CHS Softball will once again be hosting their skills camp. The camp is scheduled for Friday, May 23 (rain date will be May 29). Camp times will be 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. for students that just completed grades 1-2, and 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. for students just finishing grades 3-4-5. The camp will be held at the Bicentennial Field and will be run by the high school softball players and coaches. We will stress the fundamentals of softball, hitting, pitching, catching, throwing and batting. The cost of the camp will be $15 if paid by the deadline. All late entry forms turned in after May 2nd will cost $20. All campers will receive a T-Shirt.
Campers will need ball gloves, tennis shoes or cleats (no sandals please), and sweat pants for sliding. Please label all equipment. Please turn completed forms into Mrs. Haskell at Chance Elementary and Mrs. Meyers at CIS.
Like many schools in our state and the nation, Centralia R-VI is contemplating the future in terms of technology. As we progress into the digital age more and more advancements are made in how technology can be used as a tool in education. Our students have grown up with digital tools. Schools have often trailed in advancing our curriculum to meet the needs of our students who are “digital natives”. The term “digital natives” means that they have been born into a world rich in technology. Yet schools seem to sometimes lag behind that progress in favor of traditional approaches. The question Centralia R-VI and schools everywhere must answer is, are we missing an opportunity for engagement by not providing adequate tools for our students to take responsibility for their learning?
On Monday night the board of education, in a proactive move, launched a “Technology Task Force” to look at these issues. The Task Force will be responsible for researching the technological needs of the district and providing recommendations for the future to the Centralia R-VI Board of Education for consideration and discussion. The committee will be made up of board members, teachers, administrators, students and interested members of the community. I will serve as the chairman, and the committee will meet weekly in order to prepare a report for the May meeting of the Board of Education. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact the principal of your child’s school and let them know. If you do not have children in school, you can contact me at 682-3561 to express your interest in being a part of this important endeavor.
In other news from the board meeting this month, the board approved snow make-up days on March 21st and March 28th. Both days will dismiss at 12:45 p.m. If we do not have to make up any more school days, the last day of school will be Friday, May 21st.
The board unanimously approved an addition to the outdoor classroom in memory of Angie Ridgway. Plans are being made to add concrete picnic tables in Mrs. Ridgway’s memory. She was an important part of our school and community, and the project will not only improve the outdoor classroom but be enjoyed by students and the community for years to come.
The board discussed the chiller (air conditioning system) at the Centralia Intermediate School that malfunctioned and appears to be beyond repair. The district will be investigating the reasons for the malfunction and a claim has been filed with our insurance company.
Three policies were adopted that put the district into compliance with the federal Affordable Care Act and bus bids were considered and tabled by the board.
In executive session the board extended new contracts to all certified teachers. Also, the resignation of band teacher Joe Musterman was accepted. We wish Mr. Musterman the best of luck.
Best of luck to our spring sports teams.