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South Tama scores again in physical fitness

November 27, 2010
By Joyce Wiese, News Correspondent
TAMA NEWS-HERALD - South Tama School Superintendent Kerri Nelson told board members at their Nov. 15 meeting she was very proud of the South Tama’s physical fitness program. Nelson received a letter from Senator Charles Grassley stating it was an honor to add his congratulations for South Tama’s selection as a 2009-2010 President’s Challenge State Champion.

Grassley wrote, “As you know this is a highly competitive program sponsored by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and to be a repeat winner is a very impressive feat. This designation marks the South Tama school as a role model for others, dedicated to helping students improve their physical fitness and enhance the skills that will help them be active throughout their lives.”

Grassley remarked, “As your Senator, I’m very proud of your efforts to earn this honor, and I’m thankful for South Tama’s contribution to their community and the State of Iowa”.

This marks the 21st year South Tama has won an award for the program.

Board members Michelle Yuska, Anne Michael, Jackie Dvorak and Mark McFate were present. Member Ron Hala was absent.


Contracts approved were for Brintley Elsbury and Shawna Hankins as elementary one-on-one special education aides; Mary Fasse Shaw for large group speech; Sarah Skinner for 7th grade girls track coach; Dan Quigley for musical technical director; and Heather Wanatee for assistant 7th grade basketball coach.

Volunteers are Larry Fletcher as volunteer coach for 7th and 8th grade basketball, varsity boys basketball and boys golf; Brandon Dunning is volunteer coaching for wrestling and Mike Wedmore will volunteer for coaching boys or girls 8th grade basketball.

In other business:

•Laura Edwards and Amy Stotts, both Intermediate Language Arts teachers, gave a Literacy Instruction Update.

They explained the method they have been using for reading and comprehension, as well as writing. They feel

their method is working very well and will continue, but will still work on improvement as time goes by.

• final readings were aproved for Board Policies: “Notification of Non-Discrimination, Student and Parental Rights,

Educational Goal, Organization-Powers of Board of Directors, Responsibilities and Duties of the Board of Directors, Organizational Meeting, Organizational Vacancies, Legal Counsel, Regular Meetings Rules

of Order, and Agenda and Consent agenda.

•The second readidng of Vehicle Idling andBus Idling was approved.

•Early graduation requests were granted to four students who will graduate on Jan. 17, 2011. They all have the required subjects completed for

early graduation and all have a Grade Point Average to entitle them to graduate.

•Superintendent Nelson also announced the school has recei ved a check from

the Toledo Pamida Store for $794 for educational purposes. Pamida has supported many South Tama School projects.

•Business Manager Joanna Hofer says the welding shop is coming along

nicely. Hofer said this was a large project and should be completed in another two weeks.

•Nelson told board members they are considering a maintenance plan right now rather than replacing any buildings.

Article Photos

liff Havens Store Team Leader Toledo Pamida , STC Superintendent Keri Nelson, Michael Bachelder, pharmacist Toledo Pamida and Polly Sokol Toledo Pamida community relations specialist were on hand for the presentation of a Pamida Foundation check for the school. Pamida photo/Deb Kouba



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