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Statement from Board of Trustees:
On February 6, 2017, we are announcing the position opening for Superintendent of Schools due to retirement of our current Superintendent and immediately initiate a nationwide search with the help of ISBA. We look forward to finding the District’s next Superintendent to help lead our District in the best interests of our students and staff. We affirm our commitment We affirm our commitment to thoroughly consider every qualified candidate without bias or predisposition. We are excited to find the next leader of our District who can continue the momentum of world-class educational opportunities for the students in American Falls.
Board of Trustees, American Falls School District
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 High School was highlighted for the Golden Pride Award on January 30, 2017 at the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees. The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to employees who go “above and beyond” in service to the students of the American Falls School District. Nominated were Jason Stucki Special Education Teacher and maintenance crew, Greg Harris, Ron Stilwell and Del Alvey.
Greg Harris, Ron Stilwell and Del Alvey have worked for the American Falls School District collectively for 49 years! Their nominator wrote: These three guys probably work harder than anyone else in the district, especially this time of year. On snowy days when the rest of the district gets that early morning phone call with the news that school has been cancelled, these guys have already been hard at work moving snow. They work long hours through the worst weather conditions so that students, faculty and staff can be safe in the parking lots and on sidewalks. These guys never complain and are always working with a smile on their faces. This is true throughout the entire school year. There has never been a time where I needed something from these guys where they did not complete the task in a timely manner at the highest quality of work. That is remarkable when you consider the amount of work they have to do. With five different schools all the maintenance on the buildings and grounds would be a full time job for a crew twice this size but these guys handle that workload very effectively and with a great attitude. I could not think of anyone more deserving of the Golden Pride Award for a job well done than these three.
Jason Stucki has been at AFHS teaching Special Education for the past 10 years. His nominator wrote: Mr. Stucki has one of the toughest jobs at AFHS. As the only Special Education teacher and the department head he is not only responsible for the growing number of students on his caseload and the mountain of paperwork that comes with that; he is also responsible for coordinating the staff of Special Education paraprofessionals. The Special Education department; under his leadership serves those students extremely well and they work tirelessly to ensure success for each and every one of them. Mr. Stucki is also the testing coordinator for American Falls High School. This too is no easy task; he is responsible for scheduling the STAR test three times per year as well as the ISAT every spring. Because of his efforts these tests run very smooth with minimal disruption to the regular classroom. He has lead professional development meetings for the Math and English departments in order to prepare for these tests which have been very productive and informative. Anytime there is something that needs to be done at the high school Mr. Stucki is one of the first to step up and help out. He is a perfect team member; his efforts and attitude are greatly appreciated.
Martin Gallegos and Kim Sortor from
William Thomas Middle School were honored at the regular meeting of the School Board on December 20, 2016 for the Golden Pride Award. The award is given monthly to a professional and classified staff member that goes “above and beyond” in fulfilling their duties for the students of the American Falls Schools.
Martin Gallegos’s nominator wrote: Martin is in his third year of teaching technology at William Thomas Middle School. He is a very energetic teacher who relates really well with the students he teaches. He introduces his students to a variety of technology experiences. His students complete many great projects. He works closely with the teachers on his team integrating projects from other curriculum areas into his technology class. He is a great team and staff member always willing to help others with their technology needs. He was a coach for the championship wrestling team and also helps with the high school wrestling program. It is great having one of own students become an outstanding teacher and work at our school. He is a great asset to our school.
Kim Sortor’s nominator wrote: Kim has been a cook in the school district for 19 years. She is the head chef at the middle school. She takes a lot of pride in providing students with high quality meals. She really cares that the students like their food and want to eat in the cafeteria. You will often see her out visiting with kids finding out their preferences and if they like or dislike new menu items or recipe changes. She is always happy and pleasant, which makes a big difference in a student's day. She feeds their stomach and their soul. She works closely with our student lunch helpers taking a special interest in them. She plays a critical role in the success of our breakfast and lunch program at the school. We really appreciate how she goes above and beyond in meeting the needs of our students and staff.
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.