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ELC school board wishes retiring teacher the best

December 23, 2015
Amber Hovey - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

By Amber Hovey

Staff Writer

The Estherville Lincoln Central School board met Monday evening.

On the agenda was the request from ELC teacher Debra Seylar to be released from her contract effective Dec. 22. In her letter to the board, she thanked the school for "the wonderful 32 years with the district and for having the opportunity to touch so many lives."

The board, while sad to see Seylar go, wished her the best.

"She has been such an asset to the school," said board president Jodi Grieg.

"My daughter absolutely loves school because of her and she will be missed," added board member Duane Schnell.

"I am sad to see her go but I understand and wish her the best," said board member Kathy Cornwall.

The school held a Relay for Life Jean Day on Tuesday in honor of Seylar.

Students from the new ELC Leadership course, led by Mrs. Wheatley, presented projects they had been working on this semester. One of those was the Bullying Project, in which students spoke elementary and middle school students of bullying.

With the elementary kids, the ELC Leadership class created a power point telling kids about the difference between reporting and tattling. With the middle school kids, the students created a bullying skit, which displayed the consequences of harassment.

"We put a lot of time and effort into it and I think the kids really enjoyed it," said Cyndi Anderson, a student in the leadership class. The students even created a ELC Leadership blog in which students of any age can ask questions about bullying. The blog can be found on the ELC homepage.

In administration reports, ECL Middle School principal Dave McCaulley said that attendance for parent/teacher conferences has increased since last. In 2014, the attendance rate was an average of 59 percent. This year the attendance rate was an average of 96 percent. Carly Marx, Josh Schaben and Jenny Nitchals led the fifth and sixth grade students through coding and majority of them received a certificate for the nation wide initiative called, "The Hour of Code."

November Students of the Month include eighth grades Renee Fisher and Oscar Rodriguez; seventh graders Alex Jensen and Allison Young; sixth graders Hailey Hanson and Eli Kilgore; fifth graders Cade Cress and Jasmine Barajas-Negrete; Exploratory students Carson Grange and Carson Waddell. These students are recognized for having positive attitudes, being conscientious and being positive role models and leaders for others.

Director of Curriculum and of Alternative Education Frank Christenson reported that the South Campus School has awarded 37 credits with quite a few more anticipated at the end of the semester. He also noted that three girls have completed CNA classes through ILCC (PSEO) this semester and one student has take advantage of Career Pathways offered through ILCC. Christenson also said that ELC has been awarded its Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) grant.

In the technology report, Technology Director Kevin Richardson reported that the high school gym sound system has be updated and fixed. Demoney and third grade at Roosevelt received about $60,000 in the second round of the Microsoft Settlement grant program. The money was used to purchase two rolling carts of iPads and the Casper management system, which are expected to be set up over Christmas break.

In his activities report, Andy Umthun praised ELC wrestling coach Dan Hewitt for his work with the team and the Bortvit honor during last week's wrestling meet. He also said that ELC and four other wrestling teams stayed after Spencer's meet help put the wrestling room back together.

"I can't think of a better guy to lead," said Umthun.

The board will meet again on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at 5:15 p.m.



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