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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT June 2016 NEWSLETTER Fourth Quarter 2015-16 ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Norsemen ! ! ! !1

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT June 2016 ! La Clase de Español Every-other year, the Spanish Department takes Roland-Story students on a trip to a Spanish-speaking country over spring break. This opportunity is offered to Juniors and Seniors who have completed at least two years of the Spanish curriculum. This unique experience allows students to be immersed in the Spanish language and culture, while learning to be a conscientious world tourist. This year, 25 R-S students went to Costa Rica for 9 days.! ! We started by flying into Liberia, meeting our tour guide, Pavel, and then transferring by bus to the Rincón de la Vieja area. There we had a guided hiking tour of the volcano and forest, a zip-line canopy tour, and a horseback ride to waterfalls and a natural mud spa. During the hike, we saw spider monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys and an anteater. ! ! On day 3, we traveled to the Arenal volcano area where we enjoyed the natural hot springs and took a kayaking tour of the lake. Nearby Arenal, we also had the opportunity to visit a small elementary school at La Perla. The local students put on a cute presentation for us including the national hymn, folkloric dancing and traffic safety. We then were able to tour the school and have snack and recess time with the children. What an amazing experience!! Norsemen !2

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT June 2016 ! Next, we drove up to Monteverde, at an elevation of 4,662 feet. We took a guided tour through the beautiful Santa Elena Biological Reserve, toured the Serpentine Museum to learn about the indigenous reptiles and amphibians, hiked through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, and visited a hummingbird garden. We also stopped at a local cheese factory and creamery to enjoy some ice cream. It was a busy day!! ! ! Leaving the mountains, we traveled west to the Guanacaste coast. On the way, we took a guided boat tour of the Palo Verde National Park down the Tempisque River. We saw large crocodiles sunning themselves along the bank, along with howler monkeys and lots of aquatic birds. Our last stop was our hotel on Playa Carillo, with an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean.! ! ! Day 7 was spent enjoying the beach, hunting for seashells and relaxing. Some of the students rented boogie boards for the day. ! ! ! ! ! On our final full day in Costa Rica, we traveled north to Samara where we swam, surfed, shopped for souvenirs, and enjoyed lunch on the beach. In the afternoon, we drove back to Liberia and checked into our last hotel near the airport. That evening a small group attended Palm Sunday mass at the Catholic Church on the main square, and then met the entire group for pizza at a very popular local pizzeria. It was delicious! ! ! Norsemen !3

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT June 2016 The next morning, we ended our trip with a traditional Costa Rican breakfast and our tour guide took us to the airport for the flight home. It was a fantastic week filled with lots of fun activities. We got to experience the diversity of Costa Rica’s geography, witness its natural beauty and learn about ecotourism, savor the tropical cuisine, and interact with its friendly people. It was an unforgettable journey!! ! ! ! --Mrs. Lettow and Mrs. Paulson! ! Espanol   ¡Saludos de la clase de español! Greetings from Spanish class! My name is Amanda Paulson and this is my first year here at Roland-Story. I have enjoyed getting to know the students in the Spanish I and II courses this year. Currently the Spanish I students are working with the family vocabulary and are getting to know a bit more about the culture of Chile. Later in the unit, students will learn more about what is typical for families in Spanish-speaking countries, such as how it is more common for young people to live at home until they are married. In working with our family vocabulary, the students shared a Google slide presentation that they created about their own families. It was impressive to see the thought students put into explaining their family trees, whether they were real or fictional! ! The Spanish II students have also been presenting in class this week. They have been researching cultural celebrations and comparing them with corresponding celebrations of the United States. This was a two-part presentation for the students, where they not only presented the information, but also included their classmates in a celebration of the event. We’ve had a fun week of celebrations, including la Navidad (Christmas) and a Quinceañera (15th birthday party)! ! Norsemen !4

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT June 2016 ! ! Individual Speech ! On February 27th, 19 R-S students took 24 events to IHSSA District Individual Speech. We had to travel ALL the way to Ames High, but the time was well spent when 21 events to State!!! State was held March 12 at North High School in Des Moines. We lost a few team members to Costa Rica travels, but of the 15 surviving events, 11 received a I rating. Best of all, two team members were selected to All State! Senior Brooke Ehrenberg, who also qualified as a sophomore, was named in Literary Program. Junior Grant Braun was chosen for Solo Musical Theatre. At the District level, over 9,000 students across the state participated. Only 464 were chosen for All State, so this indeed an honor. All State will be held on April 4th on the UNI campus. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Individual Speech can be a very daunting activity. Public speaking is scary enough, but public speaking in front of judges can be downright unnerving. However, true to the mission statement of IHSSA, there is no activity more meaningful than effective communication. The students of Roland-Story proved that public speaking can be a lot of fun as well. Congrats to all the participants on a super season. Special thanks to Tom, our bus driver, who covered for Paul as he recovered. We are blessed with two lucky bus drivers. Very special thanks to Connor Koppin and Julia Erickson for their amazing help in Solo Musical Theatre. Your generous gifts of time and vocal technical help are very much appreciated. ! ! Norsemen !5

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT June 2016   ! ! ! ! ! ! HOIAC  HONOR  BAND  STUDENTS ! Roland-­‐Story  participated  in  the  HOIAC  Honor  Band  held  at  Gilbert  High  School  on  Thursday,   March  3.    Brad  Lampe  of  Clarke  High  School  in  Osceola  was  the  guest  conductor  for  the  honor   band. The  following  students  performed  in  the  concert:    Julia  Fauteux  -­‐  Klute,  Tess  Urbanek  -­‐  clarinet,   Alayna  Ringsby  -­‐  clarinet,  Shelby  Hennager  -­‐  bass  clarinet,  Megan  Danielson  -­‐  alto  saxophone,   Pressly  Parker  -­‐  tenor  sax,  Ashley  Webb  -­‐  french  horn,  Jade  Elliott  -­‐  trumpet,  Jacob  Morgan  -­‐   trumpet,  Spencer  Dodgen  -­‐  trombone,  Kim  Hendrian  -­‐  trombone,  Megan  Goeders  -­‐  tuba  and   Maddie  Urbanek  -­‐  percussion. ! R-­‐S  COLOR  GUARD   ! The  Roland-­‐Story  Color  Guard  placed  2nd  in  Class  1  and   4th  overall  at  the  Iowa  State  Dance/Drill  Team  Association   Championships  held  at  Hy-­‐Vee  Hall  in  December.    The   Color  Guard  members  include:    Anika  DeWald,  Jade   Elliott,  Lauren  Hansen,  Theresa  Haskin,  Michaela  Rader,   Kari  Stephens,  Emily  Stewart,  Kaitlyn  Strobl,  Melody   Stokke,  Natalie  Tryon,  and  Anne  Wilgenbusch.    The  Color   Guard  instructor  is  Jennifer  Masemann.    Hats  off  to  the  R-­‐ S  Color  Guard  on  another  successful  performance. SOLO/ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL Roland-Story High School hosted the Iowa High School Music Association solo/ensemble festival on Saturday, April 5. Class 2A schools that participated at Roland-Story included: Clarion-Goldfield, Eagle Grove, Ogden, Roland-Story, South Hamilton, and West Marshall. Results:    (SOLO)  Flute:    Anika  DeWald  2,  Julia  Fauteux  1,  Gabi   Henrichs  2,  Brooke  Huffaker  1,  Allison  Wuebker  2,  Clarinet:    Brooke   Ehrenberg  1,  Lauren  Hansen  1,  Alayna  Ringsby  1,  Tess  Urbanek  1,   Bass  Clarinet:    Allisyn  Coghlan  1,  Angela  Harestad  1,  Shelby  Hennager   1,  Tenor  Sax:  Pressly  Parker  1,  Bari  Sax:    Theresa  Haskin  1,  Caitlyn   Hocraffer  2,  Flugel  Horn:    Megan  Sansgaard  1,  Trumpet:    Patrick   Marlow  1,  Trombone:    Emma  Auld  1,  Baritone:    Saber  Cory  1,  Tuba:     Megan  Goeders  2,  Mallet:    Riley  Wilgenbusch  1,  Maddie  Urbanek  2,   Snare:    Eli  Ruben  1,  Piano:    Joe  Danielson  1,  Megan  Danielson  1,  Eli   Ruben  2,  Riley  Wilgenbusch  1,  and  Maddie  Urbanek  1. ! Norsemen !6

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT June 2016 Results:     (Ensemble)  Flute  Ensemble:    Mikaela  Broich,  Anika  DeWald,  &  Julia  Fauteux  1,  Clarinet   Ensemble:    Brooke  Ehrenberg  &  Alayna  Ringsby  1,  Saxophone  Ensemble:    Pressly  Parker  &  Tess     Urbanek  1,  Trumpet  Ensemble:    Madison  Friest,  Carson  Parker,  Susie  Weaver  1,  Trombone   Ensemble:    Emma  Auld,  Megan  Goeders,  &  Kim  Hendrian  2,  Trombone  Ensemble:    Spencer   Dodgen,  Carson  Ehrenberg,  Gabbi  Epperson,  &  Calli  Tystahl  1,  Mixed  Brass  Ensemble:    Spencer   Dodgen,  Patrick  Marlow,  Megan  Sansgaard,  Reid  Selby,  Calli  Tystahl,  &  Ashley  Webb  1,     *Outstanding  performance  award,  Percussion  Choir:    Joe  Danielson,  Brooke  Huffaker,  Jillian   Lykins,  Paul  Moats,  Alex  Retallick,  Eli  Ruben,  Maddie  Urbanek,  &  Riley  Wilgenbusch  1,   Percussion  Choir:    Ben  Balman,  Megan  Danielson,  Julia  Fauteux,  Madison  Friest,  Shelby   Hennager,  Maggie  Schnurr,  Reid  Selby,  &  Calli  Tystahl ! NEWS  FROM  MARCHING  BAND ! The  Roland-­‐Story  Marching  Band  has  had  another  great   year!    Besides  performing  at  all  home  football  games   they  have  marched  in  several  parades.    They  received   First  Place  overall  at  the  Marshalltown  Oktemberfest   Parade  on  September  26th  and  received  another  First   Place  overall  at  the  Carroll  Band  Days  Parade  on  October   3rd.    The  Color  Guard  received  the  Outstanding  Color   Guard  Award  for  the  seventh  straight  year.    Michaela   Rader  received  the  Outstanding  Baton  Twirler  Award  for   the  third  straight  year.    The  Marching  Norse  will  be   performing  at  the  Tulip  Time  Parade  in  Pella  on  Friday,  May  6th.    Attendance  is  expected  to  be   over  125,000  people  for  the  3-­‐day  festival  in  Pella. ! IOWA  JAZZ  CHAMPIONSHIPS! ! The  Roland-­‐Story  Jazz  Band  performed  at  the  Iowa  Jazz  Championships  at  the  Community   Choice  Convention  Center/Veterans  Auditorium  on  Tuesday,  April  5  at  8:30  AM.    The  band   Kinished  in  7th  place  in  Class  2A.    Brooke  Huffaker  was  chosen  as  an  outstanding  soloist  on  her   Klute  solo.     Jazz  members: Saxophone  –  Megan  Danielson,  Brooke  Ehrenberg,  Brooke  Huffaker,  Meri  McMullen,  Pressly   Parker,  and  Tess  Urbanek Trombone  –  Emma  Auld,  Spencer  Dodgen,  Carson  Ehrenberg,  Reid  Selby,  and  Calli  Tystahl Trumpet  –  Britton  Avery,  Jade  Elliott,  Madison  Friest,  Patrick  Marlow,  Megan  Sansgaard,  and   Ashley  Webb Rhythm  –  Joe  Danielson,  Paul  Moats,  Alex  Retallick,  Alayna  Ringsby,  Eli  Ruben,  and  Riley   Wilgenbusch   Norsemen !7

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT June 2016 ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 9th  –  12th  GRADE  SPRING  BAND  CONCERT   The  9  –  12  Spring  Band  Concert  and  Art  Show  will  be   held  on  Monday,  May  2nd  at  7:00  PM  in  the  high  school   auditorium.    Admission  will  be  adults  $5.00  and   students  $3.00.    The  high  school  concert  band  will   perform  the  following  selections:    “Americans  We”,   “Inspiration”,  “Music  Of  The  Beatles”,  and  “Song  For   Lyndsay”.    The  jazz  band  will  perform  the  following   selections:    “Dizzying”,  “Minuano”,  and  “Two  Seconds  To   Midnight”. ! ROLAND-­‐STORY  JAZZ  BAND  RESULTS ! ! SCIBA  Jazz  Festival  –  Second  Place. Outstanding  soloists:    Brooke  Ehrenberg  –  alto  sax,   Brooke  Huffaker  –  Klute  and  tenor  sax,  Tess  Urbanek  –  tenor  sax. Simpson  Jazz  Festival  (Indianola)  –  Madison  Friest  –  trumpet,  Brooke  Huffaker  –  Klute  and  alto   sax,  Paul  Moats  –  bass,  Alex  Retallick  –  drum  set,  Alayna  Ringsby  –  piano,  and  Eli  Ruben  –  drum   set. Southeast  Polk  JazzFest  (Altoona)    -­‐  First  Place  for   the  3rd  straight  year! Outstanding  soloists:    Sax  Section,  Trombone  Section,   Trumpet  Section,  Rhythm  Section,  Joe  Danielson  –   vibes,  Brooke  Ehrenberg  –  alto  sax,  Brooke  Huffaker  –   Klute,  and  Paul  Moats  –  bass. ! ! Iowa  High  School  Music  Association  Jazz  Festival   (Fort  Dodge)  –  Division  1  rating  and  15th  straight  year   of  an  overall  division  1  ratings! Tallcorn  Jazz  Festival  (Cedar  Falls)  –  Third  Place. Outstanding  soloists:    Joe  Danielson  –  vibes  and  Tess   Urbanek  –  tenor  sax. ! ! Hoover  JazzFest  (Des  Moines)  –  Second  Place. Outstanding  soloists:    Joe  Danielson  –  vibes,  Brooke  Ehrenberg  –  alto  sax,  Brooke  Huffaker  –   Klute,  and  Tess  Urbanek. Iowa  Jazz  Championships  (Des  Moines)  –  Seventh  Place. Outstanding  soloist:    Brooke  Huffaker  –  Klute. Norsemen !8

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT June 2016 ! ! 2015-16 RSSF Fund Drive Participants ! Associate Wheeler Auto Supply Thompson Auto Care Joel & Mary Danielson ACT Insurance Agency Story Construction Company Wolfe Family Vision Mike & Patsy Jensen Rick & Nancy Schreier Ted & Terri Hammes Key Cooperative Haila Architecture John & Nancy Carlson MaryAnn Sandvold M. H. Eby, Inc. Dr. Charles & Cheryl Semler Peterson’s Paint & Floors Harlan’s Food Mart Jeff & Marcia Hagedorn Pete & Janet Hermanson Richard & Linda Schultz Pizza Ranch The Graphic Edge Dave & Carol Ann Morris Gary Thompson Oil Company Steve & Ronette Schlatter Roland-Area Development Corp Matt & Nicole Patton Kiwanis Club of Roland Loren & Sherry Tjernagel David & Susan Amenson Prairie Brand Seeds Anonymous Story City American Legion Post 59 American Packaging Corp Manatts Town & Country Insurance First American Bank Norsemen Carl Hermanson Frances Barlett Kinne Sansgaard Group Generation Repair & Service Gary & Judy Hested KMJ Performance Doug & Lynn Dodgen Dale & Lynn Henricks Danfoss Innovative Lighting David & Marsha Hegland Story City Firefighters Associate (continued) Seth & Willow Hill Ortho Spine & Pain Clinic Denny & Gini Michel NuCara Pharmacy Cook Family Dentistry Don & Marilyn Kolbe Brandon Geise, State Farm Insurance Security State Bank ! Scholar Tammy Shadlow, Edward Jones Anonymous Tom & Mary Wynia GNB Bank Reliance State Bank McFarland Clinic Janet Tapscott-Hopper Rod & Sue Bohner Bethany Life Communities Jensen Excavating ! Contributor ! Colleague Paul & Lynn Hauer Alan & Karen Hermanson Oakland Corporation Casey’s General Store Soderstrum Funeral Home Gookin Ford Indoshell Precision Tech. Story City Development Corp Loren & Solvay Twedt Barilla PDG Printing ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Story City Building Products MBS Genetics Craig & Sylvia Anderson Dr. Thomas Stark Dennis & Marlene Bauman Waddle Exteriors Computer Express, G. Scofield Lynn & Janice Schulte Chris & Lisa McIlrath James & Michelle Hassebrock Jack & Lavonne Frandsen Bill & Veronica Vaughn Pete Tekippe Photography Norsemen Realty Ruth Gabrielson Ruth Valen Sam’s Club Ronald & Linda Meyers Record Printing Company Tempest & David Kuykendall Ray & Rhonda Hampton Dairy Queen
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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT June 2016 Mrs. Hartzler, Elementary Principal The end of the year is upon us. We have had a successful year. As the year winds down and summer nears, there are some things to share with you. We will be having a 70 hour summer reading program this summer for students in 2nd and 3rd grade. We will be inviting those students to the class and will be using research-based curriculum to teach and reinforce reading skills. We will also be using state-approved progress monitoring to measure what students are learning along the way. This program is a mock run through for next year’s state required (as of this writing) summer school that all 3rd grade students not at grade level will have to take. We are also planning to run our 2 week summer school for both math and reading the 2 weeks before school starts for students in grades K-4. Letters for both will be coming home soon. ! ! ! Some of our final activities this month will be the ALICE training, Go the Distance, Carousel Day and Little Norse Relays. We are really excited about them all. A letter specific to expectations for the Little Norse Relays will be coming home next week. Every year I put in a plea for having your children do some reading and math each day in the summer. If you are unsure what to have your child do, please talk to the teacher and he/she will be happy to give you ideas. Set aside a time in the day designated for school. This is important or soon the whole summer is gone and we are getting our school supplies for the next school year. There is a lot of research on the summer slide and to prevent that, it just takes 10-15 minutes a day with a book or activities at the child’s grade level. Having your child read a book out loud to you at his/her level is good. An adult reading to the child works. Math flash cards or working on problem solving are all ways to “play school” every day. Again, visit with your child’s teacher about more ways to help this summer. ! ! ! The calendar for next year is on our webpage (rolandstory.school) so you can see when we start, end and when the early outs are. Class lists will be available after July 1 on our website. Supply lists will be available on the elementary page as well. This year’s current list is there. I will continue next year to use Remind101 as a way to remind you of events coming up. Just text mshartzler to 81010 and you will get those reminds. I hope you all have a wonderful, safe and restful summer. Enjoy time with family. If you need anything before the end of the year, don’t hesitate to give me a call. 733-4386. ! Norsemen !10

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT June 2016 PAL (Program of Assisted Literacy) The Program of Assisted Literacy (PAL) provides one-to-one, or small group tutoring for kindergarten students who show the need for additional help in learning to read. So far this year, the PAL instructors, assisted by the reading strategist, have worked with 16 kindergarten students. The PAL instructors are Alyssa Loots and Nicole Nielsen. The instructors focus on the learner’s strengths in helping them gain the skills they need to read with understanding. The teachers, as well as the Learning Coach, assist in lesson plans for the students. Students are assessed weekly to see how they are progressing. If no progress is noted after several weeks, new approaches are tried. Students are placed in the program based on their performance on a variety of assessments. A student remains in the program as long as he or she is making progress. When it is determined a student no longer needs the service, another student is placed. The contact person for PAL in Roland-Story Elementary is Ellen Lyman. If you would like more information, contact her at 733-4386. ! ! ! ! ! ! Elementary IMC ~ Deb Morris ! ! Character Counts in the library, too! It’s time to find those lost and overdue books from your school library. Be Caring: treat those books carefully. Be fair: others may want the books you have had for a long time. Be a good citizen: follow the rules about bringing books back on time. Be responsible: obey the library rules. Be respectful: use your best manners. Be trustworthy: can I count on you? ! ! ! We’ve had a great year and learned many new things in the library. Have a wonderful summer, be sure to visit your local library, join the summer programs available and READ!!! ! !11 Norsemen

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT June 2016 Talented and Gifted/Enrichment Program K-8 ! ! Wow, the year is going by fast for our K-8 TAG/Enrichment program! Math 2-6 students have been participating in Math Olympiads and Continental Math League. We will continue with enrichment group activities that give them hands on experience and challenge their thinking as well as help them understand that it can take longer than a split second to work through a challenge. One such activity for 3rd grade is learning to code. First the students learned to write and follow a code using pencil, paper and cups. Then they advanced to coding on the iPad. ! ! ! The 2nd- 4th NewzBrain groups have been competing weekly as groups or individually, against other teams nationally. They take great joy seeing their names listed as some of the top scorers on the NewzBrain site. ! ! ! ! Second grade students have started doing independent projects. Their first project was how to carve an object out of soap. It has been fun to see the fish and turtle shapes taking form. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next! We had our 3rd and 4th grade TAG Invent Iowa competition the first part of January as a result of our invention process study. As usual, the students came up with great invention ideas and the judges had a hard job of picking a winner. This year we had three winners, Lucas Wuebker, Madelyn Risdal and Riley Larson. Now the 3rd- 4th grade TAG group is working on an affective unit. Again this year, the 3/4th grade TAG students have been mentoring the prekindergarten class. We work with the pre-k students in the computer lab to help them gain computer skills to use in the years to come. The students also work together on projects in the Pre-K classroom. ! ! The kindergarten students have been working twice a month practicing different ways of thinking. Many students already understand the convergent way of thinking, to find one answer. Norsemen !12

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT June 2016 They enjoy learning about divergent thinking and evaluative thinking. We also work on visual/spatial perceptions. Students have fun thinking about different ways of thinking in their lessons. ! ! At the middle school last fall we jumped right into mock trial and had 29, 7th and 8th grade students learning their parts of witnesses and attorneys. We went to Regionals in Mason City the first part of November. Again this year, one of our teams earned their way to State Mock Trial in Des Moines. It was a great experience, and we learned ways to perfect our skills in mock trial. This year 5th, 6th and 7th grade students wanted to experience making movies. They made movie storyboards and brought props. After a little practice, and new video cameras, movies are being created. The 7th and 8th grade students experienced a Breakout EDU. This is where the students are challenged to figure out how to unlock a box that has a few locks keeping it shut. The students need to work together to find and figure out clues that will help them unlock the locks and open the box. Battle of the Books has just started for 3rd and 4th graders. They are reading 14 books they divide up in the groups for reading. The competition is being slated for the middle part of May. To give your students more opportunities, here are the site addresses for Belin Blank Center from the U of I, and OPPTAG from ISU. www.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank www.opptag.iastate.edu/ The K-8 TAG / Enrichment Instructor is Ellen Lyman. For more information, you can call me at 733-4386 or 388-4348. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !13 Norsemen

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT June 2016 ~ School Counselor’s Corner ~ Roland-Story Middle School As we swiftly move away from “March Madness”, we now focus on “May Mayhem”. The two have very different meanings. One is in regards to the climax of the college basketball season where we are filling in brackets and having fun watching exciting games. The other is indicative of calendars as students and parents navigate around a schedule that gets full with everyone going different directions. The rat race of events that consume our time can create a dynamic where people are worn out - and often find us wanting to curl up and sleep. This can create apathy (lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern). Apathy from a son or daughter can be a classic example of what makes a parent extremely frustrated. ! Apathetic Child in Your House? ! Michael Oleson ! “I don’t care!” and “Because it is boring!” are phrases that you may hear during the last few weeks of school. While this is a pain in the rear to hear, keep in mind that every child seems to lose interest in school once in awhile. This is especially true when students are fatigued. On the other hand, there are some students who never really show an interest in schoolwork - or anything else. Perhaps they rush through their homework. That is, if they bring it home. Sometimes, when a person says, “I can’t,” they are really saying “I don’t know how.” While the cause of all of this is debatable, an approach and counseling philosophy is to be proactive and be solution-oriented rather than focus on the problem. ! Believe it or not, apathetic students do actually care. They just demonstrate the behavior in a really odd way. In fact, apathetic children may care too much. In a very strange way, one of the causes of apathy is that children are not willing to be “just average”. They’d rather say they didn’t try than say they tried their hardest and came up short. As a result, students who feel or think the emphasis is on grades (rather than learning), or focus on being the best (rather than doing one’s own best), tend to lose interest in learning for its own sake. ! Norsemen !14

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT June 2016 ! One of the best ways to help students defeat apathy is to encourage them to set – and achieve – goals. Communicate and listen to your son or daughter and plan a realistic goal that he or she desires to attain. If a person feels that he or she is not heard, they will shut down and become even more frustrated. Work out how the goal can be reached and what the reward will be for accomplishing the goal at hand. The secret to reaching a big goal is to break it down into smaller steps and goals. Encourage and praise your child when small steps and goals are accomplished, and move on to the next step. When the goal is reached, celebrate with the reward that was stated earlier in the planning process. There is nothing wrong with an occasional reward to recognize a job well done. However, if the reward (not the achievement) become the focus of the goal, it is time to change the focus back to what is truly important. While these steps will not turn an apathetic student into a highly energized and motivated learner overnight, they can start a child down the path that will lead to motivation. Real accomplishments are the best way to convince children that they really can achieve their goals. Success in one area often leads to confidence in others. ! Most of all, always remember that a smile, a hug, fist-bump, or a “way to go!” can go a long way toward keeping your child motivated to do his or her best. In the end, we all need that encouragement. We never really outgrow this need, even as adults. Keep being a positive force in the lives of your family – both for your children and your significant other. Otherwise there might have to be a future section called “The Apathetic Parent”!!! ;-) ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Norsemen ! !15

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