1. The 2008-2009 School Year is off to a good start! Special thanks go out to Chief Kyle Reogas and the Haleyville Police Department for their assistance with the traffic flow, especially the first few days. It is a major undertaking when you have nearly 2000 people coming to the end of Twentieth Street, but with everybody’s cooperation and patience, the traffic flow is moving extremely well. If there is a hiccup, it appears that more parents are trying to pick up their children at the Elementary School by standing outside of the front doors in the afternoon. Last spring, we initiated a car number pick up system for the safety of the children. We ask that ALL parents who pick up their children use this system by staying in the car line and pulling up to the front where the children are escorted out. If everyone will use the system as designed, it will be a much smoother and safer afternoon dismissal. We appreciate full cooperation.
2. The AYP Report has been released and the Haleyville City School System scored 100%! All Schools MADE AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress). This is a full accountability measurement of all students based on standardized test scores, attendance, and graduation/drop-out rate in accordance with the Federal legislation, No Child Left Behind. Both Haleyville High School and Elementary School have 17 goals that they must meet; more goals than any school in our Northwest Alabama area and to meet all of the goals is a major accomplishment. We are the only school system in our immediate area where all system schools made AYP. We are very proud of this achievement and it is a shared accolade by all: students, teachers, staff, administrators and parents. Congratulations to all and this is once again proof that it does take “a village to raise a child.”
3. This year’s Fam Jam @ Haleyville Elementary School is scheduled for September 25, 2008. This program showcases free resources available to assist our students in creating a successful year. Resources include free books for children along with tips on helping with homework, discipline, studying for test, and much more. There will be time to learn about DIBELS, the Alabama Direct Writing Assessment, the Renaissance Program, our Limited English Learners Program, and all Federal Programs. Elementary parents, mark your calendar now for September 25 beginning at 5:30 at the Elementary School.
4. With the beginning of school, it means that Fall Sports are underway at the High School. Our football, volleyball and cross-country teams as well as our band and cheerleaders have been practicing and are ready to continue our winning traditions. Volleyball has already started its regular season and they are off to a great start by winning the Lawrence County Volleyball Invitational Tournament last weekend. Football kicks off for earnest this Friday night at Central of Florence and cross-country will have its first meet this weekend with the Brooks Invitational. The band’s half-time show is “Celebrations in Red” which features several Russian folksong selections. There is no political overtone in the show, just highly acclaimed music for all to enjoy. These students, coaches and directors work hard and deserve our support. One way of doing this is to come to their events, participate with the cheerleaders as they lead the cheers and offer individual words of encouragement to the students and adults in charge.
5. This Board held a Work Session last Tuesday night at the Albright Administrative Building with all members present. We discussed the construction projects, personnel needs, and other objectives of our school system. We also had three administrators address the Board with varying issues. One item of note was the annual report of the PRIDE survey given to students in grades 6 through 12 by Mrs. Godsey. No official business was transacted.
6. The next Regular Session of the Haleyville City Board of Education is scheduled for September 23rd here in the Choral Music Room of the high school with a Work Session before.