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BES featured during Trimble meeting
, Courier Staff Writer
Thursday, October 03, 2013 11:00 AM
BES Robotics Team students show how their projects work during the Trimble County School board meeting Wednesday. (Staff photo by Renee Bruck)
Students and parents crowded into the Bedford Elementary School library as teachers from each grade demonstrated and shared several teaching strategies during a school board meeting Wednesday.
Elementary students greeted guests the way each school day begins with a broadcast of WBES, the school's morning announcements via television. Kindergarten students shared a song of peace, as well as an alphabet exercise.
"Much of our successes at Bedford Elementary are because of our research strategies," Principal Debbie Beeles said.
Teachers shared information on color-coded homework that allows students to have different assignments on the same content based on their class performance.
Second-grade teacher Linda Ball also presented information about "power teaching" and had a few students demonstrate the learning technique.
"It's something that's been around for a while," Ball told board members. "It's for real quick recall."
Students teamed up to learn spelling, as well as mathematics, during the exercise.
"We really like it," Ball said. "It keeps kids engaged."
Fourth-grade teacher Lynne Tereshko presented hands-on science concepts by allowing students to use flashcards to build a food chain.
"Science really lends itself to hands-on," Tereshko said.
The students also spend time in the lab exploring scientific concepts.
Tereshko and student Lauren Haney also presented the watershed grant project findings to school board members. The watershed grant project answered the question of whether the water in the Ohio River was safe to drink through scientific tests. Tereshko had students test for bacteria in the water, as well as cloudiness.
Haney said the tests showed there is bacteria in the water, and the water was cloudy. Haney said the water could have become contaminated from runoff from farmers' fields - or from animal waste.
"So the bottom line is we don't want to drink the Ohio River water," Tereshko said.
The Bedford Elementary School robotics team also presented their projects. Students showed how their robots perform tasks such as a vehicle moving across an area or hitting a ball into another area.
Also during the meeting, the district's instructional supervisor Rebecca Moore gave reports on the Unbridled Learning data released in September.
Moore said the school district saw an increase from the 19th percentile in 2012 to the 50th percentile in 2013 although the district still has the classification of "needs improvement." The district ranked 119 out of 174 districts in the state.
"It's definitely moving in the right direction," Moore said.
The high school saw the greatest increase in the district with an overall score of 61.9 points in 2013 from an overall score of 48.7 points in 2012.
Other data compiled by the district showed the high school ranked 97 out of 231 high schools in the state.
"We've made gains," Moore said. "We're going to continue to do that."
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