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Leading Creek Elementary School’s Veteran’s Day Program on November 06, 2015

Leading Creek Elementary School’s Veteran’s Day Program on November 06, 2015.

Second grade students performed for Veterans from the community and veteran relatives to Leading Creek Students.

The flag in the background was created in Mrs. Horn’s art class, using the hand prints from Leading Creek students to represent the stars and strips on the flag.
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Leading Creek Elementary Took Part in A Stream Study of Leading Creek

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Fifth grade at Leading Creek Elementary took part in a stream study of Leading Creek on the border of Gilmer and Lewis counties.

Individuals from the Mountain Institute at Spruce Knob in Pendleton County traveled to the creek across from the school to complete the study on November 03, 2015.

Students learned how to determine the chemistry of the water, the land surrounding the creek, and the creatures that live in the water.

Each station explored a different aspect of the stream.

Based on their findings students were able to give the stream a grade ranging from A to F.

Predictions ranged from A to D, but based on the data students gave the stream a B to B+ ranking.

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TITLE I PROGRAM IN GILMER COUNTY

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Title I Programs are a very important aspect of a school system. Traditionally, Title I has held three guiding fundamentals nationally and in West Virginia Schools:

Accountability for results:

All students are expected to meet the State’s challenging standards, and students who experience difficulty mastering those standards are provided timely, effective, additional assistance. Teachers use information about student performance and share ways that instruction can be improved to meet a wide range of student needs. The school keeps parents informed of the achievement of individual students, and of the progress of the school in meeting its goals.


Research-based practices:

Schoolwide programs operate according to a plan that contains proven, research-based strategies designed to facilitate schoolwide reform and improvement. Professional development activities are based on practices proven to be successful in helping teachers improve the quality of their instruction.


School and community engagement:

Staff in schoolwide programs engage parents and the community in their work as planners, participants, and decision makers in the operation of the school. This collaboration is based on a shared vision of the school’s values and overall mission. These partnerships strengthen the school’s ability to meet the needs of all students and improve the school.


Specific Core Beliefs of Title I Programs include:

* Plan for comprehensive, long-term improvement;

* Serve all students with highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals;

* Provide continuous learning for staff, parents, and the community;

* Use research-based practices to develop and implement enriched instruction for all students;

* Use inclusive approaches to strengthen the school’s organizational structure;

* Consolidate resources to achieve program goals; and

* Engage in continuous self-assessment and improvement


As Director of Curriculum and Federal Programs, I feel that the first and foremost aspect to addressing the components and implementing quality Title I programs, is to gain input from those who have a direct interest and impact on the quality of education that we provide in Gilmer County. We are the educators, the parents, the family members, the fans, the community, and the support factor for our students.     

So….What do you think?

Please take time for our brief survey and give some  

feedback to improve what we do for our

Gilmer County Students and Families.

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If you would prefer to fill out a paper copy of this survey, please call 304.462.7386 x 108 or contact your child’s school to receive one.
Respectfully submitted by: Kyre-Anna Minney,
Director of Curriculum and Federal Program
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Gilmer County Schools October 2015 Newsletter

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Ronald McDonald Visits Leading Creek Elementary School

Ronald McDonald made a visit to Leading Creek Elementary on October 23 to discuss literacy.

Through laughs, juggling, magic tricks, and humor Ronald showed kids
the importance of reading and how it can help us learn new things.

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Gilmer County Schools September 2015 Newsletter

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Grandparents Day 2015 at Leading Creek Elementary School

Grandparents came to Leading Creek Elementary on September 11, 2015 to spend some time with students during Grandparents Day.

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Grandparents of students came to the school to read and visit with students.

G-Eye™: Gilmer County Board of Education Monthly Meeting Report - 08.17.15

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REGULAR MEETING REPORT
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, August 17, 2015 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President

Meeting was called to order by President. All Members Plus Superintendent were present


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Pledge of Allegiance was led by the President


III. DELEGATIONS

Mr. David Dennison and his wife Mrs. Dennison(teacher) express dissatisfaction about a board member inquiry [Video]


IV. CONSENT AGENDA-Board Action

    A.  Minutes: July 20, 2015

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MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, July 20, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
Gilmer County High School

CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by President, Dr. Williams Simmons.

ROLL CALL
Members present: Tom Ratliff, Dr. William Simmons, Carl Armour, Norma Hurley, Misty Pritt
and Gabriel J. Devono, Secretary.

Others Present: Nasia Butcher, Phyllis Starkey, David Dennison and David Ramezan.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Carl Armour led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

DELEGATIONS
Phyllis Starkey, David Dennison

CONSENT AGENDA
A motion was made by Tom Ratliff and seconded by Misty Pritt to approve all items on the consent agenda. Motion passed 5-0.

NEW BUSINESS
There was no new business.

SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION
Superintendent distributed information concerning Monthly Financial Report, Financial Statement, Accounts Payable, Curriculum and 2015-2016 board Meeting dates.
The next regular meeting of the Gilmer County Board of Education will be August 17, 2015.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Norma Hurley and seconded by Misty Pritt to adjourn the meeting at 6:53 p.m. Motion passed 5-0.

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    B.  Student Transfers

Question was asked about number of students in each school. Superintendent promised he would have them by September meeting.

2 Kindergarten Students from Sand Fork Elementary to Glenville Elementary

1 First(1) grade Student from Sand Fork Elementary to Glenville Elementary

1 First(1) grade Student from Troy Elementary to Glenville Elementary

1 Third(3) grade Student from Normantown Elementary to Sand Fork Elementary

1 Third(3) grade Student from Normantown Elementary to Glenville Elementary

1 Third(3) grade Student from Sand Fork Elementary to Glenville Elementary

1 Third(3) grade Student from Troy Elementary to Sand Fork Elementary

1 Fourth(4) grade Student from Normantown Elementary to Glenville Elementary

1 Fourth(4) grade Student from Sand Fork Elementary to Glenville Elementary

1 Fourth(4) grade Student from Troy Elementary to Glenville Elementary

1 Fourth(4) grade Student from Glenville Elementary to Sand Fork Elementary

1 Six(6) grade Student from Troy Elementary to Sand Fork Elementary

    C.  School Volunteers

None

    D.  Field Trips

1) Cedar Creek State Park (K-6) 08.14.15

2) Gilmer County Farm Show at Recreation Center in Glenville (FFA Students) 09.09.15

    E.  Policies

None

    F.  Curriculum

None


V. NEW BUSINESS

None


VI. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)

    A.  CGCC-Dr. Carl Armour – July 21, 2015

Dr. Armour reported on the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center [Video]

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Calhoun-Gilmer Administrative Council
Official Minutes July 21, 2015

Members Present:
Mr. Timothy Woodwarcj, Presiding
Mr. Jason Hughes, State Dept.
Mr. Gabriel Devono, GilmerSupt.
Dr. Carl Armour, Gilmer
Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary

Others Present:
Mrs. Lisa Moore

Absent:
Mrs. Jenna Jett, Calhoun

ITEM I-Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Mr. Woodward at 10:52 a.m.

ITEM II Agenda Adjustments
None

ITEM III-Delegations
Mr. Gene Coulson, Executive Director of Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education was present to inform council of an opportunity they might be interested in pursuing. Schools can be recognized if they prove they provided entrepreneurship education to every student in the building within one school year. Funding from the grant will be expended helping distressed counties implement the program. Calhoun and Gilmer have been identified as such counties by ARC. The award is intended to make all students aware of entrepreneurial career opportunities.

ITEM IV- Re-Organization of Administrative Council
Mr. Devono called for nominations for Administrative Council President and Vice-President. Mr. Hughes moved President and Vice-President stay the same, seconded by Dr. Armour. Motion carried and vote was unanimous. Mr. Woodward remains President and Mr. Devono Vice President by vote of acclamation.

ITEM V - Approval of Minutes
The minutes of June 16, 2015 were presented for approval. Mr. Devono moved to approve the minutes as presented; second by Dr. Armour. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.

ITEM VI - Reports
1.  Entrepreneurial Opportunities - See Delegations
2. Skilled and Professional Pathway
Mr. Sterns presented council a handout from Donna Burge-Tetrick regarding the discontinuation of the skilled and professional Pathway.

3. Acceptable Use Policy and Cyber Safety Training
Mr. Sterns let Council know that two CGCC Instructors would like to do the cyber safety training especially for all day Career Center Students. He felt that both schools would be supportive of this effort.

ITEM V- New Business
ABCD: Financial Matters: The list of bills, an additional list of bills, the financial statement, budget supplements, and the CGCC Individual School Financial Report for June were presented for approval.  Mr. Hughes moved to approve all financial items A through D, Seconded by Mr. Devono. Motion carried and vote was unanimous.

E. Personnel:

Employment:  Adult Basic Education Instructor - Linda Jones
Mr. Devono moved to approve the employment as recommended by Mr. Sterns; seconded by Mr. Hughes. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous

Math Instructor-
Mr. Sterns informed council he had 4 applicants with two top choices. He stated that only one applicant was High School certified. He then discussed references with the council. After much discussion in regards to said applicant Dr. Armour moved to employ Kari Hamric as Math Instructor. Seconded by Mr. Hughes. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.

Substitute Lists Calhoun and Gilmer Counties
Mr. Hughes made a motion to allow CGCC to use the substitute lists from both counties for the 2015-16 School year. Seconded by Dr. Armour. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous. (The lists are unavailable at this time)
Postings: Mr. Sterns presented Council with Postings for Substitute Custodian and Evening ALC Instructor. (See Attachment 7 and 8) Dr. Armour moved to approve the postings as recommended; seconded by Mr. Devono. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous
Council also had before them postings for Building Construction Night Class Instructor, Welding night class Instructor, and Small Engine Repair Night Class Instructor. After some discussion, motion was made by Mr. Devono to post, pending adequate enrollment, at $18.00/hr. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.

F. General Discussion
Simulated Workplace Drug Testing Policy - The two Superintendents informed those present that they did not have a presentation from Dr. D’Antoni at their Superintendent’s Conference, nor did they have a chance to speak with her regarding the simulated drug place policy. After discussion, both felt they could get further information from other Superintendents with a policy already in place.

ALC Summer Support - Mr. Sterns mentioned the possibility of next summer employing an ALC Summer Support Instructor at an hourly rate to monitor those students working online throughout the summer.
Commercial Baking - Prostart Instructor, Annette Benson, is in the process of developing a new CTE Commercial Baking Program here at Calhoun Gilmer Career Center. Mr. Sterns informed Council members that this would be offered for 2nd year students.

NRM Modifications -Mr. Sterns discussed the SAE requirement and additional days for the Natural Resource Management Instructor. Five additional days were mentioned for the supervision and to monitor summer projects.

ITEM VI - Adjournment and Scheduling of Next Meeting

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Administrative Council will be Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. With no further business occurring, the meeting was adjourned.
Mr. Tim Woodward, Presiding
Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary

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    B. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons


VII. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION [Video]

    A. Monthly Financial Report

    B. Financial Statement

    C. Accounts Payable

    D. Curriculum & Summer School

    E. Strategic Plan Meeting


The next Regular Board Meeting is Monday, September 21, 2015.


VIII. ADJOURNMENT

Leading Creek the Inter-County Elementary School Opens as First of It’s Kind

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LINN, WV — The first inter-county elementary school in state history opened their doors Thursday morning to greet around 160 students from Lewis County and Gilmer County.

Leading Creek Elementary has a majority of students from Lewis County, but some from Gilmer County as well following the closure of two elementary schools in the respective counties–Alum Bridge in Lewis and Troy Elementary in Gilmer.

“Well, of course, everybody was excited,” Leading Creek Elementary Principal Kim Freeland said. “We have been anticipating this day for a long time. The staff and everybody has worked really hard to get everything ready.”

The school can hold 240 students, but began today with around 160. Freeland said that number will need to go up.

“Our classes are pretty full, especially our second grade through sixth grade,” she said. “They’re all at the max.”

Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade had slightly smaller numbers than hoped for, but Freeland said they’ll begin addressing that issue immediately.

Freeland said the first day has been unique for virtually everybody involved.

“On the first day of school, typically teachers know most of the kids because they’ve seen them the past few years,” she said. “But here we’ve got kids coming from two different schools, so there wasn’t that familiarity. Everyone wasn’t familiar with everyone as it is typically.”

“It certainly has had it’s unique aspects,” she said. “I’m dealing with two Boards of Education, and the school itself has it’s own governing board.”

Freeland thinks this could be a viable option for other county school systems that have similar situations near their county lines–particularly in dealing with younger students.

“When there’s only one elementary in a county and it’s located farther away, it could limit the bus ride for students,” she said. “It could allow communities to keep their school in a fairly short distance.”

~~  Alex Wiederspiel ~~


08.17.2015
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G-Eye™: Leading Creek Elementary School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


08.12.2015
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Gilmer County Schools Bus Schedules 2015-2016

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08.04.2015
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Leading Creek Elementary Golden Eagles “Leading the Way”: Open House and Ribbon Cutting

Linn, WV Leading Creek Elementary School is West Virginia’s first inter-county school to merge Troy Elementary School from Gilmer County and Alum Bridge Elementary School from Lewis County. (According to a historian there was another inter-county school in West Virginia back in 1940s. Union school which had students from both Summers and Raleigh counties.)

Lewis County and Gilmer County jointly undertook the task to build a state-of-the-art facility that would benefit the students and communities of both counties.

Leading Creek is designed for an enrollment of 240 students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade and includes separate art and music classrooms.

The bright bold colors of the school’s interior were selected to help encourage the students to enjoy and appreciate the time they have as students at Leading Creek.

On Saturday, August 01, 2015 the public had the opportunity to check out the new school during a community open house, dedication, and ribbon cutting ceremony.

The School is built on Gilmer-Lewis county line in Linn, WV.

The total cost of the school was more than $10 million. West Virginia School Building Authority paid for building of the school after each county paid about $350,000 for the land.


Presentations by:

    •  Kim Freeland, (Principal, Leading Creek Elementary)

    •  Dr. Joseph Mace - Superintendent, Lewis County Schools

    •  Dr. Mark Manchin - Superintendent, Harrison County Schools - Former SBA President

    •  Mr. Gabriel Devono - Superintendent, Gilmer County Schools

    •  Special Presentation - Mr. Dan Gum, Commander, Weston Post No. 4 of the American Legion

    •  Pledge of Allegiance - Led by (Dalton DeJarnette, Matilda Arnold, Lena Frymier, Cassie

Other officials present were Dennis Fitzpatrick, Glenville Mayor; Dr. Bill Simmons, GCBOE Presient; Tom Ratliff, GCBOE member; Lewis County State Delegate Peggy Donaldson Smith as well as all the members of Lewis county Board of Education.


08.03.2015
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No Internet for Leading Creek Elementary, Imagine That!‏

School Facing Delays
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Possible delays are facing Leading Creek Elementary School from completing the first intercounty school in West Virginia. However, plans are being set to insure no delays stop the school from opening its doors.

These delays may be due to a miscommunication or misunderstanding of what was needed from service providers to finalize the school’s systems. “We have a delay because we do not have internet out there,“said L.D. Skarzinski, personnel director. “It’s in the building, it’s wired in but they are not set to go.“

The company used to provide the school with internet stated there would be working internet by June 26. That date came and went but still the system was not up and running although the building had the necessary equipment.

Not having the use of working internet is causing delays in getting many of the school’s faculty and systems working properly.

“We have a principal that has been working out there everyday trying to get our building ready without any internet access,“ noted Skarzinski, “to me that is beyond what she should have to do.“

Major systems are being delayed because their operation revolves around being web based. The HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning), lighting, security cameras, communications and portions of the telephone system can not go through final settings checks without the internet being in place.

Officials for the Lewis County Board of Education were told at Monday night’s meeting that the internet should be working at Leading Creek Elementary by the end of business on Tuesday the 14th.

All other projects are said to be going smoothly and progressing well. Faculty has been at the location, as well as service personnel being transferred to keep the grounds.
Maintenance workers will move pieces from Alum Bridge Elementary needed for Leading Creek. There will be a quote for outside workers to move the playground equipment from Alum Bridge to Leading Creek as not to overload the current staff already working on other projects.

The fire department was taken on a walkthrough of the school last week, giving them an opportunity to see the building.

Final bus runs are being completed and drivers are moving to the routes they will run for the new school.

“We’re in that process, we’re getting the final touches down and completed,“ Skarzinski said, “we’re getting close there is no doubt about it I just wish we had the internet out there.“

In other other school renovation news, Jane Lew Elementary is also nearing the final days of completion. The front of the building is said to be completely unrecognizable from the old. The playground is set and ready for the beginning of the school year. Workers are in the renovated classrooms now getting the facilities ready to go.

Due to SBA regulations every project must now have a testing, adjusting and balancing contractor hired for each site. These contractors review the loads and participles that are involved in the HVAC systems.

All rooftop units or stand alone units outside are checked to ensure airflow is matched and balanced. During the meeting of the board Performance HVAC was selected to inspect the units at Jane Lew Elementary.

The lockers at the school will be painted this week using Hydrostatic paint. A painting process in which the paint is electrically charged and immediately adheres to metal. The process saves on over-spray, it is said to be cost saving because no material is wasted in the process.

“They will begin to tap for the new water line,“ said Skarzinski, “It’s running pretty well, we’re pleased with where we’re at progress wise at Jane Lew.“

Contractors tell officials of the Board of Education they will be going through the final punch-list around August 12 or 13, before the school year begins.

On a personal note, the Bill Ballard memorial pavilion is missing four picnic tables from the site. The board would like to express there want and need for all tables to be returned by the individuals that have them at this time.

The Ballard family, school and community donated money to honor the memory of a longtime educator.

The tables are urgently needed before the beginning of the school year.

~~  Weston Democrat - July 15, 2015 ~~


07.20.2015
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