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Crivitz School Board Okays Calendar For 2020 - 2021

Issue Date: January 9, 2020

The Crivitz School calendar for the 2020-2021 school year approved by the School Board at its meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 18 calls for the school year to start with a teacher work day and open house on Thursday, Aug. 27, and the first day for students on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Thanksgiving vacation starts with the traditional early dismissal on Friday, Nov. 20 and classes resume on Monday, Nov. 30. Christmas Vacation starts on Thursday, Dec. 24, with classes resuming on Monday, Jan. 4. There is a full week of vacation for Spring Break from Monday, March 8 through Friday, March 12. There is a brief Easter vacation, with no school on Thursday, April 1, but in-service scheduled for teachers. Friday, April 2, which is Good Friday, is scheduled as a holiday. Classes are back in session on Monday, April 5.

Graduation is set for Saturday, May 22 at 7 p.m. Last day for students is Thursday, June 3.

Timelines for vacations and in-service days were worked out with input from staff, according to District Administrator Patrick Mans.

In other business the board accepted the resignation of Mike Zahn as an assistant varsity wrestling coach and named Michael Retza to replace him. They also approved Jodi Rennie as an elementary special ed paraprofessional; Mary Stroesser as a substitute clerical, custodial and food service employee, and Michael Retza, Joe Tomaszewski and Alexandr Hunemuller as volunteers and chaperones.

After viewing the itineraries and hearing explanations from Cheer Coach Kellie Stumbris the board approved overnight Cheer Team trips to the WACPC State Cheerleading competition at Watertown High School on Friday, Feb. 21 through Saturday, Feb. 22 and to Minneapolis on Thursday, Feb. 6 for competition on Feb. 7, 8 and 9. There is no school scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7 so they would not be missing classes on that day, Stumbris told the board. All fees are to be paid by parents. Board President Mike Dama abstained from voting on the cheer team issues since his daughter is a member of the team.

Robinson reported the Elementary School recently had received two generous donations that would greatly benefit students. Crivitz Lions Club gave $200 to help pay off student lunch accounts that were in the negative, and New Life Church partnered with Walmart to donate $1,000 toward paying for any basic needs students may have. She said they plan to use the money to stock the closet for students who need clothing, shoes, boots, jackets, snow pants, hats and gloves.

Students returned to newly cleaned buildings on Thursday, Jan. 2 after their break for vacation for Christmas and New Year celebrations, thanks to the efforts of Building, Grounds and Transportation Director Tom White and the schools' custodial and maintenance staffs.

White informed the School board that intended tasks for the custodial and maintenance staffs during Christmas break included replacing a damaged hallway door, fulfilling maintenance requests, floor waxing, and carrying out painting and cleaning tasks in areas that don't always receive proper attention when school is in session.

Mans, Robinson, Baumann and White all gave enthusiastic reports on the Christmas programs and expressed thanks to the numerous staff and community members who helped make them so successful.

White thanked North Countree Christmas Trees for donating the tree for the High School lobby again this year and to Student Council members for decorating it. He also thanked Mr. Berner's first hour gym class for helping set up and put away the large number of extra chairs that were brought over from the elementary school to accommodate the large crowd attending the elementary program.

Baumann reported that the Middle School and High School bands and choruses held their annual Christmas Concert on Monday, Dec. 9 and all four groups gave excellent performances. "The event was packed and congratulations go out to Mrs. Suennen, Mr. Kopfhammer, and Mr. Bob Berndt for a job well done," he declared, adding that the event had the best turnout he'd seen for a Christmas concert in a long time. Baumann noted the high school was to host its annual faculty-student basketball game on Friday, Dec. 20, and predicted the faculty would continue its lifetime win streak.

Robinson complimented Staci Suennnen for doing "an amazing job" directing the 4K through 5th graders for the elementary concert. She and Mans both expressed appreciation to Crivitz Police and Marinette County Sheriff's Department for spending more than 45 minutes after the concert directing traffic safely during the snowstorm that made it a daunting task.

Mans thanked Bob Berndt, Staci Suennen, the Elementary teaching staff, White and custodial staff for their efforts toward the elementary Christmas Concert. He also thanked Community Education Director Joleen Huc (wife of board member Gary Huc), for helping with cookie baking and give-away; Leonard Lutzow for being Santa Claus, Music Boosters for helping with raffle ticket sales; Toni Spaulding and students Okika Hotzel, Lilli Watson, Lucy Gruszynski, Hayden Ott, Kaylie Busse and Graciela Martinez for helping with the Food Pantry table; and businesses who donated to the raffle. He said this support greatly aids fundraising efforts for the music program.

Baumann reported a group of students from Mr. Sommerfeldt's business class had taken their annual field trip to Green Bay to make donations of clothing and various other items for the less fortunate. They stopped at the St. Vincent de Paul Store in the morning to donate clothing and other needed supplies, and after lunch they stopped at a homeless shelter downtown where they donated clothing and were given a tour of the facility, They ended their day with a stop at the Aurora NCIU to drop off children's books for the children and families who stay there. "It was a terrific and humbling day for our students," Baumann commented. He said Sommerfeldt had received a letter from one of the stops complimenting the school for the respectful and informed behavior of the Crivitz students.

Student Council Representative Liam Roman reported Student Council was preparing for Holiday break with activities throughout the week, including dress up days doing a gingerbread house competition between classes, and on Friday, Dec. 20 they would hold a Christmas trivia game and then the student-faculty basketball game.

The Science Club had recently made good money by selling breakfast each morning for a week. They bought a power source for an electrophoresis machine that separates DNA and other charged molecules by size.

Roman noted Hi-Q had a "dry-run"practice at UWGB-Marinette Campus on Thursday, Dec. 9, and commented the team "has a good lineup this year and is looking forward to a great season."

Forensics is to have its first M&O Conference meet on Sunday, Feb. 2 and everyone is busy getting prepared to perform in their categories, Roman said. The National Honor Society has been completing a lot of community service with opportunities from local basketball teams and holiday events.

As part of their reports Mans and White commented on the state-mandated lock down school violence response drills held at the High School on Friday, Dec. 13, and the board approved a formal report for submission to the state.

White noted Wisconsin Act 143 requires that the drills be evaluated and that the evaluation be certified by the school's governing body, which in this case is the School Board. "For the most part the staff and students did a great job of following our procedures," White commented. He said they would be discussing any observed deficiencies with the staff and taking the appropriate corrective actions.

The report approved by the board for submission included those observations. It states the staff was asked to review lockdown procedures and prepare students for the drill ahead of time. At 10 a.m. the high school secretary announced via the public address system, "Execute lockdown procedures ... remain in your room and await further instruction," which is in accord with the Emergency Operations Plan.

Students and staff then executed lockdown procedures and remained in lockdown until released via an "All Clear" announcement made by the high school secretary.

During the lockdown designated staff members traveled around the building to observe, and met afterwards to debrief and evaluate the drill.

Observations included that one of the doors of two classrooms used by the same teacher was open and the lights were left on. Students could be heard talking in the office between the two classrooms.

The teachers' workroom door was not locked. The report stated someone should be designated to ensure all office entrances are locked and the rollup door closed.

Two teachers did not move students to a hidden area within the classroom.

Students could be heard talking in one classroom, and a video could be heard playing in another.

Students in one of the classrooms could have been better hidden by moving as close as possible to the wall.

The report continued that only after a drill would the "All Clear" be announced, and in an actual emergency situation, law enforcement would direct the lockdown release. It also cited need for new staff to be quickly oriented to the emergency procedures.

Finally, the report states, "Staff should be reminded that sheltering in place may not be the best option for them and their students. They should continually monitor and assess during an emergency situation and do what is best for theirs and their student's safety," and concludes with a notation that where appropriate the above observations would be discussed with staff and corrective actions would be taken.

When regular business was completed the board went into closed executive session to evaluate administrative performances of Mans, Robinson and Baumann. Mans was to share the evaluation of Baumann and Robinson after which the board was to meet with Mans for his evaluation. After returning to open session before adjournment the board approved renewal of each of the contracts for one year.

The following day, on Thursday, Dec. 19, the board held two separate back-to-back closed sessions, the first to discuss a possible student expulsion and the second to discuss a possible student expulsion from bus services.

The first of the closed executive sessions was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Vice President Kris Heidewald in the absence of Board President Ken Dama. Board Member Amy Grandaw was also absent. Members on hand in addition to Heidewald were Lyle Cherry, Mike Frievalt, Kayla Ihde and Gary Huc.

They deliberated until 6:34 p.m. on the possible student expulsion and then immediately went back into closed session to discuss the possible bus services expulsion. They returned to open session at 7:34 p.m. and then adjourned without announcement of what, if anything had been done in either of the closed sessions, and without taking action on results of either of the closed sessions.


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