November Newsletter 2012 Principal Notes
from Dr. Lewton
The first quarter is officially over and students will be bringing home report cards on Friday, November 2 nd. This year you will notice a grade for behavior. This grade is based on the respect, responsibility, and cooperation your child has shown in the classroom. Students will receive an (E) excellent, (S) satisfactory or (N) needs improvement grade. Please talk to your child about these expectations and how they relate not only to school and home, but their future careers. On November 6th and 7th, parents will have the opportunity to attend parent teacher conferences. I hope you took the opportunity to call in and schedule a block of time to meet with your childâ€™s teachers. If not read the information below please. This year we will be offering two sets of parent/ teacher conference dates, the first two dates will be November 6 th and 7th at the end of 1st quarter. The second set of dates will be April 3rd and 4th at the end of 3rd quarter. Parents should call the school to schedule a conference block that will be one hour long, during which parents will have the opportunity to visit with individual teachers. We ask that parents limit their time with each teacher to 5 minutes. November 6th, 2012 Block 1, starts at 3:40 Block 2, starts at 4:40 Block 3, starts at 5:40
November 7th, 2012 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. Any parents interested in being a member of the parent Advisory Committee (PAC), should contact me at 456-0020. The PAC meeting this month is on November 15th in the Berg Professional Development Room at 12:00 p.m. Every five years, the Dickinson School District goes through an accreditation process to improve practices in the school system. We value your opinion and ask that you take a few minutes to complete this survey before November 16th. The survey can be found on the Hagen Junior High Schoolâ€™s Website at http://www.dickinson.k12.nd.us/hjh/
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Do you find yourself reminiscing about your years in junior high and then you break out the old yearbooks for a good laugh? Treat your child to the same wonderful experience by purchasing an all-color yearbook for only $27! You may send cash or check to school or for your convenience we have set up a link on the Hagen website so you can order by credit card online. If you are not sure if you purchased a yearbook during registration please email Kristal Fields at firstname.lastname@example.org.
from Jessica Friestad
We ended the month of October with a fun and successful first Junior High dance of the year; and now November, a month for voting, conferences, giving thanks, and raking leaves, is bound to be just as enjoyable! Each month I will be doing a Guidance Lesson with students in a designated classroom. September’s guidance lesson was “Study Skills”, October’s lesson was “Cyberbullying/Bullying”, and November’s lesson will focus on “Tolerance”. The population of North Dakota is steadily becoming more and more diverse. Students and staff members at Hagen Junior High are fortunate to be able to share their educational experience with students from all over the country. In conjunction with this excitement and enrichment, we are faced with the challenge to maintain a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from our own. I believe that tolerance should be taught and practiced at home as well as in the classroom. We are through the Reading and Language portion of the ND State Assessment and will resume testing on November 5 th. We will be testing Math from 9:13-11:14. Please make a conscious effort to have your student in school during that time. This will conclude the testing portions for 7th graders. The 8th graders will wrap up testing with the Science portion on November 6th & 7th. This portion of the test will be conducted during regularly scheduled science classes.
Library News It’s harvest time! It’s pumpkin time! Participate in the library’s pumpkin contest. Your entry may earn you a gift certificate to our up-coming book fair! You just need to paint or carve a pumpkin to represent a favorite book or literary character. Bring your pumpkin to the library by November 5th to enter this contest. The public library is looking for teens interested in participating in their Teen Advisory Group. This group is open to all who are interested. Get involved! Hang-out! Contribute! Be heard! Have fun! You can earn volunteer hours, recommend books and movies for the library, help plan teen programs and events, and help out in other ways at the public library. See Mrs. Fisher or Mrs. Olson for a brochure and more information on this program. Don’t forget to stop in the library and visit our Scholastic Book Fair during the Parent/Teacher Conferences on November 6th and 7th. We will be having a special drawing for students who bring a parent, grandparent or other adult relative to our book fair during conference times. 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 or order online please visit: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/hagen. You will only be able to shop at this website from October 31st to November 20th.) Another way to help us earn ‘book money’ is to remember that whenever you shop Amazon.com, 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: ! Parent/Teacher Conferences, November 6 & 7, 3:40 PM – 6:40 PM ! NO School, Veteran’s Day observation, November 12 ! AMC 8 Math Test, November 13 ! NO School, Thanksgiving break, November 22 & 23
Notes from the Superintendent Web site: www.dickinson.k12.nd.us
EMERGENCY CALL SYSTEM The Dickinson Public Schools has utilized an emergency call system to notify parents about weather emergencies for the past two years. Thankfully, it was not necessary to utilize the system last school year due to the mild and temperate weather we experienced. This system, called Alert Now, is provided free of charge to all parents who provide contact information during registration. Alert Now establishes the emergency calling system by extracting phone numbers provided during registration that the district maintains in its database. The emergency call system database maintained by Alert Now is updated on a nightly basis. When a phone number is changed parents can have their emergency contact information updated by contacting the appropriate building secretary where the children attend school. When the Alert Now system is activated: Caller ID will display the Central Office main phone number (701-456-0002) when a general announcement is delivered. Caller ID will display 411 if the message is a dire emergency. Alert Now will leave a message on any answering machine or voice mail. If the Alert Now message stops playing, press”1” and the message will replay from the beginning. It is the hope of the school district that parents will find the system to be convenient and useful when it is necessary to make an emergency contact. It also our hope that the weather will cooperate and it will not be necessary to utilize the Alert Now system. If it is necessary to update your phone contact information please contact the appropriate building secretary to help guarantee all contact information is current. If you have any questions about this topic or any other issue in the Dickinson Public Schools, please do not hesitate to contact me at 456-0002 or through email at email@example.com.
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Foundation Awards Grant The Dickinson Public Schools Foundation recently announced the 2012 scholarship awards which are administered by the Dickinson Public Schools Foundation. Michael Callahan Hockey Scholarship - Michael Porter was awarded the Michael Callahan Hockey Scholarship at the 2012 Dickinson Hockey Banquet. Michael is attending the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering. Jack Carlson Memorial Scholarship – Dallas Zastoupil was awarded the Jack Carlson Memorial Scholarship at the Spring Sports Awards. The scholarship was developed to continue Mr. Carlson’s legacy of “making a difference in the lives of young kids.” This is the ninth year of the $1,000 scholarship awarded by the Carlson family to a Dickinson High School graduating senior. Past recipients include: 2004-Jeremy Burgard, 2005-Josh Krieg, 2006-Brittney Uttech, 2007-Joan Selle, 2008-Skylar Beaudoin, 2009-Challis Williams, 2010-Megan Michaelson and 2011Kara Froelich. Dallas is attending Bismarck State. He is pursuing a major in Process Plant Technology. Nancy Joy Sjursen Music Scholarship – Luke Shields was awarded the Nancy Joy Sjursen Music Scholarship at the Spring Music Concert. This is the first year of the scholarship which was created by Nancy’s family and her classmates to continue Nancy’s love of music. Luke is attending UND.
Cecil B. Risser Memorial Scholarship - Amanda Stoltz received the Cecil B. Risser Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was developed in honor of former DHS Principal Risser for his distinguished service and contribution to the field of education. The scholarship was established in 1972 by the family and a scholarship was awarded through 1983. Past recipients include: Lili Stewart, Nancy Sjursen, Dan Thornton, LeeAnn Schneider, Kelly Hamers, Eddie Kadrmas, Ann Kloster, John Wittmayer and Michelle Fleming. In his memory, Patrick and Janice O’Neill, (both DHS graduates) established the scholarship this year for a deserving senior going into education. Amanda is pursuing a degree in education at the University of Mary. Congratulations to the scholarship recipients! The Dickinson Public Schools Foundation manages the scholarship funds. If you are interested in establishing a scholarship or donating to one of these scholarships, contact Karen Heidt, Director of Development, at 590-0495. Scholarship applications will be available from DHS counselors in December.
DPS Employees Donate to Foundation Sixty-seven Dickinson Public Schools employees have pledged $5,297 through the Foundation’s payroll deduction program. Their donations will help support the Foundation’s grant program. Thank you for your support! Their support shows their commitment to our students and “enhancing education” for our students. 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.
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Gifts to the Foundation Thank you for your gifts to the Foundation! Scholarships – Nancy Joy Sjursen Music Scholarship - Ralph & Harriet Sjursen $500 Cecil B. Risser Memorial Scholarship – Patrick & Janice O’Neill $500 In Honor of Jay & Tina Pearson – By Frank & Louise Pearson Donations Donations were received from the DHS Class of 1962 and Bobbi Miller Oxy, Inc. - $2,000 donation Kovash & Dasovick - $400 inkind donation
Memorials Gifts- In Memory of Charles & Margie Krahler (Karen Heidt’s mother and father) – By Mary Massad & Mark Froehlich, Nelda Krein, Jim & Gloria Ciavarella, Debby Thompson, Deb & Gary Conlon, Jay Bleth, Ray & MaryPat Bruels, Jan Fields, Jackson & Marisa Armstrong, Jen Grosz, DPS Foundation Board Members Chris Carlson - By Debby Thompson, Christian & Lisa Kostelecky, Dr. Al & Maria King, Chad & Madawna Love, Jim & Gloria Ciavarella, Deb & Gary Conlon, Dorothy Martinson George Peters – By Hagen Jr. High staff Marino Steinolfson – By Rhoda Hilden, Nelda Krein, Hagen Jr. High Staff Clarence Thompson – By Ray & MaryPat Bruels Barbara Gutenkunst – By Hagen Jr. High Staff Doug LaPlante – By Deborah Thompson, Carl & Esther Larson, Del Quigley Doris Zander (Bonnie Ficek’s mother) – By Cheryl & Ken Grossman Mike Herberholz (Carla Fettig’s father) –By Scott & Tammy Meschke, Jim & Becky Meduna, Cheryl Grossman Jim & Carolyn Lisko – By Jan Fields & Jennifer Garcia Ernie Miller – By Jan Fields &Jennifer Garcia Lee Leiss – By Debby Thompson Bertha Schank- By Kirkwood Bank & Trust Elizabeth Kleingartner (Leon Kleingartner’s mother) – By Deb & Gary Conlon Paula Skabo – By Leland & Joan Skabo
Bucky Thompson – By Jan & Bill Fields & Jennifer Garcia, Del Quigley & Families, Jim & Rosie Perdaems, Jim & Gloria Ciavarella, Terry & Nancy Gerderer, Stan & Diane Hausauer, Louise & Elmer Dukart, Ron & Sandy Ficek, Terry & Deb O’Brien, Nelda Krein, Robbie Krieg Duttenhefer, Matt & Kim Glasoe, Albert & Donna Wolf, Vince & Pam Reep, Fern Pokorny, Tom & Darlene Henning, Donovan & Mandy Slag, Jessica Billadeau, Scott & Darla Hoffman, Ellen & Mike Getz, Mary & Dan Herold, Lyle & Tammy Berndt, Bob & Alice Karn, Hagen Cooks, Estrella Treude, Jim & Terry Glasser, Jean Steiner, Bob & Raylene Hebert, Louie & Jean Braun, Tim & Cheryl Lantz, Hagen Staff, Sherry & Lewis Heaton, Jill & Ariana Wetzstein, Mick & Gayle Homiston, Joan Walton, Blasé & Terri Deichert, Justin & Chris Kruger, Terrence & Eileen Rohr, Darrell & Linda Binek, Ann & Marilyn Meissner, Helene Zelaya, John & Dot Martinson, Bruce & Sandy Behm, Pat & Craig Dennis, Ken & Jean Delap, Gordon & Sandy Schnell, Julie & Larry Langemo, Carolyn & Pat Blake, Pat & Von Riddle, Al & Cindy Koppinger, Scott & Naomi Obrigewitch, Gayle & Larry Selle, Curt & Carol Glasoe, LeRoy & Carla Fettig, Barb & Vern Nelson, Sam & Donna Pasicznyk, Al & Maria King, Keith & Pat Kilber, Ken & Cheryl Grossman, Connie Klein, Joan Allen, Steve & Nancy Keinzle, Jan Biederstedt, Marilyn & Erv Kessel, Frank & Muriel Lewis, TJ & Carol Herauf, Ken & Chris Zander, Laurie & Anna Tescher, Bernice Mueller, Cary & Jolene Gress, Roger & Paula Stone, Rhonda & Chad Kraenzel, LeRoy & Jeanne Boespflug, Gordon & Sandy Kadrmas, Fran & MaryAnn Reisenauer, Karen & Roque Kadrmas, James & Mary Irsfeld, Anna Frank, Laurie & Dave Summerfield, Bill & Shirley Andrus, Kim & Calvin Kuhn, Arnie & Sue Kuhn, Ray & MaryPat Bruels, Debby Thompson & Children, DHS Caring Committee, Jon & Eve Stika, Jane Cornell, Gary & Beth Selle, Karen Heidt & Family
Healthy Ideas for Middle and High School Students
A. L. Hagen Junior High School Dr. Marcus Lewton, Ed.D., Principal
chickpea snack TAKES Easy For a crunchy, healthy treat, try roasted chickpeas. Toss chickpeas from a 15 oz. can (drained, rinsed) with 1 tbsp. olive oil, –21 tsp. each garlic powder and cumin, and a dash of chili powder. Spread on a cookie sheet, and bake for 45 minutes at 350º. Did You
Child health experts Know recommend that tweens get a cholesterol test. The blood test allows your tween’s doctor to catch high cholesterol levels and recommend diet and lifestyle changes if necessary. Lowering high cholesterol now can keep youngsters from developing heart disease and other chronic illnesses later in life.
Hula-hoop workout Has your teen put away her hula hoop now that she’s older? Suggest that she take it back out for a fun mini-workout. Along with toning the stomach muscles, 10 minutes of hula hooping burns 100 calories. Try timing her to see how long she can go without the hula hoop falling from her hips. Then, give it a try yourself!
Just for fun Q: What do you have if you have 8
cucumbers in one hand and 10 potatoes in the other? A: Really big hands!
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Staying healthy This winter, help your teen avoid the sniffles by reviewing these healthy habits. You might also mention that staying healthy means she won’t miss school — or hanging out with her friends!
Eat fruits, vegetables Seasonal fruits like oranges and grapefruit are full of vitamin C, which can help fend off colds. To boost her whole immune system, have your child get plenty of vitamin A from dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale.
Be active Make physical activity part of her daily routine. Even 20 minutes of moderate to intense exercise like jogging or brisk walking can cut her chances of getting sick. Let her know that exercise builds up her body’s immunity-boosting cells to keep her healthy long after her workout ends.
Sleep on it Getting enough sleep — around 9 hours nightly for tweens and teens — is vital for fighting off illnesses. Have your
teen keep a sleep journal for a week, noting the time she goes to bed and the time she wakes up. She might realize she’s not getting enough rest when she sees the numbers.
Guard against germs Your teen probably already knows the importance of washing her hands after using the restroom and sneezing. But does she realize that everyday electronic devices like cell phones, TV remotes, and computer keyboards are breeding grounds for germs, especially during cold and flu season? Encourage her to clean off these devices regularly with an antibacterial wipe.
Lactose intolerant? Does your youngster experience frequent stomachaches or other digestive problems after he eats? He might be lactose intolerant, an uncomfortable but not life-threatening condition. Here are ways to find out: ● Look for symptoms. When your child eats dairy products (milk, ice cream, cheese), have him watch how he feels 30 minutes to 2 hours later. ● Try going dairy-free. If there seems to be a link, suggest that he go without dairy products for 2 weeks. Does he feel better? ● See a doctor. Your pediatrician may recommend a simple test to determine if your youngster is lactose intolerant. If the test is positive, he can try substitutes like soy milk or use over-the-counter enzyme pills to help him digest milk products. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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Avoid hidden sugar. Have him
review food labels to see if sugar is a main ingredient (one of the first ingredients listed). Explain that “high fructose corn syrup” and other ingredients ending in “-ose” are really sugar. For example, he might be surprised to find that ketchup and salad dressings are often high in sugar. Tip: Look for sugar-free or low-sugar options in foods like cereals, granola bars, and sauces.
Taming a sweet tooth can be a challenge. Help your teen get started with changes like these. Choose water. Soda and fruit drinks are the leading source of sugar in a teen’s diet. Encourage your child to drink water or fat-free milk instead. If he wants something carbonated, suggest mixing freshsqueezed lemon juice in club soda or drinking flavored seltzer water.
Handle cravings. Help your teen come up with alternatives to
sugar when he wants something sweet. Together, brainstorm a list and post it on the refrigerator. A few ideas might be to reach for fresh fruit, chew sugarless gum, or have a cup of herbal tea. Or he could get busy with something else and wait 15 minutes to see if he is still craving a sweet.
Q Helping picky & eaters A Q: I want to encourage my son to
try new foods, especially vegetables. What can I do to get my picky eater to be, well, less picky?
A: It can take a dozen tries before your child decides that he likes a new food. To make trying new foods interesting rather than a chore, consider these ideas:
● Visit grocery stores that offer free food samples. Your teen might be more willing to try something new when he sees others doing the same. ● Order healthy appetizers and sides instead of an entrée when you eat out. That way, your son can sample several different kinds of foods. ● Have your teen make dinner once a week with the understanding that he’ll use one new ingredient each time. If he cooks the food, he’s more likely to eat it—and enjoy it! O U R
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No time to exercise? This routine can fit into the busiest of schedules. Encourage your child to work up to 15 repetitions per exercise. 1. Burpees. Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Squat down, and place your hands on the ground in front of you. Kick your legs back into a push-up position, and do one push-up. Bring your legs back to the squat position, and stand up. 2. Weighted sit-ups. Lie on your back with your arms at your sides and a light weight (2–5 pounds) in each hand. Start a sit-up, and as your chest comes toward your knees, do bicep curls with the weights. Then, roll back to the original position. 3. Jump squats. Stand with your legs apart and your arms down. Bend at the knees, and bring your fingers to the ground between your legs. Straighten your legs as you reach your arms up high, and jump.
K tchen Turkey leftovers Your family won’t mind eating leftovers with these tasty meal ideas! Quesadillas. Place a whole-wheat flour tortilla in a skillet (coated with cooking spray) over medium-high heat. Sprinkle with –12 cup cut-up turkey and –41 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese. Top with another tortilla, and cook on both sides until the cheese melts. Alfredo. Boil penne pasta, adding broccoli florets (fresh or frozen) during the final two minutes. Drain,
and return the pasta and broccoli to the pot. Stir in 1 cup turkey pieces, 4 oz. nonfat cream cheese, –41 cup fatfree milk, and –41 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Soup. In a stockpot, bring 2 tsp. olive
oil to medium-high heat. Add –12 cup each chopped celery, carrots, and onions. Cook until softened. Stir in 4 cups chicken broth, a 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, 2 cups cubed turkey, and –12 cup cooked brown rice. Simmer until heated through.
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Although your tween is too young to vote in this month’s elections, he can still get involved. Take him to the polls with you, and talk about your choices. Then, watch the election results together. It’s a great way for him to see citizens participating in government—and to prepare for voting when he’s older.
The “write” word Students sometimes think long, fancy words sound impressive. But short, simple words can have more impact if they make writing clearer. Suggest that your child replace complicated words with easier ones and then read both versions aloud (“She wore an undecorated frock” vs. “She wore a plain dress”). Which sounds better?
Thinking of others Being thoughtful can improve your middle grader’s relationships. Encourage him to work on this at home. If he gets a glass of water, he could ask his sister if she wants one, too. Or he might offer the computer to another family member when he realizes he’s been on it for a while.
Worth quoting “It’s okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are our teachers —they help us to learn.” John Bradshaw
Just for fun Teacher: Do you know the 20th president of the United States? Student: No. We were never introduced!
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Controlling impulses If your tween can be impulsive, blame it on science: the part of her brain that controls impulses won’t be fully developed until her early 20s. In the meantime, here are some ways you can help her practice self-control. Focus on the future Encourage your child to think things through ahead of time. For instance, remind her to consider her schedule before making plans (“I have jazz practice Thursday afternoon, so I can’t go to Andrea’s that day”). Also, try having discussions that help her visualize next week, next year, or even 10 years from now. You could ask about her weekend plans, her goals for summer vacation, or her ideal career. Practice patience Learning to wait for what she wants will help your middle grader build selfdiscipline. Talk about how you avoid acting on impulse when it comes to things such as shopping or eating. You might say, “I would like to buy this outfit, but I’m going to save the money toward a
new couch” or “Ice cream sounds so good right now, but let’s enjoy it after dinner.” Encourage cooling down If your youngster gets angry or upset, she needs self-control to avoid saying or doing something she will regret. Help her recognize signs that her feelings are escalating, and brainstorm ways she can handle them before they spiral out of control. For example, if her face is flushed and she feels like screaming during a disagreement, she could say, “Let’s discuss this another time,” and then walk away.
Read for pleasure How can you get your child to read more often? One way is to help him find books he enjoys. Try these suggestions: ■ Surround
him with reading materials. When you see books you think he’d like, try leaving them on his nightstand or in the car. You can also scatter comic books, fact books, and joke books around the house. This may encourage him to read when he has a few minutes.
your middle grader find new favorites. He might ask a librarian what’s popular with kids his age. Or he could type titles he enjoyed into an online bookstore—the site will list other books by the same author and suggest similar titles by other writers.
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Ways to prevent plagiarism
Use multiple references. Relying too heavily on one source can lead to presenting the information as original work. Instead, your youngster should use facts and ideas from several places, summarize information, and draw his own conclusions.
Your middle grader knows he’s not supposed to copy others’ work when he writes a paper. But he might not always be sure how to use information without passing it off as his own. Share these tips to help him avoid plagiarism. Cite sources. Your child should list each book or website that he uses for a research paper. Depending on his teacher’s guidelines, sources might go in the body of the paper or in a footnote or bibliography. Quotation marks go around exact quotes.
Write from scratch. Remind him to craft his own sentences and paragraphs. Let him know that replacing a few words or moving sentences around is not enough. Note: Facts that are common knowledge don’t need to be cited. When your child is in doubt, he can check with his teacher.
Discover the past
Q Ready for conferences
Exploring your family’s heritage can make history come alive for your child. These fun activities will let her investigate the past.
I want to be prepared for my upcoming parent-teacher conferences. What should I expect now that my daughter is in middle school?
Try talking to your daughter ahead of time about the conference. Ask her what she wants her teachers to know, such as what she likes and dislikes about each class. During the conference, share her excitement (“Jenna really enjoys the science experiments”) and bring up concerns (“Jenna said she’s having trouble with the group project”). Also, carry a pen and paper so you can take notes. Before you leave the conference, go over what you and the teacher decided (“So I’ll sign off on her homework each night, and you’ll let me know if she doesn’t turn in Spanish assignments”). At home, follow up with your child so she knows what you discussed.
Suggest that your middle grader research the countries or states that her relatives came from. She can look at a map to find the capital city or learn which mountain ranges are nearby. Then, have her look for more information in library books or on websites. For example, she might read a novel set in 1900s China to learn about life for her great-grandparents.
Artifacts Encourage your tween to explore artifacts (objects that give us information about the past). She might ask relatives to share pictures, documents, and keepsakes. Perhaps she’ll notice that some are related to what she’s studying in school (say, letters her grandfather received while serving in the Vietnam War). O
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Parent Someone to look up to to above the law because they’re talented My son Elias loves Parent sports, and famous. and he really admires his favorite players. When one was arrested recently, Elias shrugged and said, “He’s still a great player, and he’s not the only one to get in trouble.” My first instinct was to lecture Elias, but instead I said he was right: the player is talented, and too many celebrities are getting in trouble. But I asked, “Why do you think that is?” Eventually, he said maybe they feel they’re
Now I show Elias articles about people who are truly worth looking up to, like firefighters who save lives and folks who are cleaning up our town creek. And when a teenage neighbor helped organize a canned-food drive, I introduced him to my son. I think it made an impact— Elias said he never realized how many local families don’t have enough to eat. He still admires athletes for winning games and setting records, but he has discovered heroes off the field, too.
Hagen Junior High November Breakfast/Lunch Menu 11/1/2012
Chili with beans Corn Fruit Cocktail Cinnamon Roll Milk
Hot Dog/Bun Baked Beans Pears Milk
Cereal/Caramel Rolls Juice/Milk
Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwich Green Beans Pineapple Milk
Breakfast for Lunch Sausage Hashbrowns Orange Milk
Pepperoni Pizza Corn Fruit Cocktail Cookie Milk
Sub Sandwich Turkey/Ham/Cheese Lettuce Baked Beans Peaches Milk
Taco's Soft/Hard Shell Cheese/Lettuce/Salsa Apples Milk
11/12/2012 Cereal/Toast Juice/Milk
Cereal/Breakfast Pizza Juice/Milk
Crispitos Lettuce/Cheese Pears Milk
Corn Dog Green Beans Peaches Milk
Turkey & Dressing Mashed Potatoes Gravy Cranberries Bun Pumpkin Bar Milk
Hamburger/Bun Potato Rounds Applesauce Milk
Cereal/Scrambled Eggs Juice/Milk
Chicken Nuggets Rice Carrots Oranges Milk
Macaroni & Cheese Polish Sausage Peas Pineapple Milk
Taco's Soft/Hard Shell Cheese/Lettuce/Salsa Apples Milk
Cereal/BEC Biscuit Juice/Milk
Sloppy Joe/Bun French Fries Applesauce Pickles Milk
Pepperoni Pizza Green Beans Fruit Cocktail Cookie Milk
Spaghetti/Meat Sauce Corn Apples Garlic Toast Milk
Chicken Patty/Bun Peas Pears Milk
Tomato Soup Grilled Cheese Sandwich Mandarin Oranges Milk
Hagen Jr. High School Activity Calendar November 2012 Sun
7 Girls BB (A) St. Mary’s 8 Girls BB (A) St. Mary’s
8 Girls BB (H) Mandan
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences
7 Girls BB (A) Horizon
7 Girls BB (A) Mandan
8 Girls BB (H) Horizon
11 12 Veterans No Day School
8 Girls BB (H) Simle
8 Girls BB (A) Wachter
7 Grils BB (A) Simle
7 Girls BB (H) Wachter
8 Grils BB (A) Mandan 7 Girls BB (H) Mandan
27 8 Girls BB (A) Horizon 7 Girls BB (H) Horizon
22 No School
JH Dance Team Century
23 No School
JH Wrestling Lemmon inv.