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It’s hard to believe that the first quarter is coming to an end for the Kamiah School District. With this, we also see the winding down of our fall sports both in the high school and the middle school. Being blessed with such beautiful fall weather, it is hard to think that the coming of winter is upon us.
The first quarter in any school is filled with excitement and also a sense of urgency to get schedules in place and a fluid daily flow. The four day school week was a concern for us all, but I have been very pleased to watch our students, teachers and support staff make the adjustments without much interruption to the teaching of your children. The panic of putting five days’ worth of curriculum into four days is now a reality, and other than getting used to longer classes and adjusting the amount of content, it seems to be going well. While we realize that there is never a perfect system, I’m happy to see our high school put the Fridays to good use, working with students to get assignments caught up and tests taken. Also on Friday’s, Mrs. Flerchinger and her staff are working together to help students prepare for upcoming ACT/SAT tests and use the day for students to decorate the halls showing the Kub Pride! Also, on Fridays our teachers have had drug awareness training, crisis response training and a cultural history presentation from our partners in the STEP program. These professional development trainings could not have happened in as much depth in prior years during the early release schedule.
It was great to hear about Kamiah Middle School academic bowl team placing first in the most recent competition in Nezperce. Having programs like knowledge bowl and drama provide the relevance for what our teachers are doing in the classroom but the greatest benefit is that these programs provide a niche for students to be a part of their school if they are not athletes or interested in athletics.
Along with the four day week, the district is seeing other changes that are bringing support from our community. In an effort to possibly change the look of the high school, Mr. Bailey painted a wall on the boiler room. The new look was well received but was put on hold because it was not part of the budget. When a patron found out that he was not going to continue, they immediately provided a donation of $1000.00 with a match donation of another $1000.00. KJSD would like to thank Rick and Barb Whitcomb and Bud Whitcomb for their generous donations. This money allowed Mr. Bailey to continue to paint the backside of the high school and the east side of the gymnasium. We should be able to complete the remaining front wall of the high school while the weather holds and then see what the spring brings.
I would like to thank Mr. Trankle for his work to raise money for the privacy slats at the elementary school. Mr. Trankle also spent his own time preparing and installing the slats. This simple change will help bring another level of protection for our children. Phase one of the electronic door lock system is now operational in all buildings. Staff have been issued their access cards and entrance points that are not deemed primary will no longer be used by the general public. While we cannot remove the number of doors in our school we can direct the flow of our customers in an effort to support a safer campus.
As always, I welcome visitors to the school or district office and enjoy the opportunity to meet our patrons, to hear the positives as well as the concerns.
Kamiah Joint School District #304
1102 Hill Street
Kamiah, ID 83536
Phone: (208) 935 – 2991
Fax: (208) 935-4005