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Duneland Summer School dates and fees approved; Kinder Camp added

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Duneland Schools will be adding Kinder Camp to its elementary summer school sessions this year to help bridge the readiness gap for incoming kindergartners.

The program is sponsored by United Way of Porter County which introduced it a few years ago at Valparaiso Schools and Portage Schools. Kinder Camp at Duneland will be provided to 40 incoming kindergarten students in need of boosting reading skills, social skills and school routines.

Duneland Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Jim Goetz said Kinder Camp will have two classes taught by two teachers at Bailly Elementary, paid for by the United Way grant. There will be no fees for parents and the school corporation will provide transportation for the participating students, he said.

Kinder Camp will run with the other two elementary summer school programs -- The Reading Connection and High Ability Class -- for 13 instructional days during June 5 to June 22 with no class Friday, June 16.

“During Kindergarten Roundup (on April 6) we’re going to be assessing all our incoming kindergartners, and from those assessments we will make a decision of who we feel might need a bit of extra help prior to coming to kindergarten next year,” Goetz said.

The fees and schedules for 2017 summer school and drivers’ education courses are the same as in 2016. All summer school classes will be $125, as it has been for more than three years.

Elementary summer school classes will begin at 7:45 a.m. and dismiss at 12:20 p.m. on June 5-22. Curriculum Day will be June 1.

The Reading Connection summer school class is for students entering grades 1-3. The High Ability class program will be offered on those dates but students must be invited into the program in order to take the class.

For CHS Summer School, there will be two blocks, the first from June 5 to June 28 with class times from 7:30 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. for 15 days and no school on Fridays. The second block, running 15 days, will be July 5 to July 26, also from 7:30 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.

The Bridges program, which helps incoming freshmen prepare for high school, will run for 13 days from July 17 through Aug. 4. Times for the program will be 7:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

For Driver’s Education, Curriculum Day will be June 1. The first classroom session will take place June 5 to June 27, with no class on Friday.

The second classroom session will run from July 5 through July 27, with class on Friday, July 14.

The first driving session will be June 5-15 for a total of eight days with no driving on Fridays. The second driving session will be offered June 19-June 29 for eight days with no driving on Fridays.

The third driving session will be July 5-27 for eight days. And, if there are enough students in the course, a fourth driving session will be offered July 18-27, with no driving on Fridays.

There are three different times for each session -- 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.; 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Fees for Driver’s Education are $375 for traditional driving format with classroom session, $300 for driving portion with an online course and parents must pay $99 extra for the online course, and a $50 charge will be charged to students who come from outside the Duneland School district.

Bartels, Bailey retiring

The number of years’ experience leaving Duneland at the end of the school year will nearly double as Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Human Resources Monte Moffett announced the retirements of three longtime teachers.

Veteran science teacher at CHS William Bailey will retire with 50 years total under his belt. He first started teaching at the high school in 1967 after four years teaching physics and algebra at Valparaiso High School

Meanwhile, World Languages teacher Michelle Bartels will retire this year with 41 years in Duneland starting in 1975. A German language teacher at CHS, Bartels had also taught English in Germany for three years, Moffett said.

Retiring after 38 years is Brummitt first grade teacher Diane Frederici.

Moffett said there are 129 years among the three while the previous six announced teacher retirements made up 130 years total. The combined sum is 259 years at Duneland and 301.5 years of teaching experience altogether, Moffett said.

Also retiring at the end this year are integration specialist Sharon Klahn and kitchen manager Cathy Fitzmaurice.

In appointments for this month, Duneland hired Christiana Bailey as the lead custodian for the school corporation. Andrew Needham and Britney Mitchel will be custodians. Kristine Doherty and Faye Maslowski will be bus drivers. Richard Wood will be a maintenance worker for transportation.

Jacob Leske has been appointed to coach 7th Grade Boys Basketball at CMS.

Resignations announced this month include bus driver Karen Smith, Westchester Intermediate instructional aide Joy Martinsen, technology system specialist Jason Nykamp and bus aide Suzanne Williams.

Library Bd. appointment

In another action, the board reappointed Kathryn Cochran to the Westchester Twp. Library Board for a term of four years.

Education legislation

Pruis took the lead on giving the board’s legislative update, stating his relief that Senate Bill 88 did not pass last week as the first half of the Indiana General Assembly came to a close.

SB 88 would have prohibited public schools and accredited nonpublic schools from beginning their school years before the fourth Monday in August. It died after the Senate split 25-25 on a final vote. Duneland and other school corporations in Porter County are moving towards starting the school year earlier in August.

There are still about 70 pieces of legislation related to education to be decided as lawmakers began the next phase of the Assembly today, starting the committee process in the second house, Pruis said.

The bill for the state budget, House Bill 1001, was presented by the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee and now moves to the Senate. Pruis said K-12 public school funding and teacher performance grants will be announced on Monday, March 13. Then, on Thursday, March 16, the Department of Education will present its budget estimates.

Sports champs

Pruis shared recent highlights of Duneland students in sports and academics.

The CHS Gymnastics team qualified for the state meet, to be held at Ball State University this Saturday, after finishing second in the Regional competition last weekend, he said.

Pruis commended the Wrestling team for finishing state runner-up in the state finals at Indianapolis. Senior Andrew Davison finished his season a State Champion, with a 42-0 record. Also placing were CHS wrestlers Diego Lemley and Lucas Davison.

The Girls Swimming and Diving team took runner-up in their state meet, the best runner-up finish ever for the school, while the Boys Swimming and Diving team capped off a successful season with a third-place finish at their state meet.

Drug program at CHS Thursday

Also in his announcements, Pruis said that CHS will host a drug prevention and outreach program this Thursday, March 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the auditorium. A short presentation will be made by a panel, addressing substance abuse, followed by a Q&A session.



Posted 3/8/2017




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