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14 I The Lovell Chronicle I November 18, 2010 www.LovellChronicle.com BY BRAD DEVEREAUX PAWS data is finally available to school districts and the general public af- ter Wyoming Dept. of Edu- cation delays kept everyone waiting longer than usual for results of the statewide assessment. "I'm knee-deep in data right now," Curriculum Di- rector Patrice Riley told members of the Big Horn County School District No. 1 Board or Trustees at their meeting Thursday, Nov. 11, in Cowley. She said she was still working on organizing the data and would make it available to the board in the coming days. PAWS writing testing in 2011 will be done with pencil and paper instead of on computer word pro- cessors, Riley said, which should add another degree of change when looking at comparative data from year to year. Riley said students aren't used to crafting their responses with pencil and paper, and noted that some kids could be marked down for bad handwriting, even though their entries are supposed to be judged solely on content. Riley noted that Burl- ington and Rocky Mountain students were fairly con- sistent with PAWS scores, though in some cases two different populations of stu- dents were being tested, which was a factor. "We had some problems, but we didn't have as many problems as other districts," said technology director Mick Esquival. "Did it affect the scores? I don't know." Found dogs are usually lost dogs. Make someone really happy.., place a classified ad in the Lovell Chronicle to find his owner today. The Lovell Chronicle 548-2217 Local classified ads just $2/week For complete PAWS data read the online article at www. LovellChronicle.com Riley said the district performed well compared to the state, though districts across Wyoming are unsure what will come of the test- ing scores. "We're all kind of left scratching our heads about what to do with PAWS data this year, and if it is valid," Riley said. LOVELL SCHOOLS Big Horn County School District No. 2 Curiculum Director Nancy Cerroni re- ported to the school board Monday, Nov. 8, about re- sults of PAWS testing com- pleted last spring. Despite numerous bugs with elec- tronic testing on the state level, Lovell students did well on the tests and "beat the state" in nearly every testing category. "Almost every phase of PAWS was difficult," Cer- roni said, pointing to tech- nical glitches like students being booted from the test- ing server after trying to log in. Students sometimes had to return to regular class- room instruc- tion and try to take the test again later. "When I got the results I felt a huge sense of accomplish- ment for our district because our kids did really well," Cerroni said. Students from every district in Wyoming were tested in the areas of reading, writing, math and science for the annual state- assessment PAWS tests. Dillon also pointed out large growth in individu- al grade levels, as groups of students made the jump from one grade to the next. Test scores for writing this year were "phenom- enal," Cerroni said, which was not the same message the district was getting a few years ago. She point- ed out that 100 percent of eighth-graders were profi- cient or advanced in writ- ing. Cerroni said the dis- trict has implemented a lot of good changes to writing instruction, but also point- ed out that the cut-off score to determine which catego- ries students fall into was changed since last year, and also the writing grading ru- bric was changed. Fair for mana BY STEVA DOOLEY In an executive Session during its regular meeting Monday, Nov. 9, the Big Horn County Fair Board reviewed the applications received for the fairgrounds manager po- sition. They then voted to in- terview six candidates. They also voted to keep the posi- tion open at this time. "We still have some time," said Alfred Anderson, chairman of the board, dur- ing a later interview. "We are looking for a very spe- cial person. We are needing someone that is very adapt- able and has a wide range of capabilities." Extension Educator Dal- len Smith asked the board how the plans for the new pavillion were coming along. Board member Willie Bridg- es reported that the plan- ning grant was turned down. Miteh Shelhamer expressed the need to get the plan mov- ing forward and Bridges and the rest of the board agreed. "We need to have a plan of action," Bridges said, "a plan of how to get the funds started, and a plan of how we are going to proceed with construction. We can stage it to be just a covered arena first and then enclose it lat- er." They all agreed that probably the best option is to try and obtain corporate ule interviews oLpOsltlon still open es and charge more for those Vangi Hackney reported spots," said Bridges. "At any on how neighboring counties handle their livestock su- perintendents. Her findings showed that both Park and Washakie counties do not pay their superintendents. They do either give meal tickets or free gate admis- sion, but she said Fremont County does pay their super- intendents. Anderson said that by offering a stipend a higher quality of superin- tendent might be obtained. Bridges said Big Horn Coun- ty already has a very high quality group of superinten- dents. "We have high qual- ity superintendents now," Bridges said. "We do need to show them some apprecia- tion -- maybe a gift of some kind. In business I know that a jacket with their name em- broidered on it can foster as much loyalty as a cash bo- nus." Shelhamer suggested they look into some gift ideas such as jackets or chairs. SUGGESTIONS In continuing the dis- cussion of Myriah Sylves- ter's suggestions that began last month the camping area and camping fees were ad- dressed. "It would be nice to put in water, sewer and electric to at least some of the spac- rate we should be charging more for even the regular spots." Hackney reported that at the last fair there was no real way to control who had paid and who had not. Bridg- es suggested a higher camp- ing fee and that all camping money would go into an ac- count for the maintenance of the camping area. Anderson agreed, say- ing, "There is no doubt that we are going to have to raise our rates. This is something we need to revisit in a couple of months." In other business the board discussed: The sale committee report. The sale will be on Friday evening again next year. The shortage of pens for hogs and' sheep. Karen Sylvester and Matty Moody will count the pens and re- port back. The peewee sheep show. Last year it was opened to other livestock, in- cluding pigs. The board said it will be limited to sheep and goats. The posting of liability signs. Personnel, accepting the resignation of Len Sher- win as floriculture superin- tendent. TheWPH Women's Health Pavilion i