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CMS Incident 10/30/19

posted Oct 31, 2019, 6:26 AM by Tobie Jones   [ updated Oct 31, 2019, 6:26 AM ]

CMS Parents and Community,

We need to address a threat situation that occurred on our campus 10/30/19. During a class this afternoon, a frustrated and upset student made statements about self injury, harming others, and harming a teacher. We must take any and all threats seriously. The safety of our students and staff is of paramount importance. We did take this threat seriously with the involvement of the student’s parents, local law enforcement, and the board of education policies on discipline regarding threats. The situation is being dealt with and we will continue to take threats of any nature seriously. Thank you for your support as we strive daily to keep our campus safe.

CMS Administration

2019 CCRPI Scores

posted Oct 25, 2019, 8:43 AM by Tobie Jones   [ updated Oct 25, 2019, 10:21 AM ]

2019 CCRPI Scores . . . the rest of the story.

The College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) is an accountability measure for school systems in Georgia.  There are five “buckets” that are measured to calculate a CCRPI score. The overall score is reported on a 0-100 scale.

Bucket #1:  Content Mastery- Are students achieving at the level necessary to be prepared for the next grade, college, or career? (30% of the CCRPI score)

Bucket #2:  Progress- How much growth are students demonstrating relative to academically-similar students from across the state? (35% of CCRPI for elementary & middle); (30% of CCRPI for high school)

Bucket #3:  Closing Gaps- Are all students and all student subgroups (Asian, Black, Hispanic, Multi-Racial, White, Economically Disadvantaged, English Learners, and Students with Disabilities) making improvements in achievement rates? (15% of CCRPI for elementary & middle); (10% of CCRPI for high school)

Bucket #4:  Readiness- Are students participating in activities preparing them for and demonstrating readiness for the next level, college, or career?  (20% of CCRPI for elementary & middle); (15% of CCRPI for high school)

Bucket #5:  Graduation Rate- Are students graduating from high school with a regular diploma in four or five years? (15% of CCRPI for high schools ONLY)

In 2019, the CCRPI scores for our schools have taken a hit.  I would like to explain why some of the scores have decreased so our stakeholders can be as informed as possible.  

At CPS, the CCRPI score decreased from 93.4 in 2018 to 62.8 in 2019.  Why?  The content mastery for Commerce Primary is based on the Milestones scores of our third graders during the 2018-2019 school year.  The content mastery score dropped by 5.3 points.  Content mastery is 30% of the score (2 point decrease in English and 8 point decrease in math).  
  • For the Progress score, our English Learners measure of moving to proficiency decreased 28 points which is 35% of the CCRPI score.
  • For the Closing Gaps score- In English/Language Arts, our Economically Disadvantaged subgroup missed their target by 2 points.  In math, the Economically Disadvantaged subgroup missed their target by 11 points.
  • For the Readiness score- For literacy, the score decreased from 71 to 64 with the greatest decrease in our Hispanic and Economically Disadvantaged subgroups.
  • For the School Climate score, Commerce Primary had an increase from 94.80 in 2018 to 95.10 in 2019 earning 4 stars.

At CES, the CCRPI score decreased from 88.2 in 2018 to 77.1 in 2019.
  • For the Content Mastery score, it decreased by 2 points.  English content mastery decreased by 1 point and math content mastery decreased by 3 points.
  • For the Progress score, our English progress score decreased by 13 points and math progress score decreased by 16 points.  For our progress toward English Language proficiency, our English Learners scored 100 and their target was 81.
  • For the Closing Gaps score- Our subgroups for Black, White, Economically Disadvantaged, and English Learners did not meet their improvement target in English.  In math, our subgroups for Black, Hispanic, Economically Disadvantaged, English Learners, and Students with Disabilities did not meet their improvement targets.
  • For the Readiness score, CES decreased by 1 point.  
  • For the School Climate score, CES decreased by 3 points.
At CMS, the CCRPI score decreased from 81.9 in 2018 to 76.2 in 2019.

For the Content Mastery score, it decreased by .6 point.  English performance increased by 5.50 points; math performance decreased by 1 point; science performance decreased by 5 points; and social studies performance decreased by 2 points.
  • For the Progress score, our ELA progress score decreased by 4 points and math progress decreased by 15 points.
  • For the Closing Gaps score- Our subgroups for Black and Students with Disabilities did not meet their performance target in English; our subgroups for Black, Multi-Racial, Economically Disadvantaged, and Students with Disabilities did not meet their performance target in math; our subgroups for White and Economically Disadvantaged did not meet their performance target in science; and our White subgroup did not meet the performance target in social studies.  
  • For the Readiness score, the score remained the same from 2018 to 2019- 85.5.
  • For the School Climate score, there was a slight decrease from 87 to 85, but the score remained as 4 stars.
At CHS, the CCRPI increased from 75.2 in 2018 to 76.8 in 2019.  

For the Content Mastery score, CHS increased overall content mastery by 4.3 points.  There was a 5 point increase in English, a 2 point decrease in math, an 8 point increase in science, and a 5 point increase in social studies.
  • For the Progress score, our English progress score decreased by 3 points and our math progress score decreased by 19.  Finally, our English Learners progress toward proficiency decreased by 14.
  • For the Closing Gaps score, CHS had a 27 point increase.  In English, our Students with Disabilities did not meet their performance target.  In math, our subgroups for Hispanic, White, Economically Disadvantaged, and Students with Disabilities did not meet their performance targets.  In science, all subgroups met their performance targets.  In social studies, our subgroup for Students with Disabilities did not meet their performance target.
  • For the Readiness score, CHS increased by 3.8 points.
  • For Graduation Rate, CHS increased by 3.4 points to 95.4!!!!
  • For the School Climate score, there was a slight decrease from 88.2 in 2018 to 87.9 in 2019.  
In summary, our school system and schools are aware of our areas of improvement and our deficit areas on the 2019 CCRPI.  Our school system implemented strategies during the 2019-2020 school year to assist ALL STUDENTS with their reading, ELA, and math achievement.  In an effort to share with you a snapshot of how our school system is performing in relation to all other systems in Georgia, please check out the link below.  IT IS WORTH YOUR TIME TO CHECK OUT THIS LINK!  When you open the link, it will default to NorthWEST Georgia RESA.  You will need to look in the drop-down menu for Northeast Georgia RESA.  When you select Northeast Georgia RESA, you will find a comparison of the 13 school systems in our RESA.  PLEASE check out how we compare.


Though our school system will continue to take measures to improve our overall performance on the CCRPI, I am very proud of the achievement of ALL of our students.  Our school system is fortunate to have dedicated professionals working with our students each day to make sure that each student reaches his/her overall potential as a student!  If you have an opportunity to show support for your child’s teacher(s) and school, please do so.  CCRPI scores in the newspaper and negative comments on social media from folks who do not understand the CCRPI can be disheartening to hard-working educators!  Thanks for your continued support of Commerce City Schools!  Go Tigers!  

If you have any questions/concerns about the CCRPI scores, please do not hesitate to contact me.  

Joy Tolbert
Superintendent
joy.tolbert@commercecityschools.org
706-335-5500







2019 Georgia Parent Survey

posted Oct 25, 2019, 4:31 AM by Tobie Jones   [ updated Oct 25, 2019, 4:32 AM ]

Parents & Guardians

Please take a few moments to complete the Georgia Parent Survey.  The data from this survey will be used to calculate the School Climate Star Rating. The Georgia Department of Education believes that a positive school climate is a significant factor in determining student achievement. School climate surveys were developed by the GaDOE to gather school climate perceptions from students, school staff members and parents.  Responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.  Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Multicultural Night - This Thursday

posted Oct 22, 2019, 8:32 AM by Tobie Jones

This year will mark the 4th anniversary of Commerce City School's Multicultural Night that showcases the cultural richness of the school and community. It brings together students, families, and community members to share the elements of one’s culture and traditions through food, attire, performances and artistic displays. Join us this Thursday, October 24 at 5:30 in the Commerce High School Gym.

We will feature over 14 different countries in some way. We will enjoy an array of tasty treats from such countries as the Philippines, El Salvador, Mexico, and the United States just to name a few. We will also honor the culture heritage of countries through traditional clothing found in various regions around the world. We will conclude our night with the smashing of a pinata accompanied by the traditional Mexican pinata song.

Commerce City School District’s Multicultural Night demonstrates its commitment to creating a diverse community that affirms and accepts the full identities of all people, while inspiring academic excellence and a desire to build a more just and equitable world.


2020-2021 Calendar Survey

posted Oct 14, 2019, 4:58 AM by Tobie Jones   [ updated Oct 14, 2019, 4:58 AM ]

We are seeking feedback on calendar options for the 2020-2021 school year.  Please carefully review the calendar options below.  Once you have reviewed the options, please log in to the Infinite Campus Parent/Student Portal where you will find a link to the survey. 

We appreciate your time and feedback.




Lockdown Drill

posted Sep 24, 2019, 8:36 AM by Tobie Jones

On Thursday, September 26, our schools will practice a Level 3 lockdown.  We will be working with the police department and other agencies for the drill.  Please do not be alarmed if you see emergency vehicles at our schools on Thursday.  Please talk with your students about the importance of following directions during the lockdown.  The practice drill will help everyone to be as prepared as possible in the event of a real emergency.

Civic Ready Mass Alerts

posted Sep 19, 2019, 4:41 AM by Tobie Jones

Notice from Jackson County EMA Director: 

As you all know, Jackson County currently has weather sirens throughout the county that we use to notify our citizens that severe weather is on the way. Those sirens are becoming old and several of them don’t work anymore. It is hard to find replacement parts. We are not doing away with the weather siren program, we will still utilize the ones that are working properly. 

We are making a push to get our citizens to sign up to receive alerts on our Civic Ready program. Civic Ready allows us to send warning messages out to our citizens in a more timely manner through text, email and phone calls. This program is funded through a grant that we receive each year from The Georgia Emergency Management Agency.  Attached is a letter with step by step instructions on how to sign up to receive the alerts. 


Non-resident Student Policy

posted Sep 10, 2019, 7:46 AM by Tobie Jones

Dear Parents, 

During the September 9, 2019 BOE meeting, our board members unanimously approved the revisions to our non-resident student board policy.  The revisions included a tuition of $150 per non-resident student beginning in the 2020-2021 school year for students in grades K-8.  Please find attached a copy of the non-resident student application and a list of frequently asked questions for the 2020-2021 school year.  I will be glad to answer any questions you may have.  

Joy R. Tolbert
Superintendent

5 Year Tax History

posted Aug 22, 2019, 4:55 AM by Tobie Jones

The Board of Education for Commerce City Schools does hereby announce that the millage rate will be set at a meeting to be
held at the Commerce Board of Education Office located at 270 Lakeview Dr., Commerce, Georgia on September 09, 2019 at
6:00 pm and pursuant to the requirements of O.C.G.A. Section 48-5-32 do hereby publish the following presentation of the
current year's tax digest and levy, along with the history of the tax digest and levy for the past five years.


Proposed 2020 Budget

posted Jun 17, 2019, 1:23 PM by Tobie Jones   [ updated Jun 24, 2019, 4:22 AM ]

The budget will be considered for final adoption by the Commerce City Board of Education in regular session at 6:00 pm on July 8, 2019 at the Commerce City Board Office.  There will be two meetings scheduled for community input. These meetings will be June 27 at 10:00 am and July 8 at 5:30 pm at the Commerce City Board of Education Board Office.


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