Roundup Public Schools
The Friday Letter
“School construction” has been a phrase used a lot in our community for the past three years. However, this phrase by itself doesn’t really tell the whole story. The school district has sketches, renderings, and layouts of possible school construction projects considered as early as 1979. Some of these show possible additions to Central Elementary, the junior senior high school, and even work to complete at the Community Center. It appears that about every 5 to 10 years a committee has been formed, with good representation from the community, to look at the infrastructure needs of the school district. Somehow we are still where we were in 1979, forming committees, looking at different options, and trying to effectively communicate need. After all these years and so many different possibilities with many different people involved, we are still asking ourselves the same questions: Why are we still at the same point? Why have so many possible solutions not even gone to a vote? How can we find common ground? What sabotages the projects?
Elementary students in grades 3-6 have completed their SBAC testing and the 7, 8, and 11th grades students will be done in a couple weeks. SBAC tests are the new state tests in reading and math that are tied to the common core standards. The tests are also completely on-line, providing its own set of challenges. Fortunately, after several months of preparation and testing of hardware and software, the technology problems have been minimal.
The Trustee election for School District 55 & 55H will be on Tuesday, May 6, in the Community Library. Absentee ballots have been mailed and should arrive soon. The School District would certainly like to thank Carolyn Dillman and Fran Rodgers for their years of service to Roundup School District. The many hours of time spent at a variety of school meetings and activities is appreciated and often goes without thanks.
Graduation for the class of 2014 is quickly approaching. This year’s graduation also marks the 70th anniversary for the graduating class of 1944. The district has been contacted by a member of that class and plans to honor any graduates of 1944 that can attend on May 18th, at 2:00 PM in the high school gym.
On Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, twenty five students will combine their efforts to perform “Aladdin and His Magical Lamp”. The performance will be at 2 PM and 7 PM on Saturday, with a special matinee performance on Sunday at 2 PM. Ms. Amy Smith, the play director, and her cast and crew would like to invite you to one or all of the performances. Tickets cost $3 for adults, $2 for students, and children under 3 are admitted for free. A pre-performance Spaghetti Dinner will be hosted by the BPA starting at 5:30 PM on Saturday.