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Staff at NCMS prepping for new year

Monday, July 20, 2009

The faculty and staff at North Clay Middle School is busy preparing for the new school year.

"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."

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I was very sad to learn that the funding for the 6th grade step up was cut. That was agreat program that I think eased the transition to Middle School.

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Jul 21, 2009, at 8:15 AM

I think if Mr. Allen oh im sorry DR. ALLEN(wouldn't want him to put me in detention)was gone it would make a better year for all of north clays kids. When I went there He wasn't principal yet and he was already mean enough. I can't imagine him being a power hungry principal. I remember that once I got in trouble for something I didn't do and he put me in a room for 3-4 hours and told me he would deal with me later. I asked if I can get a jacket cause I was cold in the room because it was a small room with the air on, and he told me no that I would be okay. He didn't even let me get lunch he was mean!

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Tue, Jul 21, 2009, at 10:09 AM

Only one retirement? They need retainment. Last year my son had 4, possibly 5 new math teachers...in addition to new elglish teachers. We need continuity in our middle school. My other son is moving up, and I have major concerns about these same issues. I think the "data" they are so concerned with would be more across the board if they can keep teachers (hire more with long jevity) and not divid them into "teams", which is no more than a social division...that was explained to be a COMPUTER generated list...lets put a personal touch on it.

-- Posted by ADJ on Tue, Jul 21, 2009, at 10:20 AM

I will say this.. I personally no Dr. Allen and attended north clay and northview. Jeff is a fantastic guy. He probably disciplined you because you needed it.!! Now a days adults are push overs I am glad Jeff is not. He probably taught you to respect your elders because your parents weren't doing it at home. I think this school is a success because Jeff is a great principal, it never hurts to have someone in there who is not afraid to discipline kids.! Especially when they need It!

-- Posted by what1 on Tue, Jul 21, 2009, at 10:37 AM

I agree with sassypants...the loss of the 6th grade Step Up program is sad.

-- Posted by littletad on Tue, Jul 21, 2009, at 10:45 AM

ENGLISH and Lonjevity..divide....should proof-read.

-- Posted by ADJ on Tue, Jul 21, 2009, at 5:25 PM

what1- Well I know I didn't do anything wrong, and my parents raised me right. I have never been in trouble with the law or anything like that. I am an A and B student, and have never had a problem with Northview (no detentions or anything like that)you don't know me I have always been a good kid. I was probably raised better than you. Dr. Allen was just being mean. Doesn't matter if you were friends with him or not.

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Tue, Jul 21, 2009, at 5:49 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Jeff Allen fired?

-- Posted by shadowrunner940 on Wed, Jul 22, 2009, at 7:49 AM

Well, kind of. His contract was not renewed but then they did renew after a lot of slack from the community about the way this was all handled

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Jul 22, 2009, at 12:25 PM

I have met Dr. Allen a few times and he always seemed warm and gracious. He has a tough and thankless job. We as parents and grandparents need to raise our kids to respect school and the people running them. Northview Girl and her petty immature rants are not productive. She needs to look inward and realize that if Dr. Allen did make a mistake then it is because he deals with countless dam bursts per day and that he is never going to be right 100% of the time. As you mature and reflect you should understand this. My father disciplined me several times when I was innocent but as I matured and reflected I am glad he had high standards of personal conduct.

-- Posted by Mrs. Positive on Thu, Jul 23, 2009, at 12:39 PM

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