Polis speaks at Gilpin County School District convocation

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The Power of One

By David MacKenzie, Superintendent

Congressman Jared Polis spoke to all Gilpin County School District employees at Convocation on August 7, 2017 in the auditorium. Polis represents Colorado’s Second Congressional District, which includes Gilpin County.

The theme of Convocation was the Power of One. The Congressman told the staff that one never knows the influence that one school adult may have on a student during his keynote presentation. Teachers, bus drivers, food service personnel, and support staff all influence a child’s life.

Polis believes that education is the single most meaningful investment America can make in its economic future and in its people. Polis commended the staff for their work and wished them a successful 2017-2018 school year.

Board of Education President Craig Holmes brought the welcome to staff for the 2017/2018 school year from the School Board. Holmes analogized the importance of one customer in his convenience store industry to the importance of teaching students one student at a time. He also emphasized the impact that one school staff member can have on one student.

Superintendent David MacKenzie commended the staff for all their effort to improve student achievement and academic growth on the 2017 PARCC/ CMAS assessments.

For academic achievement in grades 3-9 students who met or exceeded expectations at or above the state average did so in 15 of 20 tests given (75%). Student academic growth exceeded the one year’s growth in one year’s time in 10 of 12 tests.

GCSD grade 11 SAT composite for 2017 is 1025. The Colorado average composite score was 1015.

Grade 10 students exceeded the state composite average (948) on the PSAT scoring a composite 955.

“Although we still have much to do toward continuous school improvement, I am so pleased and proud of our students, teachers, and principals for this accomplishment,” MacKenzie stated.

In 2016, grade 3-9 students who met or exceeded expectations at or above the state average did so in 11 of 18 tests (61%). In 2015, for grades 3-9, students were at or above the state average in 7 of 18 tests (39%).

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