Mastering computers at Graettinger
Becky Masters, second-grade teacher, featured the Skills Iowa computer program in the Spotlight at Monday night’s board meeting of the Graettinger Community School District.
There is no charge for the program which supports and enhances regular classroom work. Masters showed some of the computer activities for second graders which include mazes, connect-the-dots, and other activities that help make student learning enjoyable.
In other business Monday, the board approved financial reports and the transportation report. Under building improvements, replacement of several doors was approved.
The board also approved Palo Alto Gaming Grant contracts as well as the 2008-09 school calendar.
The board thanked high-school principal and boys basketball coach Jared Cecil for his years of service. Cecil is taking the position of principal at Algona High School.
Cecil has served as principal for the past few years. Among the innovations he has introduced is a portfolio assessment for students in eighth and 12th grades. In the portfolio assessment, the student presents a summary of his or her work to two community members and one school board member.
“It’s kind of a celebration of their skills that they’ve mastered,” Cecil said.
Cecil said the portfolios can include a variety of media. One student plans on producing an I-movie as part of the portfolio.