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Superintendent’s Comments – August 25, 2014

Posted: August 26, 2014

Sixth Day Enrollment
District 7 has passed the sixth day student enrollment watch and we are pleased to announce that our 2014-2015 student enrollment including Prekindergarten and Early Childhood is 7,496.

Elementary (K-5) enrollment totals are:

Kindergarten: 496 with an avg. class size of 21
1st Grade: 499 with an avg. class size of 21
2nd Grade: 537 with an avg. class size of 22
3rd Grade: 534 with an avg. class size of 25
4th Grade: 532 with an avg. class size of 25
5th Grade: 528 with an avg. class size of 26
Total K-5 Enrollment 3,126

Middle School Enrollment

6th grade: 266, with an average class size of 28-29
7th grade: 286, with an average class size of 26
8th grade: 279, with an average class size of 30
Total = 831 students
6th grade: 339, with an average class size of 28-29
7th grade: 286, with an average class size of 28
8th grade: 316, with an average class size of 27
Total = 941 students
Total Middle School Enrollment  1,772

Middle School Staffing Impact:

The District added four additional certified teaching positions at the middle school level at a cost of $180,000.

High School Enrollment

9th grade: 598 students
10th grade:  628 students
11th grade: 620 students
12th grade: 594 students

Total High School Enrollment 2,440, including EHS South

High School Staffing Impact:

The District hired a Business Teacher and a Guidance Counselor at a cost of $90,000.

Grand Opening for the Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center
The Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center is nearing completion with the grand opening scheduled for Sunday, September 14, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Public tours of the facility will occur from 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

The celebration will also include a short swim demonstration by local swimmers and comments from special guests.

IHSA Concussion Program
All high school athletic coaches are now required to complete training regarding traumatic brain injury and concussion prevention. 

The Illinois High School Association provides the training materials for this program. Under the leadership of Athletic Director Brad Bevis, all
District 7 coaches will soon have completed this requirement.

Boundary Changes
During the past six months, the administration has worked closely with Dr. Randy Pearson, Professor of Geography at SIU Edwardsville, to review boundary changes for District 7. On September 8, 2014, the findings and recommendations will be presented to the Board.

Public meetings are scheduled for Monday, September 15, Thursday, September 18, and Monday, September 29. All meetings will start at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the cafeteria at Woodland Elementary School.

EHS Agriculture Program
Under the leadership and hard work of Jon Davin, the EHS Agriculture Program has grown from 20 students to over 100 students since he was hired in District 7 ten years ago.

During the same time, the program has expanded to eight different courses including Introduction to Agriculture, Animal Science, Plant Science, Veterinary Technology, Agri-Business Management, Horticulture Production Management, Turfgrass Management, and Agricultural Mechanics.

This year marks the first year for the agriculture science exploratory class at the middle school. Our students will be exposed to agricultural education through classroom instruction and laboratory experiments.

The seventh grade curriculum will include Plant Science, Agri-Business, Environmental Science and Food Science. The eighth grade curriculum will include Animal Science, Horticulture Science, Hydroponics and Agriculture Mechanics.

Please find attached the presentation made by Jon Davin to the Board of Education on Monday, August 25, 2014.

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New teachers set to start year

Posted: August 13, 2014 (by  Julia Biggs, The Intellligencer)

Each year, District 7 hires new teachers to fill voids left by retirement, to serve an increase in enrollment or to fill a position for a new program. The 2014-15 school year is no exception.

According to Edwardsville District 7 Superintendent Ed Hightower, 33 new certified employees will walk through the doors of District 7 schools on Thursday to begin the new school year. hard to believe that the 2014-15 school year is here. We are excited to welcome our students, parents...[More Info].

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