NEWS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT


A Joint Statement from Miami County School Corporations regarding ISTEP+ Testing:


Accountability has been a major focus for Indiana’s public schools since the inception of the ISTEP+ test in 1988. The three school corporations in Miami County (Maconaquah Schools, Peru Community Schools, & North Miami Schools) are very willing to be held accountable for the performance of any of our students and their teachers. The ISTEP+ test is administered to students in grades three through eight in English/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.  This year, preliminary results were released to school corporations on November 6, 2015 and the same results were released to parents on November 9, 2015.  We believe the data to be an inaccurate reflection of our students’ academic accomplishments and the quality of teaching in our classrooms.


A great deal of conversation and concern have surrounded the 2015 ISTEP+ test and its anticipated results. This test, required by the State of Indiana as an accountability measure for our schools and teachers, appears to have no end of issues.  Much has already been said about the delivery, the politics, the delays, etc.  The issue that may be generating the greatest concern however is the anticipated, inevitable drop in student scores from the previous year.  Inevitable because data prove anytime there is a change in the content and/or construction of such high stakes tests, scores will drop the first year. They drop because it takes time for both the curriculum and the instruction to catch up and align to the new standards, and it takes time for initial problems to be worked out of the test.


Now, we are provided with raw pass/fail information without supporting data on what areas students need improvement. Over half of the testing year is over and we are no closer to receiving pertinent information about student outcomes than before. Next year’s information will also be circumspect because of the tardiness in scores and the inability of a district to remediate before the next test.

In Addition,  school “letter grades” will be derived from these flawed ISTEP+ scores.  Unless the Indiana General Assembly and our Governor choose to acknowledge this round of ISTEP+ tests is flawed and provide Indiana’s school corporations a “pause,” we face large numbers of failing schools and school corporations. 

We are sending this letter to provide you with the facts about our ISTEP+ testing process. Be aware our schools are doing our best to respond to the results we have received. We are asking you to let your legislators know you are concerned about this flawed system and would like to have a remedy for the sake of your children.


In Closing, we do not believe our communities are below standard—we do not believe one test measures our children—we believe the state testing process to be a flawed attempt to implement a legislative agenda.




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Mac Athletics is pleased to announce our first on-line store to purchase Maconaquah athletic gear, sponsored by Indy-based Lids, Inc.  This on-line store will be open year round.  You may design your item by selecting the color, size, and Mac logo for all items purchased.  Items will be shipped directly to you in approximately 1-2 weeks. Click on the following link to take you to the Mac Store!

Maconaquah School Lunch Program

Please read the following information to clarify some misconceptions regarding the USDA guidelines for food/snacks sold in Maconaquah schools.

Maconaquah employees have reviewed documentation provided by the USDA as to requirements for school lunches, fundraisers, and classroom snacks. According to the law, we will be following these USDA guidelines outlined in the document below:


These food requirements only apply to items that are sold to students during the school day.  We appreciate your concern for your students.

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Maconaquah School Corporation is pleased to announce a partnership with Skyewaves.com to provide Internet service to our Maconaquah family.



Free service requires the customer to purchase a self installation kit and equipment which starts at $75.  Installation starts at $50 for the free service.  Free service is limited to a single computer and limited monthly throughput for non class related use.

Basic service starts at $19.99 a month, and the setup fee is $100 with a $50 discount for school related clients.  Basic service speed is up to 768k down and 256k up.

Standard service starts at $34.99 a month, and the standard setup fee is $100 with a $50 discount for school related clients.  Standard service speed is up to 2m down and 512k up.

Advanced service starts at $49.99 a month, and the setup fee is $100 with a $50 discount for school related clients.  Advanced service speed is up to 4m down and 1m up.

Custom speeds area available, and will be quoted on an individual basis.

E-mail contact: support@skyewaves.net
Phone: 765-327-4149


Please contact Kelly McPike, McKinney-Vento liaison, at 765-689-9131, x3000, to request information regarding the enrollment and services provided to homeless students.

Bullying Report

To make an anonymous report, please print the form and complete as much information as possible, but do not sign your name.  Turn the report into the office at the appropriate building.  Upon receipt of the report, an investigation will be conducted and established procedures will be followed.

False reporting will be dealt with according to the school discipline policy.  Please refer to the student handbook for each building.
BULLYING REPORT AND INCIDENT FORM.pdf
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