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Yoga Club, Winter Color Guard - Dance Team gain approval of South Tama School Board

Pair Of Activities Aimed To Start 2nd Semester

October 12, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

"Students can learn more about practicing - and actually practice yoga," Dixie Forcht told The News-Herald following approval of a new Yoga Club at South Tama High School.

Forcht, secondary teacher librarian and district assessment coordinator, will be the club's sponsor.

South Tama School Board members approved the club on a 4-0 voice vote during a special meeting on Monday night, Oct. 8.

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The South Tama High School Color Guard leads the marching band during the Homecoming parade on Thursday night, Oct. 11. A new Winter Dance Team - Flag Color Guard was approved for STC?by the school board Monday night.

John Speer

"(Yoga Clubs) are becoming more and more common," STC Superintendent Jared Smith told the board. He said yoga can "give kids a chance to relax and not stress."

Students Kaisha Wanatee and Richelle Werner put together a petition in support of forming the club and gathered more than 150 student signatures in support.

They sought Forcht as the club sponsor because "she uses some yoga exercises in theatre and speech to help students with nervousness and to prepare for performance."

It is anticipated the club will begin activities for the 2nd semester. Students will provide their own mats and it is planned to meet before classes begin in the morning, perhaps twice a week.

Forcht said the expected number of club members will require use of the Little Theatre or Commons area at the high school. It was noted not all of the 150 petition signers are expected to actually join the club.

Dance Club

With "New?Twist"

Revival of a dance club concept, this time "(combining) the use of flags and color guard choreography with multiple different dance styles to create an experience South Tama has never had before" was a proposal by Molly Tafta also gaining board approval on a 4-0 voice vote Monday.

Both male and female students will be included with a total of up to 20 students forming the group.

The students will perform at halftime at both boys and girls basketball games with an expected two performances each month.

The board agreed to purchase flags at a cost of about $250.

Tafta, an STC 3rd grade teacher, will volunteer her time to coach the flag team. She told the board in the proposal she would like for the team to compete in winter color guard competition and also be able to perform outside the district when possible.

Team uniforms are "a few years in the future" Tafta wrote.

In other business Monday the school board:

approved hiring Nicole Hitchcock as an elementary special education paraprofessional effective immediately.

discussed the recommendation of Supt. Smith to add a guidance counselor position at the South Tama Middle School in Toledo. He said some 450 students are being served by only one counselor there. He said a shift in available Title IV and Title II funding could cover the cost of the additional staff member.



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