Southampton students score high on writing SOLs

Published 10:34 am Tuesday, May 15, 2012

COURTLAND—Scores on Standard of Learning spring writing tests in Southampton County Public Schools ranged from 96 percent to 86 percent for students in its six buildings.

“We are delighted our people are still focused as is evident with the spring writing scores,” Superintendent Charles Turner told the School Board during its Monday meeting. “Our people recognize that the reason we are in business is for our children.”

Meherrin Elementary School scored a 96 percent, Southampton High School 93 percent, Southampton Middle School 91 percent, Nottoway Elementary School 90 percent, Riverdale Elementary School 89 percent and Capron Elementary 86 percent.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Timothy Kelly noted if two more students at Capron Elementary had passed the test, the average score would’ve been 90 percent; 70 percent is passing. Riverdale was one student short of earning an overall 90 percent; that student also did not pass.

For the year, the high school has earned a preliminary combined 89 percent on the standardized tests.

“This is fresh off the tape,” Kelly said. “We’ll see where things settle.”

SOL testing continued Thursday and will run through June 8.

In other business, the board:

n Learned registration for summer school for high school students will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 19, and Tuesday, June 20. Classes will run June 21 to July 13. The cost for repeat courses is $75 and new courses $100. Non-residents would pay $180 and $240, respectively.

• Gave permission for high school baseball coach Wes Griffith to hold a baseball camp for 7- to 14-year-olds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, through Friday, June 30. The cost is $30 a day or $75 for the three days. If two siblings sign up, the cost is $125 for the three days and if three participate, $175.

• Awarded a $9,584 contract to Pet Dairy to provide ice cream products to the school district for one year.

• Learned Nottoway Elementary had the best student attendance in April at 95.68 percent; Capron Elementary had the best teacher attendance at 94.38 percent. Districtwide, student attendance for the month was 94.63 percent and teacher attendance, 93.75 percent.