(Posted Jan. 22, 2018)
By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer
Student achievement was recognized at the Jonathan Alder school board’s organizational meeting on Jan. 11.
Hanging prominently in the board meeting room was a poster recognizing the high school for making the Advanced Placement Honor Roll for the second straight year. The poster hangs next to the one the district received last year.
High School Principal Mike Aurin said similar posters will be made and put up throughout the building.
Jonathan Alder High School has 147 students enrolled in advanced placement courses. The Advanced Placement Honor Roll recognizes schools that expand AP opportunities for students and at which students improve their performance in AP classes.
Senior Daniel Rodriguez received a commendation for his work in researching the history of pioneer Jonathan Alder for whom the district is named. Rodriguez wrote and directed a play entitled “The Indian Pioneer,” presented by the Junior High Drama Club.
Junior Sandy Moser received a certificate for scoring a perfect 36 on the American College Testing (ACT) test in October. Aurin said as many as 1.5 million students took the test and 2,700 of them earned a perfect score.
The board commended students and staff at Monroe Elementary for their Days of Giving efforts Dec. 18-19 during which they made items for Daily Needs Assessment, local police officers and fire fighters, thank-you posters for Sufficient Grace, ornaments for nursing homes, and dog treats for the animal shelter.
During the organizational meeting before the board’s regular meeting, Mary Jo Boyd was elected president for the coming year. Outgoing president Shannon Foust was appointed to the vacant seat on the board. The vacancy was created when only one candidate met the requirements to run for two open seats on the board in the November 2017 election.
The board also approved the meeting schedule for the coming year. The board generally meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the high school, but recently began holding some meetings at other schools in the district. Often the other schools offer special presentations at the meetings to highlight their building’s events and achievements. Member Christine Blacka asked if the board could have presentations from high school students, as well.
The board’s next meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the junior high. All meetings are open to the public.