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Amboy schools' principals report on end of year activities

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 25th, 2013

AMBOY - Amboy school principals delivered their final reports of the school year at the May board of education meeting.

Principal Mary Ann Redshaw, Central Elementary, said the school’s Problem Solving Team had a successful year. Data was kept on 19 students. Of those, 74 percent had academic needs and 26 percent needed social/emotional assistance. In the academic area, she reported a 64 percent success rate and in social/emotional, a 33 percent success rate, although Redshaw said it is more difficult to measure the success rate of the latter.

Redshaw said kindergarten screenings took place on April 30 and May 2. This was the first year of these screenings.

Fourth graders Brianna Blaine and Nicholas Tarr were recognized at the Northwest IPA Student Leadership Brunch on May 3. They attended with their parents. Redshaw said schools are allowed to select two students who display the characteristics of school leaders.

The reading incentive for the year was a River Bandits game, which students attended on May 20. The River Bandits provided the tickets and a light lunch and the PTC provided additional funding.

Presidential Awards for Academic Fitness were presented during an Awards Assembly on May 22. The award is given to fourth graders who meet strict criteria including “exceeds” in both reading and language arts on the ISAT and/or exceeds in one area with a score of at least 80 NPR on the other. Grade average during grade 4 must be a B+ or better. This year’s recipients were Brianna Blaine, Jessica Coleman, Austin Dees, Matt Dinwiddie, Samantha Goldman, Dashad Greene, Preston Henkel, Brady Jones, Makai King, Erin Latta, Joe Ogan, Calvin Seier, Carter Seier, Shannon Simpson, Nicholas Tarr, Trevor Vaessen, Chloe Welch and Logan Wood.

Principal Joyce Schamberger, Amboy Junior High, said the PBIS reward incentive was a trip to Yogi Bear Resort on May 21 for 7th and 8th grades and May 22 for 5th and 6th grades. All AJHS students attended and those students who did not receive referrals for the month of May were rewarded with a wristband for the waterslide. The day was funded by the PTC.

During the all school assembly on May 16, letters and pins were given to participants in student council, track and academic team. Student of the Month awards were also handed out and 8th grader, James Morath, was recognized for his participation in the IESA State Bowling Tournament the past two years representing AJHS. Schamberger congratulated Morath for placing 36 out of 56 bowlers across the state.

Schamberger said the 5th grade class won best attendance for the month of April and were treated to breakfast paid for by the PTC.

Fifth grade orientation was held on May 15 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Students attending received a free homework pass that will be good during the next school year.

Schamberger congratulated 8th grade students Megan Grady and Emma Lindenrneyer, who were chosen to attend the Student Leadership Recognition Brunch sponsored by the Illinois Principals Association on May 3 in Oregon.

She also congratulated track athletes who advanced to the state meet in Peoria. Megan Grady, who placed in the 400 and the 800; Robbie Goatcher, who competed in the 400; and a relay team including Maddie Foster, Kaitlyn Ortgiessen, Cameryn Koch, Kallie Appleman and Kassi Kaufman.

Principal Ron Gruber, Amboy High School, was absent for the meeting but contributed a written report. AP exams were given for English Literature and Composition and US History. Five students took the AP English exam and six took the US history exam, which represented 100 percent of AHS students enrolled in AP courses this year.

The master schedule for the 2013-14 year was shared with faculty at the May 16 School Improvement Day. In an effort to increase transparency about the process of creating the schedule, Gruber said he and Glenn Sauter walked teachers through the process and explained the rationale for the choices of course offerings. The meeting also continued the faculty's focus on the ELA Common Core Standards. The staff spent time together developing a school-wide rubric for assessing writing assignments and continuing discussions about the standards. Gruber gave a presentation on the use of Google Apps.

AHS will continue to send two teams of teachers to workshops at the Lee/Ogle ROE to build their capacity to lead the implementation of the Common Core State Standards next year.

The Amboy High School FFA hosted a blood drive in conjunction with the Red Cross on May 10 and had a good turn out for their community service effort.

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