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Bgt/uH] illHili] lll llOIidii]IL]ilIi ]ll[ lilii I -" SENTINEL TmBUNE Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Page 8 ic men receives WOW! First semester is finished in a month The seniors attended the College Fair last month. They had the opportunity to talk to representatives from about 100 colleges, pick up information, and get their questions answered. I have completed individual visits with all the seniors. We discuss credits remaining for graduation, as well as college requirements, applica- tions, majors, scholarships, and financial aid. Juniors have completed the ASVAB career assess- ment, which focuses on abilities, interests, and work values. The sophomores attended a Career Exploration Day. Students spent time on interactive exhibits. They had the opportunity to try out many hands-on activities from different career areas, and ask questions of people that work in those areas. Students also took part in a career game show that focused on MN jobs, and WWG brought home the trophy for first place in their section. Freshmen just finished the Relationship Series put on by the New Horizon's Crisis Center staff. The eighth graders recently completed the Get Ready, Future Choices Career Unit. We discuss short and long term goals, obstacles to getting into college, skills, inter- ests, two and four year colleges, and the seven ways to pay for college. Mrs. Oltmanns has them complete the unit by doing research online and completing a project. Mrs. Ross and I will be starting the Human Sexuality: Values and Choices unit with the seventh grade this week. Students who wish to take the ACT should contact me for a registration packet, or register online at www.acts- Our high school code in 242665. The ACT pnce is $34.00. Adding the writing test is $49.50. ACT test dates are February 11, April 14, and June 9. Registration deadlines are about six weeks before a test date. If you have any questions or concerns, please give me a call anytime. MENU December 5-9, 2011 Monday: Spaghetti/whole grain noodles, garlic toast, carrots, pears, gushers, wheat bread, milk Tuesday: Chicken terikai nuggets, rice, green beans, egg roll, mandarin oranges, wheat bread, milk Wednesday: Mr. Rib/bun, potato smiles, carrot sticks, apple crisp, applesauce, milk Thursday: Hot ham & cheese, baked beans, carrot sticks, peaches, milk Friday: Chicken strips, crispy cubed potatoes, cole slaw, mixed fruit, wheat bread, milk Communi Blood Drive cheduled Westhrook / Walnut Grove High School will host a com- munity blood drive on Friday, December 2 from l:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Community members are encouraged to help boost the local blood supply and save lives by donating blood. "Just coming off a holiday weekend blood supplies will be at lower levels, due to a four day weekend with no scheduled blood drives," states Rita Nelson, Donor Recruitment Director, Community Blood Bank. "The only way to bring sup- plies back to adequate levels is through volunteer donors donating blood just at Westbrook / Walnut Grove High School. When a person donates blood they make a difference in up to three peo- pies lives. It only takes 20 to 25 minutes to make the dif- ference." Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health the lay of the donation. Please bring an ID with you. It is recommended that a per son eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood. For information call Westbrook / Walnut Grove High School at 274-6111. Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood for 30 local hospitals including Sanford Tracy and Westbrook. Walk-ins are welcome, At the Minnesota Rural Education Association's (MREA) annual conference, held November 3 in Brainerd, MN, the Westbrook Walnut Grove Public Schools was awarded the Profiles of Excellence Honorable Mention Award for their After School Academy. Below is a description of the award win- ning program. Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, Assistant Commissioner Rose Chu and Assistant Commissioner Elia Bruggeman presented the award to WWG teachers Shelly Merrick and Kelly build the confidence and skills necessary in each indi- vidual student so they can meet or exceed the MCA Math and Reading tests. We continually try to squeeze more into an eight- hour day because of the ever- looming presence of the MN MCA State Tests. We need to continually improve our best teaching practices and stan- dards and rewrite the curricu- lum, as test items are continu- ally being moved to a lower grade to be mastered. With that in mind, WWG looked to do more drill and practice after school for stu- Quade. Profiles of dents in our Title I and Title Excellence award informa- II1 (ELL) programs. We tion is listed on the MREA website - http ://www. mnre a. org/ ProfileofExcellence2011. html. For more information about the program, contact Elementary Principal Paul Olson- 507-859-4001 The purpose of the Westbrook Walnut Grove After-School Academy is to brought both programs together in what we named our After-School Academy. We meet Tuesday and Thursday each week from 3:30-5:30 p.m. We divided our l st-6th grade students into lst-3rd graders and 4th-6th graders. We then ability grouped the students depending on MCA Math and Reading test scores. ................................................................................... ..... ii:7! i iiiiiiT i:!i!:!ii:i::ii:::,ill Shelly Merrick and Kelly Quade. Submitted photo We have six wonderful staff members who have dedicated themselves to helping stu- dents reach higher test scores. Without these 6 individuals our program would not be as far as it is in the first year. WWG students are bene- fiting in the fact that they are getting four extra hours of math and reading each week that they may not be getting at home, and in the fact that their After School Academy teacher is also their regular education teacher. WW FFA participate in state trap, et, and sporting clays shoot I By JoshBarron selves. The first day in On Wednesday, September Indianapolis was full of sur- 28, WWG brought 38 mem- prises as the members visited bers to the annual FFA Greenhand Day, also known as Cow Day. The freshman class attended events through out the day explaining what each FFA group focuses on. FFA Groups included Wildlife, Small Animals, Soils, Poultry, Forestry, Nursery Landscapes, Meats and many others. Along with the freshman class, the WWG FFA Officers went along to learn new leadership skills with many other region offi- cers. The officers got to dis- the National FFA headquar- ter, attended the first 84th National FFA session where they listened to the keynote speaker, Dave Roever, and then walked in the rain to get back to their bus. The next day, the WWG chapter enjoyed walking around the National Convention Center where they attended the career fair and met other FFA members from across the United States. That night, the members along with Mr. Barron attended the Blake cover if they were a peacock, Shelton Concert. They an owl, an eagle or a dove. enjoyed themselves while WWG Team one at Trap Shoot Through out f~e whole thing screaming; c'he~ring, and From left: Mark Bal~eK D;3vid -McClellan, the students along with advi- singing along to the music sors had a great tune and enjoyed every minute of it. The students learned many new things and the officers learned to "Ignite Their Passion". On Saturday, October 1, the WWG trap team traveled to Marshall for the state trap, skeet, and sporting clays shoot with 15 members. Josh Hoffinan placed 1st in trap, 2nd in skeet, and 6th in the sporting clays. Hoffrnan was named to all state skeet, sporting clays, and trap. Dana Madson was also named to all state skeet. Jake Otto was named all state sporting clays and trap. The WWG number 1 got 5th in sporting clays, 4th in skeet and 3rd in trap. On Tuesday, October 18, the WWG FFA chapter took 16 members to the 84th annu- al National FFA convention in Indianapolis. The WWG FFA chapter along with two other chapter, took a charter bus down to the convention. Sleeping on the bus was not very pleasant, but the mem- bers were able to enjoy them- that was performed. WWG FFA Officers From left: David McClellan, Karley Deprez, Maddie Frank, Tong Vang, Kolee Yang, Kasia Her, Chiong Yang, Nancy Yang. Submitted photo Dana Madson, Reed Bakken, Josh Hoffman. Submitted photo Buy, Sell, or Rent in the Classified ads Sentinel Tribune Ph. 274-6136 or 1-800-410-1859 Tuesday Dec. 6 9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. Refreshments will be served Register for Turkey Drawing Tracy Chamber Choir will perform at 10:30 a.m. c~SBK Independent Home Owned 141 Mill Street PO Box 176 Currie, MN 56123 . ~.=b~ L~ 507-763-3262 Fax: 507-395-0009 www'curriestatebank'cm avail~ Oleson's Mercantih Hoyt Oil & Convenience Bubai Grocery Thrifty White Pharmacy, Maynards Grocery, ExpressWay Shady Drive Inn WWG FFA attends National Convention in Indianapolis From left front row: Megan Y, Zua H, Kasia H. Nancy Y. Middle row Shiney H. Chiong Y. Fa Phoua V. Heather B. Marki H. Dina V. Back: Bee H. Brady W. Lane A. Dylan A. Caleb D. Trey K. Submitted photo rl