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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT January 2016 ! NEWSLETTER ! Second Quarter 2015-16 ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Norsemen !1

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT January 2016 FCS ~Mrs. Shorkey The Family Consumer Science classroom has been a busy place! Students have been very creative as they work on hand sewing skills to make ornaments, bags, stockings, phone cases and more while others are working on sewing machines to make aprons (just in time for Christmas baking!) The Foods classes have been busy learning about cuisines in cultures all around the world and are looking forward to cooking meals from each culture. FCCLA has enjoyed being involved in the community as we helped out with YuleFest and also collected over 300 canned food items to donate to Loaves and Fishes. We are all looking forward to the learning and activities yet to come this year! ! ! Developing Self-Advocacy ~ Megan Alonzo ! Self-advocacy is a valuable skill students need for success in their lives. Self-advocacy is understanding your strengths and needs, while being able to communicate these to others. The earlier one learns to advocate for himself or herself, the more prepared he or she will be for the future. However, having the confidence to speak up for yourself and your needs can be a scary thing for students. In special education, I feel that self-advocacy is one of the most important skills that I can teach students. Below are just a few strategies that I teach students when helping them work toward becoming their own advocate: ! ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Teach and encourage students to be aware of their own personal preferences, interests, strengths, and limitations. Discuss how these strengths and limitations may affect his or her performance. Teach and encourage students to make choices based on personal preferences, interests, strengths, and limitations. Teach and encourage students to develop problem-solving skills. Teach and encourage students to set and work toward goals. Teach and encourage students to be persistent. Teach and encourage self-confidence, pride, and creativity. !Remember, self-advocacy doesn’t mean doing it all by yourself without the help of others. Self-advocacy is gaining the confidence in oneself so he or she can speak up for what they need to be successful. It is crucial that all students be able to advocate for themselves in order to maneuver through life’s challenges and obstacles to make sure their own needs are met. Norsemen !2

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT January 2016 ! ! Special Education at the Middle School ~Linda Norem Special Education at the middle school seems to look a little different each year as we gain more information about how students learn best, and strive toward closing the gap between special needs learners and their peers. Our primary focus is to keep students in core instruction as much as possible. To that end, we build on skills the students already have, and provide support as they develop new skills and strategies needed to be successful in the general education curriculum. One of the 6th grade literacy classes is a co-taught class, with the general education teacher and the special education teacher both in the room designing and implementing instruction. During this time students are working on fluency building, comprehension and writing skills. We have finished the book Holes by Louis Sachar, and are currently reading Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner. Much time and attention is given to reading aloud to gain fluency. Students are also learning how to write a strong summary paragraph, with interesting topic sentences, supporting details, and meaningful closing sentences. ! ! Change is good, especially when it means that students are able to spend more time with their peers, participating in the rich, broad curriculum of the general education classroom. ! Spanish(Exploratory! ! ! ~!Amanda!Paulson ! ¡Hola!!!My!name!is!Amanda!Paulson!and!I!am!working!with!the!7th! graders!this!year!during!their!Spanish!exploratory!rotations.!!The! exploratory!Spanish!program!gives!the!students!a!taste!of!the!culture! and!language!of!the!SpanishDspeaking!people.!!! We!started!this!year!by!examining!our!own!cultures!and!what!that!means! to!our!students!here!at!RolandDStory!Middle!School.!!!We!look!at!a!variety! of!cultures!and!think!about!how!although!each!of!us!grows!up!in!a!different! environment,!we!still!have!similar!basic!needs.!!Later!in!our!rotation!we! research!Central!and!South!American!countries!and!discover!how!a!variety! of!topics,!such!as!diet!or!family!life,!may!be!similar!or!different!to!what!we! are!accustomed!to.!!!Students!are!often!surprised!to!learn!about!dances! and!sports!from!other!countries,!as!well!as!how!Christmas!and!other! holidays!are!celebrated!in!SpanishDspeaking!countries.!!! ! In!this!exploratory,!we!also!work!through!several!areas!of!the!language,!including!making! comparisons!to!our!own!language!by!learning!about!cognates.!!!!Students!are!then!able!to! discover!many!of!them!in!our!basic!questions!and!vocabulary!topics.!!! ! It!has!been!exciting!getting!to!know!the!7 !grade!students!and!I!look!forward!to!meeting! the!rest!of!the!students!as!we!work!throughout!the!year!! ! th Norsemen !3

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT January 2016 Next%Genera*on%Science%Standards!~!Jeff!Staker% !!!!!It’s!an!exci2ng!2me!to!be!a!science!educator.!!The!Roland>Story! school!district!has!adopted!the!Next!Genera2on!Science!Standards!as! the!core!curriculum!for!science!educa2on!throughout!the!district.!!What! was!encouraging!to!me!was!that!most!of!what!we!had!been!teaching! students!over!the!past!several!years,!was!very!much!in>line!with!the! new!standards.!!Only!slight!modifica2ons!were!needed!to!align!our! curriculum!to!meet!the!Next!Genera2on!Science!Standards.!!! !!!!!So!why!the!change?!!America’s*posi-on*as*the*world*leader*in*innova-on*is*increasingly*being* challenged*by*compe-tor*na-ons*that*are*stepping*up*their*efforts*in*science*and*technology—and* ensuring*that*they*have*an*educated*workforce*up*to*the*task.**American*students*are*falling*behind* in*math*and*science,*performing*at*levels*far*below*students*in*compe-tor*na-ons*on*interna-onal* tests.1!!!No2ce!the!ar2cle!stated!that!“American!students”!are!falling!behind.!!Roland>Story!students! have!always!performed!extremely!well!when!compared!to!other!Iowa!students!and/or!other! students!throughout!the!na2on.!!However,!in!order!to!maintain!our!high!level!of!achievement,!we’ll! need!to!adopt!and!embrace!the!change!to!the!new!standards.!! !!!!!Eighth!grade!students!will!receive!instruc2on!on!the!following!earth!and!life! science!topics:!!bones,!muscles,!diges2on,!nutri2on,!circula2on,!respira2on,! nerves,!cell!structure,!cell!reproduc2on,!photosynthesis,! gene2cs,!geologic!2me,!natural!resources,!Earth’s! atmosphere,!weather,!and!climate.! !!!!!The!Next!Genera2on!Science!Standards!are!the!avenue! to!which!our!students!will!be!able!to!maintain!academic!excellence.!!! 1!Next!Genera2on!Science!Standards,!For!States!By!States,!hUp://www.nextgenscience.org/next> genera2on>science>standards!! ! Have%school%closings/delays%emailed% directly%to%you.%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Sign%up%on%the%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Roland9Story%District%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% website%under%email%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% notifications. Norsemen !4

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT January 2016 8th%Grade%Language%Arts%~!Aaron!Stensland% Language!Arts!is!off!to!a!great!start!!Students!completed!a!quarter!long! project!the!1st!quarter.!!Author!Study!is!an!intense!look!at!one!of!the! student's!favorite!authors.!!They!choose!an!author!who!writes!stories!that! interest!them!and!they!have!to!read!4!books!over!the!course!of!the!first! quarter.!!They!then!have!an!extensive!report!that!is!due!along!with!the! reading.!!They!will!write!an!author!biography,!which!requires!them!to!research! their!author.!!They!also!have!several!other!elements!to!their!final!paper! including!reports!on:!author!wri2ng!style,!main!character!analysis,!annotated!bibliography,!book! review,!and!a!table!of!contents.! We!also!entered!a!wri2ng!contest!at!the!local!level!through!the!VFW!in!Ames,!called!the!Patriot's! Pen.!!We!were!fortunate!to!have!three!winners!from!Roland!Story.! The!winners!were!as!follows:! 1st!Place>!Megan%McGuigan! 2nd!Place>!Ma8hew%Mehrtens! 3rd!Place!>!Sam%Sirna% ! They!were!to!write!their!essays!on!the!theme,!"What!Freedom!Means!To!Me".! The!essays!were!to!be!between!300>400!words!and!had!to!be!the!student's!work.!!All!the!students! did!a!great!job!on!these.! The!next!semester!we!will!start!our!literature!unit!where!students!will!have!a!chance!to!read!and! listen!to!stories!from!a!variety!of!genres!and!authors.! ! ! ! Dates: •! •! District Wide Iowa Assessments! Grades 9-11: Wednesday, February 10 Grades 2-8 : The week of February 15-26 ! ! ! The Iowa Assessments: ! No Iowa Assessments for the Senior class ! 1. Help determine how students are performing on the state curriculum as described by Iowa Core. 2. Measure student growth and progress from year to year. 3. Help teachers identify a student’s strengths and identify areas that may need additional emphasis. The assessments produce information that enable sound decision making and provide a focus for teachers to evaluate instruction. 4. Provide information about your child’s performance relative to the school, the state, and the nation. ! 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, complete college application process, check on financial aid, and search for scholarships. We also encourage seniors to consider a job shadow if college planning has been completed. Norsemen !5

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT January 2016 ! ! Elementary!Art!!~!Amanda!Starrett I!can’t!believe!it’s!already!the!beginning!of!the!holiday! festivities.!My!Nirst!year!at!RolandDStory!has!Nlown!by.!!At!all! grade!levels,!we!are!full!swing!on!projects!that!I!am! incredibly!proud!of.!I!must!admit!that!my!projects!at!the! beginning!of!this!school!year!were!rather!challenging!for! many!grade!levels.!A!huge!shout!out!goes!to!my!Nirst!graders! who!have!completed!two!challenging!assignments,!our!“V! Tree”!and!our!“Painterly!Lions!”!We!are!learning!how!to!be! careful!observers,!to!really!look!at!the!details.!In!addition,!my! Nirst!grade!students!have!been!working!on!creating!multiple!drafts!of!drawings,!because! sometimes!things!just!don’t!happen!the!way!we!want!them!to!Nirst!time!around.!Practice!makes! us!better.!! Critique!is!my!goal!for!this!year.!As!a!recent!college!graduate,!critiques!have!been!a!norm! in!my!life!for!the!past!5!years.!Before!college,!though,!I!had!never!experienced!a!critique.!Let’s! just!say,!having!a!group!of!strangers!discuss!and!break!down!my!artwork!in! front!of!me!was!nerveDwracking.!I!was!a!!complete!mess.!I!want!to!introduce! students!at!an!early!age!to!the!idea!of!critique.!We!are!investigating!why! certain!art!is!more!appealing,!and!we!are!working!with!each!other!to!help! make!improvements!to!our!Ninal!art!pieces.!! In!no!time!at!all,!I!will!have!all!grade!levels!delving!elbows!deep!into! clay!projects,!my!all!time!favorite!!It’s!no!secret!that!this!is!the!student’s!favorite,!too.!!My! kindergarteners!are!currently!creating!clay!owls!out!of!two!pinch!pots,!something!rather! ambitious!for!this!age.!They!are!doing!great.!I!have!plans!for!Pablo!Picasso!cubism!faces!(1),!Nish! dishes!(2),!spiral!bowls!(3),!inside/outsideDdesigned!dishes!(5&6),!and!a!repetition!assignment! (4).!I!hope!that!you’ll!notice!many!of!these!clay!projects!were! selected!because!they!will!serve!more!than!one!purpose.!I’ve!got! dishes,!vessels,!and!bowls!on!my!list.!My!goal!is!for!clay!projects! to!become!a!functional!piece!of!art!in!each!artist’s!home.!I’ve! brought!home!plenty!of!clay!pieces!home!over!the!years,!and!I! am!Ninding!it!harder!and!harder!to!Nind!room!to!display!them.!! To!conclude!my!newsletter,!I’d!like!to!add!a!huge!thank!you!to!all! the!parents.!Thank!you!for!sending!me!your!recycling,!thank!you! for!your!patience!with!my!grading!at!conference!time,!and!thank! you!for!your!kind!words!and!welcomes.!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Norsemen !6

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT January 2016 ! ! T hankful for supportive parents!! H elping in the lunchroom! I owa road maps and ipads! R eading 15 minutes each day helps build your fluency! D iving into multiplication! ! G overnor Brandstad talked to us on our field trip to the capitol! R esponsible for our agendas! A nimals were fun to see when the FFA presented farm ! safety! D ivision facts are coming soon! E njoying learning cursive! ! ! Mrs. Phelan, Mr. DeGroote, Mrs. Nerem, Ms. Hyatt! ! ! !7 Norsemen

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT January 2016 2nd ! ! This has been a busy time of year! ! ! Grade Newsletter Reading- The students have worked hard to learn the foundational reading skills and now they are on to building stamina for fluency/comprehension! Please help them to read EVERY day for 15-20 minutes. Writing- Students will be working on writing Narrative, Opinion, and Informational pieces this year. They are also responsible for knowing their No Excuse Spelling Words. These are basic words that they need to know how to spell. Be looking for this list to come home soon. Math- Our focus for all year is problem solving. We have had several staff development days focusing on Math. As teachers, we are applying several new strategies to help the students with their math problem solving. The students will be starting to practice doubledigit addition/subtraction facts. Let the fun begin! ! ! Social Studies- We are getting ready to study about pioneer life. This will be a great resource for our end of the year field trip to Living History Farms! Science- We are excited to be implementing a new science program called Inspire Science! It is an inquiry-based program and the students are enjoying the activities! As part of the hands on learning we had a special program called Making Science Makes Sense visit our classrooms. The students watched raisins dance and dipped their hands in a liquid-solid mixture…yes it was messy….yes they LOVED it! We are looking forward to participating in Kids Against Hunger again this year! We will be working with the high school FFA members to package food for needy countries. Thank you for sharing your children with us! They delight us every day with their smiles and stories! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Mrs. Rule, Mrs. Olson, Miss Johnson, & Mrs. Hull ! Norsemen !8

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT January 2016 ! Pre-Kindergarten Where!did!2015!go?!!My!Nirst!year!in!PreDKindergarten!with!the!students!is!going!great.!This! year!we!have!been!learning!about!many!different!things!while!continually!working!on!our!preD academic!and!social!skills.!! We!have!learned!about!being!a!good!learner!and!friend!and!what!that!looks! like.!We!have!talked!all!about!fall;!the!changes!that!take! place,!animals,!apples,!pumpkins,!and!NireNighters!during! Nire!prevention!week.!We!took!time!in!November!to!talk! about!Thanksgiving!and!all!that!goes!with!it!including! family,!friends,!and!food!groups.!December!brought!time!to! talk!about!our!Nive!senses,!gingerbread!stories,!and!Christmas.!! ! ! ! PreDKindergarten!is!MondayDFriday!from!8:10D11:05.!We!have!four!specials! during!our!week.!They!are!Library,!Guidance,!Music,!and!PE.!We!also!get!to! meet!with!the!TAG!(talented!and!gifted)!students!and!our!third!grade!buddies! (Miss!Hyatt’s!class)!sometimes!! PreDKindergarten!is!truly!a!gift!to!students.!It!is!a!year!for!them!to!continue!to!develop! emotionally!and!socially.!It!is!a!year!for!them!to!gain!conNidence!and!selfDesteem.!It!is!a!year!for! them!to!truly!be!ready!to!learn!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! Thank You! Mrs. Watson Preschool Mrs. Laurie Arnold/Mrs. Sandy Bauer RolandDStory!offers!a!preschool!class!that!is!housed!in!the!elementary!building.!The! program!is!offered!to!all!children!who!will!be!4!by!Sept.15th.!!!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!runs!Monday! through!Thursday!offering!a!morning!and!afternoon!session.!!The! morning!group!is!from!8:20D11:05!and!the!afternoon!group!runs! from!12:30D3:15.!!Sign!up!begins!after!winter!break!and!will!end! March!1st.!!!More!information!on!preschool!can!be!found!on!the! Roland!Story!School!website!under!the!elementary!tab.! ! ! Norsemen !9

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT January 2016 ! In Title 1 Reading, Mrs. Stevenson and Mrs. Staton have been working hard KDG: *segmenting and blending words *mastering basic sight words 1st: *letter sounds *segmenting and blending words *mastering sight words *sight word phrases * mastering phonics skills to help decode words *word work ( manipulating sounds in words) * duet reading *mastering sight words catching kids up on their reading skills. Here’s a look into what we work on at each grade level: ! ! 2/3 ! Please continue to read with your child!! Replace screen time with lap time!! ! ! For the Love of Reading ~Mrs. Stevenson! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! What’s the best way to create lifelong readers? It’s free, it’s fun, and it will bring you and your child closer.! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Answer: Reading together. Find a time each day when you and your youngster can get cozy and enjoy a good book.! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Here are three tips to help you choose stories:! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! *Ask librarians, friends, and teachers for recommendations.! ! ! ! ! ! ! *Tip: If your child doesn’t already have a library card,sign him/her up! Our local libraries in Roland and Story City have wonderful children’s/tween/teen programs.! *Find books that expand your youngster’s interests (animals, outer space), deal with an event (a new baby, a visit to the dentist), and build character (friendship, truthfulness).! *Pick stories for both information and enjoyment. Try real and make believe stories, poems, and children’s magazines. ! Norsemen !10

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT January 2016 Greetings from the Roland-Story Industrial Technology Department ~ Paul Higginbottom This year has been incredibly productive for the I.T. Department, all thanks to the wonderful community, staff and students. ! ! The department has purchased a “Hypertherm” metal Plasma Cutter. This piece of equipment will team up with an already existing tool, enabling us to cut and pierce metal with extreme accuracy and speed. This technology gives us the ability to create custom designs for signs and part development and it enables more efficient metal cutting of consumable materials. This is the next step in modernizing Roland-Story Industrial Technology as it’s seen in modern day industrial manufacturing. First semester course offerings are similar to last year and we continue to tweak curriculum and projects that demonstrate modern product development. Semester one classes include: Technical Drawing, Wood Processing and Production, Electricity and Electronics (a course offered every other year) and Welding. Semester two classes will begin in January and will include: Materials Processing I, Engineering and Architectural Drafting, and Metals. As with every year, I also want to promote and encourage the purchase of our 2015-2016 yearbook. This acknowledgment goes out to my hard working multimedia staff. Order your yearbook by visiting Jostens website: jostens.com ! ! This school year continues to fly along. Before you know it I will have finished 3 years at Roland-Story Schools. We have accomplished so much! I’m excited to see the new improvements on the horizon for this program, the Roland-Story students and the community. Thank you for your encouragement of our skills based approach to education. ! Don’t forget to order your yearbook at jostens.com or contact Mr. Higginbottom at phigginbottom@roland-story.k12.ia.us Norsemen !11

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT January 2016 WELCOME TO HIGH SCHOOL PE ~ Larry Ammerman! ! 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 co-educational setting, cooperation with peers, and having fun in the various activities.! ! Physical education prepares children to be physically and mentally active, and helps them stay fit and healthy for life.  Here are some of the many benefits children receive from a quality PE program:! • Improved physical fitness.! • Skill and motor skills development.! • Provides regular, healthful physical activity.! • Teaches self-discipline.! • Facilitates development of student responsibility for health and fitness.! • Influence moral development, leadership, and cooperation with others.! • Stress reduction – an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety.! • Strengthened peer relationships.! • Physical education can improve self-confidence and self-esteem.! • Respect - PE helps you respect your body, classmates and teammates.! • Experience in setting goals.! • Improved academics!! ! PE teaches children how to be active in many sports or activities. They take their new skills and confidence and use them outside of school ...for life.! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Research by the Physical Activity Council shows that adults who have PE are less sedentary and participate in more activities outside of school. ! Why is physical education in our local schools important? According to the 2004 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. ! Norsemen !12 !

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT January 2016 ! 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 badminton. Future activities include a lifetime sports unit (table tennis, buka ball, gator ball, billiards), Self Defense, archery, square dance, floor hockey, skating, STX ball (lacrosse), and Presidential Physical Fitness Testing. Health issues and topics will be included throughout the year.! ! ! ! ! ! As children we spend most of our time playing. As we get older we lose sight of how much fun it is to play. We are hoping to help students remember how much fun playing and learning can be!! http://www.phitamerica.org/benefits_of_p_e__in_school.htm! ! ! ! ! ! ! Solo Contest! Do you like to listen to beautiful music while holding a stopwatch in your hands? We need you. Do you enjoy watching your student practice for their solo or group number? We need you. Do you love to bake? We need you. Do you like to count and think fast on your toes? We need you. Do you know your way around the school and are good with directions? Then we really need you. ! ! That’s right Roland Story Fine Arts Booster Club/MAST needs you to mark your calendars and plan to help showcase Roland-Story at its finest. On Saturday, April 9th we are hosting the Iowa High School Music Association Solo/ Ensemble Contest. This requires many hands to make light work of the tasks to keep the day running smoothly. If you can help for some or all of the day, please email MAST President, Shanon McKinley at kinleyfamily@gmail.com or MAST Treasurer, Jennifer Hendrian at jennhendrian@gmail.com with the task you can help us with. ! THANK YOU MAST Board 2015-2016 ! !13 Norsemen

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT January 2016 ! ! Agriculture Education ~Mr. Taylor The Agriculture Education department has been off and running this fall in both the classroom as well as the FFA organization. This fall semester we are offering classes in Agriculture Education I, Meteorology, Agricultural Technology, and Agricultural Mechanics. We are offering two sections this year of the Agriculture Education I class. We continue to utilize the CASE (curriculum for agriculture science education) curriculum entitled AFNR (agriculture food and natural resources) in which the students are learning about agriculture opportunities and careers. ! ! ! ! The Agricultural Mechanics class is currently working on a unit involving electricity and wiring. Previous units included small gas engines and plumbing. Future units involve engineering and design work. This fall we are offering two sections of Meteorology class. The students are learning about climate and weather and the factors that influence both. Our most current topic is on atmospheric pressure. In the Agriculture Technology class, students are currently studying about soils and natural resources management. They competed in the district FFA contest in soils evaluation. Future units include animal sciences and in mechanics as they relate to agriculture. Our FFA chapter finished the summer with activities at the State Fair where members showed livestock, displayed photography, and participation in the Agricultural Demonstrations division. The group finished first in the Agricultural Demonstrations and Presentation division with their topic on DNA extraction. In September, 32 FFA members sponsored our annual Farm Safety program for all RS 3rd graders. Six students attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville in October. Fruit sales ended in November and the chapter had a record sales this year. Later in November, Jade Elliott’s committee is hosting our 10th annual ‘Kids Against Hunger” program for all RS 2nd graders. ! ! ! ! ! Further Information about the Agriculture Education program can be located at our departmental web site: www.rsffa.org Norsemen !14

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT January 2016 ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Garden 2015 --- this past year, the RS FFA organization sponsored with the assistance of WinField Solutions a community garden in which over 5,000 pounds of fresh produce were donated to the ‘Loaves and Fishes’ food pantry. Allison – Allison Wuebker was one of over 30 FFA members who participated in our annual Farm Safety Program for all 3rd graders with her topic of poultry and goat care. ! ! ! ! The Ag I students were involved in an activity in late September called “Game Day”, in which they were learning about various FFA/Ag competitive events. Franklin-Country Fair – FFA members Matthew Hougland, Brayden Lester, Jake Sterle and Zach Taylor competed in the 2015 North Central FFA District Livestock Judging contest held in Hampton as part of the Franklin County Fair. They finished as the 1st place team in the district. Norsemen !15

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