Schools continue to implement ALICE

The St. Joseph-Ogden school district is implementing ALICE during the 2015-16 school year in ways that are similar to previous years.

ALICE  is an acronym that stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. It is not designed to be sequential, but rather give a victim options in an active shooter situation in a public place.

Homecoming events take place this week

Homecoming at St. Joseph-Ogden High School isn’t just about fun costumes, football games and dances.
It is also about giving back.

‘His legacy is SJO’

Jim Acklin first announced his retirement from St. Joseph-Ogden High School in 2013.

Two years later, after serving as interim superintendent, Acklin cleaned out his office and walked out the door of the school he has devoted more than 35 years to.

On June 23, when he left SJO for the last time, he did so quietly.

Teachers learn self defense at Prairieview-Ogden

Teachers and administrators in the Prairieview-Ogden district learned how defend themselves on March 13.

The district had Casey Fuller of Team USA SAFESPORT teach the group how to use pepper spray to defend themselves against attackers.

Superintendent Vic White said he felt Fuller was more than qualified to teach the class.

Heritage RIFs business teacher

The Heritage School board voted to reduce in force four teachers last Monday night and reduce the workload of another.  

The board approved a reduction in force of second grade teacher Carly Shonkwiler, middle school social studies teacher Kit Brown and Chapter I reading teacher Jennifer Stemle.

SJO changes the way it fundraises

St. Joseph-Ogden High School athletics are going to change the way they fundraise.

Assistant Principal Brady Smith said instead of each athletic program running their own fundraiser the athletic department as a whole will be fundraising.

SJO board puts expulsion on hold

On Jan. 12 the St. Joseph-Ogden Board of Education voted to suspend the expulsion of a student that was found to have had an AR-15 rifle, seven boxes of ammunition, two shotguns and shotgun shells in his truck in the school parking lot on Dec. 17.

SJO hires new principal

St. Joseph-Ogden High School has hired a new principal.

At the Feb. 23 board meeting the board of education hired Gary Page, the current principal at Cerro Gordo High School.

Page will replace current Principal Brian Brooks who will take over as superintendent on July 1.

Page was named principal of Cerro Gordo High School on April 17, 2013.

Letter sent home to inform parents



St. Joseph-Ogden High School wants to keep its parents informed in their decision making processes.

Because of that they sent a letter home in October detailing the process the district goes through regarding cancelling school.

Back at it

For the second day in a row St. Joseph-Ogden High School students were in school while many of their local counterparts were not because of cold temperatures.

The high school opted for a one-hour delayed start on Jan. 8.

Bus pickups were done one hour later than normal with school starting at 9:15 a.m., Superintendent Jim Acklin said.

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