Shari spent several days at Harlan and several days at Lincoln assisting with the assembly of both playgrounds. She is our “master gardener” for Lincoln, also. She assists with struggling students, keyboarding, and is in attendance for activities such as carnivals, book sales, and parent night at both schools.
Heidi Huckabone and Ashlei Venghaus
Girls On The Run:
A program called “Girls on the Run” was brought to us by Julie Borelli, a Harlan parent. Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. They teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.This program inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Julie explained the program and wanted to know if there would a teacher who would help with the club. Heidi Huckabone and Ashlei Venghaus teach 4th grade at Harlan. Ashlei had some background knowledge and the two quickly went to work. Before beginning, the teachers had to attend a training in IA City. The teachers promoted the club during lunch and in small groups during recesses. Most girls signed up with permission from parents. Some we personally invited. These teachers were great at working with all the girls. They ensured they had what they needed to participate. They met two times per week for two months to prepare them for the physical challenge and to work on self-image. All girls had to have running buddies for the final 5K run. Heidi was able to secure the IWC girls basketball team to participate. All girls ran the 5K and finished. These teachers went above and beyond in time and efforts to make a difference with children.
Mr. Waggoner teaches two Project Lead the Way classes and computer graphics at MPCHS. He attended a month of PLTW Boot Camps this summer very quickly after accepting our position. Since arriving at MPCHS Ronnie has spent an incredible amount of time at school preparing for teaching and supervising the Video Production Club. As the faculty advisor of the Video Team Mr Waggoner has attended most of our HS activities. During that time he has trained or taught his students to record video, edit video, and conduct interviews. He has even launched MP TV, our own You Tube Channel. He has only been here a short time but he has quickly become a Panther.
Yesenia is an outstanding employee for the MP school district and for Lincoln. She is a one-on-one para educator for a fifth grade student. She also translates for conferences throughout the district. She translates newsletters, assists with many daily phone calls, and face-to-face conversations to keep our Spanish-speaking parents informed. The success of our daily dismissal routine is largely due to the kindness Yesenia displays to parents and children and to her consistence in aiding in the pick-up line. She never hesitates to do what is asked of her and to take on additional responsibilities.
Aside from her daily work load, she is also enrolled in William Penn with her goal being an ELL teacher. Her parents and grandparents are extremely proud of her as she is the first person in her large extended family to attend college. Yesenia takes care of her younger sibling and nieces every morning and evening. She is also responsible for getting her mother from work at 1:30 am.
Yesenia handles many responsibilities at the young age of 20 years. MPCSD and Lincoln should be very proud to have an employee with the work ethics and personality such as Yesenia’s.