Published On: Tue, Aug 12th, 2008

School Bells Set To Ring

HARTINGTON — Most of the area schools will begin filling up with students this week.
Hartington Public School, Cedar Catholic and Holy Trinity students will start the 2008-09 school year off Friday.
Holy Trinity and Cedar Catholic students will have a half day of classes on Friday, Aug, 15 with an all-school Mass at 8:05 a.m.
The first full day of classes on Monday Aug. 18.
Classes at HPS will run from eight a.m. until noon on Friday.
Buses will run even though there is not a full day of classes scheduled.
Hartington Public School teachers will return to the classrooms ahead of the students.
“Teachers will have three days of workshops – the teachers will start on Aug. 12,” said Hartington Supt. Scott Swisher.
There will be a few new faces on the staff at Hartington Public School this fall.
Brenda Buschcamp will be the junior high and high school science instructor.
Brandi Alexander will teach elementary Special Education and also be the assistant girls basketball coach.
Scott Miller will be the head football and head basketball coach this year. Miller was hired for the coaching position and will not teach any classes at Hartington. Josh Schreiber will be the assistant boys’ basketball coach. Miller had previously coached at Newcastle and Schreiber was the coach at Wausa.
New front doors on the entrance for K-6 and 7-12 classrooms will be installed during September.
The work would have been done during the summer months but the metal did not come in, Swisher said.

Holy Trinity — Cedar Catholic
Holy Trinity will be expanding its Catholic education program to include younger children this year. This will be the first year for Holy Trinity School to offer pre-school classes.
“We saw a need for it in this area,” said Principal Terry Kathol.
Michelle Koch will be the pre-school teacher. Koch taught the kindergarteners at Wynot and for the Yankton Catholic School system for many years before deciding to take on the Hartington program.
There will be three levels of pre-school classes: classes for three year-olds will be held two mornings each week with classes for four year-olds being held three days each week. Five year-olds will have classes all five days.
“The classes will last approximately three hours,” said Kathol.
Elementary students will be using new technology this year.
“Inter-active White Boards have been installed in just about all of the elementary classrooms. The white boards will be used like a large computer screen,” said Kathol. “We will be using the white boards that we currently have.”
A new student information system called Sycamore Education will also be up and running for Cedar Catholic Jr./Sr. School.
It is a web-based environment where school personnel, teachers, administration, secretaries, students and parents can use technology to update themselves on school issues.
“Parents can check on their children’s grades or view the daily announcements,” said Principal Chris Bernard.
There will be a Booster Club Kick-Off Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Msgr. Cyril J. Werner Activity Center, which will include a dinner along with a pep-rally and speaker.
The event kicks off the season for all of the activities at Cedar Catholic, according to Bernard.
The volleyball team will travel to Tilden for their first game on Sept. 4.
The first football game will be Friday, Sept 5 – Cedar vs Crofton at Russ Hochstein Field in Hartington.
The season’s first girls’ golf meet will be Aug. 29 at Wakefield.
Practices for Cedar Catholic athletes will start on Aug. 18.
Several areas in the school received a fresh coat of paint and some remodeling was done over the summer months.
The music room and the music office were painted — the music office also has new carpet.
Bathrooms were painted and new stalls and stools were added to the boys’ first floor bathroom.
The teachers’ workrooms and the trim on the administration office windows received a new coat of paint, as well.
A railing was also added in front of the school.

“The Language Arts teacher and her family painted her classroom and new book shelves were installed,” Bernard said.
During the school year the first period for Cedar Catholic students will start at 8 a.m. and the last period will end at 3:40 in the afternoon, Bernard said.
Cedar Catholic students will have three new teachers this year: Melissa Knight will teach Spanish, Rich Kaiser will teach Science and Shelly Larson will have 7-12 Language Arts. Larson is actually returning to the school. She taught junior high English a few years ago at Cedar.