MOUNT BAKER SCHOOL DISTRICT #507
School Board Meeting
February 13, 2003
School Board Meeting Summary February 13, 2003
The Mount Baker school board held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, February 13 in the District Office. The following is a summary of the meeting.
Good of the Order – Attachment “A” – and the following items:
The Board approved:
The Board Heard Information About And Discussed:
Board members attended or visited:
Mr. Freeman requested that the board again discuss Ruby Payne’s “A Framework for Understanding Poverty”, perhaps at the next board work session.
Rick Gantman provided the superintendent’s written and an oral report to the board. Highlights of the report were:
Please contact Dr. Gantman for further information.
Work sessions; Special Meetings
Regular Meetings – 7 pm @ District Office unless otherwise noted
GOOD OF THE ORDER
February 13, 2003
Jennifer Lewis received a Community Building Award from the Whatcom County Commission on Children and Youth at their December Awards program. These awards are given to individuals who have shown a commitment to and excellence in organizing efforts in their community that strengthen families and build community. Jennifer was honored for her support of the North Fork Community, most recently for assisting the Commission with the Strengthening Families program at Kendall.
The e-mail message below was sent to Kent Sherwood from Lynden Christian School. This is a clear indicator of the educational value of our athletic program. Our students are definitely learning about good citizenship!
From: Haan, Carl
Sent: Monday, February 03, 2003 9:06 AM
To: Kredit, Harlan
Subject: Mt Baker Game
Could you pass some words along to the Mt Baker AD or principal. After the game on Friday the team stayed for an extra long time to understandably savor their victory. Before they left, they helped pick up garbage in the bleachers we left out for them and they did the best job I have seen of cleaning up the locker room. An assistant coach even went through the locker room one final time to check it out. Their graciousness in victory was noticed and very much appreciated.
Mark Challender, MBSD Network Administrator, has pass all test required of and received the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer award. He has been working towards this milestone for two years. Mark now intends to continue his professional development in the area of network security.
Mark Venn, Karen Hodges, Ron Bruland, and Halvar Olstead continue to works towards the vision of having Automatic External Defibrillators is our schools. They have formed the Mount Baker AED committee and are working with the Everson Lions Club to raise the needed money.
Ellyn Erickson has been nominated by the Northwest Region of the Elementary Principals’ Association of Washington as it representative for the National Distinguished Principal Award. The ESPAW will make site visits to learn more about the candidates this spring. Ellyn’s candidacy will be considered by the State Association in October of 2003.
The Bellingham Herald had a very nice article about National Board Certified teachers that spotlighted Julie.
The wrestlers won their 8th consecutive league title, 7th consecutive district title and are shooting for their 8th consecutive regional title. The team had 6 individual NCC champions: Dustin Chellson 119, Anthony Zender 135, Craig Jackson 140, BJ Vavra152, CJ Warren 171, and Charlie Brown at 275. The team has advanced 17 wrestlers to the regional tournament where the athletes have a chance to go on to state. Anthony Zender was recognized as the 2002-2003 NCC outstanding wrestler and headed into regionals has a 32-0 record. Coach Lepper was once again honored as NCC coach of the year. As the team heads into the state meet they have a very legitimate chance of placing in the top three. In the past their state AA finishes have been: 3rd in 1998, 2nd in 1999, 1st in 2000, 8th in 2001, and 5th in 2002.
In this “Year of the Writer,” the week of February 10, Mount Baker School District hosts its first ever Young Authors Conference. Authors, Nancy White Carlstrom and Claire Rudolf Murphy, will be visiting all of our schools, presenting assemblies to grades K-8 and self-selected high school students. During the week, about 400 Mount Baker students, grades 1-12, will attend writer’s workshops taught by Nancy and Claire. Workshops are limited to no more that 30 students each. Funding for this event has been provided through the district library, curriculum, and building budgets. In addition, contributions from each PTA, the JH ASB, and a grant from Whatcom Educational Credit Union, have made this event possible. An after school author reception open to the community will be attended by over 60 people. Proceeds from book sales will help to fund what we hope will become an annual event.
On January 25, over 50 MBHS music students participated in the regional Solo & Ensemble contest held at Skagit Valley College. Thirteen Mount Baker students earned the highest rating of “superior.” They were:
One entry was the winner of their division and will participate in the State Ensemble Contest in April. Aaron Vander Yacht & Silvia Badillo were the winners of the small mixed voice ensemble division. Congratulations!
Four entries are alternates for the Washington State solo and ensemble contest. They are:
Cabaret Night was a HUGE success, thanks to all of the community members who helped and came to see all of our talented choir students. The night started with desserts, and LOTS of them, supplied by the choir students and a Silent Auction supplied by band and choir students. Both of these parts of the evening went well, with the community supporting many of our students in their efforts to make money for their Southern California trip over spring break. Talent began at 7:15 with “The Swingers” singing their rendition of “Cabaret”. Other talents included solos, trios, bands and stand up comedy acts. The groups that performed were: Swing Choir, Women’s Choir and Mountaineer Choir. The money raised at Cabaret will go toward purchasing music for the spring choir concert in May.
Kara Monsen , a senior, is a National Merit Finalist.
RESIGNATION/LEAVES/REDUCTION IN HOURS
BUILDING COMMITTEE POSITIONS
Acme Site Council
Acme School Committees
Harmony Site Council
Harmony School Committees
Kendall Site Council
Kendall School Committees
Jr. High Site Council
High School Site Council/Class Advisors
High School Site Council/Dept.Leaders
High School Site Council/Subject Leaders
Classified In-House Committee
Certificated In-House Committee
Building Tech Support
Elementary Music Curriculum Committee
District Safety Committee