by Kate Evans
The Morgan County School Board recognized student academic achievement during their December 7 meeting which was held at the Berkeley Springs High School auditorium.
Morgan County Schools Superintendent Kristen Tuttle and school board members congratulated the students on their accomplishments and expressed gratitude for parents encouraging their kids to excel.
Tuttle told students that “I appreciate the hard work and commitment that each of you exhibit as you strive to be not only good students, but also great all-around people. I’m proud of you. Keep it up.”
Some 36 students that received awards for the West Virginia General Summative Assessment had level 4 scores-the highest scores- in at least two of the three subjects.
Seven students-Warm Springs Intermediate School fifth graders Jade Kidwell, Davis Stotler and Annabelle Pennington and Warm Springs Middle School eighth graders Daniel Clark, Leland Lusk, Lyric Loving and Lee Sheppard-got level 4 scores in all three subjects.
The West Virginia General Summative Assessment tests students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 for academic progress in English language arts and mathematics. Students in grades 5, 8 and 11 are also tested in science.
SAT School Day
Nine Berkeley Springs High School students received a level 4 score-the highest score- on at least two subjects on the SAT School Day exam. The SAT exam is the state’s general summative assessment that high school eleventh graders take.
Academic Hall of Fame
Haden Fincham and Dana Smith received the Berkeley Springs High School Academic Hall of Fame Award for having the highest score on the SAT School Day exam in English Language Arts. Ethan Sensel got the Academic Hall of Fame Award for math.
Emma Christie got the Berkeley Springs High School PSAT 10 Most Distinguished Award for having the highest score in English language arts. Matthew Leasure and Rebecca Moran received the PSAT 10 Most Distinguished Award for having the highest score in math.
Audrey Helmick received the Berkeley Springs High School PSAT 9 Most Distinguished Award for having the highest score in English language arts and math. Cheyenne Lewis also got the award for having the highest score on the PSAT 9 in math.
Berkeley Springs High School students Katelyn Beresic and Haden Fincham were named AP Scholars for receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP (Advanced Placement) exams.
Berkeley Springs High School students Ethan Sensel and Dana Smith were granted the distinction of AP Scholar with Honor for receiving an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP (Advanced Placement) exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
Superintendent Tuttle said at the December 7 board meeting that they were trying to make things normal with better routines for students. Substitute coverage was better the week before the meeting.
Tuttle said they would welcome anyone with associate’s or bachelor’s degree as a substitute teacher. The school system currently has posted on their website that they need substitute aides, custodians, bus drivers, secretaries, cooks and teachers.
In the public comment segment, Ryan Kessel raised issues about face masks and quarantines and Jonathan Slifer brought up face mask waivers and Pleasant View Elementary concerns.