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October 19, 2017 Lone Tree School Board highlights student achievements
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The October meeting of the Lone Tree School Board was preceded by a brief summary of last Monday’s Johnson County Comprehensive Plan Listening Post, Oct. 9. Superintendent Ken Crawford had, along with City Council member Ruby Dickey, attended. Crawford expressed his hope that the County would loosen current restrictions on housing development in order to allow more families to move into the district.

The Board heard from student Ashley Yedlik with regard to “In October We Wear Pink”, an activity that helps raise cancer awareness. Two games—Lone Tree volley ball vs Mediapolis, Oct. 10, and Lone Tree football vs Iowa Valley, Oct. 13—were designated as “Pink-Out” games where people attending the games were encouraged to wear pink. For game day, Oct. 13, a pink lion logo was painted on the grass. Students sold baked goods and t-shirts at Friday’s game to raise funds to support cancer awareness.

“We Wear Pink” is an activity of Lone Tree’s Family Career Community Leaders of America. FCCLA is a national organization for students through grade 12. Lone Tree’s chapter has 15 members. Lisa Meissner is the group’s faculty adviser and AshleyYedlik is its treasurer.

Elementary Principal Amber Jacque reported on FAST (Formative Assessments of Student Thinking) results. Reading scores for Lone Tree fifth graders, Fall 2017, were up from last year’s score of 62% proficient by 13 point with no significant drop from last spring’s scores. Jacque credited the school’s summer reading program

High School Principal Regan Stone reported on Olweus Service Projects. For September and October. Half the Senior class volunteered at the Johnson County Crisis Center Sept. 20. Half the Sophomore class helped with clean-up at Napoleon Park in Iowa City. And there will be a school-wide community service day Oct. 27. Anyone needing help with fall yard clean up can call 629 4610 or e-mail

Stone also reported on Lone Tree’s Olweus Agreement. This is a four step Bullying Prevention Program. The rules are 1) “We will not bully others”; 2) “We will help students who are bullied”; 3) “We will include students who are left out”, 4) “If we know somebody is being bullied we will report it to a trusted adult and expect an appropriate response”.

Other business included financial reports and school policy changes.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 PM in the school’s library.

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