August 26, 2010

AYP Places Gorin R-III on School Improvement 1 Status

The Gorin R-III Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, August 19, 2010. The Tax Rate Hearing preceded the regular meeting at 6:15. President Diane Tague called the meeting to order at 6:28, with five members present. Larry Mohr joining the meeting at 6:50. Tammie Dale was absent.

Christina Myers, third and fourth grade classroom teacher and professional development chair, gave a professional development report of the 2009 2010 school year and shared the results of the professional development surveys completed for this school year.

Under old business, Mrs. Townsend shared the summer updates that had been completed.

In new businesses the board was informed that the district audit will be Thursday, September 23rd and Friday, September 24th. Next, they approved the criteria for free and reduced price meals, as well as the milk, lunch, and breakfast prices. President Tague and member Rhonda Peterson reported on the MARE board training they attended in July.

Mrs. Townsend and Mrs. Myers presented information about the Common Goal Systems Teacher Ease grade book and lesson plan/curriculum mapping. Rhonda Peterson made a motion to purchase the program with Ryan Miller seconding. The vote was 6 0.

Mrs. Townsend reported that the district has been identified by the Department of Education as a school in School Improvement, Level 1.

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 requires all schools, districts and states to show that students are making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Missouris AYP targets were established by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education based on a formula from the NCLB Act and an analysis of Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) data, attendance rate data and graduation rate data from prior years. When all targets are met, the requirements of AYP are met.

Any school failing to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in the same content area or additional indicator for two or more consecutive years is placed on School Improvement status. Any Title I-funded school in School Improvement (SI) status must meet certain requirements, specified by NCLB, to improve student performance.

The district must ensure that the school develops or revises a school improvement plan within three months after identification and at least 14 days before the beginning of the school year, notify parents of each child enrolled in the school, providing a comparison of the schools academic achievement with that of other schools in the district and the state.

The notification must offer an explanation of the parents option(s) to transfer their child, offering a Public School Choice (PSC) to all students to transfer to another public school or charter school within the district. School choice is required if there are other schools in the district that serve the same grade level AND those schools are not in school improvement, corrective action or restructuring. All students who request a transfer must be transferred; however, if there are inadequate financial resources to transport all children, schools must give priority to lowest-achieving students from low-income families.

Supplemental Educational Services (SES) may be offered as an alternative to PSC for schools in SI Level 1 if either (a) there are no qualified schools or (b) the parents decline to transfer to the school assigned for their child.

Other DESE requirements include spending not less than 10% of the buildings Title I funds on professional development.

Every school must remain in School Improvement for at least two years. After being in SI for two consecutive years, the school may exit SI if the AYP is met for two consecutive years in the content area or additional indicator that caused the initial SI status and no other content areas or additional indicators are not making AYP for two consecutive years.

Mrs. Townsend stated that the district had already sent out notification to district families and the steps the district is required to complete. She also shared the process the staff has all ready began in striving to increase student achievement.

More than 600 Missouri schools did not meet the federal AYP requirements last year and are facing similar, if not more drastic requirements.

Following, the board discussed the 1-2-3 Magic program. This program organizes the classroom discipline strategy into three separate and critical steps.

In other business, the board voted 6 0 to set the tax rate for the 2010 2011 school year for 4.79.

The board went into executive session at 8:15 to discuss student updates and staff issues.

The board returned to regular session at 8:48 and adjourned immediately following.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Tues. September 21, 2010.

BABY ZEISET

Steven and Janice Zeiset of Memphis are the parents of a daughter, Shalyn Janae Zeiset, born November 29, 2016 at 2:15 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Shalyn weighed 7 lbs 0.8 oz and was 21 inches long. Siblings include Levi, Verlin, Kendon, Devon amd Ronald.

December Birds

December is here, along with all of the festivity, decorations, family gatherings, shopping, office parties, church programs, caroling, cookie exchanges, craft shows, I could go on and on.  Sometimes it seems we get our schedules so full, we do not leave time for ourselves, meditating, celebrating the birth of Christ and a simpler time.

I love to decorate, but sometimes finding myself getting stressed trying to get it all done.  This year, in the back of my mind, I keep saying less is more. Between shopping trips, Christmas plays, a girls’ night out or two, church programs, preparation for the holidays, before you know it the holidays are over.

I am not of the mind set to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving, as I do a lot of fall decoration, so I always strive to get the decorations up around the first of the month.  Hasn’t our weather been awesome.

I am so enjoying our extended fall.  Although it’s chilly this week, we still have fairly mild weather.  I have a great many birds on the trail, but not feeding anything at the house,  sparrows are my only visitor, with an occasional House Finch, Gold Finch, and Woodpecker.  I have a few Blue Jays, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers enjoying my corn feeder.

I have an abundance of beautiful pine cones.  Anyone need a gift idea for a bird watching friend, coat one in peanut butter or a cheap butter spread and dip or roll in mixed bird feed. Birds love this.

Another fun recipe for a good bird mix is as follows:  1 cup lard, 1 cup crunchy peanut butter, 2 cups cornmeal,  2 cups old fashioned oats, 1/2 c. Flour, 1/2 c. Sugar, 1/2 c. Raisins, 1/2 c. Ground corn, 1/2 c. Peanuts. Warm lard and peanut butter in microwave and mix with all other ingredients. This can be frozen as suet or fed on a platform feeder.

Enjoy making and giving homemade gifts this year.  Until next time, good bird watching.

City of Downing to Pursue Grant For Water System Upgrades

The board of the city of Downing convened at 6 p.m. on December 5, 2016 with Mayor Alan Garrett presiding. Aldermen present were Dan Buford, Bill Anderson and Rodney Newland. Also present were Larry Smith and Carol Dryden.

Copies of the agenda, minutes from previous meeting, budget for 2017, water/waste-water report, deposit & disbursements and account balances were given to the board members.

Mayor Alan Garrett called the meeting to order.

A motion to approve the agenda was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Dan Buford and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the minutes from previous meeting was made by Dan Buford and seconded by Dill Anderson and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve bills was made by Dan Buford and seconded by Rodney Newland and carried unanimously.

Melody Whitacre of Northeast Regional Planning Commission reported she is going to help pursue a grant to upgrade the Downing water system. She informed the board they would need to get an engineer to complete a PER report before they can precede. She told the board DNR has a program to help secure funding. Carol will call and get the information needed.

Larry Smith discussed the different types of water meters that could be bought to replace the old ones.

Smith was informed about some roads that needed some work and also discussed a tube that is being run over and smashed. The board talked about ways to get this fixed and came up with a plan so this won’t happen in the future,

The cemetery received a gift from Betty Smith

The board discussed the budget for 2017. Bill Anderson made a motion to adopt the budget and seconded by Rodney Newland.

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 p.m. was made by Rodney Newland and seconded by Bill Anderson and carried unanimously.

Submitted by Carol Dryden, City Clerk

Scotland County 4-H Hosts Annual Recognition Event

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Scotland County 4-H held the organization’s annual Recognition Event on November 5, 2016.  The evening began with a carry-in supper.  There were 74 members, parents, and other 4-H supporters in attendance.

Clover kids each received a completion pin, certificate, and a free personal pan coupon from Pizza Hut: Unit 1 – Denny Black, Laney Doster, Tracy Huber, Cora Ketchum, Zada Ketchum, Alyssa Kirchner, Lanie Mallett, MaKenna Musgrove, Jacob Stott, Hannah Whitney.

Unit 2 -Layla Baker, Hannah Montgomery, Avery Cowell, Cason Talbert, Javis Hauk.

Unit 3 – Wesley McSparren, Emery Kirchner, Trent Mallett.

Each member who filled out a project record for the year received their year completion pins.  The pins were sponsored by Exchange Bank.

First year pins – Brenna Phillips, Dane Blessing, Shelby Troutman, Kadence Burnett, Aden Drummond, Mason Mallett

Second Year pins – Beau Triplett, Letha Ward, Julian Valle, Tanner Valle.

Third year pins – Penelope Cline, Kendal Anderson, Katie Miller, Bryn Aylward, Abby Doster, Baileigh Phillips, Brianna Kraus, Ethan Blessing, Corbin Blessing, Hugh Baker, Elsie Kigar.

Fourth year pins -Eric Mohr, Lauren Triplett, Eli Kigar.

Fifth year pins – Will Montgomery, Sadie Davis, Clara Davis, Kilee Bradley-Robinson.

Sixth year pins – Bobbi Darcy, Jenna Blessing, Morgan Blessing, Anna Triplett.

Seventh year pins – Haley Darcy, Nova Cline, Conner Wiggins, Abby Blessing.

Eighth year pins – Kyle Mohr.

Ninth year pins – Lane Pence, McKaela Bradley, Keenan Bradley.

Eleventh year (final) pins – Tasha Eggleston-Wood, Taylar Eggleston-Wood.

Leaders are recognized for being a first year leader and for every five years of service. These pins are also sponsored by Exchange Bank.

First Year – Patricia Miller, Dennis Blaine, Renee Blaine, Corry Ward.

Five Year – Amy Talbert.

15 Year – Debbie Payne.

Each year at Achievement Event we have a table setting competition.  The top formal and informal settings are given gift certificates.  The formal award was given to Katie Campbell and the informal award was given to Lauren Triplett.  They were sponsored by Countryside Flowers and Bradley Insurance.

Eleven members filled out a recognition form.  They are divided into 3 age groups 8-10, 11-13, and 14 & over.  They each received $10 cash and a 4-H cinch bag sponsored by the Scotland County 4-H Council.  They also received pins for their various project accomplishments.  The forms were judged by leaders from Lewis County. Lane Pence – Shotgun; Katie Miller – Cake Decorating, Sheep, and Clothing; Lauren Triplett – Horse, Sheep, and Swine; Abby Doster – .22 rifle and Swine; Eli Kigar – Beef and Shotgun; Kendal Anderson – Foods; Conner Wiggins – Beef and .22 rifle; Anna Triplett – Dogs and Goats; Bryn Aylward – .22 rifle, Clothing, and Swine; Elsie Kigar – Beef and Foods; Beau Triplett – Goats and Welding.

Katie Miller’s 8-10 year old recognition form was picked to advance to regional competition and Anna Triplett’s 11-13 year old form was also selected to go onto regional competition.  They each received picture frames for their accomplishments.

Kendal Anderson was chosen as the recipient of the Farm Bureau Cookbook Award.  Her recognition form was chosen as the best in Foods.

Junior Achievement awards are also selected from the members who completed recognition forms.  This award can only be won once.  It is awarded to a boy and girl under the age of 13.  These awards were sponsored by US Bank and Community Bank of Memphis.  They received tumbler cups with their names engraved on them.  The girl was Elsie Kigar and the boy was Beau Triplett.

The Outstanding Member is also selected from the completed recognition forms and can only be won once.  This year’s outstanding member was from the Jolly Jacks and Jills 4-H Club and is active in Beef and Shooting Sports.  He is twelve years old and his parents are Jim & Alisa Kigar.  2016 Scotland County 4-H Outstanding Member is Eli Kigar.  He received a plaque and a cash award sponsored by FCS Financial, Miles Cameron and Sandra Arnold, Bank of Kirksville.

Shooting sports ribbons were given out for the State Shoot.  Those receiving blue ribbons were:  Bobbi Darcy, Abby Doster, Jared Dunn, Eli Kigar, Kyle Mohr, Brenna Phillips, Magnum Talbert, and Luke Triplett.  Red ribbons were earned by: Kendal Anderson, Brock Aylward, Bobbi Darcy, Baileigh Phillips, Kyle Mohr, Brenna Phillips, Kylie Small, Katelyn Talbert, and Shelby Troutman.  White ribbons were given to the following: Victoria Huber, Brenna Phillips, Shelby Troutman, Victoria Ward, Eric Yarbrough, and Erica Yarbrough.

The Scotland County 4-H Council selects a Friend of 4-H Business and Individual.  This year’s recipients were Scotland County Livestock Auction and Chris Kempke.  We would like to thank them for all the support they give the 4-H program in Scotland County.

Gorin Go Getters 4-H Club was named Outstanding Club in Scotland County for 2016.

Submitted by Carlee Smith, Reporter

Buford Named to KRES All-Star Team

Aaron Buford was named to KRES Radio all-star team.

Aaron Buford was named to KRES Radio all-star team.

The invite is in the mail for Scotland County’s Aaron Buford, who will be eligible to attend the KRES All-Star Football Banquet on December14th after being named the regional radio station’s top all-purpose player on offense.

Fourteen different schools across north and central Missouri are represented on the 2016 all-star team, selected by ballot by 24 area coaches.

Buford joined players from Centralia, Macon, Brookfield, Moberly, Monroe City, South Shelby, Fayette, Westran and Knox County to nail down one of the top 12 offensive positions.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, Dec. 8 – Clinic hours from 8:00-10:00 a.m. for immunizations.

Friday, December 9 – Clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 a.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols, blood pressure checks, immunizations, nail care, etc.

Tuesday, December 13 –Clinic hours from 8-10 a.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols and blood draws and from 12-2:30 p.m. for immunizations, blood pressure checks, nail care, etc.  Board of Trustees meeting at the Health Department at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 15 – Clinic hours from 8:00-10:00 a.m. for immunizations. Nurse available at the Scotland County Nutrition Site for blood pressure checks.

Creek Named to All-Express Softball Team

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The post-season awards continue to roll in for Scotland County standout Ashleigh Creek. The junior hurler was named the top pitcher in the region by the Kirksville Daily Express newspaper, which released it’s all star selections in the December 4th edition of the newspaper.

Knox County’s Katie Hamlin just edged Creek for player of the year honors.

Creek headlined a group of top performers from schools in the paper’s coverage area, including Kirksville, Green City, Atlanta, Brashear, Knox County, Milan, Novinger, Schuyler County, Macon, and Putnam County.

Scotland County’s Chelsea Wood, Stevi See and Abi Feeney all received honorable mention.

MARY KATHRYN SHOEMAKER (12/7/1941 – 12/2/2016)

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Mary Kathryn “Kathy” Shoemaker, age 74, of Kahoka, MO, died unexpectedly on Friday, December 2, 2016 in the emergency room of Scotland Co. Memorial Hospital in Memphis, of a heart attack following complications with her heart from a stroke she suffered on June 3, 2016.

Kathy was born December 7, 1941 in Selma, IA, a daughter of Albert E. and Keo M. Wilburn Baker.

On June 20, 1965, she was united in marriage to Dr. Warren E. “Doc” Shoemaker at Fairfield, IA and they had celebrated 51 years together.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Warren E. “Doc” Shoemaker of the home; two sons,Matthew W. (Carol) Shoemaker and their children Brianna and Reilly, Bryan, Michelle and Justin of Arbela, MO; and Craig D. (Dawn) Shoemaker and their children Kaylee and Andrew “A.J.” of Monroe City, MO; a daughter, Karen A. (Douglas) Bright and their children Alicia, Renee`, and Cameron of Keokuk, IA; three sisters: Barbara Raymond of Gig Harbor, WA, Christine (Bill) Fayard of Conroe, TX and Bonnie Baker of Houghton, IA; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Peggy Howard of Marion, IA, Kathleen Parkin of Douds, IA, Lowell Shoemaker of San Antonio, TX, Roy (Irene) Shoemaker of Taylorville, IL, Russell (Susan) Shoemaker of Loveland, CO and Alice Oertel of Hayward, CA; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Susan Way and her husband, David; sister-in-law, Lois Ellis and her husband, Elwin; and brother-in-law, Wayne Shoemaker.

Kathy graduated from Fairfield High School and Parson’s College. She began her teaching career in Keokuk, taught in several states until she and Doc moved to Kahoka. She worked a period in the Clark Co. R-1 School District and retired from Revere C-3 School District where she taught learning disabilities. At Revere, she also served as Junior and Senior Class Sponsors. She retired in 1993.

She was a member of the Kahoka United Methodist Church and Retired Teachers. Together with Sandra Kirchner the two served as Cub Scout and Girl Scout leaders. She enjoyed sewing, doing embroidery work, reading, working crossword puzzles and tending to her beautiful flowers.

Although she was a “short mama with a long arm”, she dearly loved raising her children and making sure they turned out to be valuable citizens. Loving her husband, children, and grandchildren was the most important thing in her life.

A Memorial Graveside Service and inurnment will be held on her 75th birthday on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the National Cemetery in Keokuk, IA with Pastor Shawn McAfee officiating.

Friends may call at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka after 9 a.m. Tuesday with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Cremation will follow.

Memorials are suggested to Boy Scout Troop # 145.

On-line condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonfuneralservice.com.

Slaughter, Blessing Earn All-State Football Honors

Ryan Slaughter was named second team all state at defensive back.

Ryan Slaughter was named second team all state at defensive back.

A pair of Scotland County’s standouts on defense from the 2016 football team have been honored by the Missouri Football Coaches Association with selection to the Missouri Class 1 All-State teams.

Ryan Slaughter earned second team all state at defensive back. He led the Tigers with 109 tackles from his safety position, including 56 solo stops. He also led the team with two interceptions.

Fellow senior Aaron Blessing was named third team all state at the linebacker position. Blessing recorded 104 tackles for the much-improved Tigers’ defense.

Marceline landed a trio of first team all state honors with DJ Gerhart on the offensive line, Jordan Elam on the defensive line and Brady Stallo at linebacker. The MFCA named Elam its defensive player of the year.

Aaron Blessing was named third team all state at linebacker.

Aaron Blessing was named third team all state at linebacker.

Fellow Lewis & Clark conference school Westran also had a first team all state performer in defensive back Austin Sears.

Paris’s Breck Hancock earned second team honors at linebacker while Isaiah Estes and Aaron Wilder were named third team at running back and offensive line. Chris Evans of Westran was third team at tight end with teammate John Michael Honey getting the nod at offensive line while Marceline’s Dylan Wheeler made third team at receiver. Dylan Couch of Knox County was named third team defensive back.

Bair’s 30-Point Outburst Leads SCR-I to 9th Straight Tourney Title

Calesse Bair puts in a three-pointer to start the title game en route to a 30-point night.

Calesse Bair puts in a three-pointer to start the title game en route to a 30-point night.

After a hot start to the tournament, Scotland County had to overcome early foul trouble in the championship game of the Novinger Tournament before finally pulling away in the second half to secure the team’s ninth straight championship with a 71-43 victory.

After jumping out to 5-0 lead, SCR-I began battling the whistles. Chelsea Wood was forced to the bench less than three minutes into the contest with two quick fouls. Calesse Bair followed her shortly with two fouls of her own. The duo had combined for all 11 of SCR-I’s points.

Ashleigh Creek and Abi Feeney closed out the period with three field goals to help SCR-I hold a 17-15 lead.

Wood and Bair returned to fuel a second period run. Despite some struggles at the free throw line, the Lady Tigers were able to start slowly pulling away from the Gophers. A bucket on an offensive rebound by Sadie Davis gave SCR-I a 36-26 lead at the intermission.

A halftime adjustment by Coach Cory Schultz led to a hot start to the third period. Maddie Brassfield hit a three-pointer before Bair knocked down a pair of shots from behind the arc as SCR-I adjusted its offense to create the open shots with a different cut and a second screener away from the ball.

Brassfield knocked down another three-pointer before Feeney added a pair of buckets. Bair punctuated the key third period with a silky-smooth step-through finish on the fast break that brought the crowd to its feet with SCR-I now leading 57-34.

Brassfield again connected from long range to start the fourth period and Bair capped off a huge night with a pair of scores in the transition game as what was a two-point game after one period of play, ended with a running clock as SCR-I posted the 71-43 win.

Bair poured in 30 points to lead all scorers. She added eight rebounds and five steals in a dominating performance. Wood finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Brassfield and Feeney each added 10 points.

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