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Welcome to Holt Crossing Intermediate
Holt Crossing
Intermediate School

Home of the Rockets!
2706 Holt Road
Grove City, Ohio
(614) 801-8700
(614) 801-8701 (fax)
Attendance Line:
(614) 801-8702
Administration
Matthew Cox, Principal
Gary Rawson, Assistant Principal


Holt Crossing Intermediate
Rated a School of Excellence
by the Ohio Department of Education
2011-2012



THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:
        A reminder that students are not permitted into the building until 8:55 am,   
        even when it is cold outside.  Students go out for recess daily unless the
        temperature is below 20 degrees.  Please dress appropriately!!

        Congratulations to Holt Crossing for earning a SOAR award.  Holt Crossing
                earned a SOAR award for High Progress during the 2012-2013
                school year.

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        Our Lost & Found is overflowing with jackets, coats, sweatshirts,
        gloves and hats.  Please encourage your child to check lost and
        found if missing one of these items.


        The following students have earned Cool Character Cards this week:
                
        THANKS FOR MAKING HOLT CROSSING A BETTER PLACE!

        

COMING SOON:                    

        May 26 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
        
        May 28, 8:15 am - Student of the Month Breakfast for March, April and May

        May 29 - 6th Grade Last Blast - STUDENTS MUST HAVE A RIDE HOME AT 6:00 pm

        May 30 - Field Day
                        5th Grade Events - 1:15 pm - 3:00 pm
                        6th Grade Events - 9:30 am - 11:15 am

        June 2 - Last Day of School

        
        The May Holt Crossing newsletter is available online.  
                If you would like a paper copy, just let us know.


        
Due to SWCS using 7 calamity days, Holt Crossing will have school on
Monday, April 21 and Monday, June 2.                    


HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK TO:
        May 26:         Destiny Colvin, Ginovonni Hampton
        May 27:         No Birthdays
        May 28:         Andrew Proper, Robert Mantle
        May 29:         Abraham Matari, Austin Collins, Mitchell Slaughter
        May 30:         No Birthdays
        May 31:         Maheen Zaman, Sanchez Seals, Robert York, Nali Phadphom, Mrs. Howard,
                                        Miss Glover
        June 1:         Funmilola Oseni, Mrs. Ottens
        June 2:         No Birthdays

                                


Holt Crossing Mission:

All will learn and achieve individual excellence now for success in the future.
"Learning for all!"



Our Vision Statement
In the year 2014, Holt Crossing Intermediate is a School of Excellence.  Holt Crossing is a safe environment, where students feel free to learn, grow, share and gain experiences to help them succeed.  Parents are welcomed into the school and share in the educational process.  They feel confident their children receive a quality education at Holt Crossing.  Every day, learners participate in student-centered experiential learning designed to help them discover and apply concepts using critical thinking skills.  Students are taught in ways that have been proven by research to be most effective.  Teachers are involved in action research to identify and develop additional effective strategies for learning.  Self-directed teachers work collaboratively on issues that directly impact student learning: determine essential understandings in content areas, create or identify assessments to use as data for determining next steps and interventions, set specific and measurable goals, read and discuss professional literature, and share student work and standardized grading practices.  Students' individual needs are addressed through systematic intervention based on measurable and observable data.


Excellent Rating . . . Three Consecutive Years!

The most recent state report card has been published for South-Western City Schools and for each individual school in our district.  The report cards show the following results:

        1.       State indicators for each of our tested subjects on the spring Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA), in fifth grade reading, math, and social studies and in sixth grade tests are taken in only reading and math.  The state standard is 75% proficient levels or higher on each o fthose tests.  This past year, we did not reach 75% for our fifth grade reading indicators, but did meet at least 75% for all other OAA tests.  The state also expects 93% or higher attendance rate, and we had 95% student attendance again last year.  So, we met a total of 4 of the 7 state indicators.

        2.      Performance Index (PI) reflects how many of our students performed at each of the five levels on the OAA:  Limited, Basic, Proficient, Accelerated, and Advanced.  Our goal is to continue to provide support to students to move them to higher levels of achievement each year.  The category scores are weighted, with higher weights earned at higher levels of achievement.  Our current PI is 95.7 points (out of 120), up from 95 points last year.

        3.      Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is the federal accountability measure.  Schools who have more than 30 students in a subgroup must report student progress in that subgroup, with all subgroups striving to reach the same targets.  We report AYP scores for the following subgroups:  All Students, White, African-American, Hispanic, Limited English Proficient (LEP), Individual Education Plans (IEP -- special needs students), and Economically Disadvantaged.  There are multiple methods to reach AYP, but every subgroup must make it for both reading and math in order for our building to make AYP.  Our students last school year were able to make AYP in each subgroup for both subjects by one of the four methods with the exception of our Reading IEP subgroup.

Together, this data gives us an initial rating of Effective on our report card.  The final piece on our report card is Value-Added.  Schools show "Above" Value Added if students are making at least one year's growth from the past school year.  As for the Value Added growth measure, we recently received notification that we arein the top 25 schools in the state for our Mean Gain Comprehensive Index!   There are over 600 school districts, with multiple schools in each district, so this is quite an accomplishment!  It basically means, regardless of the level our students have come to us, they are making excellent growth in each subject, as compared to other fifth and sixth grade students across the state!  AWESOME!

Since we made AYP and because our students have shown a year or more worth of growth each of the last three years, our final rating is elevated to EXCELLENT!  Schools that do not make AYP move into the School Improvement process.  We are in School Improvement Year 5.  We are excited with our results!  It speaks to the level of rigor of our lessons and assessments and to the hard work and accomplishments of our students, our staff, and our families.  Of course, our goal this year is to keep our Excellent rating or to improve it to Excellent with Distinction.  Should you be interested in understanding more about our building or district progress, you could access that information at www.ode.gov.  Click on State and Local Report Cards, the iLRC (Interactive Local Report Cards), type in Holt Crossing.




Title 1

Holt Crossing is a Title 1 school, with the goal to help disadvantaged children meet the challenging content and student academic performance standards.  Our designation is based on the percentage of free/reduced students we have in our school.  Since we have more than 40% of our students qualify for free/reduced lunch, we have a "school-Wide Title 1" designation.  Title 1 money is federally funded and actually began as early as 1965, with reauthorization in 1994 and again with No Child Left Behind in 2001.  The components of Title 1 are accountability for results (testing in gradces 3-8), the use of federal education funds on proven research-based teaching and learning practices, and expanded choices for parents.

Holt Crossing is already seeing the benefits of our Title 1 designation by having coaches for both literacy and math.  Both of our coaches have been trained through Ohio State and will work with our teachers on professional development for this school year.  Since we are a Title 1 school and are currently in School Improvement Year 5, we must offer School Choice and Supplemental Education Services (SES).   Parents will receive a letter mailed directly to their home from the person overseeing our district Title 1 program.  Students eligible for FREE Supplemental Services are in families with a low income (usually students who can get a no cost or reduced price lunch).  In addition, you could contact your child's teacher to see if they believe the SES tutoring program will further help your child.

Look for additional information about Title 1 at the button on the left side.  




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