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The Kalona News

May 18, 2017 Featured - Lone Tree - Lone Tree School year ending on a positive note
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

The very last day of school will be Wednesday, May 17. It’s the end of the school year and this month’s school board meeting was devoted mostly to continuing business. New issues included upcoming school board elections and graduation.

Work on the Wellness Center is proceeding. The District applied for a $200,000 grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation and a $300,000 grant from Enhance Iowa. Superintendent Michael Reeves, City Council member Ruby Dickey, and incoming Superintendent Ken Crawford gave a presentation to Enhance Iowa May 10. The district has been recommended for a grant from the Riverboat Foundation. Indications are positive for both grants, but neither grant has been, as yet, approved.

Twenty eight seniors will be graduating this year. The annual Baccalaureate ceremony will be held Wednesday,May 24th at 6:30 PM and Senior Awards, same date, at 7:15 PM. Graduation itself will be Saturday, May28 at 2 PM. Twenty seniors will be going on the Senior class trip to Lake of the Ozarks, May 21-23. Faculty and staff Tom Dickey (coach), Melissa Oblander (Spanish), Sharon Murray (MS/HS secretary), and Principal Regan Stone (MS/HS) will be going with them.

With regard to Lone Tree’s upcoming school board elections, school board members are “at large”. They are voted on by the voters of the entire school district and represent the interests of the entire district. Term in office will end this year for Board President James Loan and Board Members Michael Waldschmidt and Christina Magruder. Whether they will choose to run for re-election or not has yet to be determined.

Elementary Principal Amber Jacque gave a presentation on “Current Universal Tier Practices (K-6)”. Tier practices are organized into six building blocks: 1) Instructional Time/Opportunities; 2) Standards and the Enacted Curriculum; 3) Instructional Practices; 4) Instructional Materials; 5) Assessment for Learning; 6) Collaborative Literacy Support.

Stone gave a presentation on “Lone Tree Olweus Bullying Data Report”. The survey used in compiling the report was completed by 225 Lone Tree students. Most students (66%) reported never being bullied, but nearly 15% reported frequent bullying ranging from two or three times a month to several times a week. The most common places to be bullied were hallways, stairwells, in the lunchroom. Girls reported bullying on social media during school hours. Boys reported being bullied in class when the teacher was not there. The common factor with regard to location was the absence of adult supervision. Boys were more likely to report physical assault, confrontation and threats; girls more likely to report exclusion, shunning, and cyber bullying. Bullying incidents outside of school were not included in the survey

The next school board meeting will be June 14.

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