HOLGATE — A United Way Christmas reading challenge and a new committee for middle school students were highlighted during Monday’s meeting of the Holgate Local Schools Board of Education.
Elementary principal Laura Young highlighted the school’s participation in the challenge, which is tied into the 2nd and 7 program.
Young explained the challenge ran from Dec. 2 through Jan. 2 to encourage second graders to read over the holiday season and over break. All of the second graders at the school turned in book reports totaling 430 reports. Young said Mrs. Izor’s class had the highest per student average in the county and achieved 130% of their goal.
The United Way awarded prizes throughout the challenge, and Young said feedback from teachers was positive.
“Students were talking about books and recommending books to each other,” Young said of the teacher’s comments.
Middle/high school principal Brian Hughes reported on a recent meeting of the Student Principal Advisory Committee (SPAC), which includes two students from each grade level at the high school.
“It’s a way for students to communicate with me and fill me in on some things that I’m maybe not aware of that is being discussed by the students,” Hughes said. “Then we start discussing leadership skills and we attended a leadership meeting in Defiance.”
Hughes said it was suggested to create a similar committee with students in grades six through eight, and the committee members are currently working on a presentation they will make to each of those grades to explain what the committee does.
“The middle grades are a difficult time,” Hughes said, adding he’s also hoping to gain more insight into ways to help students transition from eighth to ninth grade. “That’s what we’re hoping to overcome and help our middle grades mature a little bit more and just perform overall better in those grades.”
Following the presentations, which are being organized by the high school committee, applications will be open to the middle school students to apply. Once a middle school committee is formed, the high school committee would work with them to teach leadership skills.
Also noted in the administrator’s reports were:
•Kindergarten screening will be March 27 for those children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1. Young said 23 students have registered for the clinic so far.
•Hughes reported total enrollment as of Jan. 10 for the sixth through 12th grades was 238, which is a decrease of two compared to September figures. It’s also down compared to previous enrollment figures in January 2019 (247) and January 2018 (254).
•Hughes reported there were two reported bullying incidents at the middle/high school level in the first semester, which is the same as last year. Young reported one reported bullying incident in the first semester at the elementary school, which is down compared to two at this point last year.
•Hughes said two new electives — Adulting 101 and Video Productions — will be offered for the second semester.
The board also adopted its alternative tax budget for fiscal year 2021.