New school hours approved for 2010-11

The Illinois Valley Central District 321 school board heard a presentation from Mossville School students and faculty at its March 23 meeting.

New school hours approved for 2010-11

The Illinois Valley Central District 321 school board heard a presentation from Mossville School students and faculty at its March 23 meeting.

Fourth-grade students at Mossville participated in NaNoWriMo, a novel-writing program that challenges authors to write a novel from start to finish in one month’s time.

“At first when we were told we were going to write a novel, we never thought we could do it,” said fourth- grade student Taylor Larson.

Larson wrote about a 10-year-old girl who was bullied and learned to stand up for herself.

Wendy Clary, principal for grades K-4, said many students surpassed their word number goals for the project.

Mossville seventh-and eighth-grade students and faculty spoke about the newly implemented class meeting, in which students meet each day before lunch for 20 minutes. There are three class meetings for both seventh and eighth graders.

Mossville principal for fifth through eighth graders, Brooke Geltmaker, said this is a “non-academic time of building well-rounded students.”

She said students use this time to develop teamwork, school spirit, social skills and collaboration.

Student Joe Gleason said his favorite part of class meeting was decorating his class door for fall and Halloween.

“Sometimes it was hard to get our team to work together,” he said. “But it was a nice challenge.”

Student Mike Myers said he liked being able to talk about issues during school hours.

“It’s nice to know that other people are listening to us and we can make things better by talking about it,” Myers said.

In other business, the board:

• heard about fire marshal inspections from Superintendent Dr. Nick Polyak, who said overall, the district received a good report.

“The fire marshal was complimentary of our buildings and the state they were in for the inspections,” Polyak said. He added that the few problems found, such as doors being propped open that should not be, are easy to fix.

• heard a construction update for South School.

“We are starting the finishing process,” Polyak said.

He said the gym floor has been poured, and painting and clean up have begun.

On April 13, the time scheduled for the school board’s meeting will be used for a tour of South.

• discussed school start and end times for the 2010-11 school year. The school day at IVC High School will be from 7:45 a.m. to 2:35 p.m., instead of 7:40 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.

At Chillicothe Elementary Center, school will begin at 7:45 a.m. and end at 2:25 p.m. for all grade levels. Currently, CEC runs on two different schedules. Third through sixth grades begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Seventh and eighth grades begin at 7:32 a.m. and end at 2:12 p.m.

At Mossville and South, school will start at 8:35 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m. This year, Mossville’s school day is from 8:20 a.m. to 3 p.m. South’s schedule now is 8:25 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Polyak said the changes are being made so CEC will have one start and end time and to accommodate for the breakfast program that the district will begin next school year. 

• approved the appointments of Collin Judy as boys assistant basketball coach at CEC and Aaron Mills to the drum line at IVC High School.

• approved the resignation of Cheri Joyce, special education aide at CEC.

• discussed graduation dates and times. IVC High School graduation will be at 2 p.m. May 23 at the high school, CEC’s graduation will be 7 p.m. May 17 at the high school, and Mossville’s
graduation will be at 7 p.m. May 18 at Mossville.

• discussed registration times for the 2010-11 school year.  IVC High School registration will be from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 5 and Aug. 9. Registration for CEC, Mossville and South will be from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 4.