Leaders of two neighboring schools in Belington updated the Barbour County Board of Education last week on their achievements and improvements during the Local School Improvement Council reports.
Kate Kincaid, the LSIC chair for Belington Middle School, reported to the school board last week that WesTest writing scores have improved, and student discipline issues are down. The increased use of hands-on learning and the use of real-life scenarios in teaching are improvements she mentioned. An art show has also been introduced at Belington Middle School to help students present projects to the public and become more involved in school.
"Those are things we're quite excited to see," Kincaid said.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Melissa Toothman
The Belington Elementary School choir spells out ‘Leaders’ for the Barbour County Board of Education during a recent Local School Improvement Council meeting. The letters represent a character trait, and each letter was signed by the students.
Principal Moke Post also shared a comment about school improvements.
"We're working hard everyday, and I think everything is improving," Post said.
Belington Elementary School leaders described their student proficiency improvements with WesTest results. Students have raised proficiency in reading from 28 percent to 43 percent, in math from 33 percent to 35 percent, in science from 24 percent to 35 percent and in social studies from 21 percent to 28 percent during the past two years.
The parents of students at Belington Elementary School have shown their involvement with the school.
Quotes from 192 families decorate the Belington Elementary School foyer, Principal Kathy Chitester said during the school's LSIC report. Chitester said each family was asked to contribute a quote representing their family to create a more welcoming school entrance.
"When you come in there, you know the families are involved in the school," Chitester said.
School improvements weren't the only recognition. Kincaid said she was very happy to recognize the school's volleyball team. The Belington Middle School varsity team experienced an undefeated season this year. The junior varsity team also experienced a winning season.
"We are really excited about that because that improves our morale at our schools," Kincaid said.
Although the school has seen a number of improvements and achievements, Kincaid highlighted some areas needing improvement. Kincaid said she would like to see some facility renovations, such as wall murals that could boost student morale. She said she would also like to see more students participating in the hot breakfast program, saying it increases student alertness while decreasing sugar and carbohydrates.