The Cougar Connection

A Corporation Wide Newsletter

*From Mr. Gaff's Desk*

Congratulations…you have made it through the most difficult months of the school year!

Typically, we have approximately eight weeks of school remaining after Spring Break. Thanks to the hard work of teachers, staff, and administrators, we have been able to utilize e-learning for grades K-12 to reduce the number of days added onto the end of the school year. What does that mean for the district? The result is 6 weeks (30 instructional days) of school after break and a summer vacation that is 11 weeks long. Thank you for making this happen. Also, thank you for making technology integration a priority in your classroom. This has allowed students to work through e-learning activities with very few issues.

During your much-deserved break, please take the opportunity to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. Throughout the school year, there have been a lot of changes and successes within the district. I know that change often leads to stress and additional work for many of you. I appreciate the time and effort that everyone has put in to help provide opportunities for student success. Thanks for putting kids first.

Have a safe and enjoyable break.


*Marketing Events*

The marketing committee will be participating in a few community events this summer to help promote CN as well as raise funds to continue with other promotions in the future.

If you would be interested in volunteering at the following events to help the small, but mighty committee out, please let Jamie Howard know by email. Sign-ups will then be distributed, before the end of the school year, for you to sign up. Please note this DOES include student clubs and groups! The committee thanks you for your help and support!

**Chain O' Lakes Festival Gaga Pit: Game workers/Money Takers/Info Passer-Outers :)

(dates are June 7-9, 5-10pm each evening and June 10 12-4pm, parade, then 5-10pm)

**Chain O' Lakes Festival Parade: Walkers/Riders/Candy & Promo Item Throwers

(June 10, line-up at 2-330pm, parade starts at 4)

**Albion Fireworks Concessions: Booth Workers/Crowd Walkers & Sellers

(July 3; time TBD. This is at the Albion campus)

**Onion Days Festival Parade: Walkers/Riders/Candy & Promo Item Throwers

(August 5, times TBD)

*Special Recognition*

A special shout out goes to:

**Charlie Vice. We all owe Charlie our thanks as he works diligently ensuring our facilities are top notch. Especially in this challenging spring weather, he goes above and beyond ensuring everything is ready for athletics. Be sure to extend your thanks to him!

**Pat Leffers. Pat has been working many long hours outside of school piecing together details and making plans on the Lilly Grant. Even though he is extremely busy, he saw the value in what this grant could bring to our Jr/Sr High and willingly took on the extra load. We appreciate your hard work!

**Jamie Earnhart and the FFA. They held their 13th annual FFA Petting Zoo on Thursday. They had 50 FFA members and 547 elementary students involved. They've even made the front page of the newspaper. This was a huge success! Thanks for all you do Jamie!

**Kim Maneke. Her Physics students were required to build a structure using just 50 Popsicle sticks and a single glue stick. The winning structure held a whopping 360lbs and collapsed under 405lbs.. Great instruction and congrats to all involved!

**Katy Knox. Katy is an outstanding champion of kids at Albion Elementary. Along with fulfilling the multiple responsibilities that come along with being in charge of our library, Katy also gets involved in helping with many other functions of our school. Any time that there are last minute schedule changes or coverage needs, she accepts the challenge with a smile. She builds lasting relationships with students and consistently goes out of her away to show kids that she cares about them. We are #cnproud to have Katy at Albion Elementary.

**Adam Tomlinson & Kelli Ohms. Adam & Kelli are heading up the Unified Track team. This is a fulfilling thing for these students lives and we appreciate you both for taking this on and making these students feel extra special.

**Mandy Geiger & Susie Gallmeyer. Susie and Mandy take on many roles throughout a day at Wolf Lake Elementary. They are secretaries, nurses, counselors, principal and moms on any given day. These ladies know every student and parent that walks in the door and always meet and greet them with a smile. Susie and Mandy are often the first line of defense when dealing with upset parents or frantic teachers. These ladies embody the #WeAre1 philosophy!

*Board Meetings on Location*

Don't forget that the last of the "on location" board meetings will be held on April 18th at the Albion Elementary Multi-Purpose room.

*Upcoming Events*

*April 3-7: Spring Break!!

*Friday, April 14-Good Friday, No School

*Tuesday, April 18: School Board Meeting @Albion Elementary

*Corporation Wide Spirit-Wear*

The marketing committee will be launching a corporation wide spirit-wear site soon! Items available for purchase will showcase Nick Tayloe's winning design, and will include tees, hoodies and more in both unisex, ladies and youth sizes, as well as a few embroidered items.

We hope to have this launched the week we return from Spring Break! Orders will be placed online and tallied until a specified closing date (determined once we have a launch date), with delivery in mid-May. If we have good response, we'll open it up again around registration for deliveries once school starts, with even more items added.

Be on the lookout for the link and happy shopping!