Make Coleman School Days 14 Minutes Longer
Students in Coleman School District will find their evenings a bit shorter and their school days a bit longer from Monday, March 25 until their school year ends at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 4. Blame it on the snow.
After discussing options with Administrator Brian Walters at their regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 18, the school board decided to add 14 minutes to each remaining school day this year. The longer days will make up for three of the four days that classes were canceled because of ice and/or snow this winter. Only one snow day had been built into the years calendar. The other option would have been to add three days at the end of the school year. Comments at the meeting indicated board members felt students benefit little if any from days added at the start of summer vacation.
So, starting on Monday, March 25, students will be dismissed for the day at 3:30 instead of 3:16 p.m. By the time the school year ends the hours they missed will have been made up.
In other business, the board accepted the resignation of fifth grade teacher Nate Motkowski, who has accepted a teaching position at Peshtigo. Walters thanked Motkowski for his time in Coleman and told the board he will be missed.
The board also approved the calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. Students will return on Tuesday, Sept. 3 (the day after Labor Day), and dismissal for the summer will again be on June 4, 2014.
At its January meeting the board had approved purchase of 30 I-Pads for teachers as recommended by Technology Director Mike Perry. Cost was approved at no more than $400 each, up to a maximum of $12,000. Teachers were to be allowed to take them home and use them as their own for deposits of $70 each, provided they demonstrated willingness to learn the technology at home and then use it in their classrooms.
At Mondays meeting, the 30 teachers came with their new I-Pads and demonstrated for the board just how useful they can be.
The board at previous meetings had discussed the possibility of adding at least one on-line credit course to the graduation requirements in order to encourage lifelong learning. After being assured that some teachers do include on-line sources for some of their class work the decision was not to make the change, at least for now.
There was some discussion on poor sound quality at the spring concert, and a suggestion that perhaps funds should be found for a new sound system for the gymnasium. However, conclusion was that the problem is with acoustics in the gymnasium, rather than with the current sound system. No action was taken.
Work continues toward making solar panels for the school a reality. Engineers are making the final designs once the board approves them, probably at its April meeting, the project can be let out for bids. Cost is to be covered by grants for energy saving projects.
Walters briefed the board on expected impacts recent developments in the federal sequester and the state budget on school financing.
The board approved the CESA 8 contract, which proposes basically the same services as this year, for mostly the same price. It includes a 5 percent increase in cost of physical therapy for students.
Elementary Principal Kathy Jo Kostrova urged everyone to reserve time on Friday, April 12 for the Are You Smarter Than A Coleman Fifth Grader? program.
She reported that turnout was 76 percent for the most recent parent teacher conferences, and said any parents unable to attend on the scheduled date should call to set up a meeting with their childs teachers.
Parents who were unable to attend Child Development Days but who are interested in having their child screened for Early Childhood programs should call Mrs. Pusick at 920-897-2525, and those who want to enroll their child in Junior Kindergarten should come to the school office with birth certificate and immunization records.
Elementary students are collecting items for the countywide Homeless Hygiene effort.
First Graders celebrated Dr. Seuss birthday with a read-a-thon and Read Across America Day. Second Graders made ice cream in the snow. Third and Fifth graders teamed for a little read-a-thon. Fourth Grade English classes are charting a musher in the Iditarod dog sled race in Alaska. Fifth graders went to Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya in Mountain, affiliated with the Greater Green Bay YMCA, for outdoor activities including cross country skiing and hockey.
The school districts physical education department raised enough money to buy real snow shoes with the help of the M&M Community Foundation, Coleman Booster Club and the school district to replace the plastic snowshoes they formerly used. They also were able to buy adjustable poles to use with the snowshoes.
On Thursday, March 28, as part of the Positive Behavior Intervention (PBIS) program, students and some of the staff will enjoy a dunk the teacher, principal and superintendent event.
Spring Break (Easter Vacation) for all students will be from Friday, March 29 through Monday, April 1.
Report cards will be issued on Monday, April 8.
High School Principal Kelly Casper thanked Mr. Bronson, Mr. Former, Mr. Casper and the entire coaching staff at the end of a successful winter sports season. The wrestling team won runner-up honors in state competition. Baseball, golf, softball and track seasons are getting underway.
Coleman students who participated in Academic Bowl Competition at St. Thomas Aquinas Academy in Marinette on Monday, March 18 included Jacob Schell and Mitchell Woulf, Social Studies; Montana Bischof and Mackenzie Meyer, Science; Jessica Kust and Carissa Marquardt, English, and Tia Swenty and Mason Mergener, Math.
High School and Middle School Positive Behavior Intervention (PBIS) incentives on Thursday, March 28 include a Gong Show and Beat the Winter Blues.
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