Board of directors hears ‘What’s Right’ with Pateros schools

Last JH/HS music event May 18

Pateros elementary students and the sixth-grade band performed in a public concert called “One Nation” last month.
PATEROS – A portion of District #122-70J board of directors’ regular monthly meeting is devoted to the topic: What’s Right with the Pateros Schools. At its most recent meeting in the Methow Community Center, April 24.

PATEROS – A portion of District #122-70J board of directors’ regular monthly meeting is devoted to the topic: What’s Right with the Pateros Schools. At its most recent meeting in the Methow Community Center, April 24.
• Pateros Elementary a 2016 Washington Achievement Award for continued math growth.
• In the music department, elementary students joined with the sixth-grade band to perform a public concert on April 20 titled “One Nation” for a large and appreciative audience.
• The sixth-grade band participated in a beginning band festival in Chelan, May 9, and the marching band appeared in the Manson Apple Blossom Parade last Saturday, May 13.
• The reinstituted varsity golf team competed in its first tournament on April 24.
• The sixth-grade class (Mrs. Hixon) published an 8-page class newspaper as part of a RISE (Rural Innovation and Student Engagement) project, where in students were involved in each step of the publishing process.
In other business, the board unanimously approved the 2017-18 academic schedule. In small schools like Pateros teachers prep for six separate classes daily, unlike larger schools where teachers prep for only one or two. Owing to this added load on Pateros teachers, the new schedule calls for an additional prep period for secondary teachers.
Scott Wiltse, Kelly Hixon, Jean Hartwich and Melanie Williams, grade 6-12 math teachers, reviewed various available math curriculums and endorsed one from Pearson (makers of enVisionmath2.0). The teachers will bring a quote including itemized materials and resources to this month’s board meeting, Thursday, May 25.
To help relieve the burden on the school’s K-12 counselor, board approval was requested for a student services specialist. Owing to a shortage of both certificated teachers and certificated counselors, a temporary student service specialist who would pursue Washington counseling/teaching certification was a recommended option.

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