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District 49 Superintendent’s Notes

By Michael Brink

Nashville #49 Superintendent

Everyone at Nashville #49 would like to congratulate our baseball team on their recent second place finish at the state tournament!  After winning the Aviston Regional, the Jr. Hornets beat Pinckneyville and Breese before falling to Millstadt in the state championship game.  Congratulations to Athletic Director Jason Finke, Coach Kyle Mueller, Coach Pat Heseman, and all of the players on this achievement and for representing Nashville Middle School in a positive manner throughout the season!

The State of Illinois also released the results of the 2019 Illinois Science Assessment that was administered in May of 2019.  This assessment is administered each year to all fifth and eighth grade students in Illinois.  The NMS fifth grade students scored at a 77 % proficiency level while the State of Illinois average was 54 %.  The NMS eighth grade students attained a 72 % proficiency level while the State of Illinois average was 55 %.  Congratulations to the students who worked hard to achieve these results and to all of the science department teachers here at Nashville #49!

I would also like to recognize and thank all of the retired Nashville #49 teachers who are assisting us with our “Morning Check” program that was started last year.  A different retired Nashville #49 teacher is here at school each morning at 7:30 AM waiting to help kids with homework questions, computer issues, or just to talk.  We have seen great success with this program and we are extremely appreciative of our retired staff members who are willing to give up their time to help our students!

I also wanted to inform everyone that our district has recently updated our Data Dashboard on our web site.  This dashboard contains easy-to-access information about our district, including student demographics, achievement results, financial information, school safety information, programs and extra-curricular opportunities, school environment information, state ranking information, and recognitions that the district has earned.  Additionally, we have a page on the dashboard specifically dedicated to our five long-term strategies that are a part of our Strategic Plan.  Please visit our new dashboard at www.nashville49.org and there is a “Data Dashboard” link on the main page.  I hope that you find this information helpful and informative.

Finally, I would also like to remind everyone that the 2019 Illinois School Report Cards will be released by the Illinois State Board of Education on October 31.  We will have a link to our district’s report card on our web site or you may access all report cards at www.illinoisreportcard.com.  This year’s release of the report cards marks the second year that each public school in Illinois will be placed into a designation category based on academic performance and student success indicators.  This is being done as a main requirement of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.  Based on our district’s data, Nashville Grade/Middle School has been designated as a “Commendable School.”  This designation falls within the top two tiers in the overall designation system.  We are very proud of this rating and look forward to using this data to make even more improvements in the future.

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