SYRACUSE — During her report to the Wawasee school board Tuesday evening, March 13, Joy Goshert, assistant superintendent, talked about summer school offerings. Grades K to five will meet at Syracuse Elementary June 4-22 and do IREAD-3 remediation with a physical education activity rotation and also have rotations of reading, science and math.
Grades six to 12 will meet at Wawasee High School June 4-29 and will have the summer ECO Challenge as they have in the past, hands-on science, family and consumer sciences, outdoor sports with a nutrition and fitness focus, applications in agriculture, exploring art, project based learning and more. Grades nine to 12 would have online credit recovery, English and language arts, theater, radio/TV and a history course.
What classes actually take place will depend on how many students sign up in late April or early May. Principals asked teachers for ideas in response to a request to look into expanding summer school offerings.
Goshert also noted during her report the new state test, ILEARN, will begin during the 2018-19 school year and the testing window has been set for April 22 to May 17. It will be for grades three to eight. ISTEP+ retesting will be done for students in certain grades who did not pass the test. ILEARN is replacing ISTEP+.
In other business Dr. Tom Edington, superintendent, talked about the 2018 construction projects that will begin in the spring and continue until and into the fall months. Wawasee High School will have HVAC replacement in the auxiliary gym, pool and auditorium. Other projects at the high school will include new lighting for some fields and painting and carpeting in the special education area and selected classrooms.
Milford School will get interior renovations in science, industrial technology and band classrooms, as well as renovations to the field restroom and concessions area. Wawasee Middle School will have the soccer field restrooms and concessions renovated with help from building trades students at the high school. And the central office and career technology buildings will get renovations.
Bids will be issued for the projects later.
Also during Tuesday’s meeting, Kim Nguyen, high school principal, briefly talked about the plans students are making for a “walk-in” in response to the national school walk-out days. Nguyen said he was contacted by students and it was decided it would be better for students not to walk out and create security problems and disruption. Instead, they will meet during part of their Warrior Time Friday, March 23, in the spectator gym in remembrance of those who have been killed during school shooting incidents.
Nguyen said the students have planned a Power Point presentation, brief speeches and for small groups to meet. He said the event is voluntary.
Other agenda items included:
• Several high school state qualifying athletes were recognized including boys swimmers Jared Krugman, Brady Robinson, Brett Willaman and Isaiah Metcalf, wrestlers Jace Alexander, Geremia Brooks and Elisha Tipping and gymnast Reagan Atwood. Wrestling coach Frank Bumgardner was also recognized for being Class 2A Coach of the Year.
• School corporation staff donated $2,305 to the Conrad Scholarship Fund.
• The school corporation received a donation of 13 emergency weather radios from the Kosciusko County Emergency Management Agency.
• Women of Today will donate $1,500 to each school in the Wawasee district.
• Several out of night or overnight trips were approved including WHS DECA students Clayton Hicks and Tate Cowan to attend the DECA International Career Development Conference April 21-24 in Atlanta, the high school men’s soccer team to take a trip to Europe, welding students to participate in a competition in Indianapolis and several others.