Steelville Fire Protection District Report - January

The SFPD Board met on January 14 and conducted business as follows.

•    Monthly transactions were approved, with expenditures totaling $25,875.98. Checking account balance was reported as $3,157.43.
•    A UTV leased from Stahlman’s on a trial basis was returned after the board agreed it was not being utilized enough to justify the cost.
•    Several repairs and upgrades to vehicles were discussed, including mounting brackets for Engine 44, a transmission sensor for Tanker 41, and handrails for the district’s boat.
•    New wooden signage for Station #2 is estimated to be $500 and for Station #4 is $400-$450. No decision was made on whether to proceed.

Steelville School District Report – January

The following information was shared with Steelville School Board members at their January 21 meeting.
ACADEMIC INFORMATION
Steelville Elementary School
According to the data wall used to track student progress, there are currently approximately 45 students who are academically behind. Teachers are using this data to drive their instruction, and to provide RTI and tutoring services to these students. Teachers use Acuity, GATES, and Aimsweb data to make the determination of where their students are academically.
Steelville Middle School
Teachers are looking at the primary data received from using the state's universal screening tool. Once information has been analyzed, staff will determine a course of action for fifth to eighth grade ELA (English Language Arts) and Math.
The eighth grade students finished the quarter without any students failing any classes. All students passed all subjects. 
Steelville High School
At the end of first semester, several students earned college credit in Biology (six), College Comp. (16), College Lit. (13), and American History II (seven).
The ACT Test will be held at SHS on February 6. An ACT Prep course was held on Saturday, January 23.

Country club fundraiser brings in over $6k for local kids

The Steelville community stepped up to support a group of local youth planning a trip to Washington D.C. in May. At a fundraising event held at the Steelville Country Club on Saturday, January 30, the kids were able to raise close to $7,000 towards the expenses of their trip.

Trip sponsor and Steelville Middle School teacher Jennifer Whitson posted on Facebook, “Wow! Steelville, you completely amaze me, daily! To those who donated items to be auctioned, food to be sold, or donated money, thank you. To those of you who bid on the items and helped to raise the funds to around $6,000, you have touched the hearts of many! When one student was brought to tears, touched by the kindness of people she didn't know, saying she ‘had never seen such kindness before,’ I had also the tears, but so did some folks on the other side of the room. I promise you, these kids will pay it forward. The young one with tears told me, ‘I want other people to feel that feeling I felt today.’ You have touched the future. They are a very good group of kids; they will represent Steelville and all of Crawford County well.”

Steelville School District Report – January

The following information was shared with Steelville School Board members at their January 21 meeting.
ACADEMIC INFORMATION
Steelville Elementary School
According to the data wall used to track student progress, there are currently approximately 45 students who are academically behind. Teachers are using this data to drive their instruction, and to provide RTI and tutoring services to these students. Teachers use Acuity, GATES, and Aimsweb data to make the determination of where their students are academically.
Steelville Middle School
Teachers are looking at the primary data received from using the state's universal screening tool. Once information has been analyzed, staff will determine a course of action for fifth to eighth grade ELA (English Language Arts) and Math.
The eighth grade students finished the quarter without any students failing any classes. All students passed all subjects. 
Steelville High School
At the end of first semester, several students earned college credit in Biology (six), College Comp. (16), College Lit. (13), and American History II (seven).
The ACT Test will be held at SHS on February 6. An ACT Prep course was held on Saturday, January 23.

Arts council wins Business of the Year

“We are very proud to be in this community and to be able to do what we’re doing,” Jack Bowles said, as he received the award for Business of the Year on behalf of the Steelville Arts Council (STARCO). “I am personally humbled for the arts council for this (award).”

STARCO was established in 2010. Its mission is “to promote arts in our community through awareness, appreciation, education and support; creating a connection between artists and audiences to enrich the quality of life for all.”