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K-3 Literacy Grade Being Appealed by District - Message from Superintendent Ben Hegedish
As you may have read or heard, the Ohio Department of Education has reported Independence Local Schools’ K-3 Literacy grade as an ‘F’ on the portion of the state report card that was recently released. The ODE has acknowledged errors with their processes and we discovered a data entry error that has since been corrected. We contacted the ODE with our error and have been notified that the appeal process will begin next week and be expedited. Once corrected, our district should be in the "C" range on the K-3 Literacy grade. 
Independence Local Schools Receives Outstanding Assessment Data
Independence Local Schools has received its passage rates on all 2014-2015 AIR & PARCC state assessments. The district administered approximately 7,000 tests last school year.

The district’s results are in the top 10 in Cuyahoga County in every tested category. Furthermore, 15 of the 21 scores were in the top 5 in Cuyahoga County (31 total districts). Only Solon and Rocky River performed better/comparably.
 
Guiding Star Award Recipients Announced for First Semester
Independence Local Schools revealed the recipients of their first semester “Guiding Star” awards on January 14.

Dr. Rick Fierer, fifth through eighth grade enrichment reading teacher at Independence Middle School, received the “Guiding Star” Teacher Award for his hard work and dedication. Scott Stasek, custodian at Independence Middle School, received the “Guiding Star” Support Staff Award for the dedication and support he shows to the school.
 
Independence Middle School Drama Club Presents "Haphazardly Ever After?"
The Independence Middle School Drama Club will present “Haphazardly Ever After?” on January 22 & 23, 2016 at 7PM in the Independence Middle School auditorium. Tickets will be $5. There are nearly 50 students in the cast and another 25 in the various crews “That's about a quarter of the school population!” said Music Teacher and Director Gretchen Obrovac. 
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