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SENTINEL TRIBUNE EDUCATION Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Page8 Spring is here and the rest of the school year goes quickly now. I hope you were able to see both the junior high and senior high plays. They were both excellent. The seniors are finalizing their plans for next year. The eighth graders recently completed the Get Ready, Future Choices Career Unit. We discuss short and long term goals, obstacles to getting in to college, skills, interests, two and four year colleges, andthe seven ways to pay for college. The four scholarship award nights for seniors are scheduled for the beginning of May: Seniors who applied for WWG local scholarships will receive their awards at the FFA Award program, the Senior High Recital/Concert, the Athletic Awards Banquet, and the High School Band Concert. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me or give me a call anytime. Loggers volleyball Southern Lights Tournament Loggers 11s 3rd Place in Pool Play at Southern Lights Tournament March 23. Back from left: Camryn Bunting, Kate Jorgenson, Ally VandeKieft, Coach Hailey Osland. Front from left: Halle Steen, Kelly Berglund, Madison Dennistoun. Submitted photo JCC tournament Loggers 18s 2nd Place Gold Division at JCC Tournament March 17. Back from left: Paige Erickson, Hailey Osland, Madison Takle, Dayna Comnick, Coach Erickson. Front from left: Katie Larsen, Alexa Byers, Payton Determan. Submitted photo Surplus School Bus to Auction MSU Tournament Loggers 18s 1st Place in Gold Division at MSU Tournament March 24. Back from left: Paige Erickson, Dayna Comnick, Hailey Osland, Madison Takle, Coach Derek Erickson. Front from left: Payton Determan, Alexa Byers, Shelby Schultz. Submitted photo CLASSIFIED ADS WORK FOR YOU Helgeson and Her grab top honors at SMSU The WWG Charger Speech Team participated at the SMSU Speech Invitational on Saturday, March 23. WWG was one of the twenty three schools in attendance with 451 speakers competing in the event. The following WWG stu- dents participated in three rounds of competition: John Elzenga-Creative Expression Abe Her-Creative Expression Jordyn Berg-Discussion Thomas Knudson- Humorous Zuag Paj Her-Serious Drama Sawyer Helgeson- Serious Drama Tessa Busswitz-Serious Prose Cindy Lohre-Serious Prose Following three rounds, a final round was held by tak- ing the top six speakers in each category. From left: Sawyer Helgeson, Abe Her, Cindy Lohre, Tessa Busswitz, Zuag Paj Her, Thomas Knudson. Not pictured - Jordyn Berg and John Flzenga. Submitted photo Zuag Paj and Sawyer made it into the finals. Following the final round of competi- tion, an awards ceremony was held in the SMSU gym. The following WWG speak- ers were honored at this ceremony. Ribbons of Excellence to Abe Her, Thomas Knudson, Cindy Lohre and Tessa Busswitz. Sawyer Helgeson finished third in Drama along with Zuag Paj Her who finished fourth. The Jr. High Speech Team competed at RTR on Tuesday, March 26 and the entire team will be prepar- ing for the sub section tour- nament in Adrian on Tuesday, April 2. The pub- lic is invited to attend the sub section tournament. Student teacher writes about early childhood education By Chelsea McConnell A wise woman once told me that we spend the first four years of a child's life teaching him how to walk and talk. Then we spend the next eighteen years teaching him how to sit down and be quiet. Educators in today's soci- ety are always trying to f'md that balance of letting children run free and yet follow directions. Being an educator is a tough path to follow by which only the strong-hearted, pas- sionate, and caffeine- addicted souls can take. My name is Chelsea McConnell, and I am a student teacher out of South Dakota State University in Brookings teaching with Mrs. Kelly Quade in the first grade at Walnut Grove Elementary. I enjoy educating young minds on a daily basis, and often hear those wise words slip out of my mouth as they tumble through my mind, "Sit down...be quiet...walk... talk..." As we teach our stu- dents the social graces of the midwest, we also find time to fit in all of the rea- sons we send our children to school: academics. The first graders have been fill- ing their minds with knowledge of addition and subtraction facts, how to tell time, and will soon spend some time outside in the (hopefully) nice spring weather exploring measurement in the world. Along with math, the stu- dents in the first grade focus on reading and pho- nics. Reading is such an important skill for first grade students to master; by working with your child at home from the very beginning of life, you can help her to become more prepared for school- readiness and overall suc- cess in life. The first grade also spends time outside of the classroom learning life skills through field trip experiences. I have been lucky enough to go along for the ride a couple of times! The field trips have been only a small portion of my ride this semester. Teaching the young minds of today is such an adven- tureI If we think about everything a child has to learn in the first few years of life (how to eat, walk, talk, problem-solve, read, count, add, subtract, get along with others, share, directions, social behav- iors...whew!), we might ourselves become over- whelmed. We also must remember that it is impor- tant for a kid to be a kid, so those moments of him cry- ing because he is tired, or running around the house because she has been cooped up in a school building for a long time, or not sharing her toy with her sister are not moments of failure. We can use these moments to help our children learn and grow. When we take the time to help our children find the answer to their problems, we also help them to become healthy adults mentally, physically, and emotionally. So when you feel tempted to tell your energy-crazed five-year- old to "Please sit down and be quiet!" send her outside to use her energy wisely instead. I mean, you did just spend four years helping her master walking and talking, why move backwards? The Westbrook Walnut Grove School has declared surplus a 1995 Bluebird/IH bus with a V8 T444E diesel motor and automatic transmission with 174,000 miles. DOT inspected. An informal auction of the item will be held at the Westbrook School Supt. Office at 344 8th Street at 6:00 p.m. Monday April 8th. Bus may be inspected at the Westbrook School during normal business hours. To arrange viewing, contact Stan Erickson at the school at 507-274-6111. 212956 I by Douglas Clark Weekly Science Quiz The Golden Tortoise Beetle The golden tortoise beetle is a common North American beetles that lives on and eats morning glory leaves. They can also be found on sweet potatoes which belong to the morning glory family. Both larvae and adults feed on foliage of which they make many small- to medium- sized irregular holes. Rarely are tortoise beetles numerous enough to be considered damaging to the host plants. In spring and summer, the beetle earns its name by turn- ing the color of brilliant liq- uid gold. The color is pro- duced by an optical illu- sion-the outer cuticle is transparent and reflects light through a layer of liquid over the next layer of cuticle. The beetles change color depend- ing on the availability of the liquid layer which they con- trol through microscopic valves under their shell. In the fall and winter, the bee- tles become less lustrous and are more orange and bronze oten with black spots similar in appearance to ladybugs. If you try and add the beetle to an insect collection, it quick- ly turns dark brown as is dries, and looses its golden color. The beetle is most beautiful while alive. The larvae hatch out in late May and June and are just as interesting as the adults, but in a much differ- ent way. The young larvae are surrounded by many small protuberances giving them a spiny appearance. As the larvae molts, it keeps its old skin attached to a fork- like structure hinged to its rear end. The larvae will add its own feces to the old shell to create a type of shield which it can use for defense. When they are disturbed by another insect or predator, they flip the shield up in the direction of the disturbance. This "poo protector" is an unappetizing and effective deterrent against potential predators looking for a meal! 1) True or false: The gold- en tortoise beetle is consid- ered a threat to the plants it lives on. 2) The golden tortoise bee- tle is most beautiful during ???. a) summer and fall b) fall and winter c) spring and summer d) summer only 3) True or false: The gold- en tortoise beetle is consid- ered a prized addition to an insect collection because of its color. 4) You are more-likely to find a golden tortoise beetle in gardens that contains ???. a) tomatoes b) sweet corn c) green beans d) sweet potatoes 5) The golden tortoise bee- tle larvae build protective shield out of their own molt- ing and ???. Answers on page 2 Copyright (C) 2013 Weekly Science Quiz All rights reserved. Extension offers Food Safety Certification & Renewal Courses University of Minnesota Extension is offering two courses to help food service establishments meet the educational requirement for Certified Food Managers. The initial certification course, using the ServSafe curriculum, will be offered on Wednesday, April 24 at the Biotechnology Advancement Center in Worthington. The class will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the test following at 4:30 p.m. Participants must attend all day to be eligible to take the certifica- tion exam. This course includes information about safe food preparation, han- dling, sanitation and pre- vention of foodborne ill- nesses. Registration is required by April 10. Serve It Up Safely TM is a four-hour renewal course for certified managers. Certified Food Managers need four hours of continu- ing education credits within three years of becoming cer- tified. University of Minnesota Extension edu- cators and University spe- cialists developed this renewal course that meets these criteria. The Serve It Up Safely TM course will be held at the Biotechnology Advancement Center in Worthington on Tuesday, April 23 from 1-5 p.m. Registration is due by April 9. The Food Manager Certification Course and Serve It Up Safely TM renew- al course are also available on-line. To get more information about all of these classes go to www. extension.umn.edu/food- safety or contact Connie Schwartau at schwa047@ umn.edu or 507-337-2819.