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Cherokee Parent/Teacher Conferences well attended

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Cherokee School Board of Education learned Monday night that the District's administrators and faculty were well-pleased with the parent turnout at the recent Parent/Teacher Conferences hosted by Roosevelt Elementary, Cherokee Middle School, and Washington High School.

According to the respective principal's reports, Roosevelt School enjoyed a 98 percent participation by parents, the CMS 70 percent, and WHS 68 percent, all numbers considerably higher that in the past.

In his report, Superintendent Dr. John Chalstrom updated the Board on his recent attendance at the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) meeting, the value of the "Parent-Link" e-mail communication utilized by the District in regards to inclement winter weather announcements, and the Cherokee Rotary Club's new program naming a Student of the Month, who is selected by faculty and then feted at a Rotary Club noon luncheon.

WHS senior Jake Spindler was the Club's first Student of the Month, and Chalstrom said the program is proving very beneficial to all concerned.

Monday night, the Board also accepted the resignation of Olivia Watts as the junior varsity softball coach for WHS, pending finding a suitable replacement.

In other action, the Board extended contracts to Joselyn Jones as special education associate at Roosevelt Elementary School, to Jackie Stephens as special education associate at the CMS, and to Rachael Tonsager as a special education associate at the Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC).

The Board also approved a request for out-of-state travel for vocal instructor Kristine Zylstra to Madison, Wisc. in February for a Regional Honor Choir Performance involving seven CMS 6th and 7th graders, who recently qualified for the performance through auditions conducted by Zylstra.

The Board also granted two requests for early graduation, providing the students meet all the necessary academic requirements.

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