School board convenes with students back in classroom

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AMBOY — Amboy School Board President Katie Pratt officially welcomed back all board members at the first meeting now that school is in session on Thursday, Aug. 17.

Once the business side of things including last month’s minutes, financial reports, expenditures, and payroll were voted on and passed, sixth grade teacher and tier three reading coordinator Yvonne Vicks gave her annual Star reading and math scores and RTI (Response to Intervention) percentages using the Pyramid of Learning from last May.  Her slide presentation included an informative bell curve to see where most students ranked. Vicks commented that she is encouraged by the up tick in some of the numbers which are calculated for students in fifth to eighth grade. 

When it came time for the Principal’s Report, Pratt acknowledged new Central Elementary Principal Jessica Meusel. The first remarks by Meusel were to thank the custodians and summer crew for their hard work cleaning and refreshing the school. Pre-school is scheduled to begin Aug. 21. There are 40 preschoolers enrolled and there is a waiting list. “The Book It” committee met over the summer to prepare and plan for the “Sweet Success” theme. Students who meet their reading goal will get to participate in fun monthly activities beginning in September. A bus evacuation drill was held on Aug. 16. School Improvements included an Institute Day held on Aug. 11 for all staff members to discuss needs of students and continued mandated training.

Junior High Principal Andrew Full shared that throughout the summer, the School Improvement Team has met with Anji Garza from the regional office of education to discuss the topics of schedule, discipline handbook, RtI Essentials, significant 72, goals, benchmarking tests, and special education. Full was happy to report that 60 girls have come out to play on the volleyball team. He said that additional jerseys will need to be purchased and the coaches will have a challenge trying to find playing time for all who signed up. 

High School Principal Janet Crownhart said that there are three seniors and four juniors attending SVCC for four classes, two in WACC academy. 

She extended a welcome to the new School Counselor Michael Kolton, Spanish Teacher Reaine Wilson, Math Teacher Maddie Harvey, and Special Ed Teacher Bryan Underwood. On Aug. 7, Crownhart and Mrs. Bulfer attended a Site Assessment training through the Illinois Principal Association. Fall sports are underway with football, volleyball, golf, and cross country maintaining their co-op agreements from last year. The marching band, cheer, flags, and dance have been practicing hard as well.

In his Superintendent’s Report, Joshua Nichols said that new flag poles were put up outside of the junior and high schools. The junior high had a “Raise the Flag Pole” project that the students planned last year. New concrete work is almost complete at the bus garage. New cameras were installed for the central school playground.