Wolf Point Herald

School Board Approves Sixth-Grade Boys’ And Girls’ Basketball Program Proposal

The Wolf Point School board held a public meeting, Oct. 8, to discuss several matters, one of which was the approval of sixth- grade boys’ and girls’ basketball programs for the 2013-14 school year.

Superintendent Joe Paine presented the document, proposing that sixth-grade volleyball, boys’ basketball and girls’ basketball have their own programs, offered through the school if outside funding to sponsor the activities was secured.

Paine said they had secured the funding after Northside Elementary School principal Hannah Nieskens solicited funds. Nieskens clarified to Paine and the board that she did not solicit the money, but rather was approached by a donor to fund the program.

The proposal stated that sixth-grade girls’ and boys’ basketball players would be given the opportunity to participate during scheduled half-time activities at home basketball games. It also stated the sixth-graders would practice with the junior high teams if those teams had fewer than 10 participants.

The board had approved sixth-grade volleyball players to move up to the junior high program early in the year.

Paine said he would like to see sixth-grade boys’ and girls’ basketball programs run at Northside. He also said he would like to develop a plan and work with Frontier School to allow Northside sixth-graders attending to participate in volleyball, boys’ basketball and girls’ basketball with Frontier students for the 2014-15 school year.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to work closely with Frontier,” Paine said. “We all end up in the same spot. They all come to school here. If you go to any of the activities where there’s a volleyball jamboree or a basketball jamboree, the [Wolf Point] kids will tell you the toughest team they play is Frontier because they’re all close friends.”

Board chairman Martin DeWitt asked if the boys’ and girls’ basketball programs at Wolf Point would only be for this year and if the collaboration with Frontier would be for next year. Paine said there is no guarantee that Frontier would agree to the proposal as that would need approval from that school’s board. DeWitt suggested they create a memorandum of understanding between the Wolf Point and Frontier school districts.

Wolf Point High School athletic director Mike Erickson said he has talked to other athletic directors and was told this kind of situation was in the hands of the athletic director and the principal. He said he would be comfortable with working the program within his budget and guidelines.

Erickson also suggested they wait to see how this year’s program goes, but he did say he liked the idea of cooperating with Frontier.

DeWitt explained the reason why the matter was being brought to the board was because the money was coming through them and the board is responsible for all budgetary items and this is to let the public how the money will be used.

The board unanimously approved the proposal.

Business Matters

In other business matters, the board approved the purchase of CDW Microsoft Server and Education Licenses. They also approved the Education Northwest Traits of Writing program for the junior high and high school contracts and Success for All Foundation training days for Southside Elementary School. The training days are funded by the MSRP Grant.

The board also approved the tuition agreements for the transfer of two Wolf Point students requesting to transfer to Glasgow and two Wolf Point students requesting to transfer to

Scobey. They also approved a Poplar student requesting to transfer to Wolf Point. Paine said because the schools are in the area, there will be no additional costs to for the students to attend.

The board approved the following hires: David Booke as a High School Science Teacher; Daisha Douglas, Paige Vinton and Kelli Vine as Southside After-School Program Teachers; Connie Lambert and Brenda Dionne as substitute teachers, Jesse Fleming as a High School Boys’ Assistant Basketball coach; Tommy Olsen and Robert Manning as Junior High Boys Basketball coaches; Stacey Summers as a Junior High Girls Basketball Coach; Scott Vandall as the Junior High Wrestling Head Coach; Jeff Whitmus as the Junior High Wrestling Assistant Coach and Dawn Garfield, Ruth Boysun, Judy Holum, Ellen Sievers, Lorene Hintz, Vivian Shultz, Jerrelynn Whitmus, Clover Anaquod and Darcey Anaquod as High School Adult Education instructors.

Administrative reporters

Southside Principal Susan Brown said the school celebrated Native American Week. She also said students took a walking field trip to the Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department firehouse for Fire Prevention Week.

Brown said she had sent four staff members to Helena for training. She also said all of the teaching positions at Southside Elementary have been filled but there is still a shortage of substitute teachers.

In her report, Nieskens said Northside Elementary completed iSIP testing in September and they would be MAP testing. She also said the consultants have been through the school and that Fort Peck Tribal Health presented a Diabetes Awareness and Prevention lesson, Oct. 8, to all students during health classes.

Nieskens mentioned that Northside will participate in the Rocky Mountain Shakeout Earthquake drill, Oct. 23 at 10:23 a.m. She also said the school will be having Family Involvement Night Fall Craft Festival that will take place, Oct. 24, from 5-6:30 p.m., followed by Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 28-31.

Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School Principal Kim Hanks said the Leadership Team attended the MSRP training. She said several consultants have visited the school and that she will be developing the school’s Achievement Plan with Mrs. Helmer. She also said Miss Fosland has been working to complete the process of finalizing the Gear-Up grant for 2013-2014.

In his report, Paine said there have been 35 new students brought into the school district since the beginning of the year. He also said the kitchen staff has been operating more efficiently with the assistant cook and record keeper.

Paine also said he has been in the classrooms and is impressed with the teachers.

Other matters

The board approved the minutes of the Sept. 10 regular meeting. They also approved the warrant registers and claims against the districts.

Board member Glenn Strader announced that Frontier School will be holding their 50th year anniversary, Nov. 1.

DeWitt said he has been at some of the extracurricular activities and has seen student athletes attending each other’s games and supporting each other.

DeWitt also reminded the board that October is Anti-bullying month nationwide. Hanks said the high school had a Blue Shirt day in recognition for the month.

The next regular school board meeting will take place, Nov. 12.Point. Paine said because the schools are in the area, there will be no additional costs for the students to attend.

The board approved the following hires: David Booke as a high school science teacher; Daisha Douglas, Paige Vinton and Kelli Vine as Southside after-school program teachers; Connie Lambert and Brenda Dionne as substitute teachers; Jesse Fleming as a high school boys’ assistant basketball coach; Tommy Olsen and Robert Manning as junior high boys’ basketball coaches; Stacey Summers as a junior high girls’ basketball coach; Scott Vandall as the junior high wrestling head coach; Jeff Whitmus as the junior high wrestling assistant coach; and Dawn Garfield, Ruth Boysun, Judy Holum, Ellen Sievers, Lorene Hintz, Vivian Shultz, Jerrelynn Whitmus, Clover Anaquod and Darcey Anaquod as high school adult education instructors.

Administrative Reports

Southside School principal Susan Brown said the school celebrated Native American Week. She also said students took a walking field trip to the Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department firehouse for Fire Prevention Week.

Brown said she had sent four staff members to Helena for training. She also said all of the teaching positions at Southside have been filled, but there is still a shortage of substitute teachers.

In her report, Nieskens said Northside School completed iSIP testing in September and they would be MAP testing.

She also said the consultants have been through the school and that Fort Peck Tribal Health presented a diabetes awareness and prevention lesson, Oct. 8, to all students during health classes.

Nieskens mentioned that Northside will participate in the Rocky Mountain Shakeout Earthquake drill Oct. 23 at 10:23 a.m. She also said the school will be having Family Involvement Night Fall Craft Festival that will take place, Oct. 24, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 28-31.

Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School principal Kim Hanks said the leadership team attended the MSRP training. She said several consultants have visited the school and that she will be developing the school’s Achievement Plan with Mrs. Helmer. She also said Miss Fosland has been working to complete the process of finalizing the Gear-Up grant for 2013-14.

In his report, Paine said there have been 35 new students brought into the school district since the beginning of the year. He also said the kitchen staff has been operating more efficiently with the assistant cook and recordkeeper.

Paine also said he has been in the classrooms and is impressed with the teachers.

Other Matters

The board approved the minutes of the Sept. 10 regular meeting. They also approved the warrant registers and claims against the districts.

Board member Glenn Strader announced that Frontier School will be holding their 50th anniversary, Nov. 1.

DeWitt said he has been at some of the extracurricular activities and has seen student athletes attending each other’s games and supporting each other.

DeWitt also reminded the board that October is anti-bullying month nationwide. Hanks said the high school had a Blue Shirt day in recognition for the month.

The next regular school board meeting will take place, Nov. 12.