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Phone: 701-349-3232 Parent Link: 701-349-3720 On the Web:

The Official Newsletter of Ellendale Public School May 2009

Cost: Free of Charge

Looking Toward the Future

Summer Office Hours (p2) Note the change It’s Time (p2) Spring Music Concerts Driver’s Ed (p3) Information Fieldtrips (p3) Who’s going where? Regional Music (p4) Who’s going to State?


(p4) Sorry 6th Graders, it’s for your own good.

Patriot’s Pen Contest (p5) Congrats Liz!

Important Dates

*May 1 –4th Grade Fieldtrip *May 2 –State Music Contest *May 8 – 1st Grade Fieldtrip *May 8 – 3rd Grade Fieldtrip *May 11 – School Board Meeting *May 12 – Kindergarten Fieldtrip *May 14 – Elementary School Concert *May 15 – 1st Grade Fieldtrip *May16 – Regional Track Meet *May 17 – Baccalaureate and Senior Awards Program *May 18 – 2nd Grade Fieldtrip *May 19 – Kindergarten Fieldtrip *May 19- High School Music Concert *May 20 – 5th Grade Fieldtrip *May 22- Last Day of School *May 22-23- State Track Meet *May 24th - GRADUATION *May 27-28- Westberry Dance Recital-Gym closed.

By Mr. Fastnacht As we look forward to a new year I would like to share some positive steps taken recently to ensure our students are prepared for the challenges that will face them after graduation.

Long Term Goals Developed

Ellendale School is entering the start of a new 5-7 year cycle for school improvement activities. As part of this process the district has been working with stakeholders for the past 18 months to develop our new strategic goals. Each of these goals has been develop as part of an extensive review of student performance data, stakeholder feedback, and input from P19 and DPI forums. I would like to share them with you today. I. Improve Student Proficiency in Mathematics – although our students perform well on the NDSA in the elementary grades, we have found a lack of students demonstrating excellence at the highest levels of mathematics. To ensure all students excel in these valuable skills we will be instituting more professional development, additional student supports, and other measure to promote math proficiency. You will see our primary focus centering on algebraic and geometry skills. II. Implement Response to Intervention (RTI) – some of you may be aware of the RTI program already. In the elementary one of the key components is workshop time. RTI is a systematic approach to monitoring student progress and when needed direct interventions to remediate student learning concerns. This program has been very successful in K-2nd during the past 2 years. We plan on expanding through the remainder of the school.

New Programs – Less Space – Is the Time Right? As schools become more refined at providing strategic interventions for students (ie, Title I, RTI, Workshop, Read180, and a plethora of Special Ed Services) we are running out of space. Many don’t realize but we presently have several program sharing spaces originally intended for a single classroom, or small office. In addition many speak to me about needs for an improved physical education facility. The pressure is rising here to look at finding more space for these services. My question to each of you is, “Is the time right to expand school facilities?”

New Summer Office Hours The new hours will begin June 1st and last until August 10th and will be 7:30 AM-3:30 PM.

Elementary Teacher Requests By: Mrs. Sell The elementary staff will begin looking at classroom teacher assignments for the 2009-2010 school year in the near future. When assigning children to classrooms, we take many things into consideration and try to make the best decision possible for your child. We do accept teacher requests from parents; however, not all requests will be honored. The deadline for making classroom placement requests is June 1, 2009, and late requests will not be considered. All requests must be received in writing or by email and must include: your child’s name, the teacher’s name, and the reason for requesting placement in that teacher’s classroom. Only requests that have reasons accompanying them will be considered. Requests need to be sent to Mrs. Sell, Ellendale Elementary Principal ( )

The Ellendale Elementary Students proudly present “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” May 14, 2009 7:30 PM in the High School Gym Also performing are the 4th, 5th and 6th grade bands. High School Spring Music Concert May 19, 2009 7:30 PM in the High School Gym Come and enjoy the music talent

ACT Testing Juniors who plan to take the ACT Test Saturday, June 13th, 2009 need to register by Friday, May 8th, 2009. See Mrs. Reisenauer for a registration form or apply on-line at Remember to add the Ellendale School code (350-520) to your application.

4th Annual Camp Release- by Jane Reisenauer

Camp Release will be holding its 4th Annual Children’s Grief Camp on July 24-26, 2009 at the Red Willow Bible Camp in Binford, ND. Camp Release is a non-denominational grief camp for children ages 9-16 who have experienced the death of a loved one. The total cost is $100, but you may qualify for a scholarship. The camp is limited to 20 participants, so please apply early. For more information please talk to Mrs. Reisenauer. High School Business Challenge-by Jane Reisenauer High School Students…now is the time to register for Business Challenge 2009 at Dickinson State University & Historic Medora! Business Challenge will be held June 21-26, 2009 and is open to students in grades 9-12, including 2009 graduating seniors. At this exciting week-long camp, you will: earn high school or dual credit, make new friends, strengthen leadership skills, experience college life, learn fundamental skills required in any career, have a blast while building your resume, gain financial skills to help manage your money, and enjoy recreation, dance, and a trip to Medora. Don’t miss the “Early Bird Special” deadline of May 29 for discounted registration fees. For more information, visit Mrs. Reisenauer or register online today at:

Ellendale High School Drivers’ Education Requirements for students wishing to participate in the course: ¾ The student must be 14 years of age before June 10th, 2009. ¾ Each participant must provide the school with a copy of a birth certificate to testify to their age. In most cases, this evidence is available at the school however all parents or participants should verify this with the main office Information regarding the class: ¾ The classroom portion of Drivers’ Education will be from May 26th through June 5th, 2008. With the classroom portion running from 9 AM to 3 pm on most days. More information will be provided by the instructor at the start of the classroom portion. ¾ The student must be present for the classroom instruction in order to complete the Drivers Education course. ¾ The Behind-the-Wheel portion will begin on Monday, June 1, 2009 and run for up to 4 weeks. ¾ The goal is to complete both the classroom and behind the wheel portions of the course by July 1, 2009. ¾ The cost for the course will be $110.00, payable before starting the course.

Field Trips Galore! By Anna Sell It’s that time of the year again…field trip time! Each of the classes in the elementary chooses an educational (and fun!) place to visit on a field trip at the end of the school year. Take a look at the great places our students will be traveling to and learning more about. Kindergarten—will be visiting Wylie Park in Aberdeen on Tuesday, May 19th. They will be enjoying the outdoors by getting exercise and playing. They will have a picnic lunch and will also visit Storybook Land. 1st Grade—will be traveling to Jamestown on Friday, May 15th. The children will go to the Buffalo Museum and will also get to visit the Pioneer Village. 2nd Grade—will be heading to Wahpeton on Monday, May 18th. They will be riding the carousel, having a picnic lunch, and visiting the zoo for a guided tour! 3rd Grade—will be going to Fargo on Friday, May 8th, to visit Yunker Farm. There are many varied hands-on activities for the students to do! 4th Grade—the 4th graders will go on their annual trip to Aberdeen to the Dakota Plains Museum on Friday, May 1st. There are so many exhibits at the museum and the volunteer staff offers an excellent program for students. 5th Grade—will make a special trip up to Fargo to Bonanzaville on Wednesday, May 20th! They have a full day of activities planned at the museum and it includes a presentation and group scavenger hunt! 6th Grade-The students in 6th grade previously attended Marketplace for Kids in Jamestown on a snowy wintry day. Despite the bad weather, they had a good time and it was an excellent experience! The students did a great job and deserve congratulations from all! We hope all of the students have a great time on their field trips…and maybe they’ll learn something new also!

Kindergarten Fieldtrip –by Kim Diemert

On Tuesday, May 19th, all kindergarteners (both red and blue groups) will be taking their annual field trip to Aberdeen’s Wylie Park and Storybook Land. Both groups will come to school at the regular time (8:50 am). Those children who normally ride the bus will ride the bus; both from the red and the blue groups. The field trip bus will leave around 9:00 am and return around 3:00 pm. This will allow all kindergarteners to be dismissed at the normal school time. Again, those who normally ride a bus home will be able to do so. Each child will need to pack a lunch with something to drink. (Concession stands are often not open during the week at this time of year.) Just so you know, the train and carousel usually aren’t running this early in the season, so you do not need to send any money. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately. Play clothes and a lightweight jacket under a heavier coat will be needed if it is cold. It should be a wonderful day! In case of rain, please call Parent Link at #349-3720.

Post Prom Party a Success! –by Marla Redlin The Ellendale High School Post Prom Party was held at the Ellendale High School Gym on Sunday morning, March 29, 2009. It was attended by approximately 85 people (students and chaperones). A safe environment (free from alcohol, smoking, and drugs) was provided for our students and their dates. They enjoyed a night of food, Coffee Bean beverages, fun, inflatable games - along with receiving some great prizes. Each junior and senior present received a prize valued at $125-$250. We also had a prize table with 24 gifts and 27 college or business T-shirts that were given away to any of the students present. This event would not be possible if it wasn’t for the support of businesses, individuals, and parents who donated. It’s an event that takes a lot of time and preparation, but we feel it is a very worthwhile event, knowing that the kids appreciate it, and it keeps our kids safe, even if for only one night. Thanks from the Post Prom volunteers: Sue Arnold, Kim Diemert, Renae Martin, Marla Redlin, Corrine Glynn, Leslie Morrissey, Betty Hamar, Jane Reisenauer, Deb DeWald.

Regional Music Competition Results By Barbara DeLange Students receiving an excellent (2) at the Regional VI music contest where:  Andrew Tschosik‐ alto sax solo; McKenzie Betting, Alex Tschosik, and Emily Wang‐ clarinet trio  Receiving superior (1) Vocal Soloists‐Crysta Haase, Abigail Belmore, Tyler Reisenauer, Donovan Flaherty  Vocal Duets‐Cassie Kendall/Krista Martin; Kayce Olson/Dixie Miller; McKenzie Betting/Brianna Vance  Instrumental Solo(1) Kayce Olson.  Those going to state having received a Star rating are:  Instrumental Solo‐McKenzie Betting‐Clarinet; Michael Redlin‐Trombone; Paxton Gilbert, Crysta Haase,  Brianne Vance‐Trumpet Trio.  Mixed ensemble‐Sean Anderson, McKenzie Betting, Donovan Flaherty, Jeremy Gusaas, Crysta Haase,  Krista Martin, Dixie Miller, Jordan Morrissey, Tyler Reisenauer, Alura Schweitz, Brianna Vance, Andy  Wertz.  Triple Trio‐Abigail Belmore, McKenzie Betting, Crysta Haase, Cassandra Kendall, Krista Martin, Dixie  Miller, Kayce Olson, Alura Schweitz, Brianna Vance.  Solo Vocalists‐McKenzie Betting, Cassandra Kendall, Dixie Miller, Kayce Olson, Alura Schweitz.  Also receiving a special regional award for Vocalist of the Day was McKenzie Betting for her outstanding vocal solo Vittoria, Mio Core.  All these students worked very hard for their success.  They will proudly represent our school and  community. 

Immunization Information by Roxanne Holm The Dickey County Health District will be coming to Ellendale school on Monday May11th to vaccinate the 6th graders for tetanus and meningitis. Only the children that the parents have returned the immunization forms will be vaccinated. Starting in the fall of 2008, students entering middle school must be vaccinated with meningitis and tetanus.

State Science Fair 2008-2009 by Peter Sykora

The North Dakota State Science and Engineering Fair at North Dakota State University was cancelled April 2-3 due to the weather conditions in the Fargo-Moorhead area. This was the first time in the history of the state science fair that weather cancelled the event. With the cancellation of the state science fair each region had to determine which projects to advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Reno Nevada in May. In the Senior Division in the Southeast Central Region Matthew Martin was selected as 1st Alternate and Jonathan Borg were selected as 2nd Alternate. Both can attend ISEF as observers. In the Junior Division in the Southeast Central Region Logan Wang was selected as 1st Alternate. Logan cannot attend ISEF.

Congratulations Liz Labuhn! by Krista McMiller th In the fall, 6 graders participated in a Patriot’s Pen contest. Liz Labuhn placed 2nd for the 9th district. For the contest, Liz had to write an essay on why we should honor Veterans. Liz did an outstanding job. For her writing talents, she received a savings bond worth $150. Congratulations Liz!

North Dakota Governors School by Marcy Atkinson Congratulations to Jon Bowen, Alan Davis and John Labuhn for being accepted to this year’s North Dakota Governors School held in Fargo, June 1st- July 12th. The students apply for the area of his or her interest (Mathematics, Science, Business or Performing Arts). The experience offers highly concentrated instruction through classroom experiences, discussion groups, labs, field trips and other activities. Performing arts students take their work on the road, visiting towns across the state. Governor’s School participants live in NDSU residence halls and eat in campus dining halls. Like college students they are responsible for transportation to and from campus and personal expenses, such as laundry and snacks. Congratulations boys, and have fun!

State Speech by Marcy Atkinson On April 25th, 2009 Adam Heine and Amber Spitzer were able to compete in the State Speech Competition in Mandan, ND. They made it all the way to State by using speeches they wrote in their English classes as assignments. Although they were cut before the final rounds, they did well against their very tough competition, and we should all be proud of them.


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