The efforts of the Randolph "Dig Pink" fundraiser highlighted high school Principal Ben Fisher's report to the school board on October 21.
Fisher praised teacher/coach Kate Esser and the volleyball team for their efforts in raising $6,000 for breast cancer research and support programs through the sale of over 580 pink t-shirts, a bake sale, malt sales, a silent auction, and business and private donations.
The football team got into the act, saying they would let the volleyball team shave the boys' hair at a school pep fest if $300 could be raised. $600 was raised on the challenge, with the Teacher's Union priming the pump with a $300 donation.
Fisher reported 20 juniors took the Preliminary SAT test, the most he's ever had sign-up. He also said Randolph will host a Gopher Conference student leadership conference on December 4, with six students from each conference school in attendance for seminars and a motivational speaker.
Elementary Principal Matt Rutledge reported 25 kids went through pre-school screening. He expects about the same for the Spring screening session and a kindergarten of about 50 students next year.
Rutledge said teachers and students are putting the Learn Pads to great use. He said the Accelerated Math software works well with the digital flat pads.
Business Manager Regina Wernimont said the USBank purchasing card rebate program is better than the past program. Through three quarters, she said the rebate is at $4,200.
Wernimont said 46 staff members got the flu shot at the recent clinic held at the school.
SchoolStore.com, which offers rebates to Randolph Schools when purchases are made through their website, is at a rebate of $34 so far this new school year. $1,215 in donated gift cards to classrooms were purchased through the site.
Wernimont said the fee pay via credit card authorization program usage is very strong. It helps prevent bounced checks and dealing with some billing and collection issues.
Ashley Waldvogel's para/preschool assistant resignation was accepted. She took another job.
Dana Banitt and Bethany Johnson were approved as ECFE educators.
Hillary Podritz will take maternity leave for two months starting Dec. 20.
Winter coaches: Boys basketball: Varsity- Tony Linbo, JV- Josh Spitzack, Frosh- To Be Determined, Junior high- Mike Schmidt and TBD. Girls basketball: Varsity - Dennis Trom, JV- Rhea Moorhouse, Freshman - TBD, Junior high - Christine Tresselt-Warren and Brienna Otte. Dance: Melissa Augustine (Varsity) and Cassie Parsons (JV). Speech: Kate Esser with assistant Therese Peikert. Senior and junior high Science Olympiad: Melissa Augustine with Allison Wyatt to assist at junior high.