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Mercer island Reporter 0 Wednesday, September 16, 1998 , . More 00er Mercer island Reporter vi. The Mercer Island School Board Emu City Council joined forces when they passed measures last week forbidding “der 18. :11 0’ In conjunction with a new state law, City Council passed an ordinance 8 making illegal the possession of We products for anyone under age a. 8. On Thursday the School Board rc— fiyiscd its policy to include banning the fissession of tobacco products on property. The previous policy addressed only the use of tobacco. A plan that deals with the new pol- icy and its enforcement wasdmftcd by Mercer Island High School adminisv SCO R E S ' i , I Continued from page A1 leamings being tested every year, it’s Questionable whether the results should be compared from year to year. I ‘- “You’d get a big picture over a five- year period. which is a little difficult for as”; when they’ve built an accountabili- ty system where they ask you to im— prove your performance each year, but they measure different things each SQitman said. " ,‘ALSO AT ISSUE on tin island is the disparity of the results among the three elementaries. Lakeridge perfonned bet— or than West Mercer and Island, Park in two of the four subjects this year, and in three of four subjects last year. On another standardized test previously giv- quto students around the state, the Gemprehensive Test of Basic Skills ((23333), Lakeridge fourth-graders out— the other two eiementaries four subjects in 1996 and “97. is a panic in Soltman, although several possible sources of vari- ance, including test preparation, organi— zation and teacher strategies. -‘*IWe think we have pretty similar content in terms of what‘kids are taught, but we have to ask ourselves the question “Are all kids being taught the required curriculum?” i the possession of tobacco by those un- , Board bans possession of ~' tobacco o n school sonne . . According to the draft, students who violate the policy in the two weeks fol— lowing the Sept. 10 revision adoption date will receive verbal warnings if found with tobacco. After that, a progressive discipline process will be followed. The first time a‘student is found with tobacco, he or she will be brought to the school of- fice where an administrator will call the student’s parents. The tobacco will be confiscated and the student will be referred to Mercer Island Youth and Family Services for information on smoking cessation. Further violations will warrant ad- t u v ' ‘ ‘ ssing from J o a cessation C ns arnis sc r- ervice, loss 1 Property of free time privileges and finally sus— pension from school. Only those who possess tobacco in an ObVlQUS way will be sanctioned, ac— cording to the draft. Searches are not planned, only “reasonable vigilance.” The role of teachers and school staff in the issue is not yet clear, but it will likely be that they can confiscate to- bacco products themselves if neither administration nor Stagner is available, Jokinen said. Parents will be notified of the new law and school enforcement policy in the high school newsletter and possibly through a special mailing, said Superintendent Dick Giger. FOURTH-GRADE TEST SCORES 1997—1998 Comparisons Math. '98 State ’97 State +/— Difference. NW ‘98 Ml District ‘97 Ml District +/- Ml District U1CD ’98 West Mercer '97 West Mercer +/- Difference Lurk- ...PS” 9°.\'.°‘ 807‘.“ ‘OLULU N030 (DAN ‘98 island Park '97 island Park +/—’ Difference mu toxo six) .’98 Lakeridge ‘97 Lakeridge +/- Difference The seventh-grade results, well above the state average and those of neigh- boring districts, are about what Soltman expected to see, he said. /- The percent of those who have mas- tered the state essentiai’leamings is very close to the percent of fourth-graders who passed on their first Reading 47.9 87.1 88.1 94.3 80.8 * Writine 36.7 42.7 Listening 55.6 7.7 55.4 71.9 -16.5 75.8 11.3 ‘0000 78.4 69.5 8.9 60.8 76.2 —15.4 \lOO NEOP‘ .U'S-‘JSD 51.5 71.0 -19.5 on 77.4 10.7 54.3 66.7 13.5 -12.4 Curriculum teams will meet in September and October to analyze the data and its implications for curriculum and instruction. Despite his concerns about the year- ly comparisons of test results, Soltman thinks it is a good measure of students’ skills. -6.0 i , School enrollment on target Associate Superintendent of Business Services Mike Ziara reported that the 1998-99 district enrollment as of the fourth day of school is 4, l 52. That number is four less than the pro— jected enrollment and 129 more students than last year. When projecting enrollment last year for the ’97—’98 year, the district was off by about 60 students, Ziara said. Class size at the elementary schools, an issue the School Board has made a priority, has never been better, Giger said. , The average kindergarten class at the three eiementaries is ardund 22 students. At the first-grade level, the average class size is around 20 students. In second—grade classes, the average size in about 23 students (which includes a second-third split class at Island Park). Third-grade classes at Lakeridge and West Mercer average almost 23 students per class. Fourth-grade classrooms average 25.5 students per class (which includes a fourth-fifth split class at Island Park). Fifth-grade classes at Lakeridge and West Mercer average almost 27 students per class. , Call 453-4240 » , for circulation. h services. "rranEPORTER :5 STATE OF THE ART JV,“qu FIRE STATION: down Continued from page A1 saved over the last two years. “It sure was great to be able to make this happen without going to the citi- zens for another bond levy,” Edberg said. “We‘ll basically pay cash for it.” The new station will offer enough bay space. for all the station’s vehicles to be parked indoors, and will include a separate community aid room and classroom. Ail living quarters, includ— ing bedrooms, showers, kitchen and weight room, will be on the second floor, and all station operations will take place on the main floor. In the meantime, firefighters are set- tling into their temporary quarters, next to the Stroum Jewish Community Center at 3795 E Mercer Way. “it sounds almost disgusting to say, but the temporary quarters actually meet “1523f; REPORTER our needs better and are more comfort- able than what we h ” Firefighter Mike Peters said. “Everybody’s morale is re- ally high. I don’t like having the rigs outside, but- that’s one of the things we’ve got to do to save the taxpayers some cash.” Before the old station met the wreck- ing ball, firefighters had the chance to do some demolition of their own. They trained on how to quickly break through concrete walls and cut holes in ceilings. “It wasn’t just for fun. If a firefight- er gets trapped in a burning concrete building, we need to know the fastest way to get him out,” Peters said. When they ran their drills, it took two fire— fighters five minutes to bash their way through the old station’s concrete walls. 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