Jordak Elementary School Teacher in the Spotlight!

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4th grade teacher assists Tanner B. and Morgan C. in solving a math problem using their notes and the software Edulastic.

We are so excited to share that 4th grade math teacher Katie Gatrell was recently featured in the Edulastic Sunday Spotlight for her efforts in the classroom. Edulastic is a technology platform for personalized formative assessment for students, teachers, and school districts like Cardinal – Mrs. Gatrell has been using it for testing preparation in her classroom for several years. “It took me a while to get the hang of writing tech-enhanced questions,” Gatrell says, “but the instant data reports are so valuable in the sense that it allows me more time designing lessons instead of tallying how many students missed a question.” Congratulations Mrs. Gatrell on having your work recognized!

Three District Schools Receive State Awards

The Cardinal Local School District is excited to share that for the second year in a row multiple district buildings are being recognized by the state for their positive behavior supports. The Ohio PBIS Network and State Support Team 4 are awarding Cardinal Intermediate and Cardinal Middle Schools with bronze medals and Jordak Elementary School will receive a silver medal for their successful implementation of the positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) within their buildings during the 2016-17 school year. The schools are just three of nine in Lake and Geauga counties to receive recognition. “Two of the items the committee said really stood out are the nearly 50-60% decreases in incident reports in each building from the 2015-16 school year to the 2016-17 year and the PBIS implementation increases from the beginning of the year to the end of the year – it was nearly 20% in each of the schools being awarded,” says PBIS Coach Sherry Peters.  “PBIS has really proven to be a successful way to get our students involved and I am so proud of them, our staff, and our community for working together to create a more positive school environment.”

PBIS team members from Jordak Elementary, the now closed Cardinal Intermediate, and Cardinal Middle schools will be recognized at the 2017 Ohio PBIS Showcase on November 30th in Mansfield, Ohio.

Pictured In Cover Photo: 4th grade math teacher Katie Gatrell (standing) uses computer software program Edulastic to help her students better understand math problems. The software charts student answers in real time allowing Gatrell to adjust lesson plans as necessary.

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