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Ripley Adventure Program to partner with Ripley Rod and Gun Club

January 18, 2017
By David Prenatt - , Westfield Republican

RIPLEY - Ripley Central School may be expanding its Adventure program through a partnership with the Ripley Rod and Gun Club, board of education members learned at their regular meeting Thursday.

Ripley Superintendent Dr. Lauren Ormsby told board members that she attended a Ripley Rod and Gun Club meeting to see about forming a partnership and "they were very open to the idea."

Representatives from the club asked for brochures and posters about the school's Adventure program in order to disseminate the information to their members, she said. She said that she asked for a member of the Rod and Gun Club.

Ormsby said that this year each student would go to the club once for an activity such as hiking, fishing, archery, or snow-shoeing. There could even possibly be an overnight experience for sixth graders as an expeditionary learning project, she said.

Ormsby said the frequency of visits would most likely increase, and hopefully sixth graders would anticipate becoming Rod and Gun club members. "We're looking forward to developing this partnership," Ormsby said.

Ormsby also showed board members a video of the students' presentation of the Aristocats, which she said the children performed at the school's annual senior citizens' breakfast, as well as at their own school and Chautauqua Lake Central School. Ormsby noted how much the students enjoyed performing on a real stage at Chautauqua Lake.

The next musical presented by the students at Ripley Central School will be The Lion King, and the students are very excited, Ormsby said.

Kim Oakes, Director of Technology and Innovative Programming at Ripley, told board members that the musical is always a very popular after school activity with the students and fifty students expressed an interest in The Lion King. "We added set design and costume design," so more students can participate in the musical Oakes said.

Oakes told the board that for Ripley's afterschool program the students choose new activities every 5 to 6 weeks.

"We create a menu and the kids choose. We have 126 students who participate in the after school program," Oakes said.

Oakes said the recess program is handled in a similar manner to the after school program, with new choices being offered every 5 to 6 weeks. The students have recess every day for half an hour, she said.

We realized that for first and second grade, we needed to work on them having the opportunity to make choices, too, she said. She noted that the 1st and second grade students absolutely love having choices and they have are given the opportunity select the STEAM lab, working with play dough, completing Lego projects, and several other pursuits.

Oakes said that while the musical is always extremely popular with the kids, other activities, like the maker lab, quiet read, outdoor explorers, board games and puzzles are very well-liked. "The gardening club and tending the worm farm are frequently chosen activities.

Oakes also gave the board an update on the Smart Schools Investment Plan. She said that on January 17 the Smart Schools review board is going to come together and Ripley's first project, which is intended for the purchase of devices, particularly chrome books, should be reviewed. She noted that Project #2, the Smart School Investment Plan Wireless Project, will probably not receive approval until later in the year.

Regarding the district's partnership with CLCS, Ormsby told the board that "we're looking at piloting CREW at Chautauqua Lake right after the break." A seventh-grade team from CLCS will come to Ripley on Jan 23 for training in how to implement the CREW program, she said.

Ormsby told board members that the senior citizens' breakfast was a great success this year with 90 people in attendance. She said the students presented a gymnastics presentation as well as performing the Aristocats. "Sheila and the cafeteria staff did a great job, as usual," Ormsby said.



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