I consider a rock to be something that represents stability, support, foundation to build upon, and a permanent source of strength. The “Rock” award was established in 2013, and annually awarded to a female and male employee of the Eden Valley
-Watkins School District #463. This award is presented to an outstanding employee who demonstrates educational stability, support, and a solid foundation that encourages innovation, action, and contributions to the welfare of others and the betterment of the school district. The “Rock” recipients have made an impact on the educational community, actively shares ideas, and uses his or her professional learning network to improve conditions and the environment for colleagues and students.
I’m honored to recognize
Sharon Borgert and Bruce Kiehn as recipients of the 2013 Rock award. Congratulations, and thank you for the dedicated service to our school-community.
We had another successful week of workshop opportunities that provided staff with time to prepare for the start of a great school year. The majority of time was allocated toward grade level and department curriculum work. Pending the year in the curriculum cycle, staff reviewed and aligned standards, implemented supplements, and developed plans for effective instruction. Additional time was allocated toward training with technology for Google Docs and G-mail, insurance, deferred compensation, Olweus (Bully Free) training, On-line curriculum, crisis management, and PLCs. I commend the EV-W staff for their involvement, heightened levels of engagement, and detailed preparation for the school year. Special thanks to Dave Currens and his staff at the Eden Valley State Bank for sponsoring the “Welcome Back” breakfast.
Stopping for a School Bus
I’d like to provide a few bus-stop reminders as we start another school year.
• Flashing yellow lights will be activated at least 100 feet before a school bus stops in a speed zone of 35 mph or less, and at least 300 feet before it stops in a speed zone of more than 35 mph. The flashing yellow lights (at the top of the bus) warn the motorists that the school bus is about to stop to either load or unload children. It is against the law to pass on the right side of the school bus while it is displaying red or yellow flashing lights.
• Flashing red lights warn motorists that the school bus is loading and unloading students. When a school bus is stopped with its red lights flashing and its stop arm extended, you must stop your vehicle at least 20 feet from the bus. Oncoming traffic, and motorists approaching the bus from behind, may not move until the stop arm is retracted and the red lights are no longer flashing. You are guilty of a misdemeanor if you break either of these laws. The penalty for this violation is a fine of not less than $300, and your driver’s license may be suspended.
• You are not required to stop for a school bus with its red lights flashing if it is on the opposite side of a road that is separated by a safety isle or safety zone. The safety isle or safety zone includes a grass median or cement barriers.
Also, the transportation department continues to work on arrival and departure times while establishing their routes for the 2013-14 school year. If you haven’t yet received notification,
be sure to contact the respective building principal at (320) 453-2900, and we’ll make arrangements.