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Board Members Learn the Importance of Attendance

Cambridge Primary School principal April Massey spoke to the Cambridge City School District Board of Education members about the importance of students attending school during their April meeting Tuesday at the Primary School. 

The Primary School is implementing a system that provides more positive, early intervention for truancy. 
Board member Ron Miller interacts with students at Primary School during a presentation at the April Board of Education meeting
According to Massey, the school tries to find out what factors are associated with absences while at the same time communicating with students, parents and guardians about the State attendance polices, the State’s legal process for dealing with truancy, and how truancy affects students. 

Massey pointed out that Dean of Students Sean Byerly heads up the the attendance process for the school and actively participates in all attendance meetings. 

Families whose children attend the Primary School will receive a letter from Mrs. Massey when their students miss five days and again when they miss 10 days of school. After 10 absences, a meeting is scheduled with the parents to assess the situation and identify solutions. 

A letter is also sent out after 15 absences. Subsequently, a meeting is scheduled with the Guernsey County Juvenile Court. 
While the letters and appointments can help reduce the number of truant students, Massey believes relationships with students are more impactful. 

“We work hard the first few weeks of school to build relationships and establish expectations,” Massey said. “When students feel supported, they are more likely to engage in learning and have better academic outcomes.”

The Primary building, like the Intermediate School, uses Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and PAX to reward and encourage good behavior. 

In addition to the relationship building, the school also offers a SELF class. SELF stands for Social Emotional Learning with Friends. The SELF class meets once per week as part of the specials’ rotation and helps students recognize and deal with big feelings. It helps them self-regulate. 

Primary School STEM teacher Melinda Dyer and a couple of students demonstrate what they are learning in STEM class. Last year the school started the Primary Prowlers walking club in which all second-grade students can participate. The Prowlers, open to all second graders, meet once per week. The members walk for 15 to 20 minutes. 83 students have enrolled in the class. 

Also at the Board meeting was Middle School Intervention Specialist Mary Rich who told members of her intention to start a Junior National Honor Society at the Middle School.

The program mirrors the National Honor Society at the High School and is intended to motivate students to do well in the classroom. Rich is already planning academic and community service activities for the members. 

As part of the treasurer’s report, the board accepted three donations totaling $4,500 that will support a Middle School field trip, STEM at the Primary School, and decodable library books at the Intermediate School. 

The Board also accepted the annual Single Audit of the District’s financial records; approved the payroll schedule and supplemental pay schedule for the 2024-2025 school year; approved the salary schedules for the 2024-2025 school year for the Administrative, Administrative Classified and Personal Services groups; approved the treasurer Ed Wright and Director of Business Operations Dave Caldwell for Sunshine Law training on behalf of the board. 

In preparation for the end of the 2023-2024 school year, the Board approved the graduating senior class of 2024 contingent upon student completion of the requirements for graduation. Those approved include: 

Jada Nicole Alexander Members of the Class of 2024 pose for a group photo in preparation for graduation. 
Brenley Renee Alloway 
Bryson Xavier Anderson 
Lynn Marie Anker 
Sydney Chyanne Augenstein 
Blade Kobain Bachmann 
Mason Carter Bailey 
Ethan Joseph Beldean 
Jasmine Grace Tabugan Bell 
Kaitlyn Elizabeth Biddle 
Ethan Ryan Blanchard 
Sydney Ann Blanchard 
Blayne Lee-Odell Bourst 
Trinity Brookel Bricker 
Taylor Michael Britton 
Austin James Brown 
Cameron Sebastian Campbell 
Aidan James Castello 
Danica Brooke Ceculski 
Matthew Ray Chambers 
Emily Florence Clark 
Tristan William Dale Cramblett
Ivory Alexis Daniels 
Mary Michelle Davis 
Keyaira Michelle DeLancey 
Emma Marie Dempsey 
Emma Jane Devereux 
Caiden Michael Dillon 
Caleb Gabriel Durham 
Brody Titus Dyer 
Dylan James Earle 
Eli William Edwards 
Maxwell Jordan Elerick 
Alexis Marie Eltringham 
Landon Carter Engle 
Caitlynn Rain Enos 
Madeline Rose Enright 
Paige Alizabeth Evans 
Jovi Lynn Filippis 
Bree Madison Fogle 
Lucas Benjamin Gallant Jr 
Destiny Kayla Garcia 
Cheyenne Danielle Nicole Gibson 
Hallie Breeann Gordon 
Alexandria Marie Graham
Aubrey Lane Green
Bradyn Thomas Gregg  Jada Patience Summer Hall
Michael Paul Hamersley 
Kaidynce Marie Jo Harper 
Shaun Alan Harrington 
Dillon Cash Hartley
Aaliyah Marie Haskins 
Nicholas Joshua Hatfield
Kaiden Micheal-John Heskett 
Karen Marie Hickman 
Roy Donald Hickman 
Elaina Lin Marie Hines 
Isaiah De'Vaunte Hollingsworth 
Sam Russell Holsinger  Maverick Paul Christopher Jewell
Reed Phillip Johnson
Rogan Lee Johnson 
Easton Scott Jones 
Adriana Diane Kennedy 
Alivia Kathleen Kidwell 
Savannah Marie King 
Angelina Dehava Kissinger 
Averee Sue Knaup
Keaton Andrew Kyser 
Anna Marie Lab
Shane Michael Lacey 
Jaedyn Sharelle Lallithan
Eva Marie Lamphear 
Anastasia Jaime Maria Lattea 
Emma May Lehman 
Jayden Cole Lester 
Ayden Nicholas Like 
Vincent Andrew Lopez 
Selah Hope Lowery 
Ashton Cole Loy Landaker
McKenna Anne Mack 
Abigayil Jo Mann 
Lillyonna Jean Manning
Aaliyah Marie Markey 
Bailey Justine Markey
Ian John-William Martin 
Chelsea Renee Massello 
Keegan Lyric Mathers
Taylor Jade Mayle 
Ciarra Ja'Lean McCoy 
David Russel McCullen 
Abigail Jo Mead 
Carli Joann Mesarchik
Rayann Louise Mitchell 
Levi James Moyer 
Brady Logan Murphy
Broc Liam Murphy 
Kiara Michelle Murphy
Patrice Nicole Myers 
Noah Isaac Neal 
Ross Douglas Newlon 
Piper Jade Nicholas 
Adelia Rose Ogle
Devin Fredrick Ogle 
Gabrielle Elizabeth Oliver 
Luis Guillermo Otero-Burgos 
Kailea Rosalind Pacanas 
Kalena Kaimana Lynn Pacanas 
Coen Thomas Phillips
Michelle Dawn Pittillo 
Alyssa Renee Polasky
Ella Grace Reed 
Jackson Myles Reed 
Brianna Grace Riggs 
Benjamin Tyler Rivers 
Addison McKade Robertson 
Dalton James Robertson
Abby Mae Roe 
Dominick Christopher Rogers
Owen Thomas Rogers 
Regan Allen Rogers 
Janelle Marie Rominger 
Melanie Rose Ruiz 
Saylor Don Paul Schaad 
James Robert Schaefer II 
Rylea Noel Scott 
Ta'Lique Ja'Karr Scott 
Isabelle Laken Sedor
Ryan Eugene Seery 
Kaydence Raneigh Lynn Serban 
Brody Allen Shaffer 
Regan Leeann Shaw 
Parker Ryen Shiflett 
John Charles Dallas Siegfried 
Brandon Lee Skidmore 
Joseph David Slechter
Caleb Malachi Stanberry 
Alivia Cantrell Stanley
Coen Beau Stoner 
Alexandria Marie Strahler 
Smith Conner Sylvis
Gabriel Troy Tabler 
Easton Tyler Philip Tipton 
Evy Elizabeth Todd 
Andrew Joseph Vannorsdall 
Markel Diez Villapalos 
Kiyana Janae Villers 
Bayne Michael Voorhies 
Alexis Lynn Wagner 
Brayden Paul Wagner 
Michelle Lynn Wamsley 
Andrew Fisher Waugh 
Cierra Renee Waugh 
Cameron James Weaver 
Matthew Landon Reed Williams
Quinzye Allen Wilson 
Aubrey Aleah Wolfe 
Denae Brianne Worley 
Taylor Renae Wright 
Frankie Layne Yakupcak 
Torrie Nila Yontz 
Jenna Ann Young
Lewis Eden Young III
In other business, the board proclaimed the week of May 8, 2024, as the observation of Staff Appreciate by the Cambridge City School District Board of Education. The board encourages everyone in the district and community to observe this week by honoring and recognizing our staff.

The board also approved a resolution creating the National Junior Honor Society at the Middle School; approved urgent necessity for the renovation/replacement of a portion of the parking lot at McFarland Stadium.

In personnel, the board approved Laura Perkins as Summer Learning and Opportunities Grant Fiscal/Payroll/Budgetary administration; Laura Carpenetti as Summer Learning and Opportunities Grant Fiscal administration; Samantha James as Summer CATS Camp transportation secretary; approved Audra Carpenter and Kendra Hines as Summer CATS Camp transportation secretary substitute; 

Approved Randy Wheatley and Vicki Leeper as Summer CATS Camp bus monitor/aides; approved Mike Mesarchik, Marcia Rose, Shanna Surrarrer, Annie Price, Cristal White and Waylon Mohler as Summer CATS Camp bus drivers; approved Jan Leeper, Nathan Wright, Raylin Forshey and Scott Meredith as Summer CATS Camp substitute bus drivers; Olivia Critser, Michele Haverfield, Marcy Law, Jodi McGuire, Tricia Nichols, Susanna Mascolino and Zach Ogle as Summer CATS Camp teachers; approved Kelsey Robinson, Tammy Engle, Reagan Flood, Becky Smalley, and Andy Ogle as Summer CATS Camp aides. 

The board approved Kim Valentine as substitute coordinator, the unpaid leave for Kelsey Robinson and Kim Kennedy; extended service for Tammy Province and approved medical leave for Jennifer Coulter. 

The board approved hiring Parker Long, Andrew Yanico, Garrett Carpenter, Rylan Mathews, Bryce Murdock, Kendalynn Burt, Kaitlyn Biddle, Tony Mascolino, Brock Valentine, Jake Valentine, Trent Valentine, Alex Kitner, and Abagail Roth for seasonal employment. 

The board approved Kaitlyn Hardesty, Asa Shaddix, Stephanie Davidson, Cheryl Spires as volunteers for the rest of the school year. 
The board approved athletic supplemental contracts for Logan McCort as head boys’ basketball, and Tamara Gibson as assistant athletic director.

The May meeting of the Board of Education will be Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at 5 p.m. at the High School. 

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