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                                Corvallis School District #1
                                     Annual Report

Daniel Sybrant – Superintendent

The 2005/06 school year was a productive year. The following is an overview of some of the
highlights that occurred during the last year from the board and administrative standpoint.

Corvallis School Board

A seven member board governs the Corvallis School District. Members currently serving are
Kip Zsupnik Jr.– Chairman, Wilbur Nisly – Vice Chairman, Tonia Bloom, Robin Bull, Dan
Wolsky, Craig Myers and Joel Peden. The board meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The
meetings are held in the Corvallis High School Library and begin with a 6:00 p.m. work session
followed by the regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. A public comment period is provided on the
agenda at each meeting. Agendas for the meetings are posted at the district administration office
as well as each building. Questions regarding board meetings can be directed to the district
office at 9671-4211.

School Board Goals

Every year, the board establishes goals. The following is a review of the 2005/06 board goals.

During the 2005/06 school year, the Board and Administration will engage in a strategic
planning process to develop a plan for the district that will address, but not be limited to:

       Academic Achievement
       Board Governance
       Employee Compensation
       Facility Planning
       Public Relations

As a result of the board’s strategic planning work, three major goals for the district were

   1. Student Achievement – All students in the district, regardless of their ability will achieve
      to their potential
   2. Personnel – All staff in the district feel valued, appreciated and well compensated
   3. Facilities – The district provides adequate facilities to meet all district learning,
      instructional and co-curricular objectives

The board will be working on these goals over the next 3 – 5 years.

July 2005

Due to projected higher enrollment in kindergarten and first grade for the coming school year,
the Corvallis School Board entered into a rental agreement with the Corvallis Community
Church to provide classroom space.

Open discussion was held regarding the development of a district facility master plan. This plan
would provide a document that could be used by present and future leaders as a blueprint for
expansion of facilities. Open discussion took place about enrollment projections, lunchroom
expansion, primary school expansion, shop tech expansion, additional gym space for the middle
school, a high school science facility, district office expansion and long term plans for a high
school gym. The board also explored programmatic impacts on facilities, whether or not the
need for this facility exists immediately, what is the proposed solution, does the solution impact
other areas, what is the desired timeframe for implementing the solution and what is the
estimated cost.


A tentative agreement was reached between the school board negotiating team and the Corvallis
Faculty Group for a two year contract. The terms of the tentative agreement were as follows;

   1. A 5.2% increase to the base in 2005/2006
   2. A 4.8% increase to the base in 2006/2007
   3. Extra curricular salaries will rise with the base each year.
   4. $30.20/month increase in the district contribution to insurance premiums for 2005- 2007
   5. Four teachers will be eligible to receive termination pay upon retirement in any given
   6. With some limitations the contract may be reopened

Budgets were adopted in the amount of $8,207,364.45. Mills to generate this amount totaled

A report was heard regarding a proposed subdivision on 160 acres near Corvallis that could
bring 200-300 new homes to the area. A meeting between the school board and the sewer board
was requested to discuss the impacts of this subdivision.

A report was made on the strength training program being implemented in the district.
Expectations and development of program was discussed.

The full school board ratified the tentative settlement agreement between the Corvallis School
Board and the Corvallis Faculty Group.

The board completed its annual walk through of facilities, attended the opening day staff in-
service and attended a board sponsored staff picnic.

Joel Peden was appointed to fill a vacated board position until the next annual school election.


Several reports from administration were provided including information regarding a freshman
mentoring program and the robotics program

The board denied the release from contract of a teacher due to the fact that the request did not
meet the guidelines as set by the board.

Open discussion was held in reference to housing individuals affected by the recent hurricane in
New Orleans and agreed that if families are housed in our district, that they would be eligible to
attend our school.


An initial strategic planning session was held and the board agreed to review district and board
achievement in the last 12 months, explore and discuss important factors in the district’s
operating environment to establish realistic context for discussion and planning, to work towards
a proactive and realistic future scenario for Corvallis Public Schools and to establish a 3-5 year
strategic framework to support that vision.


A facility committee report was distributed to the board. The committee was charged with
gathering information, working through facility options and bringing recommendations to the
full board. The committee looked at several issues from new buildings to facility remodel and
bus traffic flow.

A report on the district assessment results was provided which included the definition and types
of assessment, school district scores and Adequate Yearly Progress information.

In a review of out of district student percentages in the district, the board received information
that the high school percentage was 10-11%, Middle School percentage was 12% and Primary
School percentage was 8.3%

Administration provided a report as to the refinement and improvement of the district’s adult
education offerings including more classes, a website and the ability for students to use an online
payment format.

The fall district enrollment showed an increase by of 66 students kindergarten through 12th


Approval was given for the Corvallis Community Events Center to move forward with
groundbreaking for Phase 2 of the project.

An extensive report was made by administration regarding how evaluations are conducted in the
district. Items discussed were the strengths and weaknesses of the evaluation process, how
different administrators use different evaluation worksheets and the procedure for handling
parent concerns.

The board agreed to participate in a county wide program regarding future growth patterns in the
Corvallis School District.


A presentation was made concerning enrollment trends including progression ratios, projected
kindergarten enrollment and how those projections will translate into growth in middle school
and high school.

An overview of 2006/07 preliminary revenue and fixed cost projections was provided. This
included information as to budget revenue comparisons from 2005/06 to 2006/07, fixed costs
and potential budget needs.

Information regarding the district’s offerings in physical education was provided. Open
discussion took place regarding increasing the number of PE programs, along with programs that
emphasize teaching life skills.

The board authorized the lease purchase of a pre built modular unit to ease overcrowding at the
primary school. The board also accepted facility committee recommendations for inclusion of
plans in the facility master plan.

The timeline for master plan completion and presentation to teachers and community was
discussed and accepted.

Due to growth in the middle school, the district was forced to add a middle school assistant
principal position. This position was approved by the board.


The Corvallis High School speech and drama team won the State Championship in Drama.

Approval was given to authorize the issuance of a Request for Proposal for an new telephone
system for the district.

The board reviewed potential projects of deferred maintenance. Due to a legislative
appropriation for deferred maintenance items, the following items have been listed for potential
replacement; New bleachers in the gymnasium, refinishing of tennis courts, replacing entry
doors to old high school and possibly primary school doors

Approval to start the bid process for the purchase of new bleachers was given.


As a result of the board’s strategic planning work, three major goals for the district were

   4. Student Achievement – All students in the district, regardless of their ability will achieve
      to their potential
   5. Personnel – All staff in the district feel valued, appreciated and well compensated
   6. Facilities – The district provides adequate facilities to meet all district learning,
      instructional and co-curricular objectives

Bids to replace the gymnasium bleachers as well as for a new modular classroom unit were

A new high school principal, Trevor Laboski was hired to replace retiring principal Sarah
Schumacher. Rich Durgin was also hired as middle school assistant principal,


The board approved funding proposals targeted for “at risk students” and to implement a
program to educate students and staff members about Native Americans. These programs were
made possible due to new appropriations from the Montana Legislature.

Incumbent trustees Joel Peden, Wilbur Nisly and Kip Zsupnik Jr. were elected by acclamation.

The district financial audit for fiscal year 2005 was accepted. It was noted that there were no
audit findings and the district continues to be a low risk auditee. District Clerk Vannesa
Bargfrede was commended for her work.


Assistant principal, Jason Wirt was hired to fill the vacancy after Trevor Laboski was promoted
to principal. The structure of this position was changed to include 7-12 activities director.

Classified staff department heads reviewed the recommended entry level pay for classified staff
and the board agreed to increase entry pay to the recommended levels.

Bids were opened for a new district wide telephone system and authorization for bids on 50
desktop computers to be paid from the district technology funds was given.

A personnel committee consisting of three trustees was appointed to address items dealing with
personnel issues; a goal in the district’s strategic plan.

The Corvallis High School tennis team won a state championship.


The board toured all school facilities and noted classrooms in need of flooring replacement, the
proposed site for the modular unit at the primary school, plans to convert a storage facility into
office space at the middle school, progress made on the Corvallis Community Events Center
project and the high school gym lighting and ventilation system needs. They also viewed the
tennis courts and discussed resurfacing.

A draft of the facility master plan was reviewed. This document includes the history of
facilities, current and projected enrollment, existing site plans and potential land acquisitions and
facility expansion to meet long term growth. The board approved the revised plan with the
stipulation that more narrative information would be provided in the plan.

A personnel committee report was provided which included a recommendation to establish a
district wide task force to gain input on issues relating to staff salary and morale issues.

Revisions to the Fine Arts and Health Enhancement Curriculums were approved and methods of
streamlining board meetings were discussed. As a result of this discussion, an earlier start time,
6:00 p.m., to hear from the different schools regarding programs in their buildings was approved.
7:00 will continue to be the regular meeting start time.

As a result of a board goal in 2004 to “study issues related to K-12 alignment of programs in all
extra and co curricular activities both academic and athletic” the Corvallis Schools Extra and Co
Curricular Program Improvement Project was presented to the board. This 3 year study sets the
course for improvement in extra and co curricular activities for years to come. In the coming
months, this document will be shared with interested community members in public meetings.
The Corvallis School District offers over 60 different extra and co curricular opportunities for
students to get involved with.

Further details regarding these and other highlights can be found in the school district board
minutes located in the district office, 1045 Main Street Corvallis Montana or by calling 961-

Student Enrollment

As of February, 2006, the Corvallis School District #1 had 1392 students enrolled K-12. This
represents a 68 student gain in enrollment in comparison to the same date the previous year.
Enrollment per building was as follows on this date;
K- 4 439 * 34 student increase in comparison to same date previous year.
5- 8 482 * 9 student increase in comparison to same date previous year.
9-12 471 * 25 student decrease in comparison to same date previous year.

District Staff

The Corvallis School District employed 183 individuals including part time staff and bus drivers.

No Child Left Behind

The No Child Left Behind Act requires public schools to have 100% of students performing at
proficient levels by the spring of 2014. For the 2005/06, student progress was measured by
using a Criterion Based Test called Measured Progress. An individual school meets the No
Child Left Behind Act standard only if each of the 11 subgroups of students achieves Adequate
Yearly Progress AYP, with the overall goal of 100 percent by 2014.

Adequate Yearly Progress results for the 2005/06 school year are as follows.

Corvallis Primary School – Made AYP
Edna Thomas School 5/6 – Made AYP
Corvallis 7/8 – Made AYP
Corvallis High School –Made AYP

 We have some significant challenges ahead of us with the continued implementation of the No
Child Left Behind Act, the continued effort to meet state accreditation standards, and the effort
to provide adequate and competitive salaries so we can continue to attract and retain outstanding

Financial Information

The following is information about district finances. Questions regarding these charts can be
directed to Vannesa Bargfrede, District Business Manager at 961-4211.


 Grade                   Fall 02 Spring 03 Fall 03 Spring 04 Fall 04 Spring 05 Fall 05 Spring 06   Fall 06

Pre-Kindergarten is          35        35      37        36      38        38      34        36          33
not included in Totals

                                                                                                                 Fall to Fall
Kindergarten                 86        92      57        52      61        66      97        94          79              -18
1st Grade                    67        70      93        93      65        66      88        85          96                8
2nd Grade                    89        92      69        71     103       102      73        75          83               10

3rd Grade                    93        94      90        89      76        79     101       103          82              -19
4th Grade                    84        87      94        92      90        92      82        82         108               26

K-4                         419       435     403      397      395       405     441       439         448                7

5th Grade                    99       106      96        99     105       105     108       109          87              -21
6th Grade                   105       108     116      114      107       104     113       114         100              -13

5&6                         204       214     212      213      212       209     221       223         187              -34

7th Grade                   115       118     128      129      136       130     119       118         136               17
8th Grade                   116       117     125      122      130       134     141       141         113              -28

7&8                         231       235     253      251      266       264     260       259         249              -11

9th Grade                   134       135     121      122      122       122     135       137         138                3
10 Grade                    132       129     132      127      111       112     130       128         133                3
11 Grade                    124       121     116      114      122       112     105       100         124               19
12 Grade                     90        87     109      106      103       100     105       106         101               -4

High School                 480       472     478       469     458       446     475       471         496               21

District Total K-12        1334     1356     1346     1330     1331     1324     1397      1392        1380              -17


Corvallis School District #1 Budget Data

                                             1999/00        2000/01        2001/02        2002/03        2003/04        2004/05        2005/06       2006/07


General                                    4,876,370.05   5,169,149.83   5,222,740.75   5,346,507.63   5,637,036.22   5,812,398.37   6,153,329.44   6,749,033.97

Transportation                              341,001.00     359,926.51     425,692.00     443,669.61     465,818.92     476,027.00     514,054.00     534,136.00

Bus Depreciation                             86,952.67      71,560.17      95,696.64     135,696.00     136,038.32     128,332.51     126,874.20     111,116.13

Retirement Fund                             635,882.21     691,050.00     761,947.00     745,211.00     766,562.00     733,245.00     755,383.00     783,980.00

Adult Education                              34,425.10      30,500.00      30,564.00      30,564.00      31,872.00      32,026.00      32,100.00      32,100.00

Technology                                                                                51,322.17      50,000.00     107,177.12      95,555.07     101,553.93

Flex                                                                                      19,000.00      21,159.59      24,810.94      41,282.31      58,528.79

Building Reserve                                                                         500,000.00     180,000.00     178,379.99     124,963.93     152,579.58

Debt Service                                455,497.50     456,597.50     457,027.50     456,562.50     430,469.36     428,002.50     363,822.50     364,637.50

Total Budgeted Funds                       6,430,128.53   6,778,784.01   6,993,667.89   7,728,532.91   7,718,956.41   7,920,399.43   8,207,364.45   8,887,665.90


General                                           77.68          77.02          82.20          83.43          95.16          94.64          95.17          94.75

Transportation                                    23.15          23.94          27.95          27.92          28.74          27.06          28.61          28.57

Bus Depreciation                                   5.92           6.56           0.00           2.21           2.26           5.10           4.08           3.92

Retirement Fund                                  County         County         County         County         County         County         County         County

Adult Education                                    2.74           2.84           2.76           0.94           2.73           2.62           1.38           2.06

Technology                                                                                      5.11           4.71           4.52           4.33           4.16

Flex                                                                                                                          0.00           0.00           0.00

Building Reserve                                                                               10.23           9.41           9.04           8.65           8.32

Debt Service                                      29.45          24.32          23.74          14.25          21.78          19.14          14.18          12.63

                  Total Mills                    138.94         134.68         136.65         144.09         164.79         162.12         156.40         154.41

Taxable Valuation                          7,841,817.00   8,278,945.00   9,057,739.00   9,778,214.00 10,624,150.00 11,059,076.00 11,554,805.00 12,021,547.00

Increase from prior year                     466,445.00     437,128.00     778,794.00     720,475.00     845,936.00     434,926.00     495,729.00     466,742.00

Mill Value                                     7,842.00       8,279.00       9,058.00       9,778.00      10,624.00      11,059.00      11,554.00      12,021.00
                                   Corvallis School District #1
                               2006-2007 SCHOOL YEAR
BUDGET SUMMARY                                                       UNRESERVED                            DISTRICT
A S OF AUGUST 8, 2006                                                  FUND                               PROPERTY   DISTRICT
                                   ADOPTED              TOTAL         BALANCE             OTHER              TAX       MILL
FUND                               BUDGET             RESERVES        REAPPROP           REVENUE        REQUIREMENTS LEVIES

Total of Funds 201 - 261       $   8,523,028.40   $     758,562.31   $ 223,337.03    $   6,594,976.71   $   1,704,714.66   141.
Debt Service 250                     364,637.50                -       205,826.10            7,023.00         151,788.40    12.
DISTRICT TOTAL                 $   8,887,665.90   $     758,562.31   $ 429,163.13    $   6,601,999.71   $   1,856,503.06   154.

                               2005-2006 SCHOOL YEAR
BUDGET SUMMARY                                                       UNRESERVED                            DISTRICT
                                                                       FUND                               PROPERTY   DISTRICT
                                   ADOPTED              TOTAL         BALANCE             OTHER              TAX       MILL
FUND                               BUDGET             RESERVES        REAPPROP           REVENUE        REQUIREMENTS LEVIES

Total of Funds 201 - 261       $   7,843,541.95   $     738,567.20   $ 248,534.70    $   5,951,630.89   $   1,643,376.36   142.
Debt Service 250                     363,822.50                -       196,502.73            3,525.00         163,794.77    14.
DISTRICT TOTAL                 $   8,207,364.45   $     738,567.20   $ 445,037.43    $   5,955,155.89   $   1,807,171.13   156.

DIFFERENCE 06/07 - 05/06       $    680,301.45    $      19,995.11   $   (15,874.30) $    646,843.82    $     49,331.93    (1.9

Other Revenue is defined as:                                         Decline is due to
-Sate Funding                                                        Bus Depreciation - bus purchase
-School Block Grants                                                 & Retirement -all county funded
-Interest Earnings

Building and Department Information

The following is information from each building and department in the school. Further
information can be obtained from the district’s website at or by calling
the appropriate administrator.

Corvallis Primary School
Janice Stranahan - Principal

The Corvallis Primary School staff strives to build a foundation for each child so that he/she is
encouraged and empowered as a learner. The mission of the school is to assure that all students
are provided with the educational opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to
effectively function in a changing society. The staff is dedicated to providing a safe learning
environment with a strong emphasis on academic excellence where children learn to be
responsible individuals, partners in the community, and citizens of the world.

Math Curriculum & Assessment

One of our goals was to review the math curriculum, and to improve math instruction and
student performance in math. We began the school improvement process in 2004. The staff
reviewed the K-4 math program to identify strengths and weaknesses. The staff attended
presentations by Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory on interpreting test scores and
designing a program for school improvement. Our math curriculum committee reviewed
curriculum materials, looked at diagnostic measures and addressed issues. Grade level teams
deconstructed state test items in order to determine our strengths and weaknesses relating to
math content, skills, and strategies. Grade level teams began the process of curriculum mapping
to ensure that high priority content and skills are taught and reviewed appropriately.
        The following conclusions are an outgrowth of our investigation and work sessions:
        1. Based on extrapolation of data from the fourth grade Criterion Referenced Test items
we identified the following content/skills as “high priority skills” (based on frequency of
occurrence on CRT test items):
                Algebraic Thinking
                Basic Facts
        2. Based on our data analysis we determined that students would need to effectively use
the following strategies in order to do well on the CRT:
                Problem Solving (application of basic skills)
                Critical Thinking
                Numerical Reasoning
                Mental Math

The focus for math improvement was to develop a K-4th grade math program which includes a
“common core with a common language and common approach”. The math leadership team

addressed the need to implement components of higher level thinking skills and problem solving
in math instruction. The Arithmetic Developed Daily program was implemented K-4th grade to
teach problem solving skills.

Norm referenced math assessments were implemented kindergarten through fourth grade.
Teachers attended workshops during alternative PIR days to learn how to administer,
score/interpret assessments and how to improve instruction through program planning. Students
were assessed three times a year to determine academic performance and growth. The following
is a description of each assessment:

Math assessment (K-2nd grade)
        GMADE (Group Mathematics Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation) uses the standards
set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics to ensure that the results tie directly to
state and national goals. It includes three subtests that cover key areas:
        Concepts and Communication
        Operations and Computation
        Process and Applications
Identify student math skills with reliable test data:
        Overview: A group administered diagnostic mathematics test that measures
        individual skills in key areas.
        Administration Time: 50-90 minutes, as one session or shorter, multiple sessions
        Scores/Interpretations: Stanines, percentiles, grade equivalents, age equivalents, standard
scores, growth scale values.

        Math assessment (third & fourth grade)
        Northwest Evaluation Association developed Measure of Academic Progress (MAP), a
computerized adaptive assessment program that provides educators with information they can
use to improve teaching and learning. MAP tests are state aligned and are often used as an
indicator of preparedness for state assessment.
        MAP measures academic growth over time, independent of grade level or age. The test
results provide educators with timely access to information they can use for instructional
planning and school improvement. The test is administered up to four times a year.
        Map tests provide highly accurate results that can be used to:
                Identify the skills and concepts individual students have learned
                Diagnose instructional needs
                Monitor academic growth over time
                Make data-driven decisions at the classroom, school and district levels
                Place new students in appropriate instructional programs
        Montana State Aligned Version:
                Mathematics Goal Structure
                        Problem Solving and Reasoning
                        Number Sense and Operations
                        Algebraic Concepts, Processes, Patterns, Relations, and
                        Data Analysis, Probability and Statistics

The math curriculum committee and math leadership team evaluated math texts books and made
a recommendation to adopt the Harcourt math series.

Reading Curriculum & Assessment

At Corvallis Primary School we recognize that the first years of school establish the essential
foundation of literacy. To launch the literacy journey, we have adopted practices that are
consistent with research from the National Reading Panel. Through curriculum instruction, we
provide students with essential reading skills which include the following: phonemic awareness,
phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension.

The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy is a series of research-validated, classroom
tested benchmarks and progress monitoring. The assessment predicts reading performance of
young students and points the way to the most appropriate instructional interventions. Students
from kindergarten through fourth grade are given benchmark assessments three times a year to
measure the critical areas of early reading.

The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of standardized,
individually administered measures of early literacy development. They are designed to be short
(one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of pre-reading and
early reading skills.

With the new state initiatives school districts are required to demonstrate improvement among
those students identified as “at risk” for reading failure. DIBELS is a tool designed to assess
student development in literacy in grades K-6. Specifically, it looks at students’ performance in
the areas of phonological awareness, alphabetic understanding, and fluency with connected text.
DIBELS meets criteria as an effective, research-based screening tool for assessing growth in
early literacy.

Based on the students’ DIBELS scores, teachers are able to easily identify and intervene with
students who may not be performing at grade level. Teachers can modify their delivery of
instruction by grouping these students together, and monitoring their progress using DIBELS

Educational Programs

Title 1 Program
        Kinderplus - Title 1 Extended Day
                Kindergarten students needing extra help are selected to participate in
        this program from 11:00am-1:00pm. Students receive extra help in
        gaining readiness skills needed for first grade.
        Reading Incentive Program
                Students receive recognition and rewards for at home reading.
        Early Intervention
                The Title 1 staff works with the kindergarten, first and second grade
        levels to provide more direct instruction (1 on 1 and small group) to our at-risk students.
We are stressing the phonological process (phonemic awareness & segmentation) to help our
emergent readers.

Special Education
       Learning Lab and Life Skills
       Students with disabilities have available to them an appropriate education that
       emphasizes special education and related services which are designed to meet their
       unique needs and prepare them for employment and independent living.
Gifted & Talented Program
       This program provides appropriate educational opportunities for highly capable students
       as identified through formal testing.
Supporting Positive Student Behavior
       Intervention Assistance Team
       This program meets the needs of students who are at-risk or are currently having
       problems in the classroom because of school or home related issues. The principal,
       special education director, Title 1 teachers, special education teachers, and counselors
       meet weekly to schedule IAT meetings.
       Restorative Justice
               The restorative justice process is a compassionate and educational
               alternative discipline program for any student demonstrating chronic
               or severe behavioral challenges.
       Meaningful Work
               This program provides meaningful work opportunities around the school. The
               program is designed to help children develop a sense of pride and ownership in
               their school.
       Class Meetings Conflict Resolution Program
               The class meeting is a forum for students to collectively take charge of
               their own learning. Class plans are developed to improve the learning
               environment, friendships, and cooperative groups.
       Friendship Groups (Lunch Bunch)
               The purpose of this group is to strengthen friendships at school.
               Selected students meet weekly to share how school is going, figure
               out ways to make it better, and get support from each other.
       Playground Enhancement Program
               This project is a new approach to old fashioned fun and learning on the
               playground. The PEP Can is a resource that provides children with
               games that channel their abundant energy into positive experiences.
       Empowerment Program
               This program is designed to help students take responsibility for their
               own learning. Students attend their own IEP or IAT meeting and talk
               about their needs in school.
       Do the Right Thing Behavior Incentive
               Students receive good behavior slips for positive behavior. They bring
               the slips to the office and names are drawn for recognition and prizes.
       Art Makes a Difference
               This program is designed to develop art skills and friendships.
       Check-in Program
               Check-ins and A Place to Calm and Focus with the counselor is a place for
               students who are exhibiting non-compliant behavior and/or a lack of confidence
               in their academic work. The program is designed to
               help with emotional regulation.
       Morning Check-in Station

              The students check in with a trusting adult before school starts.

Community Involvement
    Parent Involvement Coordinators
            Parent Involvement coordinators direct and plan volunteer activities.
            Numerous volunteers are utilized at our school.
    Kid’s First- After School Program
            This child care program for K-4 students offers quality care from

Support Staff & Programs
              Support staff includes: school psychologist/counselor, speech therapist,
              preschool teachers, librarian, health enhancement teacher, computer technician,
              nurse, and music teacher. High school tutors help reinforce skill development in
              all grade levels.

Special Activities
       K-4 Music Programs
       Back to School Night
       Artist in Residence
       Family Fun Night
       Title 1 Family Night
       Parent Literacy Luncheon
       Jump Rope for Heart/Jump Event

Extra Curricular Activities
      Intramural basketball - third-fourth grade
      Little Devil Wrestling - kindergarten-fourth grade
      Chess Club
      Junior Garden Club
      Destination Imagi-Nation

Corvallis Middle School
Dr. Tom Miller - Principal

Each year Corvallis Middle School focuses on an instructional goal to increase student
achievement. Professional development and resource acquisition before and during the school
year address that year’s goal. During the 2005-2006 school year our staff goal was “Integrating
Technology for Student Learning”. This theme was infused in our efforts throughout the year.

Professional Development:

       1 Day – David Bixby, a fifth grade teacher from Hellgate Elementary, presented a
       practical workshop on the use of technology in the classroom.
       1 Day – Mini lessons developed by our staff including Arc View, Web Quests, Learning
       Games, On-line Lessons, CD Software, Powerpoint, and a work session.
       October Early Out - File Management
       December Early Out – Web Page development for staff
       During the 05-06 school year – Use of the PASS procedure to make available teacher
       gradebooks to parents on-line.
       During the 05-06 school year – Continued development of web pages.
       Training - Inspiration software incorporated into 8th grade inquiry project
       Training - Implemented keyboarding through the use of a mobile writing lab in the 5th
       grade language arts classroom

Resource Acquisition:

       Grant funding - $25,000 for a mobile research lab (in use during 06-07 school year)
       Mobile writing lab
       Upgrade main computer lab
       Upgrade writing lab
       Increase library research lab to 11 computers
       Additional computers in reading class
       Purchase of projector/laptop setup in 8th grade

Corvallis High School
Trevor Laboski – Principal
“Creating Lifelong Learners”


Corvallis High School is located in western Montana about 45 miles south of Missoula, MT and
7 miles north of Hamilton, MT. Situated between the Sapphire and Bitterroot Mountains,
Corvallis High School serves students grades 9-12. With a population of roughly 475 students,
Corvallis High School is a Class A Montana high school.

Belief Statements

1. All students can learn and succeed in different ways in a safe, non-threatening environment.
2. Students learn best by forming relevant connections between past experiences and newly
gained knowledge.
3. Curricular, extra-curricular, and co-curricular activities promote responsibility and teamwork,
which are necessary attributes of a good citizen.
4. Parental and community support elevates student attitudes and achievement.
5. All relationships among students and between students and staff should enhance mutual
respect and self-esteem.
6. The arts provide a gateway for imaginative and intuitive expression while allowing all
students to achieve success in different ways.
7. Engaging students in positive learning experiences is our number one priority.
8. Challenging expectations promote individual growth and encourage the development of the
lifelong learner.

Goal Statements

1. To reduce the dropout rate.
2. To increase achievement in math and reading as measured by the ITED and CRT.
3. To decrease the number of accidents during school and school activities.

Goal Summary

Corvallis High School has been working towards reducing the dropout rate since 2001. In that
time the dropout rate has consistently decreased. This year CHS went from a 2.9% dropout rate
to a 3.1% dropout rate. Although this was an increase it is still much lower than the roughly 7%
dropout rate when the goal was set.

Achievement in the ITED has remained consistent through the years with only minor
fluctuations. The CRT is still a new test to the school and state. Achievement has been solid and
CHS has reached adequate yearly progress through the state based on these scores and other


Corvallis High School’s biggest challenge this year was preparing for the retirement of longtime
principal Sarah Schumacher. Other turnovers included two counselors and one master teacher.

With a diverse staff of veteran and rookie teachers, CHS must work to include all in the change
process and to empower both ends of the spectrum. A renewal of the school improvement cycle
will help foster the “buy-in” of these individuals so a common mission can be attained.

Corvallis High School’s ongoing challenge remains serving the low income students in the
community. Through a district-wide Title I program as well as the inclusionary approach to
special education, CHS continues to address these challenges. Mentor programs, day camps, and
other transition programs have worked to ease the daily obstacles for many students.

Facility issues continue to make scheduling, safety, and teacher recruiting difficult. Science labs
and shop space continue to pose safety hazards and class sizes are increasing due to increased
enrollment, budget constraints and lack of space. Lack of lunchroom space requires the school to
release students at lunch. This has secondary impacts as issues from this spill over into the rest
of the school day.


The 2005-06 school year was overall a positive year at Corvallis High School. Academic
achievement remained the primary focus and growth was achieved. A summer institute
professional development training helped focus efforts on the transition from high school to the
real world and staff began integrating career education into their curriculum. The curriculum
review cycle allowed time to identify the need for a district-wide effort toward increasing
physical education time. Facility planning gave the high school time to reflect upon scheduling
strains and possible solutions to program problems. Some notable achievements from various
groups, clubs and programs are listed below.

Awards and Honors

The Class of 2006 was awarded $1,256,285 in scholarships.

Co-valedictorians: James Broughton, Rachel Carney, Zach Hennager, Meghan Zimmerman
Salutatorian: Johanna Gerig, Olivia Gingerich
Straight As for 4 Years: James Broughton, Rachel Carney, Zach Hennager, Ashton Stephens,
Meghan Zimmerman
Lighthouse Award Winner (Educator of the Year): Jode Caldwell
Community Volunteer of the Year: Bob Buecheloer, Terry Nobles
Parent Volunteer of the Year: Gus Johnson
Student Volunteer of the Year: Clarence Jessop, Cody Cousins

Athletics and Activities Participation

Corvallis High School had a total of 231 boys and 244 girls participate in athletics and activities
for the 2005-06 school year.

Choral/Music/Theater Departments

The Corvallis High School choral department had an awesome year. Collin Fehr, Trevor Fehr,
and Lydia Jessop were selected by audition to sing in the All State Choir held in Bozeman-
October 2005 during the Music Educators Association Convention. Choral department
activities included: providing solo and ensemble vocalists to sing the "Star Spangled Banner" for
many of the athletic events. Ovation Choir was the featured entertainment at several community
activities and meetings throughout the valley. Ovation's favorite performances are singing for
the primary school students before the Christmas break and doing the National Honor Society
induction. The choral department also participated in two fund raising events this past year.
Students sold cookie dough and Christmas trees to help build the fund for a new Clavinova.

One of the many highlights of the year was the musical "Annie", filled with amazing Corvallis
High School talent and performing for sold out audiences on Friday and Saturday night shows.
It was a great opportunity to bring our entire community together for family theatre at its
best. The amazing production included cast, crew, and volunteer help from over 100 Corvallis
High School students, staff and families. Undeniably, this production could not have been done
without our Music Theatre class and the many students who were not cast or crew members, and
our volunteers. There was help in all areas: costuming, makeup, set design and construction,
choreography, and publicity to name a few. The musical experience has again instilled in those
involved the importance of spirit, enthusiasm, camaraderie, teamwork, cooperation, discipline,
and the desire to give of themselves 100 percent in everything they do. The Annie musical had 3
sold out shows and a cast of more than 50.

The high school choral department hosted three concerts --Winter, Pre-festival and late Spring.
The concerts featured many of our talented musicians and our volunteer accompanist, Joan
Chesebro. The winter concert again helped build community spirit when we invited our choir
alumnae to join us in the annual rendition of the musical selection "Carol of the Bells". Not only
did our four choirs participate in district festival, there were over 40 choral solo and ensemble
students who participated in district festival .We sent 11 choral groups to the state music festival
with superior ratings. Our last concert featured the annual choral senior slide show, a slide
show/choral tribute to one of our own, the late Ashley Friend, and a choral selection educated to
our outgoing principal Sarah Schumacher. There were twenty vocalists who lettered in choir
this year, three of our seniors who had lettered all four years.

Speech/Debate Team

The Corvallis Speech & Debate team, under the guidance of Doug and Michelle McConnaha,
earned a state championship in drama.


CROSS club donated $100 worth of school supplies to Hurricane Katrina victims. They also
gave CHS key chains to every high school student at Christmas.

Classroom Without Walls

In late July and early August of 2006, Classroom Without Walls traveled to the Albino Lake area
of the Beartooth Mountains to continue its study of the genetic diversity of mountain goats.
During their weeklong backpacking trip, students collected samples for DNA analysis and
filmed segments on genetic flow, dwindling habitat, and the adaptations of Oreamnos
americanus. The long-term study will examine the dynamics of species diversity by comparing
the Beartooth herd, transplanted there in the 40s, with the native Bitterroot herd from which a
portion of those transplants were taken. While some students are gathering technical data
through polymerase chain reaction, others are at work simplifying the concepts of genetic flow
and DNA analysis for the benefit of middle school students. Participants in CWW ’06 were Zac
Davis, Sean McConnaha, Pat Monahan, Alissa Schlecht, Christine Weidow, Ceran Walker, and
Jeremy Reynoso. The advisers were Nancy Spagnoli and Art Rzasa.

Science Fair

Senior Forrest Jessop took 2nd place at the international science fair with his project studying
genetic diversity of mountain goats.


Technology Program  
Russ Hendrickson ‐ Director 
1. Introduction
       a. Mission Statement:
              “Empowering today’s learners for tomorrow’s world”
       b. The technology department consists of three employees; the Technology Director,
          and two Technology Specialists
       c. Every classroom, grades K-12 has at least one computer with an Office Productivity
          Suite (word processor, spreadsheet, database and presentation package), Email, web
          browser, and student information system program (SchoolMaster).
       d. Each school library has 5-10 computers with electronic circulation, electronic
          periodicals and nearly infinite research resources available through the Internet.
       e. There are three computer labs in the high school, two labs in the middle school and
          one computer lab in the primary school with the focus of enhancing student
          achievement in core area classes through the integration of technology.
       f. Anti-virus, SPAM and content filtering software is installed on the district network.
       g. An extensive data backup system is implemented to protect against the loss of data.
       h. High speed internet access is available on all computers throughout the district.
       i. An employee purchase programs allows teachers to buy home computers through
          Dell Computers at a reduced rate.
2. Goals
       a. District Goals
          • Integrate technology into curriculum and instruction.
          • Increasing the ability of teachers to teach utilizing technology.
          • Integrate technology into the school/community relations plan.
          • Improve and upgrade network infrastructure to meet the needs of the district.
       b. Strategies to achieve goals
          • Professional development
          • Technology needs assessments
          • Technology funding
          • Parent/student/teacher communication
       c. 2005-06 Goals
          • New district wide phone system – COMPLETED
          • Connect Primary School to the rest of district via wireless link – COMPLETED
          • Rebuild Primary School network as part of Corvallis domain – COMPLETED
          • Upgrade internet connection with Qwest (T1 connection @ 1.5 Mbps) –
          • Install new content filtering system – COMPLETED
          • Install new Firewall system – COMPLETED
          • Install new anti-virus – COMPLETED
          • Install new SPAM mail filtering – COMPLETED
          • Install new School Master Upgrade – COMPLETED
          • Install on-line access to School Master available – COMPLETED
          • Pursue Grant Opportunities
                  o Valentine Grant received for High School - $24,000
                  o Valentine Grant received for Middle School - $21,000

           •   Continue goals set forth by District Technology Plan – IN PROGRESS

3. Significant Challenges
      a. Staffing – The increase in the use of technology district wide has caused a drastic
          increase to the work load for the technology department. As a result, many necessary
          tasks cannot be completed when requested. Most specifically, the start of the school
          year has become a very difficult time for teachers and other staff members within the
          district. Many items that are important to a successful start of the school year simply
          cannot be completed by the three employees in this department. These tasks are then
          postponed and addressed when time allows.

           In addition, some tasks can not be completed at all due to the amount of time spent
           maintaining the current network. Items related to integration of technology into the
           curriculum are often left up to the teachers to deal with without support from the
           technology department due to our workload.

           Currently, the High School and Primary School labs are both monitored by one
           employee. Each building has a lab monitor for ½ of the day. There is a substantial
           need to increase this support to a full day at each building.

       b. Computer Access – There is a large demand for more computer labs and access to
          existing labs within the district.

4. Potential Solutions
      a. Staffing – An increase in staff within the technology department would solve many of
          the problems addressed above. By returning the lab monitor positions at the HS &
          PS back to full time, this would solve the demand for more open lab times at those
          buildings. In addition, this position would also help alleviate the work load place on
          the technology department. This would provide more time to spend on keeping up
          with the job requests throughout the district. This would also solve the issues faced
          at the beginning of the year and more support could be given to teachers during this
          critical time.
      b. Computer Access – This is being addressed by researching the mobile lab concept. If
          this is successful at the middle school, funding would need to be secured to add
          mobile labs at the other buildings.

Special Services
Ginny Haines - Director

Special Education

The number of students identified as having a disability and in need of special education services
increased from the 2004-2005 school year to the 2005-2006 school year by 12 students. We
continue to see a high rate of change with the number of students transferring into the district
with an IEP and the number of students transferring out. The increase in number of students
served came across the board with all three schools. No one grade level saw a larger impact than

The following is the December, 2005 child count information by grade; and a look at total child
count numbers for the previous 4 years. It is an unduplicated count of students receiving special
education services as of 12/1/05.

       Grade            Count
       Preschool        19
       K                10
       1st              13
       2nd              10
       3rd              12
       4th              14
       5th              21
       6th              19
       7th              18
       8th              22
       9th              11
       10th             20
       11th             10
       12th             8

       TOTAL:           207

       Total 12/1/04:   195
       Total 12/1/03:   190
       Total 12/1/02:   192
       Total 12/1/01:   180

Our exiting data for the period dating July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2006 reflects the following:

       Grade          Count
       Preschool      4               Primary School:
       K              4               4 students – returned to regular ed.
       1st            3               13 students – moved, known to be continuing
       2nd            2
       3rd            4
       4th            0

       5th            8               Middle School:
       6th            4               7 students – returned to regular ed.
       7th            1               7 students – moved, known to be continuing
       8th            1

       9th            0               High School:
       10th           3               3 students – returned to regular ed.
       11th           2               3 students – dropped out
       12th           6               5 students – graduated with diploma

The exit date will not match up with the 12/1/05 child count data because it does not account for
new students in special education who enrolled after the child count date and then exited for one
reason or another.

It is due to the dedicated staff in special education that Corvallis Schools has built such a well
respected program. The following is a breakdown of district special education staff:
        Primary School
        8 paraprofessionals (2 of these teach the preschool)
        3 certified special education teachers
        .5 school psychologist

       Middle School
       5 paraprofessionals
       3 certified special education teachers
       .5 school psychologist

       High School
       4 paraprofessionals
       3 certified special education teachers
       .5 school psychologist

       District Staff
       2 - .9 speech therapist (serves Primary, Middle, High)
       OT services - contracted through MDMH (serves Primary, Middle, High)
       PT services – contracted through MDMH (serves Primary, Middle, High)
       Audiology services – contracted through Hearing Conservation Program
       1.5 Speech Aides (serve Primary & Middle)


Title I services are provided to students who are at the greatest risk of failing in reading, written
language, and math. The primary school, middle school, high school and Pines Academy have
established qualification criteria used to determine a student’s level of priority. Students are
identified as a 1 (highest need), a 2 (moderate need), or a 3 (some concern). Services are first
provided to students identified as priority 1, then provided to priority 2 students as appropriate.
Priority 3 students are not usually served directly, but rather placed on a watch list. The
caseloads of all Title I teachers fluctuate throughout the school year.

Corvallis Primary School continues to see high numbers of students qualifying for Title I
services. It is likely that the transient rate contributes to the need for supplemental academic
support for many students. Reading continues to be a high priority for services in the primary
school particularly in the early grades; the DIBELS program has become key to the progress
monitoring of the Title I students throughout the school year. The Kinderplus program continues
to serve our highest need kindergarten students through an extended day program.

Corvallis Middle School provides a number of programs in addition to the traditional Title I
support for students. The Title I teacher teaches several Essential Skills classes in the areas of
math and written language. The middle school continues to utilize the SRA Reading Program
for support of both Title I and Special Education students in reading fluency and comprehension.

Corvallis High School serves students in the core academic areas. The majority of Title I
students receive support through classroom assistance. The after school tutoring – which is
staffed by certified teachers – continues to be a popular avenue of supplemental support for
many students.

Corvallis Schools are fortunate to have a wonderful Title I staff made up of highly qualified
teachers as well as very knowledgeable paraprofessionals. The positions are supported with
Title I funding:

       Primary School:         3.5 certified teachers
                               2 paraprofessionals

       Middle School:          1 certified teacher
                               2 paraprofessionals

       High School:            2 certified teachers

       Pines Academy:          .5 certified teacher
                               .5 paraprofessional

The following is a duplicated number of students by grade who received Title I support in the
core academic areas:

       Grade                Corvallis             Pines Academy
       K                    36                    1
       1st                  41                    4
       2nd                  46                    8
       3rd                  40                    3
       4th                  29                    8
       5th                  55                    2
       6th                  46                    5
       7th                  40
       8th                  43
       9th                  50
       10th                 56
       11th                 44
       12th                 27

       TOTAL:               553                   31


Corvallis School District #1 participated in the following federal programs through the
Consolidated Application for the 2005-2006 school year:

       Title I, Part A             $480,323.00
       (Improving Basic Programs)
       Project Director: Ginny Haines

       Title II, Part A             $154,469.00
       (Teacher and Principal Training and Recruitment Fund)
       Project Director: Daniel Sybrant

       Title II, Part D            $14,674.00
       (Educational Technology)
       Project Director: Ginny Haines

       Title IV, Part A            $18,010.00
       (Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities)
       Project Director: Ginny Haines

       Title V, Part A             $9,200.00
       (Innovative Programs)
       Project Director: Ginny Haines

       Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2 $45,617.00
       (Rural Low-Income)
       Project Director: Ginny Haines


Section 504 is a federal civil rights statute enacted to ensure non-discrimination against persons
with disabilities. The law states, “No otherwise qualified disabled individual…shall solely by
reason of disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be
subjected to discrimination by any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
Any person who has a mental or physical disability which substantially limits a major life
activity may be covered under Section 504.

Over the past several years the number of students identified as qualifying under Section 504 has
increased. Disabilities range from a diagnosis of ADHD to recovering addicts. In order to better
serve the students, families, and staff, each school building assigned a Section 504 case manager
to work in conjunction with the District 504 officer in identifying the types and levels of
accommodation a student may need. This system proved very beneficial in streamlining service
and expediting meetings.

District 504 Officer: Ginny Haines

Primary School 504 Casemanager: Kristi Lawrence
Middle School 504 Casemanager: Stacy Jessop
High School 504 Casemanager: Tina Moore

Food Service
Kathy Martin - Director

The Food Service Department strives to provide quality meals to all students, staff, and
community members as our services are needed to keep those meals at a minimal cost to
the customers yet remain within budget. It is staffed by a dynamic group of nine devoted
employees. We provide breakfast, lunch and luncheons/suppers as needed. We purchase
food for concessions and various other student groups. We provide district wide support
to many events and fund raisers from homecoming tail gate party to popsicles for field
days and every where in between.

The student participation continues to grow. The average lunch count was 787 meals.
That is up 23 from the previous year. That is 141,660 reimbursable lunches for the school
year. The record setting day was 872 on Valentines Day.

Breakfast participation is 124 students per day on average or 22,320 for the year. We are
proud to know that many students are fueled up and ready to learn each day.

Maintaining student account balances is the most difficult part of the program. We take
every effort to secure funds from students whom are not eligible for financial assistance.
We found this year it is much more difficult as family budges tare tightened and with the
on line grade system, holding a report card no longer carries any weight. There are some
situations that have been very difficult to obtain payments.

The Federally funded application process is all computerized now. We strive for this
confidential information to be processed accurately and timely so any eligible student
receives these services as quickly as possible.

The HACCP plan has begun to be developed and implemented. It is a proactive plan to
keep foods handled safely from the time of purchase to consumption. All phases of food
handling are evaluated. This is a very in depth plan and will require continual
improvements and monitoring. It will be an ongoing goal.

The school wellness policy was implemented. The goal will be to serve on the committee
and make recommendations and be a part of providing a healthy school to help students
make healthy lifelong choices.

The new plans/policies are great opportunities for professional development for the food
service staff. I am a peer mentor with OPI to assist not only within the district but to
other schools as well. I sit on the state OPI ABC Committee to assist on a state wide level
as well.

We will implement these changes in the upcoming year. Strive to improve services
offered, meet the changing demands and face new challenges as they rise. Be the quality
program we are and exceed expectations.

       Goals for 2006-2007
          1. Continue with the development of the HACCAP plan.
          2. Assist with the wellness plan.
          3. Explore new ideas for maintaining student balances.
          4. Continue evaluating feed back from students for improvements.

       Long term goal
       Expand lunchroom to provide adequate space, seating and time for all students meals


Corvallis continues to be a progressive school district and a highly qualified staff is always
looking for new programs and opportunities to enhance the educational quality for our students.
Our administrators provide solid instructional leadership and the working relationship between
school personnel and the Corvallis School Board is very positive. This relationship promotes
growth in the school district. Due to each trustee’s countless hours of service to the district, this
school continues to thrive. It is a very positive environment in which to work and by working
together, we will continue to improve on the many positive educational opportunities that we
have in place.

Daniel Sybrant
Corvallis School District #1

Administrative Directory
Daniel Sybrant - Superintendent 961-4211
Trevor Laboski - HS Principal - 961-3201
Jason Wirt - HS Assistant Principal/7-12 Activities Director - 961-3201
Tom Miller – Middle School Principal - 961-3007
Rich Durgin – Middle School Assistant Principal 961-3007
Janice Stranahan - Primary School Principal - 961-3261
Virginia Haines – Special Services Director - 961-3201
Russ Hendrickson – Technology Director – 961-3201
Larry Bays – Transportation and Maintenance Director 961-3201
Kathy Martin – Food Service Director – 961-3201
Vannesa Bargfrede – Business Manager/Clerk 961-4211


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