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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT March 2017 ! NEWSLETTER ! Third Quarter 2017 !! ! !!!!!!! ! ! ! Norsemen 1!


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT March 2017 ! KINDERGARTEN  –  4TH  GRADE  PHYSICAL  EDUCATION     ~Cathy  Braathun Physical  Education  is  the  planned  development  experience  for   students  through  vigorous  and  concentrated  movement  and  is  an   integral  part  of  the  total  education  of  every  child  in  kindergarten   through  high  school.  PE  encourages  physical  activity  for  life,   improves  school  work,  builds  self  con@idence,  reduces  stress  and   anxiety,  develops  cooperation  and  teamwork,  increases  motor  skill  development  and  personal   !@itness,  helps  prevent  sickness,  and  provides  an  outlet  for  creativity.   The  goals  of  PE  in  kindergarten  –  second  grade  are  heavily  weighted  in  the  direction  of   cooperation  and  social  interaction.  Games  and  activities  are  selected  which  allow  the  students  to   work  together  and  experience  success  by  all  varying  levels  of  ability.  They   will  demonstrate  competency  in  loco-­‐motor  movements  and  non-­‐loco-­‐ motor  skills.  The  students  will  understand  a  vocabulary  of  basic   movement  concepts.  Also  included  in  the  curriculum  is  the  practice  of   manipulative  skills  (catching,  throwing,  kicking  dribbling,  and  striking)   and  performing  rhythms  (movement  to  a  beat,  creative  movement,  and   !dance  experiences). The  3rd  and  4th  graders  will  be  participating  in  a  variety  of  team  sports   (soccer,  bowling,  indoor  hockey,  and  basketball).  Some  goals  are  to   develop  basic  skills  and  fundamentals  in  the  form  of  challenging  drills   and  lead-­‐up  activities.  Other  goals  lead  to  learn  the  rules  and  strategies  of  the  game.  They  will  be   involved  in  recreational  games  and  dance  units.  Within  a  two-­‐year  span  they  will  perform  social,   !line,  aerobic,  and  favorites  dances.   Another  important  aspect  is  to  incorporate  the  importance  of  attaining  and  maintaining  proper   @itness  into  many  activities  this  year.  The  students  are  strongly  urged  to  engage  in  physical   activities  both  during  the  school  day  and  outside  of  school  (at  least  60  minutes  a  day).  They  are   involved  in  many  stations  that  increase  the  different  phases  of  @itness   (cardiovascular  @itness,  strength,  muscular  endurance,  @lexibility,   agility,  balance,  coordination,  power,  speed,  and  reaction  time).  So  far   this  year,  all  of  my  students  have  been  talking  about  the  importance   of  healthy  habits:  exercise  regularly,  eat  well-­‐balanced  meals,  eat   nutritious  foods,  do  not  skip  meals,  get  plenty  of  sleep,  no  smoking,   no  drugs,  and  aerobic  exercises  keep  the  heart  and  lungs  strong.  We   made  three  Fitness  Walls  in  the  gym  which  included  @itness  logs  (3rd   &  4th  grade),  @itness  shoes  (1st  &  2nd  grade),  and  @itness  bears   !(kindergarten).  Win  with  Wellness! In  October  the  elementary  students  and  their  teachers  participated  in   the  Healthiest  State  Walk  (which  promotes  the  importance  of  physical  activity)  and  walked  for   30  minutes!  The  3rd  and  4th  graders  perform  Jump  Rope  For  Heart  which  teaches  them  the   Norsemen 2!


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT March 2017 importance  of  developing  health-­‐heart  habits  and  that  raising  funds  to   support  research  and  education  for  the  American  Heart  Association  save  lives.   !Last  year  the  3rd  and  4th  graders  raised  $4,708  and  saved  94  lives! Two  highlights  at  the  end  of  the  year  are  Go  The  Distance  Day  and  the  Little   Norsemen  Relays.    Students  prepare  for  this  track  meet  by  practicing  the  @ield  and   running  events  during  their  PE  classes.    Go  The  Distance  Day  will  start  with  a  brief  talk  about   the  importance  of  daily  physical  activity  and  that  @itness  is  fun!  Then  we  will  do  30  minutes  of   continuous  physical  activity:  15  minutes  of  dances  and   15  minutes  of  walking/jogging  around  the  practice   !football  @ield! In  my  classes  I  emphasize  the  importance  of:   demonstrating  good  sportsmanship,  fair  play,  and   teamwork;  giving  a  great  effort  when  participating  in   PE;  following  directions  and  the  rules  of  the  class;  and   !!!!showing  a  positive  attitude!   ! ! The Year of Change Fourth grade welcomed Phil Skamser to our team this year. Phil subbed in our building last year and was welcomed to the team. Welcome to Roland Story, Mr. Skamser. This year, the 4th grade team is working on aligning lessons to the core curriculum. We have a new Reading series so this is a huge task for us. We are working to make sure the standards are all in place for the kids so that they will be successful in the years to come. This year we have all been teaching our own Science and Social Studies. This is a change for us also. We are using Mystery Science to help us meet those standards. We are studying muscles, eyes and the brain right now. We soon will be working on our Endangered Species Project. In Social Studies we are waiting for our Flat Stanley to return. The kids will make a poster and give a speech on the town that their flat person went to visit. As we move to the end of the school year, 4th graders will prepare for changing to 5th grade. This will include a visit !to the middle school to make the transition easier for them. !! ! Norsemen !3


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT March 2017 !Musically Yours ~ Jodi Friest February and March are months of change in the elementary music room. We shift from learning many musical basics in our core curriculum, to getting ready for concerts in the kindergarten, first, and fourth grades. This is an exciting time for kindergarten. Many of them have seen older brothers and sisters perform in the auditorium and are anxious to finally have their time to shine, while others have never stepped foot inside the high school and will soon be on a stage for the first time. It is a joy to get to watch them blossom through this process and get to experience the intricacies that are involved in performing. For the fourth graders, this will be their last performance as a part of the elementary. A time of transition is upon them as well as all of the feelings that come with beginnings and endings. They are experiencing what it means to be responsible for their contribution to our singing group and that it takes teamwork to make their concert a success. The focus !shifts from “me” to “we” as they sing together. First grade is enjoying their concert preparation. Everything is exciting and we are working on using our dynamics while never singing louder than beautiful. It is a big year of learning and the !students are doing a super job. The second and third grades have much more core learning to look forward to, as well as informances! The 2nd grade informance will take place on Thursday, March 30th and the 3rd grade informance will be held on Monday, April 3rd. Notes will go home with !students as we get closer to the events. While the music room is a very busy place, the goal is that making music be joyful as well as educational. Music should hopefully come to be a place where they learn the tools they need to help express themselves and to ! help spark that inner light of creativity and personality that each little soul has inside of !them. Our spring performance dates are Tuesday, April 11th @ 7:00 for the 4th grade MUSIC ! and Thursday, April 13th @ 6:45 for Kindergarten and 7:30 for 1st grade. We March 30th 2nd Grade !would love to have you join us! ! April 3rd April 11 3rd Grade 4th Grade !! April 13 1st Grade Norsemen 4!


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT March 2017 ! Spring Break March 13 - 17 !!!!!!!!!! Norsemen !!!!!!! !!!!!!! 5!


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT March 2017 Fourth  Grade  Ceramic  City  and  Other  Clay  News     ~  Amanda  Starrett ! This  month  the  fourth  grade  classes  are  teaming  up   with  each  other  and  Mrs.  Hartzler.  We  are  developing  our   own  ceramic  city.  Each  student  worked  together  and  signed   up  to  build  a  residential  house,  a  shop,  or  some  other  sort  of   !community  building  like  city  hall  or  a  library.     The  motivation  I’ve  seen  from  these  fourth  graders   has  been  phenomenal.    Currently,  we’ve  @inished  week  one   of  construction  with  clay  slabs.  Building  with  clay  slabs  can   be  challenging.  I  compare  it  to  the  story,  Goldie  Locks  and   the  Three  Bears.    The  clay  can  neither  be  too  wet  nor  too   !dry.  It  has  to  be  just  right.  Fourth  graders  patience  may  be  tested  with  this  one!     Clay  is  in  full  swing  here  at  the  elementary  with  this  February-­‐March  with  1-­‐3  grades,  as   well.  In  elementary  school  we  learn  the  three  hand  building  techniques  for  clay:  Pinch  pot,  coil,   and  slab  building.  Call  me  crazy  as  this  year  as  I  have  decided  to  take  on  all  new  clay  projects   with  grades  1-­‐6!  First  grade  has  worked  really  hard  on  their  realistic  tree  drawing  to  use  for   their  clay  project,  second  grade  is  working  on  a  3D  @ish,  and  third  grade  is  making  silly  monster   !dishes  based  on  artist,  James  DeRosso’s  work.     Clay  is  a  magical  art  medium.  It  can  totally  destroy  an  art   classroom  making  it  look  like  the  room  has  barely  survived  a   natural  disaster.  Clay  can  provide  the  hands  on  type  of  work  that   students  and  adults  need  to  help  us  focus  and  excel.  Clay  can  also   be  used  for  calming  and  distressing  purposes.  These  clay  projects   really  engage  our  students,  and  I’m  grateful  that  I,  through  the  help   of  the  district,  get  to  offer  this   !medium  each  year.   Middle School Dance March 31, 2017 6:00-7:30 - 5/6 grade 7:30 - 9:30 - 7/8 grade Norsemen !6


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT March 2017 ! Middle  School  Art  ~  Amber  Doyle     There  must  be  something  in  the  air  this  year  in  the  Middle  School  art  room,  since  my   students  keep  working  furiously  through  their  assigned  projects,  pushing  me  to  have  to  come  up   with  new  ones.    It’s  been  a  fun  change  to  pull  out  some  new  materials  and  allow  them  to  explore   a  little  bit.    The  8th  graders  have  decided  on  trying  their  hand  at  painting  and  came  up  with  their   own  project  where  they  mask  areas  off  to  create  shapes  and  color  and  then   Einish  them  off  with  sharpie  designs  on  top.    They’ve  turned  out  really  well   !so  far  and  the  students  like  that  it  was  their  idea.   The  7th  graders  got  a  chance  to  try  something  different  this  year   with  my  long-­‐term  substitute,  Mrs.  Schloerke.    Students  worked  with  both   rendering  bowls  of  fruit  and  zentangle  designs  to  create  funky  still  life   images.    It  was  fun  to  come  back  to  beautiful  new  artwork  hanging  on  the   !walls.   Last  Spring  we  took  the  top  10  pieces  from  each  project  completed   in  both  7th  and  8th  grade  to  the  Octagon  Center  for  the  Arts  Middle  School  Art  Show.     There  were  40  total  pieces  selected  and  4  winners  between  the  two  grades.    Xander   Webb  was  awarded  Honorable  Mention  for  his  construction  paper  piece,  Anna  Peach   got  3rd  for  her  landscape  scratchboard,  Emily  Ruben  received  Honorable  Mention  for   her  self-­‐portrait  done  in  pointillism,  and  Braelyn  Keigley  was  also  a  3rd  place  Einisher   with  her  clay  pickle.    It’s  always  a  joy  to  see  student  work  being  displayed  in  a   !!museum  style  art  show.   ! !5th Grade Dare Program ~ Matt Weiss Hardin County Sheriff Officer J.D. Holmes returns to Roland-Story Middle School for his twelfth year teaching DARE to fifth and seventh grade students. DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance !Education. Officer Holmes meets with students once a week for approximately nine weeks. Officer Holmes teaches students background information about harmful chemical substances and strategies to resist peer pressure. He covers topics such as alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and over the counter pain medications. Resistance strategies include: “Avoiding the Situation,” “Saying No, While Giving a Reason” and “Changing the Subject.” Officer Holmes also discusses bullying and how to handle yourself when you are !outnumbered. All students are impacted by substance abuse and bullying in one way or another. Through the efforts of Officer Holmes and the DARE program, Roland-Story students will have strategies to successfully deal with these situation when they arise. Thank you Officer Holmes for giving your time to such a worthy subject. Norsemen 7!


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT March 2017 ! Sixth Grade GRIT ~Cathy McKim The sixth grade class has adopted the acronym GRIT to encompass their behaviors we want to promote in classroom that we feel are beneficial for our students. GRIT stands for Growth Mindset, Resilience, Integrity, Tenacity. First we needed to clearly define what !was meant by these buzz words for our students. Growth Mindset: Students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents can !change and improve over time. !Resilience: Students use their capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness; Integrity: Students exhibit the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; !moral uprightness. !Tenacity: Students display the quality or act of being very determined; determination. We track student success towards these values by using a program called Class Dojo. Students receive thumbs up points as individuals, groups and whole class for displaying these GRIT behaviors as well as other behaviors such as assignment completion, being prepared for class, and respect, to name a few. Class Dojo also allows the teachers to post examples of student work, projects, and interactions that display GRIT. Students love to have something posted on Class Dojo and parents have responded with many favorable comments. This is yet another positive way to enhance communication and celebrate the good things in the classroom. In the first semester homeroom classes were posting 90% or better on all four of the GRIT behaviors. Great !statistics 6th grade!!! The sixth grade teaching team supports these students as they develop these behaviors and continues to promote Growth Mindset, Resilience, Integrity and Tenacity !each day with this wonderful group of young people. Sixth Grade: Show ‘em your Norsemen ! GRIT!! 8!


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT March 2017 ! 8th  Grade  Self-­‐Pa!ced  Math  Class   ! ~  Darrin  Berggren In  a  typical  classroom  you  have  many  different  types  of  students.    You  might  see  the  student   who: • Finishes  early  and  has  to  wait  for  everyone  else • Gets  distracted  while  the  teacher  is  talking  and  misses  parts   of  the  instruction • Would  rather  ask  the  teacher  a  question  one-­‐on-­‐one  instead   of  in  front  of  the  whole  class • Missed  school  and  is  overwhelmed  with  the  work  needed  to   be  made  up • Went  to  their  parents  for  help  with  their  homework  and  they   ! said,  “I  don’t  know  how  to  do  this  stuff?” This  year  in  8th  grade  math  we  have  been  using  a  self-­‐paced  classroom  to  help  students  who  fall   !into  all  these  categories.     Self-­‐paced  classrooms  allows  students: • to  continue  with  content  without  having  to  wait • to  pause  and  rewind  teacher  instruction  and  focus  on  the   content  being  taught • to  interact  with  students  in  small  groups  and  on  an   individual  basis  with  the  teacher • to  access  the  content  24/7 ! • and  parents  to  learn  the  content  together So  far,  I  have  seen  many  positives  to  the  self-­‐paced  classroom.    Students  are  able  to  gain  mastery   of  a  standard  when  they  are  ready.    In  years  past,  our  curriculum  map  and  the  pace  of  the   majority  of  the  students  determined  the  speed  in  which  the  entire  class  moved.    With  a  self-­‐ paced  classroom,  students  are  allowed  to  take  the  time  they  need  in  order  to  demonstrate   mastery  of  the  standard.    By  front-­‐loading  all  the  essential  standards  and  requiring  mastery   before  moving  on,  this  allows  every  student  to  be  even  better  prepared  for  the  math  challenges   they  will  see  in  high  school. !!!!!! ! Norsemen !9


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT March 2017 !Name  That  Creature?  ~  Kris  Vinson   The  Eirst  semester  of  7th  grade  science  was  spent  “exploring  outer  space.”    We  are  now   returning  to  Earth  and  turning  our  attention  to  life  science.    What  determines  if  something  is  a   living  organism?    How  are  these  living  things  classiEied?    How  do  they  get  their  names?    How  do   !we  know  we  are  talking  about  the  same  organism?     During  the  month  of  January,  7th  graders  addressed  all  of  these  questions.   We  used  a  variety  of  resources  and  activities  to  explore  the  six  traits  of  all   living  things,  current  classiEication  methods,  naming  systems,  and   classiEication  tools.    Now  it  is  time  to  get  creative!    To  wrap  up  the  concepts  of   this  unit,  students  will  be  working  in  small  groups  to  “invent  organisms”  and   name  them  using  a  two-­‐part  scientiEic  name.    They  will  also  be  creating  a   !dichotomous  key  for  their  classmates  to  use  to  identify  these  unknown  creatures.   This  is  one  of  my  favorite  projects  the  kids  do  in  Science.    I  love  to  see  their  creativity  and   it  is  an  excellent  opportunity  for  students  to  work  on  their  “soft  skills.”    It  is  a  chance  to   demonstrate  creativity,  collaboration,  and  teamwork  all  while  showing  their  knowledge  of  the   concepts  learned  throughout  the  unit.    If  you  have  a  7th  grader  in  your  home,  watch  out  for   ! !unknown  creatures!   ! !   Physics    ~  Jeff  Boman     Physics  students  are  studying  projectile  motion.  For  the  next  few  days  they  are  building   several  “shot  the  falling  target”  devices  from  scratch.  This  includes  electromagnets,  circuits,   transformers,  and  nerf  guns.  Visitors  should  knock  before   entering.    Next  month  is  the  Regional  Physics  Competition   !held  at  the  Science  Center  in  Des  Moines.    Events  are: 1.  Mousetrap  car:  the  car  must  travel  exactly  4.5  meters. 2.  Variable  Range  Catapult:  projectile  must  hit  targets  at  2,   5,  and  8  meters. 3.  Soda  Straw  Arm:  Timed  event  where  students  build  a   crane  boom-­‐like  structure  on  site  out  of  straws  and  straight   pins.  Structure  must  support  a  mass  without  failure. 4.  Toothpick  Bridge:  Engineer  a  bridge  to  speciEications.  Amount  of  weight  it  can  support   divided  by  weight  of  bridge  determines  winner. 5.  Challenge  Problem:  Find  the  mass  of  an  unknown  using  a  box  of  random  items.  Students  must   !“MacGyver”  a  solution  including  extensive  error  analysis.   Roland-­‐Story  has  been  hosting  the  event  6  years  running.  Wouldn’t  be  possible  without   !student  involvement  and  your  support.  Thank  you.   Science  students  are  engineering  structures  to  relate  force  with  work  and  power.    Soon   they  will  be  conducting  laboratory  activities  comparing  food  calories  with  watts  and   horsepower. Norsemen 1! 0


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT March 2017 ! !Science  News  ~  Brad  Dedic   Chemistry   We  are  just  starting  Chemical  Equations  right  now  and  will  begin   Stoichiometry  not  long  after  Spring  break.    The  latter  subject  matter  is  usually   one  of  the  more  difEicult  units  of  the  entire  year  and  requires  some  good   algebra  skills  as  well  as  the  ability  to  think  critically  and  analyze  information.     Following  that,  we  will  have  our  unit  on  Energy,  and  Einish  the  year  working  on   the  Gas  Laws.    As  I  have  done  the  past  several  years,  I  will  have  some  practice   ACT  exams  for  the  chemistry  students  as  the  April  ACT  date  approaches.    This   is  usually  a  good  time  for  the  juniors  (or  seniors)  to  take  the  ACT  as  much  of   !what  they  have  learned  is  still  fresh  in  their  minds.   Biology   We  are  just  getting  under  way  with  the  DNA  and  Protein  Synthesis  unit  that  will  be  followed  by  Genetic   Disorders  and  causes  for  mutations.    We  will  discuss  Mendelian  Genetics  and  Punnett  squares  after  that   and  also  study  Biotechnology.    This  Eield  has  seen  some  new   advances  as  of  late  and  the  possibilities  of  inEluence  on  the  Human   genome  are  potentially  exciting  as  they  are  scary.    There  will  be   many  opportunities  to  talk  about  these  advances  and  the  ethics  of   using  (or  not  using)  some  of  these  applications.    I  try  very  hard  as   a  teacher  to  be  as  unbiased  as  possible  and  let  students  decide  for   themselves  what  decisions  they  might  want  to  make  for   themselves  in  different  situations.    If  you  have  any  questions,   comments,  or  concerns,  please  feel  free  to  contact  me  and  I  will  be   !happy  to  help  out  any  way  I  can.   !     Here  are  some  Bug  Project  inspired  Haikus  from  this  year:     Bugs  that  I  don’t  know           Catching  bugs  is  fun     Bugs  that  I  don’t  want  to  know       Using  a  net  to  catch  them     Bugs  that  I  should  know         Getting  that  elusive  bug   !      ~    Jon  Sobotka             ~  Mason  Thomas     Crane  Ely  is  severed           Coleoptera     Half  of  it’s  body  is  there         The  Order  of  the  beetles     It’s  legs  are  all  gone           They  have  elytra       ~  Victoria  Warren  &           ~  Carson  Parker   !     Heidy  Johnson     When  insects  take  off           Pretty  butterElies     You  will  chase  them  all  around         In  many  different  colors     They  will  Ely  away           Peaceful  in  Elying   !     ~  Tori  Fornier             ~  Sophie  van  Rooij     Lepidoptera             Flies  are  annoying!     Lots  of  pretty  butterElies         Flying  around  everywhere     Moths  and  skippers,  too         They  are  pests  of  Earth   !     ~  Eric  Dowe             ~  Grace  Teig   Norsemen 1! 1


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT March 2017 ! !!Agriculture Education ~ Brad Taylor We are now well into our new semester with our various class offerings. This spring, our Agriculture Education classes consist of: Agricultural Shop, Biology, Horticulture, Veterinary !Science and Agricultural Business Management. The students in the Agriculture Shop class are focusing their attentions on making various woodworking projects. A major emphasis in this class deals with safety in the shop setting. Some of the projects include: children’s size Adirondack chairs, reading benches, children’s sized picnic tables and outdoor signs. If you are interested in purchasing any of the children sized projects or a reading bench, contact Brad Taylor at the high school (733-4320 or email at btaylor@roland-story.k12.ia.us) !for information. Biology students have been learning about the topic of animal health in their first unit of the new semester. Lessons included studies in pathogen, diseases, parasites and prevention of pathogens. Upcoming units will pertain to concepts of plant production with individual lessons on soil chemistry, !hydroponics, plant anatomy and physiology. In our horticulture class, students have studied units on basic horticulture, plant taxonomy, plant parts and functions and requirements for growth. Upcoming units include plant propagation. !This class is offered for a science credit. In the Veterinary Science class, the students’ focus this semester is on learning about veterinary care of animals. Students have learned about animal cells, tissues, circulatory systems and renal system. Future units deal with the skeletal system, nervous system and reproductive system. !The class was also able to attend the Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines the last week of January. The students in the Agriculture Business Management class are learning about sales and job interviewing. Future units of study include learning about the various types of agri-businesses as well !as agricultural financing. This class is offered as a joint enrollment class through DMACC. Our FFA chapter will be competing in sub-district FFA contests at Iowa Falls on February 17th. We also worked in cooperation with the FCCLA to co-sponsor our annual Sweetheart Ball Dance. Upcoming events include National FFA week, and District meetings for State Degree !!!!!!Evaluations. Norsemen !12


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT March 2017 !!! District FFA Officers – Kat Hawley interviewed for a District FFA officer position and was nominated for the office of Reporter. She will be attending the district convention in Riceville on March 4 where the elections will be held. Brayden Lester is serving as a district officer this y!!!!ear. !! ! !!!   Pork  Congress  –  40  RS  Veterinary  Science  students   attended  the  Iowa  Pork  Congress  and  competed  in   !!!their  livestock  evaluation  contest.   !   !!!!!!!! Key  Co-­‐op  –  Key  Cooperative  is   sponsoring  a  program  called  ‘Bushels  for   Ag’  in  which  high  school  Ag  Business   classes  develop  market  plans  for  grain.     Key  Coop  representative  Greg  Artz  visited   with  the  Ag  Business  class  about  the   !! !procedures  of  this  activity.   Norsemen 1! 3


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT March 2017   High  School  Social  Studies  ~  Colton  Calvert       My  how  the  year  has  Elown!  Just  seems  like   yesterday  was  August.  This  year  has  been  a  very   eventful  year  for  Social  Studies.  Many  of  the  new  skills   being  implemented  this  year  evolves  around  reading   and  writing.  Looking  ahead  to  this  semester  here  are   the  topics  we  are  dealing  with.         This  year  in  U.S.  and  World  Affairs,  which  is  a  semester  course,  we  are  discussing   American  Foreign  Policy  and  how  it  affects  our  relationships  with  countries  around  the   world.  With  all  the  news  going  on  right  now  it  makes  for  some  good  discussions!  Right   now  we  are  discussing  how  the  Arab  Spring  is  what  inEluenced  our  war  on  terror.    We  are   also  doing  an  overview  of  our  policies  throughout  the  20th   century  and  how  these  policies  are  impacting  us  today.         In  American  History  we  started  the  year  off  with  the   Industrial  Age  and  then  went  into  the  Progressive  Era.  From   there  we  discussed  World  War  1  and  the  Roaring  20’s,  Einishing   the  semester  with  the  Great  Depression.  Now  we  are  in  the   middle  of  World  War  2  and  getting  ready  to  discuss  the  European  Campaign.  The  rest  of   the  semester  we  will  be  looking  at  the  Cold  War  and  the  Civil  Rights  movement.       This  year  in  World  History  we  have  worked  our  way   from  the  Origins  of  Civilizations,  mainly  Ancient  Rome   and  Greece.  First  semester  we  did  a  cross  curricular   paper  and  book  read  between  Social  Studies  and  the   English  department,  which  helped  tie  the  themes   together  really  well.  Right  now  we  are  discussing  the   Renaissance  and  Reformation  and  how  it  impacted   Europe.  The  goal  for  this  semester  is  to  be  able  to  make   our  way  to  the  Industrial  Revolution  and  World  War  I.  We   are  looking  a  lot  into  political  and  philosophical  thought  and  how  some  things  have   changed;  however,  when  taking  a  deeper  look  maybe  they  really  haven’t.  Themes  we   have  covered  have  been  religion,  economics,  politics,  and  governmental  changes.         It  is  hard  to  believe  that  spring  break  is  around  the  corner.  Before  we  know  it   graduation  day  will  be  here.  Looking  forward  to  Einishing  this  year  out  right  on  a  high   note.     !! Norsemen !14


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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT March 2017 American  Government  ~  Mike  Bowman       American  Government...what  a  whirlwind  this  past  Fall  with  the   election,  Bernie  Sanders,  Hillary  Clinton  and  Donald  Trump.  With  the   !election  of  Donald  Trump  nothing  has  slowed  down!     Almost  everyday  I  have  to  balance  my  regular  planned  lesson  with   the  latest  news.  In  the  Fall  we  covered  much  of  the  campaign  and  modern   campaigning  and  since  then  we  have  been  covering  the  Constitution  and   the  powers  of  the  three  branches  of  government.   At  the  end  of  February  and  start  of  March  we  should  wrap  up  the   Executive  Branch  and  the  Legislative  Branch  (  a  shortened  version).   Hopefully  coming  out  of  Spring  Break  we  will  be  on  pace  to  Einish  the   year  with  the  Judicial  Branch,  the  Criminal  Justice  system  and  State   !government.     Psychology...We  focused  on  the  three  theories  of  Psychology;   Freudian,  Biological  and  Environmental.  We  also  looked  into  Personality,   Intelligence,  Stress  and  Memory.  Part  of  the  class  process  also  included   !!!disorders  and  treatment  options.   !!     FINANCIAL AID-PAY FOR COLLEGE !CLASS OF 2018 PARENTS Summary: The goal of the Financial Aid Program is to help high school seniors (Class of 2018-current juniors) and their parent/guardian understand the process of applying for financial aid and scholarships, offer effective tools for college cost comparisons, and learn how they can access additional help. The following topics are covered during the !presentation. * Financial Aid Process * FAFSA Application Review * Understanding the Results * Understanding Costs - College Comparisons * Aid Options * Scholarship Process ! * Where to Go for Help Audience: Important for parents to attend! One time presentation! Time of Year: May 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m. HS Auditorium !Length: 60 – 75 minutes Norsemen 1! 5



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