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home : the chatfield news : chatfield area news April 15, 2014

11/28/2012 3:01:00 PM
District audit, Action 100 included in Chatfield School Board discussions
By Gretchen Mensink Lovejoy

Chatfield's school board of directors heard and approved the annual audit report Monday, Nov. 19, during the monthly board meeting.

The district's finances are healthy, according to the report, which stated that during the 2011-2012 school year, the district had revenue of $9,480,000, and during the previous year, $9,500,000, with expenditures standing at roughly $9,602,000 and $9,623,000, respectively.

Elementary principal Craig Ihrke reported on the continued success of the Action 100 reading program, citing that the district's pupils have "made 6.2 years' worth of growth" in a matter of a few months - students who began the school year reading at or below grade level now have mastered reading concepts that might have stymied them.

Additionally, students enrolled in the reading research program, an extension of Action 100, are showing great progress as they choose a topic in science or social studies and use Action 100-compatible materials to research that topic.

"Students who are struggling in reading are in the reading research classes which teach how to do research, and they're getting an extra dose of reading and writing by picking a topic of their choice, becoming experts on it, writing a book to share with their parents at the end of the semester," explained Ihrke. "They're doing a fantastic job with it."

Chatfield High School Principal Randy Paulson congratulated the cross country and football teams on excellent seasons and observed that the winter sports season is beginning, promising "a lot of talent."

He updated the board on the noon tutoring sessions available to students in grades seven through 10, originally offered only to ninth graders but expanded to encompass students in other grades due to the success it afforded students in improving their grades.

He also thanked the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter for its presentation of a skit during Red Ribbon Week that portrayed the dangers of using illegal drugs and "how drugs take over people's lives."

LuAnn Klevan, from the Chatfield Community Education, reported that the district's after school enrichment program has undergone a restructuring process but has come out with enthusiastic staff willing to teach writing and theatre, developing a production that will be presented at the early childhood family education special event on Dec. 11.

She addressed the preschool version of Action 100, stating that preschoolers "read" to their parents either by actually reading books or "reading the pictures," or are read to and earn the same recognition that older Chatfield students receive when completing 100 books.

"We do assessments in vocabulary and letter naming, sound naming, get baseline data on their literacy, and if they're falling behind for their target level, we start them working in groups of two to three with literacy assistants who are there for part of the day," Klevan added.

Finally, Chatfield Superintendent Ed Harris thanked Irv and Betty Timms for a donation to the district, as well as the Chatfield Class of 1961 for a memorial sent in honor of Bill Stokes. He also extended his appreciation to Kadin Hill and Katie Martin for inquiring at the October meeting about the creation of a junior high Knowledge Bowl team, now under formation and showing promise.

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