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J The Adams County Record Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Curriculum Cc)mmittee Meets by Dale Fisk The Committee that ,will be working on the curriculum plan for Council's schools met at the high school on Monday night and waded ,right into the nitty-gritty details of budgeting. , Superintendent iMurray Dalgleish started .,by proposing a method for the committee to i express their opinions .during discussions. The 'Fist to Five" method uses a show of hands, with the number 7of fingers held up :expressing a member's .degree of approval on a subject--a fist indicating disagreement and five fingers meaning total agreement, with degrees in between depending on the number of fingers held up. The group reviewed and discussed the school's Mission and .Belief Statements, but tabled alterations until -the next meeting after members study the existing statements. District Secretary Cathy Lakey outlined the school's budget, showing the sources and types of income and the specific uses that each fund must be used for. She explained that the District has discretion on how only a small percentage of the funds are spent; most of the money is mandated to be spent on specific things. Much of the state and federal money received is based on the number of students enrolled and attending classes. A very small amount of money is received from property taxes--only enough to pay liability insurance. Salaries form the biggest percentage of the total budget, composing over half of all money spent. The school budget and other relevant Information is available to the public on the school web site: www. csd 13.org. Superintendent Dalgleish explained the decisions that the committee will have to make, keeping in mind the limited funds. But he said the remote classroom---sharing teachers over a digital network---may help meet our needs. "You can't just look at this as a lack of resources because now we have the ability to bring in curriculum from elsewhere," he said. Dalgleish handed out several data sheets showing the old and new credit requirements for graduation, information on classes, schedules, staffing and more. The committee will have a lot of studying to do and some hard choices to make. The object is to come up with recommendations for the school board. No date was set for the next meeting of this committee, but one will be set within the next week. Superintendent Murray Dalgleish addressing the curriculum commmitee. Cambridge Senior Chatter Put Life in Perspective Spring is just around the comer; I see baby calves, robins and red 'wing black birds and 'grass starting to green everywhere. The days are getting noticeably longer, and warm days will soon follow. I've lived through ,67 spring seasons in my lifetime so far and I'm always amazed at the lift in my spirit as the circle of life begins anew. Maybe I appreciate the seasons even more so now, that as I get older I realize that my number of spIngtimes remaining are numbered. , , Have you.eer stretched ,out a measuring tape and allocated years to inches? It's a wonderful exercise to put things into perspective. If the average life expectancy is 78 years, I need to roll the tape out at least that far, then mark my current age, 67, and see what is left in terms of length. Not much tape left. I think it's liberating to know that our time is limited, as it helps us to gain an appreciation of our experiences and to focus on what is truly important in our lives. I found myself obsessing about a few things the other., day, :,the, .what" isn't important; just suffice it to say that I was ruminating and feeling anxious over a situation, when it occurred to me that it had nothing to do with me personally and that my anxious activity wasn't going to make a difference in the outcome. I don't know why I'm such a slow learner when it comes to things like this, but I seem to have to re-learn the same lesson periodically. I think that's why I like the Serenity prayer so well: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference." A few USDA Invites Minority Producers To Join USDA Minority Farm Register From the USDA Weiser, Idaho, February 21, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) invites minority ).. farmers and ranchers in . 'Washington and Adams '" Counties and across the nation to voluntarily join the USDA Minority Farm Register to receive information and opportunities from USDA agencies. "The new Minority Farm Register is an outreach - tool to reach underserved farmers and ranchers who are not currently enrolled in USDA loan, farm or conservation programs." said Washington/Adams County FSA county executive director. 'I'he Register is a shared outreach list that will help USDA, community- based organizations and minority-serving educational institutions to communicate with minority farmers and ranchers." By joining the Register, minority producers may receive outreach materials, newsletters, and program announcements from USDA agencies. They may also receive information and assistance from other USDA-approved outreach parmers, such as community-based organizations, faith- based organizations, and minority-serving educational institutions. USDA will carefully control access to and use of the Register. Individuals wishing to join the Register must sign and date a form that provides their name and address. Providing phone numbers, e-mail address, race, ethnicity, gender and farm or ranch location will be voluntary, although the additional information increases the producer's opportunities for receiving timely assistance. The Register pamphlet with the registration form is available at the Breckenridge Cedar siding panels on sale now starting at $15 per #x8 sheet. Vinyl lap sMinB just $35 per 100 sq. feet! AFFORDABLE FULL SIZED LUMBER YARD 00av-on Family Owned since 1972 1454 South Main Street Payette, Idaho __ 208-642-4792 8am to 6pm Monday thru Saturday Washington/Adams County USDA Service Center or from approved USDA outreach partners. Completed forms may be marled to: USDA Minority Farm Register, USDA Stop Code 0503, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250. FSA and USDA's Office of Advocacy and Outreach are jointly administering the Register. Registration forms are available in Spanish (AD-2035SP) and English (AD-2035) on the FSA web site (www.fsa. usda.gov) under "Forms". An individual may remove his or her name from the Register by writing to the Minority Farm Register, USDA Stop Code 0503, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250. For more information, please contact the Farm Service Agency, STOP 0503, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-0503 (Call 1-866-538-2610; Fax: 1-866-302-1760; or E-mail: MSDA@USDA. gov). Call thoughtful questions to myself, and perspective can be achieved. I can decide what I need to do, and if there isn't anything, I can work on letting it go. A good way to do that is to look at it in relation to the remaining tape left in lifeline exercise. If its not life altering, it's probably not worth my remaining time worrying about it. Sorry for getting off track, but I'm hoping there has been something of value in my digression from senior center news and activities. Speaking of that, we.are going to have two shopping trips this month. On March 6th: we will travel to Ontario for our regular monthly shopping, and on March 20tl we will be heading to Nampa for shopping at Costco, Winco and anyplace else in that region that anyone wants to go. Our foot clinic will be held on March 22 and our blood pressure clinic will be on March 28th. Our Pinochle tournament continues Page 7 Council High School Student of the Week Brandon Gibleau by Fran Ogden The student of the week for this week is Brandon Gibleau who is the son of Mandy and Jamie Gibleau of Council and Carla and Rick Altman. He is the grandson of Bev Lautt and Donna Gibleau. Brandon is a 9th grade student at CHS who was chosen by the faculty for being greatly improved in all areas. Staff members describe Brandon as a willing worker who has a great attitude is quick witted. He has a keen sense of humor. Staff members are greatly appreciative of his effort. by Janice Cawyer 257-3358 to be a lot of fun, and donation of $2,000. Now, we have had several new to get that same donation, players attend this past we would have to have month. I'd like to thank 200,000 points donated Gary Bonzelet for his each quarter. This, in dedication and effort to a small community, is keep the games going impossible. So we are, as year round. Those of you so many other businesses, that come know that tightening our belts and this is also one of our trying to find ways to fundraising activities, raise additional income. The Pinochle games Our next fundraiser will have contributed about be on April 6 th, and it $600 this past year to will be an All you can the center as well as eat "Idaho Potato Bar." providing entertainment We thought we might for the players, try something different Fundraisers are for a change of pace. becoming increasingly We will have .big.i Idaho important, as,  we. try .bakers, chili.0Hr, 4"eallq, to make up for lost revenue from the Ridley's advantage program. Many of you know that Ridley's modified how they allocate percentages on points earned, and that they have raised the number of points needed to receive the maximum return. What this means is that at the beginning of last year, we only needed 60,000 points per quarter donated to us to receive that maximum Cambridge High School Principal Notes All-nire Once again congratulations go out to our varsity boys' basketball team for a great season! These young men finished the season with a couple of very exciting games - beating Council by one for second place in the district tournament, and playing to double overtime in the state play-in game, Unfortunately, we ended up on the short end in the double overtime, but the team played hard! As one season ends the next begins. Track practice began on Monday of this week. If your child is interested in participating in track, please have him or her visit the high school office for appropriate paperwork. As a reminder, driver Heather Lawrence, Dental Hygienist Monte R, D.D.S. education is scheduled to begin Monday, March 5. A driver permit must be obtained before a student can begin the course. Instructors are asking that the permits be obtained by Friday, March 2. The third nine week grading period is scheduled to end Thursday, March 8. In preparation for the end of the nine weeks, teachers will be available for students until noon on butter, chives, bacon bits, olive slices and cheese: whatever anyone puts on a potato we will have. I've yet to contact the Jammers, but I'm hopeful that they will play for your listening pleasure. Mark your calendars now so you won't forget. Until next time: Stop, take the time to smell the roses and watch sunrises, and sunsets. It's later than you think. by Angie Lakey- Campbell Friday, March 2. If your child is behind in classes, please encourage him or her to attend school on Friday for assistance. Our band students will be conducting their annual all-niter on Thursday, March 8. If students have not yet asked you for pledges, they should be doing so soon. 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