MADISON — Scott High School had its first Local School Improvement Council meeting on Oct. 2 in the school’s media center.
Principal Jacob Messer led the meeting, which started with the nomination of teacher and coach Zach Boyd to serve as the committee chair for the 2019-2020 school year. Boyd was elected unanimously.
Messer then shared the results and contributing data related to the schools All In program.
One parent said the program had helped one of his children to change the direction he had been going with his attendance, behavior, and academics, which are the three primary statistics measured in the program.
Messer explained, “We are using ‘All In’ to develop and reward habits that will make our students successful in school, work and life. The three criteria of our All In program are achievement, attendance and behavior. If a student excels at what he or she does in the classroom, comes to school, remains there, follows the rules, and listens to his or her teachers and administrators, than he or she will have an increased chance of success at work and life. Employers need employees who can do those things.”
Messer spoke about challenging students to achieve more.
“We believe this program can help us produce higher levels of student achievement and school success as well as more productive members of society,” he said. ”All In Every Day has produced a family-like atmosphere in which our staff members, students, and their parents or guardians are all on the same team fighting for the common goal of individual and collective excellence.”
The meeting then moved to open questions, which primarily focused on past projects from the previous year. Improvement projects including a new computer lab, a mobile lab for media and a special needs mobile lab were discussed. Messer discussed the future conversion of the area once known as the senior locker area into a monitored commons area for students to use during breaks.
This area will also provide much-needed open space for classes to use on lessons that require more square footage to pull off. There was a short discussion of complaints. This mostly focused on bathrooms and items like door locks, soap access, and sinks. The possibility of a joint usage sink in the hallway was momentarily discussed.
The LSIC is set to have meetings each quarter. They welcome all community stakeholders to participate.
Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-307-2401.