43% of BL students involved in extra-curriculars
Fri, 11/22/2013 - 10:29am admin
Gary W. Meyer
Forty-three percent of Big Lake students Grades 7-12 have participated in extra-curricular activities this fall.
That was the message of Director of Community and School Activities Brad Schnitzler as he met with the Big Lake Board of Education Tuesday.
Schnitzler earlier had given the board student athletics participation; he was back Tuesday to add non-athletic participation numbers.
Those activities included honor choir and jazz band, which are fee-based, and choir, band, Facilitators for Young Individuals, Friends of Rachel, DECA, YDYS/Leos, yearbook, student council, Anime Club and Webheads. (Visual arts and National Honor Society numbers will be added at a later time.)
Honor choir (9 to 12) and jazz band (11-17) participation has stayed quite constant over the past six years, Choir has shown a drop from 127 two years ago to 102 this year; band is up from 114 two years ago to 145.
Other events and participants are: Facilitators, 42; Friends of Rachel, 40; DECA 12; YDYS/Leos, 15; yearbook, 40; student council, 25; Anime Club, 39; Webheads, 13.
Only band and choir are held during school hours, the others before or after school.
Snow and ski board, which had 103 and trap shoot, which had 44 participants last year, will have numbers added at a later time.
Fees for sports participation are $125 in the middle school and $220 in the high school. Total middle school sports (unduplicated) participation in sports this fall was 285; for the high school, it was 464. Middle school sports participation was 36%; in the high school, it was 49%, for a combined 43%.
“It’s good to see the participation,” said Board-member Tom Pietzrak.
Boardmember Mark Hedstrom said while the numbers were good, he’d like to see the middle school numbers increase, to better feed the high school programs.
In 2007-08, when participation fees were only $80 and $110, respectively, the middle school had 49% participation and the high school 46% participation.
Schnitzler noted a special event for the high school chamber singers come Dec. 7. They will sing the national anthem at Williams Arena before a Gopher basketball game.