Wellington School Board roundup: Weighted classes eliminated from GPA class rankings; parking lots discussed and more

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Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 373 weeks ago Is Mrs. Lawrence no longer going to be the secretary at Washington elementary? Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Ken · 373 weeks ago What the board will resurface and repair the WHS and not the WMS is wrong. That lot is so nasty the car will need repairs. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down InMyOpinion · 373 weeks ago So what is the point for a student to take “Honors” classes other than just challenging themselves? Valedictorian and Salutatorian should be the highest honor for those students going above and beyond in academics. Honors classes are suppose to be considered above and beyond since you do not have to have an Honor class to graduate. Why not just take a regular class and earn that “A”? I’m just saying out loud what students will be thinking on this subject. Report Reply 2 replies · active 373 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 373 weeks ago Most students who take honors classes want to learn. Most are not motivated by hopes of being top in their class (a lot of times it’s the parents who will complain about this). In fact, with the feel-good “participation trophy” system many schools employ, we see increasing instances where schools will have more than one valedictorian and salutatorian (my local high school had 5 valedictorians! Ridiculous). Its to the point where many colleges ignore the fact that you were one of the top few in your class. The point? Teachers need to grade harder. If there are sooo many 4.0 students, something needs to change. That, I believe, is the reason many schools are doing away with weighted grading. And good for them. Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down MJE · 373 weeks ago I took honors and AP classes because I wanted to learn, but I did resent the fact that most of the top graduates were the ones who got high grades in easy classes. It may not matter for college admissions so much, since they look at the bigger picture, but there were scholarships available to the top graduates that I missed out on. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Hmmm…. · 373 weeks ago This policy seems a bit odd and like there are other factors involved and it has nothin to do with education. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down wellingtoncitizen · 373 weeks ago Once again back to spending at the high school. Lets look into what the cost is to water the football practice field. I just dont understand why the practice field needs to be watered. What else do we waist money on Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Maggie · 373 weeks ago Does the HS parking lot really need to be resurfaced? Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Jennifer · 373 weeks ago So, gifted students are punished and not recognized for choosing harder classes. Of course – the student that makes an “A” in regular English should be just as honored as a student that makes an “A” in Honors English….right??? As MJE stated, their are scholarships and opportunities given to those who graduate with honors. Wellington is running off the families with smart kids again. What intelligent family would move to Wellington if they knew their gifted child would have zero opportunity here? If I were a gifted student, I wouldn’t risk losing scholarship opportunities or messing up my perfect 4.0 GPA just to be “challenged mentally” for a year. Report Reply 1 reply · active 373 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down InMyOpinion · 373 weeks ago That’s exactly what this school district is coming to. And to think, the new principal came in wanting WHS to offer more Honors classes for our higher achieving students. I thought maybe he would make the school better, but so far I am not impressed. They are going back to a Middle School schedule and now we need to make it “fair” for ALL students to be considered for Valedictorian and Salutatorian (which in turn can mean some scholarship money). Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Weighted courses will no longer be used when determining the valedictorian and salutatorians the Wellington School Board announced at its June meeting last week.In years past, the class rank was based on a formula in which students were rewarded for taking honors and college classes at WHS, by getting extra points placed on their GPA. Thus if a student had straight A’s and took an Honors English course then his/her GPA would be tallied higher than a 4.0.However, now that the school is switching to an eight-period schedule, the GPA will be based on the core curriculum of English, Math and Social Science to determine class rank.•••••Parking lot: The school board voted to make repairs and resurface the Wellington High School parking lot for $14,403.But as far as the middle school parking lot is concerned, the board voted to wait. It would take $145,000 to “touch up” the WMS in similar fashion. As everyone knows, the WMS parking lot is a mess.The conventional wisdom of the board was to do what can be afforded and to prevent the WHS parking lot from becoming a future WMS parking lot.“With the expenses toward technology from the Capital Outlay Budget, I don’t think we can afford to address the conditions of the middle school or what I like to call the ‘Burma trail,’” said Rick Weiss, Wellington Superintendent.•••••Employment changes: USD 353 approved the following employment changes for the 2013-14 school year:Resignations: •Kelly Nance: WHS English Teacher & WHS Assistant Girls Basketball Coach (Effective end of the 2012-13 school year);•Rachel Graybill: USD 353 School Psychologist;•Linda Knight: USD 353 Board Clerk, Effective June 30, 2013. Transfers:•Anne Biles: From Para to Washington Elementary Secretary (3/5) Title 1 Math (2/5).•Katy Renn: From fourth grade teacher to first grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary.center_img Recommendation to Hire:•Sammie Brown: WMS Academic Counselor;•Kimberly Harriger: WMS Special Education Teacher;•Timothy Green: WHS Social Science Teacher;•Charles Parks: WHS English Teacher;•Joy Tubbs: WHS English Teacher;•Candy Crawford: USD 353 School Psychologist;•Brandy Wyckoff: fourth grade teacher, Eisenhower Elementary;•Lori Stinson: Title 1 reading aid Washington Elementary.•••••In other news, the board approved:•An Internet Acceptable Use policy;•the purchase of a food service steamer;•a plan to synchronize times for the school enrollment for August 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. and on August 8 – 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.last_img

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