By Cathy Taylor
Brother and sister duo Sean and Kendra Robison were acknowledged as Students of the Month at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting held at Farwell High School.
Sean and Kendra, senior and sophomore respectively, are the children of residents Barry and Cindy Robison. Both students are members of the National Honor Society and are active in a variety of sports. Sean plans to attend MSU for a degree in engineering, with Kendra’s sights set on acceptance into U of M’s Orthodontist program.
Rebecca Howard, daughter of Steven Howard and Rebecca French, represents the sophomore class as student of the month. Rebecca , also a member of the NHS, is very active in sports. She is the official stats recorder for the Farwell wrestling team. She plans to pursue a business degree at Saginaw Valley.
James Self, son of Jim and Christine Self, represents the freshman class as student of the month. James interests lie in football, track and all things musical. He plans to attend college with an eye on music and physics degrees.
Student of the Month from Timberland Alternative Ed is Megan Merritt. She is the daughter of Arthur and Susan Merritt and the proud mother of little Lucas. Megan is interested in photography, and has plans to pursue a career in nursing.
Choral students from the Farwell Middle and High School attended the District 9 Solo Ensemble held in Roscommon Feb. 9, bringing home four medals for their outstanding performances. Charles Skipworth, Maranda Sturgeon, Abigail Sprague and Hannah Averill were presented with certificates at the BOE meeting for their musical accomplishments.
As an added treat, 7th grader Hannah Averill performed one of her choral pieces sung in Spanish for the audience. Hannah received the highest score at the event of all who attended.
Lynette Lentovich, Mathematics and Science Instructor at Farwell High School, gave a presentation concerning the Early College Program. Lentovich is the driving force behind the high school program that allows second, third and fourth year students to earn college credits throughout their high school careers. The program is in its second year and has already proven to be highly successful.
In other business, the Board voted to accept a $6,566.99 donation from the Sports Boosters for the purchase of a fully automatic digital timing system for track events. The new system will replace the need for people to be standing at the finish lines to record results, and it was becoming increasingly harder to find replacement parts for the old timer.
Several staff members gave updates on bullying prevention programs in the Middle School. They reported that a program, called The Power of 100, in its second year of implementation at Farwell Area Schools, is making a big difference.
The Power of 100 program is all about students taking action to report bullying when they see it happening to create a positive difference within the school culture. Students are informed of the potential harm that can result from being a silent bystander. They are encouraged to step up and report all incidents of bullying they may witness. The program uses videos, music, student poetry and student posters to spread the word about the dangers of bullying, as well as open discussion forums and roleplaying.
“Bullying is something we take very seriously here at Farwell Schools and we have a zero tolerance policy toward it,” remarked a school administrator.
BOE President Rose Sharp thanked the Board for allowing her to attend the New Board President Workshop. She commented on how educational and informative the sessions were.
School Superintendent Carl Seiter commented on the new door buzzer system in use at the elementary school. He has received many positive comments from parents. He announced that a letter will be sent to parents in the near future explaining the new safety feature, as well as changes that will be made in the morning door locking procedures.
Seiter reported that the student count for February was 1,470. The count was down by 19 students from the fall count, but was actually a typical decline.
Seiter announced that Farwell has exceeded its snow day allowance. After Tuesday’s school cancellation, they will now need to tack on two extra days at the end of the school year.
In appreciation for all of their hard work, Seiter offered at heart-felt thank you to the Farwell School’s Administrative staff. He praised their superior dedication and efforts in making Farwell Schools one of the best schools around.