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SENTINEL TRIBUNE EDUCATIOlX[ Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Page8 Building Your Castle I am not BoB the Builder and yet every so often I tackle a house project for the joy and challenge it offers, In late sum- mer, we began a brick and stucco project on the garage to finish what we started years ago on the house. The laying of brick and mixing or mortar is a highly educational activity. Like bal- ing hay and cleaning fish, everyone should do it a few times to appreciate it though most of us will fred we are better suited to other professions to make our living. A thousand bricks or so later though it may be obvious to many, building with brick offers great lessons for living. So as in making your castle of brick or building your life ... ONE. Building a castle or a life is messy but the results can be very good. TWO. Even if things are a little offand not as straight as you would like, the castle or life can still turn out strong and good. THREE. If you drop a few bricks or break the wall, with patience and good mortar you can fix it. Life is no different. FOUR. It is good to step back to get the big picture of your castle or life as you build to see if it needs straightening or a new direction or if you are a few bricks short of a full load. FIVE. It is now November. The bricks are laid, the stucco is on but there is still trim and clean-up to do. Building your castles or your lives is never really done. Though it is a long and exhausting effort, if we take it a day or 50 bricks or an hour at a time, we can do it. My father said, "When you wake up, get up. When you get up, do something." One brick at a time .... One friend, one book, one compliment, one note ... one step at a time building your castle - building your life. Part of the great work we do in this school is not just to help build lives, but to teach students how to use the tools they need to continue to build and repair their lives long after they have forgotten the name of the play they did in grade eight or the win/loss record in their sport or the date the Constitutional Convention was held. "Can we fix it? Yes we can." -Bob the Builder The Junior High Play, NEXT VICTIM PLEASE, will be this week on Thursday through Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Carolyn Enstad, Hanna Holt and Jennifer Stevenson. Knowledge Bowl started Monday under the guidance of Hanna Holt. MULAN, the WWG High School Musical will play starting Thursday, November 15 though 18th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m. directed by Bill Richards and Joyce Madson. It is a retell of an ancient Chinese story following a young girl who breaks with tradition to help her family and saves the country by her actions. The music is catchy and though it is a Disney production it has a strong positive mes- sage for both children and adults. Q: With snow just around the corner, folks are getting ready m ride their snowmo- biles. {Imt are "the educa- tional requirements for the legal operation of a snow- mobile? A: Current statute requires anyone born after Dec. 31, 1976 to take a safe- ty-training course before operating a snowmobile on public lands or waters. Two types of courses are avail- able. First, for those i 1-years-old and older, an l 1-hour introductory course designed for youth or the rider with little or no experi- ence, which includes hands- on training. Second, for those 16-years-old and older, an independent study CD-based course where students learn at home. Once they have success- fully completed their cours- es, students follow al path by age to receive a certificate of completion from the DNR. Both these courses show stu- dents the most common causes of snowmobile acci- dents in Minnesota, and how to avoid them. Volunteers teach classes across the state. Information regarding snow- mobile certification classes can be found on the DNR's website at http://www.dnr. snowmobile. - Capt. Mike Hammer, rec- reational vehicle coordinator, DNR Enforcement Division MULAN LOGGERS 30 VOLLEYBALL PARENT/PLAYER MEETING MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH @ 6:3OPM WESTBROOK GYMNASIUM 5134 GRADE & OLDER elf you plan to play 30 volleyball in the spring, you MUST attend the meeting (or make arrangements by NOVEMBER 12114). NO LATE ADDITIONS WILL BE MADE AFTER NOVEMBER 19TH!!! ePleoe bring the following items to the meeting: 1. Completed membership form & medical release Form 2.Copy of birth certificate (only iF Ist year in 30) 3.$100 deposit 4.A calendar 5.Email and contact information Contact Cathy Baumarm of 507-828..3276 with any questiom or if you will be unable to attend on November 12th. SCHOOL M NU Nov. 12-16, 2012 Monday: Beef goulash or chef salad, wheat bread, green beans, carrots, seasonal fruit cocktail, milk Tuesday: Chicken teriyaki nuggets w/brown rice, green peas, spinach salad w/toma- toes, fresh orange wedges, whole wheat bread, milk Wednesday: Whole grain French toast sticks, cheese omelet, sausage, carrot & cel- ery sticks w/ranch dressing, juice, banana, milk Thursday: Hot pepperoni sub, mixed green salad, multi grain sunchips, peach slices, sliced apples, milk Friday: Chicken quesa- dilla & salsa w/black beans, savory carrots, fresh broccoli and carrots w/dip, sliced pears, applesauce, milk COLLEGE 1 IEWS Peterson Wahl is the Secretary of the Environmental Awareness Club at SMSU Sirocco Peterson Wahl, a senior medical technology/ cytotechnology emphas major from Westbrook, MN is the Secretary of the Environmental Awareness Club (EAC) at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2012-2013 academic year. This club is dedicated to getting students and the com- munity to become more active in their surroundings. Members of the Environmental Awareness Club learn basic environmen- tal problems that are affecting our Earth and community, and strive to make a change. This club is open to all SMSU students and faculty who are interested in the environment. tutor at Northwestern College Amber Amundson is serv- ing as a tutor for the 2012-13 school year at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Tutors offer support to stu- dents in a variety of academic disciplines, including math, science and writing. Tutors are selected by professors for their content knowledge and ability to assist other students with the material. They are also trained by academic sup- port professionals. In addi- tion to providing one-to-one services, tutors facilitate study groups and test review sessions. Amundson is a senior and is majoring in psychology at Northwestern College. She offers tutoring services in German. Amundson is the daughter of John and Sheri Admundson of Westbrook. Westbrook student is 17th Annual Art Show held in conlunchon with Elementary Praiiie Winds Arts Festival The 17th Annual Art Show, held in conjunction with the Elementary Prairie Winds Arts Festival on October 25 boasted over 100 entries from grades K-6. The event was coordinated by Angie Benson and Rachel Romine. Each participant received a ribbon and their name was entered in the door prize drawings. Winners of Darrell Alien's original art work Back row: Darrell Allen, artist, Chue Yee, Gracie Wahl, Ben Larsen, Rachel Villegas. Front row: Nathan Ross, Kate Jorgenson, Joel Byers, Kayla Reimers, and Alexus Yang. Submitted photo IWWG Jr. High School Play I By Rocky Soderman and Terri Ferguson Thursday, November 8th : 1:45 pm matinee Friday, November 9th: 1:45 pm matinee and 7:00 pm performance. Saturday, November 10th: 7:00 pm performance At the Westbrook High School Auditorium $2.00- Students, $4.00- Adults. See ya at the show! Weekly] Science i Qu,z I by Douglas Clark] The Antarctic Paradox Recently I wrote about how the population of Arctic krill has dropped by 80% over the last 40 years. I have to admit, I was feeling a bit depressed after writing that column. It seems that the natural world is forever being drop-kicked at the expense of progress. But are the two competing worlds forever destined to be in conflict? Maybe not. Let's look a little closer at the problem of declining krill numbers. It's paradoxical that there are vast areas of the Southern Ocean that contain plenty of nutrients to support phytoplankton growth, the primary food source for krill, yet we don't see the growth that would normally be expected. These low-plank- ton regions near Antarctica are called HNLC areas because the have High Nutrient yet Low Chlorophyll. The main reason for this is a lack if iron in the water. Iron is an element that is required in trace amounts for photosynthesis to take place, but it is insoluble in sea water, making it a limiting nutrient for plankton growth. Over the last 20 years, there has been considerable research into the problem and it has been shown that phyto- plankton growth can be stim- ulated by adding iron. Usually such iron fertiliza- tion occurs naturally by ocean current upwellings, wind-born dust being depos- ited over the ocean's surface or iron-rich minerals being carried to the ocean by gla- ciers or icebergs. And there is another poten- tial benefit beyond boosting the bottom of the food chain. When Mount Pinatubo erupt- ed in 1991, it deposited about 40,000 tons of iron-rich dust into the world's oceans. What happened as a result was remarkable: over the next few years, phytoplankton blooms increased substan- tially, causing planetary car- bon dioxide levels to drop and oxygen levels to increase. It was estimated that over a billion tons of CO2 was removed from the atmo- sphere. There are now plans underway to do this on a large-scale, commercial basis. However, there is con- siderable uncertainty and dis- agreement as to whether it will do more harm than good on a large scale. Some scien- tists remain skeptical about whether the process would remove carbon dioxide for the long term and what the ecological impact will be. Further experimentation is needed and one thing is for certain: future policies and carbon-offset markets will emerge, and possibly without a sound scientific basis. Iron fertilization should be con- sidered along with any other geoengineering solution. And if it feeds a few more whales in the process, all the better. 1) True or false: The Mount Pinatubo eruption of 1991 cause an increase in atmospheric oxygen levels. 2) An HNLC area suffers from low amounts of. a) iron b) nitrates c) oxy- gen d) carbon dioxide 3) True or false: Photosynthesis requires large amounts of iron. 4) Phytoplankton fertiliza- tion can occurs by deposits from glaciers or. 5) True or false: Iron is highly soluble in sea water. Answers on page 2 Copyright (C) 2012 Weekly Science Quiz All rights reserved. K-3 Art show door prize winners Back row: Amanda Sik, David Lee, Morgan Wersal, Bao Kou Yung. Middle row: Oliva Anderson, Ella Knakmuhs, Addeson Jenniges, Gabe Gilbertson. Front row: Natalie Wahl, Hudsen Jenniges, Casey Brown. Submitted photo 4-6 Art show door prize winners Back row: Daniel DeSmith, Ben Olson, Ethan Parker. Middle row: Kate Jorgenson, Camryn Bunting, Kelly Berglund. Front row: Jonny Taylor, Bailey Anderson, Ethan Mischke. 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