Strain-Japan R-XVI School District
A Word from Mrs. Vandegriffe
Everyone says that Spring is a time of change and renewal, but I feel like the Fall season can be as well. This can be a time to get back into a much needed routine and to set goals about what we can accomplish before the new year creeps up on us. It's also a time to get outside and bask in the last bit of bright sunshine. Fall sports like volleyball, football, soccer, and softball fill in our time and keep us hopping. Sometimes, the crisp air will even carry the melodies of a marching band. As you can tell, I love this season and all that is involved. But what I have enjoyed most of all this Fall has been getting to know my new Strain-Japan family. You ALL have made the Vandegriffe family feel so welcomed and blessed and we truly appreciate it. I'm hoping to turn this new beginning into a lasting relationship!
Fall Blessings to You! -Mrs. V
Mrs. Williamson has started an incentive program that involves the students spinning a prize wheel and winning a variety of fun prizes. The students will spend time on instructional lessons daily during Leopard Time. Lessons can also be completed at home. The students will know how to log in to iReady from their Chromebooks at home.
With that said, I need your help. DESE has greatly lessened the requirements that it takes to be a sub teacher. So I want you guys to shake the shade trees and beat the bushes to see if we can find some sub teachers. Seriously! Ask your friends, neighbors, or former colleagues whom you think would be great in the position if they would be interested. Many of you are great parents who love our school and would make a great substitute teacher. If you or anyone else is interested, call DESE for more information or have them call me.
We are also still looking for a bus driver. Please put the word out.
Fire Prevention Month
Please note that we do not have school on Friday, October 23.
Trunk or Treat
Update from the Board of Education
- They are in the preliminary planning stages of doing an exterior renovation project that will bring a much-needed update to our building. This plan proposes to replace the windows, most of which are original to the building. This will not only give the building a facelift, it will mean savings in energy costs and another level of building security.
- The board continues to monitor the COVID situation and how the district is responding. They are planning and changing the way they conduct business in the time of a pandemic.
- The Board spent a large portion of their meeting this month reviewing and approving policies. This work is tedious and time-consuming but is a critical part of school operations. Kudos to them for this dedication!
- The Board is concerned about the district's ability to find and secure subs during this pandemic. In an effort to attract more subs, they agreed to raise the daily pay to $100/$115. They have also given teachers and staff the choice of using planning time to sub when needed.
- And finally, the board continues to monitor student growth and how that has changed due to the unplanned closure in the Spring.