that the children are served appropriately and that we get them ready for Dr. Nail’s campus.”

All of the district improvement plans were approved by the school board.

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