School Band leader Vince Arizzi will be appointed as Director of Music
Education at Duneland effective for the 2017-2018 school year.
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.
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.
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
The tally of
experience leaving Duneland is 408.5 teaching years so far, 342 of which
were years at Duneland.
Leader in Me
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,
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.
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.
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.
inspire others. The goal is to change the world through leadership,”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.