Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

March 17, 2014

Pleasant Hill Ramblings: Council honors outstanding students and teachers at Pleasant Hill Elementary

By Jean Clark
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — At the March Pleasant Hill Town Council meeting, Mayor Al Dwenger presented certificates and gift cards to the Pleasant Hill Elementary School’s students of the month and teachers of the year. Recognized were students Jace Iles for pre-kindergarten through fourth grade and Abbi Miller for grades 5-8. Teachers of the year for grades 5-8 were Brian Conatser, who teaches world history and geography to sixth- and seventh-graders. Vice Mayor Diane Savage, kindergarten teacher at the school, noted that she remembers Conatser as a five-year-old student. Unfortunately, teacher of the year for pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, Rhonda Phipps, who teaches first grade, was unable to be attend due to illness in her family.

At the council meeting, resident Rebecca Kilmer voiced her concern about students and other pedestrians who she observes walking along Main St. near her place of business, Earth Heart Center. She volunteered to serve on a committee, if the council should appoint one, to investigate possible grants for sidewalks in the town. Recycled papers have been picked up and volunteers continue to monitor donations on Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the town hall parking lot. Volunteers are needed for the town spring festival to be held Saturday, May 17. The next planning meeting will be Thursday, March 27, at 4 p.m. in town hall. Call 277-3813 if you wish to attend or volunteer.

Mayor Dwenger expressed concern about other safety issues residents should be aware of around Pleasant Hill. Do not leave your keys in your vehicle or leave it running when stopping at the post office, at any of the businesses or even in front of your home (there have been incidents of stolen vehicles lately). Always observe the one-way signs around the post office, neither entering nor exiting against their direction. During renovation of the former Wharton Nursing Home, Uplands Village staff will be crossing W. Lake Rd. between Wharton Homes and the former Dr. Braun home where their offices will be located. A temporary crosswalk will be striped and signs have been put up warning drivers of pedestrians. Please be cautious.

In other business the town council approved soliciting bids for flooring in the renovated bathroom, kitchen and public portion of town hall. Rebecca Crowley, co-leader of Girl Scout Troop 2907, asked for aid from the town to help their troop buy badges. She noted that they had been doing fundraising, but would like to be able to help needy girls attend camp. The council approved $250 for the Girl Scouts and $100 for the Buzz Bucks project at the school from their benevolence funds.

Students at the Pleasant Hill Elementary School will be making up five days in excess of the allotted days that the school was closed due to inclement weather. Three of the days will be on scheduled teacher in-service days and two will occur on Monday and Tuesday of spring break, April 14 and 15. Report cards will go home March 19. Sixth-graders will explore the STEM Mobile Learning Lab from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 19. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The mobile lab provides hands-on activities for students.

Try-outs for the Pleasant Hill School PTO Talent Show will take place March 18 and 19, with the show itself scheduled for Friday, March 21, at 6 p.m. The Girl Scouts will hold a Relay for Life Pancake Breakfast in the community room of the school on Saturday, March 22, from 8 to 10 a.m. Some of the Dr. Seuss activities were postponed when schools were closed during Read Across America Week, but those fun reading happenings are being worked into classroom schedules. Please be aware that cross country runners will be practicing on the streets and paths of Pleasant Hill and are not always aware of traffic. So we should be aware of them.

This Week in Pleasant Hill:

Wednesday and Friday — Free tax preparation in Pleasant Hill Community House. Call 277-3096 for an appointment. 

Friday, March 21, at 10 a.m. — Virtual Dementia Program by Gentiva Hospice in Adshead Hall. An overview of the stages of dementia.

Friday, March 21, at 7 p.m. — Spring Fling at Pleasant Hill Community Church, UCC, featuring a play reading by Armchair Theater of “When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet.”