PHS football preview to be aired

State report cards discussed at BOE meeting

By Belinda M. Paschal -

PIQUA — If you can’t wait until Friday night to get your dose of gridiron action, “Thursday Night Lights” will give you a preview of this week’s game to hold you over until the following evening. Televised football is back in the Miami Valley, with the Piqua Indians facing off against the Sidney Yellowjackets on Sept. 29.

Sinclair Media Group, which produces ABC 22 and FOX 45’s newscasts in Dayton, will broadcast the game, and subscribers to Time Warner Cable can watch at 7 p.m. on channel 995, according to Athletic Director Chip Hare.

Speaking at the Piqua City Schools Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Hare said the preview game is a great opportunity to highlight Piqua and other area schools. The broadcast also will feature a halftime interview with PHS Principal Rob Messick, Hare said.

Also during the brief meeting, Superintendent Dwayne Thompson addressed the district report cards recently released by the Ohio Department of Education.

“Our goal is to set incremental targets over the next four years,” Thompson said. “We want to eliminate F’s from the report card.”

Thompson noted that approximately 70 percent of Ohio’s school districts received more F’s than they did last year.

One of the areas in which Piqua City Schools received a letter grade of F was Gap Closing, which indicates how well the district’s schools are meeting the performance expectations for its most vulnerable populations of students in English language arts, math and graduation. It reflects the extent to which students in different ethnic, racial, income and disability groups received an equal education.

Admitting that he was “frustrated” with some of the report card results, Thompson remained optimistic and determined to celebrate the positive aspects of the results, such the B’s the district received for its five-year graduation rate and value added for gifted students.

“What that says is we’re growing our students,” Thompson said. “That’s worth celebrating.”

The district also received A’s in value added for the lowest 20 percent of students, for students with disabilities, and for Progress.

Thompson said the board examined other districts with demographics similar to those of PCS and found the school district has moved up from the bottom of the list to the middle in terms of report card results. He also said that PCS will confer with other districts to learn what works for them in improving their scores, and to offer advice regarding what works for PCS.

In a similar vein, Jeff Clark, principal of Piqua Junior High, shed some light on where the school is in terms of academic performance.

“I appreciate the effort of the students and staff and the growth we were able to make,” he said.

Clark mentioned several measures he and the staff are taking to help improve student success rates, including scheduling intervention classes for students struggling with math, holding 30-minute advisory periods each day and scheduling more students into the Read 180 program, which currently has approximately 60 students enrolled. Professional development also will be a big focus, he noted.

The next board of education meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 25, at Piqua High school.

State report cards discussed at BOE meeting

By Belinda M. Paschal

Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341.

Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341.