Goessel has high attendance at parent-teacher meetings

Goessel Elementary School principal John Fast reported to the school board at the Nov. 12 meeting that 100 percent of the elementary school students were represented by their parents at parent-teacher meetings.

Junior/senior high school principal Stuart Holmes also reported a high percentage of parents attending parent-teacher meetings. Ninety percent of the students were represented. Parents of the remaining 15 students were contacted by teachers.

Holmes also highlighted recent student accomplishments.

“There are so many positive things going on,” he said.

High school students participated in the Heart of America (HOA) league vocal and instrumental honors concerts. Eight students were selected to participate in the district Kansas Music Educators Association band. Ten were selected for the KMEA choir. Eight students participated in the junior high KMEA choir Nov. 3 in Andover.

The high school boys cross country team placed third at regional, which qualified them for state competition at Wamego.

Six high school football players received honorable mention for the HOA eight-man football team, and one was selected as the first team kicker. The junior high football team won the HOA eight-man division championship.

Two high school volleyball players were selected to the HOA first team, and one to the second team. The volleyball team won the sub-state competition and competed at the state level.

The scholar’s bowl team has placed third and fourth in the first two tournaments.

The eco-teams placed tenth and thirteenth at the state meet, out of 27 teams. Goessel won the ornithology section.

On another matter, Fast described the school’s crisis plan, which lists guidelines for natural disasters and threats. The crisis team includes the superintendent, principals, counselor, secretaries and custodians.

Fast said the crisis team could also include counselors from other schools. Teachers have specific guidelines to follow. It was pointed out that all communication with the news media would be through the superintendent only.

Board member Lynette Duerksen commended Fast: “This looks very good.”

Board member Dewayne Voth agreed: “You’ve done an excellent job.”

The board approved the first reading of the plan.

In other business:

–Board member Maynard Knepp acknowledged the work of artist Alberto Martinez, who painted the set for “Pillow Talk,” the high school play presented Nov. 9 through 11. Martinez completed the work even though his daughter died in a vehicle accident Nov. 8.

“I think we should publicly thank him for what he did for our school and our kids,” Knepp said.

–The board voted to accept a donation of rocks, minerals, skeletons and fossils from Harold Schmidt of North Newton. The board expressed appreciation for this generous gift.

–Fast said November is service month. Grade school students are raising money for the Red Cross and for children in Afghanistan.

— Holmes reported that junior high community work day had been Nov. 9. The high school work day was scheduled for Nov. 16.

–Holmes reported that the high school student council hosted a breakfast in honor of all sponsors and coaches during activities week.

–Fast said Ben Regier had presented a hammered dulcimer concert and combined his performance with character education and drug awareness.

–Holmes said the Interquest drug dog assembly had been well received.

–?Fast reported grade school students had been rewarded with a picnic for meeting their October reading goals. Popcorn and a movie will be the reward for November reading.

–The annual book fair was in progress at the grade school. Fast said it will provide money for elementary school library books.

–Fast reported on lighting work at the grade school that has been completed in the gym, library and stage. Plans are to replace classroom lights also.

–Board member Richard Drake reported on the Marion County Special Education Cooperative meeting he had attended. He said 526 students are enrolled in special education this year, eleven more than last year. The Oasis school has 19 students.

–Superintendent Chet Roberts said he is working on negotiations for a part-time technology coordinator.

–The board discussed technology for night setbacks for energy savings.

–The board approved the credit card policy, which was recommended by the Kansas Association of School Boards. Roberts said almost every school in the league is using the same policy.

–High school family and consumer science teacher Ruth Goertzen attended the meeting and briefly described her curriculum. She said she is glad to work for such a great school with such great staff.

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