A group of nine fourth-and-fifth-grade readers were recognized during the regular October meeting of the Chillicothe R-2 Board of Education last night (Tuesday) at the Administrative Building.

A group of nine fourth-and-fifth-grade readers were recognized during the regular October meeting of the Chillicothe R-2 Board of Education last night (Tuesday) at the Administrative Building.
Members of the Hornets Reader Club, formerly known as the Mark Twain Readers, are encouraged to read 17 books during the 2013-14 school year. The group's initial goal was to read four books by Halloween. Fifth-Grader Ella Leamer was recognized Tuesday for already completing all 17 books. Leamer said most of her free time is used for reading.
"In school, when I finish my work, I read," Leamer explained. "My mom has volleyball practice. All the way from school until about 5:00, I read then. At home, my mom allows me to read until about 9:00."
Fifth-Graders Carter Allen and Westley Hurtgen were recognized for their involvement with the Reading Buddies program. On Oct. 3, the Chillicothe Education Foundation awarded a $500 grant to the Reading Buddies program for a Nov. 7 field trip to Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Mo. During the trip, students will choose a constellation to research. When they return, members of the Reading Buddies program will create children's books and a star viewer to share with their first-grade buddies.
In Lindsay Neal's fourth-grade class, students are encouraged to read 50 books during the 2013-14 school year. Neal said this amounts to a little more than one book per week. At last night's Board meeting, Fourth-Grader MaKayla Vance was recognized for her excellent reading habits.
"A couple of weeks ago, MaKayla came in and she said 'Boy, Mrs. Neal, I've been reading so much that I'm starting to like it.' Ever since, we have not seen MaKayla without a book in her hands. She's been flying through books and really becoming a better reader all the time. I just wanted to recognize her for her attitude and all the hard work she has put in this year."
Amanda Brade, Nick Heldenbrand, Wade Horton, Beronica Rodriguez and Libby Washburn, from Ellen Gott's fourth-grade class, presented a short speech on what they've learned through the Leader in Me model. The model is built from the work of Stephen Covey, best known for his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Covey worked alongside his son, Sean, to create The Seven Habits of Happy Kids. The seven habits include: be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand, then to be understood, synergize and sharpen the saw.
All nine fourth-and-fifth-graders were awarded a certificate of recognition for their reading habits.
Also during Tuesday's meeting, Jayme Caughron, Director of Grand River Technical School, discussed the technical school's future accreditation.
"Since 2005, we have had our accreditation through North Central," Caughron explained. "We went through accreditation successfully and we've been happy to have that status, but they are no longer going to be accrediting our technical schools. We are now faced with finding someone new to offer us that accreditation, since we have to have that in order to offer the federal financial aid."
Caughron said she and Financial Aid Coordinator Marla Harrington had researched a number of accreditation agencies in order to determine which would best serve the needs of GRTS. After much consideration, Caughron and Harrington have chosen to apply for accreditation through the Council on Occupational Education. Harrington said the next step is to host a candidacy visit from COE later this year. Caughron and Harrington hope to be fully accredited by April 2015 for up to six years.