GEAR UP TutorMr. Lance has graciously volunteered to be the GEAR UP Tutor this year. He will provide tutoring services starting Thursday,
(9/11) from 7am-8am in Room #1. Tutoring will be available Monday-Friday until the end of the school year.
Recognizing the veterans on Veteran’s Day with music The American Falls High School band, directed by Tori Hunter, performs the songs for each of the armed forces on Monday, Nov. 7, in recognition of Veterans Day. Members of each armed force was invited to stand during their song.
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Golden Pride Award Winners
2015-2016 School Year
A hearty congratulation to our Golden Pride Award recipients who have been recognized by the American Falls School Board for "above and beyond" services to our district. They represent the professional and support staff that equal excellence for our students.
The American Falls Intermediate School was highlighted for the Golden Pride Award during the regular board meeting on November 28, 2016. Nominated were fifth grade teacher Danielle Damrow and Teacher Assistant Kit Tysor. The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to school district employees who go “above and beyond” in their service to the students of the American Falls School District.
Danielle Damrow is a first year teacher with the Intermediate School, her nominator wrote: I would like to nominate Danielle Damrow as our certified staff Golden Pride recipient. With a limited number of teaching applicants in the last few years, we are finding it more difficult to fill our openings with talented teachers.
Danielle came to us straight out of college willing to take on the difficult task of on the job training while completing her student teaching requirements. Danielle has proven to be an excellent fit for the Intermediate School. She is creative, responsible, and has other attributes that will make her a great teacher.
I appreciate Danielle’s willingness to accept constructive ideas from her peers and me as her supervisor. She works well with students and their parents and is an asset to a young but effective 5th grade team.
Kit Tysor has been with the American Falls School District for the past 26 years. Her nominator wrote: I would like to nominate Kit Tysor for the Golden Pride award. Kit has so many high qualities that it is hard do decide where to start. She is my right hand when it comes to working with our students. She understands that each student is an individual and treats them as such. She is always ready and willing to give extra help to any student when they need it. Kit goes above and beyond what her job exceptions require. I would have been lost my first year teaching here without her support.
The first recipients of the Golden Pride Award for the 2016-2017 school year were presented at the regular school board meeting on October 24, 2016 to third grade teachers Erika Kettl, Jeff Blauer and teacher assistant Marnae Weisenburger. The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to celebrate the “above and beyond” service of our professional and classified employees of the American Falls School District.
There nominator wrote: It was easy to choose Erika Kettl and Jeff Blauer as the professional nominees for The Golden Pride Award this fall. Both have extraordinary leadership and teaching qualities. Each has also gone the extra mile to help our school and students be the best they can be.
From a teacher leader perspective, Ms. Kettl has worked the past 2 years as Hillcrest’s Math coordinator. She has helped facilitate and support major mathematical changes in our school. These kinds of changes do not happen quickly or easily and much groaning can occur. Ms. Kettl is resilient and continues to support Hillcrest teachers as they move from one math program to another and add supplemental programs. Her knowledge, modeling and unwavering commitment to Hillcrest’s mathematical instruction presses our staff toward systematic best practices.
Mr. Blauer also in has many attributes that make him a teacher leader. He has worked as the technology coordinator in our building the past 2 years and has helped with numerous tech projects. He is the “go to” tech guy at Hillcrest and has been instrumental in setting up most of our progress monitoring tools. He is always willing to provide technology assistance and training to individuals or groups as needed. Additionally, Mr. Blauer has been the 3rd grade afterschool program teacher for a number of years and annually creates and maintains an honorary wall for veterans related to Hillcrest staff or students.
This year, Ms. Kettl and Mr. Blauer should be applauded for several selfless and beneficial acts at our school. First, each has written and received grants, not for themselves, but to help others at Hillcrest. Second, determining who was to move to portable classrooms was a decision that every teacher at Hillcrest dreaded, yet Ms. Kettl and Mr. Blauer volunteered to make this move. Both teachers have been creative and positive in a less than optimal classroom situation. The move has and will continue to bring challenges, but these two teachers will make the best of any situation as it comes.
Ms. Kettl and Mr. Blauer are both exceptional teacher leaders at Hillcrest. Their smart work and continued dedication to education is valued and appreciated. They exemplify what Golden Pride was created for.
Marnae Weisenburger has been at Hillcrest Elementary for the past 11 years. Her nominator wrote: Mrs. Weisenburger has been instrumental this year in meeting the requirements of the new state mandated reading intervention program. This past summer Mrs. Weisenburger worked diligently to set up, learn and utilize programs (Milepost and Lexia) vital to Hillcrest’s literacy plan success. She is self-taught and easily the most knowledgeable person in our district in both programs. Her dedication and determination has been pivotal for Hillcrest to determine how to most efficiently plan, implement, write, progress monitor and document over 200 individual reading plans for our struggling readers. Her diligence has saved hundreds of hours of paperwork and technology set-up for our staff providing more intervention time for students.
Additionally, Mrs. Weisenburger is both a staff and student favorite. Her positive outlook and demeanor is infectious. Even when students have developed skills to exit their reading intervention program, many plead to remain with her. She understands how to press learning in a fun and accelerated manner.
We thank Mrs. Weisenburger for all she does for our school. She contributes in so many ways it is hard to really express it in one letter. She is a pleasure to work with and an invaluable asset, highly respected and appreciated at Hillcrest.
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