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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Page 8 SCHOOL ne MENU eec urnam -2 Changing Tires While the School Bus is Moving! Even the Indy 500 takes a few second stop to change tires mid race. At times it seems as though education is trying unsuccessfully to do the same thing. There are hailstorms of acronyms and suggestions derived from conservative, liber- al and single focus groups to "improve" or at least change education quickly. A Nation at Risk, NCLBI Common Core, ESS, Coding, Resilience, P-21, PLC's, XQSuperschool, 21st Century Skills ..... When the economy slides or a new disaster or catastrophe occurs, laws and experts sprout like weeds in an unworked field. Looking back during my past half centu- ry, there have been many good efforts that have fallen short because they did not evolve. Quick fix prescriptions and one- size-fits-all plans are short lived. Educating young people is a life's work, not a day's journey or a few fancy pieces of technology. For a quick chronology of educational events and changes look up Professor Edmund Sass, Ed. D. of St. Ben's University online. He shares a mix of history, theory, law and influential people in the evolution of education. From his list, it appears that the swings from one thing to another are occurring more rapidly as frustration and impatience increase. The Only Constant that I have observed in Education is that intelligent, caring and flexible teachers make a difference in the lives of children with and in spite of all the jargon, commandments and regulations. Students, teachers, parents, schools and the world are a part of this moving School Bus. If the driver [teacher] is good, you will almost certainly get to the destination. Support for pit stops, refueling and directions are needed. Leader, facilitator, director, task-maker, whatever title the teacher takes, they are the most critical factor in learning in school. As the ways students' learn evolves, the importance of a positive relationship with the instructor increases dramatically. I know that this positive relationship is essential for success when I work in theater. I look upon theater as a place that is open to any and all that want to come together to create art that has both personal and community meaning. In the past twen- ty-five years, many good people have joined in helping young people discover and explore their talents through theater. The theater bus has had many good drivers as well as builders, repairers and supporters. I list them here and hope that I have not forgotten too many. I was fortunate to work on over fifty of the seventy plus plays and musicals during these twenty-five years. Appreciation to the following: Garret Bitker, Julie Danielowski, Brenda Derickson, Carolyn Enstad, Marcia Erickson, Stan Erickson, Duane Hannan, Shannon Helgeson, Hannah Holt, Peggy Klasse, Adrienne Kletscher, Beth Kleven, Connie Knott, Deb Kuehl, Doug Lee, Lori Lee, Courtney Locke, Joyce Madson, Jim Menton, Pat Merrick, Erin Richards, Tina Richards, Jennifer Stevenson, Aleida Van Maasdam, Bob Van Maasdam, Thomas Vondracek. "Art is a nation's most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish." -Lyndon Johnson, on signing into existence the National Endowment on the Arts COLLEGE NEWS SMSU announces Dean's List for Fall Semester 2015 Southwest Minnesota State University announced the names of students hon- ored for academic achieve- ment during the Fall 2015 semester of study. An undergraduate stu- dent who completes 12 or more A-F graded credits is eligible for the Dean's List. Students who achieve a 4.0 grade-point-average are named to the High Honors Dean's List. Students who achieve a grade-point-aver- age of 3.5 or higher will be considered for the Honors Dean's List. High honors Amy Nelson, Westbrook Honors Alisha Norcutt and Ashley Weidemann, Lucan Abigail McKinney, Walnut Grove Karleyn Deprez, Westbrook 54ACULAR DE Feb. 29 - Mar. 4, 2016The WWG Charger Breakfast Speech Team participated in Monday: WG cereal, the Pipestone Arrow Speech fruit, juice, mill Tournament on Saturday, Tuesday: WG mini pan- February 20. cakes, fruit, juice, mill The following WWG Wednesday: Breakfast speakers participated in pizza, fruit, juice, mill three rounds of compe- Thursday: WGcinnamon tition. Emily Onken in roll, fruit, juice, mill Serious Poetry, Pahnia Friday: Cereal bar Vue in Creative Expression, (Notables), fruit, juice, milk Jordyn Berg in Humorous Lunch and Sophia Swanson in Monday: Tator O Lay, Storytelling. lettuce salad, peas, carrots, This was the largest tour- fruit, bread, milk nament that Pipestone has Tuesday: WG french ever hosted with 409 stu- toast sticks, sausage patty, dents competing in the thir- triangle potato, cucumbers, teen categories sponsored carrots/Ranch dip, pears, by the state high school milk league. The speakers rep- Wednesday: Chicken teri- resented 24 high schools yaki nuggets, brown rice, from around the state of green beans, carrots, fruit, Minnesota. The WWG stu- wheat bread, mill dents found themselves up Thursday: Turkey club/against some strong compe- WG bun, tomatoes, lettuce, tition. The WWG Speech sweet potato fries, fruit, mill Team will be working hard Friday: Tomato soup orthis week as they prepare to chicken noodle soup, WG travel to Adrian on Saturday, max sticks, broccoli, carrots/ February 27 for the Adrian Ranch dip, fruit, milkDragon Invitational. From left: Emily Onken, Pahnia Vue, Jodyn Berg, Sophia Swanson, Submitted photo Elementary Spelling Ben Larson, a sixth grad- er at the WWG Elementary School, spelled his way to the 2016 5th/6th Grade Spelling Bee Championship, February 16. He edged out Isabelle Locke in a tight finish as he correctly spelled the word "loyalty" after Isabelle missed it. He then spelled the next word "omament" to become the spelling bee champion. We are still waiting on word on the exact date the Regional Spelling Bee will be held sometime in April. It looks like the date that was Orst picked is the same day as the state's geography con- test, so another date is being looked at. Daniel Kleven finished third, ChuYee Vue finished fourth, and Brady Ross fm- ished in fifth place. All five have qualified for the Regional Spelling Bee which will be held in Worthington sometime in April. Caitlin Mershon is the alternate if anyone should not be able to go. WWG participants from the 201 6 WWG 5th and 6th Grade Spelling Bee. Frorlt from left: Ben Larson, Caitlin Mershon, Elijah Merrick, Daniel Kleven, and Mariah Bryant. Second row from left: Sera Rasmussen, Abby Helmer, Mia Koenig, Shelby Foster, Zach Knudson, Brady Ross, and Andrew Blahnik. Third row from left: Kalen Brown, ChuYee Vue, Orion Knakmuhs, Pachee Vue, Isabelle Locke, Cole VanDeWiele, Thomas Church, and Jaden Olson. Submitted photo I GENERATION? Consider a Low Vision Evaluation Diabetic Retinopathy Glaucoma Stargardt's Disease Stroke CaLL Chris PaLmer, O.D. (888) 882-2040 ~ ",'L L:(,,~/ r AGRICULTURE Introducing Gllk Legacy Law PLLC for Southwest Minnesota. 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