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It’s Back To School Time

By Staff | Aug 8, 2008

Another school year will soon be underway, and parents across Palo Alto County are in the process of preparing their children for the upcoming 2008-2009 school year.

This fall, there will be a few changes to be aware of, as well as a few new faces, in the halls of Emmetsburg schools.

Parents of Emmetsburg Catholic School students registered their youngsters for classes on Tuesday and Wednesday. For students attending Emmetsburg Community Schools, K-12, registration is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 8, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration for all grades will be held at the West Elementary School library at 602 Call Street in Emmetsburg. Parents of high schoolers may register online at http://www.emmetsburg.k12.ia.us.‘>www.emmetsburg.k12.ia.us.

Prior to the first day of school on Wednesday, Aug. 20 (Kindergarten and ECSE/Readiness starts Friday, Aug. 22), high school freshmen and their parents will have the opportunity to participate in a “Meet and Greet” Orientation on Monday, Aug. 18. Parents and students will gather in the lunchroom at the high school at noon to enjoy lunch and learn more about high school life.

Later that evening, on Monday, Aug. 18, everyone is invited to “come and check out the buildings” during the Open House event at the West Elementary and Middle School from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The Partners In Education (PIE) are sponsoring a BBQ at the West Elementary from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A free will donation will be accepted for the meal. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. the Emmetsburg Community Schools Board of Education will gather for their monthly meeting in the high school library. The public is invited. These hours are a change for the board.

According to Emmetsburg Schools Superintendent John Joynt, the change was made to attract more attendees to the meetings.

“We’re hoping that by switching the school board meetings from 7:30 to 5:30 p.m. that more people will attend,” Joynt said.

Joynt explained that students and visitors to the high school should expect a slightly “warmer” environment this year.

“Because of construction of the new Middle School, gymnasium, and auditorium, the high school will be without air conditioning,” Joynt noted. “The AC units are in the process of being located to the roof of the school.”

Due to the construction of the new auditorium, several rooms in the southeast quarter of the school (those that face the new auditorium) will also be without windows.

In addition, door access will also be limited to Entrances 1, 2, and 6.

Joynt shared that parking should not be a problem as additional parking spaces were added to the lot south of the high school last year. Staging for the auditorium construction has been fenced off.

“I anticipate that during sporting events, we will have a full lot plus parking on the side streets,” said Joynt.

The superintendent related that a new parking lot–for faculty and staff–will be located west of the new gymnasium. The 60 new parking spaces should be ready for use by the end of this fall.

New Faces In The Halls

New teachers for the Emmetsburg Community School District include:

• Aaron Phillips – Phillips, from Woodward, will teach band at the high school. He is a 2006 graduate of Drake University. After graduation, Phillips was a long-term substitute teacher for one semester. He served as middle school band director for the Sheffield-Chapin-Meservey-Thornton school district.

• Tara Fastert – Fastert will teach high school vocational agriculture. She is originally from Rock Rapids and is a graduate of Central Lyon High School. Fastert attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg for two years before transferring to South Dakota State University. She received her bachelor of science degree in agriculture education in 2008.

• Andrea Accola-Sabin will teach math at the high school. She is from Coon Rapids and is a 1990 graduate of Simpson College with a major in mathematics. Since 1994, she has taught math at North Kossuth where she also served as head volleyball coach.

• Emily Behrens will serve as Elementary/Catholic School resource room teacher. She earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Iowa State University in 2003. Since 2005, she has taught at Corwith-Wesley School.

• Travis Birkey – Birkey will be the industrial arts instructor at the high school. Birkey is from Garner and earned his bachelor of arts degree in industrial arts secondary education from the University of Northern Iowa in 2008.

• Brett Hansen – Hansen, from Hospers, will teach social studies at the Middle School. He is a 2008 graduate of South Dakota State University with a bachelor of science degree in history and education.

• Tim Rodemeyer – Rodemeyer will serve as the At-Risk Coordinator for the school district. Rodemeyer, originally from Algona, received his bachelor of arts degree in history and education from Wartburg College in 2006. He taught for the Graettinger-Terril Community School District from 2006 to 2008.

While not a new instructor for the district, Joe Carter will assume the duties of Dean of Students and Athletic Director for the 2008-2009 school year at Emmetsburg.