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a .fll‘ilv“"”“””<’éh‘§§‘?‘tfiiy « >~ A Turtle Mountain Head Start student received his diploma last week during the school’s drive-through graduation ceremony. Head Start (Continued from Page 1) dent with feedback from parents, who were doing the lesson plans. The distance learning packets were delivered to homes along with meals every Monday and Wednes- day. Poitra said the headstart pro- gram did put in an order for laptop computers, but due to a persistent backlog the technology is just now arriving at school. “The whole world was ordering at the same time,” Poitra said. “We did have a teacher or two who was able to reach families through their own' telephone or computer and have Zoom meetings with them.” Despite the obstacles, Poitra said the program’s teachers and family service advocates kept in regular communication with fami— lies. That’s not to say the year didn’t come without challenges. Dawn said the biggest of those included the inability to reach some families and student work not being re— turned to the school. Still, Davis said the program made strides as the year went on." She said the students wereytes’ted three times a year -'.to determine their educational levels. Those were the only times children came to the building. Davis said the fall tests didn’t yield too manyhparticipants but the numbers turned upward in the win- ter and spring. She said that was a key aspect since the tests are cru- cial in regard of measuring progress. “We were able to see what was working,” Davis said. “It’s impor- tant for us to see which students are making gains and a majority of them did make significant gains, which was a big plus.” Poitra said the test results came as somewhat of a surprise given all the unknowns. “We made the (take- home) packets our curriculum in mind,” he said. Davis said the school is imple- menting Phonics into the daily rou- tine this coming school year. She’s optimistic that this method of teaching children to read by corre- lating sounds with letters or groups of letters will have a big influence on students. “I believe .we’ll be doing some- ‘thing that’s been missing,” Davis said of the upcoming plans. “Once we start (Phonics) we’ll have noth- ing but gains.” This year’s headstart enrollment was approximately 175 students, which Poitra called “way down” with the obvious reason being COVD. “We’re hoping to get our num— bers back up next year,” Poitra said. He added that the school is already actively taking applications for the 2021—22 school year. Thank you for your combined 93 years of service. Best wishes to you in your retirement! From Steve Arvidson, Tom Neameyer, and the entire staff Microlap Technologies, Inc. Presentation Nlctlital (terrier Offers Mental Health Services such as Medication Management 8. Referral Management. PMC is here to be your local resource for Mental Heallhcarel Call Presentation Clinic today at to schedule your Mental Health Visit with Marya Young. FNP-BC \Myrrgu.‘ n. ,, " rs MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH Turtle Mountain Head Start staff members made~sure the graduating class of 221 had lty of attention a suport 0 th day each one recieved their diploma. ‘ i‘lz‘vsz‘lfirtl. Paar-motive i’i‘dfllw‘24 r covm Vaccie Clinic V , Dunseith Drug Store June 1st 312-6. All three types cf vaccine offered, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer. Pfizer available for those 12 and older. First or second doses are welcome. Register online at www.ndvax.org or call 477-5646 for help. Walk ups welcome!- Thursday, June 3“, 2021 at 5:15 pm Mt. Pleasant School gymnasium (201 5th St. NE, Rona) Pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, beans, chips, coffee & lemonade by Country Catering! Come hear Frank 8- Craig Larson of Starion Bank speak about their commitment to our community and the M u .i r. ll ., ' v‘ m .. to our community fund! Mo RSVP necessary - just come enjoy a great meal and interesting speakers!