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Quad City. Herald August 27:1998 Page New P.ateros principal _ searchnngBrewster SchoolSfor admanasters Wlt[Lan open aoor' , music teacher New Pataros principal Perry Atkinson. Cheryl Schweizer photo 4, Perry Atkinson wanted a small town life. NewPaterosprincipal PerryAtldnson said he wants to he visible and available to students, teachers, parents and district patrons. He said he plans to be out in the hallways and in the classrooms a lot. He wants parents, kids, teachers and aides, district patrons to feel comfortable coming to his office without being summoned; "the door's always open." Atkinson said he knows every new principal says similar things and has similar intentions. But he said he regards it as very important to follow though on those intentions, sign he wasn't doing hisjob,Atkinson said. Atkinson recently was hired as principal of the elementary, junior high and high schools. This is a new job in Pateros; previously the district had a full time junior high and high school principal and a part-time elementary principal. Being the principal of one or the other would seem to be enough job for one person. But Atkinson said he liked the idea of being the principal of a whole school; "I love the high schoolers and I love the little kids" and he didn't want to choose between them. This will be Atkinson's first job as an administrator. He comes to Pateros from the Wenatchee School District, where he was an elementary school teacher. In his classroom he had the opportunity to influence the lives of 25 to 30 children and their families. "Here I have the chance because he believes accessibility to impact 330---basically, a whole and visibility as thingsthatmlflffa., town's kids." It was that opportunity good administrator. To be caught .... to influence children, their families in the Office all day would be a and theirlives that made him decide to leave the classroom and become an administrator, he said. The principal has many jobs-- student discipline, class scheduling, teacher evaluation. But Atkinson said "Parent involvement he thought the principal has is a key for me. to be an '*instructional leader first." what is best Schools in Washington for their children," are at the "1'11,__ Atkinson threshold o - terry big changes in the way they are eval uated----teac hers, administrators and school districts will be held accountable for the improvement (or lack of improvement) in their students. Atkinson said he wants to create a positive environment to enhance teaching and learning; he hopes his examples of leadership and enthusiasm will be contagious. It is very important, then, that the principal be easy to find and willing to listen. "It's huge." Part of the effort to stay out in the halls and classrooms involves efficient use of his own time. 'Tm always looking for shortcuts on that busy stuff." Atkinson said he wants to use some of the time saved from paperwork for parents and district patrons. "'Parent involvement is a key for me." They know what is best for their children, he said. He wants all district patrons to become more involved in Pateros school and its activities. *'We gain by having them in our school. We are a team." Atkinson was a teacher and part- time administrator in Wenatchee, amassing almost 700 hours of work as an administrative intern at his elementary school. He said it was a very valuable experiencenmore valuable than .many people may realize. He got a "very authentic look at the principal ship," from hiring teachers to disciplining children. As the first day of school approaches, he sai( he feels "qualified, yet ov, ;rwh ;ir)ed with the responsibility of being a principal." All of his teaching and administrative experience has been at the grade school level, but he said he did not anticipate any problems relating to junior high and high school students. For seven years he served as a youth pastor in California and Alaska. hanging out with teens and counseling them; he has coaching experience in basketball and volleyball. One of the reasons he became an elementary teacher, he said, was because he believed too many children were being lost before they got to junior high. He said he liked being a pastor. However, "the battle I wanted be in for kids was in the public schools." He was a teacher in Wenatchee for four years. But Atkinson and his wife Sabine have four children;"first and foremost, I wanted a small town" for the family.TheAtkinsons were familiar with Pateros from fishing and camping trips, and from the time he heard about the job opening "I knew it was the fit for me. I had no doubt in my"mind." As the first day of school approaches, Brewster School District officials still are looking for a music teacher. But officials still intend to offer music during the 1988-99 school year, even if changes to the program are necessary. The district does not have an instructor for fifth and sixth grade, junior high and high school music programs. District superintendent Jim Kelly said administrators are discussing the options if a music teacher cannot be found. They include offering band or choir as extracurricular activities, which would allow district officials to hire a person without a teaching certificate. District officials also are looking for a speech and language specialist; applicants must have a teacher's license. In other business at the regular Brewster School Board meeting Monday, August 24, board members approved a year-long leave of absence for elementary teacher Debbi Gelstin. Jennifer Pulley was hired to teach first grade for one year only. Eddie Ashworth was hired part-time as a K-12 special education teacher. A contract for athletic director Brooks Smith was approved. Board members approved the hiring of Jord Wilson as a bus driver. Andrea Halterman was hired as varsity volleyball coach at Brewster High School: Bobby Johnson was hired as an assistant coach. April Ashworlh was hired to coach seventh grade volleyball and Alicia Foyle was hired as eighth grade coach. Board members approved handbooks for certificated and classified employees, substitute teachers, and coaches and advisors. Administrators prepared a new handbook for parents of kindergarten students, giving advice on ways to prepare their children for school. A handbook covering emergency preparedness procedures also is being prepared, Kelly said. It will include information about the procedures for all kinds of emergency situations, from fire drills to earthquakes, Kelly said. It will be distributed to teachers. New teacher joins Bridgeport School staff One new teacher has joined the Bridgeport School District staff for the 1998-99 school year. Andrea Thompsett will teach Spanish and English as a Second Language at Bridgeport High School. This will be her first year as a teacher. A graduate of Brigham Young University in Prove, Utah, Thompsett said she switched her major from fashion merchandising toteaching because she loves young people and likes teaching them. She chose to teach Spanish because she loves the Spanish language, Chile.She said;sheSheis married.is'a native of 1ii, : i ):. i New Bridgeport teacher  ...... Andr.a Thompaett.  Brewster English class seeks old news publications It is said there is nothing as dead as yesterday's news. And indeed there are not many uses for last week's lime magazine or yesterday's Washington Post. except :the trash basket or the recycling bin, Brewster High School teacher Dean Busching has come up with a use for old news magazines and newspapers, however. He wants to use them in his senior English class. Busching is soliciting donations of Local students earn EWU degree Iloann Habel, Bridgeport, and Merrie L. Liliquist, Mansfield, earned degrees from Eastern Washington University at the end of spring quarter 1998. Habel earned bachelor of arts in business administration. Lillquist earned a bachelor of arts degree. FAIt AMTRAK EXPLOI.IE AMEIIICA FAIl[  Auxiliary staff at Adventist school Several educators in addition to the three full-time teachers at the Seventh- day Adventist School bring specific skills to the curriculum as part of the auxiliary staff indicates principal/ teacher Lea Kelley. Musician Kathleen Christensen, Okanogan, teaches band as well as individual piano and instrumental lessons. Physicians', assistant Lee. Canwell heads the biology program, Dr. Jeanne Ekvall teaches health, Katie Crane, Northwest history and longtime teacher Maribeth Burns will teach keyboard along with her secretarial work. recent copies of magazines and newspapers, including the Christian Science Monitor, me, the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles limes,Newsweek,National Geographic or Life. He said the high school's s supply of current newspapers and magazines is limited. Busching said he is looking forstories from around the world, dealing with current events and issues, fiction and non-fiction. Part of the senior English POTTY WAGON Subdivisions Road Construction Septic Systems Tree Removals Homesite Preparation 689-2482 or 689-2455 eve. Carter Excavation, Inc, Pump Installation & Service Grundfos Stainless Steel Pumps Longest service in NCW area dig Water! 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