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Page 6 Schoo/Report November 18, 1982 PTO groups support district schools ...., Our Parent/Teacher Organiza- tion groups (Pro's) have been actively involved in purchasing equipment and materials for schools. At Betz Elementary, playground equipment and the intercom are examples of some of the contributions which have been made by the PTO. They are currently working on a number of money-making projects to buy folding chairs. Not enough are presently available to seat adults at programs. Projects include a "pizza" night at the Savage House, a recipe book which will be sold, and the sale of identifica- tion bracelets. A "book fair" will be sponsored at Betz to promote reading and make some money to buy books for the library. Salnave PTO has recently made several important dona- tions to its school. Science equip- ment has been purchased and money has been provided to purchase materials for a science cart. The library has been en- riched by books bought from a generous donation. Negotiations are presently going on to buy a parachute. Salnave's main money raiser ls a "fun" night at the school in the spring. Identi- fication bracelets are also sold as a service and these make a small profit. A "book fair" is planned at Salnave School. No project has been identified for this year, but there seems to be a great deal of interest in computers. The Windsor PTO has pur- chased many new items for the school's use and at the same time provided useful services to the community. Within the past few years, Windsor has acquired a new public address system for the gym, a back drop curtain for the stage and new flags. Most recently the PTO presented the school with a shelter shed which not only gives the School added storage space, but also supplies the local Youth Association a place to store their spurts equip- ment. Each of the classrooms at Windsor received brand new drapes. The library was also given some funds with which to purchase books. The last two years at Christmas time, the PTO has provided a fun experience for the children called Santa's Secret Shop. This service gives the students an opportunity to do Christmas shopping for family and friends and at the same time raise money towards the pur- chase of much needed school items. Of course, the annual Fun Feat, in the fall, allows people of all ages in the community an evening full of enjoyment and serves as the major fund raiser for the year. Sunset Elementary School has 10 PTO officers that are working on the PTO Board for the 1982-83 school year. The very first day of school, board members were in Evvy Johns Program secretary Records keep Johns busy In a small room adjacent to the main office is the headquarters ot the program secretary at Cheney High School. Evvy Johns, the program secretary, is con- stantly busy handling student records, grades, schedules and secretarial duties for the assis- tant principal, as well as a multitude of other tasks. Evvy's working day is as varied as it is busy. The only "daily routine" occurs early in the morning when she issues admit slips (for excused and un- excused absences) to students. She ends each day typing and distributing the Daffy Bulletin, an information and announce- ment sheet for the students and faculty of Cheney High School. The program secretary is re- sponsible for student registration information, the master schede, schedule updates, stu- dents' status (credits and grade.J), and keeping health re- cords current in the computer. Evvy also does the paper work for transfer students, seniors and graduates applying for college and scholarships, and handles requests tor records. Evvy does the majority of her work (records, schedules) on a computer. The Cheney School District is on an Educational Service District Coperative Com- puter system for student infor- mation. The E.S.D. system is used for course scheduling, grade reporting, student information and miscellaneous reports as required for school, district and state. Information is entered by telephone lines from the terminal to.the computer located in Lynn- wood, WA. The output is printed in Spokane at E.S.D. 101. Fre- quent deadlines make quick trips to Spokane necessary to pick-up the printed material for use the next day, adding still another dimension to the program secre- tary's job. A poster on her office door of Kermit the Frog says, "To err is human...but to really mess things up, you need a COMPUTER." Not true, except for an occasion- albreakdown; however, the com- puter services are priceless. Evvy finds her job exciting and interesting. She really enjoys working with students and staff. the building welcoming children and helping them to their rooms. Betty Schug was the membership drive chairperson and had 132 PTO people sign up this year. She was extremely pleased with the many responses from the people in the Airway Heights Commun- ity. PTO members have been actively working with the kinder- garten screening program, vision screening and hearing screening. Officers have attended school board meetings, citizens advis- ory council meetings and re- cently a reporting pupil progress meeting. The major project they worked on so far this year was the Halloween Fun Fest. This re- quired many hours of time and effort in organizing people to help, finding reasonable cost prizes, getting donations from parents and businesses, and having the PTO contribute 135 cakes to help make money. On Nov. 4, 12 of the PTO members attended a workshop that pre- viewed the inventory of items children may buy their parents for Christmas. They enjoy at- tending the workshop and then helping children make decisions. Our parent organizations will continue to be a most valuable partner in the education of boys and girls. Electricity saved The cost of energy to heat, light and cool Cheney school build- ings has and is rising drama- tically. With diminishing monies to operate the district program, savings in all areas have become most important. After evaluating the savings to be gained against the cost of conversion, the district has changed from fuel oil to natural gas for heating water at Betz Elementary School. This provides needed hot water with- out firing the main boiler, as was necessary in the past. Not only is the cost of gas less than oil, gas burns cleaner so maintenance of equipment is minimal. The district is currently doing a feasibility study as to the physi- cal requirements, cost of con- version and payback time at other buildings that have natural gas available. Recently, the school board ap- proved a request to install a solar, thermal energy plant at Cheney Junior High. This proto- type will be used to provide heat and hot water at no cost if funded by the Bonneville Power Admini- stration. The district is also participat- ing in a program offered by Bonneville Power to convert ex- terior lighting to high pressure sodium fixtures which operate on less electricity. Wherever possible flourescent lighting is being substituted for incandes- cent. The maintenance crew is checking each building and making each as weatherproof as practical through caulking, weatherstripping and sealing un- needed air entries. The entire staff is conscious of the need to conserve where possible and is cooperating in keeping doors and windows closed, shutting off lights when they are not needed and keeping heat levels low. .... .......... PTO groups help the elementary schools in holding informative and fund raising Counselors help make building Making changes can be a They frightening thing for students. Going from elementary to junior show high school, from junior to senior over lunch I high are thrilling times, but they When also can be anxiety producing. Recognizing this as a special years, time for students, the schools in Cheney the Cheney School District are tensive working together to provide posi- use of tive transition experiences, circuit TN Sixth grade students receive an orientation during the spring from junior high counselors. The orientation consists of three visitation phases: 1) Registration for dents are classes and general information; and ask 2) Small group questions and and answers involving seventh grade mic students; and 3) Visitation to the junior high, meeting teachers signed a and seeing classes in session, meet with Counselors work with sixth questions, grade teachers to understand and tional communicate the special needs of incoming students. In the fall, By seventh grade homeroom are hel teachers give the students new orientation the first day of school. Junior High Counselor Pat Gardner Don Brown, below, help students