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New Salem - June 4, 2008

Counselor’s Corner


© 2008 Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
New Salem High School


Adequate Yearly Progress!
Yes, New Salem Public School students did it again! According to preliminary state reports, students at both New Salem High School and Prairie View Elementary School scored well on the North Dakota State Assessments in both reading and mathematics. As a result both schools met the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act!

New Salem Holstein Achievement Award
I’ve communicated to students that in order for New Salem Public Schools to continue to make AYP under No Child Left Behind that we need to have as many students score at the proficient and advanced levels as possible on the North Dakota Reading Assessment and the North Dakota Mathematics Assessment. I’ve also indicated that those who score at the proficient or advanced levels on the North Dakota State Assessments (NDSA) in both reading and mathematics would probably receive an award this year. This year – during the last week of school – New Salem High School recognized students who scored at the proficient level or higher on the North Dakota State Assessments in both reading and mathematics. The NDSA assesses students at New Salem High School in grades 7, 8, and 11.

Recipients of the first New Salem Holstein Achievement Awards at New Salem High School are listed below.

Seventh Grade
Chris Bercier, Anna Bernhardt, Lakin Binstock, Karly Doll, Desirae Feland, Paige Feland, Mikaela Forster, Thomas Friesz, Haley Hughes, Rachel Kunkel, Sean Landreaux, Colton Neumiller, Amanda Olsen, Haley Olson, Hunter Roll, Randy St Claire, Taylor Stevens, Rebecca Valleroy, and Tyler Wehri.

Eighth Grade
Ashley Bateman, Deanna Becker, Duncan Beth, Destri Bueligen, Sherie Cofer, Matthew Doll, Jennifer Frank, Courtney Hulm, Bryson Jagielski, Timarra Klingenstein, Andrew Kreidt, Terrica Lafountain, Duster May, Emily Pulver, Jory Violett, and Emily Wolf.

Eleventh Grade
Lexon Backhaus, Janna Marie Beth, Ariel Bibb, Allison Bopp, Karl Holle, Brittany Kaelberer, Ethan Karch, Cassie Jo Kilen, Ty Kruger, Laura Kunkel, Desiree’ Lennie, Ashley Lewis, Heather McManus, Richard Olson, Jacob Thiel, Megan Toepke, Darin Wilwand, and Alexandro Young.

I commend all students who go to school, work hard, do their assignments, make good decisions and do well in life. I hope our students continue to work hard in school and do well in life. Its what we at New Salem High School hope to help students accomplish in life. I also know it is what parents and other family members and friends try to help our young people do as well.

Thanks to the teachers for their efforts all school year in delivering a curriculum that helps our students learn and achieve. I also want to thank the teachers for doing such a good job in working with the students and me in helping students with their career planning.

I hope New Salem High School students have a great summer break and come back to school again in August refreshed and ready to once again do their best!

If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at either New Salem High School at 843-7610, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent academic day!