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February Newsletter 2012 Principal Notes

from Perry Braunagel

Eighth Grade Registration (For students currently in the 7th grade) February 24th: Students will register during school and will be bringing home registration forms for parent approval. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Braunagel or Mrs. Hansen. Ninth Grade Registration (For students currently in the 8th grade) February 3rd: Students will register during school with the Dickinson High School counselors. Students will bring home registration forms for parent approval. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Braunagel or Mrs. Hansen. We are close to the half way point of the 3rd Quarter with midterm being on February 16th. Midterm reports will be printed and sent home on February 21st. Also, please monitor your student’s attendance and make sure they are in school whenever possible. Attendance is one of the main factors for student success.

Counselor’s Corner

from Sharon Hansen

Greetings from the counselor’s office. As we proceed into the second half of the year there are a number of things I would like to call to your attention. We are beginning to look at students who may be in danger of failing this school year. Please review our grading policy in your student handbooks. It is not too late to turn things around but we are running out of time. Be aware that the yearend grade is a simple average of the percentages of the four quarters. A couple of really low percentages may make it impossible to salvage a passing year end grade. The time to act is now. Please remember that when you log on to Power School Parent Access anything on the screen that is in blue type is a link to another screen. For example, when you click on the blue letter grade it will take you to the next screen which will show you each individual assignment and/or grade. Again, on that page if the score is blue you can click on it and go to another screen which will explain why your student got the grade they did. There is a wealth of information that is available on Power School. If are not using this valuable tool I encourage you to do so. Contact me if you need your login and password. Our eighth graders will meet with the DHS counselors and pre-register for next fall on February 3rd. If for some reason your child misses registration, they should see me immediately. Our seventh graders will register for fall classes on February 24th. Please watch for those registration forms to come home and return them in a timely manner. Local sixth graders will be registering for fall classes on March 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Hagen Gym. Thank you to all students and parents for your diligence and cooperation in the coat crusade during this cold weather. I still have a few coats available in my office if students are in need of one. Luckily, we have had a mild winter. Stay warm!!

Page 2 Hagen Hi-Lites: The student written newspaper, the Hagen Hi-Lites, is now on the Hagen JH school’s website. Look for Hagen Hi-Lites on the left hand side of the homepage and click to read all about what’s in the news at Hagen. This year’s eighth grade reporters are: Brooke Anton, Robert Bradley, Zachary Keller, Taylor McConnell, Suzanna Moberg, Elizabeth Pavlicek, Talon Staudinger, and Evan Wilkie.


Hagen will be participating in county Math Counts competition on February 9th at DSU. Students competing have already participated in the school round and placed among the top ten in the school. From the county competition these students have the chance to advance on to the state competition and from there on to the national competition which will be held in Florida this year. Last year Hagen was proud to send two students on to the national competition, Macenzie Lange and Jackson Smith represented Hagen and the State of North Dakota in Washington, D.C. The following 10 students will compete at DSU: Jackson Smith, Devin Steiner, Katrina Johnson, Isaac Egli, Wyatt Kainz, Kendall O’Hara, Bradley Klein, Cameron Jorda, Elizabeth Yoder, and Monica Zent.

Hagen Student Council update!! Your Hagen Student Council has been busy the last few months!! We attended our state convention in Bismarck on Dec. 11, 12, and 13 and supported Marc Michaelson who was our candidate for State Middle Level Representative. He did an awesome job as did all of our students who attended the convention in showing him support! Great job, everyone!! Our first soup kitchen was in Dec. as well as planning our Dec. assembly. We also showed the video that we made after our trip to Minot to visit Ramstad. During January we had another dance on the 6th and our 2nd soup kitchen. We are also in the planning stages of our Valentine’s Day dance to be held on Feb. 10th!! We are starting to think about our next state convention at the end of April as well as many other projects that are still in the planning stages! Thanks to all the students and staff for the support we get from all of you. We couldn’t do our projects without you!! Stay tuned for more fun activities from your own Hagen Student Council!!

Important Dates: ! All-State Choir in Fargo, February 3 & 4, 2012 ! Early Release at 1:30 p.m., February 8, 2012 ! County Math Counts, February 9, 2012 at DSU ! Hagen Dance, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., February 10, 2012 ! Spring Pictures, February 14, 2012 ! Spelling Bee, February 15, 2012 at Trinity High School ! PAC meeting @ 12:00 p.m., February 16, 2012 at Hagen Junior High ! Soup Kitchen, February 23, 2012 ! NO SCHOOL, March 1 & 2, 2012

Dickinson Public Schools Douglas W. Sullivan, Ed.D. Superintendent

Central Administration Office P.O. Box 1057, 444 4 Street West Dickinson, ND 58602-1057

(701) 456-0002 Fax: (701) 456-0035

NAME THAT SCHOOL As has been regularly reported, the Dickinson Public Schools is proceeding with construction of a new K-5 elementary school in northwest Dickinson. The construction process is scheduled to begin in April with the facility scheduled to open in the fall of 2013. This new facility will be located west of the intersection of 10th avenue west and 26th street west. The school district has been working with the District-wide Parent Advisory Council (PAC) to develop a plan for receiving input into the name for this new facility. The District-wide PAC is comprised of one representative from each of the schools in the school district. Through public input, we hope to identify a name for the school that best represents the qualities and values of the community and school district. The District-wide PAC has been reviewing the process for gathering input into this decision and the following information is provided to invite the community of Dickinson to participate in the naming process. When submitting names for the new facility the District-wide PAC is suggesting consideration of the following alternatives:  Individuals- A famous local, state or national figure who exemplifies courage, respect, honesty, tolerance or other admirable traits.  Places- Locations, landmarks or topographical features related to the school site, such as a street, historical marker, river or the community or neighborhood in which the school is located.  Symbolism or a symbolic name- A word or words that capture the essence of the place or function of the school.  Any combination of the above. The District-wide PAC has decided to provide two mechanisms through which individuals will be able to provide input into this decision. There will be an email link provided on the web page of each school and the school district main page through which individuals may submit suggestions for naming the school. Additionally, individuals preferring to utilize the postal service may send a naming suggestion to: ATTN: Name the School 2012 Dickinson Public Schools 444 4th Street West Dickinson, ND 58602 The window for submitting suggestions through email will be available beginning on January 25 and will close on February 29. Individuals utilizing the postal service may submit a naming suggestion anytime through February 29. Once the submission deadline has expired, the suggested names will be compiled and the PAC will review the suggestions and submit 2-5 alternatives for consideration and final selection by the School Board. The goal is to have a name selected for the new facility by the end of the

current school year. We look forward to receiving your suggestion and hope the community will be actively involved in naming the new elementary school. I hope you each have had a Happy New Year. 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

February 2012

Short Stops

Games galore

Board games are entertaining and educational. Simply having them lying around can make your middle schooler more likely to play. Leave chess, Monopoly, Clue, or Scrabble wherever family members tend to gather (living room, kitchen). Then, when you have free time, suggest that you play a game together.

After-school greetings

If you’re not home when your child returns from school, you can still greet her with a cheerful “hello.” Leave a note on the counter or a voice mail on her phone. (“Thinking of you. I’ll be home around 5 p.m. We’re having tacos for dinner!”)

Volunteering from home

Too busy during the day to help out at your youngster’s school? Ask in the school office about ways to volunteer outside the building (email parents about events at the school, do fund­ raising paperwork). Let your child see you working on these projects — he’ll know that you care about his school.

Worth quoting

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill

Just for fun Q: Why did the frog say “meow”? A: Because he was learning a foreign language.

Mr. Perry Braunagel, Principal

I like me! Middle schoolers who feel good about themselves have an advantage during the tween years. They’re less dependent on impressing others, and they tend to face challenges with confidence. Here are some ways to build self-esteem in your child. Be realistic. If your youngster is like many middle graders, her view of herself (outgoing or shy, artsy or athletic) is based on where she fits in among her peers. But instead of comparing herself to others, urge her to recognize her strengths and pursue them. If she has a knack for acting, for instance, suggest that she take drama classes, try out for school plays, or attend community productions. Choose friends wisely. Encourage your child to spend time with people who build her up and to avoid those who put her down or talk behind her back. She might invite good friends home more often and stay away from

a lunch table full of classmates who are catty. Tip: She should also be a friend to herself. For example, if she misses shots in a basketball game, she can think about what she’d say to a friend in that situation. (“You were great on defense!”) Help others. Making a difference in another person’s life can boost your middle grader’s self-confidence. She will take pride in being a leader and a role model. Suggest that she tutor younger students at school or volunteer with children’s programs at a community center or place of worship. Or she could ask her school counselor about peer mentoring programs.

In the know From politics and business to health and entertainment, there’s always something interesting going on in the world. Motivate your child to stay informed about current events with these ideas. 1. Start a habit. Stay up to date as a family. You might listen to morning news on the way to school, watch the evening news on TV after dinner, or email interesting articles to each other on a regular basis. 2. Make it relevant. Talk about how articles relate to your middle grader’s life. For example, a new state law might determine when he can get a driver’s license, while school lunch legislation could affect what he eats in the cafeteria.

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Middle Years

February 2012 • Page 2

Bringing science home Science doesn’t have to take place in a lab. In fact, your middle grader can use science skills to solve household problems. Suggest these experiments. Recommend a product. Next time your child comes home with grass stains on his pants, give him two brands of a stain remover. Ask him to try both and compare the results. For a controlled experiment, he needs to use an equal amount of each product—one stain remover on one pant leg and one on the other—following the directions on the bottles. Which one works better?

Q Still creative

Family outings Where does your family like to go during the winter? Here are a few free or low-cost outings to enjoy together. ■■Stay fit. Head to a local park and take advantage of hiking trails or sledding hills, or look for indoor activities like bowling and ice-skating. You might also consider taking a family class (martial arts, yoga).

■■Plan a day trip. Check out websites or call tourism offices in nearby towns for new ideas. Perhaps you’ll discover a pet show at a convention center, a winter festival in a historic district, or a factory that offers behind-the-scenes tours.

sports. Attend winter events at a local high school or college. Try gymnastics meets, basketball games, or wrestling matches.








Conserve energy. Do family members leave electronics plugged in? Your youngster can help you save energy by only plugging in devices (laptop, iPod, phone) when they need to be charged. Have him let the items’ batteries die completely and then fully charge them. He can write down how long it takes to charge each one, let the batteries die again, and write down how long each one lasted. Scientists use repeated trials for accuracy, so he should do this three times per device. Using the data, he can calculate the average life of each battery and draw a conclusion. (“My phone battery takes 45 minutes to charge and lasts about 50 hours. I need to plug it in every other day for 45 minutes.”)



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My daughter used to love arts and crafts, but she seems to have lost interest. How can I encourage creativity at this age?

Creativity helps children express feelings and improves thinking skills. To rekindle your daughter’s creative side, try suggesting projects that appeal to her age and interests. For example, your youngster might enjoy making music videos with friends. Let them use a cell phone camera or laptop webcam to record themselves lip-synching to favorite songs. They can design different backgrounds or experiment with special effects on the computer. If your middle schooler likes to take pictures, she could make a slide show of her favorite photos and set it to music on a laptop or tablet. Or if cooking is her thing, suggest that she try cupcake decorating. She can use food coloring, toppings, and cake decorating tools to add creative touches to treats— and share them with the family when she’s finished.

Parent Stand up to bullying to My son Lance came like he can help the victim without getParent home laughing because ting hurt, he should step in and then

some classmates shoved a student into a locker. When I asked Lance what he did about it, he looked surprised and said, “Nothing.” I told him what I had read in an article recently: when kids laugh or do nothing, they encourage bullies to keep bullying. Lance said he hadn’t thought of it that way. So we talked about how he can respond when kids are picked on. If he feels

walk away with the victim to the nearest adult. If he’s afraid, he should get an adult immediately. Although this incident was unfortunate, I’m glad the topic came up. The next time Lance sees bullying, I hope he’ll think twice. And if he has the courage to speak up, maybe he’ll inspire other kids to show bullies that their behavior isn’t acceptable.

Healthy Ideas for Middle and High School Students

February 2012

Hagen Junior High School Mr. Perry Braunagel, Principal


sits” TAKES “Wall Here’s a

great exercise that will strengthen your teen’s legs. Suggest that she place her back against a wall, feet hipwidth apart, and slide down into a sitting position. Have her hold this position for 20–40 seconds, stand up straight, and repeat three times. Tip: She can try this while watching TV. Did You


When teens don’t get Know enough sleep, they tend to eat more. That’s because a lack of sleep affects the hormones that regulate appetite. Plus, being awake longer gives them more time to snack! Encourage your teen to get 8½ –10 hours of sleep a night and to avoid eating anything heavy within two hours of bedtime.

Contact lens care

Does your child wear contact lenses? Encourage him to follow the care guidelines on his lenses’ package. For example, wearing two-week lenses longer may cause an eye infection. Have him mark his calendar when he puts in his contacts and when he should replace them.

Just for fun Q: How can

you tell that clocks are always hungry?

A: They have seconds.

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In the mood for breakfast Whether your child springs out of bed ready to face the day or wakes up grumpy and doesn’t want to talk to anyone, she needs breakfast! Look to her morning mood for clues on how to fit in a healthy meal before school. Consider these ideas.


Maybe your tween likes to chat between bites. If so, try to plan time to eat together. Or she could invite a friend for breakfast, and then they can walk to the bus stop together. She’ll be more apt to enjoy a nutritious breakfast when she has someone to share it with.


For a child who is groggy in the morning and prefers quiet, put the newspaper or a magazine at the kitchen table so she can read while she eats. Try simple comfort foods like scrambled eggs or hot oatmeal with fruit and nuts. Idea: Think about playing soft music to help keep the mood calm.

Early bird

Swim practice? Morning news show? If your teen is busy with before-school activities, it might be easier for her to eat at the cafeteria. Talk about food choices that will give her the energy she needs, such as hard-boiled eggs and whole-wheat toast or whole-grain cereal with fat-free milk.


Even with the alarm set, your child might not get up in time and be rushing to make the bus. For a quick breakfast she can eat on the run, keep low-sugar granola bars, bagged cereal, or nonfat yogurt and disposable spoons on hand.

Try this! Here are three ideas that will have your youngster looking forward to his morning meal. 1. Waffle sundae. Top whole-grain waffles with sugarfree jam, nonfat whipped cream, and chopped almonds. 2. Fruit sandwiches. Put nonfat cream cheese and apple slices on a toasted multigrain English muffin. Or try pear slices and cheese melted on whole-wheat bread. 3. Granola goodness. For a make-ahead breakfast that will last a week (or more), mix 4 cups old-fashioned oats, ½ cup sunflower seeds, ½ cup maple syrup or honey, and 1½ tbsp. canola oil. Spread on a baking sheet, and cook at 350º for 25 minutes. Stir in 1 cup raisins after baking. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Teen Food & Fitness™

February 2012 • Page 2

Food allergies: Friends matter

Become a label reader. People with

Your teen probably has at least one friend with food allergies. To help him understand how to lend a hand, review these tips together. Learn about allergies. Suggest that he Google his friend’s allergy to find out more about it (a good source is If someone is allergic to nuts, milk, eggs, soy, wheat, or seafood, for example, the food might cause a mild reaction like a rash or a much more serious, lifethreatening event. Let your child know it’s okay to ask about food allergies, but his friend might feel more comfortable talking one-on-one rather than in a group.

NT Help with PARTE O PARENT training When my son Zach decided to go out for varsity football, he said he needed to start training and change his diet. At first, he talked about fitness supplements and an intense weight-training schedule like the ones his favorite pro athletes follow. I was concerned that he’d go too far, so I suggested that he ask his junior varsity coach for ideas. I also talked to other parents and found out about a free weight-training class for teens at our community center. With the advice of the coach and the nutritional tips he got during the class, my son feels like he’s getting into better shape. I’m sure Zach will still see pictures of athletes he wants to look like. But at least now he’s getting support from people he trusts to help him reach realistic fitness goals. O U R


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food allergies need to look carefully at ingredients on labels. But tweens with allergies may be shy about checking labels in front of peers. Encourage your child to get in the habit of reading labels for nutritional information—he will make healthier food choices for himself and be able to help his friend avoid allergens. Avoid sharing food. Remind your child not to share food.

Swapping may accidentally lead a friend to eat something that triggers an allergic reaction. Tip: Recommend that your youngster wash his hands thoroughly after eating to make sure he doesn’t transfer food to an object his allergic friend might touch.

Cardio workouts

Kids need at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day to stay healthy. To help your teen or tween make that happen, try these suggestions. ●●Find

a time. Encourage her to work exercise into her regular schedule. Have her write it in her student planner, just as she would any other calendar item. Tip: She could set a timer on her cell phone to remind her when exercise time comes around.


a friend. Working out with a partner makes it more fun — and less likely that your child will skip it. Idea: Remember that, as a parent, you might be an ideal fitness partner! You’ll get to spend time together, plus you will get in your own exercise, too.


a class. If your child commits to a class, she’ll be more likely to stick with it. Chances are she’ll get to know other teens, and they’ll call or email if she doesn’t show up. Help her look for something she’ll like, such as kickboxing or Zumba.

In the

K tchen One-pot meals A stew or soup is a cozy winter meal. Here are several to try. Beef stew. Place 2 lb. cubed meat in a large pot, with 1½ cups beef broth whisked with ½ tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. paprika, and 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce. Add 3 diced potatoes and 4 sliced carrots. Cover and simmer about an hour. Stir in ¼ cup flour, and simmer 15 more minutes until tender. Pasta fagioli. Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pot, and sauté 1 minced garlic clove and ¼ cup chopped onion. Mix in a 28-oz. can diced tomatoes, an 8-oz. can tomato

sauce, and ½ tsp. Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes. Add 2 cups cooked penne pasta and a 15-oz. can kidney beans (drained). Simmer 5 minutes more. Chicken-corn chowder. Thaw a 10-oz. package corn, and puree in a blender with 2 cups nonfat milk. In a large pot, mix 2 cups chicken broth, ½ tsp. onion powder, 2 cups cooked chicken, and another 10-oz. package thawed corn kernels. Stir in the pureed corn, and simmer for 5 minutes.

Hagen Junior High February Breakfast/Lunch 2/1/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Chicken Fajitas Lettuce/Cheese Tomatoes Pears Milk

2/6/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Sloppy Joe/Bun Potato Rounds Pears Milk

2/13/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Spaghetti/Meat Sauce Fruit Garlic Toast Milk

2/20/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Hotdog Baked Beans Orange Milk

2/27/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Chicken Nuggets Rice Peas Peaches Bun Milk

2/7/2012 Cereal/Danish Juice/Milk Chicken Nuggets Rice Peas Peaches Bun Milk

2/14/2012 Cereal/Uncrustable Juice/Milk Hamburger/Bun French Fries Applesauce Milk

2/21/2012 Cereal/Breakfast Pizza Juice/Milk Chicken Patty/Bun Rice Peas Fruit Milk

2/28/2012 Cereal/BEC Biscuit Juice/Milk Pancakes Sausage Hash Brown Fruit Cocktail Milk

2/8/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Chicken Noodle Soup Salami Sandwich Carrots Fruit Milk

2/15/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Corn Dog Green Beans Pears Milk

2/22/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Tomato Soup Grilled Cheese Peaches Milk

2/29/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwich Green Beans Pineapple Milk

2/2/2012 Cereal/Muffin Juice/Milk Chili with Beans Corn Applesauce Bun Milk

2/9/2012 Cereal/Scrambled Eggs Juice/Milk Taco, Soft/Hard Shell Lettuce/Cheese Tomatoes Fruit Cocktail Milk

2/16/2012 Cereal/Fresh Fruit Juice/Milk Crispitos Lettuce/Cheese Tomatoes Peaches Milk

2/23/2012 Cereal/Caramel Roll Juice/Milk Hotdish Corn Fruit Cocktail Bun Milk

2/3/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Sub Sandwich Kiwi Milk

2/10/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Ham Patty Scalloped Potatoes Peaches Bun Milk

2/17/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Cheese Pizza Corn Fruit Cocktail Milk

2/24/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Sausage Buttered Noodles Green Beans Pears Bun Milk

Hagen Jr. High School Activity Calendar February 2012 Sun








7th Basketball (A) St. Mary’s 8th Basketball (A) St.Mary’s

9th Grade Registration (For students currently in 8th, during school)

Hagen All-State Choir @ Fargo



7 7th Basketball (A) Simle 8th Basketball (H) Simle



8 Early Release Day 1:30 Dismissal




Math Counts @ DSU

7th Basketball (H) Horizon 8th Basketball (A) Horizon


16 Mid-Term 17

Stark County Spelling Bee @ Trinity

PAC 12:00 @ Hagen





Hagen Dance 7:00-9:30

Life-Touch Picture Day


7th Basketball (A) Trinity 8th Basketball (A) Trinity


7th Basketball (H) St. Mary’s 8th Basketball (H) St. Mary’s


9 7th Basketball (A) Mandan 8th Basketball (H) Mandan


Hagen All-State Choir @ Fargo

14 7th Basketball (H) Watcher 8th Basketball (A) Wachter



23 Student Council Soup Kitchen



End of Second Trimester 8th Grade Registration (For students currently in 7th, during school)

March 1st

March 2nd

No School

No School

Storm Day


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