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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Education, Curriculum Day will be June 1. The first classroom session will
take place June 5 to June 27, with no class on Friday.
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.
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.
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
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.
announced this month include bus driver Karen Smith, Westchester
Intermediate instructional aide Joy Martinsen, technology system specialist
Jason Nykamp and bus aide Suzanne Williams.
In another action,
the board reappointed Kathryn Cochran to the Westchester Twp. Library Board
for a term of four years.
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
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.
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,
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
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
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.