Land deeded to Conrad High

39_722WHITE FROST  — Also known as hoarfrost, this beautiful white tree is covered with a whole bunch of minute ice needles, formed from the atmosphere at night upon the ground and exposed objects when they have cooled by radiation below the dew point, and when the dew point is below the freezing point. The white color comes from tiny air bubbles trapped in the ice crystals.  Photo for the I-O by Colleen Moritz





By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter

Bradford Huffman, of Conrad, recently discovered that one acre of his farm property had been deeded to the Conrad High School back in 1921. The board decided, on Jan. 11, to complete the paperwork to award the land back to Huffman.

The Superintendent’s mass meeting pinpointed issues with substitute teachers and unemployment. Currently, any substitute teacher that worked for three days can apply for unemployment during the days they are not needed. The board is looking into using different contracts to avoid this issue.

The Federal Audit requirements have gone up for the Conrad School District. The audit has exceeded $500,000 so an additional audit must be performed for a cost of $1,000. Afton Lamoreaux, clerk, commented that the additional funds for the Title 1 program put them over the usual audit amount.

The principals of the Conrad Schools have revamped their monthly reports to the board and are focusing less on the activities of the students and more on their school’s goals and accomplishments to the students. This will help show the board what the principals and staff are doing to improve education and in strengthening our district.

Craig Barringer, Meadowlark and Utterback Middle School principal, gave a focus on his schools’ bullying program. Barringer uses the Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI) trainings to help staff and students have consistency in structured and non-structured settings. He continues to use the Olweus Bullying materials in a weekly lesson, renamed ‘Buckaroo Time’ by the students.

He and the staff track behaviors through Infinite Campus and an Excel program called the Big 5. He commented that there is no simple answer to this “complex issue” and what works for one student may not work for another. At both Meadowlark and UMS the staff has bi-monthly Intervention Assistance Team (IAT) meetings to discuss at-risk students and their behaviors.

Greg Jensen, Prairie View School (PVS) principal, is presently working with teachers and students on their homework responsibilities. They use a spreadsheet and each teacher charts when and where students are having difficulties getting assignments turned in and what the assignments were.

The goal is to make sure the work handed out is relevant. They have also made new homework guidelines to help make their expectations clear for both students and parents.

Ken Larson, CHS principal, and the staff at CHS are currently working with the results from the CRT tests. Each year, half of the questions are released back to the school for each student. The results help teachers to identify which areas they need to work more on and which areas they don’t need to spend as much time on. The CRT measures reading, math and science for students in the 10th grade.

Upcoming events for the schools include a UMS parent coffee on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. to help find a better way to communicate with the families of students. They will discuss the bullying program, homework policy and will also help assist parents who are looking for help in dealing with their child/children during this critical age.

The PVS will have parent teacher conferences on Feb. 1.

The PVS student council, Council Kids, wanted to incorporate a ‘healthy’ snack machine and it is on its way.

Each PVS class will be in charge of one fundraiser during the next months. The proceeds from these activities will go towards the expenses occurred during the cancer treatments of Christy Kulpas, former secretary at PVS. Andrea Boehmler’s class has opened their Cocoa Café.

Val Kellogg’s class will be hosting breakfast for students and parents as well.

Outstanding student from the CHS was Graham Grubb, son of Mark and Devra. Phil Springer awarded him the honor and commented that when he presented Grubb’s name to the faculty, “every teacher’s hand went up.” Ruth Fladstol said he is “on track for a great future, now if he’d just get a haircut.”

Nikkole Breding was the outstanding student at PVS. Kim Hofstad presented her and acknowledged that she “shares random acts of kindness” to others. She is the daughter of Bubba and Keiri.

Wendy Gierke presented Cye Judisch as Meadowlark’s student of the month.  She said he is an “awesome student” and is “compassionate with superb manners”. Judisch is the son of Kip and Wendy.

Colby Ophus, son of Tom and Vickie, was the male Student of the Month for UMS. It was said he has “old fashioned manners and values.” He also “respects everyone in the building.”

Krista Judisch was the female Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Jack and Barb.

Barringer noted that she is a “positive leader in our building.” Monica Tomayer said she “sets her own path, the right one and follows it.”

Amber Stenson, CHS Student Council president, informed the board on a current fundraiser for Nathan Pruttis to help with the expense of getting a table for his wheelchair to accommodate his laptop computer. There will be a pep rally soon.

The recent auction helped relieve surplus property from the district’s hands. A John Deere tractor was sold for $600 to Don Yeager, an antique Case tractor was sold for $1,000 to Darrell Habits and xylophones were sold to the Christian School.

Jill Swanson got approval to attend the NCCE National Conference in Portland March 1 through 4. She is to come back and will be able to teach her peers about current technology. The trip cost $295 a person and the total trip should cost approximately $3,500. Funds for the trip will come from the technology fund. Currently around $30,000 is sitting unused.

Three CHS football coaches will be going to Seattle to attend presentations and live demonstrations. The clinic will take place at the University of Oregon from Feb. 10 to 13. The booster club will cover half of all of the registration fees and the coaches will pay for the fuel to get to the clinic. The district will need to cover $330 and this will come from the district athletics fund.

The next school board meeting will be Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Russell Building. The Russell Building is not handicapped accessible. The meeting will be moved to the UMS library upon the request of any person unable to attend because of a disability. Requests to move the meeting must be made to the Personnel Office at 278-5521 prior to the time of the meeting.