By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Teachers are setting up their classrooms and parents are buying new clothes and supplies for their children. Chase County Schools (CCS) is ready for the first day of school Aug. 20.
The first day will be a full one, running from 8:10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. That’s the regular schedule for both elementary and secondary students.
Prior to that, an orientation will be held on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium for incoming freshman and new students.
A computer orientation will also be held at that time.
For other high school students, a computer checkout will be held Aug. 19 from 8-9 a.m. for 12th grade, 9-10 a.m. for 11th grade and 10-11 a.m. for 10th grade.
A user fee of $25 will be required to check out a computer, with an additional $25 damage deposit.
An ice cream social will be held Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. This is a time for elementary students to bring in their supplies, meet their teachers and Principal Susie Stewart and view their classrooms.
Registration for new students can be made at the principals’ offices until Aug. 19.
New this year is a hot breakfast, costing $1.30 for students and $1.50 for adults. Different costs are available for free or reduced-lunch students.
Each day the menu will be different, with pancakes, eggs, cereals, fruit and more available, according to Supt. Brad Schoeppey.
Lunch prices are $2.35 for students in grades K-6, $2.55 for students in grades 7-12 and $3.45 for adults.
Also new this year are five teachers. Neal Dodge will teach high school math; Alexandria Rettele, English; Mercedes Hauxwell, Spanish; Chelsie Clapp, Family and Consumer Science; and Jeff Gleisberg, industrial technology.
Schoeppey said carpet has been replaced in six high school classrooms. Also repaired this summer were two sections of the roof, with one section scheduled to be repaired next summer.
Schoeppey said that will then complete the roof repair.
The TeamMates program will be implemented with students the second semester of the 2014-15 school year, according to Secondary Principal Mike Sorensen.
At this time mentor applications for the program are being taken, mentor training will begin and a chapter is being formed.
TeamMates board members Sorensen, school counselors Trent Herbert and Shannon Waggoner and school board member Sheila Stromberger recently returned from a training session that focused on mentor training and management of the TeamMates program.
TeamMates was initiated by former University of Nebraska Head Football Coach Tom Osborne and his wife Nancy.
The purpose of the program is to positively impact the world by inspiring youths to reach their full potential.
The program at CCS will begin with 10 students in the elementary school and 10 community mentors.