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Principal for a Day - Captain Bill Schueller
Adrienne Yanke

We are very excited to have Captain Schueller on our campus in March as our Principal for a Day! Here is a little more information on our upcoming guest.

Bill Schueller is employed as a Captain with the Redding Police Department. He has been a police officer with the City of Redding for 24 years.  Bill spent the first four years of his career as a patrol officer. In 1998 Bill became a Motor Officer assigned to the Traffic Unit. He spent four years in Traffic before transferring to the Investigations Division. Bill spent five years in Investigations, working Gangs, High Tech (Computer) Crimes, and ultimately an assignment in Major Crimes investigating violent crime. Bill was promoted in 2007 to Corporal and reassigned to the Field Operations Division supervising patrol officers. Bill was promoted to Sergeant in 2010. In 2011, Bill was assigned to the Administration Division where he managed training and hiring of new officers and staff. In 2015, Bill was promoted to Lieutenant and reassigned to patrol as a Watch Commander. In October 2017, Bill was promoted to Captain. He currently manages the Field Operation’s Division, which employs the majority of the department, including Patrol, NPU, Traffic and SWAT. Bill spent 15 years on the Department’s SWAT team as an operator, Team Leader, and ultimately, the Tactical Commander.

Bill has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management. He is married and has two teenage daughters. Bill is the current Board President for the Grant School District, and sits on the One Safe Place Board of Directors. In his spare time, Bill enjoys riding motorcycles, boating, mountain biking, and spending time with his family.

Flexible Seating at PACE Academy
Adrienne Yanke

In Mrs. Murray's kindergarten and first grade class we are now working with a variety of differentiated seating. Each day as the students come in, they recite the goal they are working on for the week, and then they have the opportunity to pick out which seat they would like to use for the day. Currently we use six different seating options: stools, yoga ball chairs, wobble chairs, a spiky tactile seat cushion, scoop chairs, and regular chairs. These options provide the students with something other than the traditional chair and allows them the opportunity to wiggle, bounce, or move in whatever way helps them to focus while they are doing their work! 

In Mrs. Richardson's second and third grade room, we also utilize flexible seating options throughout the day. From yoga balls to seat cushions, students are provided the opportunity of a differentiated seating choice in addition to their normal chairs used throughout the day. All students utilize our lowered table for centers, which provides them the opportunity to sit on the floor and have a break from a typical desk. We have found the flexible seating to greatly improve focus in the classroom!

Dream Bottles for ESYAC
Adrienne Yanke

The Fourth and Fifth graders in Kayser's Kingdom made Dream Bottles for our friends at ESYAC(a non profit organization providing support to kids who need some extra care). These bottles are made with water, oil and food coloring. When you shake the bottles up, the ingredients mix together. As you let it rest, the ingredients settle separately. Watching this happen is very calming and helps you go to sleep, thus the name Dream Bottle. Our students made science connections, art connections, and Social Studies connections on MLK day and writing connections around this project. The girls participated in a special field trip to deliver the bottles to our friends after school one day.

100th Day of School
Adrienne Yanke

PACE Academy had a great time celebrating the 100th Day of School on Wednesday, January 31st! Mrs. Richardson's class celebrated being 100 Days Smarter with a review of how much they have learned and a fun art project. Mrs. Murray's class took a look into the future with a 'When I am 100 Years Old' writing prompt and picture. All of our classes had some fun in math with the number 100 and taking a look back through the school year so far. 100 days down, 80 more to go!

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