TALENTED SISTERS — From the left, Conrad High School senior Katey VanderVeen on the flute and Erika VanderVeen, who plays violin, will both be playing this weekend with the Great Falls Youth Symphony in concert in Great Falls. Both musicians play first chair. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
On any given Sunday afternoon, the stage of the Civic Center Mansfield Theater is filled with high school students, concentrating intently, focused on the task at hand.
The 70 students on stage count, subdivide, follow directions, deal with phrasing and expression, and spend an hour and a half in this intense environment without a break. Sound a lot like school? Not even close.
The Great Falls Symphony’s Regional Youth Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra comprised of talented, focused musicians who voluntarily spend their Sunday afternoons rehearsing in preparation for their two concerts each season.
Each of the students have passed an audition to gain entrance to this elite ensemble, and everyone is expected to come prepared each week, practicing on their own and in their private lessons to learn the difficult music presented to them in this orchestra.
SCHLEPP HONORED — Cheryl Schlepp has been nominated as the Student Council Advisor of the Year at Conrad High School. She is also the advisor of Family Career and Community Leaders of America and, has announced she will retire after more than 30 years of teaching, 28 of them at CHS. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Cheryl Schlepp was recently awarded the Student Council Advisor of the year for District one. She has also been nominated for the same award on the state level.
Schlepp has served as advisor for Student Council at CHS for 16 years. She takes this responsibility very seriously because she feels so strongly about students developing leadership ability, strong moral character and academic achievement.
She is far more than just an advisor. She has led leadership “lock ins” for the student council and other class officers. She hosts all the student council meetings in her classroom, while making sure the students’ use Parliamentary Procedure.
Schlepp has taught at Conrad High School for 28 years. She has taught Home Economics, which is now broken down into Nutrition, Independent Living, Family Living, Child Development, Culinary Arts and Entrepreneurship.
Special to the I-O by Lisa Schmidt
Montana’s Office of Public Instruction (OPI) requires school kitchens to be licensed and inspected by county sanitarians.
Only they don’t.
School districts that receive a portion of Montana‘s $30,370,593.88 from the USDA’s National School Lunch Program have to pass a sanitarian’s inspection twice a year.
Only they don’t.
OPI’s two sets of rule books seem to stem from a conflict of interest that becomes much more intense at a time when all state agencies are facing severe budget cuts.
School kitchens serve the public, just as restaurants and caterers do, so sanitary conditions and safe food handling are paramount to offering healthy food to Montana’s students. Restaurants, cafeterias and mobile units that prepare or serve food or drinks, with or without charge, must meet health codes that are established by the Department of Public Health & Human Services (DPHHS).