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100 Book Challenge gets positive comments in Chatfield


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge

The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, October 15 for its regular monthly meeting with Jerry Chase and Kathy Schellhammer absent from the meeting. Principals Craig Ihrke, Randy Paulson, and Superintedent Ed Harris were present along with Elissa Johnsrud, a teacher on special assignment for the district.

Chatfield Elementary School’s 100 Book Challenge was significantly discussed in the meeting with Elementary Principal Craig Ihrke, instructor Elissa Johnsrud, and Superintendent Ed Harris weighing in on the topic. Ihrke reported that parental comments have been mostly positive on the reading program, but one of the more difficult concepts of the program to understand is deciphering the reading level for the student. He explained that the reading level deciphered allows reading to be fast, fun, and easy for the student while at the same time they are working on their reading skills. Ihrke encourages parents to contact him, their child’s instructor, or Elissa Johnsrud if they have any questions or concerns about the program.

Johnsrud contributed by saying that a large majority of the students are on target and that she and other staff members have been doing status checks in every classroom. She also stated that 81 percent of parents have been on board with signing contracts for program participation. Superintendent Harris commended the teaching staff, Johnsrud, and Principal Ihrke for their “transformational effort and remarkable leadership.” More information on the 100 Book Challenge can be found on the district’s website or by contacting the school.

In addition Principal Randy Paulson had a few announcements from the high school for the board. Twenty-three seniors had taken the first retake of the MCA test with thirteen of them passing. This brings the total senior class passage rate up to 81 percent. The high school’s noontime tutoring sessions have now been expanded for seventh through tenth graders. Paulson announced he had also finished a discipline matrix, a record for courses of action in certain disciplinary situations, which he had been working on over the summer for the high school.

A few students came before the board at the meeting to bring up certain issues. Middle School Council President Kadin Hill and Kathryn Martin brought forth the issue of study hall computer access for middle school students and the possibility of a middle school Knowledge Bowl teams. Both issues were directed to Principal Paulson for further review. Finally, a representative from Chatfield’s student organization SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) requested the board proclaim Red Ribbon Week as October 23-31. The board later motioned to approve the designated week.

The board concluded with the announcement that the next regular monthly meeting would be November 19, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school library.

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