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Vince Arizzi is Duneland’s next music director

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By JEFF SCHULTZ

Chesterton Middle School Band leader Vince Arizzi will be appointed as Director of Music Education at Duneland effective for the 2017-2018 school year.

Arizzi promotion was announced at the start of Monday’s Duneland School Board meeting by Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Human Relations Monte Moffett. He will replace outgoing director Tom Schnabel who is retiring at the end of the current school year.

“I hope that I can keep the music department moving in the same direction,” Arizzi told the Chesterton Tribune, saying he had no plans to make changes.

Arizzi started with Duneland 13 years ago with the CMS Band and is currently the band leader at Westchester Intermediate School. He has also worked with the CHS orchestra for ten years.

Personnel report

In Duneland’s latest personnel report, the corporation has appointed Rachel Czarnecki as a lunch/recess aide at Liberty Elementary School. Jennifer Seter will be a satellite manager for Duneland starting next school year.

At Yost Elementary, Kelly Griffith has been hired as the main office secretary and Nicole Kelly as administrative assistant to the principal.

Resignations announced include Bailly Elementary Kindergarten teacher Jacob Havner, Liberty Elementary 3rd Grade teacher Joselyn Schwerdt, CMS attendance secretary Kelly Griffith, Jackson Elementary lunch/recess aide Kathy Clemons, Jackson Elementary main office secretary Becky Skalka, Bailey Elementary Title 1 aide Tamara Banghart, Yost Elementary Title 1 aide Shanna DuMont, Liberty Elementary lunch/recess aide Lori Fields.

Moffett said two retirements have been announced -- CHS Industry Technology teacher John Jones and CHS World Language teacher Kayla Vodnoy -- who retire this school year.

The tally of experience leaving Duneland is 408.5 teaching years so far, 342 of which were years at Duneland.

Leader in Me

Principals Kevin Zeck from Bailly Elementary and Christy Jarka from Liberty Elementary facilitated a presentation by their students on their “Leader in Me” initiative which was implemented this school year.

“The Leader in Me is a program of how we get together and shows us how we are leaders,” said Bailly 2nd grader Ria Kashyap,

Other Bailly students Ernesto Coronado and Jessica Ames told which of the “7 Habits” of Leader in Me they enjoy. The habits are Be Proactive; Begin With the End in Mind; Put First Things First; Think Win-Win; Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood; Synergize; Sharpen the Saw.

LES, fourth grader Ryan Tucker explained how the program is enriching his fellow students. “I believe we are doing the Leader in Me process to help others and learn to be the best we can,” he said.

He and third grader Jacklynn Kahn introduced one of two videos shown during the presentation with students telling how they practice each habit.

Student presenters from LES Declan Ringler, Tyler Dhamers, Ryan Nix, Emma Dobson and Sidney Santana talked about one aspect called the circle of control that shows how you can control your appearance and attitude and not worry about the things you can’t control.

“We can control things like what we wear, what we say and what we do. However, we can’t control what the weather is outside, our friends’ opinions and what our parents serve us for dinner,” said Santana.

Essay contest winners from Bailly shared their entries with the school board. Winners were kindergartner Kaylee Collins, first graders Conleigh Murray and Jaycee Pool, second graders Anna Balhoff and Ethan Virgil, third graders Keith Ward and Jacob Zdankiewicz and fourth graders Maddux Fite and Alaina McGrogan.

“Leaders will inspire others. The goal is to change the world through leadership,” McGrogan said.

Greeters for the presentation included LES kindergartners Kinsley Barich and Lucas Torres and Bailly first grader Peyton Hicks and third grader Ryan Postelnik.

Zeck and Jarka had made a presentation about Leader in Me at the school board’s meeting last September. Zeck learned about the program while attending the Indiana Association of Schools Principal Conference and thought it would help build leadership in students and teachers at Duneland.

Developed by FranklinCovey, the primary goals are for students to be independent, confident, work well with others and make meaningful contributions to their community, homes and workplaces.

Board President Kristin Kroeger said she was impressed by the presentation.

“You guys have blown me away tonight,” she said, asking for applause for Bailly and LES presenters. “This has been awesome. What a powerful program.”

Congratulations

During the meeting, Duneland Schools Superintendent Dave Pruis gave compliments on achievements this month throughout the school district.

The Chesterton Math Team sixth graders took first in the region and fifth in the state for the Indiana Mathematics Competition.

Bailly Fourth Grade teacher Cris Petro was selected as the runner-up for the 2017 June Scobee Rodger Innovative Educator Award.

CHS Junior and sports editor for the CHS Sandscript Jeannie Moran won the American Scholastic Press Association’s honor of best outstanding non-school related story entitled “National Anthem Etiquette in the Spotlight.”

Bailly Elementary’s 2nd Grade class’ Pretzel Factory on April 11 raised enough funds to purchase two buddy benches.

The CHS Building Trades will finish their work on the Bailly Elementary outdoor classroom and a grand opening will be held on Thursday, May 18 at 6 p.m.

Pruis also said that the CHS Prom is this Saturday. There will be a grand march at the Chesterton Middle School gym starting at 5 p.m. with doors opening at 4 p.m. The prom will then be held at Duneland Falls Banquet Center in Burns Harbor.

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/3/2017

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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