Information was given on the District Academic Performance Report, the Report on Violence or Criminal Incidents and 2018 Adequate Yearly Progress Report at the Poteet ISD board meeting February 17.
Student performance for the school year 2018-2019
STAAR 3rd-8th grade reading tests resulted in 84% approaching grade level and 49% meets grade level. English I had 55% approaching and English II had 63% approaching, with 43% meeting. Math in 8th grade shows 91% approaching and 5% meeting. EOC testing in Math with 73% approaching and 46% meeting. Fifth grade Science shows 75% approaching and 43% meeting. Eighth grade Science had 64% approaching and 17% meeting. Eighth grade Math scores were above State average.
Attendance was 93.5% compared to the State average of 95.4%. Graduation rate is 90%. College ready students was 44% compared to State average of 50%. Students graduating with certifications in vocations was 2.6% as compared to the State’s rate of 4.8%. SAT scores at PISD averaged 960 versus the State average of 1036. ACT scores were 18.7 versus State scores of 20.6.
The District received a B rating, with distinctions in academic achievement and reading. The full report is available online at ww1.poteetisd.org under “Departments,” then “Required Postings.”
Breakdown of teachers shows 47.9% are Hispanic, 50.4% are white. Beginning teachers make up 18.6%, while those who’ve taught over 20 years are 16.8%. There were no violent incidents during this period.
Present were President Jo Marie Cervantez, Albert Garza, Yvette Navarro, Diego Puente and Margie Martinez. Rock Wilson and Ronnie Ambriz were not present.
The Liability and Casualty insurance is up for renewal-motion was made to approve the extension of the coverage effective March 20.
The Board approved purchase of 30 new Chromebooks for the Early College Leadership at the price of $27,645. The ones they currently have do not meet the required software to connect to the Palo Alto College class website.
Several years ago, a clause in the constitution that allowed for anyone to be removed automatically for fighting or unbecoming behavior, was removed. The current sponsor wants that wording put back since the cheerleaders should be held to a higher standard as they represent the school. Both parents and students have to sign the consent form acknowledging the rules. It is a year-long contract.
Junior High Principal Julie Poth reported that the K-12 students are undergoing TELPAS (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System) training with Terrie Echigo on Tuesdays and Thursdays, concentrating on listening and speaking.
Teachers and staff took Civil Rights training. A student won the Region 20 Spanish Spelling Bee and will continue to UIL competition. NHS students volunteered at the Atascosa County Animal Control and enjoyed it so much, they want to do it again. FFA and 4-H attended local stock shows. Poth gave the teachers a treat by extend- ing their lunch hour and allowing the kids to take a longer recess.
Intermediate Principal Tina Gillespie stated that the counselors were spending lots of hours training this past month. Her staff and teachers also attended the Civil Rights training. The Texas Reads book is Lemonade Crime. Classes will read one chapter a day. Students competed in Jump Rope for Heart and the Spanish Spelling Bee.
Elementary Principal Donisha Miller said students celebrated 100 days of school with art projects. Students celebrated Kindness Week with a “Valegrams” poster. Her students are also starting with Texas Reads. Third grade math assessment shows the students are up. Miller attended the FMP Leadership conference in Dallas and came back very inspired and excited by the different way of thinking they embodied. “We can’t have new with old thoughts.” She learned to concentrate on responsibilities of performance and have collaborative conversations.
High School Principal Dominguez said the campus had a visit from former teacher Victor Morales, who also ran for United States Senate in 1996 at the urging of his students. His was an enthusiastic and entertaining speech. Mayor Willie Leal proclaimed Teen Dating Violence month at City Hall. All kids need to know how to prevent dating violence. University of Texas On Ramps is a dual credit system that requires proctors to be in the room with students when they are taking online/video classes. Proctors will attend a twoweek training in the summer. If a student passes the class, they will receive a UT transcript.
SAT testing will be on campus and administered to juniors, 15 seniors and home school students. The juniors have taken the Pre-SAT twice. Seventy students passed the TSI, which is required before entering college.