The Holden R-III School District is proud to provide quality instruction to all of the students that enter our doors. We have a dedicated staff that seeks to provide a positive learning environment that utilizes instructional practices that are research-based for student success. I am proud to be the Superintendent of the Holden R-III School District and look forward to representing the dedicated faculty and staff in a positive way.
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Superintendent of Schools
2017 looks to bring several changes to the Holden R-III School District, as the school district continues to offer the students of Holden a safe and positive learning environment. The district continues to offer a front line education through continued professional growth along with the full implementation of technology into the curriculum.
The “Take Flight” 1:1 technology program has been successful and has brought about change. We are seeing technology used in classrooms like never before, opening the possibilities for students and staff alike as they reach new levels of comfort with this new tool for learning. While the district did have technology in the past, this is the first year where every student has a device on a daily basis. It is exciting to walk through the school buildings and see students, that in the past struggled to stay engaged, are now successfully staying on task simply because they have a new tool for learning.
The use of online resources such as the “Google Classroom” has changed, for the better, how classroom assignments and quick assessments are administrated and evaluated. This is providing students timely feedback, leading to dynamic classroom instruction and meeting students' needs quickly. We are excited to see what possibilities will continue to come to the forefront as classroom instructors continue to grow and evolve with these new technology tools. Technology is still just a tool and will never take the place of the work required by a dedicated instructional staff.
Want to know what you can do to help a child as we move into the spring? If you have children or grandchildren, encourage them to read. Have them read something aloud to you. Having a child read something every evening is a great way to show that you too understand the value of a good education. Please remember to stay up-to-date with all district activities by visiting the district website at www.holdenschools.org As always, “SOAR Like an Eagle!”
This time of the year, school districts receive their district Annual Progress Report (APR) from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Missouri Department of Education has a set of criteria that they use to determine the level of accreditation for each school district in Missouri. The set of criteria is termed MSIP, and we are now working to meet the standards as determined by MSIP 5. The MSIP 5 Standards have been in place for four years now. That being said, the standardized tests that have been used as one of the areas of measure is still being developed which means the standardized tests that students have been taking the past four years has not been consistent.
The Holden R-III School District has worked to continually improve to meet the district’s goal of reaching 90% on the APR. We are proud to say that over the past four years we have continued to improve as the district has worked to meet the new tougher, more rigorous standards. This year, the district earned a 90.7% which continues a four-year consecutive improvement and is up from 89.6% in 2015. This says a great deal about the students, faculty and staff in the Holden R-III School District as they work to continually improve to be the best they can be.
Please remember to stay up-to-date with all district activities by visiting the district website and as always “SOAR Like an Eagle!”
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