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School central office moving to Main Street, making more classroom space

Posted July 12th, 2019 by Randon Brown

The central office of Cabool R-IV School District is being relocated to Main Street to allow for more classroom space.

The office of the superintendent and bookkeeping staff is presently located at Cabool Middle School on Rogers Avenue. Cabool Board of Education approved relocating the office to 725 Main, at the corner with Highway 181/Peabody Avenue, during the board’s June 25 meeting. The district will pay $500 per month rent for the space that formerly housed an accounting business.

Dr. Karl Janson, school superintendent, said the central office will move during July to allow time to convert the office area to classroom space that will be used for Title reading and math classes. He said the school district is adding the reading and math classes to help students who struggle with those subjects. The programs are paid for through federal funds.

Vince McKee, who had been teaching fifth and sixth grade language arts, will teach Title math and Amber Dotson, who taught second grade, will teach reading. Nichole Johnson, who had been teaching fourth grade, will teach fifth and sixth grade language arts this year, and former first grade teacher Sarah Middleton is moving into the second grade teaching position.

News article by: The Cabool Enterprise

CHS math teacher receives grant from WGU Missouri

Posted June 19th, 2019 by Randon Brown

Dwayne Wood, a math teacher at Cabool High School, has received a $480 grant from WGU Missouri to incorporate the use of gamification into his classroom.

This innovative approach to learning involves the integration of game-like elements or activities into non-game contexts. For Wood, this means creating simple games that his students can participate in while completing mathematical problems in the classroom. Research has shown gamification can increase student learning.

With the grant funding he received from the online nonprofit university, Wood will purchase a variety of games to use for student engagement. These include a variety of board games, a shuffleboard and curling table, ring toss games, a bowling set, numbered pong balls, an indoor table with stools, a basketball hoop wastebasket and other interactive games. The items will be used during the new school year beginning in August, and Wood hopes to see a substantial increase in student learning during the first semester.

Cabool High School is one of 15 schools across Missouri chosen by WGU Missouri to receive funding for innovative classroom projects. The nonprofit university issued a call this spring for K-12 teachers across the state to nominate proposed classroom projects for the opportunity to receive full or partial funding through its inaugural “Fund My Classroom” initiative. Wood’s proposal was one of more than 200 nominations received statewide. All grants were awarded during Teacher Appreciation Week in May.

“We received many innovative and unique ideas from teachers specifying how they plan to improve their classrooms, and we’re so pleased we can help bring several of them to fruition,” said Dr. Angie Besendorfer, Chancellor of WGU Missouri. “This inaugural initiative is an opportunity for WGU Missouri to celebrate teachers and thank them for the lasting, positive impact they have on their students.”

To learn more about the Fund My Classroom initiative and the work WGU Missouri is doing to help teachers advance their careers, visit missouri.wgu.edu.

News article by: The Cabool Enterprise

Grant funds commons area improvements at high school

Posted June 19th, 2019 by Randon Brown

A $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant awarded to Cabool High School earlier this year has enabled a number of improvements to be made in the school’s commons area.

CHS principal Brad Shockley made application for funds to beautify and revitalize the commons and develop an outdoor classroom area between the “A” and “B” buildings.

The work has included extending concrete into a large area that contains picnic tables and reworking the large planters with soil, a variety plants, a dogwood tree and mulch.

Business and individuals worked with the school in completing the improvements. Whetstine Excavating did dirt work, River Rock Redi-Mix was used for concrete work, Edwin Rogers donated dirt, Becky Scott of Country Petals Greenhouse assisted in plant selections, and CHS agriculture students under the supervision of Leslie Appleton provided labor for planting. Reese Wood Products donated planters for the commons area that complement picnic tables previously purchased for the area.

News article by: The Cabool Enterprise