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April 13, 2017
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Gwaltney Represents Bentley Primary School In National Competition

Posted 4/13/2017

MARLYS Gwaltney, left, was one of five runners-up for the Elementary P.E. Teacher of the Year, awarded March 17 in Boston. Karen Peterman, center, received the distinction. Also shown is USD 440 Superintendent Tom Alstrom. MARLYS Gwaltney, left, was one of five runners-up for the Elementary P.E. Teacher of the Year, awarded March 17 in Boston. Karen Peterman, center, received the distinction. Also shown is USD 440 Superintendent Tom Alstrom. By Jared Janzen

BENTLEY—Bentley Primary School’s Marlys Gwaltney is one of the best elementary P.E. teachers in the United States, and that’s a fact. In mid-March, Gwaltney attended the national Shape American convention in Boston as one of six finalists in the teacher of the year program, and while she didn’t come away with the national title, she said the whole experience was “simply incredible.”

“I think the Teacher of the Year process has made me very aware that I am now someone that other teachers may look to for advice or as an example,” Gwaltney said. “That’s a scary place for me because I don’t see myself as a big role model, except maybe for my students. For me, I just do what I do and I never really thought I would every reach this level of recognition in my career.”

Gwaltney has taught at Bentley Primary School for 20 years, and during that time she has implemented many health and nutrition programs at the school, including the Jump Rope for Heart program, Gwaltney’s Grocery Store and the second-chance breakfast program.

Gwaltney said that P.E. teachers must be vigilant to teach skills necessary for a lifetime of health and movement, as well as social skills to help their students interact well with others.

“I do think that I am a better teacher from this experience as I seem to have more focus on developing a successful program that reaches every student,” Gwaltney said. “When my students, colleagues, administrators and guests walk into my classroom, they should see the best practices demonstrated and used throughout the lesson.”

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Art Students Win Ribbons At HOA Festival

Posted 4/13/2017

LEIAH Copeland and her book alteration project.LEIAH Copeland and her book alteration project.SEDGWICK—Sedgwick High School art students took their projects to the Heart of America Art Festival on Wednesday, April 5 at Ell-Saline. Several students came back with ribbons for their work.

Students worked in a variety of different mediums to complete their projects.

Mikey Storey received a merit award for her mosaic work titled Yin Yang Stool. Kaylee Sharbutt received a merit award alKAYLEE Sharbutt and her watercolor piece, Color My Life.KAYLEE Sharbutt and her watercolor piece, Color My Life.so for her watercolor titled Color My Life.

Mallory Croxton brought home a second-place ribbon. Judston Agee received a third place ribbon for his structural rendition called Paris.

Leiah Copeland placed in two different categories. She received a first-place ribbon in book alteration for her ‘80s inspired entry. She also received a merit award for her acrylic work of James Dean.

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Burrton Home Track Meet To Feature New Timing System

Posted 4/13/2017

By Bill Bush

BURRTON—The home track meet on April 18 will mark the first opportunity the district gets to do a live test on its newest toy—a new timing system purchased as part of recent bond money.

The system uses a camera and bar-coded numbers to automatically record times and places for racers. Superintendent Joan Simoneau stated during Monday night’s school board meeting that the Goessel school district has used the same system and loves it. Officials from Goessel have agreed to help them set it up and learn how to run it before the meet.

High School Principal Tyler Hoopes shared that the system has been set up and tested inside the gym with some of the students. They hope to try it outside on the track before the meet in order to get familiar with the product. The new timing system will also be used for cross country in the fall.

Also being purchased with the bond money are windows for the central offices, middle school and elementary school. This project will be started after the school year ends. Simoneau said she hopes it will be finished by the end of July.

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