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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT JAN/FEB 2015 ROLAND-STORY NEWSLETTER January/February 2015, Volume IV On December 12th, in response to an order from Governor Branstad, Department of Education Director Brad Buck announced the department would no longer automatically grant waivers to districts wanting to begin classes before September 1. This change in practice is concerning and clearly limits school boards from working with their local communities to approve a school calendar that works best for the students and families they serve. ! Patton’s Perspective ! ! In November, the Roland-Story school board passed a resolution indicating why they believe a start date prior to September 1st would beneficial for our local students. Those reason are: • Semester break is most effective at the winter break. This maximizes student learning and instructional time by eliminating the need for significant review after the break for finals preparation. In addition, this allows students who graduate early to align their attendance at a post-secondary institution with that school’s calendar. • Local boards and communities are best suited to determine when their local schools should start. • A change to a later start date runs counter to previous legislative interest in providing students more post-secondary instruction prior to graduation. • Athletics and other extra-curricular activities start early in August to allow students time to prepare and practice before the first competition. ! Currently, Roland-Story has 81 high school students taking DMACC classes either online, at Roland-Story, or in Ames at the Hunziker Center. All of these students would be negatively impacted by a start date as late as September 1st. I have met individually with Iowa Senate Education Committee Chairman Herman Quirmbach and Representative Dave Deyoe regarding this issue. Both of these lawmakers have indicated that legislation is likely to be introduced that would return control of the school start date to local school boards. Senator Quirmbach even went so far as to state, “We ought to give local school boards the authority to set start dates based on the best educational interests of the students. I don’t know why we would try to override the judgment of the local school boards.” ! ! If you are also concerned about this recent announcement by the Iowa Department of Education, we invite you to make your thoughts heard by contacting your local representatives or contacting the governor’s office directly. Hopefully everyone involved will choose what is best for students. Norsemen !1


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT JAN/FEB 2015 WELCOME TO HIGH SCHOOL PE – Larry Ammerman, 9-12 Physical Education / Health Wellness The Physical Education Department attempts to provide a wide variety of activities so all students have the opportunity to learn and participate in many life long activities. Emphasis is on participating to the best of one’s ability, appropriate conduct in a coeducational setting, cooperation with peers, and having fun in the various activities. ! So far this year the students have participated in a variety of individual and team activities including: Outdoor Recreational Unit: Bocce Ball, Frisbee Golf, Tennis, and Flag Football. Indoor Recreational Unit: Weight Room Training, Volleyball, Basketball, and Hockey. Future activities include a Lifetime Sports Unit (Table Tennis, Buka Ball, Gator Ball, Billiards), Self Defense, Badminton, Archery, Square Dance, Snow Skiing, Skating, STX Ball (Lacrosse), and Presidential Physical Fitness Testing. Why is physical education in our local schools important? According to a recent survey by the Center of Science in Public Interest, 20 to 30 percent of American teens are over weight. Many are showing early signs of cardiovascular risk factors such as physical inactivity, excess weight, high blood cholesterol and cigarette smoking. Inactive children are more likely to become inactive adults. Healthy lifestyle training should start in childhood to promote improved cardiovascular health in adult life. Young children are among the most active of all segments of the population. Though the assessment of physical activity during the elementary school years is difficult, there is ample evidence to indicate that children are among the most active group in our population. By the teen years, activity levels begin to decline. The decline is more dramatic among teenage girls than boys. At age 13 only 6 to 7% of all teens report no physical activity while that number is nearly ¼ of all girls and 1/5 of all boys by age of 19. ! ! As children we spend most of our time playing. As we get older we lose sight of how much fun it is to play. ! Have  school  closings/delays  emailed   directly  to  you.                                                                                       Sign  up  on  the                                                                           Roland-­‐Story  District                                                 website  under  email                               notifications. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Norsemen !2


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT JAN/FEB 2015 PRE-REGISTRATION FOR 2015-2016 HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES - Terri Heisterkamp ! ! ! ! ! Pre-registration for high school classes for the 2015-2016 school year will be completed by the first week in February. Course selection deserves serious thought. It is important that the following ideas are kept in mind while you are helping your high schooler fill out the registration forms. 1. Taking as much math and science as the individual student’s abilities allow will keep more doors open down the road in regard to being accepted by a postsecondary school and/or hired for a job. 2. Everyone needs to be able to communicate well--take as many language arts and social studies classes as the schedule will allow. 3. All of our classes are valuable. High school is probably the best opportunity to broaden skills and knowledge with some of our more “elective” types of classes. Try to strike a balance between heading in a specific direction such as college preparatory and yet also not neglecting the opportunities available to explore other areas such as art, business, consumer and family sciences, industrial technology, vocational agriculture and health sciences. 4. Students should plan on taking the following classes as a minimum college preparatory curriculum: 4 years of language arts; 3 or 4 years of math through Algebra II; 3 or 4 years of social studies; 3 or 4 years of science through chemistry and/or physics; and 3 to 4 years of a foreign language. The three Iowa Regent Schools (UNI, ISU and UI) have the following Regent Admission Index (RAI): (2 x ACT Composite) + (1 x percentile high school class rank) + (20 x high school GPA) + (5 x # of high school core courses) 245 score = minimum requirement for admission (automatic admissions) Below 245 score = reviewed ! If you have any questions about registration, please call Ms. Heisterkamp at 733-4329 or email her at theisterkamp@roland-story.k12.ia.us. HIGH SCHOOL STANDARDIZED TESTING PROGRAM Throughout the school year freshmen, sophomores and juniors are given a variety of standardized tests. With the results from these tests, the student and the school have a clearer picture of each student’s strengths and weaknesses. We also use these tests to help evaluate our curriculum. On February 11, 10th and 11th graders will take the Iowa Assessments while 9th graders will take the Practice ACT. Norsemen !3


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT JAN/FEB 2015 Top 10 Ways to Survive Third Grade 10. Four sections of third grade ! 9. New teacher Ms. Katy Hyatt! 8. Know your facts, multiplication and! division are new! 7. Cursive – Zaner Bloser is new for the! teachers too!! 6. Keyboarding – on the Ipads and in the! computer lab with Dance Mat Typing! 5. Road maps – exploring Iowa is fun.! 4. Election day at the capitol followed by! School House Rock Live at the Civic! Center ! 3. Farm Safety with the FFA! 2. Finding our way through the Smoke House! during Fire Safety Week! 1, Enjoying reading parties to encourage! students to READ, READ, READ! ! ! We have had a few changes in Title 1 this year!! We are not having Title in 4th grade and we are offering PAL services to Kindergarten this year. In first grade we are trying to group the kids with the same needs together so we can really target these areas. It’s been a good change, but as with any change it takes a lot of communication between our group and the classroom teachers. We feel we are doing what is best for the kids to meet their needs. ! Title 1 at the Elementary School ~ Mrs. Staton ! ! ! The kids continue to work hard and we find fun ways to work on sight words and phonemic reading skills. It’s always fun to see their faces and excitement when things start to click and they figure it out!! Kindergarteners are reading and learning so many new skills. Keep working with your children and take time to listen to and read to them!! Norsemen !4


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT JAN/FEB 2015 ROLAND-­‐STORY  PRESCHOOL  APPLICATION  DEADLINE  IS  MARCH  1       ! ~  Laurie  Arnold  &  Sandy  Bauer     Roland-­‐Story  offers  a  preschool  class  that  is  housed  in  the   elementary  building.  This  class  consists  of  children  who  are  4  years  old.   It  is  an  integrated  program  with  regular  education  students  experiencing   a  preschool  program  along  with  children  of  the  same  age  that  have   special  needs.  The  program  is  offered  to  all  children  who  will  be  4  by   September  15th.  The  class  size  is  limited  to  provide  all  children  with  a   high  quality  preschool.  The  program  is  designed  to  help  each  child  reach   his/her  fullest  potential  and  develop  a  love  of  learning!  The  days  are  full   of  singing,  playing,  paint,  glue,  and  learning!  Preschool  is  Monday  through  Thursday  offering  a   morning  and  afternoon  session.  The  morning  group  is  from  8:30-­‐11:15  and  the  afternoon  group   runs  from  12:30-­‐3:15.  Due  to  the  limited  size  of  the  classes  we  will  take  applications  until  March   1st.   !   We  will  then  have  a  lottery  type  drawing  to  determine  enrollment.  We  will  begin  taking   applications  online  starting  January  1,  2015,  and  in  the  ofVice  January  6th.  Visit  the  R-­‐S   Elementary  home  page  to  Vind  the  link  or  there  will  be  a  box  in  the  ofVice  to  drop  the  application   card  in.  After  the  drawing  on  March  1st,  you  will  be  contacted  by  mail  to  let  you  know  whether   or  not  your  child’s  name  was  drawn  and  they  have  a  spot  in  the  preschool  program.  If  you  have   any  questions  please  call  the  elementary  school  at  (515)  733-­‐4386.     ! ! ! ! !   PRE-­‐KINDERGARTEN       ~  Sandy  Bauer   The  PreK  class  has  Vive  specials.  They  are  Library,  Guidance,  Music,  PE,  and  Computer   Lab.  We  have  iPads  in  our  classroom  that  we  use  to  build  our   literacy  and  math  skills  as  well  as  our  Vine  motor  skills.   ! !   The  PreK  students  come  to  school  everyday  for  half  a   day.  The  students  experience  many  different  learning   activities  and  gain  conVidence  as  they  prepare  for   Kindergarten.     PreK  has  worked  hard  to  identify  the  sounds  of   letters.    We  use  Zoo  phonics,  a  program  that  uses  animals  in   the  shape  of  letters  to  help  identify  the  letter  sounds.    We   have  worked  on  rhyming  words,  beginning  sounds,  counting     and  identifying  numbers  to  20.   ! ! Norsemen ! !5


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT JAN/FEB 2015 ! ! Agriculture Education Students in the Agriculture Education curriculum have been working in a wide variety of classroom activities to enhance their educational opportunities this past month. The students in Career Decision Making class have been learning about the concepts of ‘entrepreneurship’. As part of this unit, they worked on learning about using excel spreadsheet. Students in Animal Science have been studying concepts of science applications in the animal agriculture industry. They have been focusing on the curriculum called ‘ASA’ (Animal Science Agriculture) which is a segment of the overall STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative to infuse more sciences into the curriculum. Students in Agriculture I class finished a unit on ‘agrisciences in the field of agriculture’ which is a component of the CASE (curriculum for agriculture science education) and are moving onto their wood shop unit where they will be making a candy dispensing machine. In the Meteorology class, students have studied about factors that affect our weather such as air masses and are now moving into the final two units on weather fronts and severe storms. The Ag Mechanics class has worked on a unit dealing with electricity, wiring, plumbing and now with a unit on ‘modern mechanics’ in which they will be learning about comparisons of energy sources such as ethanol vs. common fuels for power, efficiency and environment. ! Eight FFA members along with Mr. Taylor attended the 2014 National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY the end of October. FFA members Zachary Taylor and Jacob Sterle attended the November School Board meeting and presented to the board and others in attendance on what they experienced. Jade Elliott coordinated a program for all the 2nd graders called “Kids Against Hunger”. This is our 8th year of sponsoring this program where FFA members are teaching 2nd graders about the needs of providing children in underdeveloped nations with food. This event is part of the “Kids Against Hunger” program that is sponsored by “Outreach International” with all food packaged going to schools in Tanzania. This year we packaged 6,000 individual meals. FFA members sponsored a special program for Mr. Gilroy’s 4th grade class in mid-November where they instructed the 4th graders on the science practice of extracting DNA from strawberry’s. ! ! For further information over the Roland-Story Agriculture Program you can refer to our web site at: www.rsffa.org Norsemen !6


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT JAN/FEB 2015 FFA kids outside of Louisville Slugger ! ! ! ! ! ! Kids Against Hunger ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 4th grade program on DNA extraction 2nd Grade news! ! Lots of new faces in 2nd grade this year. We have two new members that joined the 2nd grade team. Miss Johnson is a first year teacher who is a graduate of Buena Vista University. Mrs. Rule is joining from right down the hall after 26 years in 1st grade. We are also welcoming a Roland-Story grad Miss Nicole Nielsen as our student teacher with Mrs. Hull until Christmas break. Our students are making the adjustment from learning to read, to reading to learn. They are applying these skills to Science and Social Studies. We are punching up their math skills while working on double digit addition and subtraction. One of the highlights of November was packaging meals for Kids Against Hunger with the High School FFA students. We are looking forward to many educational opportunities in the upcoming months. Here’s to a year of happy learning! Norsemen !7


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT JAN/FEB 2015 Industrial Technology at the High School Hello again from the Roland-Story Industrial Technology Department. It’s been a long 365 days since my last bulletin. With a year and one half of teaching at Roland-Story under my belt, I’m beginning to see the results of our hard work. I said “Our” and not “Me”, because I have had a lot of people helping me to continually improve this program. The administration, staff, students, businesses and community have all helped me to shape and mold Industrial Technology Education here at Roland-Story High School. ! ! ! ! The shop facilities have received new lights in the ceiling, the steam pipe venting has been improved and equipment updates and repairs have made our shop much more functional and efficient. As the school year progresses I am becoming better acquainted with the students at Roland Story. Like-wise, they are beginning to understand my routines and expectations for their success. Course offerings remain the same with only slight adjustments to course names, projects and student assessments. Semester one classes include: Technical Drawing, Materials Processing II, Energy/Power and Transportation and Welding. Semester two classes will begin in January and will include: Materials Processing I, Engineering and Architectural Drafting and Metals. And of course I can’t leave out my Multi Media (Yearbook) class. Plug: Order your 2014-15 yearbook now through Jostens website. ! ! I am looking forward to the remainder of the school year. I am anxious to see what my students will produce, and projects and products they will generate as their knowledge of materials, design and equipment evolve and sharpen. Once again, I thank the folks of Roland and Story City for their support and encouragement. This truly is a great school system to be a part of. ! Don’t forget to order your yearbook at jostens.com or contact Mr. Higginbottom at phigginbottom@roland-story.k12.ia.us Norsemen !8


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT JAN/FEB 2015   ! ! ! ! Projects from Industrial Arts ! ! Senior Parents! Be sure to place your Ads for Grads order for that special senior. Ads for Grads allows you to put a special message for your child in their final yearbook. For more information contact Paul Higginbottom at 515-733-4329 or phigginbottom@rolandstory.k12.ia.us Norsemen !9


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT JAN/FEB 2015 COLLEGE ENTRANCE ASSESSMENTS Your son/daughter will be required to take one of the following assessments if he/she plans to attend college. It is highly recommended that all students take the ACT at least once so they do not "close doors" on opportunities. For more information on each test click on the link provided. If you visit the HS guidance website you will also find information regarding these assessments. ! ACT:  (4 year colleges)  http://www.act.org/products/k-12-act-test/ • The ACT multiple-choice tests are based on what you're learning.
 The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. The test questions on the ACT are directly related to what you have learned in your high school courses in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Every day you attend class you are preparing for the ACT. The harder you work in school, the more prepared you will be for the test. • There are many ways to prepare for the ACT.
 Taking challenging courses in high school is the best way to prepare, but ACT also offers a number of test preparation options including free online practice tests, testing tips for each subject area tested, and the free student booklet Preparing for the ACT. This booklet includes complete practice tests (with a sample writing prompt and example essays). ACT Online Prep™, the only online test preparation program developed by ACT, is another tool to help you be ready for test day. • The ACT helps you plan for your future.
 In addition to the tests, the ACT also provides you with a unique Interest Inventory and a Student Profile Section. By responding to these sections, which ask about your interests, courses, and educational preferences, you provide a profile of your work in high school and your career choices to colleges. • The ACT helps colleges find you.
 By taking the ACT, you make yourself visible to colleges and scholarship agencies, so it's another way to help you get ready for life after high school. • Your ACT score is based only on what you know.
 The ACT is the only national college admission test based on the number of correct answers— you are not penalized for guessing. • You choose which scores you send to colleges.
 When you register for the ACT, you can choose up to four colleges to which ACT will send your scores as part of the basic fee for your test option. If you take the test more than once, you choose which test date results the colleges will receive. ACT sends scores only for the test date you select. • Optional Writing Test.
 Because not all colleges require a writing test for admission, ACT offers you the choice of whether or not you want to spend the extra time and money taking the Writing Test. Writing is an important skill for college and work, but schools use different methods to measure your writing skills. Find out what colleges have told us about their policies here. ! ! Norsemen !10


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT JAN/FEB 2015 SAT  (4 year colleges)  http://sat.collegeboard.org/home?affiliateId=nav&bannerId=h-satex The SAT tests the reading, writing and math skills that you learn in school and that are critical for success in college and beyond. It gives both you and colleges a sense of how you’ll be able to apply the thinking, writing and study skills required for college course work. The questions are rigorously researched and tested to make sure students from all backgrounds have an equal chance to do well. The test is straightforward. There are no tricks designed to trip you up. Students who do well in the classroom are often the same ones who will do well on the SAT. The SAT also provides the opportunity for you to connect to scholarship opportunities, place out of certain college courses and learn more about your academic strength. The 21st century global economy is fast-paced and changeable. You’ll need a new set of skills – and a habit of lifelong learning – to flourish in this information age. The best way to succeed and thrive as an adult is to challenge yourself to rise to a high level of academic excellence now. You’ll do that best by taking challenging high school courses and working hard in them. The SAT provides a trusted, globally recognized indicator of your academic readiness for college. In a way, the SAT is the bridge between the hard work you’ve already done and the college that is the best fit for the future you are about to create. Compass (2 year colleges) http://www.act.org/products/higher-education-act-compass/ Unlike four-year colleges and universities that require standardized test scores for admissions, two-year colleges usually don't require them. You just fill out the required paperwork to enroll. But, these same two-year schools often use ACT Compass tests to gauge your English and math skills; English language learners may be required to take Compass' English as a second language test to register for some classes. Your score determines the level of English and math classes in which you can enroll. With high Compass scores, you may place out of freshman English and math. With low scores, you may be required to take remedial classes to catch up. ! ! FINANCIAL AID FOR COLLEGE Parents of seniors who plan to attend college this coming fall should be completing the financial aid form (FAFSA) right now. You will have the best chance of meeting various college financial aid deadlines if you have completed (and sent for processing) the form by mid-February. Remember to make a copy of the form before you mail it. The FAFSA may be electronically completed. Copies should also be made and saved of your completed income tax forms before your income tax forms are mailed for processing. Roland-Story’s high school code number is 164-175. If you are having problems call Iowa College Aid at 1-877-272-4456 or email them at iowacollegeaid.gov. ! ! !11 Norsemen


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT JAN/FEB 2015 ! Classes with Mr. Bowman     !   Another  semester  has  Vlown  by  again  this  year.  In  American  Government  it  was  an   exciting  whirlwind  with  the  election  and  all  the  campaigning  for  Iowa’s  Virst  vacant   Senate  seat  in  decades.  We  started  the  year  off  with  The  Revolutionary  War,  our   Founding  Fathers  and  the  Constitution  Era.    After  that  we  analyzed  current  campaigning   methods  and  how  to  be  an  educated  voter  as  best  as  possible.    We  then  spent  several   weeks  on  how  Congress  operates  and  we  are  now  looking  into  current  national  issues.   Before  Christmas  break  we  had  a  short  unit  on  Economics  and  personal  Vinance.  In  the   second  semester  we  will  cover:  The  Executive  Branch,  The  Judicial  Branch  and  State   Government.  We  will  end  with  the  Criminal  Justice  System.   !   In  Psychology  we  have  covered  three  ‘schools’:  Biological-­‐Medical,  Environmental-­‐ Behavioral  and  Freudian-­‐Psychoanalytical.  We  have  research  many  psychological   disorders  and  treatment.  And  done  several  Case  Studies  with  students  attempting  to   comprehend  treatment  options  and  the  difViculty  the  Vield  of  psychology  has  and  its   successes.   !   In  US  History,  we  started  the  year  with  the  Industrial  Age,  which  lead  to  the   reform  efforts  known  as  the  Progressive  Age.  We  then  spent  a  few  weeks  on  WWI  and   followed  that  up  with  the  decade  long  party  in  the  USA,  known  as  the  ‘Roaring  Twenties’.     We  are  currently  on  the  Great  Depression  and  hope  to  preview  a  glimpse  of  the  causes  of   WWII  before  Break.  After  break  we  will  cover  WWII,  The  Fifties  and  the  Cold  War,   Vietnam  and  the  hippie  Generation  gap.  And  then  move  through  the  70’s,  80’s  and  90’s.   OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2015-2016 Parents/guardians considering the use of open enrollment to enroll their children in another public school district in the State of Iowa for the 2015-2016 school year should be aware of the following dates: March 1, 2015: Last day for regular open enrollment requests. September 1, 2015: Deadline for students entering kindergarten. ! Norsemen !12


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT JAN/FEB 2015 Classes with Mr. Calvert ! This last semester has been a great start to the school year and I cannot thank enough this community, faculty, parents, and students for everything you do. This truly is a great place to be. There has been a change in the classes I teach this year. I am now teaching World History, American History, and U.S./World Affairs.  ! In World History we are working on a research paper where the students get to pick ! In American History we just finished up the Roaring 20’s where the kids made a ! I am also still involved in many extra curricular activities such as High School ! Go Norse! their topics. This assignment is being done with Mr. Klett in English as well, and is a crosscurricular assignment between our departments. This can be a difficult assignment but the students are rising to the challenge! news broadcast skit over that era. Our unit on the Great Depression will take us right up to the end of the semester.   ! In U.S. Affairs we are going to begin our final project where we will be taking a look at how the media influences what we see and hear. Students will be picking a current event and doing research into how the big news networks portray the information on that event. Football, Baseball and Middle School Wrestling. This last summer was a lot of fun going to state!  This keeps me very busy but it is important for students to be involved in many activities and become a well-rounded person. Looking forward to next semester and more great things to come. ! ! Classes with Mr. Sheahan !   The  8th  grade  American  history  students  are  completing  their  unit  on  the  American   Revolution.  One  of  the  final  activities  they  have  to  complete  is  a  Revolutionary  battles  poster/ presentation.  The  students  are  finishing  up  this  activity  now.  They  had  to  research  a  battle,   compile  important  components  related  to  the  battle,  and  write  a  journal  entry  as  if  they  were   part  of,  or  a  witness  to  the  battle.  The  components  that  the  students  must  complete  are  finding   the  date  and  location  of  the  battle,  the  generals  for  both  armies,  casualties,  the  victor  and  the   significance  of  the  battle.  They  had  to  put  all  of  this  information  on  their  posters,  along  with   pictures.  Then,  they  presented  their  posters  to  the  class.     !   After  completing  the  unit  on  the  American  Revolution,  the  students  will  be  moving  on   to  the  creation  of  the  Constitution.  We  will  be  discussing  why  a  Constitution  was  needed.  The   students  will  be  researching  major  issues  that  were  debated  at  the  Constitutional  Convention,   along  with  major  members  of  the  convention  and  the  contributions  they  had  on  the  famous   document.  We  will  be  analyzing  the  document  and  seeing  how  the  Constitution  pertains  to  our   everyday  lives.  The  students  will  also  learn  what  rights  and  privileges  are  guaranteed  to  them  by   the  Bill  of  Rights.  We  will  be  learning  about  the  27  Amendments  to  the  Constitution.  This   should  take  us  through  break  and  into  next  semester.  The  students  have  been  doing  an   excellent  job  so  far  this  semester  and  hope  it  continues  into  the  new  year!     Norsemen !13


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT JAN/FEB 2015 8th Grade Science ~ Jeff Staker The eighth graders are gearing up on their problem solving skills in science. They will put their work on display during the annual Science Fair Open House on February 12, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Students started the process, at the beginning of January, by selecting a topic to investigate. They are currently researching information and conducting experiments. The culmination of this six week long project is to showcase their work in a display to be presented during the open house. Projects are evaluated in three major categories; they are the scientific method, creativity and relevance to issues in today’s society. All students are responsible for completing an individual project; however, there is also the possibility of 2-4 students working in collaboration to solve a problem. Team projects will be in addition to their individual projects. If you are employed in a scientific field and would be interested in assisting one of our fine young eighth graders, please give me a call. An example of assistance might be to answer questions posed by the student, in reference to your specific area of expertise. Hopefully that will help ensure the student develops an appropriate hypothesis, correctly sets up the experimental design, or simply gives them more background information. I encourage “assistance” from parents and/or professional scientists. Perhaps your excitement of studying science will generate an enthusiasm for our students to enjoy a career someday in science. Please keep in mind these are 8th grade students, I expect an 8th grade finished product. If you enjoy science or just want to take in some awesome work from today’s youth please stop in at the middle school on February 12th for our annual Science Fair Open House. STANDARDIZED TESTING FEBRUARY 11 High School Principal Steve Schlatter Students in grades 9-11 will be taking standardized tests on Wednesday, February 11th. These tests are very important for the district and the building to determine curriculum strengths and weaknesses. The Department of Education uses these scores to make sure our district shows adequate progress on increased state goals. ! ! Due to this important focus on testing, we are allowing seniors a day away from school. We encourage them to schedule college visits for this day. This is a great opportunity to visit campus to make sure paperwork is completed correctly, to check on financial aid, and perhaps an opportunity to sit in on a class with teacher approval. We also encourage seniors to consider a job shadow if college visits are already completed. Norsemen !14


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT JAN/FEB 2015 Middle School Special Education ~ Linda Norem Middle school special education services are delivered in many ways, depending on student needs. Students who are not working at or near grade level in a subject area may require pull out one-to-one or small group specially designed instruction in order to gain the missing skills. Students who are generally at grade level, but are missing isolated skills may need support in a subject area to provide re-teaching, modeling, multiple practice opportunities, and additional progress monitoring as they work to close the gap between themselves and expected levels of performance. ! Many students at the middle school level benefit from a co-teaching model, where the general education teacher and the special education teacher work together in planning, teaching, and assessing the students in the general education setting. The special education teacher still provides the specially designed instruction for students, but that instruction takes place in the general education classroom. The ultimate goal of special education is to provide an individual education program for each student. ! HOIAC Fine Arts Festival March 6 at Baxter High School! Art Show from 5:00 - 7:00! Vocal & Band Concert 7:00! $5 Adults! $3 Students ! Roland-Story High School Band & Vocal Concert ! Thursday, February 12th 7:00 pm 8th Grade Language Arts ~Aaron Stensland We have just concluded our author study in which students in 8th grade chose an author that interested them and was on their reading level. They read four books by that author and then had a research project to turn in when the unit was over. It included a bibliography, biography, book reviews, character reviews, author writing style and interesting facts. ! ! ! Students also participated in a writing contest this fall called, "The Patriot's Pen" we at Roland-Story had three winners. The first place winner, Eli Ruben, has won at the local level, the district level, and now he will travel to Des Moines in January to compete at the state level. We will now be focusing on our literature unit, where students will read a collection of short stories and do many projects and writings that accompany the stories. Norsemen !15



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