AURELIA - At their regular monthly meeting on Jan. 14, Aurelia School Board members were shown the results of ITBS and ITED tests taken by 131 Aurelia students in grades 3-8 and 11 in October, The test scores showed a great majority of the students to be proficient in the three areas tested - reading, math, and science.
Students are considered to be "proficient" if they score above the 40th percentile on the tests, as measured by National Norms. In presenting the results, Elementary Administrator Ann Sandine indicated that 80% of the Aurelia students were proficient in reading, 75% in math, and 82% in science. Many of the students were in the "High" proficiency subgroup (90-99), with several being in the subgroup "Distinguished." (95-99).
In other business, the Board was presented with a draft of a proposal for a legacy Grant, requesting $7,284 in additional equipment for the very successful Fitness Center. The proposal will be sent to the Foundation for review and possible approval.
The Board also approved two requested out-of-state trips. The Thespian Club was approved to go to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre in the Twin Cities on Saturday March 1 to view a production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
Club sponsor Denise Nicodemus and two senior members were at the meeting to make their request, and all emphasized the benefit of watching an actual professional production to help students understand more and become more interested in the theater. Nicodemus said she checked into several possible play locations which were not as distant geographically, but that none of them had a production which would fit into the schedule. The Chanhassen trip will be a one-day trip, on a Saturday, and does not conflict with any other scheduled activities. Thirteen students have indicated that they would like to go on this trip, and they will be going in the school's two SUVs. Nicodemus and Principal Dave Hickman will be driving and serving as chaperones. The Jazz Band and Choir were also approved for a trip to Vermillion, South Dakota on March 11 for a competition. This has been an annual trip for many years.
In other business, Supt. Tom Vint presented several bids on the purchase of a new pickup truck to replace the 1983 truck. After discussion, the Board approved the purchase of a 2008 Chevrolet half-ton pickup with a V-6 engine from Fitzpatrick Chevrolet in Storm Lake for a price of $18,312.
Elementary Administrator Sandine reported that report cards for students in grades TK-4 were sent to the students' homes last Friday, and that results of the ITBS and DIBELS testing will be shared with parents at February conferences. Sandine also said the Third Graders will be going to Sunset Knoll on Jan. 15 to do a "snowman activity" with the residents, as part of the Grandparents Program. She also said the students will be celebrating the 100th Day of school on January 23, and that the first graders will be going to Sunset Knoll to sing for the residents on January 29.