Parent participation high at Goessel teacher conferences

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA GOERZEN
Goessel superintendent/elementary principal John Fast reported to the Unified School District 411 board at the Nov. 8 meeting that all the grades at the elementary school except the second grade had 100 percent of the students represented at parent-teacher conferences on Oct. 25.

Curt Graves, junior/senior high school principal, said 142 junior/ senior high students out of 153 were represented at parent-teacher conferences.

He said the school is contacting parents of the 11 remaining students.

Graves said that 110 junior/ senior high students were on the honor roll, and 132 achieved VIP status for the first nine weeks. He planned a school assembly for Nov. 12 to recognize students for their accomplishments.

“We’ve got kids excelling everywhere,” he said, and listed academics, music and sports. “If we set those expectations high, the kids will live up to them.”

Graves added that “a very large number” of students made the Kansas Music Educators Association district choir.

“It’s very exciting,” he said.

Graves commended students who participated in the Heart of America League honors concert. “All students attending were courteous, respectful and workedvery hard to produce a high-quality concert,” he said.

Graves said he has talked with league principals about scheduling the concert next year after post-season volleyball and football so students are “not pulled in two directions.”

Graves said fall sports have concluded. The junior high football team finished the season with a 6-0 record, while the junior high volleyball team had a 2-6 record. The high school football team finished 5-4, and the high school volleyball team 15-19.

Graves is working on post- season evaluations with coaches. Fall awards night will be Nov. 16.

Junior high basketball practices have begun. High school basketball practices were to begin Nov. 15.

Fast said work has begun on the new maintenance building. The concrete floor has been poured. The Cleary Co. is scheduled to deliver the building Nov. 17 and begin construction the following day.

Fast said Dirksen Construction plans to begin demolition of the current press box around Nov. 15.

“We are going to lock the gate to the track for a few days while the press box is being taken down,” he said. The school is hoping to salvage the lumber and use it elsewhere. School custodians Norman Schmidt and Londell Duerksen will help with the demolition.

In other business:

n Fast said the Goessel Recreation Commission has informed the school that GRC has approved $5,000 for replacing the elementary gym floor. The PTO has also committed $5,000 for the floor project.

n Fast reported that according to the state audit, the school district’s student full-time equivalent stands at 282.5, which is a 0.3 increase from previous projections.

n Fast told the board the new bus has arrived. “Even a new bus has to go through mechanical inspection,” he said. When the paperwork, registration, and inspection are finished, the bus will go on Jim Schmidt’s route.

n the board approved a case study of the school system that Fast plans to do as part of his Wichita State University doctoral studies. He plans to interview 30 people in the community and is researching hundreds of documents dealing with rural schools and declining enrollment.

He said the study will focus on assets, not problems. He said the study will deal with aspirations and inherent challenges of the school and community.

n Fast said funding from a grant written by Miner Seymour provided a performance of Hot Club of Cowtown on Nov. 3 at the school.

n Graves said the high school horticulture class has started work in front of the high school.

n Fast reported that Marcia Brubaker had received the regional Elementary Music Teacher Award.

n Fast reported that funding through the Small Schools Grant is providing tutoring for students in grades one and two in reading and math. Russel Pauls and Ann Hiebert are the tutors. The tutoring occurs Monday through Thursday afternoons.

n Board chairman Lynel Unrau reminded the board about eating lunch with school staff. The second Thursday of the month had been designated in the past, but if that does not fit their schedules, board members were encouraged to go a different day.

n clerk Patsy Schmidt reminded the board about the Kansas Association of School Boards convention the first weekend in December. She said board members should let her know if they want to attend the convention.

n the board met in executive session for the routine superintendent’s evaluation, but had nothing to report in open session.

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