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 2019-2020 Comprehensive Needs Assessment Survey   

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Comprehensive Needs Assessment Survey


 Policy: Promotion and Retention Kindergarten

Kindergarten promotion will be determined by the kindergarten teacher and the school principal based upon the mastery of core skills as indicated by BOTH of the following:

  • mastery of at least 70% of the core competencies listed in the Sunflower County Consolidated School District Curriculum Structure for that grade level in reading, language arts, and mathematics
mastery of Overall Reading Placement skills as indicated by an iReady scale score of at least 344 during either the MOY (Middle-of-the-Year) iReady testing window or the EOY (End-of-Year) iReady testing window.

Failure to meet either of the criteria above may result in student retention in Kindergarten, if the student does not successfully complete the above requirements and a Mandatory Summer School Session.

Promotion Policy (Grades 1-2)

In order to be promoted from one grade level to the next in grades 1-2, a student must have demonstrated

BOTH of the following:

  • mastery of at least 70% of a course’s competencies and received a passing yearly average in reading, language arts, math, science and social studies 

The yearly average shall be determined by averaging the two semester’s numerical grades.

  •  mastery of Overall Reading Placement skills as indicated by the iReady scale score of: at least 416 during either the MOY (Middle-of-the-Year) iReady testing window or the EOY (End-of-Year) iReady testing window for 1st grade.
  • at least 471 during either the MOY (Middle-of-the-Year) iReady testing window or the EOY (End-of-Year) iReady testing window for 2nd grade.

Failure to meet either of the criteria above shall result in student retention in Grades 1-2, if the student does not  successfully complete the above requirements and a Mandatory Summer Session.

Please be aware of the following information and make daily attendance, for your child, a number one priority. The following is the daily amount of money that Lockard Elementary is costing the District because of absenteeism. 

Date         Money Lost         Number of Absentees
January 31, 2019   $684.00   38
February 1, 2019   $990.00   55
February 4, 2019   $1,404.00   78
February 5, 2019   $1,224.00   68

Also, Lockard’s data night was a big success but, there are other important events on the horizon, after this week we have 3 weeks, (15 days) or 4,950 instructional minutes, to diligently prepare students for the next benchmark assessment (CASE)! 



Aren’t you excited? We are!!!! It’s a new year, and we have new changes at Lockard Elementary School. We are now a K-3rd grade school with a larger number of students, staff and parents. Considering the changes, our reflections on safety, and parents’ concerns brought to my attention at last year’s Fireside Chats, we are implementing extra safety procedures this year. Part of our vision is to have the safest campus ever! Our new procedures will increase the safety of your child and others during arrival, dismissal and throughout each school day. The new procedures are below: 

Fence for Safety 

During the first week of school, a fence will be installed on the ends and across the front of our campus. The fence is being installed to decrease the chances of intruders on campus, to increase the chances of student protection from traffic in the streets, and to improve the safety and flow of on-campus traffic during the dismissal of children.  

Visitors must come by the office to gain access to campus. The gate nearest the office will be used for entering campus after a visitor’s pass has been issued from the office. 

All gates will be opened at 7:00 a.m. for arrival each morning and will be closed at 7:45 a.m. If a student arrives after 7:45 a.m., please sign-in the student at the front office. 

For dismissal, students will be walked by adults outside of the gates and to their cars or to their buses/daycares at the appropriate times. Individuals who are not staff members will not be able to enter the gates during dismissal. If you need assistance during dismissal time, please call or visit the office.  

Car Rider Tags for Safety 

Each child will receive 2 Car Rider Tags on the first day of school (today). Each tag will have the student’s name and lunch ID number and will hang from a rearview mirror. Vehicles being used to pick-up a child will need that child’s car rider tag in the window. Car riders will not be loaded into the car of anyone without a car rider tag. The child’s legal guardian/parent may request additional car rider tags if necessary. This procedure is being implemented to reduce the chances of children being picked-up by strangers or those who do not have permission to get the children. 

Like you, the staff and I care about your child and others. Together, we will reach the part of our vision which includes having the safest campus ever!  

Kind regards, 

Daphne Heflin, Principal

Counselor’s Corner   -   Mason’s Memo 

Good communication leads to #winning 

Communication between our parents and teachers is such an important part of the success of our students. One primary way that we communicate with parents is with our Communication Calendar. This calendar gives the teacher a way to communicate what kind of day your child has had based on a number scale. If you have questions or concerns about what is on the calendar we encourage you to contact our office to schedule an appointment with the teacher. The Communication Calendar not only opens the door for you to communicate with the teacher but also with your child about school. 

This is not sent home just to be used as a punishment or reward chart.   Talk to your child about what happened during the day that resulted in the score received. If the score was a high score ask for examples of how your child earned that score and encourage him/her to continue the good job. If the score was low, ask what happened for your child to receive the score and discuss ways to handle things differently next time.  

Sign or initial the calendar daily to let the teacher know that you are seeing the calendar and to let you child know that is it important to you. Remember if you would like to discuss the communication calendar please contact the office for a meeting with the teacher.  Let’s work together to keep the lines of communication open!

Literary Corner 

Notes from the Library: 

I hope this year is off to a good start for you.   Some upcoming library dates to be aware of are as follows:

  • On Friday, March 1st, The Cat in the Hat will visit our school and go around to each class.  Can't wait to see him!
  • We will also have our second RIF distribution the first week of March.  Students get to choose a book to keep and get a new book mark to go with it. This is always a fun time since we have such a good selection of books.

Happy reading!

Mrs. Burkett


 3rd Grade Reading Assessment - 2018 → Click here for pdf.file 


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