Maryvale to introduce Standards-based report cards

CHEEKTOWAGA – New standards-based report cards will be coming to the primary and intermediate schools at the Maryvale School District.

The new system of grading will assess subsets of skills within subjects such as math and reading while also evaluating and measuring effort, attitude, and work habits the school board said at their meeting Monday.

Teachers, students, and parents will be able to accurately gauge aptitude, areas that need work or where further challenges for mastery can be offered.  Parents will be notified of the upcoming change prior to the first evaluation.

The school board says a School Safety and Educational Climate survey by New York State places Primary, Intermediate, Middle and High School overall scores all well within the acceptable range.  The survey asks questions regarding overall safety, includes reports of harassment – ranging from bullying and sexual harassment – physical attacks involving injury, and drug/alcohol use/possession.

Programs mentioned having a direct positive impact included PAWS (Positive Action Winning Spirit), WNY United, individual and group counseling offered by school psychologists and guidance counselors, staff training in responsive practices in classrooms, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and a CPS liaison to assist students and families with resources and services.  Additionally, the schools have several support groups including New Students, Changing Families, Friendship, Study Skills, and Anger Management.

Reviewing the success of the school’s production of “The Little Mermaid” last year, the school announced the proposed musical for this school year to be “The Sound of Music.”

A total of 95 students, grades 6-12, enrolled in Maryvale’s online summer school program.  It is one of the few districts in the county to offer summer school and it had much interest and inquiries from outside school districts. 
Also offered was an English as a Second Language program for students in grades 1-6 who speak Arabic, Vietnamese, Spanish, Mandarin, and Pashtun.  The program is geared toward English retention and utilizes reading, writing, and online research projects.  Breakfast and transportation were offered.
A planning council for the school district’s Strategic plan for 2019-2024 will include committee members, parent representatives from each school (Primary, Intermediate, Middle and High), and representation of minority and disabled communities.
Information obtained in this report was gathered at the Maryvale School Board Meeting on Monday, September 17th by Josh Kagan for use by Cheektowaga Chronicle.

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