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Bellevue Schools Sees Increase in Kindergarten Readiness Results

Bellevue Independent Schools is celebrating a record-high for kindergarten readiness based on recent testing.

The state has not yet released all districts' numbers in that area, but Bellevue Preschool Director Tara Wittrock said at the board of education meeting that the district stands at 71 percent kidnergarten ready.

Preschool students take what is known as a Brigance test in September to gauge readiness for the next level in their education.

This year the state average is 51 percent.  

Superintendent Robb Smith said that the district's numbers for this test typically come in at around 50 percent.

"We are very pleased with the numbers," said Smith. "I think it is a testament to how hard they work in the preschool to get the children ready."

In other Bellevue Schools news, Bellevue High School principal John Darnell said Future Farmers of America club members will soon hatch a brood of baby chicks. 

Darnell also told the board that the food pantry at the high school is now open. Located in the old superintendent's office by the library, the school has partnered with Be Concerned to stock the shelves in the small room.  

This is an ongoing pantry where students are encouraged to stop by and pick up supplies, like a jar of spaghetti sauce and some spaghetti, or a jar of peanut butter, if they need something to eat and supplies are low to nonexistent at home.

"We don't want this to be hush-hush," said Darnell. "We want students to know about this and feel they can come in and get food when they need it."

Five students from grades four and five at Grandview Elementary showed off their art talent. Andden Cain, Madden Johnson, and Matthew Hacker showed their art creations first, and then Rebecca Meece and Maddlyn Kincaid stepped up to show their work.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

Top photo: Rebecca  Meece and Maddlyn Kincaid show the board of education their artistic creations.

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Andden Cain, Madden Johnson, and Matthew Hacker brought their creations to the board of education.