New Gaga Ball Pit Built

The new Gaga Ball pit that was built by tech-ed students. – Photo by Linda Titel

By Linda Titel
Assistant Editor

The Shiocton School Board met on Monday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. in the LMC.
Superintendent Nichole Schweitzer talked about the Gaga Ball Pit which was a collaboration between tech-ed and Shiocton Partners In Childrens’ Education, (S.P.I.C.E.)
Two tech-ed students did an independent study and went to you-tube to learn how to and build the Gaga pit through the funding from S.P.I.C.E. The game consists of batting a ball at a person who has to deflect it with their hands, if it hits any other part of their body they are out. Everyone is in a confined space (pit), last one left is the winner.
Mrs. Dawes gave an update on S.P.I.C.E. happenings coming up. Box Top Challenge is finished, and they will have another one in the spring. The fall book fair went over very well, the new grandparent event which allowed children to bring their grandparents in to shop for books helped to bring in a little more revenue during the book fair.
In the second week of December, Cookies with Santa is scheduled for children to buy inexpensive gifts for their families and to visit Santa. S.P.I.C.E. is also looking into a restaurant day in the near future.
Dawes is excited about purchasing volunteer T-shirts so everyone knows where to go for questions about S.P.I.C.E. They also plan to offer two scholarships this year.
In reports: Board member Stacey Warning gave the board an update on the Shiocton Child Care committee. As of now they are full with waiting lists. Child care is still looking for two part-time workers.
They are working on communication skills between parents and staff and plan to have a pizza fundraiser. Everything else is going really smoothly.
Elementary School Principal Kim Griesbach talked about Family Fun Night which was highly attended and everyone had a great time especially the obstacle course because the parents could also participate.
In new business the board took action and approved the hiring of Sara Mueller as support personnel and Lexi Bellin as child care assistant. The board discussed and took action on the resignation of Michelle Klemp as paraprofessional.
In old business the multipurpose facility ribbon cutting went great and the facility is now open to the students and the public.
The meetings for January are the 14 and the 28 because of the January convention.
In upcoming events: Policy committee meeting is on Nov. 19 at 5:15 p.m.
Early release is on Nov. 21, no school on Nov. 22 and 23.
Love and logic training is on Nov. 28 at 6 p.m.
The next meeting is on Monday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. in the LMC.