Campuses begin Report to Public
Campuses begin Report to Public
Ken McLemore, Hope Public Schools

HOPE – The five campuses of the Hope Public Schools issue a “Report to the Public” in separate meetings through the remainder of September.

Beryl Henry Elementary School conducted its annual review Tuesday night in the BHE cafeteria. Some 50 parents, students and teachers were in attendance, and learned that BHE was among a select group of campuses nationwide nominated for the U. S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School Award.

Principal Dr. Roy Turner said the nomination reflected the commitment of BHE faculty, staff and students to uphold academic gains made at the campus from the 2016-2017 school year. Turner said the changes resulted from better teacher to student and teacher to family contact and improvements to infrastructure and resources campus-wide.

“We have the best for your child to get the best,” he said.

BHE has opened some 25,000 square-feet of new academic and general purpose space this year with the addition of a new computer lab, library, band/music rooms, science lab, academic classrooms and physical education/safe space. The additions were part of a $4 million overall remodeling and expansion at BHE.

Among the changes in the new academic year has been the implementation of the Kickboard software program, a behavior monitoring system which is incentives based. Turner said the computer-based program helps teachers and students establish goals for each student based upon good choices and good citizenship.

Parents have the capability to monitor their child’s status and progress online, he said.

Turner said BHE has embraced the P.A.W.S. concept which emphasizes “Pride, Attitude, Wise Choices, and Safety,” and that with strong parental support, BHE can build a strong school.

He announced upcoming events including Literacy Night, Math Night, and Science Night programs, and said those parent/community nights will showcase new student learning and activities in robotics/coding and fine arts/band, music, among other studies.

BHE vocal music students, under the direction of Sandra Jones, performed a mini-concert during the program.

Other campus “Report to the Public” meetings include:

--Hope High School, Thursday, Sept. 14, 5 p.m., in the HHS auditorium. Principal Bill Hoglund reviews student retention data; graduation rates across classes from 2013 through 2017; Advanced Placement scores and testing; and ESEA reporting data.

--Yerger Middle School, Monday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m., YMS cafeteria. Principal Josclyn Wiley will review current successes, upcoming events, improvements in instruction; and, Stephanie Terry will review parental involvement.

--Hope Academy of Public Service, Monday, Sept. 18, 5 p.m., HAPS cafeteria. Principal Dr. Carol Ann Duke will review current successes, upcoming events, instructional progress; and, Tony Hooker will discuss parental involvement.

--Clinton Primary School, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m., CPS cafeteria. Principal Ashlea Stewart will moderate the program.

All campuses conduct concurrent federal Title I program reviews at annual Report to the Public meetings.