Presentations on programs in the Pierce City School District filled the majority of the November meeting of the R-6 Board of Education.
Jerri Jasumback, wellness coordinator, shared results of a faculty survey on ways to promote health among the staff and students. Elementary school ideas focused on keeping 150 minutes of physical education each week and stopping the practice of keeping students out of physical education to finish classroom work. Faculty also endorsed building another gym and hiring a new physical education teacher.
Ideas for the middle school and high school included: screening for tobacco use; asthma education for students; certification for the food service director; sports injury training for coaches; enhanced physical activities; installation of smoke detectors in the middle school; and encouragement from the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and clubs to offer fruit in fundraising efforts.
Teacher Charity Rakoski talked to the board about the professional learning community (PLC) at the elementary school, now in its second year at the school. She said the PLC is not "just another thing to do" but integral to the way teachers do their job.
The PLC provides teachers the chance to collaborate, gaining from each other's experience and ideas for helping children. Faculty also shared ideas about modeling appropriate behavior for children.
Rakoski said teachers are working on creating essential learning outcomes for each grade level and new SMART goals for each grade and building.
|Crystal Charles brought her high school contemporary issues class to address the board about attendance at sporting events. The class studied the poverty level in the district and evaluated advantages and disadvantages of several alternatives, such as passes to encourage attendance.|
The class proposed a policy where students with no D's or F's could gain admission for half price to home games. The students hoped the price break would motivate classmates to attend games and raise school spirit. Board members listened with interest and asked a number of questions before taking the matter under advisement.
Board members moved the next monthly meeting to Wednesday, Dec. 15, so that board members could attend the elementary Christmas program on Dec. 16.
Filing dates for the April t election were set to open on Dec. 14 and close on Jan. 18, 2011. Board reograniation will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 14, 2011.
A written program review of the facilities and grounds prepared by Superintendent Russ Moreland, the three principals and the maintenance staff was adopted. Concerns in the report identified several issues at the middle school, including handicapped accessibility, deteriorating stairs and walls, the lack of an adult restroom, inadequate storage space and an unusable fire escape.
Other concerns included extending the sidewalk in front of the elementary school, below surface deterioration of the track, the lack of a restroom-concession stand-storage facility at the softball field and irrepairable damage to the newest lawn mower.
The report listed improvement goals. Exterior work included installing a cover to shade the preschool playground, extending the elementary sidewalk and providing a cover for the middle school sidewalk. Interior work focused on replacing ceiling tile in hallways and classrooms, which has already begun, and repairing windows at the middle school.
Elementary Principal Teresa Abramovitz reported her staff had training on Nov. 2 by the Northwest Evaluation Association on using data about student performance. Three quarters of the staff completed certification or renewal on CPR skills. The Jordan Valley Dental Clinic sent its mobile van to the school on Nov. 5 and provided fluoride for all students who had permission.
Middle School Principal Gayle DeGraffenreid said several Response to Intervention strategies are now in place on her campus. These include bi-quarterly grade reports, a guided study hall, peer mentoring, increased school-home communication and character education recognition.
High School Principal Steve Garner said his students donated 99 units at the blood drive on Nov. 2. Two students, Michelle Xiong and Jennifer Skaggs, were chosen for Crowder College's Upward Bound program next summer. Reetha Haase had been selected for the Southwest District High School Honor Band in two instruments.
Moreland reported one of the agriculture classes has begun landscaping the new addition. Excavator Richard Jones donated dirt for the project. Moreland expected to have numbers for the December meeting about refinancing 2006 bonds that will save the district money. The three-year asbestos reinspection will take place for the entire campus on Dec. 13.