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SENTINEL TRIBUNE EDUCATION Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Page 8 Greetings from WWG Schools, We finally had some cooler weather and the kids and staff are enjoying it! It was quite a hot spell and I was really proud of our staff and students for their great attitudes. It was the fLrst time in my 20+ years that we released early due to the heat and humidity. As we near midterm of the first quarter, it looks to be a bit more seasonable and the students should have a great homecoming week! I wanted to share a few updates and I hope that you contact me with any comments or ques- tions at or 507-828-6608. * Our enrollment teeters around 400 students this year. That is a dip in numbers but on the bright side our kindergarten numbers are up. * Our small school district has two amazing fitness centers for the public! We just moved the Walnut Grove center from a small lower level room to a bigger, brighter, more acces- sible room in the SW comer of the building. It has private, direct access to the locker room, showers and bathroom and I hope you take the time to cheek it out. We will have an open house and free trials next month. By being a member of our fitness centers for just $20 a month, you have access in both Westbrook and Walnut Grove. * In case you have not been to any of our fall activities, you are missing a couple neat changes! We have 3 new ticket booths on the football field to shelter our dear Lions members from the elements. This was made possible by our building trade's class and donations from 5 alumni families. We also have a new sound system in the gymnasium which rivals any gym in the State and was partially funded by generous alumni. Improvements never cease around here and I feel our students deserve every bit of what we have as well as what students across the State have. * With regards to technology, we have an IPAD in the ele- mentary for every 2 students as well as a very nice computer lab. In the secondary, we now have 3 mobile laptop labs as well as two other labs accessible to our staff and students. * We have made additional improvements in our preschool program. We continue to ramp up technology in the area with IPADS and an "interactive table" that operates like a giant IPAD. We also added an additional classroom in order to break the students into smaller groups and give them a couple different environments throughout the day. I believe preschool is very important for the kids to give them the jumpstart they need before entering kindergarten. The annual WG alumni golf tourney supports our preschool program as well as local scholarships! This tourney is held annually in Westbrook and always has room for more supporters! * We have had one meeting to begin to brainstorm HOW TO CUT BACK ON THE FUNDRAISING STORM that happens every year in our district. We really appreciate how supportive the communities are of our school but we also realize that many folks get tired of it and wish something dif- ferent could happen. I have also met with the Westbrook Area Education Foundation about this issue and they want to be a part of the solution. The foundation would like to work on annual drives and give a percent of the proceeds to the various clubs / organizations in the school. One major point of agree- ment is for the fundraising advisors and students sharing the % cut they get from selling the product. The average amount that goes back to the club is 30%. We want our public to know that it is perfectly fme to donate $3 to a club vs. buying a product for $10 that you really didn't want anyway. What I hope to do with my family is give the straight 30% cash of whatever we would buy vs. paying the fundraising company their 70%. I WELCOME YOU COMMENTS AND APPRECIATE FEEDBACK! * We really have 4 amazing communities in this district! I don't take that lightly and I think we take it for granted how good the folks are to one another as well as this school district. I hope that folks that are very involved extend an invitation to a neighbor to get involved. I hope that folks newer to town that would like to be a part of something contact me and I will hook you up with a great group of people! Our schools, cities, community clubs and churches want the support and really appreciate new members! YOUR AG REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS SINCE 1922. ---For Sale-- MURRAY COUNTY JUST LISTED! 360.0 (+/-) acres in Section 16-107-39 in Dovray Township. Diverse properties with good farmland, CRP, creek/ditch, grassland and wooded areas. Offered as three separate tracts: Tract #1 : SW/ (160 +/- ac.); 125.69 cult/CRP acres; CP1=91.9; CER=67.05; Tract #2: NASE1/ & SEYNEY4 (120 +/- ac.); 90.86 cult acres; CP1=81.3; CER = 54.22; Tract #3: S,6SE% (80 +/-ac.); 72.23 cult acres; CP1=88.9; CER = 71.18; Offered individually via private treaty. Please contact us for details. WWG Charger Student of the Week For addironal information, contact: 507-831-2808 BROKERS: Cynthia K. Moen & Klay D. Walinga FARM MANAGER/SALESPERSONS: Steven J. Hiniker and Jonathan J. Wiering FARM MANAGER: Charles P. Dewanz 23591 COLLEGE NEWS Jarmer receives Associate degree Presentation College in Aberdeen, SD presented 139 students with their diplomas at their 62nd annual commencement. Area student included was Molly Jarmer, daughter of Larry and Sandy Jarmer, Westbrook. She earned an Associate's degree in surgi- cal Technology. She earned a GPA of 4.0 - highest hon- ors/president's list SCHOOL MENU September 30 - October 4, 2013 Monday - Beef goulash or chef salad, wheat bread, peas, savory carrots, fresh fruit, fruit cocktail, milk Tuesday - Chicken teriya- ki nuggets w/brown rice, green beans, spinach salad w/ tomatoes, fresh orange wedg- es, mandarin oranges, wheat bread, milk Wednesday - French toast sticks, cheese omelet, sau- sage, carrot/celery sticks w/ ranch dip, pineapple tidbits, WG bread, milk Thursday - Turkey club on WG bun, WG sun chips, sweet potato fries, mixed green salad, sliced apples, sliced pears, milk Friday - Chicken quesa- dillas, salsa w/black beans, broccoli w/cheese sauce, baby carrots, fresh fruit, sliced peaches, wheat bread NEVER QUIT Maintain your rank Retirement benefits Up to 100% tuition assistance available Part-time service in your community Switch to a new career field 1-800-GO-GUARD www. Past week of WWG volleyball Herding records 1000th set assist in win over HBC By Cathy Baumann Coach it was an amped up night in the WWG gymnasium on Thursday, Sept. 12th as the Chargers were chomping at the bit to play some volley- ball. It had been a long week with the postponement of the Springfield match earlier in the week and the anticipation of the possibility of Abby Herding reaching a career milestone of 1000 set assists as a Sophomore. The Chargers played with a few anxious nerves in the beginning sets, but finished the night out with author- ity. Herding recorded her 1000th set assist in Game 2 with a kill from Dayna Comnick. The Chargers closed the night with a 3-0 win over the HBC Patriots with scores of 25-13, 25-23, and 25-8. Herding marked down a total of 28 set assists on the night, leading to kills from Comnick (13), Cassidy Mischke (9), and Madison Takle (5). The Chargers also gave a strong perfor- mance from the service line with 100% accuracy from Herding, Alexa Byers, Kaylee Mischke, Mariah Olson, and Sophie Horkey. Herding, along with Comnick, also recorded 3 aces from the line. C. Mischke, Elizabeth Woelber, and Mady Johnson also showed precision from behind the line with 2 aces a piece. Defensively, the Chargers were aggressive to the ball both at the net and in the back court. C. Mischke and Jordaan Joel each guarded the net intensely, earning them- selves each a block and and half. Morgan Dennistoun added a block for the Chargers, as well as, Comnick and Mariah Olson earning a block assist. Comnick and Herding also made their presence known in the back court, each digging up 11 balls a piece. Also giving some impressive defensive scrambles were Johnson with 7 digs, C. Mischke with 5, Woelber with 4, Takle with 3, and Byers, Joel, K. Mischke, and Shiney Her each with 2 digs. WWG Volleyball has tough competition at JCC Tourney By Cathy Baumann Coach The WWG Chargers began their day in a tough pool, first meeting JCC in the first round of play, followed by Mankato East on Saturday, September 14th. The Chargers had a rough begin- ning with passing struggles and miscommunication errors against an aggressive Jackson team, losing the first round in two straight sets with scores of 11-25 and 10-25. Regrouping for their sec- ond match against Mankato East, the Chargers were determined to step up their performance. With an improvement in passing and overall defense, the Chargers were able to run more offen- sive plays. Although the Chargers made some great strides on the court, they were unable to gain the lead in each set, ultimately falling to Mankato East with scores of 18-25 and 22-25. With the 0-2 pool play fm- ish, the Chargers were seeded in the Bronze Division against Windom. The Chargers entered the match with high intensity and high hopes. It was a definite team effort of well-placed serves, mix- ing up the offense, and some great defensive highlights as well. Forcing the match to three sets, it was a battle to the end, with Windom pulling off the win in the end. Set scores for the Chargers were 23-25, 25-20, and 10-15. Highlights from the day included 100% performances from the service line from Dayna Comnick with 4 aces and Elizabeth Woelber with 3 aces. Offensively, Comnick also led the team putting down 40 kills on the day. Cassidy Mischke also put down 8 kills, along with Woelber with 5 and Morgan Dennistoun with 4. Abby Herding hustled on the court putting up 49 set assists on the day as well. Defensively, Jordaan Joel showed her strength in the front row putting up 2 solo blocks and 2 block assists. Dennistoun put up a solo and 2 assists as well. In the back court, Comnick and Mischke hustled to bring back 28 and 24 digs, respec- tively. Also giving strong defensive performances were Herding with 18 digs, Woelber with 16, Shiney Her with 8, and Alexa Byers with 7 digs. Chargers battle the Eagles at home By Cathy Baumann Coach With heightened anticipation, the WWG Chargers hosted the SWC Eagles Tuesday, Sept. 17th. After a heart-break- ing 2-3 loss to the Eagles last season in Westbrook, the Chargers were looking for redemption. Again, the bat- tle ensued between the two teams. Although the Chargers took an early lead in the first set, the Eagles were unwilling to let the Chargers walk away with the runt set with without a fight. With several lead changes, the Chargers were finally able to seal the fast set win with a score of 29-27. The Eagles answered back in set 2 with an early service run against the Chargers. Unable to close the gap, the Chargers lost the second set with a score of 18-25. Although the Chargers took an early lead in the third set, the Eagles clawed their way back, ultimately winning with a score of 20-25. The fourth set continued to be a battle to the bitter end for the Chargers. With a sub- stantial lead for the Chargers, the Eagles again made a run to close the gap. With sev- eral intense volleys and lead changes, the Eagles were able to take the fmal set for the match win with a score of 27-29. Highlights on the night included a 97% serving per- formance from the Charger team overall. Madison Takle showed her precision from the service line earn- ing 6 aces, along with team- mates, Cassidy Mischke with 3, Elizabeth Woelber and Abby Herding each with 2, and Dayna Comnick with 1 ace. Herding did a great job of mixing up the offense with 36 set assists leading to some exciting kills from Comnick with 20, Mischke with 10, Takle and Mariah Olson each with 3, Morgan Dennistoun with 2, and Jordaan Joel with 1 kill. Against a hard-hitting Eagles team, defense is a must. Key performances were given by Woelber with 24 digs on the night, followed by teammates, Comnick with 21, Mischke with 16, Herding with 10, Takle with 8, and Alexa Byers with 4 digs. With several put backs and block touches at the net defensively, Joel also earned herself a solo block, and Comnick and Dennistoun earned a block assist. WWG sweeps Fulda By Cathy Baumann Coach After a tough loss against SWC at home on Tuesday, the WWG traveled to Fulda on Thursday, Sept. 19th. The Chargers were able to make quick work of the Raiders, winning the match 3-0 with scores of 25-20, 25-19, and 25-10. Again, the Chargers gave a strong showing from the ser- vice line with a team perfor- mance of 96% serving accu- racy. Herding dominated the Raiders from the back line serving 29 of 29 including 8 ace serves. Alexa Byers also gave a strong performance serving 13 of 14 with 1 ace, as well as, Madison Takle serving 8 for 8 with 1 ace. Herding also gave a strong performance offensively, put- ting up 26 set assists through- out the night. Comnick took advantage of her teammates efforts to put down 18 kills, along with Takle putting down 6 kills, and Jordaan Joel with 3 kills. Spreading the efforts out defensively, Herding dug up 16 balls, closely followed by Cassidy Mischke and Comnick each with 15 digs, Elizabeth Woelber with 13, and Takle with 9 digs. Takle and Joel put up a block assist on the night as well. RECEIVE UP TO $2,500 in rebates" and tax credits" with the purchase of a qualifying o Lennox Home Comfort System. O Special Financing Available" Dote Lennox PREMIER DEALER" zuvxex. Lamberton Heating & Plumbing, Inc. (507) 752-7451 105 South Main St. Lamberton, MN 56152 Serving Lamberton and the Surrounding Area for over 50 years Since 1953 2003 Lennox Partnering For Excellence Award Offer expires November 29, 2013 That's what our town is made of. State Farm* has a long heritage of helping out in the community. 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