BV school board approves request for middle school student council

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

By Haley Schichtl

The Berryville school board voted Monday to approve the creation of a student council at the middle school, as requested by sixth grade teacher Paige Record.

“Student council, one, boosts morale. Two, we have an attendance requirement, so it can also boost our attendance, and promotes school involvement, with activities,” Record said. “And you can also tie it into school spirit.”

Record said she has not presented the possibility of starting the student council to students yet, but she knows some students who are looking for more ways to get involved.

The board also approved three fundraiser requests: from music teacher Renée Correll to allow the intermediate students to sell umbrellas on each campus, from choral director Ben Winn to accept business contributions for a concert grand piano, and from ESL teacher Dakota Smith to allow the high school International Club to sell chances to win a gift basket.

The administrators gave updates on what their schools have coming up over the next month. Elementary principal Kelly Swofford said there will be a Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 7, all the second-graders will go to the Amazeum in Bentonville on Dec. 9, and the kindergarten and first grade will both participate in a community outreach project in the next few weeks. First grade will take food items to the food bank Friday, and kindergarten will go Christmas caroling from Dec. 9-13.

Intermediate principal Lisa Geren said third grade teacher Kim Stapp won a $500 check for her classroom from Arvest Bank as part of their “We Heart Teachers” program.

Middle school principal John McClellan said the seventh-graders will go to The Lyric Theater in Harrison to see their production of The Outsiders on Dec. 2. The students are reading the book in their English classes and will be able to use the opportunity to compare the different formats.

High school principal Donnel Armstrong said Friday is Fall Renaissance Day, which had almost 200 students qualify.

Also at the meeting, superintendent Owen Powell told the board that the elementary school roof repair is just about finished, and has shown to not leak during significant rains.

Nabholz also presented an update on school district’s construction project. They are in their final stages of the high school, and are putting cabinets, marker boards and furniture in the classrooms.

The performing arts building is still set to be completed in March.

In other business, the board received a curriculum report including a new instructional method that some English teachers have been applying in the classrooms. High school English teachers Sierra Sugg and Teresa Harrison were at the meeting to tell the board about what they’ve been doing and the results they’ve seen.

“It’s an I do, we do, you do, so the first time I do it by myself and the students watch me, and the second time we do it together, and the third time they do it alone,” Harrison said.

She said she has received positive feedback from her students when she used the method to show them how to write an analysis paragraph.

“It takes a lot of extra time to build that up, but I’m seeing a lot of improvement in my students in understanding expectations,” Sugg said.

The board also approved the hiring of Duane Adams as a substitute custodian and Miranda Taylor as a special education paraprofessional.

The school board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, in the intermediate school cafetorium.

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