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~The Adams County Record Wednesday, March 2 i, 2012 School Board Approves Levy Request Page 7 by Dale Ftsk The school board meet- ing on March 15 was well-attended. ". Superintendent ~Dalgleish proudly announced that Mr. • Borg's students did very -well in the INL Scholastic -Tournament quiz bowl. JThey placed second out :of ten teams in the March. :-5 math and science com- ~petition in Boise. They "will be going to Idaho ~Falls to compete in the state championships. , Fran Ogden had 15 ~students in Boise doing job shadowing. Mrs. t-lolmes' FFA students ,will be going to Twin Falls in the second week ~of April for a state FFA leadership conference. Hank Shepard received san American Star in ~kgriscience award at the district level for his FFA :project. He will fred out ~=at the leadership confer- ence ff he will win an ~award at the state level. ,~The Elementary School Bonnie Thompson ~reported that Idaho Theater for Youth is com- ing to the Ell~mentary School on April 10. She said, "I called them just to get some prices, and they told me that they had written a grant and their goal was to get Idaho Theater for Youth into a school in every "county in the state. No one from Adams County had contacted them, so we get them for free because the grant will pay for it. They will do a performance and one workshop. They break the workshops into groups of 30 kids, and they all get to do some- thing hands-on related to the theatrical per- formance. And then PTO is going to buy the other two workshops, so that every kid in the Elementary will get a chance to go to the work- shops." The Elementary kids will stage a ten mile mar- athon after Spring Break that will be somewhat like the readathons that the school has done. The kids can get pledges for up to 10 miles. They then walk the ten miles and collect from the people who pledged. The money will go to fund field trips since the state no longer reimburses the school for field trip expenses. The idea is to combine a well- ness effort with a fund- raiser. Over 80% of the Elementary students participated in the Lifetime Sports day. Grades 2-6 went to Brundage Mountain, and the first graders went to Ponderosa State Park and learned how to snowshoe and cross country ski. Athletics Athletic Director David Howe reported that the football schedule has been set. There will be five home games and four away games. The volleyball and basket- ball schedules are still in process, but are coming together well. The Jr. High basketball teams are off to a good start. Both girls' teams are undefeated, seventh grade boys have lost one game, and the eighth grade boys have lost two. High school track practice has started. The team is starting off with 24 members, which is a big increase over the last couple years. Jr. High track will start after spring break. Even though the school has cut softball from its budget, Mr. Howe is optimistic that there will be a girls' softball team next year. He said there should be enough girls, and he is hoping a donor in the community that offered funding last year will still be willing to help. The school has also cut baseball, and Howe wasn't sure if there would be a team next year. Various logistics and funding involved in forming a team were dis- cussed. The board tabled a decision about this, asking Howe to deter- mine how many boys are interested and whether a co-op with another school would be possible, among other factors• Two Senior boys par- ticipated in the all star basketball game: Jeb Balderson and Tim Mentor• Jeb won the dunk contest there. "I'm really glad Tim got to go," Howe said, "He suf- fered here for a couple years, getting beaten up on, and I think this was good for him to get his Policy The board accepted three more policies that are being added to the school policy manu- ai from state laws per- taining to schools. Mr. Dalgieish reminded those present that all of these laws are not required to be in school .policy, but, "It's nice to have them written in our pol- icy manual so we don't have to go through a law book to find them." More policies will be added in months to come. Wayne Freedman said he has been pleased with turnout and participa- tion on the curriculum and facilities committees• He gave a review of the conclusions reached and challenges faced so far by the curriculum commit- tee. He then turned the floor over to Mark Mahon to explain the project to restore the shop program. (See separate article, front page.) The board voted to add one substitute teacher and one substitute bus driver to their list. I vy Ryan Zollman proposed that the school board ask voters to approve a supplemental levy in the amount of 850,000 per year for two years, to hire a full time, experi- enced vocational agricul- ture teacher. The posi- tion would provide the district with shop classes and agricultural science classes. If a teacher who is hired does not qualify for the 850,000 in salary and benefits, the excess money would be used to upgrade the shop build- ing. Zollman reminded everyone that, cur- rently, no "property tax money, except to fund the biomass project and a small amount for tort insurance, goes to the schools. The levy is esti- mated to cost someone by Fran Ogden It is a pleasure for the staff to each week select a student for recognition for what they are accomplishing in the school. Students are selected for academic excellence, improvement, positive attitude, willingness to help, kindness to others and much more. This week's student of the week is, and has been, an excellent student all year. She is Cory Allred who is a seventh grade student at CHS. She is described by the staff as conscientious, goal driven, courteous, respectful, polite and teachable. She plays basketball and helps on the family farm. She is the daughter of David and Ramona Allred of Indian Valley. Staff greatly enjoy having her in class. by Dale Ftsk The Council School District curriculum committee met Monday night with a good turnout. This will be a summary of the meeting, as there was not enough time to write a full article before the paper went to press. Superintendent Dalgleish used the Idaho Education Network technology to bring Cambridge School Superintendent, Ed Schumacher to the Council High library electronically. Ed appeared on a large screen where those in the factors that people feared as negatives have been dealt with successfully. The curriculum committee discussed the pros and cons of a four- day week and concluded that more research is necessary before making any recommendations. Another issue discussed at length was creating a middle school In some way. This is the concept that 6~ graders would begin a transition toward Jr. High type classes and level of instruction. There are many details that are lacking in this concept just r~wardsj In the all with a $100,000 home mention, Jeb Balderson was second team all con- ference and Tim Mentor got honorable mention. The board has adver- tised"in house" for a girls' basketball coach, and got no interest. They will now widen the search. attendance could see right now, and a more be~~5.~d ~er .~d :hear him, and, he : :'specific plal~;nee~is, to~e yeai~.~*ZlYIl~fff~ ~ffd l~i~ty .... • ........ couid 'see' and hear all 6~tlined. • people use skills every present in the library.None of the ideas day that they learned in Schumacher spoke being discnssed will go shop class. "I think it's to the group about into effect (if they go extremely important; I'm the advantages and into effect) without due hearing from kids all the disadvantages of the process, including public time how important it is to them," he said. four-day week schedule meetings. that Cambridge has The Record will feature The board approved been using. He is quite much more on these the levy request unani- sold on the schedule, issues in weeks to come. mously, and said almost all of "" Jeb Balderson winning the dunk contest at the boys' all-star basketball game in Emmett. Tim Mentor also participated and was in the Three point shoot-out. Camb rid9 ˘ Students Visit ::}With Kyrgy :Students tan . The students of Mr. of phones. Tenth grad- ~-Moran's Current Events er, Samantha Jordan, was surprised by how many cell phones the students in Kyrgyzstan had, "I couldn't believe they had cell phones and Ipods'. Wes Hopkins, an elev- enth grader, enjoyed the web meeting and thought the Kyrgyzstan students, "spoke English extremely well, and had a very good understanding of the English Language". Mr. Moran hopes to continue the cultural exchange program with Kyrgyzstan with more internet interactions and web meetings for students. If you have any questions or com- The Council FFA Chapter has had a stellar month. Eight members including Waylon Zielinski, Hank and Tessa Shepard, Chase Brown, Brittany Armistead, Megan Perkins, Lily Holmes and Tyler Power attend- ed the Western Idaho District FFA Banquet Monday, March 12, in Ontario, Oregon where two members were rec- ognized at the Western Idaho FFA District ban- quet Monday night. Waylon Zielenski earned a District Proficiency Award in the area of Natural Resource Management. Hank Shepard was recognized for his work in the area of Forest Products. He was also recognized for his star degree in Agriscience as well. Council FFA Chapter recently found out that it earned a gold rank- ing in the state of Idaho after having completed a National Chapter Award application. The activi- ,. class at Cambridge ,High School recently ,,met with students in .-Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan via the Internet. The local students enjoyed their web meeting with the studerlts 12 time zones away. During :the web meeting, ,Cambridge students shared and answered questions with the stu- dents in Kyrgyzstan. ''The questions ranged ' from religion and foods, to technology. The Kyrgyzstan stu- dents attend school ':six days a week, and "eat oatmeal for lunch. "When the subject ~' of technology was "'explored. students from both sides of the world pulled their cell ,,phones ont to corn- ,' pare types and sizes ments about please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Moran at Cambridge High School. Members of the Council FFA Chapter at the Western Idaho District FFA Banquet in Ontario, Oregon on March 12th. ties presented in the Conference. Then. the attend the event in April. application come from application will be eval- The members would three areas: communi- uated at the national like to thank all people ty, chapter and student level for star rankings,in Council and Indian development. FFA mem- Results for that rankingValley who allowed huts bers and agriculture are pending, to be placed on their students work all year The chapter is now property last year. FFA to complete the activi- preparing to go to members are looking ties and compete for the State Leadership forward to working with recognition at the stateConference by selling bee many of the same folks level in Twin Falls at the hut contracts to raise again this year. State FFA Leadership the needed money to this, Cambridge High School Principal Notes Jr. High Basketball Winding Down ing a superior rating son this week. They at the concert contest travel to Salmon River last week! The students on Tuesday, and were excited with the Cascade on Thursday, results of the contest of this week. Council and at the same time will be hosting a boys' are looking to continu- tournament on Friday ally improve their musi- and a girls' tournament cianship, on Saturday to com- Our junior high bas- plete the season. ketball teams will be As many of you are finishing up their sea- aware, students will Congratulations to our February students of the month! Andrew Schneidewind and Ryan Kindall were selected based upon the char- acter trait of citizenship. The character trait for March is fairness. Congratulations also go out to •our high school band for receiv- by Angie Lakey- Campbell be released for spring break on Thqrsday after school. No matter the age of your child, I hope you will be able to spend quality time with him or her over the break. He or she will be out of the house before you know itI