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Roanoke school board meets

Roanoke City School Board held a routine meeting last week with very little business to handle. The main items of business were personnel actions and Superintendent Greg Foster’s report.

Superintendent’s report

As a school system and community we celebrated World Kindness Day on Monday, November 14. To promote kindness and anti-bullying we came together and ALL wore “Champions are Kind” t-shirts. Every student, faculty, and staff member received a t-shirt to wear.

The HHS Fishing Team kicked off their season with their first BASS Nation tournament the weekend of Nov. 18 at Lake Guntersville in Scottsboro. Blake Gray and Kainaan Murdock, with boat captain Richard Corbett came in 34th place with 4.54 pounds. Cason Hill and Jamison Hester, with boat Captain Bill Cook came in 35th place with 4.52 pounds. The other teams did not weigh in any fish. The Six Man Team came in 15th overall. 50 teams did not weigh in any fish. There were 120 teams in the tournament.

Knight Enloe celebrated National Parent Engagement Day this week by having Donuts with Grownups all week. Grownups joined students for breakfast, Morning Meeting, and a phonics activity. Many parents, grandparents, guardians, and other family members joined students for a great time together.

The HHS Interact Club completed two projects during this week: Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection and Randolph County Animal Shelter supply drive. Freshman Sara Grace Banks was the first member to turn in her shoebox. Aubrianna Tripp, President Delaney Whiddon, and Vice-President Millie Greer loaded donated supplies with the shelter’s April Smith.

HHS students participated and won big at the SUSCC fine arts tournament . Brody placed 1st in the vocal competition Maleah placed 1st in the speech competition. Maleah, Millie, Nick, Isabella, and Leigha placed 3rd in the language arts trivia competition.

Knight Enloe Elementary School did an outstanding job honoring our veterans for Veteran’s Day. We appreciate your service.

The Alabama State Board of Education released the school report card grades today. Roanoke City Schools received a letter grade of a B and number score of an 87. I am beyond proud of the job our teachers have done educating our students here in our system. You did not focus on the challenges of the pandemic, you focused on the lives of our students. Our students did an amazing job of learning. As we celebrate this score, we will continue to grow and push forward toward continued growth and success.

It was a great football season. To the Class of 2023, thank you. Thank you for the hours of practice and exciting games and wonderful performances over the years. We have enjoyed every minute and we hope you take many wonderful memories.

Our Tiger Cafe and Tiger Bean students honored our local first responders with a delicious breakfast served in our new Tiger Cafe space at HHS. Thank you to the City of Roanoke, Roanoke Police Dept., Roanoke Fire Dept., Roanoke EMT Services, and all other first responders! We would like to highlight the amazing job our students did in serving coffee, breakfast biscuits, hash rounds, and pastries to our honored guests. We would also like to thank the phenomenal educators who helped prepare and organize this event. Lastly, thank you to our District Office team who supported this event from the very beginning.

Handley Middle School student council officers Chloe and A’syriana shopped for Christmas for Kids this week. Three blessed children will now have a very special Christmas.

Handley Middle School Student Council attended the annual ASCA District VI Middle School Leadership Day at Jacksonville State University last Wednesday, November 30. They participated in breakout groups to learn more about community service opportunities, team building exercises, and listened to keynote speaker Mike Royer from WVUA 23 News at the University of Alabama. SGA members in attendance:

Chloe Arnett (secretary), A’syriana Lemon (president), Brayden Williams, Jimmy O’Quinn, Skyler Craig, Levi Weathers, Kaelyn Treadwell, Marleigh Spivey, Aleyah Nixon, Aubrey Cummings, Jake Daniel, Cayson Culbertson, Josiah Goss, Jeremiah Williams, Kathryn Carson, Emory Killian, Lavencia Bell, Nadiah Scott, Tamiya McCray, Aaron Paguyo, Christian Daniel, Hudson Hare, Bella Calhoun, Abbie Ballard, Kinsey Caldwell, Jaida Baker, Megan Amason, Cami Sutton, Zae Dunson, Violet Altork, Christian Estes-Shirah, Rayden Marshall, Ella Ogilvie, Cole Hodges, Hunter Franklin, Daniel Hill, Kinsley Weathers, Owen Gabriel, Madison Weathers. SGA sponsors are Lindsey Green and Amanda Lambert.

Proud of our SGA representing Handley at District 6 conference! Tanner Huey, Ariel Rowland, EJ Ellis, Bailee Pitchford, Lindsey Whaley, Delaney Whiddon, Emilee Diamond and Sara Grace Banks.

KES staff worked hard to analyze student performance data and determine areas of strength and areas for growth. They compiled this information for our district accreditation and for school improvement.

KES’s gifted and special education students worked together to create Puppy Chow to sell through the Mason Market. The students worked so well together!

Personnel Actions

In personnel actions, the approved:

Leave of absence for Estefania Pilgrim beginning January 9, 2023 through April 30, 2023 to complete the internship requirements for education certification.

Retroactively, leave of absence for Shunta Phillips from October 6, 2022 through November 30, 2022 to complete student teaching for education certification.

Paying Mentor Teachers a stipend of $1,000 for providing support for first year teachers who have no teaching experience. Payable in two installments of $500, one in December and one in May. New mentor teachers include: Jeanine Hineman, Tina Glass, Susan Smith, Patricia Trammell, Felicia Cole, Shannan Platzek, Amanda Lambert , Mandi Greer, Josie Thrasher and Elisha Williams.

Paying Second Year Mentor Teachers a stipend of $1,000 for providing support for second year teachers who have no teaching experience. Payable in two installments of $500, one in December and one in May. Second Year mentor teachers include: Donya Beam, Amanda Bonner, Jeana Combs, Jessica Hendricks, Donna Neighbors, Donna Owens, Merredith Sears, Jennifer Kirby, Leslie Seiffert, Sabrina Meinzer and Larry Strain.

Substitute teachers: Jasmine Sasha Glenn, Jesslyn Malane Gosdin and Linda Fincher Thomas

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