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One thousand people attend WCHS play

At school board, drama department presents M*A*S*H segment and info

November 27, 2012
Jim Krajewski ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

The Webster City High School Drama Department held a presentation concerning their recent performance of "M*A*S*H" during a meeting of the district board of directors on Monday.

Director LuAnn Garvey said that their performances in early November, which had 54 students in the cast and crew, drew in about 1,000 people. Garvey said she was happy with the production.

"I have a couple new gray hairs, but they're great kids. You should be very, very proud of them," Garvey said. "I think our drama department is doing a pretty good job here."

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Students in the Webster City High School drama department present a segment of “M*A*S*H” to the school district board on Monday.

Four students performed a short scene from the play, and took questions from the board.

Curriculum director Linda Williams presented an instructional strategy called "Rule of Three" to the board. The strategy focuses on the systematic vocabulary development of students, and is represented by the acronym "RAP" for rehearse, analyze and produce. Williams played a short video for the board, which showed how the strategy worked in a third grade classroom. She said the strategy has already been implemented in a first grade classroom in Webster City.

"It's quite exciting. They know all the terms and they're able to produce," Williams said.

Superintendent Mike Sherwood said in a technology update that subcommittee reports are due Dec. 1, their recommendations and reports will be presented to the full committee on Dec. 5 where they will have the chance to ask for more information. The board will likely take action on those recommendations on Dec. 10. Sherwood said discussion on what platforms to use has been settled.

"I think we've tried to get less concerned about platform and more concerned about other issues and I think that's the right direction," Sherwood said. "Platforms will change over the years, it might not be the same five years from now. It probably hasn't been invented yet."

Sherwood will also meet with staff and building administrators to discuss needs as he tours facilities in the district with architects and engineers on Dec. 11. In a facilities update, he said they are looking at revenue streams for possible new projects in the district.

The board also reviewed the Iowa Association of School Boards convention that several board members attended, reviewed a membership list for the School Improvement Advisory Committee and met for a work session after their meeting to discuss a chapter of the book "Professional Capital."



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