Bridge Street Middle School students celebrate their test scores | News, Sports, Jobs

picture by: Derek Red

Students at Bridge Street Middle School are sprayed with colored powder by Elm Grove Lions Club member Mary Jo Graebe during a ‘color run’ as part of a Thursday celebration of improved standardized test scores .

WHEELING — On Thursday, the letter “B” was for Bridge Street Middle School and principal Jessica Broski-Birch got a “B” carved into her already short hair.

Bridge Street students celebrated higher scores on standardized tests on Thursday with donuts, color and watching Broski-Birch get part of his scalp buzzed.

She had promised the students that if they achieved a cumulative proficiency score of 95% on their General Summative Assessment test, she would have the letter “B” for Bridge Street carved into her hair.

The students scored a cumulative proficiency score of 97% on the test, and she contacted her stylist – Luke Steed of Frederick’s Day Spa Salon – to come and bring her clippers.

picture by: Derek Red

Bridge Street Middle School principal Jessica Broski-Birch has the letter ‘B’ shaved on the side of her head by stylist Luke Steed of Frederick’s Day Spa Salon as part of a celebration of improved results standardized tests of its students.

Sixth graders performed best, so they got to sit in the gym and watch Steed buzz a circle on the left side of Broski-Birch’s scalp – while leaving a ‘B’ of hair in the middle .

GSA test results indicated that Bridge Street students improved their math scores by 5 percentage points overall this year. Scores in English and language arts, meanwhile, rose 15%, according to Broski-Birch.

Students have a newly renovated school this year, where family photos and murals of well-known people doing great things hang in the hallways.

But Broski-Birch said after a long period of virtual learning, just being in the building with teachers and other young people has made all the difference for the students.

“I know parents have done their best,” she said of children learning at home during the pandemic.

Ohio County Schools Superintendent Kim Miller attended the celebration and praised the students for their efforts to improve.

“It didn’t happen overnight,” she told them. “Thank you for all your hard work.”

Miller also called Broski-Birch “a most amazing director.”

“She believes in you,” Miller said. “And she wants you to be the best version of you that you can be.”

Students from other classes in the school also performed well, so they were able to observe the school staff in a tank outside.

All students were able to take part in a “color run”, during which they completed a lesson while wearing a white shirt. Upon its completion, a celebration of colored powder was sprayed over them.

A donut truck was ready to supply them with donuts after the event.

Today’s breaking news and more to your inbox

Leave a Reply