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May 17, 2018 School board focuses on graduation
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Superintendent Ken Crawford had proposed last month that the school day begin and end 15 minutes early.

The proposal was, according to an email dated May 3, “to change the start time to 8:15 and then end the day at 3:15. That would put more academic time into our Wednesday schedule. Practices could start earlier and end earlier and kids would be getting home earlier.” Crawford also said that he believed that “many of our students are already here by 8:15.”

The change was discussed at the School Improvement Advisory Committee meeting, April 25. The feedback was not positive. Crawford said, in that same email, “At this point in time, I will not be moving the start time unless directed by the board to do so.” This was relayed at the school board meeting, May 9.

The meeting itself was taken up mainly by end-of-school -year business and end-of -school-year reports.

Christa Davidson, who teaches second grade, came to the meeting with some of her students to give a presentation on the Reading Buddy Program at the Pioneer Park care center. The presentation was given by second graders Trenton McKean, Addyson Eiben, and Tate Nelson.

Reading Buddy students meet with people living at Pioneer Park to share books and have been doing this since 1975. Julie McKean, who has worked at Pioneer Park for the past 11 years, was there to help and the new care center director, Emily Bryant, who was there to observe.

According to Davidson, Reading Buddy programs benefit both the elderly by providing opportunities to socialize and young readers by providing a reading friend and helper.

Elementary Principal Amber Jacque listed some upcoming events including an awards program on Wednesday, May 23, at 8:35 a.m. for the K-2 program and at 9:15 a.m. for the grades 3-5 program. Graduation ceremonies for Pre-K will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15.

Principal Ronan Stone issued a report on the many activities in which middle and high school students had recently participated. These included four students — Chloe Mills, Abbie Mason, Caitlin Wilson and Rebecca Wilson – who were chosen to represent the Lone Tree School at the Coe College Junior/Senior High Honor Band, April 8 and April 15.

Stone also talked about the State FFA Convention in Ames, May 22-24, attended by 20 Lone Tree students, Bridget Mahoney, who teaches vocational agriculture, Superintendent Ken Crawford, and Stone himself. Crawford said he was “impressed by the number of students and how well organized the event was.” Thirteen Lone Tree students received their Iowa FFA degrees.

And four students — Jaxon Mullinnix, Abigail Buckman, Natalie Patterson, and Hannah Boxwell — spoke for the school’s student Leadership Team. The mission of this team is to encourage and enable greater student achievement and participation in school activities. Mullinnix specifically referenced school pride activities, stating that “complacency is to be overcome.” Eleven students are currently on the Leadership Team. Eighteen have applied to be on it for next year.

The school board will be adding “at least one non-voting representative from the student body” in order to provide student input.

Twenty-nine seniors are expected to graduate this year. Their last day of school will be May 16. The senior class trip is scheduled for May 20-22. Graduation rehearsal will be held May 23 at 10 a.m. The Baccalaureate will be held May 24 at 6:30 p.m. followed by senior awards at 7:15 p.m. Graduation will be May 27 at 2 p.m.

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