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559d5bbbc5808 Eagle Elementary Office now has a direct line of sight into the commons area
Footings poured to support expansion of office to provide direct line of sight to exterior entrances.
Eagle Elementary Office now has a direct line of sight into the commons area

District News Update 7-09-15

Preparations for the new school year move into high gear as the count down to the school year has begun! Elementary summer school is in session, and in one month teachers will return to District 145! 

For parents who are interested in getting a jump start for student information, including school supply lists, click here for details. 

Eagle Elementary is still accepting applications for pre-school students to attend this fall...read more

Construction projects related to the bond issue are progressing. Eagle Elementary interior demolition is complete and walls are going up, plumbing for new restrooms is being installed, and drywall in classrooms is nearly ready for painting. The office remodel to allow direct line of sight to the entrance is progressing, and the contractors are working steadily towards completion. The exterior work on Eagle Elementary will not be completed prior to school starting, so necessary accommodations to complete the project will be made to ensure safety for all involved. 

The wet spring and summer has delayed exterior work for contractors, and that has impacted the schedule for roof replacement at Waverly High School. Materials and equipment have arrived this week, and the rock ballast removal from the WHS roof will soon be under way. This will occur in stages, and like the exterior building work at Eagle, should not significantly impact school or planned events. 

The Waverly City Council gave final approval for the fiber optic project to connect the schools in Waverly. The underground boring of the fiber lines is ready to commence and installation into the buildings is expected to be completed in August. 

There are other summer projects occurring. Click here to view the progress for internal technology network installation that is occurring under the direction of Mr. Lucas Bingham, District 145 technology director.  We will be refinishing the gym floors and replacing some concrete at Waverly Intermediate School, completing asphalt repairs in parking lots, and other maintenance projects this summer. 

Improvements are under way for the Waverly high school softball field. It will be regraded and then we will build the field back up for proper drainage to reduce the low spots in the infield. We will cut the lip down on the grass line and re-lay sod down to bring the infield in. The batting cage area south of the field is not in useable condition. The current cages will be removed and a double batting cage system will be installed. A plastic lining will be laid and covered with fine crushed rock in the batting cage area with a border so mowing can be done without effecting the netting around the cages. There are also plans to improve the dugouts at the softball field. 

Several WHS students were asked to participate in an episode of Mike Smith's online TV show, The Harbor. WHS student Bailey Neben and former students, Skylar Asher and Tucker Flodman sat down for an interview that will be aired later this year.  The focus of this episode is on the high school experience. Read more...

At the Junior Achievement Spirit of Achievement Luncheon, Eagle Elementary received a JA Super School Award.  The JA Super School Award is presented to the schools and their principals who go above and beyond to ensure every student participates in JA during the school year. Read more...

The Board of Education held its monthly meeting on July 6. Horizon Bank was recognized for sponsoring the annual cost of District 145's School Messenger alert system. Carleen Dowding, Transportation Director, reported bus routes traveled 874 miles daily. Total annual mileage for these routes was 151,712. After adding travel for special education routes (71,390 miles), cross town busing (2595 miles) and two evening activity routes (7,434 miles), the total route miles in 2014-15 was 233,131 miles. Activity trips (37,466 miles) and field trips (8,188 miles) bring the miles that students were transported to a grand total of 284,442. 

The Board heard a report from WHS Activities Director Mr. Brad McMillan about success from the previous year, and he shared changes that will take effect this year, including "heat climatization" rules that will require changes to sport practices. Board action was taken to approve lunch/breakfast prices, milk bids, facility rental rates, extra-duty assignments, reaffirm board policies as well as approve policy 5024 and 5034, and approved hiring of new staff...read more.

The Viking Turf Committee received approval at the July 6, 2015 School District 145 Board of Education meeting to raise funds for a synthetic turf field at Waverly High School. The initiative began last fall when a group of district parents started talking about an idea to enhance Viking Stadium. The group first approached the Board of Education at the April 2015 meeting. 

School District 145 – Waverly Public Schools has a history of outstanding academic achievement and activity involvement. The vast majority of our students are involved in at least one school sponsored activity at the middle school and high school. The excellent level of participation is symbolic of the high level of school spirit and community support that values student’s extra-curricular involvement as an extension of classroom learning.

The purpose of the turf project is to continue the “Commitment to Excellence” for District 145 students. A synthetic turf field will enhance the practice and performance facility available for marching band, football and soccer programs, as well as physical education classes at the middle and high school. A synthetic turf field allows greater access because it is available for use regardless of weather conditions. It also would allow opportunities for youth activity events.

Last school year, there were 17 varsity contests and 16 middle school, freshman or reserve level competitions played on the field, involving a large number of student-athletes in our district. At least 150 marching band students, and hundreds of students involved in physical education classes or activities would benefit from a synthetic turf field.  

This community group is making application to form a non-profit entity entitled Viking Youth Foundation. The VYF will work cooperatively with District 145 to develop the details for the proposed turf project, and will lead the fundraising efforts. The VYF goal is to raise enough funds to pay for the facility improvements.

District 145 students involved in extra-curricular activities perform better academically and have better school attendance than non-participants. An investment in a year-round synthetic surface enhances the entire district. The goal is to raise sufficient funds over several years to allow a significant investment that will benefit students for many years.

The Viking Youth Foundation officers are Matt Warner, Brian Thompson, Lori Skrobecki and Matt Brewer. The VYF is excited to move forward. They are working cooperatively with District 145 Booster groups and organizations throughout the school district to maximize efforts to support our students. More information will be provided in the coming months. 

Click here to view District 145 News Updates

District News Update July 2015

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