EL-G school apprentice program highlighted

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE — At its October meeting, the school board once again heard success stories from students participating in the school district’s Youth Apprentice program.

Instructor Beth Roehl introduced Bella Cain, Jordan Bahrs, and Sarah Niemi. Each told where he or she worked. Roehl then asked the following questions to provide details of the Apprentice program:

How many hours did you work this summer, and how many hours are you working currently? (Each student worked full-time during the summer.)

What are your daily tasks?

Why did you decide to participate in the Youth Apprentice program? What did you hope to learn from it?

What class are you taking in association with the program? (Students take a class at EL-G or Lakeshore Technical College.)

Roehl has introduced students involved with the apprentice program at past school board meetings. Now, as then, board members expressed appreciation and approval as they heard students describe the benefits they’ve enjoyed from the program.

Instructor selected for grant

Spanish instructor Leslie Corbin told the board of her receipt of a Teachers for Global Classrooms grant. Corbin was excited to learn in June that she was one of 76 selected from a pool of over 400 applicants nation-wide. She is now filling out paperwork and doing course work for the program. She will meet the other qualifying applicants in Washington, DC, in February.

Corbin told the board, “The really big and exciting part — the part I don’t know anything about yet — is field experience time during the spring, which will send me out in the world — and I don’t know where, yet. Chances are it will be in Eurasia, Southeast Asia or East Asia, where I will work in someone’s classroom, co-teach with them, and learn some other styles of incorporating global classroom techniques.”

Corbin’s overseas trip will last two weeks. District Superintendent Dr. Ann Buechel Haack said that, other than the cost of a substitute teacher for that time, the school district will incur no costs from Corbin’s travel and other expenses related to her participation in this program, as that is all covered by the grant.

Other district business

Student Council representative Aryka Klemme reported that homecoming went “extremely well,” with student participation and enthusiasm high. She also mentioned the Clothes for Kids drive; Red Ribbon Week, which is intended to promote an anti-drug message; Breast Cancer Awareness month; and coming Halloween activities.

Buechel Haack informed the board of two donations in the past month. First was $2,316.50 from the third annual Pumpkin Sale, which will benefit the school’s greenhouse. The pumpkins were donated by the Paul and Marsha Dirks, and Sue and Dan Tenpas families. Second was $2,000 from Phillip and Charla Beukema, which will help fund the Enhancing Teaching and Learning Award program.

Elementary Principal Deb Hammann’s highlights of activities in JK through eighth grade included student participation in homecoming; gathering school supplies for families victimized by the flood in Louisiana; fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; T-shirt painting and an ice cream social for families of JK and kindergarten; a kindergarten field trip to the Little Farmer; band and choir students attending the Milwaukee Symphony; Literacy Night; a fourth-grade trip to Parnell Tower, the Ice Age Cen- ter, and the Wade House; a seventh and eighth-grade dance; a Middle School Halloween dance; Fire Prevention Month activities; coming parent-teacher conferences.

High School Principal Ryan Faris agreed with previous comments that Homecoming went very well, with student spirit and participation very high this year. The parade went very well, despite a necessary change in planned route. Faris described “one of the coolest things I’ve seen in 14-15 years in education,” where a new student, seemingly reluctant to participate in activities because she didn’t know anyone, was approached by other students and encouraged to participate. “And she attended her first dance in high school, ever,” said Faris. Faris also mentioned parent-teacher conferences; athletic highlights, where visiting students and parents complimented EL-G; a coming donkey basketball game for Future Farmers of America fundraising; a field trip where students visited manufacturers;

Buechel Haack reviewed the latest numbers on open enrollment and the 2016-17 levy numbers. The board unanimously approved a levy amount of $5,432,208, with a mill rate of .00830689.

The board unanimously voted to add two sections to the district’s bylaws and policies, one addressing requirements for graduation, the other for early graduation.

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