For Immediate Release
Contact: Dr. Scott Weingart,Superintendent
West Branch Ranked Excellent With Distinction/Friday 10.26.12 Warrior Pride Day
Beloit—West Branch Local Schools has been rated Excellent with Distinction by the Ohio Department of Education for the 2011-2012 School Year, according to testing results released by the State last week. West Branch is one of only five Districts in Mahoning, Columbiana, and Stark Counties to achieve the highest level awarded by the State. Superintendent Dr. Scott Weingart has declared Friday, October 26, 2012, as “Warrior Pride Day.” All Staff Members will be wearing “Warrior Pride” buttons. Students are encouraged to wear green and white, school colors, that day to highlight this special achievement.
“This is a wonderful accomplishment for our students, staff, and community,” according to Dr. Weingart. “It really validates the hard work and the exceptional learning that is taking place in our classrooms. We want to celebrate this moment and show the students, staff, and community our Warrior Pride.”
West Branch has been ranked Excellent by the State for the past four years. This is the first year that the District has passed all 26 indicators on the State Report Card. This, combined with a Performance Index of 100.7 and a Value Added rating of “Above Expectations” put West Branch in a position to achieve the Excellent with Distinction rating, the highest of all rankings from the State.
“Our testing data tells us that the longer we have our students, the higher their achievement,” observed Dr. Weingart. “Through the federal title one program we have been able to place reading tutors with each of our Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades. This has allowed us to provide extra help in the critical years where students are learning to read, and it has allowed us to identify students who are experiencing difficulty and to intervene with them in the early years of their education.”
Friday night, the Warrior Varsity Football Game is home versus Salem. It is Senior Night for senior players, cheerleaders and band members and their parents, and both Damascus and Knox Elementary School Students have a special invitation to attend the game.
“We want to have a day of celebration, and then we will get back to preparing for next year’s round of state assessments. The Public Schools, especially in our area, are doing amazing things and I think that we often do not take time to celebrate that accomplishment,” according to Dr. Weingart. “This was an exceptional year for the Warriors, but great teaching is taking place day after day in all of our area schools. This part of Ohio is a wonderful place to live and to educate our children, and we are proud to be a part of the local education community.”