Central Lee Community Schools October 8 Teacher Inservice, 1:45 p.m. Dismissal October 24 End of 1st Quarter October 29 Teacher Inservice, 1:45 p.m. Dismissal November 2 Daylight Saving Time Ends November 4 and 6 Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00 p.m. November 7 No School November 19 Teacher Inservice, 1:45 p.m. Dismissal Centrally Speaking Central Lee FFA ofﬁcers participated in an agricultural industry tour recently. One of the tours was the innovation center and factory of Kinze Manufacturing. For more FFA and Ag-Ed highlights, see pages 12 and 13. Front L-R: Jacob Boeck, Josey Kirchner, Emma Newberry, and Danielle Hoeing. Back L-R: Caleb Moore, Justin Wright, Ethan Hellweg, Andrew Lambert, and Addison Loges. November 26-28 No School Volume 127 October/November 2014 INSIDE First Grade Third Grade Superintendent Athletics FPS Music Art FFA & Ag-Ed 2-3 4 5 6 7-8 9 10-11 12-13 Emergency Bus Routes Go to the home page of the Central Lee Community School’s website, www.centrallee.org Click on “Students & Parents” and scroll down to “Transportation” Click on “Download the emergency bus route” 2 First Grade News Ms. Cunningham Question for my students: Can you give an example of a good bucket ﬁlling/bucket ﬁller? Karagen: If someone gets pushed and if anyone doesnʼt help them get back up, it breaks their backbone. Harley: If people fall, help them back up. Dylan: Donʼt hurt peopleʼs feelings. Riley: Donʼt talk mean to people. Cady: A good bucket ﬁller is kind. Maddie: When friends are hurt, other friends help. David: No talking back. Will: Give someone a hug. Layla: Help the planet. Mikayla: Friends help friends. Kylan: When someone falls and gets hurt, tell a teacher. Frankie: When someone is hurt, help them up. Saphire: Donʼt punch people. Saphara: Be safe for all people. Ruby: Love everyone. Hayden: Donʼt kick anyone. Katheryn: Be kind. Johnny: Hugging people is good bucket ﬁlling. Brandon: Donʼt kick anyone, even when you want to. Mrs. Howell This year our school-wide reading incentive theme is a sports theme entitled Being a HAWK is the Name of the Game. We have been reading books about teamwork and bucket ﬁlling. We have discussed how we can be bucket ﬁllers in our classroom and around the school so I asked my students what they think an example of a bucket ﬁlling HAWK is and these are their responses: Lily: Being kind; if someone doesnʼt have someone to play with at recess, I can play with that person. Audrey: Sharing; I could share toys. Aurora: Being nice to others; I could help them if they need it. Carter: Helping them; if somebody is hurt, I could help them. Kenna: Playing with each other at recess. Tatum: If someone knocks down another person, I could help him up. Kristianna: Playing with other kids. Caleb: If someone is pushed on the playground, I could ask the person who pushed him to stop. Sophie: Playing with somebody when they have nobody to play with. Ava: Being quiet when we are in the hallway. Cody: If someone asks me to play with them, I would. Aubrey: Donʼt hit others; keep our hands to ourselves Trinity: Listening when the teacher is talking. Josiah: Reading a book quietly. Addison: If I had ice cream and someone was sad, I could give it to them. Colie: Helping somebody if they had an owie and got hurt really bad. Camden: Listening and paying attention when the teacher is talking. Aryk: Listening and following the rules. Hunter: Being kind. Mrs. Mohrfeld Mrs. Koller 3 We are working hard to be great HAWKS (Hawks Are Willing Kind Safe Students), which ﬁts in well with our school-wide theme this year, Being a HAWK is the Name of the Game. Our goal has been to read 15 minutes each day for at least four out of the ﬁve school nights. I am hopeful that the students will be motivated to read as much as possible to meet their goals. Parents can help by giving them the opportunity and listening to their student read. We will also be incorporating Accelerated Reading goals. I asked each student to give an example of what a good HAWK is. Their replies were both entertaining and thoughtful: We are off to a great start in ﬁrst grade. The students are getting settled in and working on routines. At the beginning of the year we talk about being a bucket ﬁller and a good HAWK. We use the book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? along with our motto, Hawks Are Willing Kind Safe Students, to teach the students that everyone has an imaginary bucket, and your actions affect their buckets. When you ﬁll a bucket, you are both happy, but when you dip in someone elseʼs bucket, you are also dipping into your own bucket. This helps set the precedent for the rest of the year of what we expect for be- Addison: Donʼt run in the halls. Be nice to your havior. I asked the students for an example of a friends. bucket ﬁlling HAWK. Alec: Be kind to all the people in the school. Bella: Help if someone gets hurts. Help them up. Amelie: Helping other people. Blake: Make sure that everyone has someone to Addysin: Sitting still in your seat and not talking play with at recess. to other people. Gracie: When someone falls down, ask them if Charlee: Helping people when they get hurt. they are okay. Kaleigh: Helping someone out when they need Jayden: You can help them get on the right bus if help. they donʼt know. Riley: Donʼt be a bully! Jodee: You have to be good at school and be nice Taylor: Being kind to everyone. to people. Dexter: Being nice to everyone. Kinzie: If someone is sad because they donʼt have Alton: Being nice outside of school. Tyler: Picking up his room without being asked to anyone to play with, you can ask them to play with you. do it. Korbin: If someone falls, help them up. Vanessa: Playing nice with friends. Lily: Be nice to your classmates by letting them Tanner: Being kind to everyone. swing at recess if they want to. Makayla: Being nice to everyone. Maddie: If someone feels sad, you can play with Nathan: When someone is sad, you can help them. them. Margaret: If someone is alone, you can go play Avery: Letting people play with you that donʼt with them. have someone to play with. Mylan: Help students learn. Eliza: Helping someone on the playground. Emma: Helping someone up when they fell down. Noah: Help someone open their locker. Owen: Help your friends if they hurt. Kendra: Cheering up someone who is sad. Peter: Getting a HAWK ticket for being a good Colton: Treating others the way you want to be Hawk. treated. Sara: Help your friends read. Isabella: Being nice to everyone. Ward: Be nice to people. If they donʼt have anyMarie: Being kind to everyone. one to play with, you can let them play with you. 4 Third Grade News Mrs. Campbell Mrs. Kruse In our classroom this year, families will have the opportunity to participate in a student favorite: Mystery Readers! On speciﬁc days, our class will host parents, grandparents, siblings, neighbors, etc. to bring in and read aloud a favorite picture book to our class. Students love when their family members come into the classroom, and all students beneﬁt from an adult sharing their love of reading. Because this is a mystery, all information is kept TOP SECRET from the student, including the date the family member is coming to read to our class. Clues will be read to the class before the arrival of each Mystery Reader to build suspense and keep the students guessing who our Mystery Reader will be! We look forward to seeing all of the wonderful Mystery Readers this year. We started reading Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. We sent our personal Flat Stanleys off on their adventures after reading the book. If anyone has friends or family that would enjoy getting a visit from Flat Stanley and has an address of someone they know that would like a Flat Stanley sent to them, please contact us. They would receive a childʼs Flat Stanley character and then take him to places of interest in their area and journal and send it back to the student. It is a great way to learn about other communities, families, lifestyles, and occupations. In the past we have had awesome journals/diaries come back to our classroom. The students really look forward to getting the mail back and reading about Flat Stanleyʼs adventure. We do need some addresses for students who donʼt have any. We are learning the reading CAFE strategies and using the Daily Five reading process. The students have been working on their Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Vocabulary through their reading, discussion, and writing. In Social Studies we are learning about our communities and the different types of communities. They are learning about the difference between rural, suburban, and urban communities. Our school theme this year is Being a HAWK is the Name of the Game. The students are working to be good citizens and treating each other fairly and with respect. Our HAWK model—willing, kind, safe students—is being reviewed and HAWK tickets are being given out to students who show HAWK behavior. Our class has participated in several class activities to get to know each other and learn about each of our special qualities. Each child will have a chance to be the Player of the Week as the year progresses. Thank you to the parents that made it to the Meet and Greet back-to-school night. It was great to meet you and visit with you. It is the wonderful parents in this district that help with the success of their students. Mrs. Wright New pencils, new crayons, new friends. Remember the excitement? We still have that feeling every day and we hope it continues until the end of the year! To kick off the year, students read the book Flat Stanley. The story is about a boy, Stanley, who becomes ﬂat when a bulletin board falls on him. Stanley is able to travel to California inside an envelope to visit a friend. As an extension of this book, students created their own Flat Stanley and wrote a friendly letter to a friend or family member to send him to. Stanley travels with a journal that the recipient ﬁlls out and sends back to our classroom. The journal asks speciﬁc questions about the community they live in, which ties into our social studies topic. Third grade is a tremendous growing year for students. As readers, students are pulling all of the strategies together that were taught to them in previous grades to become a conﬁdent and ﬂuent reader. In math, students review addition and subtraction facts and begin multiplication and division. What do third graders look forward to most? Cursive! 5 Notes from the Superintendent John Henriksen Hello! A big “Thank You” to all of you who have made the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year such a success! Things have gone smoothly and the students seem to have made the “summerto-school year” transition. The exciting pace of the new school year has begun. Parents, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. We are partners with you in your childʼs education. Our students are best served when there is a strong relationship between home and school. Phone calls and emails are a great way to stay in communication with your studentʼs teachers. We welcome your input as we work together to provide the ﬁnest education possible for your children. Nothing is more important than our children, so letʼs work together and make this the best year ever at Central Lee! Since the time of our last Centrally Speaking, we have added two new staff members. Let me introduce them to you: Gary Steffensmeier is our new Director of Curriculum and Instruction. He is originally from the Houghton area, and graduated from Fort Madison High School. Garyʼs undergraduate degree is from the University of Northern Iowa in Mathematics Education. He has a graduate degree in Measurement and Statistics from Kansas State University, and is completing his doctoral studies at the University of Iowa in Education Psychology. Gary was a secondary math teacher at Department of Defense schools in San Antonio, Texas; Leavenworth, Kansas; Ramstein, Germany; and Waynesville, Missouri. One of his areas of expertise is integration of instructional technology into the classroom, and prior to coming to Central, he was teaching Technology in the Classroom to University of Iowa undergraduate education students. Gary and his wife, Margi, have ﬁve children who attend Central Lee. Brandy Cunningham is our new ﬁrst grade teacher. After registration in August, it became apparent that, due to new enrollment, we were going to need to add an additional section of ﬁrst grade. We are excited that Brandy is teaching our additional section! Brandy is from Warsaw, Illinois, and prior to coming to Central Lee, was teaching kindergarten and ﬁrst grade at Luray Elementary School in Luray, Missouri, for three years, and special education for six years. Prior to her work in Luray, Brandy taught at St. Vincentʼs Catholic School in Keokuk, and Camp Point Central District in Camp Point, Illinois. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, and a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education, both from Western Illinois University. We welcome Gary and Brandy to our Central Lee family! As you have opportunity, please introduce yourself to them. It is exciting to have these dedicated professionals working with our students at Central Lee! 6 Hawk Central Bleacher Report Chuck Banks, Athletic Director Itʼs hard to believe that the 2014 fall athletic season is underway. We have a lot of great things going on this fall. We had our ﬁrst annual Fall Blitz to show off the football, volleyball, cross-country, cheerleaders, and band. We were able to raise around $3,500 to go towards our new scoreboard. Fort Madison Community Hospital has donated $10,000 towards the purchase of our scoreboard. We are getting closer and closer towards our goal. We have new goal posts up, courtesy of the school and Sports Boosters working together. Thanks to all involved. Our gym has been redone with a new playing surface and signs—looks outstanding! We will be auctioning off signs at each blitz night throughout the season. Check the schoolʼs calendar for all events coming soon. The football team is coached by Randy Hofman. In the battle for 218, the Hawks beat Highway 218 rival Keokuk in a hard fought battle 14-13. Week two, the Hawks took down Danville 39-3. School spirit and fans helped in the effort. Joining Coach Hofman on his staff are Chuck Banks, Bob Bryant, Derek Merk, Pat Rooney, and Steve Brunstein. Homecoming was September 26 against Louisa Muscatine. The Junior High football teams are under the direction of Kent Brisby (8th) and Al Sonnenberg (7th). Good luck, boys. The cross-country team has participated in three events so far this season. Terry Soli coaches the team. Coach Soli is also the middle school coach. Coach Soli has a very young team this year led by senior Ethan Kelley. He is looking for the team to have fun and improve each meet. Central will have its own Cross-Country Meet October 14 at Central Lee Schools. The volleyball team, under ﬁrst year coaches Melissa Petersen and Krista Hammer, have been in action and have improved throughout each contest. Teamwork is the motto for the season, building a foundation for success. The assistant coaches are Chris Mickelson and Tiffany Barton, and will be coaching the Freshman/Sophomore squad. Deena Parker and Amy Cook coach Junior High volleyball. They have high numbers again this season and are looking to continue to set the foundation for volleyball within Central Lee. Cheerleading is under the direction of Joyce Burt. The team has been working very hard and is excited to cheer throughout the athletic seasons. Dance Team, with coach Lindsey Hamm, performed at the Montrose Watermelon Festival in August. Coach Hamm is preparing the Dance Team for several dance competitions this fall and winter. Season passes for the year and fall sports are now available. Tina Cale has those passes for sale at home football games and at her ofﬁce in the high school. I love the support for our teams so far this season. On a sportsmanship note, understand that everyone involved in a contest is human. Respect the players, coaches, and ofﬁcials. Being a fan is a privilege, not a right. And we shouldnʼt abuse that privilege by doing anything that could possibly hurt our team or give a bad reputation to a fan body. (Scott Hansen, 2013) Finally, I would like to thank anyone that supports Central Lee athletics and activities. Please come out and watch the football, volleyball, and cross-country teams compete. The year will be full of upsets, surprises, and exciting games. Be a part of the fun! 7 Central Lee Students Showcase Critical and Creative Thinking Skills at International Future Problem Solving Conference Hollie Weber, Future Problem Solving Coach Central Lee students were honored at the 2014 Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) Conference at Iowa State University. As the program celebrated its 45th anniversary, over 2,000 students representing 13 countries attended the June conference. The high school Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) team of April Burgess, Asa Crowe, Breanna Kramer, and Sara Miner responded to a future scene based on the topic of space. During the two-hour time limit, students brainstormed and wrote challenges, chose one to solve, wrote detailed solutions, developed a list of criteria questions to evaluate each solution, and wrote a persuasive essay promoting their idea. For the Presentation of Action Plan competition, the team harnessed their creativity and brought some well-known cartoon princesses to life with only a box of pre-approved prop building supplies: a few sheets of construction paper, paper towels, tinfoil, pipe cleaners, and markers. Former Central Lee students Camille and Paolo Adajar, who qualiﬁed and competed as individual problem solvers, joined in the skit preparation and presentation. At the closing ceremony, the teamʼs original skit earned 5th place out of the more than 60 national and international senior teams. FPSPIʼs mission is to develop the ability of young people globally to design and promote positive futures using critical, creative thinking. Founded by creativity pioneer, Dr. E. Paul Torrance, FPSPI stimulates critical and creative thinking skills, encourages students to develop a vision for the future, and prepares students for leadership roles. FPSPI engages students in creative problem solving within the curriculum and provides competitive opportunities. FPSPI involves thousands of students annually from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, and the United States. L-R: April Burgess, Breanna Kramer, Camille Adajar, Asa Crowe, and Sara Miner 8 Central Lee Students Selected to Participate in National Leadership Program Hollie Weber, Future Problem Solving Coach Jacob Boeck, Weston Ensminger, Johnathan Galbreath, Breanna Kramer, and Wesley Weirather were selected to participate in the Economics for Leaders program that was conducted at select college campuses across the country this past summer. Jacob Boeck, son of Tom and Debi of Keokuk, attended the program at Yale University in Hartford, Connecticut. Weston Ensminger, son of Doug and Kim of Donnellson, and Wesley Weirather, son of Paul and Cathy of Montrose, participated in the week-long session at The University of California in Los Angeles. Johnathan Galbreath, son of Amber and Jason Lucas of Montrose, traveled to the University of Washington in Seattle for the program. Breanna Kramer, daughter of Darren Kramer of Franklin, received training at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Less than 50 students from around the country are accepted into the Foundation for Teaching Economicsʼ Economics for Leaders program at each site. All of the students were selected though an application process because they have demonstrated excellent leadership potential. During the week-long Economics for Leaders program, students attained an understanding of economic reasoning principles and how to employ these concepts for successful and effective leadership. Additionally, participants achieved a heightened awareness of the impact their decisions have on others and the responsibility that awareness imposes. Economics for Leaders is an unparalleled learning and growing opportunity. The students who attended called it “the experience of a lifetime” and “a life-changing opportunity.” Funding for the studentsʼ registration and travel was paid for through a memorial foundation for Michael Burke run by his family. Michael was a 1996 graduate of Central Lee who majored in economics at the University of Iowa. This is the fourth year students at Central Lee have attended the Economics for Leaders programs. Students L-R: Johnathan Galbreath, Jacob Boeck, Weston Ensminger, and Wesley Weirather 9 Vocal Music News Jason Woodley, Director of Choral Music Stepping It Up! Rebecca Pfeiler, Director of Instrumental Music Greetings from the vocal music department! We have many activities scheduled for the year and are excited to share our talents with the community. Students are busy learning All State Music, choir music, show choir music, and choreography, as well. A new group of talented Pink Ladies are busy rehearsing music that they will be performing soon! You can keep track of the Central Lee Vocal Music Department several ways: The High School and 7th/8th Grade Bands marched with pride at the Tri-State Rodeo Parade on September 6 in Fort Madison. They made an excellent start for the new school year. The competion season for the High School Marching Band began September 20 at the Donnellson Fall Festival, Fort Madison Marching Band Classic, and the Mount Pleasant Marching Facebook page: www.facebook.com/clchoirs Invitational. Twitter page: @CentralLeeChoir If you want to see more of the High School Choir website is http://centralleechoirs.wix.com/ Band, come check them out at every home football centralleechoirs. game this season. Upcoming Vocal Music Events October 14, SEICDA HS Honor Choir October 25, All State Auditions November 11, Menʼs Choral Festival November 20–22, IHSMA All State Music Festival Fruit & Candy Sales October 13 - 27 To Order, Contact a Central Lee Music Student in Grades 6-12 Delivery Date: December 7 Items will arrive in time for holiday gifts! 10 High School Art Jamie Jones, Instructor Contest Results for the 2013-2014 High School Art We had an amazing show season! Congrats to all who had artwork shown! Conference Art Show Best of Show went to Central Lee this year! Hunter Roush, colored pencil, “Baby Nephew” Chromatic Drawing (color) 1st, Raegan Mickelson, colored pencil, “Glamorous” Portrait 2nd, Chelsea Page, colored pencil, “Inferred Portrait” 3rd, Raegan Mickelson, colored pencil, “Pucker Up” Achromatic Drawing (black/white) 2nd, Chelsea Page, pencil, “Converse Shoes” Acrylic Painting 1st, Tessa Lamartine, acrylic, “Wild Flowers” Computer Generated 2nd, Nettie Wildrick, computer, “Sound” Ceramics 2nd, Molly Westermeyer, clay, “Busy Bee” 3rd, Raegan Mickelson, clay, “Pretty Bird” Sculpture 1st, Cole Garrelts, clay, “From the Deep” Judgesʼ Category 2nd, Lily Fuger, colored pencil, “Stargazer” 3rd, Hunter Maxwell, pastel, “Calla Lily” Lily Fuger, Colored Pencil “Stargazer Lily” Keokuk Art Show Watercolor 1st, Chelsea Page $75 Color Drawing 2nd, Austin Kirchner $50 Mixed Media 3rd, Hunter Maxwell $25 Chelsea Page, Graphite Drawing, “Converse Shoes” Fort Madison Art Show Color Drawing 1st, Raegan Mickelson Honorable Mention, Raegan Mickelson Honorable Mention, Lily Fuger Honorable Mention, Hunter Maxwell Drawing 3rd, Chelsea Page Painting Honorable Mention, Chelsea Page Mixed Media Honorable Mention, Nettie Wildrick Sculpture 1st, Molly Westermeyer Honorable Mention, Cole Garrelts Raegan Mickelson, Colored Pencil, “Pucker Up” 11 For the start of the 2014-2015 school year, the High School Art students have been busy helping to redecorate the art room, adding landscaping blocks to the new patio outside the greenhouse window, and planning which potted plants we can use so that they can be inside during the cold months! Many students have started the school year with lots of new project ideas to challenge themselves as well as learning some new techniques including encaustic painting, which is painting with hot cake wax. This technique is full of texture and can have some very cool abstract effects to their artwork. Some of the many other art projects going on now include oil painting, large clay sculpture, paper quilling, graphite pencil drawing, and perspective. The Art Club is planning on a large amount of handmade items for sale during November and December. Some of those items include handmade cards, personalized ornaments, coasters, jewelry, pallet signs, and watercolor calendars. We will also be auctioning off two baskets with Scentsy items and handmade items from the students! Be on the lookout! We will post dates on the Facebook page when things are available for purchase. Conference Art Showʼs Best of Show Hunter Roush and his colored pencil “Baby Nephew” Central Lee Sports Boosters Craft Show October 25, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the High School Lunch Will Be Served Crafters May Reserve a Booth by Contacting Shirley Happs at (319) 835-5596 12 Central Lee Agriculture Education and FFA Activities Above, Trenton Pohren stands before his sweet corn acreage. The sweet corn is Trentonʼs Supervised Agricultural Experience Program. Trenton and other students learn valuable hands on experience and management techniques through this integral part of Agriculture Education. Left, Lauren Hulsebus is pictured with one of his Supervised Agricultural Experience projects of laying hens. Lauren raises beef cattle and participates in Career Development events as well. Members of the Central Lee FFA remain busy throughout the entire year working on Supervised Agricultural Experience projects. L-R) Justin Wright, Mr. Robert Galle, and Luis Galle. Mr. Galle provides facilities and expertise to AgEd/FFA members to enhance learning in the classroom. His guidance and direction provide valuable hands-on experiences for those students who may not have facilities or equipment to raise livestock. Dalton Dresser prepares his prize Holstein cow for show at the Lee County Fair. FFA members gain valuable management skills in all aspects of agriculture through required work in their Supervised Agricultural Experience Projects. The projects also bring to life some of the learning that takes place in the classroom. 13 Below, Austin Faeth (left) and Ethan Faeth prepare to enter the show ring at the Iowa State Fair. The pair received numerous ribbons and awards at this yearʼs Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. The brothers receive training, mentoring, and encouragement from their parents, Lynn and Heather Faeth, veteran exhibitors of horses nationwide. Above, Danielle Hoenig (right) prepares to milk her goat at the Lee County Fair in Donnellson. Hoenigʼs mother, Francis (left) has been instrumental and supportive of Danielleʼs numerous Supervised Agricultural Experience projects over the years in Ag-Ed and FFA. Central Lee FFA ofﬁcers and representatives of the J.J. Nichting Company are pictured with an art print painted by world renowned artist Dan Dunn. Front L-R: Bill Kuntz, Sales Manager; Josey Kirchner, 3rd Vice-President; Emma Newberry, Secretary; Weston Ensminger, Sentinel; Jacob Boeck, Vice-President; Karl Stuekerjuergen, General Manager; and Sylvan Nichting, Owner. Back L-R: Tom Boeck, Chapter Advisor; Rick Galle, Reporter; Ethan Hellweg, 2nd Vice-President; Caleb Moore, Treasurer; Andrew Lambert, President; and Mr. Brent Koller, Advisor. The J.J. Nichting Co. was the high bidder for the painting inspired by both farmers and by images shown in the Case IH sister company Ram® Trucksʼ Year of the Farmer commercial. Case IH has pledged to match every dollar raised in the sale with a matching pledge directly beneﬁting the FFA chapter of each winning bidderʼs choice. The J.J. Nichting Co. chose to donate the money raised to the Central Lee FFA Chapter.
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