October Newsletter 2012 Principal Notes
from Dr. Lewton
We are approximately 30 days into the school year, more than 1/8 of the way finished. I hope you have had time to monitor your studentâ€™s grades and behavior via the Powerschool website. If you misplaced your username and password please call Amy at the front office 456-0020. I also hope you have the opportunity to attend parent teacher conferences this fall on November 6 th and 7th. This year we will be offering two sets of parent/ teacher conference dates, the first two dates will be November 6th 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 November 7th Block 1, starts at 3:40 Block 1, starts at 3:40 Block 2, starts at 4:40 Block 2, starts at 4:40 Block 3, starts at 5:40 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 4560020. The PAC meeting this month is on October 11h in the Berg Professional Development Room at 12:00 p.m. Some parents may have questions regarding the Hagen Junior High School policy of being respectful, responsible, and cooperative. At Hagen we have zero tolerance toward students who choose not to act respectful, responsible, and cooperative. Students are disciplined in a positive manner through the use of a Behavioral Intervention Form (BIF). If a student accumulates too many BIFs a team of teachers determine appropriate discipline for that student. Examples of discipline might be grounding in their planner, detention after school, or attendance in a class on respect, responsibility, and cooperation. Please assist us in creating and maintaining a respectful, responsible, and cooperative environment at Hagen by monitoring your childâ€™s discipline through Powerschool (found under discipline). When picking up students immediately after school please do not park in the no parking area designated for bus pickup along 4th Ave parallel to Berg Elementary. The police department has indicated they will be monitoring this area after school to insure quick and safe pickup of students that ride the bus.
from Jessica Friestad
I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful autumn weather! The 2012-2013 school year is in full swing. We are beginning to wrap up NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) testing. Midterm progress reports have been sent home with students and the eligibility list has been compiled and sent out to all staff. Please review our policy regarding eligibility in terms of “being grounded to your planner” as well as how it pertains to participation in sports. Students who are ineligible should check their grades each Thursday to determine if they are eligible to participate in sporting events the following week. It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of their eligibility. October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness month AND Red Ribbon week. This year, members of the Student Council will be creating Anti-Bullying posters to display around the school. We are asking all students and staff to participate in “Blue Shirt Day” on Wednesday, October 10th to recognize Hagen Junior High’s efforts to “stomp out bullying”. We will be participating in Red Ribbon week October 15-17th. Red Ribbons will be handed out for each student to wear. Prizes will be given out at the end of the day to students who are drawn randomly and are wearing their ribbon. The first quarter ends on October 26th. Administration of the NDSA (North Dakota State Assessment) will begin October 22nd. This assessment is what the state uses to determine Adequate Yearly Progress. It is important that all students are well rested, have a good breakfast, come prepared, and are ready to give their best efforts. It would be helpful if students could avoid having any appointments during this time period. Results are useful to determine which skills have been mastered and which ones need to improve to achieve further success. Results can also be used to help students in achieving awards and to determine special needs placement.
Music News Hagen Junior High Fall Concert Schedule 8th Grade Band and Choir Concert Monday, October 29 7:00 PM 7th Grade Band and Choir Concert Tuesday, October 30 7:00 PM Both concerts are held in the Hagen gym. A small admission is charged at the door.
There is still time to buy a Hagen yearbook for the 2012-2013 school year and we have made it more convenient for you! Log on to the Hagen website – www.dickinson.k12.nd.us/hjh/ and click on the yearbook link. Follow the instructions and pay for the book using a credit card. It’s that easy! Yearbooks are $27 until Dec. 31 and then they go up to $30 after Jan. 1, 2013. They are handed out on the last day of school. Get yours TODAY!!
Greetings from the library! This month we will be holding a pumpkin decorating contest in the library. We ask that all participants decorate a pumpkin to represent a character from a favorite book. Bring your pumpkin to the library during the week of October 29th – November 2nd and enter to win a prize for the “Best Pumpkin”. The number of prizes and categories will be determined by the number of entries that we receive. We should also have our first book fair of the school year set up by the beginning of November; so that it can run through the parent teacher conferences which are being held early that month. Finally, we will be setting up a number of new student orientations during Opportunity Time in October. In the meantime, please do not be afraid to visit with Mrs. Fisher or Mrs. Olson about any library concerns that you have.
Important Announcements: ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Midterms sent home with students, September 26 NO School, NDEA Convention, October 18 & 19 Picture Re-takes, October 22 School Dance, 7:00 – 9:30 PM, October 26 End of 1st Quarter, October 26 8th Grade Fall Concert, 7:00 PM, October 29 7th Grade Fall Concert, 7:00 PM, October 30 Early Dismissal at 1:30 PM, October 31
Notes from the Superintendent Web site: www.dickinson.k12.nd.us October 2012
PARENTAL PARTICIPATION REQUESTED School accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago and is primarily designed to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards. The accreditation process is also known in terms of its ability to effectively drive student performance and continuous improvement in education. While accreditation is a set of rigorous protocols and research-based processes for evaluating an institutionâ€™s organizational effectiveness, it is far more than that. Today accreditation examines the whole institutionâ€”the programs, the cultural context, the community of stakeholdersâ€”to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of students. The Dickinson Public School District is a member of the AdvancED Accrediting Association. The last accreditation visitation in Dickinson Public Schools occurred in 2008 and our next visitation is scheduled for 2013. The school district is currently preparing for this accreditation visitation and an integral part of the process is perception data from the district stakeholders. The stakeholder groups identified in the accreditation process to provide this perception data are students, faculty and parents in the Dickinson School District. In approximately six weeks the district will be seeking input from these stakeholder groups to gather this perception data. The necessary information will be gathered through administration of a perception survey. The current administration window for the perception surveys is scheduled for October 29 through November 16. The parent perception survey will be available online or in a paper format. It is the intention of the school district to provide an online link to the survey on the district and building websites. Parents will then be able to simply click the online link and complete the survey. It is estimated that completing the survey will take approximately ten minutes. Additionally, for parents who do not have access to a computer, the survey will be available in paper form at parent/teacher conferences or parents who attend the conferences will be available to complete the survey utilizing a district computer. Parent perception survey data is an essential component of the accreditation review process. This information will assist the visitation team in its review of the district climate, culture and programs. Additionally, the information will assist the district in identifying areas of strength and areas requiring improvement. I encourage all parents to make note of the dates above and complete the parent perception survey when the administration window is open. Your participation will be greatly appreciated and will help the school district improve the learning opportunities for the students in the Dickinson Public Schools. 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.
Douglas W. Sullivan, Superintendent Dickinson Public Schools 701-456-0002 firstname.lastname@example.org
A. L. Hagen Junior High School
Map it out
Dr. Marcus Lewton, Ed.D., Principal
Getting the most from study time
GPS can give your tween the impression that people don’t need to know their way around. But a good sense of direction can help her use maps and globes for geography assignments—and it will come in handy in real life when GPS is unavailable or inaccurate. The next time you go somewhere new, give her a map, and have her help you navigate.
How can your child improve his odds of remembering what he studies? One way is by learning strategies that will store information in his long-term memory. Share these “brain friendly” study methods with your middle grader.
Take advantage of a sunny fall day by having a family picnic. You might tell your child he can invite a friend, and put him in charge of finding a nice picnic spot. Pack autumn-themed foods such as turkey sandwiches and apples. Also, tuck in a Frisbee or a volleyball so everyone gets some fun exercise.
A hard habit to break If your child thinks cigarettes are cool, she might be surprised to hear that most smokers would rather be nonsmokers. In fact, more than half of American smokers tried to quit last year. Consider having a former smoker tell her how hard it is to stop. That person can also talk about negative consequences like having bad breath or spending money on cigarettes.
Worth quoting “Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.” Janet Lane
Just for fun Q: What’s a sure way to get into the circus? A: Buy a ticket.
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Paying attention to how information makes him feel can help him remember it. If he’s studying the Middle Ages, for example, he can ask himself what surprises him or what he finds sad. He might add words or emoticons (“smileys”) to his notes. He could draw sad faces beside facts about war and famine or happy faces where his notes mention achievements in technology.
Get moving Making up a hand motion to go with a fact or definition can help your youngster recall it. Say he needs to know the difference between potential (stored) energy and kinetic (moving) energy. Each time he sees the words in his textbook or notes,
he might hold one hand as if he’s about to throw a ball (for potential energy) or make a throwing motion (for kinetic energy).
Make connections Seeing how learning relates to the real world can help your child process information and retain it. Suggest that he look for news articles on topics that he’s studying. If he has a math quiz on ratios coming up, he might find an article about farmers using proportions to plant fields. Then, he could draw a diagram of a field to help him visualize a ratio problem. Or if he’s studying for an art test, he can browse magazines for images that remind him of different styles (impressionism, cubism).
Responsible for myself Giving your middle grader new responsibilities can boost her self-esteem and teach her to take care of herself. Try these ideas: ■ Let her make appointments. She might call to schedule dental checkups, haircuts, or sports physicals. Tip: Show her your calendar so she’ll know which days you can take her. ■ Add to her chores. Before she takes on a new task, walk her through it. You might show her how to clean the bathroom, including which supplies to use for the shower, sink, and mirror. ■ Have her keep track of personal items. If she’s running low on toothpaste and soap, she can add them to the grocery list.
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shift in the school store, provide snacks for an athletic team, or staff a PTO recycling event.
Assemble. Seeing other parents at school might make your child feel better about having you there. Contact friends or neighbors who volunteered in elementary school to see if they want to help out, too. Or post an announcement on Facebook or start a Twitter feed encouraging other parents to volunteer.
You want to support your child’s middle school, but she’s worried you’ll embarrass her by showing up there. Try not to let her hesitation stop you from getting involved. Consider the following suggestions. Adapt. Learn about volunteer opportunities outside your tween’s classrooms by asking in the school office and checking with activity advisors. You might work a
Activity Corner Foreign-language fun If your middle grader is taking a foreign language, he can practice vocabulary by playing games he’s used to playing in English. Here are two. 1. I Spy. Your child and a friend take turns secretly choosing an item in the room and describing it in the language they’re studying. For example, if they’re learning Spanish, your youngster could say, “Veo algo de plata” (“I spy something silver”). His friend gets three chances to guess the object. He might ask, “Es la tostadora?” (“Is it the toaster?”) The winner is the person who guesses the most items correctly. 2. Charades. Divide into two teams of at least two players each. Each team writes 10 words or phrases in the foreign language (such as “tondre la pelouse,” which is “mowing the lawn” in French) on separate slips of paper and puts them in a hat for the other team to draw from. Teams take turns having one member pick a slip and act it out. His teammates have two minutes to guess what he is doing. O
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Attend. Put evening events like band concerts and soccer games on your calendar, and tell your tween that you plan to go. Let her know that she can still sit with her friends, but you just want to be there. Even if she rides with a friend’s family, the fact that you’re there will show her that she— and her school —are important to you.
Parent On the move to Parent When my daughter Roya was younger, she’d spend hours playing outside with her friends. Now that she’s older, she and her friends would rather experiment with makeup or watch YouTube videos. At her annual checkup, I asked the pediatrician how much exercise she needs. The doctor said children—and adults—should be active at least an hour a day. He suggested that when Roya has a friend over, I encourage them to play a backyard game like badminton or Frisbee before they get out the makeup or turn on the computer. And he recommended that we take regular family walks or bike rides. Roya must have been paying attention to the doctor, because she recently invited a friend to go Rollerblading. Afterward, they watched skating videos online. And this Sunday after dinner, we’re going to ride our bikes around the neighborhood. I’m looking forward to being more active, too!
Q Attending every class &
When I was driving carpool the other day, I overheard my son mention that one of his friends skips classes. How can I make sure my child doesn’t try this?
Your son knows that skipping class is against the rules—but he might not have considered other reasons why it’s a bad idea. Explain that his friend gets zeroes for work he misses. And homework assignments probably take twice as long when his friend doesn’t hear the lessons
that they’re based on. Skipping class also means missing class discussions, science experiments, and group project work. Set clear guidelines about when your son is allowed to stay home or leave school early, such as for illness, a family emergency, or a doctor’s appointment that couldn’t be made for any other time. Let him know that, beyond that, you expect him to be in school all day, every day. Then, explain the consequences for skipping, like being grounded after school or on weekends or losing his phone or computer privileges.
Healthy Ideas for Middle and High School Students
A. L. Hagen Junior High School Dr. Marcus Lewton, Ed.D., Principal
food TAKES Party Every time your child goes to a party, she’s likely to find salty snacks and sweets. Encourage her to come up with ways to avoid overdoing it. For example, she might fill up with a healthy snack and a tall glass of water before going out. Or she could decide ahead of time how many sweets she’ll eat.
Interval walking Walking can be more fun— and more of a workout—when your teen varies his pace. He can try interval training, where he alternates between walking at a regular pace and speed walking. Suggest that he walk normally for a block and then pick a marker up ahead (tree, stop sign) and walk faster until he gets there. He can repeat this several times. Did You
Although quinoa looks like a grain, it’s actually part of the plant family that contains spinach and beets. Quinoa is gaining popularity as a lower-calorie — and gluten-free —alternative to pasta and rice. And it is full of fiber and a good source of protein and minerals. For a tasty side dish, cook quinoa according to package directions, and toss with dried fruit, beans, diced vegetables, and nonfat yogurt.
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Add in nutrients Do you find yourself regularly telling your child not to eat or drink certain things because they’re not good for him? Instead, help him learn about nutrient-rich foods — the ones that he should eat because they pack the most nutritional punch. Try these strategies. Empty vs. full. Ask your youngster to name “empty calorie” foods (those with lots of calories but little nutritional value). Examples: soda, candy, donuts, cookies. Then, have him Google “nutrientrich foods” and write down 10–15 of them. He might list different fruits and vegetables, raw nuts, and whole grains. Make a plan. Talk about ways to work in
more nutrient-rich foods throughout the day. His goal could be to put at least one nutrient-rich food into each meal. For instance, he could have oatmeal made with fat-free milk for breakfast, a hardboiled egg with lunch, and asparagus at dinner. Once he has achieved that goal, he could try for two nutrient-rich foods per meal (top oatmeal with almonds, put
his lunch sandwich on whole-wheat bread, eat a second vegetable with dinner). Sprinkle them in. Encourage your teen
to opt for nutrient-rich snacks and addins. He might munch on nuts or toss sunflower seeds into a salad, for example. Let him know that “eating in color” is a great way to load up on wholesome foods — if he varies the color of fruits and vegetables he eats, he will naturally get a good balance of nutrients. Tip: Many grocers and convenience stores now carry baby carrots, almonds, or dried fruits in snack packets.
It’s no secret that today’s kids spend lots of time watching TV, playing video games, surfing online, and texting. Here are ideas for getting your teen off the couch and into some physical activity: ● Help her come up with a list of activities that don’t involve a screen. Then, post it on the TV as a reminder that there are other things to do! ● Encourage your tween or teen to pursue interests that will help her stay active. Maybe she can join a recreational league or volunteer to play with the animals at a shelter. ● Keep TVs, laptops, and tablets in your family room, not your youngster’s bedroom. That way, you’ll be able to monitor her screen time, and she might be less interested in watching. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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with the meal, she’ll already be there for dinnertime!
Teens who eat with their family are more likely to do better in school and to be at a healthy weight. Encourage family meals with these tips.
Teens and tweens like spending time with their friends, so let them stay for dinner every so often. Your child might be more interested in eating with you if her friends are there, too. Plus, you’ll get to know her peers better, and you might learn more about your teen from their dinnertime conversations.
Cook together Look for ways to involve your child in some part of the meal preparation, whether it’s chopping vegetables, setting the table, or even making the main dish. If she’s helping
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Be flexible Supper doesn’t need to be at the same time every night. Sit down with your family on Sundays to figure out which mealtimes will work best that week. Don’t limit family meals to dinner — you can pick weekday breakfasts or weekend brunch times, too. On days when you can’t all be together, try to eat with as many family members as possible.
Athletes and eating disorders I was shocked to read recently that many female college athletes have eating disorders—and that the problem usually starts when the girls are much younger. That got me worried about my daughter Jenna. She’s a figure skater, and she constantly talks about dieting. I looked up eating disorders and was happy to see that Jenna didn’t show signs like skipping meals or heading for the bathroom after eating. And I found advice from young women who had suffered from these problems. Based on their suggestions, I’ve begun talking with Jenna about the importance of eating enough to keep her body at “peak performance.” I’ve also offered to help her plan out nutritious meals and snacks. I’m still watching Jenna’s eating habits, but so far she seems to appreciate that I’m interested in helping her succeed on the ice. O U R
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Create a home gym
Your teen doesn’t have to go to a gym to work out. With a few inexpensive items you might already have on hand, he can make one at your house. Here’s how. Pick the space. Your child will need a place to exercise. He might choose a corner of his room or part of your basement as the “gym zone.” Tip: Suggest that he put up encouraging quotes such as “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Find weights. He can shop at yard sales or used sportinggoods stores for dumbbells in several weights. Or he can use soup cans, water bottles weighted down with coins, or heavy books. Add equipment. A soccer ball or basketball can do double duty as a gym ball (strengthen arms by tossing the ball from chest height into the air and catching it). He might also stock a jump rope, a low step stool for “step workouts,” and a beach towel as a mat for sit-ups and other floor exercises.
K tchen Healthy fruit “pies” These tasty fruit “pies” are slim on calories and full on flavor. Apple. Slice two apples in half, and remove the cores. Use a spoon to scoop out the insides, leaving a thin shell. Cut the leftover apple into pieces, and mix with –12 cup chopped walnuts, –41 cup sugar, 2 tsp. melted butter, –12 tsp. cinnamon, –41 tsp. vanilla, and 1 egg white. Place the apple shells on a baking sheet, and fill with the mixture. Bake at 350º for 40 minutes.
Banana. Using fat-free milk, prepare banana pudding following package directions. Then, put –21 cup pudding in a cup. Add banana slices, fat-free whipped topping, and graham cracker crumbs. Cherry. Spread –21 tbsp. fat-free cream cheese on a whole-grain cracker. Top each cracker with 1 tsp. no-sugar-added cherry jam or fresh or frozen cherries (pitted, thawed).
Hagen Junior High October Breakfast/Lunch Menu 10/1/2012
Cereal/Scrambled Eggs Juice/Milk
Hamburger Casserole Green Beans Peaches Bun Milk
Taco's Soft/Hard Shell Cheese/Lettuce Tomatoes Apples Milk
Baloney Sandwich Chips Carrots Oranges Milk
Ham Patty Scalloped Potatoes Peas Fruit Cocktail Bun Milk
Polish Sausage Buttered Noodles Carrots Pineapple Bun Milk
Cereal/Caramel Rolls Juice/Milk
Corn Dog Green Beans Peaches Cookie Milk
Chicken Nuggets Rice Peas Oranges Milk
Crispitos Lettuce/Cheese Pears Milk
Pork Roast Dinner Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Pineapple Bread Milk
Chili with beans Fruit Cocktail Cinnamon Roll Crackers Cheese Milk
Cereal/Breakfast Pizza Juice/Milk
Hot Dog/Bun Baked Beans Chips Applesauce Milk
Chicken Patty/Bun Peas Pears Milk
Taco's Soft/Hard Shell Cheese/Lettuce Tomatoes Apples Milk
Cereal/Breakfast Wraps Juice/Milk
Pepperoni Pizza Corn Mixed Fruit Salad Cookie Milk
Hamburger/Bun Potato Rounds Applesauce Milk
Tomato Soup Toasted Cheese Sandwich Fruit Cocktail Crackers Milk
Sub Sandwich Peaches Chips Milk
Fajitas Lettuce/Cheese Apples Milk
Beefy Nachos Tortilla Chips Carrots Peaches Milk
Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwich Green Beans Pineapple Milk
Sloppy Joe/Bun French Fries Applesauce Pickles Milk
Hagen Jr. High School Activity Calendar October 2012 Sun
7/8 Football (H) St. Mary’s
8 Volleyball (A) Wachter
6 7/8 Volleyball (H) Hazen
7 Volleyball (A) Mandan 8 Volleyball (H) Mandan
7 Volleyball (H) Wachter
Cross Country TBA
Cross Country Williston
7/8 Volleyball (A) St. Mary’s
7 Volleyball (A) Horizon
8 Volleyball Tournament TBD
8 Volleyball Tournament TBD
8 Volleyball Tournament TBD
Cross Country WDA Jamestown
8 Football (H) Horizon
7/8 Football (A) Williston
NDEA No School
NDEA No School
End of 1st Quarter DANCE! 7:00—9:30 PM
8th Grade Fall Concert 7:00 PM
7th Grade Fall Concert 7:00 PM
Early Dismissal at 1:30
7 Volleyball (A) Simle
8 Volleyball (H) Simle