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School Board Notes 4/15/2021

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Tori Peterson

School Board Notes April 15, 2021

Information Report: 

Assistant Superintendent Kevin Frank presented information on Washington Community Schools Project Based Learning Initiative. PBL connects the standards to real world problem solving, making learning more relevant for students. Project based learning develops 21st century skills such as problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and the communication skills students need to be successful. 

Project Lead The Way Computer Science teacher Matt Riney presented to the board information regarding his collaboration with scientists at NSWC Crane. All this week representatives from the Trusted Microelectronics Division at NSWC Crane will be at Washington HS to help lead our Computer Science classes in authentic projects customized for our students at Washington HS. 

On Monday, these individuals talked to students about their experience in the workplace along with their educational background to ALL of our HS students who may be interested in pursuing a career in STEM.  


The panel consists of the following individuals:

 Dr. Adam Duncan

Electrical Engineer

Trusted Microelectronics Division

(PhD is in Computer Engineering)


Dr. Stephen Howell

Lead Scientist

Trusted Microelectronics Division

(PhD is in Physics, Nanoscience Specialization) 


Angela Mann

Engagement and Strategy Lead

Trusted Microelectronics Division


 Dr. Austin Roach


Trusted Microelectronics Division

(PhD is in Plasma Physics)




  •   Lisa Bouchie - HS Counseling Secretary (position change)

  •   Amanda McMillian - HS FACS Teacher

  •   Kelli Grissom - Bus Driver

  •   Austin Fox, Derek Rhoads, Dirk Rhoads, Eric Long - Baseball  Volunteer Coaches

  •   Pete Parsons - Boys Golf Volunteer Coach

  •   Makayla Kemmis - Softball JH Volunteer Coach

  •   Jeff Owens - Boys Track Volunteer Coach



New Business:


  •  Dance Camp Trip Request- Charleston, IL June 15-18, 2021

  •  Boys Golf Overnight Trip Request - Kokomo, IN April 30-May 1, 2021

  • The Board accepted the recommendation of Sodexo as the food service vendor for the next five years.  

  • The Board approved the textbook adoption for the secondary level Sports Management class to be taught at WHS and the elementary, K-5 social studies program.

  • The Golden Pride Marching Band Indoor Percussion was awarded 3rd place in the state and will be awarded their medals this week. 

  • Hatchet Robotics at WHS is competing in the FIRST Robotics competition and won 6th place in the Accuracy Skill in their division of 30 teams from countries around the world.

  • Congratulations to the Lena Dunn Math Bowl team who placed 2nd in the state. The Math Bowl teams will meet with the school board virtually sometime in the future. 

  • Mr. Frank reported that Washington Community Schools IREAD scores were the highest they have been in the last 6 years, and the board commends the third grade teachers and students in our district for their hard work and dedication despite the challenges of the pandemic. 


Upcoming Meetings

Next regular meeting May 20, 2021, 7:00 pm, Central Office


computer science students working