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2A - Hinton News Tues. Oct. 29, 2002 Steering Committee Minutes WELCOME Sarah Brown welcomed everyone to the first steering committee meeting of this school year. Thanks to Bob Mazzella for the coffee and treats at this early morning hour (the secretary assumes the right to edit the minutes!) Please update any changes to your email address on the sign in sheet or contact Sarah Brown with any changes. SUPERINTENDENTS REPORT Superintendent Vicki Hinerman reports a variety of changes and programs that have been implemented this year. Many of these items respond to the goals our membership submitted at the end of last year. 1. Summers County has hired 9 new teachers this year. 2. SMS has a new principal- Mr. Robbie Redes and HAE has a new principal - Mr. Mike Tabor. 3. A new position, Special Education Specialist, has been established and is filled by .Ms. Karen Eagle. It is noted that this was a 7 year-old goal of Vicki's, made possible through an increase in federal grant money. This position will help with special education testing and a variety of issues that arise with special needs students. 4. BD services at the High School and Middle School are in keeping with federal legislation "leaving no child behind." Daytime alternative school programs are available at both the High School and Middle School. Money is available for substitute teachers at the elementary level to provid e in school, alternative class settings as may be needed. Instead of out-of- school suspensions, there is now a plan in place to provide in-school instructional settings for youth who might otherwise be out of school. So far, this school year, there has only been one out-of-school suspension. 5. In response to the request for a program model addressing Drug- free schools, research supports the Life Skills Program currently offered at the Middle School. Patricia Harvey has further implemented a "Pride in School" program at the Middle School. 6. This committee wanted to see an increase in the opportunity for During the summer, 10 youth were placed in local businesses. With exception to one placement, this was successful. Next summer, we need to consider options that could involve a teacher supervising youth in a community service capacity. Members were asked to be thinking of ways to do this. Henry Hancock works with Monroe County 4-H in developing monthly activities that include the WIA youth. Some of our youth will be participating with Monroe County youth to observe the symphony. TECHNOLOGY Richard Lawrence was not present to provide the technology update (the secretary apologizes for not being able to reach everyone this time with reminders.) Sarah informs us that the county is setting goals for the Unified School Improvement Plan. Any suggestions need to be given to Mr, Lawrence by September 30. DRUG FREE SCHOOLS UPDATE Sarah informs us that the grant was approved as written. Responsible student program, training programs for teams of teachers, videos and brochures, character education week (in each school), are all funded. Lynn Crowder is on the County task force for Drug Prevention. TESTING Mr. Jones was not present to give us the report. Vicki reports that all 5 schools met the State standards and are all fully accredited. SAT 9 will be given this year, however, next year a new assessment tool for criteria-based testing will be implemented. This will not test students in comparison with national standards, but will be based on the student's knowledge of skill goals. We will be moving in the direction of subject based testing. For example, at the end of the year of English, a student will take a comprehensive English test to assess how well that student has grasped the learning objectives for each class OTHER CONCERNS Sarah informed the group of invited. Summers County currently has 150 students enrolled in 4-H. Programs are needed (as are leaders and volunteers) at HAE. Kristal Straub announces that September 20 and 21, 2002 she will be conducting the "Help Increase the Peace" program at the Presbyterian Church. This is a free series of interactive workshops for middle school age youth. NEXT MEETING December 10, 2002, at 7:00 a.m., Summers County High School, Bob Mazzella's room. In the event of snow and school closing, the meeting will be conducted the following Tuesday morning (December 17th). Professional Development Opportunities Provide Magical Moments for Educators Summertime opportunities to receive professional development training from some of West Virginia's best educators were offered by the West Virginia Center for Professional Development. The Governor's Summer Institute, a four-day professional development institute, took place in all eight Regional Education Service Areas (RESAs) of the state. Two hundred twenty-two educators attended the institute at PikeView High School July 22 through 25,2002. Other sites included: Charleston, Huntington, Bridgeport, Martinsburg, Wheeling, Parkersburg, and Flatwoods. The Governor's Summer Institute is available to West Virginia educators of pro-kindergarten through 12th. grade as well as substitute teachers, principals, county office staff, speech pathologists, counselors, and instructional aides. Participants were able to apply for graduate credit through West Virginia University or Marshall University. The theme of the 2002 Institutes was "Creating Magic in the Teaching-Learning Partnership." The goals of the institute followed those established by the State Board parent involvement in the schools, messages from various members of Education with emphasis on West Patricia Harvey is working with the who wcre unable to be present today, , Xr;,-odd; ontent Standards atiJ arent/office 01unteera at the , ,qntenclaAo remiBplgfthij j: .__ ,=L_,..^nt_q  ]Iiddle School. Mike Tabor has committee. Those included Chad kindergarten throuuh rade 3 w 'started the PTO at HAE. Thetrfirst Wykle, Larry Meador, David-introduced to the K-3 Informal meeting was well attended with Eskri.'dge, and Karla Gunnoe. Henry Reading Talons Kaylin Walker Celebrates 10th. Birthday Talena Kaylin Walker of Pence Springs was honored with a lawn party to celebrate her 10th. birthday with family and friends on Friday, Sept. 13th. Talena is the daughter of Susie Lane and stepdaughter of Cecil Wickline.Also J.D. Walker, Jr. of 508 Berkley St., Princeton, WV. She has 2 brothers, Tom and Robert; one sister, Christina, also a niece BriAllen Allen. She is the maternal granddaughter of Mr. Robert Lane of Nimitz, and the late beloved Betty June Lane. Also paternal granddaughter of Virginia Walker of Pence Springs and the late beloved John D. Walker. Great grandparents are the late Frank L. and Eva Mac Hogan Lane of Beech Run. Talena is a shining Lighthouse Beam for her church, Pence Springs Community Church. She plays soccer with Starting Points Soccer team. She is in the 4th. grade of Mrs. Frances Boone's class of Talcott School. Where she is active in drama class, also a cheerleader for Talcott Blue squad. Upon Talena's gill table were 3 candles lit in memory of her loving Grandmother Betty June Lane, Uncles - Eddie Walker and uncle - Ronald Lane. There to join in the fun were Addrain, Aaron, Ashley Clay, Countney Wills, Cecil Wickline, Roger and Kathy Bower, Katie Adkins, J.C. Wheeler, Clair Mittchell, Christina Jell|fie, Bri Anna Allen, RickY , Teresa, Ricky, Ma' aUnd De:eck Ifan," Nick|, Stephanie Bethney and Parkins, Francis and Sara Williams, Nannie Knounse, Katie and Stacie Weiss, Kerry and Shelia Boone, Vicki and Courtney Deaver, Tessie and Mr. Cottle, Derreck and Josh Webb, Savannah Harvey, Justin Palmer, Angle and Taran McKinney. Sending birthday wishes were: Rachel, Kay Lane, Mike Hernandez, Renee Kounse, Betty & Alvin Garten, Robert Lane, Ann, Chuck & Christy Barker, J.D. Walker, Jr., Steve, Diaine, Cassio & Nathan Hedrick, Virginia Walker, Terri Won Troboski, and Evan and,Mark Blumenstien, Johnny & Lola Coiner, Byrd & Nova Keatley, Roger & Viena Persinger, Katie& Joe Cox, Barbara & Herman Arnold, Tadpole  Niki, Chasta& Jordon Wills, I , Gregg Hinkle, Cheryl Boone,  Dillonl Katylin Deaver, Dale '_z Hedrick, Audrey & Ernest Atdll': We would like to thank our ,$ Ann Barker for the designin'g d malting of the invitations. $150 individual $175 Joint "- H We'd Like To Hear From YoU,::.I'. about your club, church group and civic organizations,t births,' engagements, weddings, academic honors;,, men and women in the armed services and tli:" community activities. . ,,; To be considered for publication, items should be timely, either typed (NOT in all caps) or printed legibly. Mail To: :' "" The Hinton News :.,:-. , ,:: ,  ,,...R),Box 1000 ': E-mail -:" much enthusiasm. 7. For seamless curriculum classes, a workshop was conducted at the High School by Kathy D'Antoni. Several teachers expressed an 'interest in pursuing the seamless curriculum. 8. Efforts to involve concerned parents in drug issues are being addressed through four committees that involve parents. 9. Strategies to increase art, music and foreign languages will be addressed by a proposed increase in the supplement to the drama program coordinators. It is proposed that these supplements be equivalent to those within the athletic programs, and will be presented to the BeE meeting this Thursday. Further, Spanish classes will be offered to 7th and 8th grade students at the Middle School, as well as a program considered for the elementary school. 10. Areview of the grading policy will be conducted at the elementary school level. 11. In response to the concerns for a better tobacco prevention program, one of the Summers Middle School counselors is receiving training in tobacco prevention programs. 12. Regarding increased safety and violence prevention, Teresa Johnson is developing a catalogue of available resources. According to Sarah, Vicki's motto over the years has been "What is best for the childY We can look forward to her focus on our youth. Sarah also introduced the student members of the steering committee: Julia Durnan, Adam Johnson, and Brandon Eagle. WORKFORCE INVESTMENT YOUTH UPDATE Normally Karla Gunnoe presents the update for the WIA program; however, she has been transferred to Mercer County. Our new representative will be Henry Hancock (serving Summers and Monroe Counties). Kit Durnan remains a youth advisor and Wayne Conner has been hired to work with the Middle School youth in the program which provides among other things counseling, tutoring and reentering. Thirty-two youth are enrolled in the WIA program. Some of these students have completed the program, but have not yet been dismissed from the program officially. When this has been completed, new students can be enrolled; referrals are welcome and can be brought to Sarah Brown's' attention. Hancock would have been in attendance, but Sarah failed to tell him the meeting date. Dr. Seaton is requesting information to present to the Summers-Monroe Tobacco Prevention Coalition meeting today. He wants to know. if we have any way of measuring the success of our programs as to whether or not we are succeeding. Specifically, he inquires as to whether school discipline is sufficient to make (encourage) youth to participate in the "stop smoking programs"; and what additional incentive could be utilized. ' Sonja Murrell reminds us that according to the 5th grade survey, most youth make their decisions about smoking at the elementary school level, and start smoking regularly at the middle school level. Sarah indicated that one measure of student behavior is the Summers County Risk Behavior Survey that is conducted for middle school and 10th grade. Dr. Seaton informs us that Gary Garten, Coordinator for the Coalition, has had the NOT (Not on Tobacco) course. Sonja Murrell announces that on September 21, 2002, 4-H will celebrate their 100 year reunion at the 4-H camp. All current and former 4-H members are ,/'231/2 Hour Truing load Sonieo ,/Unlocking Service ,/Gouml Mote. Wmuty Towing ,/Ford Mote|' Company Wamnty Towing ,/Light Meohnleal|ep00e ,/|oll-Buk 4'C0mplete Antobody Shop ,/Alignments ,/Bake Oven ,/AND |UCH! MUCH! MOEEll Assessment. All participants received content standards for their i. grade and subject in order to begin Mary Pearl this transitional school year. They also received instruction on Writing -  Across the Curriculum, strategies for teaching all subjects for grades pro-kindergarten through high school, involving parents in their child's education, and integrating technology into the Classroom. Participants had a chance to attend an author dinner featuring West Virginia author, John O'Brien. Orien discussed his book At Home in the Heart ofAppalachia. F Sta te Se a i A 2002 Governor's Summer Institute participant remarked, ()  ' R . "The Institute always refreshes me .. and helps me to get reenergized for Endorsed by: ", another year to come." AFL-CIO i Individuals who participated in American Fed. of State, County, & Munidpal Empl0s the Governor's Summer Institute from Summers County include: American Federation of Teachers Bertha Allison, Rebecca Arthur Brick layers & Contractors .. Loue Ann Bennett, Debra Bower Brotherhood of Locomotive FJlgineers Rhonda Farley, Susan Keene, Ruff Chiropractors Independent Political Committee , Livesay, Jane Meador, Cathy Richmond, Barbara Wilcox, and Communication Workers of AmerJra Shirley Williams. Greenbrier County Education Association For more information regarding Health Care & Social Service Employees Union the West Virginia Center for Professional Development, call 558- Mercer County Education Association 0539 or 1-800-WVCPD 4 U. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Cncl of Carpenters & Millwrl , Center may also be accessed through Monroe County Farm Bureau its Web site at Operators Political Education Comm. Pfizer PAC , Senior Power Pac Service Employees International Union The GlaxoSmltidOine PAC United Mine Workers of America Bankers, Doctors, Farmers, United Steelworkers of kmerlca United Transportation Union : Miners, Nurses, Seniors, Veterans United for Better Government ." West Virginia Bankers Association ,. Teachers and Veterans agree we,, Virginia Citizens Action Group , West Virginia Dental Association . C pt West VirKiniaEducationAssoclation l00talTPearl om on West VirgintaEmergencyMedkinePAC , West Virginia Emergency Room Physicians ,,; West 1rlInla Hospital Association West Virginia Laborers District Council ' BEST ch w., Is oice West Virgtnia'..m.;r; s Association :4- '' S l West Virginia iltyslcal Therapy PAC : for State enate West irgtnia State Medical /Lssoclation, West Vir#nla Technology Association .... , West Virginia Veterans Association ,.