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November Newsletter 2011 Principal Notes

From Perry Braunagel

This year we will be offering two sets of Parent / Teacher Conference dates, the first two dates will be November 2nd & 3rd at the end of 1st quarter and the second set of dates will be March 27th & 28th at the end of 3rd quarter. Parents will call the school to schedule a conference block that will be one hour long, during that block parents will have the opportunity to visit with the individual teachers. We ask that parents limit their time with each teacher to 5 minutes. November 2, 2011 Block 1, Starts at 3:40 Block 2, Starts at 4:40 Block 3, Starts at 5:40

November 3, 2011 Block 1, Starts at 3:40 Block 2, Starts at 4:40 Block 3, Starts at 5:40

Please call the Hagen Jr. High office at 456-0020 to schedule a Parent / Teacher Conference. From October 24 – November 11 all 7th & 8th grade students have been administered the North Dakota State Assessment. I would like to thank the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Dickinson for their donation of 830 bottles of fruit juice that were provided to students during testing sessions. I would also like to thank parents and students for their efforts to make this a great testing session. I would like to remind students and parents of the “Favorite Links” section of our Hagen website @ The link contains hundreds of homework and research sites that include encyclopedias, dictionaries, teacher references and homework links by subject to name a few. American Education Week occurs from November 14th – 18th. This year’s theme is: Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility. During the week of Nov. 15, we will honor individuals who make our public schools a great place to be.

Hagen Jr. High will not be in session on November 11th for Veterans Day and November 24th & 25th for Thanksgiving.

Counselor’s Corner

From Sharon Hansen

Greetings from the counselor’s office. By the time you read this most of our students will have completed the ND State Assessment. We will be scheduling makeup sessions for those who missed school during testing week. These will be done in small groups during the school day. Thank you to Coca Cola Bottling for donating bottles of juice for our students during testing week. The official end of the quarter was October 28. Report cards went out on November 1. Students who find themselves academically ineligible may do a grade report each week to try and become eligible to participate in extra curricular activities. Students who are “grounded” because of grades will be grounded until midterms of second quarter. Please remember that help is available to all students before, during and after school.

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Library News Please remember to stop in the library and visit our Scholastic Book Fair during the Parent/Teacher Conferences on November 2nd and 3rd. We will be having a special drawing for students who bring a parent, grandparent or other adult relative to our book fair on during conference times on November 2nd and 3rd.Browse for books and other fun items at this time or send money for your student to make purchases. It’s not too early to Christmas shop and your purchases help us earn books for our library! (To learn more about our Book Fair please visit Another way to help us earn ‘book money’, is to remember that whenever you shop; you can also earn money for our school if you remember to enter the Amazon website by going through the link on the Hagen homepage. This is an easy, painless way of helping our school; so please remember this especially during the coming holiday shopping season.

Important Announcements: !

No School: November 11, 2011.


AMC 8 Math Test, November 15, 2011.


No School: November 24 & 25, 2011.


2011-2012 Yearbooks can still be purchased for $27.00. Payments can be made in the office.

Notes from the Superintendent Web site: November 2011

American Education Week Horace Mann was born in 1796 and is widely recognized as the father of American public education. Throughout his life, Horace Mann was passionate about public education and believed that public education was the great equalizer. In his view, public education could help to eliminate poverty, reduce crime, and generally contribute to the improvement and welfare of society as a whole. Horace Mann believed that, “Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.� Throughout his life he worked to establish and improve a publicly funded school system that was open to all children of the Nation. In an effort to recognize the value of public education and the many contributions it has made to our society and country, schools across our nation will celebrate American Education Week. The theme for this celebration is Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility. It reflects the calling upon America to provide students with quality public schools so they can grow, prosper, and achieve in the 21st century. This is a time when the parents and community in general can join in expressing appreciation to all individuals who contribute to the education of our children through the public school system. American Education Week presents the community with an opportunity to thank all individuals who are critical to the existence and success of the public school system. It is a time to thank the many individuals in the various positions of the school district who contribute to public education and provide a safe environment for our children. American Education Week is scheduled to occur during the week of November 14-18. During this time, the Dickinson Public School District will be working with local individuals to celebrate the school district and the contributions its employees make to the education of our children and the general welfare of our nation and community. During this week, I hope you will join with me in expressing appreciation to all of the individuals in the school district who provide valuable service in educating the children of Dickinson. Without their commitment and dedication the lives of our children and the quality of our existence would be significantly diminished. Sincerely,

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

Dickinson Public Schools

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For information, call Karen Heidt at 590-0495.

November 2011

Foundation Highlights

Dr. Sullivan is shown with Berg Elementary staff and students and the $5,115 check from the Foundation for their iPads/iPods for Success grant.

2011-2012 Foundation Grant Program The Dickinson Public Schools Foundation has budgeted $20,000 for this year’s grant program. Foundation grants are available to support unique, challenging, innovative projects and programs which enhance the educational experience. We fund projects that go “above and beyond” the school district’s budget. The Foundation has given over $192,000 in grant awards since the Foundation was started in 1989. “It’s from teacher’s special and innovative projects that we learn about things that really engage students….we need to nuture our most creative teachers’ efforts. Basic public funding doesn’t usually cover that kind of innovation.” said Karen Heidt, Director of Development for the Foundation. Teachers and/or administrators in the school district are eligible to apply. Grant applications are due on December 1. Grants will be awarded in January or February of 2012.

“What I spent is gone: What I kept, I lost; But what I gave away Will be mine forever.” Ethel Percy Andrus

School district employees pledged $5,883 to the Foundation through the payroll deduction program. Thank you for your support! The Foundation’s Annual Report will be distributed in November. We hope you enjoy learning more about the Foundation. Please consider making a donation to the Foundation. We have awarded over $192,000 in grants since the Foundation was formed in 1989. The Foundation has awarded over $15,000 in sponsorships over the past 22 years. We currently administer the Jack Carlson scholarship and the Michael Callahn scholarship. We are working with individuals on a few new potential scholarships. Our annual Mystery Dinner Theater which is held in February is the Foundation’s signature event. This is our 7th year. Watch for more information.

Help Wanted DHS alumni web site: We are looking for someone to take over the DHS Alumni website. The developer of the website, Dick Wilz, has stepped down. Dick said that it would take about one hour a week. He is willing to train you over the phone if you are interested. He can be reached at 540-967-3317 or you can contact Karen Heidt at 701590-0495. If you are really techy, he has some great ideas that would improve the alumni website.

Gifts to the Foundation Memorial Gifts Gifts were made in Memory of Lillian Leiss, Edith Kudrna, Margaret Steffan, Michael Herberholz, Scott Grossman and Rocky Kuhn – By Jim & Becky Meduna Thank you for your gifts to the Foundation!

Contact Information-If you would like to make a donation, establish a scholarship, give a memorial gift or discuss planned giving opportunities, contact Karen Heidt, Director of Development at 590-0495.

Healthy Ideas for Middle and High School Students

November 2011

Hagen Junior High School Mr. Perry Braunagel, Principal


flavors TAKES New Herbs and spices give

foods a variety of interesting flavors— and they can be a healthy alternative to salt. Try basil on tomatoes, garlic or chives in mashed potatoes, thyme in omelettes, and nutmeg in pasta.

Drive less, walk more

Once your teen gets his driver’s license, he may want to drive everywhere. Remind him that walking or biking for shorter trips is a good way to exercise. Tip: When he does drive, suggest that he pick farther-away parking spots so he can still do some walking. Did You


Strong ginger tea can soothe stomachaches and prevent nausea. The next time your child isn’t feeling well, offer her a cup. Wash and thinly slice a thumbsized piece of fresh ginger (found in the produce section). Put the pieces in a mug, pour in boiling water, and steep 5–10 minutes. Squeeze in fresh lemon or lime juice, or stir in honey or sugar-free apple cider mix.


Just for fun Q: What did one plate say to the


A: “Lunch is on me!”

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Grocery store know-how Tweens and teens are just a few years away from grocery shopping on their own. Give them a head start on making informed, healthy choices by encouraging them to ask questions like these.

Do I know what the ingredients are? Your teen should be able to recognize the ingredients listed on food packages. Foods with a lengthy list of hard-topronounce chemicals or additives are usually less healthy. What does “nutritious” really mean? Foods like cereal can be marked as “nutritious” when they’re actually high in sugar or sodium. Encourage your child to read the Nutrition Facts box to figure out just how nutritious a product really is. For example, 4 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon — so for a cereal with 12 grams per serving, that’s 3 teaspoons of sugar in one bowl!

Is “nonfat” better for me? Suggest that your youngster be careful with foods marked “low-fat” and “nonfat.” They can still be high in calories. For example, a nonfat cracker has plenty of calories from sugar. Which types of meat are the healthiest? Have your teen read labels for fat content (example: look for ground beef that is 95 percent fat-free, or 95/5). He can also select chicken without skin. Try this: Ask the butcher to point out lean cuts to your teen.

Managing diabetes If your child has diabetes, she needs to monitor her blood sugar carefully. Paying attention to exercise and eating habits can help her stay healthier, too. Remind her to: ●●Exercise regularly. Encourage her to get an hour of activity a day. It will burn calories and keep her blood sugar at safe levels. ●●Eat healthy snacks between meals. Betweenmeal snacking can help your teen maintain blood sugar levels. High-fiber, lowcalorie snacks like apples and whole-grain breads take longer to digest, meaning her sugar levels will rise more slowly. Note: Support groups may help your child stay on track and not feel alone. Check with her doctor’s office or a local hospital for groups where she can learn about eating right—and make friends. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Teen Food & Fitness™

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Keep the weight off

workout interesting. For instance, try a class in Pilates or spinning.

Has your teen worked hard to lose weight? Good for her! Help her stay at a healthy weight by sharing these ideas. 1. Check your “fit” regularly. Paying attention to how your clothes fit can keep your weight in check. Maybe you have a favorite pair of jeans you can try on once a week. If they get snug, you may need to trim calories; too loose, and you might need to add calories. 2. Put fun in your exercise routine. Exercise is vital to weight control. But you might need to try new exercises to keep your

In the

K tchen Lighter Thanksgiving favorites Try these easy recipes for healthier versions of three traditional holiday dishes. Cauliflower mashed potatoes. Peel

2½ lbs. potatoes. Boil with 1 cup chopped cauliflower until tender. Drain and add ½ cup fat-free milk. Whip with a mixer until creamy, and season with pepper. Walnut green beans. Snap the ends off 1 lb. fresh green beans, or thaw frozen beans. Sauté in 1 tbsp. olive oil. Mix with fresh lemon juice and ¼ cup chopped walnuts. Slow-roasted turkey breast. Place a boneless, skinless turkey breast in a slow cooker. Add 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth, 1 tbsp. paprika, and 1 tsp. garlic powder. Cook on low for 8 hours. O U R


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3. Give yourself “wiggle” room. Your weight may

change slightly daily. That’s normal, just as long as you stay within about three pounds of your target. If you go above that, watch your diet more closely until you’re back in your range. 4. Reward yourself. Find ways to celebrate your weight loss that don’t involve food. Maybe you could go shopping for a skirt or pair of pants at your new size. Or celebrate another month at your new weight with an outing to the ice-skating rink or bowling alley.

A running start

There are lots of good reasons for encouraging your youngster to take up running. Here are a few: ●●Finding a place to run is easy, whether it’s around your neighborhood or on a high school track. ●●You don’t have to be athletic to run—just step outside and go! Whether your child is fast or slow, she can enjoy running and reap the benefits. ●●T-shirts, loose-fitting shorts, and sneakers or running shoes are the only equipment she’ll need. ●●She may have to add a jacket in the fall and winter, but in many areas it’s possible to run outside year-round. If not, look for an indoor track at a local community college, YMCA, or rec center. Safety Note: When your teen runs outside, she should let you know what route she’ll take and carry a cell phone. Also, have her stick to sidewalks and avoid running after dark.

Q Get out and play! & Q: My son James would rather do court. When your child has friends over, electronic — watch TV, go offer to drive them to the park to shoot A anything baskets or walk the fitness trail. online, play video games — than

do something physical. How can I get him off the couch? A: Start by setting limits on screen time — say, no more than an hour on school nights. Then, help your son come up with ideas for turning some of his old screen time into physical activity. For example, consider designating an evening a week for active family time. Take turns choosing the activity. You might go to a batting cage or tennis

Also, if you see an article in your local newspaper about an activity he might enjoy, such as a soccer league, share it with him. If teams aren’t his thing, suggest active fun like indoor climbing, weight lifting, or in-line skating that he can do alone or with a friend. Finally, try sharing your favorite sport—maybe your teen can be your new golf, racquetball, or Ping-Pong partner!

Hagen Junior High School

November 2011

Short Stops

The art of compromise

The next time your middle schooler disagrees with a friend, use the opportunity to help her learn about compromise. Encourage her to think of solutions that are acceptable to everyone. For example, she might say, “So you pick the movie this week, and I’ll choose one next week.”

Attention, please

Help your child get the most out of class time. How? Share the SLANT method with him: Sit up straight and near the front, Lean forward, Ask questions, Nod to show you understand, Track the teacher with your eyes.

Curbing foul language

Middle graders might think swear words make them sound cool or grown-up. But explain to your youngster that cursing gives others a bad impression of her and is not acceptable. To help stop it, consider creating a “swear jar”—it will cost a quarter each time a family member uses bad language. At the end of each month, donate the money to a charity.

Worth quoting

“Gratitude consists of being more aware of what you have than what you don’t.” Anonymous

Just for fun

Mr. Perry Braunagel, Principal

Discipline that works Your usually pleasant middle grader kicked his brother when he got frustrated. Or he invited friends over when he was home alone. You know you need to discipline him, but what’s the most effective way at this age? The right consequences can be a useful tool to help your child improve his behavior. Here’s how.

Make it fit

Decide on consequences before you need them. That way, you can choose them carefully. If you wait until your child breaks a rule to announce what will happen, you’re more likely to overreact and come up with something that’s difficult to enforce. (“You’re not going anywhere for a month!”) Be sure to tell your tween about the consequences up front so he knows what to expect.

Make it matter

Tie the results of your middle grader’s behavior to his actions (say, not being able to go out next weekend if he lied

about where he was last weekend). And choose consequences that matter to your child so he cares about their impact. For example, if he texts at the dinner table, he’s likely to be more upset about losing cell phone privileges than being sent to his room.

Make it right

Let your tween know that he must make up for bad behavior. If he throws and breaks the controller after losing a video game, he will have to replace it with his own money. Having to correct the situation will help him stop and think before he does the same thing again.

Teaming with teachers To support your child’s education, put parentteacher conferences high on your to-do list. Here are some tips:

Q: What do you lose every time you stand up?

■■Review your middle grader’s schoolwork and interim reports before the conference. If you see areas where she’s falling short, ask her teachers for suggestions.

A: Your lap.


teachers know about things that might be affecting your child (divorce, parent out of work, deployed family member). This can help teachers understand your child and offer support when necessary. ■■If you need a translator at the conference, request one in advance. Or arrange to take along a friend or family member who can help.

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Middle Years

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Good thinking!

when she has a problem to solve, encourage her to think of several ways to handle it.

Can your middle grader come up with more than one solution for a problem? Determine whether something she reads is valid? Draw conclusions based on what she reads? These are all critical-thinking skills—and your child needs them to thrive in middle school and beyond.

Evaluating information

Solving problems

Share issues that you’re trying to address (“I need to save money on gasoline”). Let your youngster hear you brainstorm solutions: “I could carpool with a coworker, combine errands, or drive the smaller car that gets better gas mileage.” Then,


Sometimes information needs to be remembered in a certain sequence, such as steps in a scientific process or events in history. Suggest that your child write each step or event on a separate index card (without numbering the cards). To study, he can shuffle and reshuffle the cards, putting them back in order until he consistently gets it right.


Your youngster can also use cards to study facts. Have him write each term and its matching fact on separate cards. Examples: vocabulary words and definitions, countries and their capitals. Then, he can shuffle the cards, spread them out facedown, and try to match up pairs.  Idea: Suggest that he make studying into a game by playing with a classmate or family member. Each person could create a set of cards for the other one to put in order or match. O








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Drawing conclusions

Let your child choose a paragraph from a mystery and read it out loud. What does she think is going on? Suggest that she use what she has read to draw conclusions. For instance, if it says, “His hands shaking, Mark turned the key,” she can conclude that Mark is scared or nervous.

Clever cards Here’s a study technique that can help your middle grader remember facts and formulas.

Have your middle grader read an editorial in the newspaper. Ask questions to help her analyze what she has read. Examples: What are the writer’s credentials? Does he use facts and statistics to back up his views? Are they logical? She’ll need to distinguish between facts and opinions and may have to do some research to answer those questions.

Q Help for ADHD & was just diagnosed with ADHD. A HowMycansonI help him be successful in middle school?

If your child doesn’t already have an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or a Section 504 plan, ask the school to create one. The plan should spell out what he needs academically (extra copies of textbooks at home, more time to complete tests, less homework). Also, it’s more important than ever for your son to be organized. Having a daily planner or to-do list can be helpful. He should also sort through his backpack and locker on a weekly basis. At this age, your child needs to be involved in managing his ADHD. Together, discuss strategies he can use to help himself. For instance, he might call a friend to double-check on assignments each evening or take a homework break every 20 minutes. Suggest that he experiment with ideas and see what works best for him.

Parent Cooking up healthy meals to Our family had a habit bread. For another meal, I put chuck Parent of grabbing roast, potatoes, carrots, and onions in a fast food because it was convenient. After reading several articles that said home-cooked meals are healthier than most fast food, I decided to make a change. I started with a goal of three homecooked dinners a week. I made a list of the items I needed for each meal and went shopping. One night, I made a tossed salad and salmon and added a loaf of hot, crusty

slow cooker before I went to work, and dinner was ready when I got home. We still get takeout sometimes, but we’re making healthier choices. Last week, we ordered a thincrust pizza with light cheese and vegetables. Eating at home is a lot easier than I expected. And my family is eating foods that are more nutritious.

Hagen Junior High November Breakfast/Lunch Menu 11/1/2011




Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk

Cereal/Breakfast Pizza Juice/Milk

Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk

Pepperoni Pizza Fresh Veggies Fruit Cocktail Chocolate Chip Cookies Milk

Spaghetti/Meat Sauce Italian Bread Corn Apples Milk

Sub Sandwich Turkey/Ham/Cheese Lettuce Peaches Milk

Chicken Patty/Bun Green Beans Pears Milk




Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk

Cereal/Caramel Rolls Juice/Milk

Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk

Cereal/Yogurt Juice/Milk

Hot Dog Wrap Baked Beans Fruit Cocktail Milk

Popcorn Chicken Rice Peas Applesauce Milk

Crispitos Lettuce/Cheese Peaches Milk

Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwich Green Beans Pineapple Milk



Cereal/BEC Biscuit Juice/Milk







Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk

Cereal/Muffins Juice/Milk

Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk

Cereal/Fresh Fruit Juice/Milk

Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk

Chili with beans Peaches Cinnamon Roll Cheese Crackers Milk

Breakfast for Lunch Sausage Hashbrowns Oranges Milk

Corn Dog Green Beans Pears Pudding Cup Milk

Turkey & Dressing Mashed Potatoes Gravy Cranberries Buns Pumpkin Bars Milk

Chicken Strips Rice Peas Pineapple Milk




Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk

Cereal/Scrambled Eggs Juice/Milk

Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk

Lasagna Corn Strawberries Bun Milk

Taco's Soft/Hard Shell Cheese/Lettuce/Salsa Apples Milk

Tomato Soup Grilled Cheese Peaches Cookies Milk




Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk

Cereal/Uncrustables Juice/Milk

Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk

Sloppy Joe/Bun Chips Pears Pickles Milk

Chicken Fajitas Lettuce/Cheese Peaches Milk

Hamburger/Bun French Fries Applesauce Milk





Hagen Jr. High School Activity Calendar November 2011 Sun








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

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






Parent/Teacher Conference 3:40-6:40

Parent/Teacher Conference 3:40-6:40





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

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

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


Wrestling (A) Simle



29 7th Basketball (H) Mandan 8th Basketball (A) Mandan

17 PAC Meeting 12:00 @ Berg

Wrestling (A) Horizon





5 Wrestling (H) Glendive



No School

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




18 7th Basketball (A) Trinity 8th Basketball (A) Trinity



No School

No School

19 Wrestling (H) Tournament


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