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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Page 7 COLLEGE NEWS ce lin g erlc ion ALL H$ LISTIN6S-- HI6HLY PRODUaI IAND w. C www.clark )roperties2.com Lina Vue is an 8th grade student who is a hard worker and puts a 10t of effort into her school work. She is always an enj0yable person to be around, both for her classmates and her teachers and always has a smile on her face. 212037 By William Richards High School Principal By Bill Richards Too Much of a Good Thing? A good strong winter helps us really appreciate Spring. I heard it was the coldest in 35 years. Perhaps it was too much of a good thing! 899 channels of cable or some other service and still nothing to watch. Too much of a good thing? Land prices through the roof. To much of .... Over a hundred after school events per season in our small rural school. Over thirty different school fund raisers a year - to raise dollars for trips, supplies, special events and good causes. Too much of a good thing? Many of our students are involved in anywhere from 3 to 6 different and frequently competing activities at the same time. Involvement is great but is it too much of a good thing? How do you as a parent know when your son or daughter is on the edge of burnout or being overscheduled .... This is not a new concern as the philosopher Socrates commented over 2000 years ago, "Beware the barrenness of the busy life." He was speaking to an adult audience. I am speaking to parents of young children who go to our school which like many others have a number of opportunities. In my 40 years in educations, the number and frequency of these activities in athletics, fme arts, clubs, and organizations has raced upwards. The University of Michigan did a survey in the 80's and 90s that indicated that structured school sports required about an hour and a half per week. Shortly thereafter it increased to three hours per week and was increasing rapidly. Take note of the time spent today in extracurricular activities. Of course surveys are averages and students are unique individuals. In general, extracurricular activities are a very positive use of a child's time. A quick search of the web shows a large number of articles on over scheduling children, student burnout and the need for unstructured and family time. Your child may be burning out from "too much of a good thing". A drop in grades, increased illness or complaints of head- aches and sleeplessness, irritability, high risk taking behav- iors, several hours on the computer or electronic devices are all signs that your child may be overwhelmed and ready to quit. For most children and most of us, there is a time iri any activity, when you want to quit. With encouragement, we adjust our attitudes and get started again. I am a "finish what you start" person in most circumstances. I do, however, often see students who are "in over their heads" and need to back off their schedule before they quit almost everything. Edelwich & Brodsky in the 1980's targeted four stages of burnout moving from initial enthusiasm to stagnation slowing to frustration and finally ending in apathy. As a parent or student, a simpler way to see this is "the loss of joy or fun" in the activity. This is not the momentary "we lost the game or I missed my cue to go on or I lost my place in my solo and I am really bummed". This is a longer sadness. It is exhaustion both physical and mental. There are numerous suggestions for pulling back from "too much of a good thing" such as learning to say no, setting aside time for family when nothing is scheduled and being clear about parent expectations for your son or daughter. I do not think I could work in a school that did not have a strong extracurricular program. It is an extension of the aca- demic day. 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SCHOOL MENU March 10-14, 2014 Monday - No school Mace Frederickson spelled Tuesday - French toast his way through a field of sticks, sausage, cheese twenty-four finalists in the omelet, mixed fruit, carrots/ 2014 5/6th grade Spelling Ranch dressing, juice, wheat Bee held in Walnut Grove bread, milk on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Mace Wednesday - Mr Rib/ out-spelled Sam Helmer (run- Whole wheat bun, potato ner-up)after correctly spelling smiles, carrots, applesauce, the word that Sam misspelled apple crisp, milk and then also spelling the next Thursday - Pork roast, word correctly. Kevin Lee fin- mashed potatoes/gravy, ished in third, Alexus Yang cucumbers, carrtos/Ranch finished in fourth, and Houa dressing, peaches,fruit, Yang place fifth. wheat bread, milk All five are now eligible to Friday - Chicken noodle participate in the 5/6th grade soup or tomato soup, max Regional Spelling Bee held in stick, broccoli, carrots/Ranch Slayton on Saturday, April 12, dip, pears, fruit, wheat bread, starting at 9:00 a.m. sharp. milk All students went through a practice round to try and get rid of the jitters and get the WWG Spelling Bee process down to a science. Everyone was very nervous as you could hear it r/,-~ c Lf in their voices. This Spelling • Bee is a wonderful opportu- nity for students to get up in picking front of people and put it all • on the line. Hats offto all the WWG would like to help area farmers get ready for spring rock picking. Heard from many people that the frost is down as far as five feet this year and you can bet that means a bumper crop of rocks. Paul Olson will be ask- ing students who are hard- working, don't mind getting dirty, and wanting to make some money, to fill out an informational sheet for me. A list will then be com- piled of student's names, grades, phone numbers, and towns for area farmers to have handy on the refriger- ator. Farmers can then call students up and form their crews when the time comes. Farmers are asked to call Paul at 507-859-4001 or stop by and pick up a list that will be in both the Westbrook and' Walnut Grove School offices. You can also find out if any of these young people could later bail hay, mow, or help with any yard or farm chores throughout the summer and fall months. There are some pretty good kids at WWG to help you and put some spending money in their pockets. Do not hesitate to call Paul with any questions or concems at 507-859-4001. Spelling Bee participants. It is Sentinel • Tribune Tip • • Line • If you see news happening or have a story • idea call our • • News Tip Line. • • 274-6136 or • • 1-800-410- • • 185J " • Due to staff limi- • tations we may • not always be able- • to respond to your • • tips or ideas. • However we will • do our best to give • • every call full • regard. • Thank you for • . your help and con- " sideration. " FA it H LA tt D ,~,,,,~ ~,,, Tillable as nerve racking as any sport- ing event with all the drama of a soap opera• The top ten final- ists hung in there until the last two rounds. WWG has some pretty good spellers• Mrs. Kells says Mace enjoys read- ing stories and enjoys writing them even more. Maybe there is a young author in the mak- ing! These five will represent WWG well in Slayton. Helmet Township Jacks0n (0unty 76.13+/- Acres Section 1 W 1/2 NE 1/4 75.84+/- Acres LY'~" . IHP~ e,o~l Section 1 Joleen F L,,nx& --'Jl. ,a,,-,,. ?'~'l N 1/2 NW 1/4 Evelyn