PRAYERS FOR PEACE

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Susan Givler, a member of the First United Methodist Church congregation, offers prayers for peace during the church’s Martin Luther King Jr. prayer vigil on Monday. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

 

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Test-writing skills focus of teacher work day

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Indian Lake Schools teachers studied their own tests Friday during a staff in-service day with testing specialists Dr. Rachel Vannatta Reinhart and Dr. Toni Sondergeld from the Bowling Green State University College of Education and Human Development.

The presenters said tests should measure what students know in a straightforward manner using an appropriate mix of multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.

The pair helped teachers re-work actual test questions. Elementary teachers also worked with math consultant Ann Carlson to match upcoming lessons with state standards.

Many teachers expressed concerns that required standardized tests do not practice the same clear testing philosophy. The presenters advised testing students fairly in the classroom, but prepare them for the tricks that are often used on state tests.

Third-grade teacher JoAnne Brademeyer said students are asked a “Question of the Day” to demonstrate the different styles of questions they may encounter on standardized tests. (PHOTOS | I.L. SCHOOLS)

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ILMS kicks off student of the month program

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Indian Lake Middle School has kicked off a new student of the month program, which was spearheaded by Co-Principal Gene Gooding to recognize hard-working students who set a good example for others.
 
“The staff wanted a way to honor kids who stand out and go above and beyond in academics, attitude and behavior,” Mr. Gooding said. 
 
The January students of the month are fifth-grader Cheyenne Hill, sixth-grader Ashlyn Shaner, seventh-grader Ethan Fulkerson and eighth-grader Dakota McKinnon. These students receive one free homework pass, a lunch line pass to the front of the line for one month, a free pizza from Cassano’s, and an ice cream treat at an end-of-the-year gathering. 
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WL-S announces middle school students of the month

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The West Liberty-Salem Middle School students of the month for January are eighth-graders Kaylee Harrison and Kasey Kite, seventh-graders Allie Harrison and Cade Clerico, and sixth-graders Allison Kelly and Jake Wilcoxon. 

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