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Onalaska students see success


Enterprise staff

The Onalaska Independent School District held its monthly meeting in the administration building boardroom on Monday night March 25. The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m., with all board members present They approved the agenda and moved into the business section of the meeting, since there were no members of the public desiring to speak, they then approve the minutes of the Feb. 25 Board meeting. Elementary school principal Hannah Williams reported that there were 578 students in the elementary school; broken down as follows; PPCD and Pre-K 47 students, Kindergarten 87 students, First Grade 89 students, Second Grade 77 students, Third Grade 65 students, Fourth Grade 77 students, Fifth Grade 78 students, and the Six Grade had 58 students, overall they had a 96 percent attendance rate during the month of February. The Livingston Rotary club presented a program entitled, "Don't Meth With Me" to the fifth-grade students, the program raises awareness about the dangers of methamphetamines, the students received a T-shirt, wristband, pencil and commitment card. Fourth-graders will take the STAAR Writing test on Tuesday, April 2, and Wednesday, April 3. The fifth-graders are scheduled to take the STAAR Math test on April 2 and the STAAR Reading test on April 3. Students have only four hours to complete each test, please wish these students good luck, as you see them in the community. On March 27, progress reports will be sent home. Parents are invited to attend the Easter parties on Thursday, March 28. On Friday, April 5, Mrs. Mitschke's High School students will be hosting a Science Discovery Fair for the fifth-graders. This activity will emphasize the skills that are needed on the STAAR Science test. In honor of National Library Week, OISD will conduct a Book Fair during the school day, the week of April 8 through the 12, to encourage family participation, from 715 a.m. to 8 a.m. we will have "Mom's Muffins," on Tuesday morning, "Dad's Doughnuts" on Wednesday morning and "Grandparents Goodies" on Thursday morning. Charles Boyce reported for the Onalaska Junior Senior high school that enrollment in the seventh grade was 68, eighth grade 56, ninth grade 64, 10th grade 70, 11th grade 45 and 12th grade 48, for total 351 students in February, with an average attendance rate of 94.06. The high school University Interscholastic League (UIL) academic team won First Place at District in Accounting, Calculator Applications and Persuasive Speaking (all these teams advanced to the regional competition.) Students also won Second Place in Spelling, Vocabulary and Computer Science, there were also numerous individual students that placed and qualified for the regional meet in April. The CX Debate Team had a strong showing at the State meet; they lost out by just two points. The high school One Act Play was in Zone competition in Hempstead last Friday and advanced to the district finals, which will be this Thursday in Hempstead. They received Best Actor Award, two All-Star Cast awards, and one honorable mention for All-Star Cast. The Onalaska Ag Mechanical team won a Blue Ribbon at both the San Antonio and Houston livestock show's for their trailer project. At the Trinity the Neches Livestock Show in Livingston the barbecue team won first place with their ribs and was named Reserve Champion of the barbecue event. The Ag Mechanics team won the Grand Championship with their trailer project. They had nine students make the sales with their animals, three students received $1,000 Go Texan scholarships and one student was awarded a $1,000 JE Simmons scholarship. Our teachers had very productive technology training and March 21 they received some advanced training on Google Chrome and Symbaloo training, for incorporation into classroom instruction. They are gearing up for the new state assessments of STAAR/ EOC tests, which will begin April first through the fourth. Student Council is hosting a talent show on April 11 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. Junior class is hosting the second annual Macho Man contest on April 12 at 7 PM. Teachers will have an instructional planning teacher conference day on April 15. Progress reports for the fifth six weeks will go on March 28. Superintendent Redden and the board discussed dates for the district to have public hearings regarding the bond election set for May. It was decided to have the first hearing on April 1 in the elementary school cafeteria at 7 PM, with the second hearing on April 13 at 5 PM at the Junior Senior high school and then hold one on April 22 at the administration building, starting at 7 PM. A representative from Capital Financial Corporation will be at these meetings to interest rates and financing of the bonds. The board approved items on the consent agenda, including tax report, textbook adoptions, staff development waiver and an early release waiver is also a budget in the amendment that was for technology adjustments and the purchase of a freezer which had not been previously budgeted. These items did not increase the budget they were merely a redistribution of already budgeted funds. After a short discussion, the board voted to renew the service agreement with Interquest Detection Canines of Southeast Texas for the 2013 – 14 school years. This group provides dogs that make random drug checks at the schools throughout the year. Superintendent Redden discussed the proposed calendar for school year 2013 – 14, he explained that staff had been involved in the preparation of these calendars and the one they are presenting tonight was the overall best scenario. The only major change in this calendar is that the semester will not end before Christmas break, but rather the students and faculty will all come back the day after Christmas break and then the semester will end. The board approved the calendar as presented. Board members then cast individual ballots for directors to the regional education service Center six these benefits will be forwarded to Huntsville to be Volatile data school districts. The Board then discussed contract with Texas Kids First insurer for the student accident insurance plan for the 2013 – 14 school year, this is the same organization that the District has used for several years, and Mr. Redman explained that they very user-friendly and easy to work with. He could only remember one incident where was some discussion


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