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Top Stories for May 13, 2009
Student literacy greatly improves
Kane School District Reading Specialist Nancy Roundy revealed the exciting results of a literacy improvement plan begun five years ago in a Powerpoint-presentation at the May 7, 2009, meeting of the Kane School District Board of Education.. Using Dynamic Indicators of Basic Literacy Skills (DIBELS) data, which measures reading skills in all levels, Roundy showed how the Spalding Reading program, a phonetically based program instituted five years ago in the district, has resulted in significant improvement throughout the district.
Noting the reading progress has now started to permeate throughout all grade levels, she credited the commitment of district teachers to the Spalding program overall; and credited the implementation of full day kindergarten to the great progress made in the lower grades.
School Superintendent Robert Johnson praised Roundy for her passion and dedication to helping kids read, a passion that is evident to all who have seen her work and heard her speak about the program. The board thanked her for her hard work and commitment.
In an academic spotlight on the schools, Valley High School (VHS) teacher Kay Willardsen reported the four members of the VHS Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) won the Utah state competition in parliamentary procedure. The students, Kelin Eberly, Tavez Emery, Kami Emerly and Bryce Whitely, will be traveling to Nashville, TN, in July for the national FCCLA leadership conference and competition. They are currently working hard to raise money for the trip.
The school board honored the 2009 Valley High School (VHS) Sterling Scholars. They include: Sara Hoyt (English), Matthew Hoyt (Social Science), Tyler Millard (Speech and Drama) and Samantha Sawyer (Family and Consumer Science). The board awarded $100 to each of these hard working students.
Three VHS Sterling Scholars students went even further and placed as runners-ups in the Regional Sterling Scholar Competition. They are James Carlon (Computer Technology), Dusti Ann Cox (Agricultural Science), and Ryan Reese (Trade and Technical Education). The board awarded $500 to each of these students, and congratulated them on their accomplishment.
The board also honored the Employees of the Month. This month from Big Water School, certified employee and teacher Maggie Browning and classified employee and kitchen manager Roxanna Bata were recognized by the board for their service to the district.
In other business, the school board approved the hiring of Melanie Magee as the VHS Family and Consumer Science teacher and Danny Little as a custodian at Kanab High School (KHS). It also approved school calendars for the 2009-2010 school year, fee increases at KHS, and high school activity limitations beginning in the 2009-2010 school year.