Westside schools: Jackson, Pike lead encouraging CSAP reading results

       All Westside District 11 schools showed improvement or just slight drops from the previous year in the test results for CSAP third-grade reading, which were released April 28.
       The best reading proficiency score by a Westside elementary - and second best in the entire district - was the 95 percent by Jackson. The greatest improvement on the Westside was logged by Pike, which went from a 43 percent proficiency level in the 2004 test to 76 percent this year. Other scores were: Bristol, 60 to 67 percent; Buena Vista, 77 to 81 percent; Howbert, 73 to 76 percent; Midland, 68 to 78 percent; Washington , 55 to 53 percent; and Whittier, 70 to 68 percent.
       The district showed no comparative score for Ivywild School, because its third grade had only 12 students last year (no scores are released if there are fewer than 16 students in a grade level). But the 67 percent score this year was cause for celebration at a school which serves a high number of low-income and transient students, typically scores low in CSAP testing and has been recommended for closure twice in the past two years (although no such action is currently contemplated).
       “We've really just been very focused and intent on helping every individual kid,” said first-year Principal Libby Bailey. “We do weekly assessments to see where each student is performing.”
       The testing was performed in March. Results for other grade levels in reading as well as math will be released later this year.
       The Jackson Spring Carnival is scheduled Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 4340 Edwinstowe Ave.
       Activitivies will include outdoor and indoor games, a cake walk, a jail, face painting, rock wall obstacle course, a raffle and concessions.
       The carnival is an annual fund raiser to buy supplies for art teacher Jackie Robbie, according to PTO President Mark Smith. For more information, call 328-5800.
       The District 11 Board of Education approved the $500,000 purchase of a 10,000-square-foot modular building for Midland Elementary in April. The plan is to have the building in place this fall, according to Frank Bernhard, executive director of facilities, operations and transportation for District 11.
       The building will help handle increasing enrollment at Midland - resulting mainly from the school's popular International Baccalaureate program. The district also anticipates an influx of students, starting in fall 2006, from the in-construction Gold Hill Mesa development.

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