Eagle Strut fundraiser a success

CES Principal Shellie Miller reported the success of the fundraiser to the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees at the meeting Monday evening, noting that this would be the only fundraiser for the year and the students raised more than double what they have raised in the past selling items out of catalogs. Plus, 100% of the money raised by students will be retained to benefit the school and every single student, as opposed to catalog sales that require a middleman who gets part of the profits. 

Each student was encouraged to raise $20, but any student who raised $10 or more was entered into a drawing for prizes, which were donated by various community members. Every student participated, regardless of raising money for the event, and each student used math, science and health skills during 45 minutes of walking and 45 minutes of health centers. 

In other Board news:

CES teacher Cindy Bartlett submitted a letter of retirement effective October 3, 2011. 

The Board unanimously approved the following new hires: Vanessa Wyss as High School Super Bowl Coach; Karen Eckert and Mindy Hart as the Spelling Bowl Hosts; Aimee Karacia as the Junior High Fall Cheerleading Coach; Travis Carie as the sponsor of New Era for fall/winter 2011-12. 

Superintendent Steve Darnell said he submitted a waiver to the Department of Education, claiming dire financial hardship for the missed school day Friday due to a power outage. If the State does not grant the waiver, students will make up the missed day on January 16.

Several SGCS teachers highlighted the progress achieved by students using System 44 and Read 180 reading programs. Donna Oler, who teaches 4th and 5th grade Read 180, described the programs as “data-driven but child-centered,” saying that the data guides what is taught, but the child-centeredness “motivates kids so they can be life-long learners.” 

CES Principal Shellie Miller presented Dawson Meeks as the Spotlight on Success for October. An enthusiastic Dawson fielded questions from Miller and proudly wore a bright yellow shirt with the word “respect” on it at the Board meeting. According to Miller, “Dawson exemplifies our pillar of respect through his caring words and willingness to always help his classmates. His outgoing personality shines with his teammates in football and baseball.” Dawson is the son of Cara and Joseph Meeks. 

The next regular scheduled Board meeting will be Monday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administrative Board Room.

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