A long, harsh
winter will mean a shorter summer for Duneland students, but only by a day.
The Duneland school
board at its meeting Monday unanimously accepted Superintendent Dave Pruis’
recommendation to assign June 5 as a make-up day for the Feb. 5 school
cancellation when Mother Nature dumped more snow on the area.
Pruis had hoped to
end the school year on time with just three make-up days on Feb. 14, Feb. 17
(Presidents’ Day) and April 25, and is “keeping his fingers crossed” there
will be no more cancellations. Students will go to school June 5 which is
also the same date Chesterton High School will hold its graduation ceremony,
As for the 2014-15
school calendar, Pruis said changes are still being made and will be ready
in time for the board’s next meeting on Monday, April 14.
Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Jim Goetz presented the dates and
fees for this year’s summer school and driver’s education courses which the
board accepted unanimously.
Goetz said the fees
and schedule follow last year’s set up.
Summer School for
students entering grades 1-3 will begin on June 9 and continue until June 26
with no class on Fridays. Classes will begin at 7:45 a.m. and dismiss at
As last year, there
will not be summer school sessions offered for grades 4-8.
For CHS Summer
School, there will be two blocks, the first from June 9 to July 2 with class
times running from 7:30 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. for 15 days and no school on
Fridays. The second block, running 15 days, will be July 7 to July 30, also
starting at 7:30 a.m. to 12:55 p.m., with no school on Fridays.
program, which helps incoming freshman prepare for high school, will run for
17 days from July 14 through Aug. 8, with no school on Fridays. Times for
the program will be 7:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Fees for all summer
school programs will be $125.
Education, the first classroom session will take place June 9 to July 1,
with no class on Friday.
classroom session will run from July 7 through July 29, with no class on
For Driving, the
first session will be June 9-18 for a total of eight days. The second
driving session will be offered June 19-July 2 for eight days with no
driving on Fridays.
The third driving
session will be July 7-16 for eight days. And, if there are enough students
in the course, a fourth driving session will be offered July 17-30, with no
driving on Fridays.
There are three
different times for each session -- 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.; 10:00 a.m. to
12:15 p.m.; 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Fees for Driver’s
Education are $375 for traditional driving format with classroom session,
$300 for driving portion with an online course and parents must pay $99
extra for the online course, and a $50 charge will be levied on students who
come from outside the Duneland School district.
Words of praise
It’s been a “just
fantastic” past three weeks for Duneland, Pruis said reading through a
lengthy list of proud accomplishments for both students and staff.
went to the CHS Boys and Girls Swim teams on their successes. The boys team
over the weekend garnered a second IHSAA championship and claimed two
Pruis said this is
the fourth time the team has won a state championship in the last seven
years. The team is coached by Kevin Kinel.
Also at the meet,
swimmer Blake Pieroni was the winner of the Herman F. Keller Mental Attitude
Award winner, Pruis said.
“It was quite an
experience and great afternoon to just watch our swimmers,” Pruis said. “It
was fun. It was just fun.” Also attending the meet were board members John
Marshall and Kristin Kroeger.
Ralph Ayres said he watched the meet on webcast and said he was pleased to
hear the commentators talk about the respect that the CHS team and their
supporters displayed toward their competitors.
On the drier side,
Pruis congratulated the CHS Debate Team members who qualified for the
national tournament in Overland Park, Kansas.
Also, the CHS
Japanese Olympiad team won the title of state champions in the third-year
division of the Olympiad in Bloomington, Pruis said. It was the sixteenth
time the CHS Japanese Olympiad team has been in the state championships.
Kudos were also
paid to the 88 soloists and 51 ensembles from Duneland who earned gold
medals at the ISSMA District Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Contest.
Pruis too mentioned
CMS science teacher Samantha Joll who received the Charlotte M. Boener Award
for Innovative Middle School Science Teaching. Her award was based on her
class curriculum about watersheds and non-point source pollution.
Adding to the list
of kudos, Ayres said Heather Ennis, a CHS alum, has been named the new
president of the Northwest Indiana Forum. Ennis for about five years has
been the executive director of the Duneland/Chesterton Chamber of Commerce.
The board also
approved this month’s personnel report presented by Assistant Superintendent
Adding to the list
of nine retirees from last month, Moffett said an additional three Duneland
teachers have announced their retirements effective at the end of this
school year - Brummitt 1st Grade Teacher Sharon McCasland, Bailly 1st Grade
Teacher Jennifer Vidimos, and Brummitt Art Teacher Marie Engleheart.
taught 37 years at Brummitt, 35 of those being first grade, Moffett said.
Both Engleheart and Vidimos have taught since 1999 for a total of 15 years
Moffett said with
the 12 retirements, Duneland is saying goodbye to teachers with a total of
over 308 years served.
“They shall be
missed,” Moffett said.
gratitude to the retirees on behalf of the community for “three centuries”
of service. “You can’t appreciate entirely what each of our teachers have
given to our students,” he said.
appointments this month include Cindy Hodgkiss who will be an RTI aide for
Yost Elementary. Hodgkiss recently was a Title 1 aide for Yost.
has been hired as a lifeguard and instructional aide for CMS. Rhonda Joseph
will be a recess aide for Westchester Intermediate.
Vicki Dalton will
coach Boys Intramural at WIS and Andrew Hall will coach Girls Intramural.
include CMS 7th Grade Girls Track coach Kristen Peterson and Yost RTI aide