A number of staff changes took place at Crescent City Grade School when classes resumed Aug. 19.

Tonia Wengert, who taught fourth grade several years, moved to third grade, following the retirement of Debra Bettermann; Kristin Zack, who taught junior high social studies nine years, moved to the second grade classroom, taking the position left by Joyce Dorsey, who also retired; and Aaron Hamilton added junior high social studies to his list of duties, which includes PE teacher and CCGS athletic director.

Filling the vacancy as fourth grade teacher is Alexis “Lexie” Brutlag. An alumnus of Crescent-Iroquois High School, she finished high school at Cissna Park and then attended Olivet Nazarene University. At ONU she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. This is her first teaching assignment.

Mrs. Brutlag, born and raised in the Crescent City area, is daughter of Mike and Lisa Schuldt. She is married to Dan Brutlag, son of Barry and Lisa Brutlag of rural Crescent City, and they currently live in rural Crescent City with their puppy, Rocky.

Mrs. Brutlag loves to go camping, crochet and “spend time with our family and friends.”

Recently, Mrs. Brutlag taught a lesson of plant and animal cells to her students. The students made models using candy, with the candy representing the different organelles present in the plant and animal cells. After discussing the functions of each cell part and the differences between plant and animal cells, the students enjoyed eating the candy.

An open house is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, during which time parents, family and friends of CCGS students can visit the classroom and meet the teachers. The CI Booster Club will also conduct a book fair during this event.