AMBOY – A construction management letter of intent to CTS (Control Technology & Solutions) was approved by the Amboy Board of Education at their Feb. 22 meeting. This was the first step in seeking CTS as the district’s construction manager for a potential building project, which would include construction of a new junior high school.
Principal Joshua Nichols, Amboy High School, congratulated February Student of the Month Kaitlin Tarr.
Curriculum and School Improvement
* During the Feb. 12 School Improvement Day, teachers and paraprofessionals were able to work with their personalized learning and department peers and also work on implementation of tech and curriculum in their classrooms. Amie Wiseman conducted a tech training at all three buildings.
* ISBE sent the results of the most recent Biology/Science assessment, which was administered last spring (2017). Nichols said the AHS biology students did well averaging a score of 307 compared to the state average score of 300.
* Nichols attended the Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center webinar on Feb. 7.
* PRISM of Lee County brought nationally recognized addiction speaker Tim Ryan to present his “From Dope to Hope” presentation on Jan. 26.
* Nichols congratulated the girls basketball team and boys wrestling team on the conclusion of their successful seasons and strong postseason performances. Wrestlers Christopher Morris, Bradley Gazza, Lukas Schaver and Hayden Montavon all advanced to the Oregon Sectional.
* AHS hosted the boys basketball regional Feb. 19-23.
* Margaret Vaessen competed at the Section 2 Proficiency Awards on Feb. 7 at Stillman Valley High School placing first in the Food Service Category. She will compete at district next month. In this competition, students are interviewed about their SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) record book.
* All Intro to Ag students have started an SAE. They are learning how to keep records with the program in class and then creating their own record book on a topic of their choice.
* The welding classes created their first shop project for Valentine’s Day, which consisted of metal roses using oxy-acetylene welding and thin sheet metal. All students were able to make their own roses.
* FFA Week (Feb. 18-24): FFA week kicked off with the Machine Shed Masters on Feb. 18. During the week, dress up days relating to agriculture and FFA were held, along with trivia and activities. On Feb. 22, FFA held an appreciation breakfast for staff and board members in Mrs. Becker’s room with assistance from Tony Becker who volunteered to help the students cook.
* Upcoming CDEs (Career Development Events): Ag Business, Public Speaking, Job Interview, Creed Speaking and Parliamentary Procedure. Any board members interested in helping interview students for the job interview, should e-mail Ms. Drew ([email protected]) for details.
Principal Joyce Schamberger, Amboy Junior High and Central Elementary, said awards were given for AJHS Students of the Month and character trait winners displaying “honesty” during the junior high’s monthly SIP Assembly. At Central, the “Yoda Student of the Week” awards were handed out.
* Central teachers continue to visit the PBIS prize closet with their students. Schamberger thanked the Central PTC for funding the prize closet for students.
* The 7th grade class won the Best Attendance Award for January with a 91.54 percent attendance. Best Attendance at Central School went to the 4th grade with 93.65 percent. Both grade levels earned a snack sponsored by the PTC.
* AJHS Spelling Bee winners are Ian Eller and runner up Caiden Wittenauer.
* The monthly Problem Solving Team meetings were held at Central School with personnel from OCEC.
Following closed session, the board approved Travis Kemmerer as Amboy High School band and chorus teacher for the 2018-2019 school year.
They also approved John Wagner as a 250-day custodian and Arly Kaecker as a 240-day custodian at Amboy High School, effective Jan. 29.
The next regular board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at Amboy High School.