Student shares writing experience with board

Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE — Rain and falling temperatures threatened to make driving home later a challenge, but the School Board met Monday night and calmly conducted its business.

High School Principal Ryan Faris and instructor Nikolai Yasko introduced Skyler Brusky to the board. Brusky was one of ten EL-G students who traveled to Whitewater last November to participate in a creative writing festival. Among the hundreds of student participants, Brusky took second place in the personal essay category.

Brusky told the board about her experience. “I got to see other writers perform what they had written, and then watch the judges critique that,” she said.

Brusky had the opportunity to read her essay, “My Light,” to other participants. All entries were submitted prior to the event, so the judge had already critiqued her piece, but that critique was shared once Brusky read the essay.

“She gave me a couple of positives, and more negatives, I guess,” Brusky told the board. The judge told Brusky the piece was moving, yet suggested Brusky try writing with more emotion.

District Superintendent Dr. Ann Buechel Haack said the “negatives” were probably just suggestions for improvement, and asked if Brusky had incorporated those suggestions.

“I think so,” Brusky said tentatively. “Mr. Yasko might disagree.” This evoked laughter.

“Skyler did a good job,” Yasko said.

“From a parental standpoint—awesome,” said Rick Brusky, Skyler’s father, from the audience. “It was a great experience. I know she’s got something special, and so far, since she’s been in high school here, you guys are doing an awesome job. I’m excited, from a dad’s standpoint.”

Buechel Haack said several events are planned this year to celebrate the district’s 100th graduating class. She said plans are still in the brainby storming phase, but any alumni who would like to participate, or anyone with historical articles, video documentary or ideas are welcome to contact the school. Volunteers are needed for a centennial planning committee.

Several policy revisions were reviewed. This is a first reading for those revisions, so a decision regarding them will take place at the March meeting.

Buechel Haack distributed to the board:

• A list of acronyms commonly used in education.

• A listing of ending balances for activity accounts.

• A detailed list of donations and grant money received in 2017.

• Progress on the staff survey being developed.

The board unanimously approved:

• Acceptance and grateful acknowledgment of several donations in the past month.

• The 2018-19 school year calendar.

Student Council representative Aryka Klemme’s report included a blood drive on March 7 in the Agriculture room; the Senior/staff basketball game on March 9; and the recent winter formal attended by about 60 students.

Elementary Principal Deb Hammann’s JK-8 highlights included recent parent-teacher conferences; celebration of the 100th day of school; Career Day; various field trips; the last boys’ basketball game; the start of middle school wrestling and volleyball; and deciding at what grade level financial literacy classes should be introduced.

Faris highlighted several high school events, including student preparation for ACT testing later in the month; there are currently 11 nominees for the distinguished alumni award; applications being taken for the youth apprenticeship program; students recognized for honor roll and perfect attendance; second-quarter assembly; participation in various activities including forensics and Poetry Out Loud, which Faris said has “become part of our culture here.”

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