Changes may be coming to Oregon-Davis students’ fall and Christmas breaks in the coming years. Calendar proposals for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years were presented to the school board last week.Continue reading
Oregon-Davis’s woodworking and band teachers got some special recognition during Wednesday’s school board meeting. Superintendent Dr. Don Harman explains, “We recognized Mr. Ron Heningsmith who did create a lamp for a patron Mrs. Jensen with wood that her and her late husband donated in the name of Mr. Jensen. Also, Mr. Heningsmith and his woods courses are making coasters, Bobcat coasters, for all staff members.”Continue reading
The Oregon-Davis School Board welcomed two new members during its annual reorganization meeting Wednesday. Kyle Hinds and Brandie Ecker were sworn into office, along with returning member Chris Lawrence, according to Superintendent Dr. Don Harman.Continue reading
The Eastern Pulaski School Board said goodbye to a longtime member last week. Mike Tetzloff attended his final meeting, after more than 16 years on the board.Continue reading
A number of donations were accepted by the Oregon-Davis School Board Monday. Some students will getting new t-shirts, thanks to a pair of donations from Lee Nagai, according to Superintendent Dr. Don Harman. “[He] donated $100 to help with the cost of first [and second] grade t-shirts and then also 35 t-shirts that were purchased for the pep band,” Harman explains. “So we appreciate Lee Nagai’s assistance there.”
The Oregon-Davis School Corporation has updated its policies on bullying, dyslexia screening, and administrative leave, among others. Superintendent Dr. Don Harman says the school board approved a number of policies recommended by policy consultant NEOLA, during Monday’s meeting.
The recently-established Oregon-Davis PTA is coming up with some creative ways to raise money for the school corporation. “During our Christmas programs on December 11 and 12 at the high school, the PTA will be taking pictures with Santa and have hot cocoa and cookies available,” Superintendent Dr. Don Harman explains. “Pictures will be five dollars, to have a student take their picture with Santa, and so, then, the PTA is obviously trying to raise funds to help the school district.”
The Oregon-Davis School Corporation is making progress at implementing its new safety strategy. This year, the school corporation has adopted the ALICE procedure for dealing with armed intruders. It stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.
Now that winter weather’s here, the Oregon-Davis School Board has approved an agreement for snow removal in the schools’ parking lots. “Through taking bids and interest and talking to some of our school board members, Green Grass, which is based out of Mishawaka and also Walkerton, we do have an agreement with them to plow our snow,” Superintendent Dr. Don Harman told board members last week. Continue reading
Oregon-Davis school administrators are planning their response to the latest round of school letter grades. O-D Elementary School got an A for the 2017-2018 school year. The junior/senior high school and the corporation as a whole received C’s.
Oregon-Davis students recently helped collect funds for the families affected by last month’s bus stop accident in Fulton County. “We had a fundraiser, a hat day, November 9,” Superintendent Dr. Don Harman told the school board last week. “Really neat that our students participated, and we raised $600.”
Oregon-Davis teachers will see an increase in their retirement benefits and changes to the sick day policy, as part of the 2018-2019 Master Teacher Agreement approved by the school board Monday. The school corporation is increasing its annual contribution to qualifying teachers’ 401a plans from $400 to $500, according to Superintendent Dr. Don Harman.
A new strategy for responding to armed intruders will be discussed with parents of Oregon-Davis students tonight. School officials will give a presentation and answer questions about the ALICE procedure, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.
High school students throughout the local area will be able to take aviation classes starting next school year, according to Oregon-Davis Superintendent Dr. Don Harman. “For all of the school corporations in our vocational co-op, we are starting an aviation course at the Plymouth Airport, and that will be available to our students,” he says. “So we’re very excited about that.”
The Oregon-Davis School Corporation is looking for individuals interested in helping with updates to the corporation’s strategic plan. Superintendent Dr. Don Harman says the Strategic Action Team will meet next Monday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. in room 202 in the junior/senior high school. The group will review the strategic plan and suggest possible changes, based on school improvement plans, student achievement, and other information.
Oregon-Davis High School’s athletic facilities will get a new water fountain, thanks to the Hamlet Lions Club. “The Hamlet Lions Club is donating a lion fountain that we will be placing out by our soccer field/track area,” says Superintendent Dr. Don Harman, “and we hope to install that in the springtime.”
The Oregon-Davis School Board got an update Monday on school improvement plans. Superintendent Dr. Don Harman says the overall goals are pretty similar to what they’ve been in the past. “Obviously, we want to improve our school achievement with Mathematics and Language Arts and obviously address our attendance,” he says. “At the high school level, obviously, we want to address our graduation rate.”
The Oregon-Davis School Corporation’s 2019 budget was officially adopted by the school board Monday, according to Superintendent Dr. Don Harman. The total estimated budget adds up to about $8.4 million.
Oregon-Davis Junior/Senior High School has a new principal. The school board formally accepted the resignation of Tim Pletcher Monday and appointed Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Chris Matthys to take his place, according to Superintendent Dr. Don Harman. “So Mr. Matthys will now become our new junior/senior high school principal,” Harman explains. “We are in the process of interviewing for a new junior/senior high school assistant principal and athletic director.”
A couple student organizations at Oregon-Davis Junior/Senior High School got a financial boost this week. Superintendent Dr. Don Harman says the school board accepted a donation from the Oregon-Davis Young Farmers organization. “That donation was $700 to the Oregon-Davis Junior/Senior High School FFA and another $700 to the Oregon-Davis Junior/Senior High School National Honor Society,” Harman says.