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Principal's Message

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 Bella Vista Announcements

Books and Bagles & Book Fair
This week we will be kicking off the Book Fair with a Books adn Bagles event on Tuesday Morning. That morning from 8:00 - 8:40, we will be giving out bagels and milk for parents who come read with their students.  You can also come to visit the book fair.  This is a great opportunity to suport your student's reading habits as well as the school.  The book fair will also be available all week long during students' lunchtime and conferences.

Parent Teacher Conferences
This week is also our parent-teacher conferences.  Wednesday and Thursday after school will be dedicated to these important meetings. If you are unaware of your conference time, please contact the school immediately. 

Schedule Changes For This Week
This week will have several schedule changes from normal.  This Thursday will be an early out at 1:40. Kindergarten will follow a FRIDAY early out schedule.  There will be no school on Friday.  This is a compensatory day for teachers for spending Wednesday and Thursday evening here until late.  

Bella Vista Letter

Dear Parents,

Last week scores were released from last year’s end of year SAGE assessments. Based on those results every school in the state is given a certain numerical score which is then scaled to equal a letter grade. This numerical score is generated by the percentage of students who demonstrated proficiency combined with a score related to the amount of growth students made from previous years.

During the 2016-2017 school year, Bella Vista improved their score from 323 to 384. Both scores generated a grade B, although our score of 384 would have scored an A grade the previous year. They made some shifts to the grading scale. The progress in the score is exciting and is indicative of the hard work both teachers and students are putting in each day. While the numerical and letter grade are interesting, each school and its community is so different sometimes I worry a straight up comparison is unfair. The state also provides graphics showing schools which are most similar to Bella Vista and how they compare.

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The top left graph shows Bella Vista’s science achievement score in comparison to schools which are most similar in demographics (population, low SES, minority, SPED percentage). The top right graph shows Bella Vista’s science progress score in comparison to schools which are most similar. The bottom list of schools shows schools most similar to Bella Vista from greatest to least, although all are considered very similar (above 90%).

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The top left graph shows Bella Vista’s math achievement score in comparison to schools which are most similar in demographics (population, low SES, minority, SPED percentage). The top right graph shows Bella Vista’s math progress score in comparison to schools which are most similar. The bottom list of schools shows schools most similar to Bella Vista from greatest to least, although all are considered very similar (above 90%).
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The top left graph shows Bella Vista’s language arts achievement score in comparison to schools which are most similar in demographics (population, low SES, minority, SPED percentage). The top right graph shows Bella Vista’s language arts progress score in comparison to schools which are most similar. The bottom list of schools shows schools most similar to Bella Vista from greatest to least, although all are considered very similar (above 90%).

My takeaways from this information is that Bella Vista is doing well. They are in the top third in every single graph presented in this letter. There is also room to keep improving. As a school we will continue to look at what we can do better. The School Community Council meets monthly to discuss data and school progress. Both parents and teachers sit on the council and we brainstorm and look at different ways to affect school growth.

If you have any questions or suggestions for us, I highly encourage you to talk with me this week as you come to conferences.

Thank you,

Cory Anderson