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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, December 15, 2010 Page 8 "Kids aren't the way they used to be!' How often have you heard someone mention something like this? I've lost count for the number of times in the last year when elders have brought this up to me. Three years ago, WWG added a character develop- ment component to the 6th grade curriculum. Many resources are being used for this curriculum such as: Lions Quest, Character Counts, and Human Relations Media. Although the curriculum is revamped every year, topics have included: self-confidence, responsibility, respect, trustworthiness, attitude for winning and losing, having good manners and common courtesy. Recently, the 6th graders watched a video called 'q'hat's so rude." The program tackles simple courtesies. The video started with a teenage boy who recalled an awkward moment that followed when he didn't introduce his girlfriend to two adult guests who stopped to greet him. The host explained that etiquette calls for present- ing a friend to an older person, not vice versa. The video then moves into discussing ten common rules of cour- tesy. They included: (1) showing your respect for others in words such as saying please, thank you and excuse me, (2) never saying "shut up" to anyone, (3) apologiz- ing when you do something wrong, (4) using good table manners, (5) showing respect for the property of others, (6) never interrupting a conversation, (7) letting others know if your plans change, (8) respecting the needs of others in public, like not talking loudly on the cell phone so everyone one has to hear the conversation, (9) being kind when refusing an invitation and (10) always being polite to adults, especially elderly people and teachers. It was quite noticeable that many of the students were not aware of all these common courtesies. In an ideal world, every parent or adult in a child's life would teach the children life's common courtesies. Since ideal and reality is not always the same thing, it has been a won- derful addition to include character development into the 6th grade curriculum in hopes to create an opportunity for these students to become successful and respectful adults in the future. COLLEGE NEWS SCHOOL MENU Summer/Fall com- mencement at MN State U, Mankato Minnesota State University, Mankato graduated 1,458 stu- dents during summer/fall com- mencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 1 l, at the Taylor ..... Center, on the Minnesota State Mankato campus. Area graduates include: Evan W. Dickey, Lucan, BS, Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services: Resource Management Anthony D. Vroman, Milroy, BS, Sport Management Abigail E. Knott, Walnut Grove, BS, Music: Education, Summa Cure Laude December 20-24, 2010 Monday: Chicken teri- kai nuggets, rice, egg roll, green beans, mandarin oranges, bread, milk Tuesday: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes/ gravy, vegetables/dip, fruit, bread, milk Wednesday: Bar-B- Que/bun, french fries, car- rot sticks, fruit, pudding, milk Thursday: Corn dog, baked beans, fruit, bread, milk Friday: No school The Walnut Grove Alumni Foundation and their mem- bers have recently donated a large gift of money to our WWG Little Chargers Preschool Program. The gift of money was used to pur- chase a smart board, com- puter, DVD/VCR, camera, and a kitchen set. The Head Start Program also recently purchased a dollhouse, barn, tool bench, and a puppet theater. Pictures Conservation officers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have some reminders for ice anglers and others who plan to place shelters on the ice of Minnesota waters this winter. All shelters placed on the ice must display either the complete name and address, a driver's license number, or the nine-digit DNR number on the license of the owner. The information must be plainly and legibly displayed on the outside of the shelter, in letters and figures at least 2 inches high. The requirement includes ice skating warming houses and other traditional structures placed on the ice, either tem- porarily or overnight. There are other shelter regu- lations: *Any shelter (fish houses, dark houses, warming houses, etc.) left on the ice at any time between midnight and one hour prior to sunrise must have a shelter license. *The Department of Public Safety now requires the regis- tration of trailers used to haul ice fishing houses or dark houses, and enclosed trailers or recreational trailers used for fishing. Registration can be done at a local deputy registrar. *A tag, furnished with a license, must be attached to the exterior in a readily visible location. : ' S'i etid/s ' ieft"on ........... the ice overnight need to have at least 2 square inches of reflective material on each side of the house. *A shelter license is not required on border waters with Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota or South Dakota. *On border waters, shelters must comply with the identifi- cation requirements of the show preschool students using the smart board, doll- house, and playing with the new kitchen set. Our Little Chargers Program is in its second year of all day preschool in coop- eration with Head Start of Western Community Action in Marshall. For more pictures of our preschool program please go to www.walnut.mntm.org and click on preschool. state for which the angler is licensed. *A shelter may not be erect- ed within 10 feet of an existing shelter. *Portable shelters may be used for fishing within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), but must be removed from the ice each night. The structure must be removed from the BWCAW each time the occupant leaves the BWCAW. Natalie Wahl and Hudsen Jenniges played with the new puppet theatre purchased with funds from the Walnut Grove Alumni Foundation. Chess tournament Mr. P's annual chess tournament was held with two divisions, the junior high (grades 7-8) and the senior high (9-12). Approximately 55 students participated with the following top finishers. Jr. High - 1st: Kennedy Her, 7th, 2nd: Vancelee Vang 8th, 3rd: Ben McDermott 7th, 4th: Zuag Paj Her 8th. Sr. High - 1st: Caleb Duskek 9th, 2nd: Steven Yang 9th, 3rd: Chorly Xiong 9th, 4th: John Yang 9th, 5th: Chue Yan.g 9th, 6th: Zong Vang ] l th. Many participants will be participating in the regional tournament in Marshall in February. Submitted photo A Place in the Country_i Phylis Bakken(Westbr00k) .............................. :.:., i ::.:...i Jim Cassidy Paulzine(Slayt0n) ............................ Fresh Even Maydelle Kr0ndack(Westbro0k) ................... Fresh Even A GREAT BIG THANK YOU my 18th Annual Open House agreat SucceSs!ii)iiiiiii:iiii!iii !i Mary OSl "A Place in the Country" 507-274-6600 HOLIA Y HOUSE Tuesday December 21 st Holiday Open House pecial of the Lunch: 1 Slice of pizza & a can of pop for only $2.00!!! Or $2.00 off any medium pizza. Supper: $3.00 off any large pizza *The WWG BOLT Enterprises will also be here giving out samples of their famou~ BBQ sauce and selling Holiday Gift Baskets. '* Stop in for cookies and coffee from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staples Enterprise, Inc. 507-274-5300