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year, Wind- /'S reading atti- pro- reading, speaking This with in very unit. build for the of the November 18, 1982 School Report Page 3 introduces reading skills readiness program closely follows Cheney School District's adopted Peotone Kindergarten Screening program with con- tinued exposure and practice in the five developmental areas of language: auditory, visual, fine and gross motor skills. The kindergarten students dis- played significant pre- and post- testing results while participat- ing in the program. At the begin- ning of the program, 60 percent of the children pre-tested as need- ing help in letter identification skills. They were unable to successfully identify at least 70 percent of the upper and lower case letters of the alphabet. The post test results indicated only 8 percent of the students still needed help, 68 percent were ready to begin reading and 24 percent were qualified to partici- pate in the adopted Ginn 360 Level 2 book. Happily Ever After was ob- served to be a very thorough reading readiness program and met with good review in pre- paring kindergarten students for beginning reading skills. The Kindergarten class at Betz Elementary is working in a new Reading Readiness workbook. This book, part of the Ginn 720 series, stresses important readiness skills such as colors, shapes, positional words, and following directions. It also intro- duces letter and sound identifi- cation. After the material has been introduced by Mrs. Bryant, the children work independently or are supervised by cross-age tutors from Mrs. Donley's fourth grade class. Kindergarten teachers help prepare students for elementary reading programs. is progressing well. Students spend other day and every other Friday. kindergarten successful Through careful planning, scheduling and organization; Windsor's "All day - Alternate day kindergarten" had a suc- cessful parent orientation and beginning. All registered students had 100 percent adult representation for the orientation. The parents heard of the planned daily schedule, learned about the nu- tritional hot lunch program and made notes of some supplies needed from home by the stu- dents. Several positive observations have been made about the new kindergarten program. Children have come to school ready for a full day of activities. Pre-aca- demic readiness skills, such as alphabet and number exposure, have been included with all other readiness skills since the first day of attendance. Students are readily and eagerly participating in all activities and programs. If an activity is not finished in the morning, it can be completed in the afternoon. Bussing for the students is appearing to be beneficial in that the kindergartners can travel with older brothers, sisters and friends. The All day- Alternate day classes are receiving good support from all school staff members. The students are adapting well to lunch, recess and specialist programs. Parents have made favorable comments about the new pro- gram. The children are anxious to attend and are giving positive feedback to the home. ey High School modernization urged was their and School Facili- the Public At a month, the keep in and regula- per- the School for the was 'or the hum- of To ', they School rieeds. two Year stawey with as to the b 1,200 an into and The board also negotiated and entered into a contract with the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory of Portland, Oregon to do an in-depth study of the anticipated growth in the areas of projected student enrollment and student housing needs into the year 2000. This study helped provide background information for the Board and the Ad Hoe Committee as they looked at the facility needs. The board requested the district administration to form an Ad Hoc Study Committee to look into the matter from a citizens' .point of view to include a broader input from all communi- ties of the school district. The Ad Hoc Study Committe was com- prised of citizen representatives from the various school neighbor- hoods, members of the high school staff and representatives from the school board and high school student body. The com- mittee met three times in regards to various concerns of the staff, review of the report being done by the Northwest Regional Lab and the committee's inspection of the present high school facilities. AD HOC COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS The following recommenda- tions were passed by a vote of the members of the Ad Hec Commit- tee while attending their last meeting on Jan. 24, 1981, at Cheney High School: 1) Cheney High School should be modern- ized and increased in size to accommodate up to 1,200 stu- dents. This increase would more than equal the student capacity at the Cbeney Junior High School. It will then provide for approxi- mately 168 more students at capacity than the junior high can enroll. 2) The district should solve the problem of open walkways and the courtyard that currently prer sents student safety and health problems during the winter months and high energy costs from open doors and the lack of heat control. 3) Two additional elementary school sites need to be purchased by the district in the areas of projected highest growth which fall in the northern part of the district. 4) A bond election should be considered by the school board as soon as the economy improves but no later than the fall or winter of the 1982-83 school year. Members of the committee included community representa- tives: John deWeber, Bruce Fruin, Sue Geschke, Jerry Jantz, Fritz McGinnis, John Millsap, and Joyco and Robert Waite; CHS student representatives: Dean Maggs and Cindy Burge; CHS staff representatives: Sue Wilson, Willis Jones, Bob Kuehl, Millie Thompson and Jerry Wil- mot; and Board of Directors representatives: Roberta McNeal, Bob Morgenstern and Terry Thompson. BOARD REACTIVITIES COMMITTEE The School Board has request- ed the administration to reacti- vate the Ad Hoc Committee and to move ahead on plans for a school building bond election to be held sometime in the winter or spring of this school year. High school staff members, board members and citizens from throughout the school district will again be asked to serve on this committee to help see that the building facilities recommended for change and the additions planned will help meet the over- vall educational and energy needs of Cheney High School for the next twenty years. Recipe for class management INGREDIENTS : Respect, friendliness, consistency, firm- ness, fairness, humor and a genuine liking for children. Take about thirty students and establish guidelines for a good learning environment. Be sure students understand the import- ance of classroom and school rules. Treat students with respect. Each one is an individual capable of making decisions. Have stu- dents participate in planning and do not make arbitary demands which make no sense. Students truly respect firm- ness as long as there is con- sistency and fairness. Children quickly recognize the reason- ableness of a situation as well as the unreasonableness and admire the teacher who is consistent and fair. Friendliness and a sense of humor are vital characteristics in working with children. "Ham- ing" it up once in awhile will cement rapport with students. They will realize that the teacher is human. The most important ingredient ] of classroom management is that the teachers must like their students, because the students react accordingly. Betz Elementary School teacher Howard Moos is known for building a rapport with his students.