When the state assessment scores for Skyline are compared with the state percentages, the Skyline scores are better than the state averages.
The scores were announced at the regular monthly Board meeting Monday night.
Skyline met and exceeded the state standards and made the Adequate Yearly Progress requirements for math and reading, said Becca Flowers, school counselor and elementary principal.
Grades 4, 7 and 11 took science assessments, while grades 6, 8 and 11 took history and government assessments met and exceeded the state standard percentages. No AYP is required for science, history and government.
About a year and a half ago, Skyline decided to train their teachers to teach the upcoming Common Core criteria for testing as opposed to state assessment tests, said Principal Mike Sanders.
Common Core will be the new criteria in 2014 and Skyline decided to start training their students to meet the new criteria that will be the new national standard.
Even though Skyline teaches Common Core, students were still able to meet AYP standards on state assessments, Sanders said.
While some students were testing the basics, others were learning some real world facts in a special learning program.
Teachers Michael Nelson, Shari Gates, Kris McPherson and Harmony Harts presented the results of the Project Based Learning program.
Teams of students in the fifth and sixth grades had to develop a product, produce, market and sell the product using real money, $50. They also had to pay back the money they took out as a loan, Nelson said.
Students learned a great deal about developing a product, how to handle money and how it is necessary to work together to make a business successful.
Students could pick from four areas, woodcraft, candy, crafts and baking to create products. Snow globes, made with little jars, broken Christmas tree ornaments and little objects the acted as the center of the globe, proved to be very popular as were wooden reindeer that earned the biggest profit, Nelson said.
Students had to fill out loan applications, take out a loan, purchase materials, maintain a budget, develop a logo (a very popular part of the project), make product signs and other elements to make the product profitable.
Working as teams, students learned cooperation, contribution, communication and focus were necessary to get the product made and sold to the other students in the school.
Many teams were able to sell out and all but one team made a profit.
Students shared their profit with the Pratt Area Humane Society, the Pratt Christian Food Bank and some kept a little profit for themselves to spend at the school for other projects, Nelson said.
Page 2 of 2 - While the students were learning about profit, Superintendent Mike Sanders was learning that a tree spade would be available to the school and area farmers were donating cedar trees to replace the pine trees that died in the shelterbelt on the north side of the bleachers on the football field.
Sanders also revealed that a portion of the roof where new roof met old roof was leaking. The roof designer is coming to evaluate the situation and determine what can be done to fix the leaks.
In other Board action:
• The Board approved a series of two-year contracts for the district's principals.
• The Board approved early retirement for Beth Novotny, vocal music instructor.
• The Board approved in increase in Driver's Education fees. Skyline student fees increased from $70 to $75, non-enrolled student fees increased from $140 to $150.
• The Board approved the 2013-2014 school calendar. Start date is Wednesday, Aug. 28 and last day is Thursday, May 15 for a total of 162 student contact days.
• The school won the Publications Competition Award for Special Events Publication, specifically the 2A Sub-State Basketball program for competition year 2011-2012.