Pen pals meet at Beal Park

Posted May 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm

The first grade classes of Karen Ellis and Julie Acklin, West Nodaway, and Ashley Proffitt, North Nodaway, met for a day of fun and play at Beal Park, Maryville, on May 3. The 27 WN students had been writing to the 15 NN students since January.

This has been a project of Ellis’ nearly 20 years. Her classes have been corresponding with NN for the past four to five years. The students learn the parts of a friendly letter and practice writing. The students correspond about six times, with the picnic finale for the pen pals.

Proffitt said it was like Christmas for her students when the letters arrive. Even struggling writers want to correspond and it

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    North Nodaway BOE

    North Nodaway

    The North Nodaway School Board met May 18 to approve new board policies and accept a grant.

    Superintendent James Simmelink announced that the school applied and received a Rickard Trust grant for $21,995. The money will go to purchase a new dishwasher and two convection ovens for the kitchen.

    Under new business, Simmelink gave the board a preliminary budget, which included the purchase of a new school

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    South Nodaway BOE

    South Nodaway

    The South Nodaway R-IV Board of Education met in open and closed sessions on May 19.

    The board voted to approve class schedule changes beginning with the 12-minute first hour seminar that will be removed from the 2016-17 schedule. Instead, first hour will begin at 8:03 am and be 50 minutes. This allows extra time for teachers to do lunch and breakfast counts as well as attendance. All other class periods will be 45 minutes in

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    Senior art iwas displayed at Jefferson

    Freshmen through junior art students created works of art for teacher Carla Peery’s art room ceiling. Showing their art are front: Amber White, Stephanie Chor, Josie Deen, James Teague, Cameron Watson, Bryson Roush: middle: Levi Copeland, Kiersten McCrary, Kayley Lager, Michael Burch, Trinity Gross; back: Clayton Wilmes, Dakota Bliley, Dakota Cain and Brady McCrary. Not pictured is Dakota Coffman.

    Jefferson BOE


    The Jefferson School Board of Education met May 19 to conduct this business:

    Susan Swinford was present to reflect with the board about her years at Jefferson. Jackie Carlson reviewed past year FFA events along with activities happening in the classroom.

    Superintendent Tim Jermain gave reports on both elementary and high school, which included that attendance was 98.12 for April and 94.79 percent for May in the high school

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    Maryville BOE


    The Maryville School Board of Education met May 18.

    Jason McDowell was recognized for 12 years of service to the district.

    The consent agenda was approved, including the following: minutes from the April meeting, district funds balance of $15,896,764.34, budget amendments as presented, list of accounts payable, food service report, list of district surplus property.

    Bid for non-exclusive purchase of office

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    Northeast Nodaway BOE

    Northeast Nodaway

    The Northeast Nodaway School Board of Education met May 19 to address the following:

    After the acceptance of the April meeting minutes, the board approved the bills for May.

    The board put the parking lot improvement project on hold. They did authorize the staff to seek bids for the construction of the ag building enclosure.

    The staff preschool per child

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