"We continually strive to meet the academic needs of all our students," Principal Jeff Allen said.
The hard work of the North Clay staff resulted in a full five-year accreditation from North Central Association.
Not only are the academic aspects of all the students met, but Allen and the staff also encourage participation in character building programs.
Creating Positive Relationships (CPR) focuses on the emotional, social and physical development of young adults. Peers Educating Peers (PEP) gives students the opportunity to interact with students from Northview High School. The high school students provide information on future classes, personal experiences and the responsibility of decision making.
Allen said the NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) and ISTEP+ (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus) exam scores fluctuate annually.
"We saw an increase in some areas and others dropped," he said. "We are striving for the continuous improvement of student achievement as we align the instruction to academic need."
An ISTEP+ celebration took place for each grade level for all students who improved and/or passed.
"We will continue to promote a positive test environment and recognize student progress," he said.
More than 70 students were recognized each grading period as the most improved in their academic teams.
One of the successful implementations at North Clay, which parents appreciate, was a computer generated midterm grade being sent home with students. They were sent home the same day for all 900 students.
"Essentially, we communicated academic performance every three weeks," he said.
The grades were to be signed by parents and returned to school. Parents were contacted if they were not returned.
North Clay made 13 of the 17 categories, but did not make AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress).
"We are continually looking at the data to make improvements," Allen said. "We offer remediation through our Successmaker Labs and after school tutoring."
One major accomplishment for North Clay was the inaugural year for the Back to School nights, in which each grade level hosted their own evening.
"This was a great opportunity for parents to personally meet their child's teachers and receive information about specific classes and teams," he said. "The goal was to communicate early so that parents received information to better help their students."
The sixth-grade Back to School night will be Aug. 12, the day before school starts.
When classes begin again in the fall, there will be an additional Language Arts remediation class for eighth-grade students.
The staff will work with education consultant Kirk Freeman to develop Differentiated Instructional strategies and will continue throughout the school year.
The staff at North Clay is establishing data days to review and analyze student data and ongoing professional development opportunities.
"We will also be instituting Professional Learning Communities (PLC)," he said. "Departments will meet once a month for professional development opportunities."
In an effort to continually improve instructional strategies and staff collaboration, teachers will be involved in a peer observation program where they will have opportunities during the year to visit colleague's classrooms.
"It will be a great opportunity to share and grow professionally for the staff," he said.
North Clay retired only one teacher, Alice Romas, who served 20 years with the Clay Community School Corporation.
Allen is ready for classes to start back up in the fall.
"I am looking forward to an exciting year," he said. "There will be many opportunities for growth for everyone."