The North Bend Eagle


Students show board website, STEAM

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 11/22/23

Starting the monthly NBC board of education meeting off with a celebration of excellence, Becky Streff had a number of her fifth graders talk to each of the board members and others present at the meeting about a web site they had created.

Teachers Aubrey Miller, Michelle Gall and IT coordinator Jim Cody told the board about a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Club they have started with 75 students participating. They have done things like an egg drop and a “Pumpkin Chunkin’” catapult to get students excited about STEAM with good results.

Principal Brenda Petersen along with teachers Katie Wright and Alyssa Nelson visited three family and consumer science classrooms in other schools. They looked at culinary-style kitchens and updated family-style kitchenettes and discussed what would work best for NBC’s high school and middle schools needs.

Peterson reported on efforts to help a new student who has no English language skills. They received assistance from ESU in helping the student. Aaron Sterup found an earbud made by Timekettle that will translated the English a teacher speaks, after a slight delay, to Spanish. It seems to be working well.

Activities director Jon Baehr spoke to the board about a baseball program. He introduced the baseball coach for Thurston-Cuming Thunder, Clay Haymart. Haymart talked about how their program started and is now a co-op with Pender, Bancroft-Rosalie and Lyons-Decater with the schools furnishing 10, six and four players, respectively, to the program that is based in Pender and started in 2010. Haymart said that there are 23 schools in Class C, some are a little more than an hour away, some are “way out there.” There are schools with 190 boys in Class C, NBC would be one of the smallest schools in Class C.

Baehr had some questions himself:
“Can we sustain a team? What are our co-op options? Can we sustain a coach?”

No action was taken.

The board discussed the Temporary Early Retirement Incentive Program. The program used to be always available, but now it is temporary and approved annually by the board. The purpose is to get teachers considering retiring to let they school know before Jan. 5 so that they can start advertising for a replacement earlier.

The board discussed this for a period of time, who was eligible, how many were eligible this year and why is it temporary. The board will make a decision at the December meeting.

The North Bend Central Foundation Board is funding Appcentri, an online software that allows students to search and complete scholarship applications.

There will be an academic pep rally the day before Thanksgiving break. Students in MathCounts, Future Problem Solvers, FFA events, those receiving an ACT of 30 or more and others will be recognized, along with many more. At the end of the rally, the one-ct play production will be presented.

In other business:
• Elementary principal Tessie Beaver reported that 95% of students’ families participated in parent-teacher conferences.
• Science and physics teacher Fred Ladehoff will retire at the end of the school year
• Special ed teacher Sarah Ihrig will leave at the end of the school year.

The next meeting will be Dec. 11. at 7:30 p.m. at the high school.


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