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Orion Gazette - Orion, IL
  • School board learns teacher chosen for Wilderness Classroom honor

  • Wilderness Classroom has chosen C.R. Hanna Elementary School teacher Julie Doxstader to receive its first Most Valuable Teacher award, principal R. C. Lowe told the Orion school board on Wednesday, March 21.


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  • Wilderness Classroom has chosen C.R. Hanna Elementary School teacher Julie Doxstader to receive its first Most Valuable Teacher award, principal R. C. Lowe told the Orion school board on Wednesday, March 21.
    Doxstader has been involved with the Chicago-based organization for the last 10 years, Lowe said. Wilderness Classroom brings explorers into local schools to explain where they are going and what they hope to see and do. During the journey, the explorers stay in touch with students. Afterwards, they visit the schools again.
    Orion High School principal Nathan DeBaillie announced the Student Council’s blood drive on Tuesday, March 20, had been very successful.
    The board presented two OHS?wrestlers, Jacob DeVolder and Joe DeVolder, with certificates of merit. The brothers qualified for the IHSA state tournament.
    Also receiving certificates were their coaches, Dan Diamond and Adam Bohland.
    Vicki Tennant, represented Orion PTA, announced the last meeting of the school year would be on Thursday, May 3.
    The PTA?is sponsoring a school carnival on Friday, April 27, at C.R. Hanna, Tennant said. Proceeds benefit all three schools.
    People who ordered hanging baskets from Taets Greenhouse through PTA?will be able to pick them in time for Mother’s Day, she said.
    Friday, May 11, will be the PTA’s Muffins with Mom program at C.R. Hanna, Tennant said.
    The board voted to grant tenure to two grade school teachers, Brooke Buchen and Rachel Essary, and to Orion Middle School teacher Kim Hepner and OHS teacher Sara Kershaw.
    Board members also voted to hire Larry Mistic as a bus driver and Beth Mack as a track coach at OMS.
    District officials received permission to seek bids for bread and milk for the coming school year.
    “A lot of changes are coming in food service,” Superintendent David Deets said. The district’s head cooks sat through a two-hour webinar on changes in nutritional guidelines.
    “The bids will have to reflec the changes,” board president Doug Nelson said.

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