During the December Board of Trustees for the Little Cypress-Mauriceville School District, the Board recognized three students for their achievements. Jasmine Ruiz and Mariah Ibarra, LCM High School juniors, won first and second places respectively, in the annual Christmas card design contest. Zachary Blanchard was recognized for being named a National Merit Scholar.

Superintendent Pauline Hargrove also recognized the campuses which achieved Gold Performance Acknowledgements from the Texas Education Agency as part of their Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS). The entire District achieved “Gold Performance Acknowledgments” for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) examination results for the 2008-09 school year and College-Ready Graduates for the Class of 2009. The entire District also was commended on Social Studies. The following are the areas of commendation for each individual campus:

Little Cypress Junior High – Social Studies;
Mauriceville Middle – Writing, Science, and Social Studies;
Little Cypress Elementary – Reading/English Language Arts;
Mauriceville Mauriceville – Reading/ English Language Arts, and Comparable Improvement in Reading and Mathematics;
Little Cypress Intermediate – Science, and Comparable Improvement in Mathematics.

Comparable Improvement (CI), as mentioned above, is a measure that shows how student performance on the TAKS reading/ELA and mathematics tests at a given school has changed (or grown) from one year to the next, and then compares that change to that of the 40 schools that are demographically most similar to the given, or “target” school. The average Texas Growth Index (TGI) values for the 40 member group are rank ordered and the resulting list is divided into fourths, or quartiles. Schools that fall into the first quartile (i.e. top 10 schools of the 40 in their campus group) receive Gold Performance Acknowledgment for CI.

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