WEST ALEXANDRIA — Twin Valley South Elementary School is utilizing the Kid Whisperer (Scott Ervin) to train staff on how to set limits with their students, while also strengthening their relationships with their students.
During the TVCLSD Board of Education meeting on Monday, Sept. 25, K-6 Principal Patti Holly shared that earlier in the day her staff had undergone some “professional development” by the Kid Whisperer.
“Ervin is pretty popular all around right now. He teaches a lot of way to reach kids in a calm and assertive way,” she said. “He teaches that everything has a consequence with their behavior, but it is not a punishment — it is a consequence. He specializes specifically in the primary grades. He shows different ways to behave in a positive way.
“We had 18 or 19 teachers go this summer to a three day university with him. They came back and loved it. They liked him so much I contacted him and we’re going to have 18 hours throughout the school year — two hours a month.”
Superintendent Bob Fischer added, “I was in and out all day and every time I went in, the engagement from our staff was incredible. Not just our teaching staff, but also our educational aids, because we thought that this was something everybody who deals with our kids needed to be a part of.”
“I think if you don’t take anything else from the Kid Whisper, take away that you don’t argue with a kid,” 7-12 Principal Scott Cottingim said. “A lot of good learning points from that.”
He added, planning is under way for the 2018 Washington D.C. trip. This year the school has reserved two buses for the trip, where in past years they reserved one and waited for numbers to reserve another.
In other school updates, according to Director of Food Service Megan Fields, the district has implemented changes in the menu due to a survey the students have taken. “Because of last year’s student viewpoint survey, we saw that the kids love Mexican dishes. We have implemented Mexican dishes on Thursday for all the grades,” she said.
She added, they have implemented “Chicken Bowl Tuesdays” to the Elementary School.
Superintendent Fischer presented updates on the construction taking place.
“The roof seems to be moving along. We have had a couple noise issues and a fire alarm, but that was not due to the roof. We had a preschooler pull the fire alarm last week,” he said. “The roof is progressing. We are right on schedule, even with the rain days we have had. Hopefully we’ll keep moving and the weather won’t cause drastic problems as we move forward.”
The next Twin Valley Community Local School District Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. in the Twin Valley Media Center.
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