KND Board gives superintendent highly effective evaluation

BRETHREN — The Kaleva Norman Dickson Board of Education gave superintendent Mike Matesich a highly effective evaluation when it met this week at the Brethren High School media center.

Matesich received his actual evaluation at the board’s November meeting in closed session. This month the board made those findings public and board president Jeanette Somsel informed the public of their results.

Board members were also informed by the superintendent at that meeting of two new hires within the district. Shelly Harris was hired as special education aide and Heather Deridder was hired as a new bus driver.

A new bus driver handbook was officially approved at the meeting by the board. They received that handbook last month to review and they gave unanimous approval to it at the meeting.

Three NEOLA policies were brought before the board for their first reading. They must have two readings of those policies before they become official, and the board will take that second reading at the January board meeting.

“Those policies deal with student assessment, dual enrollment and virtual learning opportunities,” said Matesich. “Essentially these are just adding to our current policies to satisfy the requirements for Best Practices funding.”

Brethren principal Marlen Cordes gave a very informative report to the board. It included the following items:

* The annual Hoops for a Cause basketball game will be played on Thursday, Dec. 20, against Mason County Eastern. This is a change from the previous date set with Manistee Catholic. Varsity tip off will be approximately 7:30 p.m. and upon the Bobcats first basket the floor will be littered with winter garments for area children.

* National Honor Society is collecting gifts for the giving tree at this time. They are helping two Bobcat families this year.

* The high School and middle school art classes participated in the Manistee County Art Exhibit at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee sponsored by the Manistee Art Institute. Also, as part of the Sleighbell weekend, two groups of high school students made ornaments and decorations (all out of candy) for the Festival of Trees.

* Paperwork has been sent to the National Art Education Association to start a chapter of National Art Honor Society at Brethren High School. There were 15 students who signed up to be a part of this organization. Once the paperwork is returned, they can proceed with holding official meetings. Requirements for this group were a “B” or better in art courses and an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher. The purpose of this group is to spotlight the visual arts at Brethren High School, to involve the community in visual art endeavors and to encourage art making at the elementary level.

* The eighth grade English class finished its Astronomy Poetry books.

* Students in the sophomore English class are finishing the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” They did the trial scene in class where students were characters and read a script of what is said from the novel. Next, they will begin working on their final project: a memory box for one of the characters.

* The senior English class is finishing a research paper unit and beginning the Romanticism unit. They are looking at art and poetry to better understand the beliefs/characteristics of this era.

* Pam Tompke’s class used the middle school science lab to work on a “rock study” unit. They used stereo-scopes to examine rock and mineral samples borrowed from the Regional Science Center in Cadillac.

They also practiced their writing skills by helping their 4Star buddies compose letters to Santa. As a kick-off to the Christmas season, students who had all work completed and turned in were invited to a gingerbread house-making event. The board is by to see their display of “candy houses” in the north wing showcase.

* The elementary ski information has been handed out to fourth and fifth grade students. Caberfae Tech people will be at school on Thursday, Dec. 13 to measure the ski students. Their season starts Jan. 3.

* Student council just completed its first blood drive, collecting 25 pints of blood despite having student athletes not participate due to games that night. They are also working on getting Santa to show up for the holiday assembly.

* Chemistry classes have posted up their comic strip bonding projects and are studying molecular structure with the molecular model projects. Environmental science held a mock city council meeting to discuss a land use issue. Biology classes have started their two-month endeavor into DNA and the inheritance of genes.

* Tami Bonzheim wrote and received a grant from SPARC for $100 to purchase additional CD players for her classroom.

* Hosted a used book sale with all proceeds are to go towards purchasing additional intervention materials for the general education teachers. They were able to raise $170 towards these purchases.

 

 

 

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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