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Mt. Markham Examines Third Quarter Results

Mount Markham Central School Board of Education took a look at where students stand in three categories at their Board meeting last week.

Superintendent Joe D’Apice gave a presentation on what he termed the Big Three after Marking Period 3: Academics, Behavior and Attendance.

Through April 18, the District has had 688 referrals for behavior. D’Apice said last year was the most done in the district, with the Middle School having the most of the three buildings.

That trend held up last month, he said.

In contrast the Elementary School has seen a signficant decrease in referrals.

At the Middle School grades 6 and 8 have the most referrals, with sixth graders getting a lot in October and eighth graders in March. At the Elementary School second grade has the most referrals.

D’Apice said the data also shows that 64 percent of Middler School students have not received a referral this year, while 10 percent have four or

more. He complimented the seventh grade, which has less than half of the number of referrals as do sixth and eighth.

Most of the referrals came from behavior in the classroom, while others were in the hallways or gym.

One student has 24 referrals, while 22 students have received five or more.

At the High School D’Apice said 73 percent of students have no referrals this year. Seven percent have four or more.

Referrals in Grade 10 were at least twice as much as other grades.

Grade 11 was the lowest, which D’Apice said reflected that class throughout time in school. Grade 9 had 23 referrals in March.

Most of the High School’s referrals were from classroom issues, with study hall, the hallway and gym following up. Sixteen students have five or more.

D’Apice said this year has been the best at the High School in four years. In the fall a Dean of Students will be added to also help with student behavior issues.

The data also allowed Board members to see, without seeing names, the number of referrals handed out by individuals in the schools.

Under Academics the data showed while 21 more course failures have happened since a year ago, 15 more students qualified for the Honor Roll.

Sixty-seven percent of students are passing all their classes.

At the High School 77 percent of students are passing all their classes with 107 fewer course failures in the past year.

Twelve more students qualified for the Honor Roll.

Still, D’Apice said, chronic absenteeism remains a problem at the High School, with 25 percent, or 80 students, missing at least 10 percent, or 16, of the school days.

At the Middle School the number of chronic absentee students is 20 percent, or 61 students, and 18 percent, or ...


The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper. 

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