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Whose Got the Homecoming Spirit? We DO!!!

Farmington Central

Field Notes

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Monthly Magazine

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Preparing Locally, Excelling Globally, to Build a Stronger Community 212 North Lightfoot Rd, Farmington, IL 61531 Vol. 2 Issue 3 Oct. 2016

Vol. 1 Issue 2 April 2016

October BOE Meeting Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Emily Buster’s Student Representative to BOE

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FCJHS Cross Country Runners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 05

Eric Higgs: State Farm Senior of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Homecoming 2016 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 07

Purple Pride/Farmer Pride Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 High Five Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Fred Herink: Staff Member of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Scholastic Book Fair (Buy NOW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Canned Food Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Farmers Feeding Farmers Backpack Meal Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Twelve Angry Jurors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Farmington Central Junior High Softball . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 FCES Students Learning Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Farmington Varsity Football . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

Golden Wave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Elementary Music Wall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Counselor’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 ALUMNI News: Chase Coffey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Curt Anderson Memorial Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Editor: Donna McCaw, To submit a story, recommendation for a monthly feature story, or advertise in this e-zine please contact dmccaw@dist265.com have questions related to this publication.

Graphics contained within this issue:

Call 309-221-3842 if you

Counselor’s Corner graphic https://hamilton.madison.k12.wi.us/node/1154

Emily Buster’s picture submitted by Ryan Lambert http://quotesgram.com/img/inspirational-quotes-on-collaboration/10476716/ Girls Software graphic softballisforgirls.com Caring quote http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/caring.html on High Five Friday page Golden Wave pictures were submitted by Bethany Freese

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Farmington Central CUSD #265 Summary of October Board Meeting The October Regular Meeting was called to order at 7:30. Dr. John Asplund and Dr. Donna McCaw gave a student achievement report to the board regarding this past year’s PARCC scores and this fall’s MAP (Measurement of Academic Progress) scores. The district’s overall PARCC scores in Math improved by 9.4% and the district’s ELA (English Language Arts) scores improved by 6.1%. Both administrators said that these scores were encouraging, but they both acknowledged that the district still had a lot of work to do. Regarding MAP results, these were on par with other years, but Dr. Asplund identified a trend that is now becoming consistent for many students…a significant drop off in scores from the spring to the fall. This indicated that the district needs to explore summer learning opportunities for students so teachers don’t have to spend a great deal of time re-teaching concepts in the fall. Under the New Business Portion of the Meeting, the Board: • • • •

Approved Nicole Helle as a District Volunteer Acknowledged the resignation of Lori Rumler, Student Facilitator, effective October 6, 2016, and Angie Davis, Playground Supervisor, effective October 10, 2016. Approved the hiring of Kim Ashley as Student Facilitator assigned to FCES, and Cassie Branch as Student Facilitator assigned to FCHS, effective October 12, 2016. Approved the following appointments: o Erik Dalmasso as HS Speech Coach o Rebecca Butterfield as JH Dance Coach o Ryan Lambert as HS Key Club Sponsor

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Emily Buster, Student Member of the Board of Education

Approved all PRESS Policy Updates on Second Reading Approved a one-year snow removal agreement with Arrenholz Excavating Approved the out-of-state travel request of the FFA to attend the national convention in Indianapolis, from October 19-21.

Emily Buster, Student Member of the Board of Education, introduced herself to the audience.

Emily was chosen from eight applicants for the student advisory position. This is a non-voting position, but a very important one, for Emily will now be the spokesperson for the entire student body when the board is deliberating on issues each month. Emily’s term ends on June 30, 2017. The board will be soliciting applications for a new student board member for the 2017-2018 school year in the spring.

The next regular meeting is Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in 3 the FCHS Library.


WELCOME Emily Buster Newly appointed student representative to the Farmington Central 4 Community Unit School District Board of Education


The Farmington Central Junior High State Cross Country Runners did a Super Job Saturday October 15th Addyson Neal placed 103 out of 232 runners with a personal record of 13:01. Adian Basalay placed 86th with a personal record of 11:34 Brayden Smith placed 96th with a time of 11:38. Dylan Hunt had a personal record with a 12:07 Trevor Martin with a personal record of 13:00 Edwin Monroe with a personal record of 13:21 Eli Asplund with a personal record of 14:20 Will Lesones with a personal record of 14:29

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State Farm STUDENT OF THE MONTH OCTOBER – 2016

Eric Higgs

was selected as October’s Senior of the Month. He is the son of Joe and

Shelley Higgs. He has one brother; Alec Higgs. Eric excels academically as he is in the top 20% of his class and is a member of the National Honor Society. Along with his studies, Eric is involved in various extracurricular activities which include: Varsity basketball for four years, Varsity football for two years, and a member of the Harvest Leadership team. In addition to his extensive involvement in school, Eric finds time to give back as he volunteers within the community. He refereed youth basketball at the YMCA, helped with the canned food drive for the local churches, and currently assists with Farmers Feeding Farmers Backpack program. He plans on attending college 6 next year where he will participate in athletics and major in Business Administration or Accounting. Congratulations, Eric!


Farmington Central High School’s 2016 Homecoming Theme

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There’s No Place Like Home…

NO Homecoming is complete without a PARADE! Grand Marshalls – Lee and Mary Lou Anderson

A special note of thanks to Ryan Lambert who shared these homecoming pictures.

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Our Homecoming Court is riding in style for the Homecoming Parade!

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Homecoming is ALL about old friends reconnecting‌

Freshman attendants: Dalton Powell and Chesney Koenig Sophomore attendants: Mac Lewis and Jessica Siadek Junior attendants: Josh Smith and Emma Isbell Senior attendants: Josh Warner and Julia Depriest

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King Jacob Settles and Queen Sophie Hemp

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PULL! !

Together ALL things are possible‌we are a school full of possibilities! 14


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P R I D E

Prize for the best dressed Purple Pride The Harvest Team sponsored the dorm fridge--won by Jacey Anderson 16


Community members helping at Farmer Pride Day.

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High Five Friday Created, planned, and implemented by Judd Anderson! He is joined by fellow varsity football players – touching lives, building a legacy‌

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Not sure who had more fun – Varsity football players sending our elementary students off for their weekend Or the kids???

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have. Margaret Mead

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CONGRATULATIONS!! Staff Member of the Month Voted on by students project led by Harvest Leader Karah Thomas. Recipient

Mr. Fred Herink

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TO ORDER ONLINE: Go to Scholastic.com and type in Farmington’s zip code: 61531. You can then select from a menu of either the Jr/Sr High School or Elementary building. Place your order and the books are delivered to the school.

Your purchases help our libraries buy more books

Or you can visit the Junior High Library or the Elementary Library and peruse the stacks for new, great, age appropriate books. Farmington’s Scholastic Book Fair is going on right now!!!! Get into any of the libraries on campus! 21


To County Market for their Monstrous canned food donations – great community partner acting as part of the solution for better living.

A Monstrous Big Thank you also goes out to each and every person that sent food to school with their kids or added to the shopping cart at County Market!!! Without all of YOU we could not do what we do!!!

It is great to live in any one of the communities that make 22 up our district! Thank You!


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Volunteers Eric Higgs and Cade Lansford filling backpacks

As important as fighting world hunger is, there is also a need to fight hunger much closer to home. Feeding America estimates that 1 in 6 children in the U.S. worry about when they’ll have their next meal. Taking on this challenge for Farmington’s hungry are: Zach Parkin, David Dean, Mattie Plummer, Aiden Crusen, Eric Higgs, and Cade Lansford. Every Friday, about 48 “backpacks” filled with food for weekend meals and snacks are sent home with Farmington students. Coordinated by Ryan Lambert, other worker bees that make this program happen are: • Sara Hanlin • Shelly Higgs • Glendale Wright • Mindy Matthews • Chris Evans 24 http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/impact-of-hunger/child-hunger/


Farmington Central High School Presents:

12 Angry Jurors! Friday October 28th and Saturday October 29th Time: 7pm.

Cost: $5 Adults $3 Students

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Farmington Junior High Softball had 5 players representing our school in the first annual All Star Junior High Softball Showcase. The showcase was held in Jacksonville, Il. October 8 and 9th, There were players from all over the state making up 12 teams. The players representing the Farmers were: 8th graders Erica Pasley (pitcher) Sydnee Barton (3b) Deidra Lange (1b OF) 7th graders Emma Evans (catcher) Reece Putrich (SS) The girls played four games and competed with the best in the state!

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Farmington Central Elementary School Students working on computer skills

Technology is just a tool‌ Bill Gates http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_technology.html

FCES students are learning to use this powerful tool effectively and responsibly.

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Farmington Varsity Football team and coaches climbed a tall mountain to get this trophy! Congratulations!! Hard work pays off‌

2016 Prairieland-Blue Conference Football Champions 29


Metamora competition on October 8th The band performed very well but did not place. They competed against some tough and larger schools in class 3A.

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Here is the hall way by the elementary music classroom

Each student K-5 completed a note for this so all students are represented. Above it the signs says, "Each individual is like a single note. Together we make a masterpiece."

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Farmington Elementary MUSIC Program – more than just singing notes‌ 31


Three students were able to file their FAFSA with the help of our Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) representative. We had junior parents come for more information and Dynae (ISAC representative) shared a presentation on financial aid. Overall great success for our first FAFSA completion workshop.

Ms. Megan Reed, Farmington Jr/Sr High School Guidance Counselor, administered the PSAT to 49 juniors on Wednesday October 19th.

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A FIRST Farmington 2011 alumni

Chase Coffey wins the Peoria Marathon, finishing in Taken from Peoria Journal Star

2:32:51

The Anderson family members that had attended the dinner.

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Past Recipients in attendance at the CURT ANDERSON Memorial Dinner

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Field Notes October 2016  

There are so many great things at Farmington Central School District - this issue highlights some of them.

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