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By Pat Doody 

Tompkins makes presentation to School Board


Nick Smirnoff - NPPA

Tompkins Elementary School student 5th grader Kayla Winchell, and 4th grade student Clair Schmidt, present their first place science exhibits to the school board. These two young students will now represent Tompkins when they present their projects at still further competition to be held in Bakersfield. A very proud Tompkins Elementary School Principle Cheri Belcoe as stands by the students.

On Monday, Feb. 10 the Tehachapi School Board was treated to a presentation by Tompkins Elementary School Principal Cherie Belcoe and some of her students. Fifth grader Kayla Winchell explained her award-winning science project to the board. The project involved the effects of salt, sugar and sand on the melting of ice. Fourth grader Clair Schmidt also presented her science project exploring the effects of spring water, tap water and salt water on plants. Both of these students will be presenting their projects at the next level of competition in Bakersfield.

Nick Smirnoff - NPPA

Members of the Tompkins Elementary School after school T.E.A.M program dance class, show off their routine to the school board members.

District Community Liason Liz Hartgrove introduced volunteer Chris Hobbs and her T.E.A.M. (Tompkins Enrichment Academic Mentoring) after school dance program. The children delighted the board with several dance numbers that included both coordination and exercise.

Also of interest was a presentation of the Comprehensive Safe School Plans by Chief Administrator of Instructional Services, Traci Minjares. The plans focus on safety and disaster preparedness practiced by all Tehachapi schools and the central office.

She explained that each school has a Disaster Shed containing items such as water, cots, first aid and potties. She showed the board a sample disaster cart containing caution tape, pen and paper (for a scribe), vests, a map of shut offs and a list of every student at the school with contact information. Each school has this cart which is kept inside the school and easily accessible. Following the presentation, the board unanimously approved the plans.


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