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'II6A Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000 I==00Nm Two years 'underperforming'. for Fletcher Walker GIll Itnmn Staff Writer For the past two years, Fletcher Walker Elementary School has been listed as "un- der-performing" by the state of California. According to new District Superintendent Henry Beitz, "This is going to change." All schools statewide are tested in April with what is known as the Student Achievement Testing 9 (SAT 9), and the state has a process to identify those schools that are under the 50th percentile of the Academic Performance Index (API) based on the scores of that test. Fletcher Walker has now been listed twice and this now qualifies it to apply for the Im- mediate Intervention/Under- performing Schools Program (II/USP). Beitz did this and was in- formed that Fletcher Walker won a grant that will give the school $50,000 a year for the next three years to be used to bring up the test scores. Only 430 schools were picked out of 1,000 that were eligible to participate in the program. The first year of the grant is to be spent planning and the next two years to be used to implement the plans. As part of the grant require- ments, an external evaluator has to come into the school and report by Jan. 1. He will use $40,000 of the first $50,000. By March 15, a School Ac- tion Plan has to be written and then subrniRed to the State Su- perintendent of Public Instruc- tion by April 15. By May 15, the State Board of Education should approve the plan and the funds. A total of 63 documents, con- taining all sorts of informa- tion, is required four the evalu- ator's visit. This will require many hours of work and dedi- cation from everyone connect- ed with the district. "It will be worth it. Other schools that have participated in this program have in- creased their scores signifi. cantly within a year," said Beitz. "We, as a school, are not per- forming up to state standards in two areas, math and lan- guage arts," says Beitz. "But," he claims, "this has actually motivated the staff to do bet- ter." In an effort to get on the right path, the school has adopted the K-6 Saxon Math Program, which Beitz has sup- ported for 20 years and claims will bring a continuity to the lessons. "The main groundwork is laid in the K-3 grades and grades 4-6 add to the founda- tion. It's a controversial pro- gram that I have put into three schools and all have shown progress," he said. The program was adopted at the July 19 WUSD board meet- ing and Beitz already claims that teachers are seeing an im- provement in the students. With improvement seen in this area, the teachers have al- ready approached Beitz to re- view He has around to uct for ers have been schools to they "All of corn willing to that we can quality the s ished Beitz. THEATRE IjuIC00t/00 CINEMAS 257-7469 Main St., Susanville I Now thru Thurs. 11/16 Only I Sierra Theatre: I REMEMBER THE TITANS I 7:00 & 9:10 (PG) , II ; (pleaseNwthru Tuesday 11/21subject i I note show times to change on Wed. 11/22 for those that will be held over) I Sierra Theatre: = LITTLE NICKY I Thin 11/16:6:45 & 8:30 I As of11/17: 9:00 (PG-13)| I Sat_.& Sun. disc. mat. 1:15 I I W'dl not  held over ii CHARGE S ANGLES Thru 11/16 at Uptown Cinemas: 1 7:00&9:00 1 As of 11/17 at Sierra Theatre: 7:00 (PG-13) Iii Sat. & Sun. disc. mat. 3:00 I 1 ....... ', Uptown Cinemas: MEN OF HONOR 6:45 & 9:10 (R) I Sat. & Sun. disc. mat. 1:30 | IN I Will not be held over I RED PLANET I Thru 11116:7:15 & 9:20 I As of 11/17:8:40 (PG-13) | Sat. & Sun. disc. mat. 12:45 I -I I Will not be held over MEET THE PARENTS Thru: 11/16:6:30 & 8:40 I Asof 11/17:6:30 (PG-13)l Sat. & Sun. disc. mat. 3:00 Starts Fd. 11/17- 11/23 i I s,.. Theatre: I _ 'DR. SUESS' HOW THE | GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS | 6:40 & 8:45 (PG) II I Sat. & Sun. discount i matinee 1:00 & 3:10 I Uptown Cinems ll THE SIXTH DAY 7:00 & 9:20 (PG-13) I Sat" s Sun" Disc" Mat" 1:15 ||Sorry No Passes RUGRATS IN PARIS I 7:00 & 8:50 (G) I Sat. & Sun. discount matinee 1:00 & 2:40 I Starts Weds. 112 i Daily matinees Wed. 11/22 | thru Sun. 11/26 = Sierra Theatre" I Dlsney's Live Action | _- "102 Dalrnations" (G) i | Uptown Cinemas: ! "Unbreakable" (PG-13) I I Coming Soon: ; "Legend of Begger Vance"! I Drawlng tickets now on I sale at both theaters I Only $1.00 ii WIN 1 of 2 Childrens Bikes or 1 of 10 Merchant Gift | Certificates Plus Morel i Proceeds benefit Susanville Head Start Program Preschool Playground Equipment lurid. ! OPEN MON.-SAT. IN BUSINESS 25 YEARS Furniture & Carpet One - 2830 MAIN STREET - SUSANVILLE - 257-7788 'II6A Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000 I==00Nm Two years 'underperforming'. for Fletcher Walker GIll Itnmn Staff Writer For the past two years, Fletcher Walker Elementary School has been listed as "un- der-performing" by the state of California. According to new District Superintendent Henry Beitz, "This is going to change." All schools statewide are tested in April with what is known as the Student Achievement Testing 9 (SAT 9), and the state has a process to identify those schools that are under the 50th percentile of the Academic Performance Index (API) based on the scores of that test. Fletcher Walker has now been listed twice and this now qualifies it to apply for the Im- mediate Intervention/Under- performing Schools Program (II/USP). Beitz did this and was in- formed that Fletcher Walker won a grant that will give the school $50,000 a year for the next three years to be used to bring up the test scores. Only 430 schools were picked out of 1,000 that were eligible to participate in the program. The first year of the grant is to be spent planning and the next two years to be used to implement the plans. As part of the grant require- ments, an external evaluator has to come into the school and report by Jan. 1. He will use $40,000 of the first $50,000. By March 15, a School Ac- tion Plan has to be written and then subrniRed to the State Su- perintendent of Public Instruc- tion by April 15. By May 15, the State Board of Education should approve the plan and the funds. A total of 63 documents, con- taining all sorts of informa- tion, is required four the evalu- ator's visit. This will require many hours of work and dedi- cation from everyone connect- ed with the district. "It will be worth it. Other schools that have participated in this program have in- creased their scores signifi. cantly within a year," said Beitz. "We, as a school, are not per- forming up to state standards in two areas, math and lan- guage arts," says Beitz. "But," he claims, "this has actually motivated the staff to do bet- ter." In an effort to get on the right path, the school has adopted the K-6 Saxon Math Program, which Beitz has sup- ported for 20 years and claims will bring a continuity to the lessons. "The main groundwork is laid in the K-3 grades and grades 4-6 add to the founda- tion. It's a controversial pro- gram that I have put into three schools and all have shown progress," he said. The program was adopted at the July 19 WUSD board meet- ing and Beitz already claims that teachers are seeing an im- provement in the students. With improvement seen in this area, the teachers have al- ready approached Beitz to re- view He has around to uct for ers have been schools to they "All of corn willing to that we can quality the s ished Beitz. THEATRE IjuIC00t/00 CINEMAS 257-7469 Main St., Susanville I Now thru Thurs. 11/16 Only I Sierra Theatre: I REMEMBER THE TITANS I 7:00 & 9:10 (PG) , II ; (pleaseNwthru Tuesday 11/21subject i I note show times to change on Wed. 11/22 for those that will be held over) I Sierra Theatre: = LITTLE NICKY I Thin 11/16:6:45 & 8:30 I As of11/17: 9:00 (PG-13)| I Sat_.& Sun. disc. mat. 1:15 I I W'dl not  held over ii CHARGE S ANGLES Thru 11/16 at Uptown Cinemas: 1 7:00&9:00 1 As of 11/17 at Sierra Theatre: 7:00 (PG-13) Iii Sat. & Sun. disc. mat. 3:00 I 1 ....... ', Uptown Cinemas: MEN OF HONOR 6:45 & 9:10 (R) I Sat. & Sun. disc. mat. 1:30 | IN I Will not be held over I RED PLANET I Thru 11116:7:15 & 9:20 I As of 11/17:8:40 (PG-13) | Sat. & Sun. disc. mat. 12:45 I -I I Will not be held over MEET THE PARENTS Thru: 11/16:6:30 & 8:40 I Asof 11/17:6:30 (PG-13)l Sat. & Sun. disc. mat. 3:00 Starts Fd. 11/17- 11/23 i I s,.. Theatre: I _ 'DR. SUESS' HOW THE | GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS | 6:40 & 8:45 (PG) II I Sat. & Sun. discount i matinee 1:00 & 3:10 I Uptown Cinems ll THE SIXTH DAY 7:00 & 9:20 (PG-13) I Sat" s Sun" Disc" Mat" 1:15 ||Sorry No Passes RUGRATS IN PARIS I 7:00 & 8:50 (G) I Sat. & Sun. discount matinee 1:00 & 2:40 I Starts Weds. 112 i Daily matinees Wed. 11/22 | thru Sun. 11/26 = Sierra Theatre" I Dlsney's Live Action | _- "102 Dalrnations" (G) i | Uptown Cinemas: ! "Unbreakable" (PG-13) I I Coming Soon: ; "Legend of Begger Vance"! I Drawlng tickets now on I sale at both theaters I Only $1.00 ii WIN 1 of 2 Childrens Bikes or 1 of 10 Merchant Gift | Certificates Plus Morel i Proceeds benefit Susanville Head Start Program Preschool Playground Equipment lurid. ! OPEN MON.-SAT. IN BUSINESS 25 YEARS Furniture & Carpet One - 2830 MAIN STREET - SUSANVILLE - 257-7788