27J third-grade reading TCAP results remain above state average
BRIGHTON – The number of School District 27J third-graders reading at a proficient or advanced level remained above the state average and tops among metro-area Adams County school districts, according to unofficial data released by the Colorado Department of Education this week.
According to the results from the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program test, about 74 percent of School District 27J third-grade students scored at a proficient or advanced level on the tests administered earlier this spring. The state average for third grade reading scores is about 73 percent. The scores do show that School District 27J dropped from a record high of about 76 percent of third-grade students reading at a proficient or advanced level in 2012.
“We’re pleased that our scores remain above the state average and that we continue to be the leader among metro-area Adams County school districts,” 27J Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Fiedler said. “At the same time, our results show that about one out of every four of our third-grade students isn’t reading at a proficient or advanced level. We can’t be satisfied with that. Our goal is to have all of our third-grade students reading at a proficient or advanced level. We will keep working toward that goal.”
The highlights among the results included three district-managed schools reaching new highs on third-grade reading scores. Eighty percent of Thimmig Elementary third graders scored proficient or advanced. It marked the second consecutive year the school has shown a substantial increase. Seventy-nine percent of Turnberry Elementary third-grade students scored proficient or advanced – a five percentage point increase from a year ago and the third consecutive year of score growth. Second Creek Elementary third graders scored 84 percent proficient or advanced – a three percentage point increase that followed a 15 percentage point increase in 2012. Eighty-seven percent of third-grade students at first-year school Brantner Elementary scored proficient or advanced.
“There are celebrations to be found in this data. We realize there is also room for improvement,” 27J Chief Academic Officer Kelly Corbett said. “Our third-grade students did their work. Now it’s time for us, as administrators, to dig into this data and find out how we can help all of our students improve and succeed.”
The Colorado Department of Education plans to release official third-grade TCAP reading results along with scores for remaining TCAP and ACT tests in early August.
Parents, business community members make $5,000 contribution to Southeast
BRIGHTON – Southeast Elementary School is reaping the benefits of the generosity of a pair of local business owners with strong ties to the school.
Dr. Joseph Smith and Dr. Debra Campbell, owners of Brighton’s Premier Pediatrics, presented a $5,000 check to the school Friday. The money will go toward technology improvements in the school. Smith is the parent of a third grade Southeast student and also has a middle school student who attended Southeast. Campbell is the parent of a future Southeast student.
“I’ve been here 13 years and watched many district mill levy overrides fail at the ballot, which is frustrating when you have kids in school,” Smith said. “At Southeast, we have awesome teachers and they’re using technology that was used when I was in school.”
Southeast Elementary Principal Sarah James said Smith and Campbell’s contribution will help bring critical new technology to students.
“This donation allows us to move into the next phase of bringing technology into our building,” she said. “It will allow us to begin purchasing document cameras or iPads for teachers to use in the classrooms which opens up a whole new world.”
Smith said, while he has previously made financial contributions to the school, that he hopes the publicity of this donation will spur other parents and business members to action.
“Look at our kids. What do they need?” he asked. “If they need something in education and, if you’re able, step forward and do something. If it’s large or small, whatever, I know there are businesses out there that really can do this.”
Architect selected to design districtís third high school
Brighton, Feb. 20, 2013 – School District 27J has selected DLR Group Architects to guide the design and development of the district’s third comprehensive high school.
27J Education Foundation announces change
Brighton, Jan 30, 2013 – The School District 27J Education Foundation has announced a significant change to its organizational structure that will allow the non-profit organization to better focus on its mission to preserve and support district educational opportunities.
The Foundation board of directors has chosen not to fill its vacant executive director position following the recent retirement of former executive director Micki Gunning.
“We thank Micki for her service and commitment to supporting education in School District 27J,” said 27J Education Foundation President Charles Zachemsky.
As a 100-percent volunteer run organization, Zachemsky said the Foundation will now be able to focus all of its financial resources on scholarships and grants to support the students and staff of School District 27J.
“I believe it makes a very powerful statement when we can tell those who choose to financially support the Foundation that every dollar they contribute will have a direct impact on the students and staff of our school district. Ultimately, that is the sole reason the 27 Education Foundation exists,” Zachemsky said.
With the change, the 27J Education Foundation has a new email address, 27JFoundation@sd27j.org, and eventually plans to have an improved web presence as well.
The Foundation is currently preparing for its sixth annual Celebrate the Future Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 5, at the Brighton Armory, 300 Strong St., Brighton, CO. More information can be found here.
27J Board of Education supports 2013 as Year of the Student
Brighton, Oct. 23, 2012 - The School District 27J Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night in support of the 2013: Year of the Student Project that calls on lawmakers to use their upcoming legislative session to address state education funding.
The 2013: Year of the Student Project is a grassroots effort, led by the Great Education Colorado organization, which asks the state General Assembly tocreate and find funding for a P-20 education finance system that matches reforms, mandates and accountability measures with the resources necessary to ensure that every student is successful.” Year of the Student is not a tax initiative. It is instead a call to action for legislators to rectify the impact of crippling cuts to education funding at all levels. School District 27J saw a reduction of $14.3 million in state per-pupil funding during the 2011-2012 school year.
The School District 27J Board of Education is the latest in a growing number of school district boards of education to adopt a resolution in support of the Year of the Student project. Learn more about the project at http://2013forstudents.org/great-education-colorado.