ENGLEWOOD — At the regular meeting of the Northmont Board of Education, four Kleptz Early Learning Center volunteers were recognized with the Superintendent’s Helping Hands Award.
Molly Paugh was nominated by teacher Sarah Aucoin for helping in the hallways, the lunchroom, and the classrooms. Teacher Diane Asbury nominated Debbie Chichura for coming in every week, even though she doesn’t have children in school. The children call her “Mimi’ and she is “always super happy and positive with them.” Principal Beth Wyandt talked about volunteer Emily Crist, explaining that she “basically helped with everything to get this building started.” Mrs. Crist is the PTO president and has started several initiatives and fundraisers at the Kleptz Early Learning Center. Lastly, teacher Kelly Froebe nominated Delaney Schreiber as a college freshman who aspires to be a teacher. “She came in almost daily last year to help with centers and special activities,” wrote Froebe in the nomination.
Ann Anzalone, a nationally known, speaker and educational expert, spoke to the group about “Learning to Move, Moving to Learn.” She discussed the formation of the brain and the importance of keeping the body moving to assist the growth and development of the brain. She has offered professional development to the Kleptz Early Learning Center on several occasions and according to Dr. Wyandt, it’s working. Students take breaks throughout the day to do specific movement based exercises that help them retain their focus on their learning tasks.
During the board reports portion of the meeting, board member Jane Woodie shared an update regarding the ACT results from the 2016 ACT. The district composite score was 22.3. The state average was 22.0 and the national average was 20.8. The ACT prep course that is currently being taught at the High School will continue to help students perform at high levels in the future.
Student Board Representative Kyndall Wilson shared the following information regarding district happenings:
• Englewood Elementary will be partnering with the neighbor church once a week for students to get support with homework and positive adult interactions. EE has also started a young men’s club for students who need positive male role models.
• Englewood Hills will be spending thirty minutes on T-Bolt time for intervention and extra practice based on each student’s academic needs.
• Northmoor will be raffling off a one hundred pound pumpkin that Mr. Studebaker grew in his garden. The proceeds will to Autism Speaks, Juvenile Diabetes, and The American Heart Association.
• Northwood hosted a Family Fall Fitness Night that involved families working together to complete a passport around the playground.
• Union Elementary has begun its sub sale, which is the biggest fundraiser of their year.
• Kleptz Early Learning Center will be holding the first Community Breakfast of the year on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.
• Middle School will hold its first Pep Rally on Friday. *High School is gearing up for Homecoming next week with a lot of activities, including the first pep rally in the new High School.