Principal reports NSC sports added

BREMEN — Bremen High School Principal, Bruce Jennings reported to the Bremen Board of School Trustees information he received from the Northern States Conference.
“As some of you already know, for the past year, I served as the president of the Northern States Conference and Troy (Holmes) served as the vice-president,” he said. “Today, we completed our term as officers, and we are pleased to announce that the NSC Constitution and by-laws have been completely revised and finalized by the NSC Board of Directors (conference principals). The major change is that the NSC shall determine champions in all IHSAA sanctioned sports where a member school fields a team.”  
Therefore, soccer and swimming will now be recognized as Conference sports.
Jennings added that the definition of “team” is: “For each individual sport, a school is considered to be fielding a team if at least one participant competes in the NSC tournament. Cross-country, tennis, wrestling, swimming, golf, track, and gymnastics are considered to be individual sports. For each team sport, a school is considered to be fielding a team if it competes in the IHSAA tournament and regular season contests including all other NSC schools fielding a team.”
The principal commented that he hopes eventually bowling will also be included.
Also addressed at the meeting, adult breakfast prices will be $1.35 instead of the formerly approved $1.30 as requested by Hope Andrews, Director of Food Services at Bremen Public Schools. “It has been brought to my attention by the state that the adult pricing has to be at least 25 cents higher than the student breakfast price,” she said.
Bremen Elementary-Middle School Principal, Larry Yelaska reported that Bremen EMS had been notified by AdvanceEd that it has received full accreditation and is looking forward to district accreditation in the near future. Yelaska also noted that the summer Accelerated Reader program was a success again this past year, with close to 100 students who attended having taken AR tests. “Several of the students have already met their goal and earned the pool party incentive,” he said.
The principal also noted that “even in the off season our staff is still focused on quality instruction; many teams have planned their summer work days to align instructional calendars to the new common core standards, build assessments and develop success plans.”
“These summer days will be beneficial to help the staff to be better prepared for the 2011-2012 school year, he said.”
Jennings shared with the board that:
•  The high school summer school program started with more than 100 students striving to acquire additional course credits June 6.
•  The swing choir performed at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. June 9.
• The spring sports awards program was held Thursday, June 9.
•  The BHS Marching Band performed in a parade in North Webster June 18.
•  The final day of summer school for 2011 will be Friday July 1.
Bremen High School will host two student teachers during the 2011/12 school year: Samantha Howe in English, under the supervision of Kristi Monesmith, and Reagan Eakins in Math, under the supervision of Andrew Rohde. The high school will also host four foreign exchange students in the 2011/12 school year: Elisabeth from Germany, Sara from Germany, Guillem from Spain and Minnie from Thailand.
In personnel matters, Frankie Merritt moved to approve the transfers of Michele Harsough, second grade teacher; Dave Walter, sixth grade teacher; Jon Molnar, computer teacher and sixth grade teacher; Kacey Wright, seventh and eighth grade Language Arts teacher; Amber Lawmaster, Kindergarten teacher; Jamie Miller, seventh grade Language Arts teacher; and Karen Neeley, second grade teacher.
A motion to approve the transfer of Sheila Sereals, cafeteria cook was made by Chuck Klockow, and seconded and carried.
The assignment of the K-5 assistant principal was tabled until the July 19, board meeting.
New contracts were approved by the board which included:
Jay Leeper, head MS football coach; Jeffery Grove, assistant MS football coach; Reagan Eakins, HS basketball assistant coach; Tori Prendergast, HS cheerleading coach; Ashton Hueni, HS cheerleading coach; Beth Huppert, head HS volleyball coach; Jim Morse, volunteer weight room supervisor; Martin Andrews, Ryan LeCount, and Nathan Miller, volunteer football coaches; and Denise Haley’s and Cari McFarland’s contracts for cafeteria cook positions were approved.
Teacher, Cyndy McKenzie, gave a report on high ability, focusing on the highlights and goals. She noted that in the past year, updates were made on Bremen’s Enrichment (high ability) Plan after submitting it and receiving input from the Indiana Department of Education and on the identification list at the high school. Goals for 2011-2012 include forming and training an identification committee and holding parent meetings.
The next regular meeting of the Bremen Board of School Trustees will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 19 at the Lions Den at Bremen High School. The public is invited to attend.