The Winfield School District has been waiting patiently for Mother Nature to transition into spring so construction can begin again. With the grounds thawing, work to create the driveway for the transportation building to Hwy. 47 is beginning. The Intermediate renovations have continued by laying the floor slab into place and the exterior masonry walls are being put up, which will allow structural steel work to proceed and the roof to be installed. Utility work for the water line was completed and much of the interior work was done while students were on spring break. Plans have been made for storage for all the Intermediate materials so when school is out construction can begin right away. At the athletic facility earthwork resumed and all mass grading is expected to be completed soon, weather permitting. Base rock for the artificial turf will follow the grading.
In athletic news, all the winter sports have wrapped up their seasons, ending with many students being honorably placed on GAC All-Conference teams. Spring sports have started with a bang as the number of students participating has caused Winfield to form freshmen teams to ensure everyone receives playing time. In baseball, 32 students came out for the team, expanding the schedule to include freshman games; high school track has 28 athletes out; golf has 14; girls soccer has 44, adding a freshman schedule and another coach, Todd Pulvirenti, to the mix; and middle mchool track has 35 eager students.
Band and Winter Guard have many accomplishments for the season as 17 students will be heading off to the state level competition for receiving a superior rating (1). Winter Guard will be completing their first season soon but had a lot of learning experiences and successes for the year. In other band news, Julia Schenk, a junior, was asked to assist Gateway Indoor Percussion, a winter guard international drum line. Schenk is sight-reading professional level parts and was asked to be apart of the Gateway Indoor Percussion team after her outstanding performance and shown dedication. The team travels and works with some of the biggest names in the country in the drum line and music education world.
In the superintendent’s report, Nancy Baker announced that the ninth graders had the highest attendance last month with the district coming in at 93.48 percent. Summer school will run from June 3-27. The school board was also asked to review the cell phone policy 2656 as that will be changing since many of the teachers are working technology into their curriculum and engaging students with the use of smart phones in the classroom for educational purposes.
In administrative reports, Sharon Bader spoke on NEA’s work towards Teacher Appreciation Day. NEA celebrates the work that teachers do all year long and shows them support for their efforts. Principals spoke about discipline reports declining in all buildings and bus behavior improving every month. The Primary reported on past events like Family Fitness Night and Love and Logic Night that were a huge success. Upcoming events are Mother/Son Events with PTO and the School Picnic. In the Intermediate building teachers are working on giving students effective feedback on their work and they are preparing for MAP testing. Family Fun Night at the Intermediate had 140 families attend. Fine Art Nights will be in April for fourth and fifth graders. At the middle school MAP testing preparations have begun. Teachers are also hearing great feedback from parents and students alike, making PBS a success in the district. The high school improved their SAS (Self-Assessment Survey) in 44 out of 46 areas. Referrals have declined averaging only at about three referrals a day.
In new business evaluations tools have been created to implement into the 2014-2015 school year for paraprofessionals and secretaries. These will help administrators evaluate secretaries and paraprofessionals throughout the year. Winfield will also be having Inter-Agency Meeting with the Lincoln County Resource Board to support families in need within the district. The school board also passed the recommendation to adopt the current immunization form 2850.
Recognitions for the night were as followed: Primary Students: Delaney Whitfield and Gavin Lewis; Primary Staff: Jennifer Bals; Intermediate: Jackson Croghan; Middle School: Douglas Cunningham, Bethany Earl, Skyler Wilder.