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C-CISD students, faculty now offered free breakfast daily

By Lew Vail

CORRIGAN – Food Service Manager Debbie Hueske told members of the Corrigan-Camden School Board during their meeting this week that every student and teacher is now being offered a free breakfast each day to ensure that students have easy access to healthy nutrition.

As a welcome back on Sept. 5, each cafeteria featured College and Career Day decorations. The Nutrislice web link is on the C-CISD web page and parents and students can find out what is for lunch each day, including photos, complete or partial nutrition information, and allergens. National school lunch week will be Oct. 9-13 with exciting contests at all grade levels.

The elementary school hosted a visit from the writing academy on Sept. 12-13 for fourth graders. On Oct.r 16 the academy will return to work with teachers on strategies across the curriculum. The benefits are useful in all subject areas. There will be a public meeting Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. to gather public input on the elementary target plan.

The new junior high teachers are doing an outstanding job working with students and learning their way around a campus. The cheerleaders are doing their job encouraging student athletes. The sixth graders have found their way to all their classes and are doing well. Eleven boys and two girls are on the cross country team. The four volleyball teams, two seventh and two eighth, currently have only two loss's after seven games. There are 39 girls and 55 boys in athletic programs; 48 band members; 24 in ag; and 7 in choir. Adventures in Learning is doing better that the principle thought, with teachers using it on all subjects this year.

According to the high school principal, they are "rocking." They are concentrating on learning and having fun doing it. Two teachers, Mrs. Rabino and Mrs. Watts, will attend the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. Clark is known for his teaching in Harlem, wrote a book, and now created this school. His students were all economically disadvantaged and became successful; the school is high energy and students enjoy learning.

Mrs. Perez met with students who are interested in forming a LEO club. This is a Lion International program for youth, those who join will pay $4 per month dues, and the Corrigan Lions Club will pay their international dues. LEO is an acronym for Leadership, Experience, and Opportunity and Mr. and Mrs. LeBlanc are helping with the program. The FFA is preselling meat from a brochure. The band is working on a trip in the spring pending board approval.

The board approved the consent agenda consisting of minutes for the special board meeting Aug. 28; a TEA missed day waiver for Hurricane Harvey; the dates for the annual board calendar; amendment to the junior high budget; the forth reading of policy update 108 and an appointment to the Polk County Tax Appraisal District Board. They reviewed the certified tax roll, and accepted it. Superintendent Sherry Hughes discussed the annual investment report.