Welcome to spring! We have wrapped up winter sports and are fully engaged in spring activities. I congratulate our sports teams, FFA, music, and other extracurricular groups for their many successes over the winter months. I am very proud of our students, staff and community!
We are currently focusing on facilities projects for the 2016-17 school year. Highlights include completion of the soccer field, painting the exterior our school buildings, and the renovation of the A.D. Hay playground. We have been actively seeking funding support for the A.D. Hay playground and extend thanks to the Fremont/Hay Parent’s Club, Lion’s Club, Rotary, Soroptimists, and the Collins-McDonald fund in committing their annual fundraising activities to the A.D. Hay playground project. In addition, I would like to express my gratitude to the Lake County Commissioners and Road Department for donating their time and resources to the removal of the asphalt.
The project will move forward in phases, the first phase will be to remove the asphalt on the west side of the playground and install a mini soccer field. In addition, the swing sets and basketball stations will be relocated to other areas of the playground. We are looking forward to a new and improved playground.
We are pleased to announce that Union Elementary School received a garden grant that will advance student knowledge in plant growth and gardening. The garden grant will provide funding for a greenhouse and an outdoor summer garden. I wish to thank the teachers and the members of the Westside Parent’s Club for moving this forward. I especially extend appreciation to Amanda O’Bryan, a parent who wrote the grant and put forth much of the leg work to get the project off the ground.
In academic news, we are engaged into the Smarter Balanced standardized testing season. Tara Counts, the district test coordinator, is working hard to efficiently schedule all the grade levels in the computer labs throughout the district. Our teachers have been working hard in the preparation of their students for the assessments. We are optimistic for a good outcome.
May 2-6, 2016 is National Teacher Appreciation Week, I am very proud of our teaching staff and extend my sincere appreciation for their time and dedication to our students.
As May quickly approaches, please be attentive to our school calendars. May and June are a very busy time of the year and there are numerous activities. If you have questions please phone your child’s schools or contact the district office at 541-947-3347.
Will Cahill Superintendent
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