AYP success means Mohawk for one principal

Dec 3, 2013 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Wyoming Indian Elementary School principal Owen St. Clair kept his side of a bargain, and on Nov. 15, in a gym full of students, hair stylist Robin Oldman-Teran used her hair clippers to shave both sides of St. Clair's head to create a Mohawk.

St. Clair promised he'd get the funky hairstyle if the students made Adequate Yearly Progress through the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students in the 2012-2013 academic school year.

"It's all because of you guys," St. Clair told students. "This is my way of thanking you."

The school also celebrated National Native American Heritage Month with a special fashion show that had students and staff members displaying their best traditional regalia down a runway. English teacher Sandra Iron Cloud announced each participant and described the traditional and modern touches the outfits had, the meaning behind certain styles and the hard work and time put into creating them.

Nov. 15 was also Rock Your Mocs Day and students and faculty were encouraged to wear their moccasins to school.

Making AYP

The state-required AYP testing helps determine if students are reaching the proficiency levels in different subjects. Wyoming Indian Middle School principal Pam Frederick notified parents in a letter on Oct. 30 that sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders made AYP this year in math, meaning the school is in improvement status. Those students have now made AYP in math for two years in a row.

In improvement status, the school now will implement ideas and plans to help further improvement and address the issues preventing the school from making AYP in other subjects.

Steps to be taken include properly identifying areas of concern in math and reading or language arts, measuring students' academic growth with relevant assessments, increased independent reading time for students, the use of software programs to address areas of concern and after-school tutoring at no cost to parents.

Frederick also said the district will provide opportunities for staff training and planning and inform the public and parents on what is being done to make AYP. Parents are also being encouraged to get involved in the students' performance by keeping in touch with the teachers, reviewing homework and test results, and attending parent teacher conferences.

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