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C-CHS teachers to receive training at Clark Academy


By Lew Vail

CORRIGAN – Two high school teachers are traveling for special training at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Ga., the Corrigan-Camden School Board learned during their regular meeting last week. Mrs. Rabano and Mrs. Watts will receive the training. Clark is known for his work among economically disadvantaged students in Harlem. He has written books on education and started his own middle school. His students are still primarily economically disadvantaged and are very successful. The board also learned the high school is continuing to implement the Fundamental 5 program in classrooms. Several teachers and the school principal attended the Region 6 Education Service Center last week for training titled "Capturing Kids Hearts". Also in the high school report, Algebra II finished equations and has begun factoring; Coach Hall's anatomy and physiology students were tasked with creating a three-dimensional skin model class as students studied the integumentary systems; Mrs. Cockrell reported the juniors are reading Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" which was written in response to McCarthyism of the 1950's and the Hollywood black listing which occurred. Seniors will experience the Virtual College Fair and access various colleges online. Seniors will focus the next six weeks on "Real World" writing, reading and speaking, including lessons in greeting people, how to write a resume/business letter and giving presentations. Lately, lessons on how to dress for an interview, work or professional attire and etiquette were discussed. The sophomore class just finished learning about trial by jury, reading and acting out several portions for the play "Twelve Angry Men." Mrs. Purvis said she was so proud of the students for bringing the play to life. Mrs. Babcock has scheduled the recruiters to visit and discuss the ASVAB scores. The tests show ranking for potential military enlistment. The University of Houston visited Monday. The fishing team is ordering 15 jerseys for the team members for the first tournament in January. The Lady Dog volleyball team made the playoffs for the first time in school history, playing through the second round. The FFA is selling fruit, End Of Course testing will be in December and all students needing to re-test are in tutorials now. The elemenraty school reported three teachers were trained in the Fundamental Five teaching strategies: Frame Lesson, Power Zone, Critical Writing, Recognize and Reinforce and Purposeful Talk. They will share with all instructors. The food service department was busy with special events for Veterans Day inviting Vets for Lunch; Thanksgiving lunch and a birthday for Mickey and Minnie Mouse, featuring a meal and prizes for students. Trustees approved an interlocal agreement with eContracts, and approved a resolution with Region VI Education Center for services. The annual financial audit was accepted by the board. Policy Updates 108, covering a variety of items including Board Member Authority and local changes to safety programs, transportation, food services, special education video monitoring, student welfare and academic guidance was reviewed for a second time. The board approved the consent agenda consisting of Oct. 16 board minutes, a grant award for Title I Priority & Focus (NOGA) and a Title VII Rural & Low Income School Grant (NOGA). Trustees also voted for Sean Burke as a nominee to the Polk Central Appraisal District's board of directors. Enrollment is at 886 students with 95 percent attendance. The next board meeting will be Dec. 11, at 7 p.m.


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