Elmer L. Meyers Junior/Senior High School

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Elmer L. Meyers Junior/Senior High School
Elmer L. Myers High School (panorama).jpg
"Steadfast Forever, Meyers High"
Address
341 Carey Avenue
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 18702
United States
Coordinates 41°14′21″N 75°54′31″W / 41.239161°N 75.908629°W / 41.239161; -75.908629Coordinates: 41°14′21″N 75°54′31″W / 41.239161°N 75.908629°W / 41.239161; -75.908629
Information
Type Public Junior-Senior High School
Established 1930
School district Wilkes-Barre Area School District
Principal Michael Elias
Staff 67
Grades 7–12
Enrollment 949
Color(s) Royal blue and Gold          
Nickname Mohawks
Website

Elmer L. Meyers Junior/Senior High School (commonly known throughout the area as 'E. L. Meyers' or 'Meyers') is an urban, public school located on 341 Carey Avenue, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. It is one of three public high schools in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. Meyers is both a junior and senior public high school, offering education to approximately 949 students (2010) in grades 7–12. The student to teacher ratio is approximately 14 students per teacher.[1] Meyers' sports teams are called "Mohawks." Meyers and G.A.R. High Schools have one of the longest standing sports rivalries in the Wyoming Valley.

History[edit]

Meyers opened in the 1930[2] and has survived the flood of 1972. It is currently undergoing construction to fix the roof. As of June 2011, the WBASD(Wilkes-Barre Area School District) members are currently debating continued renovation of the school.[3][4][5][6][7] A projected decrease in population was lauded when the school was first proposed to be closed, though the school has since seen a stable population of students who often do not require public busing.[8] Options include: #1 Close down and demolish Elmer L Meyers Junior/Senior High School, and rebuild the high school at a price of 65 million dollars or #2 Repair Elmer L Meyers Junior/Senior High School at a price of 85 million dollars. If #1 was picked, the students of the school would be displaced for 1 to 2 years. All 7th and 8th graders would be sent to G. A. R. Memorial Junior Senior High School along with 30% of the 9th–12th graders. The 70% of the 9th–12th graders left will be sent to James M Coughlin High School. The students would return in the 2012–13 or the 2013–14 school year.

Awards[edit]

In 2010, E. L. Meyers JSHS achieved AYP. Additionally, the students had negative growth in academic achievement, in 2010.[9] In 2009 the school was in Making Progress: in School Improvement I AYP status due to chronic low student achievement.[10] In 2008, the school was in School Improvement Level I.

In December 2008, Meyers received a bronze placing in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 "Best High Schools" list, which is given to schools that whose student body and lest-advantage students exceed performance expectations on the Pennsylvania high school test.[11][12][13]

Academic achievement[edit]

In 2010, the school achieved AYP status. In 2009 the school was in Making Progress: in School Improvement I status [14] Below are the grade level compared to the state levels.

11th Grade Reading
  • 2010 - 61% on grade level (18% below basic), State - 66%[15]
  • 2009 - 70% (19% below basic), State - 65% [16]
  • 2008 - 56% (17% below basic), State - 65% [17]
  • 2007 - 71% (10% below basic), State - 65% [18]
11th Grade Math
  • 2010 - 52%, on grade level (27% below basic), State - 59%[19]
  • 2009 - 50% (32% below basic). State - 56%.
  • 2008 - 39% (38% below basic), State - 56%
  • 2007 - 55% (24% below basic), State - 53%
11th Grade Science
  • 2010 - 36% on grade level (17% below basic), State - 39%
  • 2009 - 30% (20% below basic). State - 40% [20]
  • 2008 - 28% (13% below basic), State - 39%
8th Grade Reading
  • 2010 - 80% on grade level (8% below basic), State, 81%
  • 2009 - 75% (13% below basic), State - 80%
  • 2008 - 72% (14% below basic), State - 78% [21]
  • 2007 - 84% (3% below basic), State - 75%
8th Grade Math
  • 2010 - 52% on grade level (32% below basic), State - 75%[22]
  • 2009 - 55% (22% below basic), State - 71% [23]
  • 2008 - 49% (29% below basic), State - 70%
  • 2007 - 65% (14% below basic), State - 68%
8th Grade Science
  • 2010 - 50% on grade level (25% below basic). State - 57%
  • 2009 - 50% (31% below basic), State - 55% [24]
  • 2008 - 44% (37% below basic), State - 52% [25]
7th Grade Reading
  • 2010 - 80% on grade level, 33% advanced (8% below basic), State - 73%
  • 2009 - 75%, 45% advanced (9% below basic), State - 71%
  • 2008 - 61% (18% below basic), State - 70%
  • 2007 - 49% (18% below basic), State - 67%
7th Grade Math
  • 2010 - 64% on grade level (19% below basic), State - 77%
  • 2009 - 50% (18% below basic), State - 75%
  • 2008 - 46% (25% below basic), State - 71%
  • 2007 - 48% (31% below basic), State - 67%

Speech and Debate[edit]

E. L. Meyers High School is known across the country for its speech and debate team. Founded in 1997, Meyers hosts the Martin Luther King Open Speech and Debate Tournament every January. The team was tied for a national championship with four other schools in 2009 at the National Catholic Forensic League championships held in Albany, NY.[26][27][28]

Fight song[edit]

The director of marching band obtained official copies of and permission to perform the Florida State Seminoles' War Chant.[29] This song is used as a fight song for the school–especially during sporting events–and is often accompanied by the waving of a tomahawk or rigid arm (to signify the war axe).

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Public School Profile". Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  2. ^ Elizabeth Skrapits (Staff Writer). "Options for new W-B Area high school come with a price - News". Citizens Voice. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  3. ^ Andrew Staub (Staff Writer). "Wilkes-Barre Area deadlocks on budget - News". Citizens Voice. Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
  4. ^ Murdoch, Jim (2011-06-09). "Study May Determine Future of Meyers High". WNEP. Retrieved 2011-06-30. [dead link]
  5. ^ Erin Moody (Staff Writer) (2011-06-09). "Wilkes-Barre Area to study repercussions of closing Meyers - News". Citizens Voice. Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
  6. ^ Paul Golias (2011-06-14). "Some things at W-B Area never change - News". Citizens Voice. Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
  7. ^ "Decade of decisions for future of Meyers High School - Wilkes-Barre, news, sports, obituaries, and classifieds for Luzerne County and Scranton | The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton PA". www.timesleader.com. 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  8. ^ "Meyers’ fate rests in additional studies". Wilkes-Barre, PA: Timesleader.com. June 26, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-30. [dead link]
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (January 2011). "Wilkes-Barre Area School District 2010 School Value Added Summary". [dead link]
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "ELMER L MEYERS JSHS - School AYP Overview". 
  11. ^ Morse, Robert (2008-12-04). "America's Best High Schools Methodology". U.S. News & World Report. Archived from the original on 2008-12-05. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  12. ^ Grochowski, Ryann (2008-12-13). "Meyers recognized for second year with bronze award". The Citizens' Voice. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  13. ^ "Elmer L Meyers Junior-Senior High School: Best High Schools". Archived from the original on 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  14. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Elmer L. Meyers Junior Senior High School - School AYP Overview". 
  15. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "2009-2010 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  16. ^ The Times-Tribune. (September 2009). "Grading Our Schools database, 2009 PSSA results,". 
  17. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2008). "2007-2008 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  18. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2007). "PSSA Math and Reading results". 
  19. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 2011). "Elmer L. Meyers Junior Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2010". [dead link]
  20. ^ The Times-Tribune. (2009). "Grading Our Schools database, 2009 Science PSSA results,". 
  21. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2008). "Reading and Math PSSA 2008 by Schools". 
  22. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Report (September 14, 2010). "2010 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results". 
  23. ^ "2009 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results Pennsylvania Department of Education Report". Portal.state.pa.us. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  24. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Report (August 2009). "Science PSSA 2009 by Schools". 
  25. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Report (August 2008). "Science PSSA 2008 by Schools". 
  26. ^ "Meyers shares national debate title". June 24, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  27. ^ "NCFL 2009 Consolidated Final Results" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  28. ^ "E.L.Meyers Speech and Debate". Meyersspeechanddebate.com. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  29. ^ a b Moran, Malcolm (October 6, 1991). "Seminoles Flatten Syracuse". New York Times:New York Edition. p. 8.1. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  30. ^ a b Wiley, Ralph (September 25, 1989). "The Light And The Lightning". Sports Illustrated (Time Inc.). p. 4. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  31. ^ a b Jenkins, Sally (October 19, 1992). "Call Him Qadry". Sports Illustrated (Time Inc.). p. 1. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  32. ^ Anderson, Dave (November 1, 1990). "The Rocket: Caring, Shy, Compelling". New York Times: New York Edition. p. B13. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  33. ^ Maugh II and Rosie Mestel, Thomas H. (July 23, 2004). "Edward B. Lewis, 86; Nobel Winner Helped Unlock Secrets of Genetics". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
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