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April Newsletter 2012 Principal Notes

From Perry Braunagel

The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) spring testing will be starting on April 10th. Following the spring testing parents will receive End-of-Term Individual Student Progress Reports. The report will include final scores which are an estimate of the student’s achievement level. As a result of NWEA tests, we will be able to make informed decisions on classroom curriculum and enhance student’s academic growth. More information about NWEA testing and scores is available at the website: We have started the 4th Quarter with midterm being on April 19th. Midterm reports will be printed and sent home on April 24th. Parents are reminded that they can check their student’s grades and progress online using the PowerSchool Parent Access link at No school on April 6th and 9th for Easter Break, also no school on April 20th for teacher in-service. Reminder to parents that the All City Band Concert will be held at DHS on April 10th at 7:00 p.m.

Counselor’s Corner

From Sharon Hansen

Greetings from the counselor’s office. Happy Spring!! We have begun the fourth and final quarter of this school year. Report cards were sent home with students on March 23. If you have not seen your child’s report card you may want to ask where it is or call the school for a duplicate copy. Spring is a busy season for all of us. Track practice has started and other activities are also busy. Students who miss school for whatever reason need to be sure and find out what they missed and turn their makeup work in. I can’t stress enough how important it is to complete makeup work. Students may also need to see their teachers for help if they don’t understand how to do the assignment they missed. Pre-registration is complete for both 7th and 8th graders for the 2012-2013 school year. If by chance you missed pre-registration please contact me asap.

Student Council News Greetings from Hagen Student Council!! We had our last soup kitchen of the year on March 23rd with a great group of kids cooking and cleaning up. We are gearing up to attend our Spring Middle Level Student Council Conference in Bismarck on April 30th and May 1st. Applications are available in Mrs. Dockter’s office and are due back to Mrs. Pritchard or Mr. Holinka by Wed. April 4th. Please make sure these are turned in by then as we need to send a list of students to the Ramkota on April 5th. Keana Kudrna is our candidate for Middle Level President/Vice President and she and her committee are currently working on putting together a skit and getting things ready for her campaign. We have one dance left, April 27th, and we will be hosting a leadership assembly with Mr. Bill Johnson who is a regular presenter at our state conventions, as well as an international speaker. He will do a full school presentation and a leadership group workshop on Wed. May 2 nd at Hagen. We are very excited for our spring conference and to host a great opportunity for our students with our upcoming assembly with Bill!! Parents, thanks again for all the support you give your student and our student council at Hagen!!

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The public is invited to attend the Dickinson Public Schools Teacher/Staff Retirement and Recognition program to be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 7:00 pm in the Dickinson High School Risser Auditorium. A reception will follow in the DHS commons area. Resignations and retirees with ten or more years of service to the district are: Janet Bauer (37 years of service), James Becker (21 years of service), Susan Biesiot (29 years of service), Perry Braunagel (15 years of service), Alvin Chalupnik (40 years of service), Lois Christensen (38 years of service), Debra Conlon (31 years of service), Deborah Greenup (26 years of service), Sharon M. Hansen (20 years of service), Susan Jacobsen (33 years of service), Alice Karn (39 years of service), Patricia Klein (18 years of service), Becky Meduna (42 years of service), Margaret Olheiser (24 years of service), Rosella Perdaems (35 years of service), Rudy Privratsky (16 years of service), Debra Rising (31 years of service), and Olivia Wellenstein (31 years of service). Please join us in thanking and supporting the DPS staff for their many years of service and dedication to the school district.

TSA Conference Winners! Career Prep


Electrical Applications


Medical Tech Issues

3rd Elizabeth Yoder

1st Christopher Dean 2nd Marc Michaelson 3rd Bradley Klein

3rd Devin Steiner

2nd Drew Heiser 3rd Devin Steiner

1st Brook Anton, Elizabeth Pavlicek, Elizabeth Yoder

Prepared Speech

Problem Solving

Structural Engineering

Tech Bowl Oral

Tech Bowl Written

1st Katrina Johnson 3rd Elizabeth Yoder

1st Jackson Smith & Devin Steiner 2nd Katrina Johnson & Madison Legare

1st Drew Heiser & Paige Yon 2nd Katrina Johnson & Devin Steiner 3rd Michael Allred & Dylan Gonzer

2nd Katrina Johnson, Jackson Smith & Devin Steiner

1st Jackson Smith 2nd Dylan Gonzer

Transportation Systems

Website Design

3rd Paige Yon

2nd Brook Anton, Robert Bradley, Elizabeth Pavlicek, Elizabeth Yoder

Katrina Johnson was elected to the office of 2nd vice president!

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Important Dates: ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

NO SCHOOL, April 6-9, 2012. All City Band Concert, 7:00 p.m. at DHS, April 10, 2012. PAC meeting at 12:00 p.m. at Hagen, April 19, 2012. NO SCHOOL, April 20, 2012. Elementary & Junior High Music Festival, THS, April 21, 2012. Q4 Midterm, April 19, 2012. Midterm grades sent home, April 24, 2012. Student Council Convention in Bismarck, April 30 – May 1, 2012.

Notes from the Superintendent Web site: April 2012

New Elementary School Between February of 2009 and February of 2012 the Dickinson Public Schools has experienced an increase in enrollment in grades K-5 of 279 students. Currently, pre-enrollment for the kindergarten class in 2013 is 194 students which represent a 9.6% increase over the numbers from last school year. In previous articles, information has been provided about the eleven classrooms that were added to the Jefferson and Lincoln Elementary buildings in 2011 as well as the plans for the school district to proceed with construction of a new elementary school that will open in the fall of 2013. The following information is intended to provide an update on the progress for the new elementary building as we approach the bidding and construction phase. It was previously reported that the preliminary schedule was to bid the project in March and conclude awarding of the project in April. Due to various revisions to the project and the need to redesign some aspects of the building this schedule has been delayed by approximately one month. The current schedule is to request bids on the project in the next 2-3 weeks. Following receipt of bids the bid opening is scheduled for April 24 and the bid award will occur on April 26. Conversations with the architect indicate the plan to open the building in the fall of 2013 is still achievable. The district administration has been discussing student assignment to the new elementary school for the past few months as we prepare for opening the facility. Through these discussions the plan at this time is to assign all students living north of I-94 to the new facility. There are approximately 215 students identified currently living north of the interstate and numerous new housing units will be available for occupancy prior to opening the new school. While we are not able to estimate the number of students who will reside in the new housing we believe, when combined with those currently living north of the interstate, these two groups of students will provide a basis for us to make staffing decisions and additional student assignments if necessary. Additionally, we have discussed whether or not it is necessary to relocate students who will be in the 5 th grade in 2013 for one year only when the school opens. Our sentiment at this time is that relocating the students for only one year may not be necessary. Consequently, our preliminary intent is to open the new facility as a K-4 building in the first year and expand to K-5 in year two. This is the first school building north of the interstate for the Dickinson Public Schools and will be the first new building in the 21st century. As such, it will have some attributes that are not present in our current school facilities. The building will be heated and cooled with a ground source geothermal system. While this decision did add to the initial expense of the facility we are confident the system will provide significant future savings for heating and cooling the building. Additionally, the school will have enhanced security aspects not present in our current schools. Individuals who are visiting the school will be required to enter through the building office prior to gaining access to the entire facility. Finally, the school site is designed with off road access for buses, parents picking up their children and deliveries. While the parent pick up area will not be able to accommodate all vehicles, it is our hope this will alleviate some traffic congestion around the facility. The school board and school administration continue to review and discuss future facility needs of the school district. The school district is required to conduct a long-range planning discussion this school year and this discussion will occur following the regular school board meeting on May 14. Future facility needs of the school district will be on that agenda and individuals interested in the issue are encouraged to attend and participate in this long-range planning discussion on May 14.

If you have any questions about this or any other issue in the Dickinson Public Schools, please do not hesitate to contact me at 456-0002 or through email at Sincerely,

Douglas W. Sullivan, Superintendent Dickinson Public Schools 701-456-0002

Hagen Junior High School

April 2012

Short Stops

Fun with fiction

Your child can find creative-writing ideas in unexpected places. Perhaps he’ll write about a funny incident in gym class or put a modern twist on a fairy tale he reads to a sibling. Suggest that he carry a small notebook for jotting down possibilities. Then, when he has an assignment or just feels like writing, he’ll have ideas ready.

Making it right

An apology means more if your youngster follows up on it. When she makes a mistake, ask her what her plan is for the future. For example, say you have to get out of bed to tell her to turn down her music. After she says “I’m sorry,” she might tape a sign to her speakers that reads “Turn the volume down at bedtime.”

Stepparents and tweens

It can take time for a new family to bond. Try inviting your stepchild to join you in an activity you both enjoy, like fishing or going to car shows. If he doesn’t want to go along, say, “Maybe next time.” Keep asking, and let him adjust at his own pace.

Worth quoting

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James

Just for fun Q: What can go as fast as a racehorse? A: The jockey!

Mr. Perry Braunagel, Principal

What’s your style? Information clicks with students in different ways. Perhaps your child learns best by discussing material with classmates. Or maybe she needs to find connections between ideas or to read about a topic first. Most likely, she uses a combination of learning styles. Here are a few ways youngsters learn, along with tips for getting the most from each.


A social learner enjoys interacting and collaborating. She’s good at working in groups and participating in class discussions. If your middle grader likes learning with others, suggest that she study with friends. Or offer to listen while she summarizes a novel out loud or brainstorms science project ideas.


Is your tween good at solving puzzles and problems? Does she easily recognize

patterns and understand step-by-step directions? She may be a logical learner. Encourage her to rewrite class notes in outline form. When she studies, she can draw charts and diagrams.


Verbal learners like reading, writing, and talking. If this sounds like your youngster, suggest that she use rhymes, songs, or abbreviations to help her remember information. She might also make up word problems to go with math equations.

Family volunteering Volunteering as a family is one way to introduce your child to community service. Here are ways he can do his part and gain volunteer experience: ■■Stop by the public library to ask about opportunities. Your family might reshelve books or lend a hand during events or programs (book sales, English or Spanish conversation clubs). ■■Call nursing homes or assisted-living communities. Your family could help with activities, such as making crafts or reading aloud. ■■Children

ages 8–13 can volunteer with Special Olympics if a parent or guardian goes with them. Click on your state at to see what’s available.

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Middle Years

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Say no to drinking

“I want to belong to the popular crowd.” Finding friends who don’t drink is key. Try to steer your middle grader toward activities with kids who aren’t known to be drinkers (ask neighbors or parents of older children for suggestions). Having friends in that group can make him less interested in belonging to the drinking crowd and give him the confidence to say no to alcohol.

Up to 40 percent of eighth-graders report trying alcohol at least once. Whether they drink to see what it’s like or to act cool, knowing why children say yes can help you provide reasons to say no. “I’m bored.” Your youngster may have heard that drinking is fun. Tell him that it’s not fun to throw up, pass out, or get arrested—all of which can happen when children drink. Then, help him realize there are lots of fun alcohol-free activities. He and his friends might go to the batting cages, play pickup hockey, or attend dances at a teen center.

“I’m so stressed out.” Even children this age might use alcohol to cope with problems (arguments with friends, pressures of schoolwork, their parents’ divorce). Talk about healthy ways to relieve stress instead. He might confide in a trusted adult, exercise, or work on his favorite hobby. For more serious situations, your child may need to meet with a counselor.

Activity Word games games are not Corner onlyWord Responsible social networking fun, they help build Q

vocabulary and spelling skills. Here are two to try.

Word morph

Have your youngster write a five- or six-letter word at the top of a sheet of paper. Let family members take turns making a new word by changing one letter in the last word written. Example: quack, quick, quirk. When you can’t make any more words, pick a new word and play again.

Word staircase

Each player writes the numbers 4 to 12 down the left side of her paper. One person picks a two-letter combination that often begins words (en, cr, ph) and sets a timer for five minutes. Next to each number, write a word with that many letters and beginning with the letters chosen. Example: For en, put “envy” beside 4 and “enact” by 5. To win, come up with the most words that no one else used. O








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My sixth-grade daughter wants a Facebook account, but I think she’s too young, and I worry about her seeing inappropriate posts. Are there other options?

Explain to your child that Facebook users must be 13. Just as she had to wait for other privileges, like staying up later, she’ll need to wait to join Facebook. In the meantime, consider,, or These sites are designed for younger children and offer parental controls. For instance, you approve new friends, determine whether your middle grader can chat, and get reports about her online activity. When she’s online, encourage her to think carefully about the words or pictures she posts. For example, would she want her grandmother to read what she’s writing? Would she want to see the photo hanging in the school hallway? If not, she might not want to make it public online either! Being careful now will help her get in the habit of maintaining a good online reputation.

Parent A “teachable moment” to out when there had been earthquakes in Earthquakes are Parent unusual our area before. in our area, so

when we felt a small one, our son Chad had lots of questions. What caused it? Could it happen again? His curiosity reminded me of when he was little and fascinated by rainbows or by ants carrying crumbs. I suggested that Chad get a library book about earthquakes. He was surprised to learn that we would probably feel aftershocks for several weeks. He also looked online to find

Chad told his science teacher what he had learned, and she called the earthquake a “teachable moment.” Since then, we’ve started looking for other teachable moments to pique Chad’s curiosity and encourage him to do research. Now he shares interesting discoveries with us, such as why we celebrate April Fools’ Day or why 2012 is a leap year.

Healthy Ideas for Middle and High School Students

April 2012

Hagen Junior High School Mr. Perry Braunagel, Principal


meals TAKES Smaller Instead of three big

meals a day, encourage your child to have five smaller meals. This plan can keep her full and help her avoid snacking or overeating at dinner. Suggest that she have a smaller breakfast, lunch, and dinner and replace snacks with “mini-meals” (sandwich, oatmeal with fruit) after school and midway between dinner and bedtime.

Activity adds up

You’ve heard of “no pain, no gain”? When it comes to physical activity, that’s not true! Make sure your child knows that fun stuff definitely counts toward the hour of exercise he should get each day. Whether he’s playing touch football with his cousins or going bowling with friends, it all adds up. Did You


Iron is an important nutrient that helps our bodies make red blood cells. Teen boys need 11 mg of iron a day, while girls need 15 mg. Encourage your children to eat iron-rich foods like red meat, poultry, spinach, and navy or pinto beans. Also, have them check the labels of their favorite cereals and pick the one with the most iron — at least 3 mg. Tip: Foods with vitamin C, such as orange juice, help the body absorb iron.


Just for fun Q: Why aren’t

grapes ever lonely?

A: Because they come in bunches.

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Cross training It’s great if your teen is hooked on a certain sport. But doing a variety of physical activities can make athletes more well-rounded and keep nonathletes in better shape. Here’s why.

Different strengths

Each sport or activity helps develop certain skills. Have your child talk to her coach or look online to find the benefits of her regular sport — and then see what activities would fill in the gaps. For example, if she plays basketball, her coordination is probably improving. A yoga class or gymnastics could increase her flexibility.

Different muscles

When your teen plays the same sport all the time, she works the same muscles over and over again. To reduce her chances of injury, encourage her to try other sports or activities that work different muscles. For instance, if she runs track, her outer thighs are getting a workout. She might

Nutrition quiz

take up in-line skating, which works the inner thighs.

Different interests

Cross training may help your teen uncover hidden talents and keep her from getting bored. If she has always played soccer, she might not have had a chance to find out that she enjoys fencing or cycling. She also might like mixing up team sports with individual or partner activities like indoor climbing or squash— and find that it’s nice to be on her own or with one friend.

Does your teen know what’s in the food he likes to eat? Try this activity to test his food know-how and help him get in the habit of reading food labels: 1. Have him write down his five favorite foods or drinks. 2. Without peeking at the nutrition information, each of you rank them from least to most calories. 3. Then, use the same foods and rank them based on sugar, sodium, fat, protein, fiber, or vitamins. 4. How did you each do? Checking your answers might provide some nice surprises (his favorite burrito has a healthy amount of fiber) or a wake-up call (his everyday sports drink is high in sugar). Idea: Try again using your five favorite foods. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Teen Food & Fitness™

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Beware of bullying

Go over responses. Encourage your child to ignore mean comments about his weight (or anything else) and to walk away from bullies. Make sure he knows that his weight doesn’t define him, no matter what a bully says. Note: While he might be reluctant to involve adults, let him know that bullying is a serious problem his teachers and school staff need to know about. Build confidence. Help boost your teen’s self-esteem by playing up his strengths (mentioning what a loyal friend he is), asking his advice on topics he knows about (which computer or cell phone to buy), or seeking his opinion (how to vote in a local election). You could also offer to enroll him in martial arts classes —karate or judo can build his physical confidence.

Overweight teens can be targets for bullies. If your child struggles with his weight, you can help him avoid struggling with bullying, too. Consider these suggestions. Watch for signs. Kids who are bullied often want to stay home from school when they’re not really sick or avoid activities they used to enjoy. More obvious signs might include torn clothing, missing possessions, or unexplained bruises or cuts.

NT Snack PARTE O bar PARENT choices When I volunteered at the snack bar last month during my son Brad’s baseball game, I was shocked by how much junk food teens were eating. So I thought it would be a good idea to discuss the best choices for Brad to make when he buys snacks at sporting events. We agreed that fresh fruit or sunflower seeds are always good options. And if those aren’t available, we thought popcorn or granola bars would be better than nachos or candy. While I’m sure there will be times when my son gets unhealthy snacks, I think he is starting to make healthier choices. And now I’m considering signing up for our booster club’s snack bar committee — I’d like to help choose more nutritious foods to sell next year! O U R


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Walk this way

Your child might think of walking as just a leisurely way to get from one place to another. But walking can be a workout! Review these strategies with your teen: ●●Have her find a route she likes and time how long it takes her to walk it. Suggest that she trim a minute off her time by walking faster. Then, she can try to shave off another minute. ●●Encourage her to increase the distance she walks. She can work up to another lap (or more) around the high school track or add a block a week to a neighborhood route. Or she might go farther by walking twice a day (after school and after dinner). ●●Besides faster or longer walks, your teen could try other ways to up the challenge. For instance, she could choose a route with hills or carry a two-pound weight in each hand.

In the

K tchen Food on a stick Forget the fork — these healthy recipes will let your kids enjoy eating right off the stick. Beef skewers. Soak bamboo sticks (available in grocery stores) in water for 30 minutes. Thinly slice flank steak, and thread two slices onto each skewer. Brush with low-sodium teriyaki sauce, and grill or broil 1–2 minutes per side. Italian salad bites. Put one grape tomato, one basil leaf, and one chunk of mozzarella cheese on a toothpick. Drizzle with olive oil.

Pretzel sticks. Mix whipped cream

cheese with raisins and chopped nuts. Spread on pretzel rods. Fruit pops. Peel a mango, and cut the fruit into long, thick strips. Place mango pieces on lollipop sticks, and sprinkle with chili powder for a sweet-and-spicy treat. Note: This works well with fresh pineapple spears, too.

Hagen Junior High April Breakfast/Lunch 4/2/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Hamburger/Bun Fries Applesauce Pickles Milk



4/16/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Sloppy Joe/Bun French Fries Pears Pickles Milk

4/23/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Chicken Nuggets Rice Peas Peaches Bun Milk

4/30/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Hot Dog Wrap Baked Beans Chips Applesauce Milk

4/3/2012 Muffin/Cereal Juice/Milk Pancakes Sausage Hash Brown Milk

4/10/2012 Breakfast Pizza/Cereal Juice/Milk Pizza Corn Fruit Cocktail Cookie Milk

4/17/2012 Waffles/Pancakes & Sausage/Cereal Juice/Milk Chicken Patty Rice Peas Applesauce Milk

4/24/2012 Breakfast Wrap/Cereal Juice/Milk Crispitos Lettuce Cheese Pears Milk

4/4/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Sub Sandwich Carrots Fresh Fruit Milk

4/11/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Taco, Soft/Hard Shell Lettuce Cheese Oranges Milk

4/18/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Corn Dog Green Beans Peaches Milk

4/25/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk BBQ Pork/Bun Potato Salad Fresh Veggies Apples Milk



Scrambled Eggs/Cereal Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Juice/Milk Crispitos Lettuce Cheese NO SCHOOL Pineapple Brownie Milk

4/12/2012 Yogurt/Cereal Juice/Milk Turkey Mashed Potatoes Gravy Apples Cranberries Bun Milk

4/19/2012 Fresh Fruit/Cereal Juice/Milk Hot Ham/Cheese Sandwich Fresh Veggies Pineapple Pudding Milk

4/26/2012 Uncrustable/Cereal Juice/Milk Oven Fried Chicken Mashed Potatoes Gravy Pineapple Milk

4/13/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Spaghetti/Meat Sauce Corn Pears Italian Bread Milk



4/27/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Pizza Corn Fruit Cocktail Milk

Hagen Jr. High School Activity Calendar April 2012 Sun









No School

All City Band Concert @ DHS 7:00pm










Girls & Boys Track @ Mandan

No School







PAC Meeting @ Hagen 12:00

No School

Girls and Boys Track @ Dickinson

Boys Track @ Bismarck

Girls Track @ Bismarck





Mid - Term


23 Girls and Boys Track @ Bismarck

24 Mid-Term Grades sent home


26 Girls Track @ Mandan Tennis @ Custer County Golf @ Dickinson


30 Girls and Boys Track @ Williston State Student Council @ Bismarck April 30 & May 1

Trinity Jr. High Music Festival


28 Boys Track @ Mandan

April, 2012  

Hagen newsletter

April, 2012  

Hagen newsletter