Pocahontas County Schools Announce Math Day Krypto Winners

At the January 11th Pocahontas County Board of Education Meeting, Christina Smith, Coordinator of Teaching and Learning for the Schools announces the winners of the Math Field Day Krypto competition. What is Krypto you ask? We’ll get to that in a moment; suffice it to say for now, it as a math based card game. Christina said she was proud of the winners and she introduced three of them who were present at the Board meeting. They were Emily Booth, who is also the PCHS Student Representative to the Board of Education, Emalee Arbogast and Joey Hajzer.

The top three Middle School Krypto winners were all from Green Bank Elementary/Middle School: The third place-or Bronze winner was Joslyn Simmons and Joey Hajzer was the 2nd place or Silver winner. The Middle School’s first place “Junior Master of Krypto” was Cheylin Woodruff.

At the High School level: The third place-or Bronze winner was Jordan Nutter and Emalee Arbogast was the 2nd place or Silver winner. The High School’s first place “Master of Krypto” was Emily Booth.

Now, let’s hear Emily Booth explain just what Krypto is.

“It’s a card game” said Emily. “And you play against two people, or a group of people –it doesn’t matter. Someone puts down a card in the middle and it’s a number. You have a handful of cards and they are all random numbers. And you can add, subtract, multiply or divide to get to that number. You have to use every single one of your cards, and you have to show how you did it.”

Of course, the first person to do that wins.

Terrence Beam, the Interim School Superintendent, delivered his report to the Board. One of the issues he presented was the need to repair the bathrooms at the high school. They need to get an estimate on the cost to replace some of the damaged stalls with cinderblock stalls which are cheaper and will hold up better. He said that 9 stalls are damaged, but they hope to be able to afford to replace two or three of them. There is another problem going on in the boy’s bathrooms that is concerning, as Mr. Beam explains.

“Ms Tritapoe called me today about the boy’s bathrooms” said Beam. She only has one boy’s restroom now that is working, because the boys are sabotaging the bathrooms. They’re stuffing paper down the urinals and the commodes so they are overflowing. So she’s actually having to physically monitor –she doesn’t go in the restrooms obviously – but she has to have a sign in sheet for in and out of bathrooms so that they can have a restroom to go to. So it’s real hard to keep fixing stuff that’s being done with childishness from our high school kids.”

Laura Young made a presentation to the Board about the Innovation Zone Drop Out Prevention Grant. She announced that the grant has been fully funded once again, and the emphasis will be on “Warrior Wellness”, She recapped the success of the programs funded by the grant in the past with goals of reducing truancy rates by .5%, increasing the number of community stakeholders by 12 and the number of coalition members by 8. She said that the credit recovery program helped students recover 17 credits last year.

The Board discussed a proposed contract with SYSCO Virginia LLC which would allow SYSCO employees to have access to a key drop in each school so they could deliver food to the kitchens when the schools are closed with no staff present. This was voted down by the Board after hearing from the Board’s Counsel.

The Board approved routine financial expenditures and reports and voted to authorize the WV State Auditor’s Office to audit school financial records.

They approved the following Assistant Basketball Coaches for Marlinton Middle School: Michael Burns and Stephen Mick -Boys and Jessica Hays – Girls.

They approved professional and service personnel actions which can be found on our website with this story.

Board member Joe Walker expressed concerns that with all the attention being given to Gifted, Special Ed and At Risk students, the vast majority of students who do not fall into any of those categories are being neglected.

The meeting ended with an Executive Session on a personnel matter that would not require official action by the Board.

Click on the media player below to hear Terrence Beam, Interim Superintendent of Schools, as he read the Professional and Service Personnel actions to the Board of Education.  The Board approved all of these.


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Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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