‘Shining the Silver’ at Mountain View

Mountain View School District will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its elementary school building on Thursday, Oct. 20. Refreshments, student performances and exhibits, historical photos, artifacts from the three former elementary schools, retired teachers, and much more will be featured.
The “Shining the Silver” celebration will be held from 6-8 p.m. Superintendent Karen Voigt said that the school bells, railings, and other items incorporaated into the present elementary building will also be highlighted.
As part of the celebration, the district will return two antique prints from the Brooklyn School back to that building, via the Brooklyn Historical Society, which meets in the former schoolhouse, now also home to the Brooklyn Township building.
The prints of the Sistine Madonna by Raphael and Sir Galahad originally hung in the Brooklyn School, which was in use from 1923-1991.
The board accepted a Chesapeake Bay Trust Grant in the amount of $4,180, which will require matching funding. This grant will be used for a field trip for 5-7 students to the Chesapeake Bay to study the impact of the Susquehanna River and other rivers on the bay, and for learning experiences with noted scientists and environmentalists.
County Band will be hosted at Mountain View High School on Wednesday, with a concert at 7 p.m.
The school has been found eligible for a $25,000 School Safety Grant, and authorization was granted by the board to Maintenance Director Bob Taylor to go ahead with a project upgrading the locks and keys for the elementary school doors and windows.
The board approved awarding the wood fuel bid to RGM Hardwoods of Covington Township, at a rate of $40 per ton.
Also approved was a snow removal bid by Michael Daniels of Kingsley, at a rate of $79 per hour.
Elementary School Principal Christine Kelly said that the blanket sale to benefit the Washington, D.C. trip has been very successful, with $7,800 raised so far. She noted that Roxy Robinson will be going on the trip as a nurse. Robinson is a parent of one of the trip’s student participants, and has been a nurse substitute in the district for several years.
Kelly said that elementary progress reports have been released, and that reading grades look a lot different than they had in previous years, with an emphasis on skills rather than scores.
Dr. Christopher Kelly, Director of Curriculum, said that professional development days held on Oct. 6-7 were well received by the staff. He said that the students are preparing for the VFW Voice of Democracy essay contest and for Veterans Day programs.
The following coaches were appointed for the 2016-17 school year: Assistant Girls Basketball: Whitney Johnson, $3,406; Junior High Girls Basketball: Peter Hammond of Kingsley, $2,951; Baseball Head Coach: Michael Zimorowicz of Scranton, $3,542; Baseball Ass’t Coach: Michael Agosto, $2,882; Baseball Jr. Varsity Coach: Anthony Borgia of Clarks Summit, $2,882; Cheerleading Advisor: Shawna Benedict of Hop Bottom, $3,406.
The position of Baseball Junior High Coach is still open for applicants.
The board authorized posting and advertising for a cafeteria monitor position at a rate of $10.50 per hour.
Two elementary volunteers were approved: Suzanne Schwalm of South Gibson, and Stacy Decker of Clifford Twp.

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