Malta Bend Board of Education looks forward to the new school year

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Malta Bend Board of Education met Wednesday, Sept. 10, to review the beginning of the year with the teachers and other faculty.

The meeting began with a letter from the Community Blood Center thanking the school for supporting the community at the blood drive. The event registered 32 volunteers, collected 30 units of blood and had 13 first-time donors.

Also, a letter of appreciation from the Civil Air Patrol thanked the school for the use of their vans in a disaster simulation drill.

Following the letters and announcements, the teachers had the opportunity to explain the lesson plans they have outlined for the year.

Shasary White, high school english teacher, explained her project using "The Hunger Games" novels.

"It's a great book. It alludes to a lot of higher topics," White said.

White explains the value of the novels in how they display a dystopian society, which she says alludes to history using examples of the Holocaust and how the book mirrors the separation of people by race, ethnicity or other physical features. White goes on to mention how other parts in the book represent the disconnection between the elitist in the books as it relates to the real world.

White plans on using this outline as the students develop their class project, -- a coat of arms -- which will be judged by other classes. White says this will teach them the mindset mimicked in the novels.

"I'm going to have all the other classes vote for which one they like and those people get more points in the hunger games, to show that it's not equal. It's strictly based on aesthetics. It's not a fair society," White said.

Following the teachers' report, Superintendent John Angelhow moved into his report where he briefed the schedule of the year's upcoming events.

Going through the next two months, students will be involved in numerous sporting events in cross country, volleyball, junior high basketball and football, as well as extracurricular activities such as FFA and more.

Angelhow also made mention of Constitutional Amendment No. 3 and advised the board they may be requested to take an official stance on the matter in the future.

"It's something that probably next month in October, we might ask the board to take a stance for or against it or neutrality," Angelhow said.

Angelhow finished his segment with brief updates on a few maintenance items being performed on the school, such as the instillation of new windows, trim, ensuring the green house has electricity and some drainage control.

Finally before moving into closed session, class fundraisers were discussed which included selling scent seeds, Uncle Jerry's tea and beef sticks.

The seventh graders will be conducting a basketball shoot from half court during games to raise money for prom, graduation, senior trips etc., according to Angelhow. Volleyball and cross county will be going door to door selling fan club for their fundraising used for equipment/uniforms.

The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 8.

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