Educational indicators pointing up

by Jim Boyle

Rising test scores ushered in an excited staff at Zimmerman High School.

“We have been very pleased with the year-to-year improvement that we have experienced the past five years,” said ZHS Principal Marco Voce.

According to Voce, at the high school the Thunder have just experienced the highest test scores in their MCA writing and MCA reading in the history of the building. The staff has come in very positive about the direction of the test scores and the desire to keep improving, he said.

“The energy from the first teacher workshop days (was) extremely positive and encouraging,” Voce said. “We have been able to maintain our ACT and AP scores, while continuously increasing the number of students taking the test.”

Voce reported that the building climate survey has increased five consecutive years.

“Every educational indicator points to good results and an even better future,” Voce said. “The students are in for another great school year.”

Voce said he will be working with staff and the site-based team to align the building goals with the district goals and will align those goals with the overall strategic plan that has been approved by the School Board.

Zimmerman High School will also be expanding AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) in the high school, adding AP statistics and adding READ 180 at both the high school and the middle school. It’s also year 2 of implementing iPads for the sixth grade and health classes.

College in the Schools (CIS) psychology, year 2 of CIS German and Spanish, and expanding AP U.S. history have also been added.

Voce said his team will again be focused on how they can use the 7 Correlates of Effective Schools to make continuous improvement.

On the athletic front, the Zimmerman community is elated about the new track facility being installed, he said. For the first time in the track program’s seven-year history, the athletes will be able to train on a track and participate in home meets.