WEST ALEXANDRIA — Twin Valley Community Local Schools Board of Education gave special recognition to the district’s Science Olympiad team during a monthly meeting on Monday, April 25.
The school’s physical science teacher, Catherine Ackerman, who also acts as the team’s coach, spoke on the difficulties they faced due to the pandemic.
“For the last two years, with covid, we have not been able to travel,” Ackerman explained, “which has been very frustrating because the highlight of our activities is to travel for the invitationals and for the district and to be with the other teams in the competition.” Ackerman also added, she feels the Science Olympiad team provides students with learning opportunities. “They learn a lot of skills, a lot of life skills by doing Science Olympiad — beyond just the science. From just the spirit of competition, the perseverance through trial and error and trial and error, trial and error.”
Ackerman noted, it is her hope that with the pandemic subsiding, Science Olympiad will rebuild the team and begin traveling to compete in next year’s competitions.
Participants recognized included:
Paul Day and Genevive White, who placed third in Remote Sensing .
Nathan Knapp and Kara McCoy, who placed sixth in Chemistry Lab.
Rylie Robert, who placed fourth in Rocks & Minerals and third in Dynamic Planet.
In other business:
•The board received reports regarding updates in school equipment, school appliances and other various school projects. Reports were given by Alex Williams, Director of Food Service; Jeff Tully, Director of Transportation/Facilities; Derrick Myers, Director of Technology; Joshua Senters, Director of Pupil Services; Patti Holly, the K-6 Principal and Principal Derek Flatter.
•The board and school staff are excited to welcome back school field trips across all grades. With the COVID-19 pandemic lessening its severity, students can now safely partake in these trips again. “Really excited about bringing our field trips back,” said Superintendent Scott Cottingim. “Our kids get to see a lot of really neat stuff.” This was a sentiment echoed by multiple members of school staff.
•The board also took a moment to extend its deepest condolences to the Lunsford family in regard to the recent passing of Carol L. Lunsford.
The Twin Valley Community Local Schools Board of Education holds a meeting on the fourth Monday of every month, located at 100 Education Drive, West Alexandria, in the school Media Center, at 6 p.m.