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January Newsletter 2012 Principal Notes

From Perry Braunagel

We are close to the half way point of the school year with the 2nd Quarter ending on January 13 th. Report cards will be printed and sent home on January 18th. Once again I would like to thank students and parents for the attention you have given to academic achievement this year. There will be an 8th grade parent meeting on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the DHS auditorium. The meeting will be held to go over the registration process and other information needed in preparation for the 2012 – 2013 school year. Hagen students will be registering with DHS staff during their language class. Thanks to the generosity of students and parents we were able to collect over 700 lbs of food items during our annual holiday food drive. The food items were delivered to the Amen Food Pantry by students from Hagen Student Council. The Amen Food Pantry greatly appreciated the donation from Hagen at this time of year. Dickinson Public Schools will resume classes on January 3rd following the break and will not be in session on January 16th. I would like to invite any interested parent to become a member of the Hagen/Berg PAC (Parent Advisory Committee). This year the Hagen and Berg PAC’s are meeting together at Berg during the first semester of the year and at Hagen during the second semester. The next meeting is scheduled for January 12 th starting at 12:00 noon. Please contact the office at 456-0020 if you are interested in being a member.

Counselor’s Corner

From Sharon Hansen

Greetings from the counselor’s office. Brrrrrrrr. Winter is here and with it comes colder temperatures. I know that Jr. High students seem to have an issue with wearing coats even when it is very cold. I understand that. But I also know that it is dangerous for students to be without appropriate clothing when temperatures are as low as they have been. It is common for a staff member to ask “Where is your coat?” and get the response “I don’t have one”. Nine times out of ten this is not true. Most often the case is that the student has chosen not to wear their coat. As I have said in the past if students leave the house with a coat and choose not to put it on that is poor judgment on their part. But if we, as adults, allow them to leave the house (or school) without appropriate clothing for the weather that could certainly be considered neglectful. I know that it would create real problems for parents if we asked students to call home for a coat and I also know that parents don’t always see students when they leave the house in the morning. As a solution I have accumulated a number of “gently used” coats which I will keep in my office. If I see that students are waiting outside or headed home with only a sweatshirt in sub zero temperatures I will ask that they wear one of the coats from my office. If they come home with an unfamiliar coat you will know that is where it came from. If, in fact, they do have a coat at home I would ask that they wear their own coat to school the next day and return the borrowed one. If they are in need of a coat they are welcome to keep the coat they borrowed. I would ask that parents cooperate in our efforts to see that students stay safe and warm. Thanks for your help.

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Important Dates: ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

School resumes at 8:20 a.m., January 3, 2012 Hagen Dance, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., January 6, 2012 Hagen Geography Bee, January 12, 2012 PAC @ 12:00 p.m., January 12, 2012 End of 2nd Quarter, January 13, 2012 NO SCHOOL, January 16, 2012 Report cards sent home, January 18, 2012 Student Council Soup Kitchen, January 26, 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

January 2012

School District Profile Every year the Dickinson Public School District, in cooperation with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, provides an annual progress report on student achievement called the School District Profile. This profile is now available for your review. I encourage you to access and study this important information. This report demonstrates the progress our students are making in terms of our challenging academic standards. You may access the School District Profile for the Dickinson Public School District on the Department of Public Instruction’s website at the following address: To access the various reports, select the Dickinson Public School District and the most recent year available. If you prefer, the staff at the Central Administration Office will provide access to a printed copy for you to review. The annual School District Profile summarizes how well our students performed this past year in reading/ language arts and mathematics on the North Dakota State Assessment and on other academic indicators. The annual School District Profile presents the percentage of students who have achieved proficiency in reading/language arts and mathematics. The Profile also provides our student attendance rates and graduation rates. The Profile reviews the achievement of all students and of specific subgroups of students. Additionally, the Profile indicates the results from our students over two years to those of the State as a whole. The School District Profile for the Dickinson Public School District is an important summary of how well our students are progressing in their basic academic skills. Providing a quality education for our students is everyone’s concern and in order for the school district to improve, we must begin with an understanding of how well our students are performing. We at Dickinson Public Schools take pride in the support we collectively provide our students. Together with the encouragement of our parents and patrons, we will build on our successes to improve and further raise the quality of education within the Dickinson Public School District. I thank you for your continued commitment and support in building a stronger education system in Dickinson. If you have any questions about this or any other issue in the Dickinson School District, please do not hesitate to contact me at 456-0002 or by email at

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

Hagen Junior High School

January 2012

Short Stops

Happy New Year!

New Year’s resolutions can help your child form good habits. This year, have her think of resolutions for your family, like exercising together once a week. Then, come up with a plan, such as walking on Saturday mornings, and motivate each other to stick with it.

Internet pledge

Mr. Perry Braunagel, Principal

Friendly reading Looking for a way to motivate your children to read regularly and enjoy books? Have them turn reading into a social event! Sharing reading with friends can improve comprehension and keep youngsters motivated to read through the middle years. Try these ideas.

To help protect your middle grader when he uses the Internet, consider creating a safety contract. Put rules in writing (“I will not give out personal information,” “I will not talk to strangers”). Then, have him sign the pledge and post it near the computer. Tip: Find sample rules at www.safekids .com/contract.htm.

Your children might plan to read with friends at libraries or at one of their houses. Suggest that they each take a novel to read or share some magazines. This is also a good way to tackle books they’re assigned for class. They can discuss passages they like or ask for help with parts that aren’t clear.

Promptness, please

Book clubs

Being at her desk when the bell rings means your child won’t miss important announcements or class instruction. Suggest that she add a five-minute “cushion” to her morning so she has time to deal with the unexpected (a missing shoe, an early bus).

Worth quoting

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Just for fun Q: A man went out in the rain without an umbrella or a hat, yet not one strand of hair got wet. How is that possible? A: He was bald!

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Reading buddies

Encourage your youngsters to find out whether the public library or school media center offers book clubs. Or they could start their own groups with several classmates. The students can choose a book to read and pick a date to get together and talk about it. Each member could take

several titles to the meetings so the group will have plenty to choose from.

Social networking

Online reading communities are fun places for kids to swap book recommendations and express opinions about what they read. They can rate and review books at Using the site regularly is a good way to keep track of titles they’ve read, too. At www.youarewhatyou, each reader can leave a “bookprint”—a list of all-time favorite books. They’ll also be able to see which books their friends like best, and why.

Go, team! Cheering on the home team with good sportsmanship shows class. Your child can help her school and team earn a nice reputation with these suggestions: ■■Show school pride by wearing team colors on game days and to sporting events. ■■Hold up signs that encourage the home team. (“Go, Hawks!”) Avoid slogans or messages that put opponents down. ■■Join in positive chants and cheers to spur on your team (“De-fense! De-fense!”), and don’t boo the other team. ■■Respect referees’ and officials’ calls by keeping negative thoughts to yourself. Remember that just one angry fan can turn the tide of a crowd. ■■Be courteous to fans, players, and coaches of other teams if you run into them before or after a game.

Middle Years

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Let’s talk!


can tell this really matters to you. Why do you think that is?” ■■“What would you like to see happen?” If your youngster knows she can talk without being judged or lectured, she will be more apt to share her feelings.

Something seems to be on your middle grader’s mind, but you can’t get her to open up. Or you’ve disagreed about a decision, but she’s not interested in talking about it. The words you choose can make a difference in whether discussions take off or end quickly.



These comments invite further conversation by showing you care about what your child has to say. They also demonstrate that you’re willing to listen rather than interrupt with your own opinions or solutions. Try conversation openers such as: ■■“Tell me more about that.” ■■“How do you feel about it?”

Fun with electives One exciting thing about middle school is that your child gets to take electives. Here are ways he can decide which subjects to choose — and get the most out of them. Start by scanning the course offerings together. Look for classes that match his interests (photography, poetry) or that help him explore careers (computer programming, journalism). He can ask his school counselor about specific courses or get input from teachers on what kind of assignments he’ll have. Then, when your tween takes electives, ask him to introduce your family to what he’s learning. You might take family “field trips.” For example, visit an art museum if he’s taking painting, or head to a local creek if he’s studying environmental science. Also, you can show support by attending a school play if he’s in charge of sound effects, or you might display a table that he built in shop class. O







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These phrases can give your middle schooler the impression you’re not interested in a two-way conversation or that you don’t respect her feelings. Try to avoid saying things like: ■■“I’m the adult.” ■■“Don’t argue with me.” ■■“You shouldn’t feel that way.” ■■“You don’t know what you’re talking about.” If your child is afraid you’ll criticize, she’ll be more likely to keep her thoughts to herself.

Q Jump right in! & son waits until the last minute to A startMyschool projects. Then, he ends up stressed out and doesn’t do his best. How can I help him change this?

When it comes to projects, getting started might seem like the hardest part. But the longer your child puts it off, the tougher it can be to do a good job and finish on time. As soon as he knows about a project, he should write the steps in his planner, making sure to allow enough time for each one. For example, to do a science project, he’ll need to gather materials, set up the experiment, collect and record data, and analyze results. If he sees the steps broken down, getting started might not seem overwhelming. Let him know that the important thing is to do something each day, no matter how small, so that he keeps moving forward.

Parent Smart spending to When my daughter around for the best price and thinking Parent Alyssa reached middle carefully about each purchase. I suggested

school, she started asking for money to spend on things like weekend outings and trendy jeans. These extras usually weren’t in my budget, and I wanted her to learn about making good spending choices for herself. I started giving her a small allowance so she could pay for non-necessities and get comfortable managing money. We talked about ways to be responsible with her allowance, like shopping

that she ask herself if she’d rather save the money for something else, if the purchase was something she could wait for, or if she could live without it altogether. Alyssa’s been getting her allowance for a month. Last Saturday, she invited a friend over instead of meeting at the mall for lunch so she could save for jeans. I’m glad she’s learning to make these choices now so she’ll be more prepared to manage her own budget when she’s older.

Healthy Ideas for Middle and High School Students

January 2012

Hagen Junior High School Mr. Perry Braunagel, Principal


TAKES Make-your-own chips

Homemade tortilla chips are healthier than store bought—and they’re easy to make. Just slice tortillas into triangles with a pizza cutter or a knife. Then, spray a baking sheet with nonfat cooking oil, spread tortilla pieces across, and spray them lightly with the oil. Bake 15 minutes at 375º. Serve with salsa.

Beyond the score

Winning games can make your tween or teen feel good. But you might also remind her that another reason to play is to have fun. After a game, ask her about her favorite moments instead of focusing on who won or lost. You’ll send the message that there’s more to playing sports than the score. Did You


Sugar goes by many names. Ingredients ending in “ose” (fructose, lactose, maltose, and more), along with sweeteners like molasses, maple syrup, or fruit juice concentrate, are just other ways to say sugar. Suggest that your child look online for a list so he can recognize sugar by any name on food and drink ingredient lists.


Just for fun Q: What’s a

polar bear’s favorite food?

A: Frozen yogurt!

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An active year Adding exercise to your family’s routine can help your kids stay active and show that you care about being active, too. Here are ideas for getting off on the right foot in 2012. Go for a “moving” night.

Thinking of going to the movies? Consider a more active family outing instead. You might try bowling or laser tag. Sign up for a family league.

Community centers often have just-for-fun leagues like racquetball, handball, or table tennis for adults and teens. See if your family can enter as a team, and try to get friends to sign up their families, too. Build exercise into game nights. Set aside a regular night to play board games, and then make fitness part of the action. For example, do five jumping jacks every time your player is jumped in checkers. Or add cards to the Monopoly deck with options like get out of jail by doing 20 push-ups or advance to Boardwalk by doing 10 crunches. Form a sport-of-the-month club.

Encourage your teen to explore a new

sport by trying a different one as a family each month. You could learn to ice-skate or try out golf by hitting balls at a driving range. Join a fitness center. Become regulars at your community center’s fitness room or open gym. Or look for a low-cost health club in your area. Gyms often have free trials or membership sales. Tip: See if your health insurance plan or employers offer health club discounts.

Pre-workout snacks The right foods can help your teen keep up her energy while playing sports or working out. Review these tips together: ●●The best choices are foods that combine carbohydrates (for quick energy) and protein (for long-term fuel). Examples: a baked potato with a thin layer of melted cheese, a pretzel stick wrapped with lean deli meat. ●●Keep snacks small. Eating too much before a workout can literally weigh your teen down. ●●Avoid high-fat foods. Chips and crackers might be convenient, but they can leave her feeling sluggish. Idea: Point out healthy, easy-to-grab options like low-fat string cheese or graham crackers with fat-free milk. Note: Plan to finish snacks 30 minutes before an activity. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Teen Food & Fitness™

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Keep a food diary

studying). She could also note where she’s eating (friend’s house, in front of the TV). Looking at these factors can help her pinpoint trouble spots and find trends.

If your child is looking for ways to lose weight or to eat healthier, keeping a food diary might be the answer. Consider these steps. 1. Write it down. Suggest that she keep an honest record of what she eats and drinks. She should jot down each item, including the portion size and the time she has it. She might keep her diary in a small notebook, on a laptop, or in a smartphone app. Tip: Encourage her to make entries when she eats, rather than trying to remember it all at the end of the day. 2. Note other factors. Have her note her mood (happy, sad)

and why she’s eating (still hungry after dinner, restless while

3. Review regularly. Your teen should review her eating habits at the end of each week. Suggest that she look for types of foods she’s eating too much of (fast food) or not enough of (vegetables). She can also pay attention to times of the day that she tends to skip meals or reach for cookies. Then, she can use that information to set goals and work on healthier eating habits. Idea: Joining with a friend to keep and review food diaries could help them both stick to a better eating plan.

Q A taste In the Chicken dishes & for lattes K tchen Tired of the same My son Mike likes to drink flaA Q:vored lattes at coffee shops with his

friends. I’m worried about the amount of caffeine he’s drinking, plus the drinks are expensive. Any ideas? A: You might start by letting your son

know that a 16-ounce latte has a lot of caffeine (about 320 milligrams). Remind him that caffeine is a stimulant that can interfere with concentration and sleep. Also, the flavored lattes he likes probably have added sugar and fat. While an occasional latte is okay, encourage him not to make it a habit. Suggest that he try non-caffeinated beverages like hot or iced herbal tea or bottled water. Then, he can still enjoy being with his friends at a coffee shop — while having healthier drinks and saving money. O U R


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old chicken dinners? Try these interesting, but easy, recipes. Slow-cooker spaghetti. Cook 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, a 24-oz. jar of marinara sauce, and 3 tbsp. water in a crockpot on low for 6 hours. Serve over whole-wheat pasta, and top with shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese. Baked chicken tenders. Crush 3 cups

cornflakes (by hand or in a food processor). Dip 2 lb. small chicken pieces into the crumbs, and set on a large


baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350º for 25 minutes. BBQ chicken sandwiches. In a saucepan, bring 1½ cups thick barbecue sauce to medium-high heat. Shred a rotisserie chicken (or 3 cups leftover chicken) into the sauce. Serve on whole-grain hamburger buns.

Drive to the basket

Whether your child is on a basketball team or just likes to shoot hoops, these drills can help her improve her skills—and get exercise! Dribbling. Have her dribble a ball in each hand up and down a basketball court, school blacktop, or driveway. Once she gets faster, she can add cones so she has to zigzag around obstacles while dribbling both balls. Speed. Let her set up three cones or other objects four feet apart

to form a line. She should stand about three feet away from the cones, run to the first one, then back, run to the second cone and back, and so on, up and down the line. She can try this first with running only, and then add dribbling a ball. Shooting. This drill strengthens a teen’s shooting arm. To begin, she should stand flat-footed four feet from a basket, to the side. With one hand, have her bounce the ball off the backboard (not into the basket). Repeat 15 times per side.

Hagen Jr. High School Activity Calendar January 2012 Sun








No School

Classes Resume
















PAC @ Berg 12:00

End of 2nd Quarter


Hagen School Level Geography Bee

7th Basketball (H) Trinity 8th Basketball (H) Trinity






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

24 7th Basketball (H) Simle 8th Basketball (A) Simle


26 7th Basketball (A) Watcher 8th Basketball (H) Wachter Soup Kitchen



Hagen Dance 7:00—9:30

No School





8th Grade Student/ Parent Registration Night 7:00 pm DHS Auditorium

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

Hagen Junior High January Breakfast/Lunch 1/2/2012



Cereal/Scrambled Eggs Juice/Milk Corn Dog Green Beans Pears Milk



Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Hotdog Wrap Baked Beans Orange Milk


NO SCHOOL 1/23/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Chicken Patty Green Beans Pears Milk

1/30/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Spaghetti/Meat Sauce Corn Fruit Cocktail Garlic Toast Milk

Cereal/Muffin Juice/Milk Beefy Nachos Tortilla Chips Carrots Pineapple Milk

1/17/2012 Cereal/Pancakes Juice/Milk Chicken Strips Buttered Noodles Peas Strawberries Milk

1/24/2012 Cereal/Caramel or Cinnamon Roll Juice/Milk Pancakes Sausage Hash Browns Fruit Cocktail Milk

1/31/2012 Cereal/Uncrustables Juice/Milk Pizza Carrots Apple Cookie Milk

1/4/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Chicken Nuggets Rice Peas Peaches Bun Milk

1/11/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Hamburger/Bun French Fries Applesauce Milk

1/18/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Chili with Beans Breadstick Applesauce Milk

1/25/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Taco, Soft/Hard Shell Lettuce/Cheese Peaches Milk

1/5/2012 Cereal/BEC Biscuit Juice/Milk Cheese Pizza Fresh Veggies/Dip Apple Cookie Milk

1/12/2012 Cereal/Fresh Fruit Juice/Milk Ham Patty Scalloped Potatoes Peaches Bun Milk

1/19/2012 Cereal/Breakfast Pizza Juice/Milk Sloppy Joe/Bun Potato Rounds Pears Milk

1/26/2012 Cereal/Yogurt Juice/Milk Turkey & Dressing Mashed Potatoes Gravy Cranberries Bun Pumpkin Bars Milk

1/6/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Crispitos Lettuce/Cheese Tomatoes Peaches Milk

1/13/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Sub Sandwich Peas Pineapple Milk

1/20/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwich Green Beans Pineapple Milk

1/27/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk Tomato Soup Grilled Cheese Peaches Crackers Milk

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