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Pictured are (front:  Emily Campbell with her Biography poster Alexander Bell, Joey Carter with General George Patton, Desirae Ballinger with Shirley Temple, (back:  Rylee Jarman with Martin Luther King, Jr., Breeanne Mull with Marilyn Monroe, and Lindsey Miller with McKayla Maroney.

Students show off their biography posters.
Pictured are Front L-R: Emily Campbell (Alexander Bell), Joey Carter (General George Patton), Desirae Ballinger (Shirley Temple)
Back L-R: Rylee Jarman (Martin Luther King, Jr.), Breeanne Mull (Marilyn Monroe), and Lindsey Miller (McKayla Maroney)

GMS students in the 6th grade are wrapping up a busy 3rd quarter of the 2012-2013 school year.  English Language Arts students completed a biography project in which they researched, wrote and presented to their classmates.  This project gave our students experience in research, writing and public speaking.

To complete the project, students elected a person in history to be their “Class President”.  General George Patton was the student’s choice.  Their choice of “Class President” hopefully inspires each student to “do more than is required of you,” as General George Patton would say.

With just two weeks before the end of the third quarter fifteen percent (15%) of students had met/exceeded in their AR goals. Forty-five percent (45%) of students acquired at least one AR point, meaning they’ve read at least one book that was within their reading level and scored an 85% or better.  However, 40% of students have NOT read one single Parents, we urge you to encourage reading at home and to check your child’s AR status from the CUSD #7 home page or call the school and ask to speak with the 6th grade Language Arts teacher, Mrs. Henderson, for an explanation of the process.

During the third quarter, the sixth grade Social Studies classes studied Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.  They began their studies by learning about the origins of the Greek society. The Trojan War, the Persian Wars and the Peloponnesian War, which shaped the Mediterranean World were also discussed.  The students enjoyed reading about the Greek Gods and the mythology of how the Greeks described natural events.

The social study classes wrapped up the third quarter by learning about how the Roman Empire grew and its eventual decline.  During the fourth quarter, students will be studying the exploration of the Americas, Early American Peoples, and the founding of colonies in the Americas.

The sixth grade math classes learned about statistics in the month of January.  The students developed an understanding of Measures of Central Tendency and Measures of Variation.  The kids applied these techniques to real-life problems.  The students learned how to create a dot plot and a box plot, and answered percent questions about the information that was graphed.

In February, the math classes moved on to the coordinate plane and graphed in all quadrants.  The kids even graphed points in the plane to create shapes they had to identify.  This led us into the study of geometry where students learned about shapes, angles, perimeters and area.

After learning about the characteristics of organisms and animals, the last month of 2012 was focused on invertebrates in science classes.  The third quarter students moved to vertebrate animals studying the classifications of fish amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.  In addition to learning the purpose of binomial nomenclature began by Carolus Lenneaus, the students gained a broader understanding of their own impact on each of these vertebrates.  Learning how the way they live their lives and what they do daily impacts other organisms in their ecosystem and is important to our planet and young people.

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Students in the science classes are currently studying electricity.  The electron of an atom and how it travels to provide energy to devices we rely on daily.  Understanding the positive charge of protons and how electrons flow similar to water is key.  Science lessons are relating all the facts learned to the application of building parallel and series circuits; life revolves around our daily use of electricity and a basic understanding is useful.

Contact the middle school office with any questions about education or curriculum material. Look forward to an exciting fourth quarter from the middle school level.

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Macoupin County Courthouse News

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Cases filed during July 7 through July 13. Visit the “Court News” category under the “Community News” tab for other editions.

FELONIES

Timothy D. Conlee, 29 of Gillespie, is charged with aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer, driving on a suspended license, and reckless driving in connection with a July 6 incident.

Dylan J. Arview, 25 of Benld, is charged with driving under the influence while license revoked or suspending, DUI, driving on a suspended license and driving 15-20 mph above the limit in connection with a July 5 incident.

Bobby L. Walker, 35 of Sorento, is charged with driving revoked/suspended with a DUI, driving on revoked license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, displayed registration plate, and expired registration in connection with a June 27 incident.

Dustin W. Gooch, 34 of Beecher City, is charged with aggravated fleeing/bodily injury, unlawful display of a title, improper use of registration/title, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and registration light in connection with a June 17 incident.

MISDEMEANORS

Jordan A. Black, 24 of Gillespie, is charged with battery/causing bodily harm in connection with a July 8 incident.

Dustin R. Stieglitz, 37 of Shipman, is charged with aggravated assault/use of a deadly weapon in connection to a June 29 incident.

Steven A. Kroll, 33 of Eagarville, is charged with resisting a peace officer, fire fighter, or corrections employee in connection with a June 26 incident.

TRAFFIC

David B. Brown, 58 of Virden, is charged with cancelled/revoked/suspended registration in connection with a July 3 incident.

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Jennifer L. Roberts, 47 of Worden, is charged with driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle in connection with July 5 incident.

Andrew L. Connoyer, 31 of Bethalto, is charged with improper use of registration, driving 15-20 mph above the limit, and no valid registration in connection with July 7 incident.

Megan E. Bertoldi, 37 of Gillespie, is charged with leaving the scene in connection with July 11 incident.

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE FILED

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School board disciplines staff member; hires AD and Student Services Coordinator

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In a relatively brief meeting Monday night, the Community Unit School District 7 Board of Education approved a “resolution of remedial warning” against an unidentified district teacher, and hired a new Student Services Coordinator and Athletic Director.

The actions followed an 80-minute executive session during which board members presumably primarily discussed personnel issues. The regular monthly meeting of the board was moved up by one week to fill key positions, such as the Athletic Director and Student Services Coordinator, prior to the start of the school year next month. The district was taken by surprise when former Student Services Coordinator Stephanie Bray and Athletic Director Mike Bertagnolli both announced their retirements within days of each other.

Supt. Shane Owsley said the resolution of remedial warning is a disciplinary action representing “a second strike, so to speak.” Neither the teacher or the nature of the infraction was disclosed in open session.

In other action, the board, voted unanimously to hire Shelsie Timmermeier as the district’s Student Services Coordinator for the 2024-25 school year, stepping into the vacancy created by Bray’s retirement, pending confirmation of certification and a background check. In a separate action, the board also appointed Timmermeier as an assistant high school women’s volleyball coach.

Jeremy Smith was hired, also by a unanimous vote, as the district’s Athletic Director for the 2024-25 school year. In a related matter, Smith’s resignation as middle school head baseball coach was accepted. Additionally, the board posted the coaching position as vacant for the coming school year.

On a motion by Weye Schmidt, seconded by Dennis Tiburzi, the board hired Alex Jasper as a high school social science teacher for the coming school year. The board also voted unanimously to hire Tate Wargo as a first-year, non-tenured physical education instructor, pending confirmation of certification. Both positions were vacated as a result of the sudden resignation of Dalton Barnes in April as head football coach, physical education teacher and social science teacher. 

In related matters, the board also hired Wargo Monday night as an eighth grade boy’s basketball coach, and accepted Jasper’s resignation as a district paraprofessional and posted the position as vacant.

In other personnel action, the board:

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  • Hired Amanda Ewin as a one-on-one aide.
  • Hired Anthony Kravanya as a freshman men’s basketball coach.
  • Appointed Melissa Heigert as a volunteer assistant high school softball coach.

In other action, the board gave routine approval to a list of policies provided by the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Supt. Owsley also provided a brief update on the progress being made on safety projects expected to be completed before the start of the school year, including installation of a new intercom system, a card-reader entry system and shatter-proof protective film on exterior windows.

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Gillespie Library, United Community Bank to host Fraud and Scam Prevention seminar on July 22

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Gillespie Public Library (Photo by Gillespie Public Library)

Friends of the Gillespie Public Library and United Community Bank are hosting a joint “Fraud and Scam Prevention” seminar at on Monday, July 22 starting at 6 p.m. at the Gillespie Public Library.

The seminar will focus on today’s common scams and frauds, which includes imposter and check scams, money mule fraud and those that target seniors. Presenters will be Jenni Alepra of Gillespie UCB and Kennen Bertolis of Carlinville UCB.

The seminar is open to the public and is free of charge. For additional questions, call the Gillespie Public Library at 217-839-3614.

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