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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT October 2015 ! NEWSLETTER ! First Quarter 2015 ! Norsemen !1

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT October 2015 LANGUAGE ARTS 3 ~ Thomas Klett Language Arts 3 is taught in conjunction with World History, so major themes are covered in each class. For example, when students were learning about ancient civilizations in World History at the start of the year, they read The Epic of Gilgamesh in Language Arts 3. In addition to connecting literature with history, Language Arts 3 also focuses on writing skills. A major project for second quarter will be research writing, which is a paper students will research and write both for Language Arts 3 and World History. For students planning on college, this will be an introduction to the skills they will need to be successful college students; for students planning on entering the workplace, the paper will focus on developing critical thinking and communication skills. Being able to develop a position on a topic, find relevant research, and package it in a compelling way is an important skill for students. DMACC INTRO TO LITERATURE Students in Introduction to Literature, a dual-enrollment course through Des Moines Area Community College, are reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The novel tells the story of a traveling Shakespearean acting troupe 20 years after a global pandemic destroys 99 percent of the world’s population. Students will have an opportunity to listen to the author speak during mid-October at DMACC in Ankeny. Following that, students will research challenged and banned books in the United States, with a focus on developing research skills that will be useful in DMACC’s Composition class second semester. Since this is a survey course, there’s a lot to cover yet, including literary theory, drama, and poetry. ! TALENTED AND GIFTED A purpose for students in the Talented and Gifted program at Roland-Story High School is to become a lifelong learner. One way students achieve this is to develop a project that they will explore throughout the year. They need to invest at least forty hours into the project throughout the year, and the majority of students will share their results during the high school’s annual TAG Night at the end of the year. Projects are as diverse as ever this year. Some students are learning about computer programming, others are exploring more in-depth fiction and nonfiction writing, and others are exploring art, photography, and fashion design. One student is helping set up a team to take to the Science Bowl competition hosted by the Ames Lab in January. TAG includes students from all grades. ! ! Norsemen !2

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT October 2015 ! ! Language Arts I ~ Jessica Greenfield We're reading Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Chris Crowe. Students are learning about what it's like for a young teen to learn about the ways of our society in 1955. Students are taking part in online discussions and group discussions in class to share ideas. ! Communications Lab 9 The students are presenting their final projects after reading Lois Lowry's The Giver. Students were able to choose from a variety of project options to showcase their understanding and analysis of the classic novel. We truly have some creative students! ! Communications Principles We've done a variety of speeches so far this year, including Expository, Spontaneous, and Interpretive Poetry. In this small class of seniors, the students enjoy being able to put a personal spin on some of these categories. They're realizing that public speaking doesn't have to be as scary as they once thought. ! Humanities We have just started reading Dante's Inferno. After the first section of reading, students were intrigued, but slightly overwhelmed by the vocabulary and allusions. They seem to have a better grip on things after the second section of reading. They're already interested in the final project for this unit, where they get to create their own version of Hell, mimicking Dante's style. ! NHS is well underway in their planning for this year's haunted house, scheduled for October 31st at the high school. More information will be given out to the Elementary and Middle schools this week! I am beyond impressed with the leadership these upperclassmen have taken with this project. ! ! ! ! ! Norsemen !3

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT October 2015 Language Arts News from Room 212 As an English teacher, it’s reasonable to assume I love to read. My house has two and a half rooms dedicated to books. My students will laugh when we begin a new class novel because I ALWAYS start with, “This is one of my favorite books…” However, even after 20 years in the classroom, I am still floored when students admit that they don’t really read the books I, or any other teacher for that matter, assign. Why are we losing a generation of readers? What impacts will that have on their future education and society as a whole? The following is an article by Kat Cohen I found last year about the importance of reading and college admission. However, the love of reading for pleasure has impact beyond getting into a good school. Being a reader leads to a more fulfilled life. So please, ask your kids what they are reading and let them see you enjoy a good book. ! Tammy Dickinson-Ferrell ! Educators have always stressed the importance of reading for pleasure outside of class, but how does this benefit students preparing for the college admissions process? Preparing for college doesn't mean just building a balanced college list, taking standardized tests and completing college applications senior year. It's never too early to start thinking about college, and one of the best ways to start the college prep process is to read! Not just about the admissions process in general, but works of fiction and nonfiction, publications and blogs. For some students, outside reading may seem less important than the other obligations vying for their time and attention. However, outside reading is crucial during the college prep process and should be encouraged early on. ! Here's why it's really important for students to read outside of class: ! It helps develop interests.
 As I've said many times before, colleges aren't looking for the mythical "well-rounded student." Instead, colleges want to build well-rounded classes made up of specialists -- or students with a defined interest that they've honed and intend to pursue in college. Becoming a specialist means identifying and exploring a particular passion or interest, and one of the best ways to do this is through reading. For example, a student interested in economics or finance can read books, blogs and niche publications to better understand the field and it's core concepts. This knowledge can then be used in extracurricular activities, such as functioning as the treasurer for the entrepreneur club or organizing a fundraiser for another student organization. Norsemen "4

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT October 2015 It helps colleges get to know you.
 Colleges like Columbia University and Stanford University have sections on their Common Application supplement that ask students to list what they've been reading outside of class. Princeton University and University of Southern California also have "short take" questions on their supplements that ask students to indicate their favorite book and author. Colleges want to get to know students and their interests, and looking at their outside reading is one way to do it. Not only does outside reading provide insight into your personality, it can also give you material for a compelling college essay. For example, in Harvard's Common Application supplement, students are given the opportunity to write an essay from a selection of topics, including "an intellectual experience (course, project, book, discussion, paper, poetry or research topic in engineering, mathematics, science or other modes of inquiry) that has meant the most to you." It will enhance your vocabulary...
 The more words you're exposed to, the better chance that they will eventually make their way into your own internal word bank. Studies have shown that the more students read, the better their vocabularies, which can come in handy when preparing for standardized tests. Not only does reading provide the vocabulary, but also the context to derive its meaning -- which is a key component of critical reading passages on the SAT and ACT. By reading challenging material, you're practicing for standardized tests without even knowing it! ...and help make you a better writer.
 Want to write a standout college application essay? Read more. Studies have shownthat those who read a variety of well-written works are more likely to excel in writing achievement. Coupled with enhanced vocabulary, writing styles and devices, including cadence, word usage, sentence construction and more, can essentially rub off on readers. 
 
 While reading is a great tool to teach writing, critically thinking about what you're reading can also help improve your writing. It's important not just to read, but analyze the selection itself including its meaning, themes and ultimate message. ! It's relaxing. 
 Apart from the obvious academic benefits that can help you improve your chances of getting into your dream college, reading is also a great way to decompress and de-stress. Even just Norsemen "5

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT October 2015 reading for a short amount of time can reduce stress levels by up to 68%. This is important for students struggling with the balance among school, extracurricular activities and standardized test prep. Here are some books that students should consider adding to their outside reading lists, depending on their interests. Art and Art History • History of Art by Anthony F. Janson and H.W. Janson • Great Artists: The Lives of 50 Painters Explored Through Their Work by Robert Cumming English and Literature • A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway • The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells Business • The Teen's Guide to Personal Finance by Joshua Holmberg and David Bruzzese • Becoming Financially Literate: The Basics You Never Learned in High School by Eric J. Weiss Technology • The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen • The Chip: How Two Americans Invented the Microchip and Launched a Revolution by T.R. Reid !Cohen, Kat. "The Truth About Outside Reading: Why It's Important and What to Read." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, n.d. Web. 05 Oct. 2015. ! ! ! Parent Teacher Conferences Conferences will be held for all PK-12 students on Tuesday, November 3rd & Thursday, November 5th. There will be early dismissals at 2:15/2:30 on both of those days. ! ! ! ! Norsemen "6

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT October 2015 ! ! ! ! New  in  the  Library   Welcome  back  to  school!    I  am  excited  to  see  all  the  students  back  and  the  new  faces  as  well.    We   have  a  lot  going  on  in  the  library  and  lots  of  new  books  available.    Check  us  out  at  https:// sites.google.com/a/roland-­‐story.k12.ia.us/rshsimc/  .       • The  Coffee  Corner!  New  to  the  High  School  Library  –  We  have   coffee  available  for  students  to  purchase.    Come  get  a  cup  and  a   book  and  snuggle  in  for  a  good  read!   • We  have  the  new  2015-­‐2016  Iowa  High  School  Award  and   Iowa  Teen  Award  books.       • We  continue  to  offer  a  few  new  Miction  ebooks  for  online   reading  and  downloading.    We  hope  to  add  more  titles   throughout  the  school  year.  Check  out  the  library  catalog  –   click  the  ebooks  icon.   We  also  offer  non-­‐Miction  ebooks  through  MackinVia.    The  AEA  has  set  this  up  for  us  to   use.    There  is  a  link  on  our  library  webpage.    The  username  and  password  is  the  same  as   the  AEA  databases.    If  you  need  help  with  this,  please  contact  your  librarian.   We  are  continuing  to  collaborate  with  the  Bertha  Bartlett  Library  for  research  needs.    We   are  using  the  Facts  on  File:  Issues  and  Controversies  from  their  website.    If  you  need  the   username  and  password,  see  your  school  librarian  or  the  librarians  at  the  Bertha  Bartlett   Library.   Heartland  AEA  11  provides  us  access  to  a  variety  of  databases.    Links  are  provided  on  the   school  websites  to  these  databases.    Talk  to  your  librarian  if  you  need  a  username  and   password.   High  School  students  should  be  sure  to  go  to  http://www.IHaveaPlanIowa.gov,  which  is   sponsored  by  Iowa  College  Aid.    This  site  is  available  for  students  to  participate  in  online   test  preparation,  search  for  scholarships,  apply  to  colleges  and  universities,  explore   careers  and  search  for  jobs.   ! • • • • ! ! ! ! Norsemen "7

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT October 2015 ! ! HOSA: Future Health Professionals This year we have 21 very active high school students who have joined HOSA. Students began their year by helping the Story City First Responders with their Pancake Breakfast which was held as part of the 2015 Fire Convention. Students are also busy planning for several of our upcoming events: Our first blood drive of the year will be held on November 11th from 9am until 3pm in the high school’s south gym. We invite the public to attend this event and donate if possible. If you have not signed up for this blood drive, please contact Rhonda Johnson at rjohnson@roland-story.k12.ia.us to schedule a time. On January 25th we will be starting our fundraising campaign to raise awareness for Leukemia and Lymphoma. ! ! ! ! ! We are also in the beginning stages of planning for Pink Out and our spring blood drive. We would love to hear any ideas you may have where HOSA can connect with the community. Share them with us at rjohnson@roland-story.k12.ia.us, teagan_johnson@roland-story.k12.ia.us, or natalie_tryon@roland-story.k12.ia.us. Haphazardly Ever After ! ! Presented by Roland-Story High School Friday, November 13 & Saturday, November 14 7:00p.m. Roland-Story High School Auditorium Adults: $5.00 & Students: $3.00 ! Norsemen "8

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT October 2015 ! ! Roland-Story High School 2015 Fall Play The Roland-Story High School invites you to the 2015 fall play production of “Haphazardly Ever After” by Jeff Fluharty. Performances will be held on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. on the stage at the high school auditorium. Tons of magical fun awaits in this original, one-of-a-kind fractured fairy tale farce! A kind king and queen have trouble in their royal family- four obnoxious, bratty, adult children who do not live up to their royal titles. There’s the mean Princess Cinnamon, the not-so-bright Princess Peppermint, the vain Prince Hairgel and Prince Slacker, who thinks being a prince is just way, too hard. The king and queen try everything to bring happiness and harmony to their family including royal therapists, teachers and even a fairy godmother. They even resort to a do-it-yourself kit purchased at the Enchanted Depot. Royal chaos!! And through a series of haphazard events, the royal family just might love happily ever after, after all! ! ! Haphazardly Ever After Cast Fairy One: Emily Olson Fairy Two: Emily Krull Reluctant Fairy: Ethan Beck Narrator: Brooke Ehrenburg Servant One: Maddie Urbanek Servant Two: Alex Retallick King Barnabas: Zach Hartzler Queen Mildred: Shelby Hennager Prince Hairgel: Treyton Witthuhn Prince Slacker: Alex Teig Princess Cinnamon: Brooke Huffaker Princess Peppermint: Anna Humphrey Royal Therapist: Calli Tysdahl Duke of Cranberry: Riley Wilgenbush Cranberry’s Assistant: Eli Ruben Princess Ambrosia: Hannah Patton Prince Chowder: Jacob Pitman Royal Teacher One: Ashley Burns Royal Teacher Two: Grant Braun Stage Crew One: Derek Hartzler Stage Crew Two: Carson Parker Magic Mirror: Tess Urbanek Fairy Godmother: Natalie Wakefield Moe: Wyatt Erickson Poe: Aaron Craig Roe: Carson Ehrenberg Paige: Megan Sansgaard Mysterious Old Man: Colby Martin Witch: Meri McMullen Sorcerer: Ben Olsen Two Evil Step sisters: Megan Goeders, Anika Dewald Roland Story Student 1: Lily Rathmacher Roland Story Student 2: Emily Narigon Goldilocks: Kim Hendrian Eddie: Jake Ford Genie: Elli Jennings Phone Operator: Hanna Henderson Glitterbell: Ashley Webb Fairy Tale Inspector: Grant Berends Jesters: Noah Krull, Grant Olson Ladies of Court: Whitney Erickson, Madison Hall, Jenna Riedmann, Kaitlyn Stroble ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Norsemen "9

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT October 2015 ! ! Roland-Story Welcomes New Middle School Band Director My name is Kara Bader and I am the new band director at Roland-Story Middle School. I graduated from Iowa State University in May with my Bachelor of Music degree. During my time at Iowa State I played the trombone in a wide spectrum of ensembles, including the wind ensemble, jazz band, marching band and symphony orchestra.
 ! This fall the Roland-Story Middle School band program has been busy with 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade lessons and rehearsals. We are working on new music for our various concerts this year, learning many of the major key signatures and scales on our instruments and continuing to become strong and independent musicians. ! ! ! ! ! On Tuesday, October 13th at 7:00 pm the 7th and 8th grade students will have their first band concert in the new gym at the middle school. The 5th and 6th grade students will have their first concert Monday, December 7th at 6:45. All of the students have been working hard and are looking forward to sharing what they’ve learned with their family and friends. I am very grateful for the opportunity to join the community in Roland-Story, and am looking forward to getting to know all of the students and their families during my time here! R-S Teacher Honored On September 24, 2015, the Iowa State University School of Education held its' first 'Celebration of Excellence', an opportunity to recognize those faculty, staff and students who have been recognized for their accomplishments in teaching, scholarship, service and outreach and engagement. Kara Bader was formally recognized by the School as the 2015 Outstanding K-12 Teacher Education Graduate. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Kara Bader is the new middle school band director at Roland Story, and a 2015 Iowa State University graduate. Norsemen !10

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT October 2015 Middle  School  Music  Notes   Mrs.  Friest  and  the  Mifth  and  sixth  graders  are  preparing   their  Christmas  concert  for  you  to  come  enjoy  on  Monday,   December  7th  with  the  Mifth  grade  performing  at  6:45pm   and  the  6th  at  7:30pm  at  the  middle  school.    The  Mifth   graders  will  be  sharing  their  talents  singing  such  songs  as   African  Noel,  Angel’s  Lullaby  and  others.    The  sixth  graders   will  be  singing  Rejoice  and   Sing  Noel,  The  Snow  Carol   and  others.    Come  start   the  season  off  right.    It  is   sure  to  put  you  in  the  mood  for  Christmas!   ! ! ! ! Tuesday, October 13 marks the beginning of the 2015–16 concert season in the 7/8 music department. The band and choirs will present their fall concert beginning at 7:00 PM at the middle school. The 7th and 8th grade choirs, under the direction of Mr. Chris Johnson, will present a “seasonal” selection of songs, including “Summertime” from the opera Porgy and Bess, the barbershop favorite “Good Ol’ Summertime”, and “Blow, Winds of Fall.” The faculty and students are eager to share their hard musical work with the community, and they know the audience will find much to enjoy. Come and share in this wonderful beginning of the students' musical year! ! Middle School Senior Citizens Dinner The Roland-Story Middle School is celebrating the holiday season with our Senior Citizens by serving a free meal and providing entertainment at 11:30 am on Friday, December 18, at the Middle School in Roland. (Make up date is December 21) The Middle School Staff and Students look
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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT October 2015 New  Art  Room  at  the  Middle  School   This  school  year  started  with  us  in  a  new  art  room.    The  space   includes  a  ton  of  natural  lighting  from  large  windows,  a  brand  new   double  knee  sink,  all  new  cabinets  and  countertops  throughout  the   room,  2  large  bulletin  boards  for  highlighting  artwork  and  art  tools,  a   large  kiln  room,  and  the  students  are  loving  all  of  the  space  to  spread   out  during  work  time.    I’ve  really  appreciated  student  Mlexibility  as  we  work  to  re-­‐organize  and   Mind  things  from  the  move.    They’ve  also   been  instrumental  in  hanging,  moving,  and   labeling  everything.    They’ve  really  invested   a  lot  of  energy  into  the  room,  too.     ! ! 7th  and  8th  grade  students  will  once  again  participate  in  The  Octagon  Center  for  the  Arts  Middle   school  art  show  this  upcoming  spring.    We   showcased  approximately  50  students  last  year  and   I  hope  to  have  as  many  quality  pieces  this  year  to   bring  for  competition  and  display.    They  are  off  to  a   good  start  in  both  grades  and  should  have  some  nice   work  to  choose  from  by  the  end  of  this  rotation  in   just  under  two  weeks.   ! Besides  a  brand  new  art  room,  I’m  also  working   alongside  a  brand  new  art  teacher.    Ms.  Starrett  is  our   new  K-­‐5  art  teacher  and  we  share  the  room   throughout  the  week.    She  had  a  little  trial-­‐by-­‐Mire  this   summer,  as  we  came  in  and  worked  about  20  hours  to   get  everything  into  place  for  the  open  house  and  Mirst   day  of  school.    She  was  a  champ  and  also  has  great   ideas  for  projects  with  the  students.    It’s  been  fun  to   see  her  new  projects  as  the  year  progresses.   ! ! ! Norsemen !12

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT October 2015 Veteran’s Project ~Hannah Joslin ! One of the most rewarding parts of my job is watching the 8th graders honor our nation's service men and women through the Veteran's Day project. This cross-curricular unit has components from three core classes- the interview and speech in Communications, a biography in Language Arts, and poster in History. The 6th and 8th grade students were introduced to the Veteran's project by writing letters to the local vets going on a Freedom Flight to Washington, D.C. at the end of September. Students have already prepared their interview questions and will be conducting veteran interviews over the next couple of weeks. We are all looking forward to another student run Veteran's Day Program here at the middle school on November 11th, look for details in the Story City Herald. ! ! ! 7th  Grade  Reading   ! ! The  7th  grade  reading  class  has  been  doing  exciting  things  with   American  history.  Currently  in  Miss  Sandquist’s  7th  grade  reading   class,  students  are  reading  about  real  teens  that  had  a  great  impact  on   American  history.  They  have  read  about  Sybil  Ludington,  who  rode  to   warn  American  troops  that  the  British  were  coming.  Her  ride  was   longer  and  more  taxing  than  that  of  Paul  Revere.  They  have  also  read   about  Caroline  Pickersgill,  whose  needle  work  inspired  the  “Star   Spangle  Banner”.  Most  recently,  they  read  the  story  of  Allen  Jay;  a   young  conductor  on  the  Underground  Rail  Road.  The  seventh  graders   are  starting  to  realize  that  young  people  can  have  a  big  impact.     6th  Grade  Social  Studies  ~  Wade  Nelson   We  are  off  and  running  for  the  2015/2016  school  year.    Students  in  6th  grade  will  be  learning   about  the  geography,  history,  and  culture  of  places  around  the  world.    We  begin  our  study  by   learning  about  the  foundations  of  geography.    Next,  we  focus   on  the  countries  in  the  Western  hemisphere.    The  students   will  spend  time  learning  about  Canada  and  the  United   States.    They  will  also  learn  about  Latin  America  and  it’s   culture  and  history.   ! ! During  the  second  half  of  the  school  year  the  students  will   focus  their  learning  on  the  countries  in  the  Eastern   hemisphere.    We  will  be  learning  about  the  geography,   history,  and  cultures  of  countries  located  on  the  continents  of   Europe,  Africa,  Asia,  and  Australia.    The  school  year  promises  to  be  exciting  and  challenging  for   this  year’s  sixth  grade  students  at  Roland-­‐Story  Middle  School.
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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT October 2015 ABDUCTION: BASIC SAFETY RULES ! ! 1. Don't walk away with anyone other than a parent, or the person who was already arranged to take care of you that day. 2. Remember, an adult does not need help from a child -- not to find a puppy, not for anything. If an adult is asking you for help, that's a warning sign. 3. Avoid getting into a car with a stranger at all costs. 4. Know the rules: what is OK and what is not OK, and have confidence to take action if you feel someone is trying to take advantage of you. In any potential abduction situation, there are windows of opportunity for the child to make choices that could save his or her life. Abductors win through intimidation, so it is very important to give your child good self-esteem and the confidence to carry through these possibly life-saving techniques. Consider practicing these techniques at home or school, with other parents and kids. The more kids practice, the more they will remember these techniques, and the more secure and confident they will feel in following through if they ever have to. ! TECHNIQUES TO AVOID BEING TAKEN ! ! 1. The Velcro Technique -- Make like Velcro: Grab and hold onto something, and do not let go. Grab a tree, grab a bike, grab a stop sign post, or even grab a different adult, because another adult is not usually involved in an abduction. This makes it harder to disengage a child in an attempted abduction. 2. Yell as loud as you can "Stop, Stranger!" -- Teach your child that anyone that is not a mother or father is in the new definition of a stranger if they are trying to take you away. 3. Windmill technique or swimming technique: Rotate arms in a big circle, preventing attacker from getting a good grip. This can turn attackers arms inside out -- which is a weaker position from which he could grab hold of the child. 4. Make a lot of noise -- Give a child a whistle on a necklace and teach them to blow on that whistle when they might be in danger. Bang on something, scream, be loud to call attention from others who might be able to help. A good commotion can frighten an abductor and by shifting the balance of power, turn the tables on them. ! HOW TO ESCAPE FROM A CAR If a child is somehow placed into a car by an abductor, there is usually a three-hour window of opportunity. The abductor doesn't usually hurt the child immediately -- there is time to escape if the child-learned-behavior allows the child not to panic and be reactive. Therefore, it is helpful for children to know methods of escaping, such as the following: Norsemen !14 !

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT October 2015 1. Reach for the door and try to get out immediately. 2. Do not be passive. In a four-door car, the child can jump in the backseat and try the door quickly. 3. If the child is placed in a trunk, don't panic: Look for a panel in the trunk that comes right out when you pull on it. Tear the wires to the taillights and brakes. Police might then pull the abductor over. Or pull the trunk release cable. ! Information gleaned from: Dr. Gail Gross Human Behavior and Education Expert, Speaker, Author. Ph.D. Ed.D. ! ! ! Weather-Related Announcements ! ! ! With the onset of winter comes the probability of inclement weather. When school is canceled, delayed, or it is necessary to dismiss early, we will communicate cancellations Have  school  closings/delays  emailed   or delays through WHO Radio (AM 1040), KASI Radio (AM directly  to  you.                                                                                       1430), KQWC (FM 95.7), WHOTV Sign  up  on  the                                                                           (Channel 13), KCCI (Channel 8), and WOI-TV (Channel 5). We will Roland-­‐Story  District                                                 also communicate through the time/temperature service website  under  email                               provided by Reliance State notifications. Bank. The time/temperature can be accessed by calling 515-733-5151. ! If you wish to receive a direct email from the superintendent when school is delayed or canceled please sign up for this free service on the school’s website under Email Notifications and Weather Announcements. This service is also available through this link: http://rolandstory.school/email-notifications. Please be assured that any change in our regular schedule will be a result of our concern for the safety of our students and staff. Should a schedule change be necessary, it is very important that parents who work out of town have alternative places for their children to go. Please review those plans periodically with your children and also make their teachers aware so that appropriate procedures can be taken. ! ! ! ! Norsemen !15

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