Artists busy at Perry Central

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By Janet Robb

School adds junior-high golf program

LEOPOLD - Budding artists showed off recent projects to members of the Perry Central school board Monday night, including a piece from an upcoming high-school papier-mache show.

Elementary art teacher Nancy Poehlein presented the board with the 2008 Southwest Indiana Network for Education calendar, which features three of the school's students. The students, she said, had to draw something that represented what it means to be a lifetime learner. Freshman Kaitlyn Poehlein's depiction of a grandfather reading to his granddaughter earned her the front cover of the calendar. Elizabeth Dauby, a second-grader, drew a picture of an educator teaching a class for February and fourth-grader Trey Mullis's illustration of a rooster with the tag line "Learning is something to crow about" is the drawing for May.

Board president Charles Etienne said it made him proud that Perry Central students took three of 13 places.

Poehlein also told members that cartoonist Tim Oliphant will work with students March 3 to March 7 as an artist in residence. He has worked in more than 175 school systems in the southeast, she said and has been featured in the Saturday Evening Post and Women's World Magazine. "I think cartooning is an art form the students can relate to," she said, adding it will be a fun and educational week for everyone.

Starting Friday, high-school art teacher Lynn Dauby said the public can view the high-school's annual papier-mache show before, between games and during halftime of the boys basketball games. Dauby said this year's show, "James and the Giant Peach," is "fun and whimsical" and it's a good story about facing fears and dreaming dreams. Her students have been working hard on all the characters, she said, showing those in attendance the character Centipede, which was nearing completion. Students may also take tours Monday through Thursday during school hours. To set an appointment call Dauby at 843-5121.

Board members approved several actions including a new Project Lead the Way elective and junior-high golf program.

Schools Superintendent Mary Roberson said Project Lead the Way Bio-Medical is a program for students who are interested in the medical field. It's just like the pre-engineering elective that was added this year she told the board. "This is a new project we're hoping we can get the grant funding for us to start next year," she said.

A junior-high golf program was approved with coaches and salary to be determined at a later date. "This is just something the school feels it should have since we have a high-school program," Etienne said. "And if you're going to have any kind of high-school program you have to start them out younger."

The 2008-09 school calendar was also approved at the meeting. Roberson said the calendar was similar to Tell City's, with few differences. The first day for teachers will be Aug. 11 with students starting Aug. 12. Fall break will be Oct. 27-28 with Thanksgiving break Nov. 27-28. The last day of classes will be Dec. 19 for the first semester.

Classes will resume Jan. 5, 2009, with spring break scheduled for March 23-27. The last day for students will be May 22 with May 24 the tentative graduation date. Snow days will be Jan. 2, Jan. 19, Feb. 16 and May 1.

The board also approved:

A Hoosier Business Machines maintenance contract.

The second reading of policy update 0144.1.

A mileage reimbursement rate increase to $.45 per mile.

Agreed to extend a lease to Lincoln Hills Development Corp. for five more years.

Field Trips

Perry Central students will take several field trips approved by the board this semester. FFA members will take trips to Heritage Hills for dodge ball, a convention at Forest Park, volleyball at South Spencer, Dubois County Livestock Judging Invitational, the state FFA Welding Competition in Bloomington, Area Livestock Judging Contest at Pike Central and basketball at Northeast Dubois. Elementary classes will take trips to the Louisville Zoo, Lincoln Boyhood Home, Louisville Science Center and the Kentucky Derby Museum. Teacher Kris Walsh will take students to several area businesses, including Noble's IGA, Julie's Caf, Wal-Mart, Ryjo's, Orscheln Farm & Home, Tell City-Perry County Public Library, King Chef and Holiday World.

Professional Development

Members approved several professional development workshops and conferences for the school's personal to attend in Louisville, Clarksville, Jasper, Oakland City and Indianapolis this semester. Workshops include "Deepening Comprehension through Interactive Read Aloud and Book Clubs in a Reading Workshop," Differentiation and Cluster Grouping," "Recognizing Gifted Potential" and "Hands-On Equations: Making Algebra Child's Play."


The board approved maternity leave for Jamie Guillaume and Collette Cunningham starting March 27 and lasting between six and eight weeks. Members also hired Dennis and Linda Doogs as part-time substitute evening custodians.

The board's next meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. March 17 in the high-school library.