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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY— The Glenwood City Board of Education received a visit from Kelly Riesselman and two of the fifth-grade students, Clayton Hoffman and Hailey Ketola, and given a quick overview of a recent project the fifth grade had conducted.
In the last month the fifth-grade students have been working on a mock trial project that involved a bit of Social Studies and Language Arts. The two mock trials were based on the historical events of the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party.
“We want to give them a positive learning experience,” said Riesselman. “As well as give them some things they can apply to real world situations.”
For Hailey and Clayton they took away the importance of team work during the project as well as being able to know the rules of a court room and that there are always two sides to every story.
Board member Lori Klinger asked the students what they would do differently and they both agreed that they would prepare themselves a little bit better in opening and closing statements as well as thinking through the questions they ask the witness on cross examination.
“Throughout this project it made me really like law, so I want to become a lawyer,” Hailey Ketola explained.
After the presentation Nicole Brite spoke briefly on the upcoming summer school schedule and a workshop that had taken place with teachers willing to work during the three-session schedule that will begin on June 17 and run through August 16 with breaks taken in between the sessions.
“We had 12 staff members show up for the workshop,” Brite explained. “We are wanting to do something more project based throughout summer school, that way it is something the kids can get involved in.”
Some of the ideas that were brought to Brite were Girls on the Run, which takes girls from the couch to a 5k run, the first hour would be instructional learning while the second hour would be working toward the 5k.
Also the K-3 grades would be working hand-in-hand with the school garden and Ag departments throughout the process of planting and tending the garden and then in August would be helping harvest the vegetables and flowers.
Grades 3-7 will still have the option of sports skills as well.
Middle/High school principal Patrick Gretzlock asked the Board of Education to approve this year’s Valedictorians/Salutatorian and Academic Excellence and Technical Excellence Scholarship recipients.
There are five valedictorians this year for Glenwood City, each of the five students maintained a 4.0 GPA through seven semesters of classes. This year’s valedictorians are Olivia Janson, Jatelyn Johnson, Abby Kremer, Tressa Peskar and Margaret Wallin. Only one student was chosen for salutatorian which is Rebecca Peterson.
The AES and TES recipients are Olivia Janson who is looking to attend UW-Madison and Rodney Cassellius who will be attending a tech college in the fall. If either student decides to not attend either school the scholarships are given to the alternates.
Superintendent Tim Johnson updated the Board briefly on where the district stood on a new bus, explaining that there has been a verbal contract with Somerset to purchase a bus from them that will fit the engine and transmission of the old bus and the cost will be $5,300 and not the proposed $12,000 from earlier in the year.
Johnson also explained to the Board that two projects are being looked at for end of the year including replacing the florescent lighting in the gym with non-led lighting, as well as a wash area and basin for the buses. Neither idea has moved forward but will be on the upcoming agenda for the Board of Education.
During the meeting the Glenwood City Board of Education:
• Approved the fifth-grade trip to Beaver Creek.
• Approved the volunteer Destination Imagination coaches.
• Approved the resignation of Amanda Bishop as Special Education teacher.
• Approved the posting for a Special Education teacher for 2019-20 school year.
• Approved Valedictorians/Salutatorian and AES/TES recipients
• Approved the CESA 11 Shared Services 2019-20 contract
• Approved CESA 10 Owner’s Rep Contract in the amount of $10,200
The Glenwood City Board of Education will meet again on April 8 with a 5:30 p.m. committee meeting and a regular board meeting to follow at 6:30 p.m.