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9 E = b~ O Welcome to Mt. Pulaski Mr. Wes Jones Wes is the new Principal at Zion Lutheran School Gloria Morrow has been there to guide Mr. Jones through his first few weeks at Zion Lutheran School. By Mike Lakia through 8th Grades PE. Seeing the "light bulb click" for a Before we get to details, Wes is an student is the accomplishment Wes avid Cardinal fan. enjoys. He says there is nothing like Wes is 29 and has been teaching for working with a struggling student who six-years (2006-12). He is from Col- achieves a learning moment because linsviUe; that explains the Cardinals. of that struggle. He sees encouraging a He grew up 15-minutes from the ball - love of learning in a student as one of field, attends an average of 10-games the pillars of education. a year, and watches the team On TV when he can't see them in person. Wes graduated from CoUinsviUe High School in 2001. He credits a high school teacher for his interest in teach- ing and his interest in ancient history. His high school Latin teacher wrapped everything into his class - Roman and Greek history, their language, and their beliefs -and that brought Wes into a career in education. He holds a bachelor's from Concor- dia University, Chicago and earned his master's from Concordia, Nebraska. He was updating his profile when he was called to Mt. Pulaski for an inter- view. A phone interview was followed b3; an in-person interview and a call was extended. Wes says he knows the Lord directed him to our community. Wes has taught U.S. History, World History, and World Geography. At Zion Wes serves as Principal and will teach 4th & 5th grade Religion and will be responsible for Kindergarten While talking with him, Wes pep- peps his conversation with words like - ethics, winning, work ethic, and building character. His enthusiasm for learning will prove to be infectious. As for goals, Wes says he wants to accen- tuate the school's accomplishments, continue to elevate the sch6ol, and with teamwork - help each student reach his/her maximum potential. Quite a tall order, but this young prin- cipal seems up to such a challenge. Wes continues to explore Mt. Pulaski. He.has felt very welcomed to Mt. Pulaski and has enjoyed meeting people and finds Mt. Pulaski is offer- ing a welcoming environment. Something to keep in mind, Wes enjoys playing golf. He says he's not good at it, but he enjoys it. When weather becomes more agreeable, maybe you can offer to introduce him to some of the area courses. Don't forget him when next year's Vinegar Hill Golf Outing rolls around. BEAUTIFUL LAKE & WOODED VIEWS The Reserve at Lakevie a Independent Uving for Those 55 g Better FREE Heat, Water, WiFi & Trash Additional Resident Storage Coded Entry Building Library/Computer Center Laundr~ Facilities * Beauty Salon Walk-In Closets Community & Sun Rooms ;400 OFF 1= MONTH'S RENT!i *LEASE MUST BE SIGNED BY 8/31/I 2. i~ P,~: $~6.~ ~. ,s.~e 1035 S. Main St.; ,Decatur,IL, 62521, ,*, (866) 7,06, 0223,~, The Mt. Pulaski Public Library would like to say a Big Thank You to the following businesses, organizations and individuals who made this year's Summer Reading Program possible. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 447 Frieke Calvert Sehrader Funeral Home Bo-Jae Downing, Przykopanski, Clements and May Insurance Elkhart Grain The Farmers Bank Mt. Pulaski Education Association Mt. Pulaski Masonic Lodge No. 87 Mt. Pulaski Women In Business Stahl's Furniture TomIinson Trust Lake Fork Fertilizer Bank of Chestnut Mary Stewart Joe and Jody Lucas : Cindy Stewart ; / Sandy Ohler ,' / Monical's Pizza , This year we had a total of 2,429 books read by the The Dairy Bar ,' ML Pulaski Township Park District (pool) Pre-K-2nd graders, and 53,566 pages read by the 3rd grade and up. All those who finished the reading pro- gram received a bag of goodies. Our top readers, who received Barnes and Noble gift cards, were Peyton Wyss Joseph Roemer Keaton Roemer Olivia Knoedler Kaden Mort Hannah Stewart Teagan Wyss Ruthie Ruhl Elena Bruns Congratulations to all our readers, and thank you for maMng "Reading Is So Delicious" a SllCCeSS.