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September 29, 2011 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 PATTI CARPENTER Reading specialist Dr. Tim Rush is working with the staff at Lovell Middle School to help them improve the school's reading program. TEST SCORES out a sheet indicating which courses they have taken in a math sequence. For some reason, 17 percent of the students indicated they had taken courses in trigonom- etry and calculus, which that haven't been offered at the school in recent years. This skews the results and O'Tremba felt it caused a lowering of the overall scores in the math area. "So, if they put in the wrong classes, we are go- ing to have skewed infor- mation in math," explained O'Tremba. He went on to explain that because some students incorrectly indi- cated they had taken cours- es in higher math that they actually had not taken, it caused the group to mea- sured against other groups in the state who had actu- ally taken those courses. He felt this was a major factor in the group scoring lower in the math and science areas. A similar situation oc- curred in science, where some students indicated they had taken physics when physics isn't even offered at the school. ACT scores are a major factor considered in Hathaway Scholarship awards. ACT, AYP and PAWS 00L0000prov0000j00fonn00 - tirat heip SLI admin- istrators and staff plan pro- grams that not only meet district goals but also meet state and federal require- ments. Continued from Also at the Sept. 12 meeting, student council president Leanne Winter- holler gave the board an overview of homecoming activities that the student council had planned. Supt. Coe reported that, as required by law, K-3 schools must have a 16-1 student/teacher ratio. Lovell Elementary School is cur- rently at 16.6 in its student/ teacher ratio, which will re- quire the school to apply for a waiver of the rule with the state. Coe felt confident based on the school's PAWS scores that a waiver could be secured. The enrollment count as of Oct. 1 will de- termine whether or not the school needs to apply for the waiver. According to Coe, approximately 40 percent of the schools in Wyoming will have to apply for waivers. "In our case, we have no more classroom space, so we have nowhere else to put students," explained Coe. "We did not use Federal funds for classroom size re- duction and additionally we are a high performing school in terms of our PAWS scores, so it should not be a problem getting the waiver." Coe also mentioned that the school is budgeting for a high school remodel. Right now the estimates are a little over $200 per square foot for construction. He in- dicated that there is a con- tingency fund should the project go over budget. Ar- page 1 chitects are estimating that the design phase will take at least four to five months. He plans once again to use a system that includes spe- cial committees made up of parents and board members to assist in the review of the design process. "If we get the money for design available in the year 2012, we should be able to go out to bid in No- vember or December of 2012 and should be able to start construction fairly early in 2013," said Coe. "Accord- ing to the architects, we are probably looking at a mini- mum 18-month project." In other business, prin- cipal O'Tremba presented awards to FCCLA student members Krystina Croft and Tessa Watson, who were recognized with awards for their gold level achievement at FCCLA national level competition. Croft had the highest score of any Wyo- ming student who attended the national convention. A special award was also presented to Kassi Renner for her numerous achieve- ments in the FFA. The principals of each school introduced new staff to the district's board of di- rectors. SchOol board meetings are 'open to the public. Dis- trict No. 2 school board meet- ings are held on the second Monday of the month, at 7 p.m., at the district's admin- istrative offices in Lovell. NEW TEACHERS "With my experiences, I bring a certain amount of authority and expertise to my teaching," he said. "I feel very confident in the language, so I can use it a lot and make the kids use it a lot." Weber is the offensive coordinator for the LHS football team, and he will also be the freshman boys basketball coach. Continued from page I COACH C There's a new Coach C in town. Tobee Christians- en is teaching physical edu- cation and health at Lovell Middle School, patrolling the same halls, gym and locker room his late father, Gerry, patrolled for many years. "The kids called me that (Coach C) in Idaho, and the kids have kept it going here," he said. "It's kind of fun." Like Robertson, Chris- tiansen said he found his father's name written on a locker in the locker room at the middle school, written on masking tape. "It kind of brought a tear to my eye," he said. "It's cool for both of us to take over these spots and fill those shoes. Both of those guys (Gerry and Kevin) had an impact in these schools." Christiansen is a 1996 graduate of RMHS, grow- ing up in Cowley. He was a member of three state cham- pionship football teams with the Grizzlies for coach Ben Smith, playing receiver and defensive back, and he was a guard on one RMHS state basketball title team for current RMHS Princi- pal Tim Winland. He pole- vaulted on the track team. He is an assistant eighth-grade football coach in Lovell and will be the head coach of the seventh- grade girls basketball team. After graduation, Chris- tiansen served a two-year LDS mission in Riverside, Calif., then earned a degree in English with a minor in physical education from Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, now BYU-Idaho. Meanwhile, Christians- en started coaching at West Jefferson High School in Tobee Christiansen Terreton, Idaho, west of Rexburg, and he also played semi-professional football for two seasons with the Idaho Falls Mustangs. He later earned a master's de- gree in educational admin- istration from California Coast University. Christiansen start- ed teaching in Terreton in 2003, teaching special edu- cation, English and some P.E. over the years. He later became the assistant princi- pal and athletic director and served on the classification board for the Idaho Athletic Association. Coach C had a very suc- cessful coaching record in Terreton. His team won the Class 2A Idaho state cham- pionship in 2007, and Chris- tiansen was named the 2A Coach of the Year and the Post Register All-Area Coach of the Year for all classes. It was the first football title in Terreton's 50-year histo- ry. He was also the Nucle- ar Conference Coach of the Year five times. One of his assistant coaches was cur- rent RMHS assistant foot- ball coach Justin M0ss. Christiansen was also an assistant boys basketball coach for eight years in Ter- reton, and the team went to State in six of the eight years, bring home hardware in five of the six years. He also umpired base- ball and college softball. Tobee and Jenny Chris- tiansen have two children: Tyson, 7, and Keylee, 3. Jen- ny is an assistant seventh- grade volleyball coach at LMS. "We loved it in Idaho," Christiansen said, "but I said when we left that I needed to go someplace where a master's degree will get my kids offthe Free and Reduced Lunch Pro- gram. The obvious choice was back home. "I'm familiar with the area, the school system and the importance of education here. The community has good, hard-working people, and those are the kids I love to work with." 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