• A Month to Remember the Innovation, Perseverance of a People

    Posted by Dr. Charles J. Pearson on 2/28/2019

    We have come to the end of our annual recognition of the contributions of African Americans/Black people to not just American culture, but the world’s culture.

    The reason for this annual commemoration is something we need to remember year-round. Black History Month is more than a celebration of a moment in time or recognizing the many innovations that the African-American/Black culture has made in the lives of others. February is a reminder of the inventiveness, the innovative spirit, the perseverance, and character of individuals who have made the quality of life better for others through the solutions they developed.

    Black History Month is also a testament to the sheer will to excel that so many have demonstrated. This celebration is a reminder that we as educators, must exemplify that will, teach and reinforce exemplary character traits and inspire the current generations to aspire to the same greatness as our ancestors.

    pearson with student in library Earlier this week, I spent time with this second grader, our future. Behind me are pictures of men and women from earlier generations. Each of these individuals left an indelible mark on the world. We must inspire this second grader and equip her to be a part of this legacy. We must help her to know that the purpose of her life is to make life better for others, and that she has the mind, strength, will, and the character to make a difference.

    We must teach her that no one is better than her; that no one has greater value than her because of the color of her skin, or her gender, or the zip code she is growing up in. Then, one day, she too will see problems that need to be solved. She will apply herself with the same confidence that she approached me to read with her, and the world will be better for her having lived.

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  • State APR Score Continues Trend for Future Growth

    Posted by Dr. Charles J. Pearson on 2/1/2019

    Normandy Families, Staff and Community –

         The Normandy Schools Collaborative scored 81 of a possible 120 points on the 2017-2018 Annual Performance Report (APR). This score equals 67.5 percent of the total points possible and places us in the range of “Provisional Accreditation.” This score keeps us on track to perform in the fully accredited range (70 percent or higher) by the 2020-2021 school year. We remain committed to achieving that target over the next two years.

         Due to changes in state legislation (which resulted in a change to the state’s learning standards), districts are not able to compare this year’s results to previous year’s results. Missouri has experienced four new tests in five years. As such, the scores from this year’s tests are to be used as a baseline for districts to use to review future APR results.

         Despite the changes, we are able to compare our scores to other districts statewide. We are also using this data as a starting point to measure future growth. You may have heard your child or his/her teacher talk about STAR testing in English Language Arts and Mathematics. STAR is one of the internal assessments we use to guide our classroom instruction, and we can also use the STAR test scores to determine student academic growth and where they need additional supports.

          Even with the unique circumstances of the recent testing, we are encouraged by the baseline scores in Academic Performance, Graduation Rate, and Subgroup Achievement. (Details of the APR score are available on the DESE website, www.dese.mo.gov.)

         Our current results provide a strong foundation for the exciting updates and additions coming next school year. Thanks to the community’s support of our 2017 bond issue, we will open our new Early Learning Center for our early childhood and kindergarten students this fall. And though we will bid farewell to the Normandy 7th-8th Grade Center, we are confident the move to our ‘EleMiddle’ configuration will help improve student academic performance, and help us better address some of the behavioral/social emotional issues that occur with this age group. We are also expanding our career and college readiness programs to provide more career opportunities to our high school students, seeking out more partnerships with local businesses and education institutions.   

          We are embracing these student-centered changes as an opportunity to do more to improve student academic achievement. Your support and cooperation are needed to continue the progress made so far. Our community and – most importantly – our children deserve the best.

         Again, I thank each of you for your support and commitment to our students. #NormandyStrong! 

     Changing Lives Today. Educating for the Future!


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