MHS students shine on SOLs
by Larry S. Chowning
A high percentage of Middlesex High School students who have completed the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests have passed, reported assistant school superintendent Rashard J. Wright at a school board meeting on Feb. 9.
Middlesex High is on a block-scheduling system that allows some students to complete classes at the end of the first semester. Other students at the high school will take SOLs in the spring and the scores will be added together to determine the success of the entire group.
In reading, 81% passed the SOL tests and 19% failed.
In writing, 89% passed the writing portion of the test, and 25% passed with an advanced score. Eleven percent failed the writing test.
In mathematics, 87% passed and 13% failed.
In Algebra II, 100% passed; 98% passed Algebra I; and 80% passed Geometry I.
In social studies, 96% passed. The breakdown by subject was: 97% passed World History I; 96% passed World History II; and 94% passed Virginia and U.S. History.
In science, 81% passed. In chemistry, 100% passed. In earth science, 84% passed. In biology, 76% passed.
In other business, the school board:
- Approved a policy for identifying support staff and procedures in the event of a reduction in force. The term support personnel will refer to, but is not limited to, secretaries, clerks, teacher assistants, office assistants, library assistants, guidance assistants, nurses, maintenance or garage employees, food service employees, custodians, building and grounds employees, and transportation employees. Should the school board find it necessary to reduce support staff because of enrollment decreases, insufficient funds, abolition of particular programs or positions, or any other good and just cause, a series of procedures is established in the adopted policy. Also, a policy for reduction in force for professional and administrative personnel was approved by the school board. This policy states that seniority shall be a term of full-time service in the Middlesex County Public Schools based on dates of contracts with the county school division.
- Approved a community service project request from the Class of 2011 to “Adopt a Highway.” The class is proposing to adopt a two-mile stretch of Route 17 from the Dragon Run bridge to Food Lion.
- Learned that as of January 30, 2009 the total school enrollment was 1,258. This is up from the projection of 1,227.