End of year goes well, school board learns

Sandy Hull
Cambridge school district's motto

    Principal Shelly Logston told the Cambridge school board that the end of the year went very smoothly at the elementary school.

    “The kids got a little restless, but some fun water activities in gym class the last week of school helped get the kids outside and run some of their energy out,” she said at the regular meeting on Monday, June 21. “They really enjoyed gym class and it was a great way for them to cool down.”

    She also talked about the school’s variety show at the end of the school year which featured 24 acts and one teachers act.

    “I think everyone enjoyed that day,” she said.

    A total of 120 prizes were handed out to students who earned the Viking Pride Award, which is given to a student who goes above and beyond what is required of him/her.

    “One kindergarten student got a bike, something he has never had before,” she said. “You should have seen the smile on his face. The bike was donated as a prize.”

    Logston announced that Dick Borg, janitor at the school began working Friday, June 25, for a half day and started fulltime Monday, June 28, after being out on sick leave.

    “Summer school is currently underway and will last for six weeks,” Logston stated. “There are 24 students enrolled and classes are being held at the grade school and high school, depending on geothermal work at the elementary school.”

    Chad Hamerlinck is the teacher for the summer school.

    Robert Reagan, principal of Cambridge Junior/Senior High School, said graduation went well with 39 students receiving their diplomas.

    Ninety-five percent of the seniors graduated on the honor roll, according to an end of the year report. The honor roll is for students with a 3.0 grade point average or higher.

    Fifty-eight percent of the 217 junior high and high school students made all honors during the first semester and 64 and 63 percent, respectively, during the second semester.

    Fourteen percent of high school students made high honors the first semester and 15 percent, the second.

    Twenty junior high school students made high honors the first semester, while only 15 percent did the second.

    Thirty-eight percent of the high school students made the principal’s list, while 36 percent of the junior high students earned the honor. To be made to the list, a student must not have excessive absences, no disciplinary actions and must be passing all classes.

    Three percent of high school and junior high school students earned perfect attendance awards.

    Both principals talked about teachers furthering their education during the school year. Five teachers at the grade school earned their master’s degree, while one high school teacher did.

    Logston said she only has two teachers who haven’t completed their master’s degree.

    The board received a letter of resignation from Staci Meyer for junior high cheerleading. The board approved her resignation. She was the cheerleading sponsor for the last seven years.

    A thank you was read from Gail Hutchinson. Hutchinson retired at the end of the school year as a kindergarten teacher.

    Two parents addressed the board concerning a disciplinary problem. Both sides listened to each other’s views.

    The parents would like to see a copy of the school board policy on disciplinary actions on the school’s Web site.

    Under new business, the board approved the prevailing wage motion, the elementary handbook and the amended junior/senior handbook. Some changes from last year were made in each handbook. Parents are encouraged to read the book and understand the changes in school policy.

    The board also:

    • Approved the submission of the 2011 NCLB Grants and other grants for the 2011 school year.

    • Reviewed the head lice policy and may make some changes in the future, and approved the amended 2011 calendar.

    • Voted to approve the extra curricular sponsors and coaches.

    The next school board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, at the elementary school, instead of Thursday, July 15.