Archive for Wednesday, March 22, 2000

News in brief

March 22, 2000

Douglas County Property Owners to discuss taxes

Douglas County Property Owners Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Building 21. Property taxes, local option budgets and home rule will be discussed.

Chapter CK of P.E.O. elects officers for upcoming year

Chapter CK of P.E.O. met at the home of Carolyn Groves at 7:30 p.m. March 14. Pam Hill and Anita Neuenswander assisted with a delicious St. Patrick's Day dessert.

Chris Griggs, Program Director, gave the program for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Baldwin City branch. This program opened in November and now there are 12 children on a waiting list. They are still in need of volunteers to spend three to four hours each week with one of these children. This program makes a difference for these children by helping them to become more trusting, more accepted by peers and more interested in many different areas. Interested individuals can attend meetings at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Baldwin City office to learn more about the program.

President Delma Hitchcock presided over the business meeting. The following officers for 2000-2001 were elected and installed: president, Delma Hitchcock; vice-president, Kathleen Thomas (day); Connie Deel (evening); recording secretary, Phyllis Braun; corresponding secretary, Marlene Courtney; treasurer, Ruth Ann Nutt; guard, Anita White (day), Claudia Hey (evening); chaplain, Barbara Reed (day), Barbara Pressgrove (evening); state convention delegate, Barbara Pressgrove, alternate, Kathleen Thomas.

The next meeting will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Sharon Gutschenritter's.

2000 Fiesta and talent show

The Vinland Elementary Parent Teacher Organization invites you to their 2000 Fiesta and talent show on April 14 in the Vinland Elementary gym, also known as the Tiger's Den.

A Mexican buffet featuring hard and soft-shelled tacos will be offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dinner is $3 per plate and includes a beverage and dessert. Children five and under eat free. The talent portion of the evening will run from approximately 7 to 8 p.m.

In addition, an art gallery display will feature one and two-dimensional artwork from the students. The 2000 Scholastic Book Fair will be in full gear, and the Pick a BEA.R. from the "BEA.R.Y" PATCH fundraiser to benefit the Accelerated Reader Program for the Vinland Elementary Library and students will also be on display.

All are welcome.

Thunderbird Theatre presents 'Warbonnet'

The Thunderbird Theatre of Haskell Indian Nations University announces the upcoming performances of "Evening at the Warbonnet" by Native American (Oneida) playwright, Bruce King.

Performances times will be at 8 p.m. April 24-27 at Hiawatha Hall on the Haskell Campus. General admission is $5, and the student and senior citizen price is $3. Haskell students will be admitted free with I.D. For more information, please call 749-8433.

"Evening at the Warbonnet" is steeped in traditional mythology, political issues, various Native cultures' histories, though it takes place in the present day. Humorous, impacting, dramatic, and sensitive, its characters take you on their journey.

Change of date for BHS alumnae banquet 2000

The Baldwin High School Alumnae Banquet 2000 will begin at 5:30 p.m. May 6 in the Baldwin High School cafeteria. Please note the change of date.

Humane Society sets 'Mutt'n'Strut'

The Lawrence Humane Society will conduct its fifth annual Mutt'n'Strutt fundraising walk. It is scheduled forSaturday, May 13 at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Southwind 12 Theaters, Lawrence.

Governor honors certified teachers

Nationally certified teachers and certification candidates from Kansas were honored during a reception with Governor Bill Graves on Tuesday in Topeka.

Representatives from Emporia State University, including President Kay Schallenkamp and Dr. Leo Pauls, executive director of the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence, were in attendance. The Jones Institute is the site of the Great Plains Center for National Teacher Certification.

National Board Certification is a way for the teaching profession to recognize highly accomplished teaching practice. A certificate awarded by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) attests that a teacher has been judged by his or her peers as one who meets high and rigorous professional standards. He or she has demonstrated the ability, in a variety of settings, to make sound professional judgments about students' best interests and to act effectively on those judgments.

The Jones Institute's association with NBPTS began in 1992 when ESU received a $94,611, two-year grant from the National Board to serve as a field-test site to help NBPTS launch a voluntary, advanced teacher certification system. As one of 27 field-test sites across the nation, the Jones Institute worked to publicize the activities of NBPTS and assisted with a survey of teachers in Kansas. During the second year of the grant, the Jones Institute worked to publicize the activities of NBPTS and assisted with a survey of teachers in Kansas. During the second year of the grant, the Jones Institute worked with 25 teachers from eastern Kansas and Nebraska to test assessments in two certification fields that were developed to measure what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do in the areas of Early Adolescence/English Language Arts, and Early Adolescence.

In August of 1994, the Jones Institute, with the approval of the Kansas Board of Regents, was awarded a second, one-year grant for $80,000 to field-test a third certification field, Middle Childhood/Generalist, during the 1994-95 academic year. Thirty-four teachers from across Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska completed the process through the support program offered by the Jones Institute. Eleven of those candidates (nine from Kansas and two from Missouri) achieved National Board Certification, giving ESU one of the highest passing rates in the country for the Middle Childhood/Generalist certificate.

In 1996, the Great Plains Center for National Teacher Certification was established in the Jones Institute. The center has continued and expanded the program of professional support for teachers seeking National Board Certification that was developed during the 1993-94 and 1994-95 field tests at ESU.

Susan McCollum, Baldwin City, is a NBPTS certified teacher in Kansas.

Safety measures urged by citizen

Harold Kolling, retired Baker University historian, requested Monday night the Baldwin City Council increase safety for pedestrians and drivers in Baldwin.

He suggested designating streets in town for joggers and walkers, and he said the city should post cautionary signs for drivers to be alert for pedestrians on those streets.

Other safety suggestions of Kolling's were:

  • Construct a pedestrian bridge over Tauy Creek in the area of Jersey Street. He said he has seen numerous people try to cross on a utility pipe that crosses the creek.
  • Alleviate traffic congestion by designating Dearborn Street in the area of Baker University a one-way street.

Kolling's concerns will be discussed by the city's Public Safety Committee.

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