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The Harrisburg Times H om e of the Tig er s

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The Tail End of Two Tigers’ Journeys Harrisburg Teachers Reflect on Their Careers in Education TESSA PEDERSON

Michele Mathiesen, Title I Reading teacher at Journey Elementary, retires at the end of this year. This year in the Harrisburg School District two teachers are retiring: Patricia Kroger, a second-grade teacher at Journey Elementary, and Michele Mathiesen, a teacher in the Title I Reading Program at Freedom Elementary. Both teachers have been working in the school district for most or all of their teaching careers. Throughout their time at Harrisburg, the two teachers have seen the school grow tremendously. These women

started teaching in the school district when it was one school that housed K-12. They are both amazed by the school’s growth and the district’s management of the flourishing number of students. Ms. Kroger has been a teacher in the district since 1986, mostly teaching second grade throughout her career; in addition, she taught in the Title I Program for a few years. In 2002, Ms. Kroger received her

Sharing Life and Building Community Throughout the Seasons ADRIENNE MCKEOWN, PRESIDENT, HARRISBURG ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE As I’m sitting down to write this, we are experiencing a good ol’ South Dakota blizzard. The wind is howling, the snow is furiously coming down, and my family and I are hunkered down for the day in the safety and warmth of our home. Did I mention it’s April? Make that mid-April. The winter weather that has stretched into spring this year might leave us wondering why— of all the places in the world—we choose to live in South Dakota. There are many reasons, I’m sure. Enjoying clean air, safe neighborhoods, a low cost of living, and having family nearby are reasons that likely make it onto the lists of many people. However, when reflecting on a few recent experiences I’ve had here in Harrisburg, I would argue that it’s the people we share life with here—the community we are building—that make the unpredictability of the weather tolerable. Before the storm hit this weekend,

I ventured to Fareway to stock up on essentials, lest we find ourselves snowed in and without provisions. Apparently, many of you did, too. The store was so full of customers that I had to park out in the farthest row. All of the check-out lines were open, and all of them were busy. Mike, the meat market manager, told me that they were busier that day than the days before Christmas. Normally, I wouldn’t describe this as a pleasant shopping trip. But that’s what was funny; I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the grocery store! I waved at a neighbor across the store, chatted with some friends and fellow Harrisburg South Middle School parents, learned about an upcoming barbecue event at Shalom Lutheran church, discussed Chamber events and vacation plans with the checker, and talked to someone I’ve seen at our church but haven’t had a chance to visit with before. It was a social event to go to the store, and being there among neighbors and friends gave me a sense of community that you just don’t get when shopping in the big city. It was about more than getting


Patricia Kroger, Journey Elementary 2nd Grade teacher, retires at the end of this year. Master’s degree, which she felt furthered her teaching abilities and helped her adapt her teaching style to the changing curriculum and expectations. Although Ms. Kroger is shocked by the growth of the school, she says she does miss the days of being a smaller district. Once the year is over and Ms. Kroger retires, she plans to stay home and help care for her future grandchildren.

Ms. Mathiesen has worked in several different positions throughout her career; she worked as a SPED teacher while attending college, a third-grade teacher for twenty-four years, and she currently works in the Title I Reading Program. Besides teaching in the district, Ms. Mathiesen taught in Springdale, Arkansas, for one year. One element that has impacted Ms. Mathiesen throughout her years in

Harrisburg involves the different technology. She feels that these advancements have been very rewarding after the hard work and practice with it. Moreover, Ms. Mathiesen says she has been greatly impacted by her fellow staff members and that they have been an honor to work with throughout her years as a teacher. Her plans for retirement include spending lots of time with her family.

Spring Has Sprung! City Facilitates Opportunities to Get Your Yard and Home Ready Annual Clean Up Day Loads of Fun

Now that the snow is officially gone on spring break, it’s time to gather all the items you’ve been wanting to haul away and get them take them to the citywide annual clean up day refuse site on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Items can be taken to the City Maintenance Facility Complex located at 801 S Prairie Street. Dumpsters will be available for refuse deposit and gates will open at 8:00 am and close at 11:00 am. All refuse will be accepted except for the following: * No toxic waste containers or paint containers * No Appliances * No Recyclables * No Tires * No Electronics * No Hazardous Materials

Celebrate Arbor Day With Us!

Harrisburg residents are cordially invited by the City Park Board to attend the City’s third annual Arbor Day Celebration at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Liberty Elementary School (200 E. Willow Street). This event will include a tree planting demonstration, a seedling give away, activities for kids (fun walk/run on our new trail, a reading corner for the younger crowd, kite flying, and building bird feeders), and a free lunch. Come hug a tree with us!

Compost Site

Compost site hours will be coming in June. Stay tuned for next month’s issue of the Harrisburg Times for further information.

Photosynthesis has returned!

You may have thought you’d never see green grass again after the long wait to spring we’ve had, but warmer weather is here which means your grass will soon be growing like crazy! Please keep your lawn mowed and the weeds pulled or sprayed. Remember that you are responsible to mow and maintain the boulevard or ditch area between your yard and the adjacent street driving surface. The City of Harrisburg will issue tall grass violation notices when grass exceeds eight inches in height. This can result in the issuance of a citation for a $150 fine and/or abatement of the nuisance at your expense (and abatements are very expensive). We also issue violation notices for concentrations of weeds and noxious weeds. Let’s all do our part to keep our community looking sharp this spring!



City Contact

Information Mayor:

Julie Burke-Van Luvanee 605-767-5012

Public Safety

The City of Harrisburg contracts with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. In case of an emergency, dial 911. For non-emergency calls, dial 605-764-2664 for dispatch. Keep your garage doors closed at night and when not at home. If you keep your vehicle outside, keep it locked. Speed limits in residential areas are 20 mph, please remember to SLOW DOWN. Ward I Alderpersons:

Reminder: Any chance of two inches of snow or blowing snow may trigger a snow alert, all vehicles should be removed from city streets to avoid ticketing and towing!! HELP!Line Center is available 24 hrs. a day/7 days a week for any personal or family crisis. Dial 211

Ryan Berg 605-767-5006

Upcoming Events TUE MAY 1, 2018 7pm Freedom/Liberty/Horizon Grade 5 Band Concert SAT MAY 5, 2018 Cinco de Mayo

Ryan Wolbrink 605-767-5089 Ward II Alderperson: Joe Stonesifer

8am Harrisburg's Annual Clean Up Day


11:30am Arbor Day Event, Liberty School Parking Lot, 200 E Willow St

Ryan Olson

MON MAY 7, 2018


6pm City Council Meeting, Liberty Community Room TUE MAY 8, 2018 6pm Harrisburg Planning and Zoning Board Meeting, City Hall, 301 E Willow St WED MAY 9, 2018 6 pm Harrisburg Parks Board Meeting, City Hall, 301 E Willow St THU MAY 10, 2018 6:30pm Harrisburg Library Board Meeting, Liberty Elementary, 200 E Willow St SUN MAY 13, 2018 Mother's Day

Deadline for Articles & Ads 7 pm Tiger Nation Meeting SUN MAY 20, 2018 Graduation MON MAY 21, 2018 6pm City Council Meeting, Liberty School Community Room MAY 23, 2018 Early Release/Last Day of School MON MAY 28, 2018 All City Offices and Community Library Closed Memorial Day

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Water Restrictions

Extreme Weather Announcements

Law Enforcement Announcements

Enroll Today! Visit harrisburgsd. gov and click the CodeRED icon on the front page of the city’s website. Council Meetings: City Council meetings are held the first and third Monday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Liberty School Board Room unless announced otherwise. If a meeting falls on a City holiday, typically the meeting will be rescheduled for another date. City Website: @HarrisburgSoDak

WED MAY 16, 2018 Baccalaureate

CodeRED is a FREE emergency notification service provided to all residents within City of Harrisburg that will notify you of emergency information through phone calls, text messages, emails, social media and the CodeRED Mobile Alert app. The system will be used to keep you informed of local events that may immediately impact your safety. As a local resident, the City of Harrisburg encourages you to take action and register your cell phone for this service and verify your home location during the enrollment process so we may target notifications that directly impact your home or business.

City/Finance Office: 301 E Willow Street 605-743-5872 Monday – Thursday – 7am – 5pm Fridays – 8am – 12pm City Maintenance: 801 S Prairie Street Monday – Friday – 8am – 5pm Police - Lincoln County Sheriff Dispatch (Non Emergency): 764-2664 Emergency – 911 HELP!Line – 211 SD One Call – 811

The Harrisburg Times 1300 W Willow St. • Harrisburg, SD 57032 605.743.2567 x 6143 JoAnne VerMulm, Editor The Harrisburg Times is made possible with the generous support of the following entities: The Harrisburg School District The Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce The Harrisburg Economic Development Corp.

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Publicly submitted articles do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or beliefs of the Harrisburg School District. The Harrisburg School District has the right to decline publication of advertisements and/or articles that are deemed inappropriate for publication in the Times. Images submitted with articles credit the article author unless otherwise noted.

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Church Directory

Harrisburg Food Pantry NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS 203 Prairie St in Harrisburg

Services Held in North Middle School 95th & Western Sioux Falls Sunday, 10am

Hours of operation:

6101 S Charger Circle Sioux Falls

204 Grand Avenue Harrisburg

Tuesday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM 1st and

Sunday Services - 9:30AM, 11:00AM, 6:00PM

Sunday, 9 am Traditional 10:20 am Contemporary


3rd Thursday from 10:00 AM – noon. Lanette Schmidt (605) 929-0599

Chapel/Office: 220 S. Cliff Avenue, Suite #126 Harrisburg Sunday Mass: Harrisburg High School, 1300 W Willow Street Harrisburg

1000 E Maple Street Harrisburg

Visit our website for times and location:

Sunday 9AM Sunday School 10:10AM

Weekday Mass: Tuesdays 5:30pm Wed - Fri 7:15am @ Chapel Sunday 9:30am @ HHS PAC

In Need of Spring Code Good Earth State Park at Blood Assistance? Enforcement Run Blooms with Activity The Harrisburg Area Food Pantry serves a wide spectrum of people in our community.

We help infants and children by providing daily nutritional needs for physical and mental development. The elderly who are on a fixed income facing health issues and medical costs receive our services. The Harrisburg Area Food Pantry reaches out to individuals and families who need temporary help due to loss of employment, illness, car repairs and other unexpected life events.

Season Has Arrived



Spring has finally arrived and it is time for everyone to clean up their property from the ravages of a long, snowy winter. As part of our patrol activity this spring, we will be enforcing the provisions of our nuisance regulations. We will be issuing violation notices for such things as: • inoperable vehicles,



• vehicle parts (including tires), • building materials,

The Pantry can help an average household with approximately 50 pounds of food. $75 to $1000 of food helps recipients meet those unexpected bills. $75 can feed a family of four for a week.

• garbage,

With your help, we can make a difference. Our immediate needs are: Juices boxes/pouches, coffee, tomato products, soft tortillas, cake mixes, paper products, cookie mixes, and Hamburger Helper.

• campers, boats, or trailers parked on City streets for more than 48 hours,

A gift of your time is always welcome! Food donations can be dropped at the pantry during normal hours of operation, left in the donation box in front of the building or dropped at Meraki Salon on Willow Street in Harrisburg. Monetary donations can be mailed to the Harrisburg Area Food Pantry, PO Box 456, Harrisburg, SD 57032. Special arrangements can be made by calling (605) 9290599. Thank you for supporting the Harrisburg Area Food Pantry!

• discarded furniture,



• parking on lawns in front of or beside homes,

• campers and other vehicles obstructing sidewalks, • unfenced swimming pools, and • property maintenance violations such as peeling paint and damaged trim or siding. `This is all done to keep people safe and keep our City looking good! Also as a reminder, our neighborhood parks are open from dawn until dusk and no alcoholic beverages are allowed. Enjoy your spring and summer and stay safe!!

With almost a year under our belt at the Good Earth State Park visitor center, we have seen over 30,000 people come into the building. THANK YOU! We are so excited to have completed our first year and look forward to this summer. We are gearing up for a great summer full of fun, exploring and learning going on. There will be some new faces around the park this summer with 3 college interns and 2 seasonal staff. You will be hearing from them soon. As for May we will have lots going on. Many local schools are coming out to the park for their field trips. School busses will be rolling in and out with children coming to explore the park. Ending the year with visiting the park is a hit. Park programming will continue at the park as well. May 4th is our new program called May the Fourth be with You. Starting at 5:00 pm we will head out on to the trails to learn about the trees of Good Earth State Park. We will explore the forest and what is has to offer.

Saturday May 5th will be a Good Earth Photography Club gathering. Starting at 9:00 am we will gather in the classroom for a potluck breakfast and photo review. Please bring a dish to share and 3-4 photos you have taken in the park. All photographers are welcome! Sunday May 13th is Mother’s Day. Bring Mom out to the park for a self-guided hike and scavenger hunt. Spending time outdoor with family is a great way to connect. May 18-20th is South Dakota State Park’s Opening Weekend. During this weekend park entrance licenses are waved. This is a great time to go out and explore your state parks. It is also time to get your new park entrance licenses as the 2017 one will expire. Park entrance licenses can be purchased at Good Earth State Park either at the entrance kiosk or at the visitor center during normal business hours. This year’s picture is of Good Earth and we are super proud. On Saturday May 19th we will be hosting an outdoor photography scavenger hunt. From 10:00

am – 12:00 pm you can pick up your scavenger hunt sheet at the front desk and see if you can find and recreate the photos. Prizes will be given to all those that can complete the task. Memorial Day weekend is a busy one at Good Earth State Park. Friday evening May 25 is your chance to come out and meet the new park staff at a fun campfire program. Starting at 7:00 pm we will have some fun and learning around the campfire. Saturday May 26th starting at 2:00 pm you can learn all about the American Bison. Bison once roamed this very spot and was hunted and utilized by the Oneota people. This is your opportunity to learn about this great history. May 27th at 2:00 pm we will be doing some Dutch Oven cooking at Good Earth State Park. Cooking outdoors is a great way to prepare meals, and it is very easy. We will be making a few dishes in the Dutch ovens. Participants will get a hands on experience with samples at the end. All supplies, ingredients and recipes will be supplied. For more information please call 605-213-1036.

Harrisburg Optimist Club To Assist with Annual Clean Up Day Harrisburg Optimist Club members will be helping with the May 5th Harrisburg festivities. Volunteers will be involved with Harrisburg Clean Up day May 5 from 8 to 11 am. and Arbor Day at

Liberty Elementary from 10:30 am to 12 noon.

June 4 beginning at 6 p.m. Optimist Club clean-up of Cliff and Willow. Stop by our booth at the Harrisburg Days event and find out more about

“Bringing out the best in Youth, our Community and Ourselves”. Contact harrisburgsdoptimist@ or Facebook Harrisburg S D Optimist. Meeting: 2nd & 4th Mondays, 6:30 pm.



Slow Down In Town Walk for Kenya Coming soon (May!!) on Cliff Avenue from Willow Street to just north of Prospect (272nd Street) the speed limit will be lowered to 35 mph due to the increase in traffic numbers. Please be aware and prepared to drive slower through this portion of Harrisburg.

Warmer weather is on the horizon! This means families are ready to get out of the house and enjoy the weather by taking walks, riding bikes, playing in their yards, etc. Please slow down while driving through residential streets, speed limit is 20 mph. Be aware and SLOWER IS SAFER! Speed Control FAQ’s Speeding on residential streets is probably the most persistent problem facing residents and traffic officers. Residents observe vehicles being driven at speeds they perceive as too fast and often propose solutions that simply won’t reduce speeds or that create other traffic safety problems. Can we have stop signs to slow down cars? Studies show that three things happen when stop signs are installed solely to reduce speeds: 1. Vehicle speeds are only reduced within about 150 feet of each side of the stop sign. 2. Very few drivers actually come to a full stop for these signs. 3. Vehicle speeds often increase between stop signs. Therefore, stop signs are not always the desirable solution to reduce speed. There are many children on our street. How can we keep them safe from speeders? Children should never play in the street. When children are old enough to cross streets parents should teach them the hazards involved and the proper, safe way to cross. Why can’t we get the police to ticket the speeders on our street? You can, but they need your help.

When you notice a speeder, make note of the time, location, vehicle (make, model, year, color, license number) and driver (size, age, sex). Pass this information on to the sheriff’s department.

Can we get speed bumps installed on our street to slow down vehicles? The purpose of speed bumps is to make drivers so uncomfortable going over them that they will slow down. Tests show that the comfort level varies with the height and width of the bump and the speed of the vehicle. Going over some bumps at higher speeds can actually make the ride smoother. This, of course, defeats the purpose. Traveling over speed bumps at any speed can cause major mechanical or maintenance problems to any vehicle, especially school buses and delivery trucks. Bumps can also increase response time for fire, police and ambulances, cause accidents for bicyclists and motorcyclists, and be an attractive hazard for skate boarders. The City of Harrisburg will not install speed bumps on city residential streets. What is the best way to improve the safety on our streets? Studies show that most traffic law violators are residents of the neighborhood. These drivers can be reached through neighborhood association newsletters, PTA meetings and social gatherings. Safety can also be improved by asking neighbors not to park cars in the street, if possible. This increases the drivers’ sight distance and decreases the chance of children darting into the street from between parked cars. Acknowledgment: Reproduced from “Questions and Answers about Residential Speed Control” Office of Highway Safety Planning, Michigan Department of Transportation, Pamphlet #OHSP700(11/93).


How many times do you use water in a day? We use water for drinking, washing clothes and dishes, making food, and for bathroom use, just to name a few.  All the water we want, right at the tips of our fingers, all day. Now imagine if you had to spend up to one-third of your day fetching water for you and your family.  This is a reality for 19 million people living in Kenya, Africa. This water crisis forces them to rely on ponds, shallow wells and rivers for drinkable water. Using this type of water puts them in serious risk of waterborn diseases.   This July a group from Good News Reformed Church is going to Kenya on a mission trip centered around demonstrating the love of Jesus to those at the Kakuswi School for the Deaf.  This school provides education and vocational skills to hearing impaired children to allow them to live successfully and independently in a povertytorn country. In order to raise funds for this trip, Lance Smith, helps with coaching wrestling at Harrisburg Middle Schools, and his brother, Judd, will walk around the city of Sioux Falls, SD for 24-straight hours.  This challenge has been named Walk for Kenya and will take place April 28-29. Lance and Judd have set a goal to walk around 70 miles during this 24 hour period, no matter the weather conditions. This is all in an attempt to become ‘uncomfortable’ for God, a recent series that took place at Good News Reformed Church. So, what does it mean to become ‘uncomfortable’ for God?  It means to do something for Christ that may cause you to feel uneasy or awkward.  Lance and Judd are willing to make themselves become uncomfortable for 24-straight hours in the name of Christ.  The Walk for Kenya fundraiser will help provide support in sending the team to Kenya and in funding the supplies that will be needed to work with children at the school and in the building project that will take place at the Kakuswi School for the Deaf.   How can you help?  Lance and Judd are taking pledges in the form of donations ‘per mile’ or by giving a lump sum.  This will motivate Lance and Judd to push themselves to walk as many miles as they possibly can in their 24-hour period.  To find more information on this or to make a donation, you can visit walk-for-kenya or by contacting the office at Good News Reformed Church at 605-361-6718.  You can follow the challenge and streaming the day of the event on Instagram by following ‘walkforkenya’ or on Facebook by liking Good News Church Sioux Falls.

This Little Light of Mine

What do those pesky dashboard warning lights actually mean? CLIF DAVIS, VALVOLINE INSTANT OIL CHANGE I have noticed that a lot of people don’t understand what all of their vehicle warning lights mean. To be honest, I didn’t know until I started working at Valvoline Instant Oil Change. So I would like to share what I’ve learned over the years. Here’s a list of vehicle warning lights: brake system, anti-lock brake system (ABS), low oil pressure, battery, check engine, coolant temp, transmission temp, tire pressure management system (TPMS), lamp out, air bag, washer fluid, and oil change reminder.

this light may come on is leaving the gas cap off. A code reader tool will be needed to turn this light off.

The brake system light looks like an exclamation mark surrounded by a circle with parentheses on each side of it. A few reasons why this light may come on; the parking brake or emergency brake may still be engaged, you might have a problem with the braking system such as low brake fluid and/or ABS malfunction. If the parking brake is fully released check your brake fluid level. If your brake fluid is low go to the nearest service provider to have the brake system inspected.

The transmission temp light comes on when the transmission temperature is hotter than normal. Have it checked as soon as possible to avoid costly repairs.

The ABS light stands for anti-lock braking system. This system keeps the brakes from locking up which improves control in crucial situations like snow, rain, or any time the wheels may try to lock up. If this light is on the system is not functioning properly which makes driving very dangerous for you and everybody on the road. Please see a professional to diagnose the system if this light comes on. The low oil pressure light should not be confused with low oil. Though low oil could be the reason why it is on. Turn off the vehicle immediately if you see this light and check the oil level, if the oil is full, call a trusted automotive professional. If it is low add oil to the car if you can to keep it full until you can have it inspected to see why it is losing oil. If you keep driving the vehicle while this light is on you could cause major damage to the engine. The battery light tells you that the charging system is not working properly when the engine is running. This light will come on if you turn your key to the on position without starting the vehicle which is normal. If the light remains on once the vehicle is running then it could indicate a problem with the alternator. The check engine light only comes on when there is a problem with the transmission, engine, or the emission control system. One of the most common reasons why

The coolant temperature warning light comes on when the coolant temp gets too hot. This is usually due to low coolant in the system. When this light come on check the coolant level, radiator fan operation, radiator cap, and coolant hoses for any leaks once the vehicle cools down as this system is under pressure when hot.

The tire pressure monitoring system light (TPMS) lets you know that one or multiple tires are low. In most vehicles if the light is flashing it means that there is a fault in the system. If the light stays on and doesn’t flash this means that there is a low tire. Have it checked out by a tire store to fix any faults. The lamp out light simply lets you know that you have an exterior light bulb burnt out. This light is usually red in color. There is another light that looks similar but is green. It lets you know that your daytime running lights (DRL) are on. Next is the airbag light. If the airbag light flashes or stays on while driving it is possible the front, side, or curtain airbag or one of the assisting sensors is faulty. This light could also be caused if the pretensioner system has malfunctioned as well. The seat belt pretensioner is what secures you in place when the car stops very fast. If this light is on the car needs immediate service for your safety. The washer fluid reminder light comes on when the washer fluid is low. To turn this light off have your washer fluid tank refilled. If you fill it yourself look under the hood for the blue cap that has the same symbol on it. Last but not least is the oil change reminder light. This light comes on when the oil life has expired. The engine control module (ECU) monitors the oil life by mileage and a combination of other readings. Check the owners manual to see if your vehicle has an oil change reminder light and what the icon looks like.


On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

South Dakota Youth Track & Field Ready for Competition Get your sneakers on and come out and compete in the South Dakota Youth Track and Field Championship meet at the Harrisburg High School on Saturday, May 19th!! Any youth from any town born in 2004 or later can sign up to participate in the sport that has an activity for everyone! Events begin at 8am and range from javelin throw, discus and shot put, to high or long jumps, hurdles, relays, dashes and up to a mile run. Jump on our website: outhdakotayouthtrackandfield. com for the specific events for each age group and registration information. Youth who register prior to May 12th are guaranteed an event t-shirt. Medals are awarded to the first three finishers of each age group divided by gender, ribbons are handed to those placing 4th - 6th in each event. Concessions will be available, free will admission. All proceeds from the event will be divvied up by Harrisburg’s booster club Tiger Nation and awarded to those students and parents who volunteer for their extra curricular activity. Thanks in advance to the Track and Field students and coaches who will guide the competitors in each of the events! Let’s hope for great weather and a great event in our community!

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1, SHARING groceries and getting out; it was about sharing in the lives of one another. The concept of sharing life with others isn’t new to me; however, I have become much more aware of it recently, and I credit that to Father John Rutten and my faith family at John Paul II Catholic Church here in Harrisburg. (Yes, it’s true! If you missed it in the news recently, Harrisburg at long last has a Catholic church.) It seems like a small thing. I mean, church is about spending one hour a week with some people, right? Not exactly. It’s much, much more than that. I didn’t realize before that church is not about a going to a building (which we don’t have yet) but rather about building a community. Since the Catholic community has started worshiping at the high school here in Harrisburg, I have met neighbors—people who live across my backyard or just down

the street a few houses—who I didn’t know before. Now I find myself looking forward to the next chance to connect with them and share life with one another. I also recently found myself in awe of how a community comes together in times of crisis. A couple of weeks ago, right before Mass started, our three-year-old fell backwards out of his chair and cracked the back of his head open on the concrete stairs of the Performing Arts Center. Like most head wounds, it bled profusely and was very scary. However, I found reassurance in how the community literally surrounded us—providing first aid, cleaning up the mess, and offering whatever support they could—to help us through the situation. These people—some we had known for a while, some were strangers—shared life with us in that moment. (By the way, a trip to the doctor and a few

stitches later, our son is fine.) We are truly blessed to live in Harrisburg. Yes, we are experiencing a prolonged winter, but we have a growing economy, state-of-the-art schools, safe neighborhoods, and clean air. Most importantly, though, we are building a community of people who are sharing everyday life with one another all year long. Whether we are at the grocery store, at a school or church event, or—weather permitting—walking through our neighborhoods, we are the people of Harrisburg. We are what makes this town special and gives it life. By the time this article prints, our newest business—Ace Hardware—will be open. I look forward to seeing you there (but not in the snow shovel aisle!) and to sharing life with you all around town, as we continue to make Harrisburg a great place to call home.

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Journey Students Make Real-World Connections to Learning STEPH BROOKS, CORINNA FEELDY, JASON LARSON, KRISTINA HORSTED

Learners in the EPIC program at Journey Elementary had the opportunity two times this school year to take part in learner interest groups. You may ask, what are learner interest groups? Learner interest groups make learning contextual to real-world experiences. Often the core content and concepts learned through the interest groups are represented in the world beyond the classroom or school building. Learners at the beginning of the year brainstormed a list of activities they are interested in outside of school. Facilitators then brought in experts from outside the community to lead a session on their topic of interest. Learners had voice and choice when choosing their favorite one to go to. In the fall, the interest groups were; bakers from Hy-Vee, the Zoo Mobile, Outdoor Campus for nature and wildlife lovers, and the Old Courthouse Museum came with the star lab, where learners enjoyed learning about the stars, constellations, and planets. Our Spring session had a group where local musicians came and held a mini concert for the learners and shared with them their love of music, a Magician performed a magic show and taught them some tricks of their own, the SDSU Dance team instructor taught them the basics of a hiphop dance routine and what it is like to be an entrepreneur, and a registered nurse came in and talked about making healthy food choices where the learners had the opportunity to make a healthy protein snack! Both learners and facilitators had a great time engaging in these activities and learning from experts in our community.

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The Tiger Team of the Month

FCCLA Special of the Month



Harrisburg High FCCLA Members receiving the highest score in their category and advancing to national competition include: Brooklynn Gross, Kiana Sauer, Shandon Boe, Olivia Christensen, and Jamie Hall. See Page 12 for more details!

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Liberty’s 5th Grade Invention Convention JULIE SANDINE

On April 24th, 2018, Liberty Elementary 5th Grade Learners will be hosting our annual Invention Convention. This amazing convention will take place at Liberty Elementary Library from 2:00-3:00 p.m. The purpose of the Invention Convention is based upon some of our greatest inventions and ideas have come from someone thinking about how to do something different or better than it’s been done before. I want to encourage that kind of thinking in our 5th grade Science classroom! This is a great opportunity for learners to step out of the box in their thinking and explore new ideas. 5th Grade Learners began their Invention Convention process by researching some of the greatest inventors from our past to our current lives. Researching past or current inventors helped lead our learners to observe what it looked like, felt like, and sounded like to be an inventor.

The next step in our process was to let learners begin brainstorming problems in their currently lives that they would like to see fixed. Based off of their list, they were to choose one problem to create a solution for. This problem and solution was their first step to creating an invention. After their problem and solution were created, learners began drawing diagrams of what their inventions would look like, feel like, and sound like. Lastly, learners were then set free to begin physically creating their very own invention. There were no limits to what they could create! TIME TO STEP OUT OF THE BOX. According to Avanee VanDenHemel, the purpose of this activity, “is to be able to be your own inventor and to be able to create an invention that we have always wanted to create.” Charlie Feltman is excited about this project for two reasons. “ 1. I get to see the rest of 5th grades amazing inventions and 2. I get to invent something really awesome and

maybe one day it will be useful.” Charlie Menholt states that he’s “excited about being able to be his own inventor and being able to invent something of his own choice.” When asked, what do you think you will take from this project in the future towards learning, Brayden Rausch states, “ I think that I will take this experience and turn it into electrical engineering.” Stella Yerdon states that, “I will learn about solving problems and working hard.” Jackson Tupps states that, “ I think I would learn how to problem solve in the real work.” All parents and Liberty Learners are welcome to join us on discovering our Liberty 5th Grade Learners on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018. We can’t wait to see what evolves.

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FFA: Serve, Lead, Inspire DEVANIE ANDRE

In 1969 the Harrisburg FFA Chapter began and continues to rise as an opportunity given to students at Harrisburg High School. When people hear someone talking about FFA, they assume that it is all about farming, hence the original meaning of the acronym, Future Farmers of America. When asked how he has seen FFA change throughout the years, Mr. Marks, HHS teacher and longtime FFA Advisor, stated, “It has changed from all boys who lived on farms and we taught mostly production agricultural topics like crops and livestock. Today, our membership is 95% non-farm students and courses have changed to more leadership, food processing, landscaping, and companion animal topics.” The Harrisburg FFA program not only allows students new and exciting experiences, but it also teaches them the craft of leadership. Mr. Marks was also asked about the importance of FFA, and he responded by saying, “I believe FFA is important in that it teaches leadership skills and responsibility. FFA also has a strong dedication to community service, and we encourage members to volunteer for community projects and to give back to their school and community. FFA membership also educates the members as to the importance of agriculture and how we need to embrace technology so that we can continue to provide an abundant and safe food supply for the world.” This past fall, members went to competitions for Leadership Development Events (LDE) including FFA State in Pierre, South Dakota, and National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. A banquet was recently held to congratulate FFA members on their achievements throughout the year. Harrisburg FFA members also took on the FFA State Convention held at SDSU on April 15th, 16th, and 17th. At this convention, members of the FFA participated in numerous events. Some members competed in Career Development Events (CDE); others attended workshops and visited career fairs.

State Degrees (left to right): Front Row: Allyson Beninga, Makenzie Voss, Jessica Cain, Hailey Harkin, Abbie Bushar. Back row: Koby Bruns, Ben Olson, Noah Hovorka, Makoy Ivarsen, & Slader Niewenhuis. Not pictured are Lauren Volk and Mia Cherry. State Proficiencies (left to Right): MaKenzie Voss, Avery Alvarado, Makoy Ivarsen, Autumn Spyksma, Ben Olson, Kacey Lias, and Slader Niewenhuis.

FFA Year Wraps Up with Banquet and State Convention TODD MARKS, FFA ADVISOR

Like many other school years, the 2017-2018 school year was busy and successful for the Harrisburg FFA Chapter. The month of April brings this year of the FFA to a close with our Chapter Awards Banquet on April 5 and the South Dakota State FFA Convention April 15-17. After an excellent meal provided by ton’s Catering of Brandon, highlights of the awards banquet included the recognition of Honorary Chapter Members. This honor is presented to individuals who have gone above and beyond in assisting and supporting the Harrisburg FFA. This year, Officer Travis Johns, Roxanne Bicknase, Marissa Edwards, Cody Mayo, Ryan and Kristin Olson, and Jan and Sally Cain all received the highest honor a local chapter can award supporters. New members to the FFA are also recognized for their participation and achievements. The Greenhand degree is the first level of FFA membership and over 80 first year members qualified for this degree this school year. The Star

Greenhand is an honor presented to the most active and involved of the Greenhand recipients. This year we awarded to Star Greenhand awards. Freshmen Max Welker and Ben Loos received the highest honor presented to a first year member. The evening concluded with the announcement and installation of the new chapter officers for the 2018-2019 school year. The new officers are: Allyson Beninga, President; MaKenzie Voss, Vice President; Avery Alvarado, Secretary; Mitchell Healy, Treasurer; Rylee Yoshino, Reporter; Janae Deiterman, Sentinel; and Brenden Blakney, Student Advisor. The 2018 SD State FFA Convention was help on the campus of SDSU in Brookings and the Harrisburg Chapter was well represented. Over 60 members of our chapter attended the convention and participated in leadership workshops, agricultural career fair, award presentations and CDE’s. On Sunday evening of

the convention, seven Harrisburg members were presented with state proficiency awards. The top three award winners were recognized on stage and the first place winner in each category will represent South Dakota at the national level. Award recipients for Harrisburg are: Makenzie Voss, first place in Ag. Sales; Autumn Spyksma, first place in Small Animal Care & Production; Slader Niewenhuis, first place in Forest Management; Ben Olson, first place in Nursery Operations; Makoy Ivarsen, first place in Fruit Production; Kacey Lias, second place in Small Animal Care and Production; Avery Alvarado, second place in Specialty Animal Care; and Ben Olson, second place in Fruit Production. On Monday evening, twelve members of the Harrisburg chapter received their State FFA Degree. This degree is similar to an All-State honor and is the highest degree of membership a FFA member can receive while in high school. Receiving the state Degree from Harrisburg are Allyson Beninga, Koby Bruns, Abbie Bushar, Jessica Cain, Mia Cherry, Makoy Ivarsen, Hailey Harken, Noah Hovorka, Slader Niewenhuis, Ben Olson, Lauren Volk, and Makenzie Voss. Throughout the convention, 40 Harrisburg members competed in 10 different CDE areas. When results were announced Tuesday morning, Harrisburg once again represented our school and performed very well. Recognized at the convention were our Horse Evaluation team which tied for fifth place overall. Team members are Rylee Yoshino, Izzy Ellingsen, Jadyn Maas, and Janae Deiterman. Meats Evaluation and Identification placed fourth in the state and Makoy Ivarsen was the 10th place individual and Mitchell Healy placed fourth out of 104 individuals competing in this event. Remaining team members were Kyler Slama and Ben Loos. Our Milk Quality team made a huge improvement from 2017 and finished third place in the state! The team was lead by Dylan Klenk who was the second high individual in the state. There were 152 individuals on 43 teams in this event. The rest of the Milk Quality team consisted of Tiegen Niemeyer, Luke Hohwieler, and Tyler Johnson. As Advisors, we are very proud of all FFA members who attended the state convention and who came out of their comfort zone to try something new by participating in CDE’s this spring. We would also like to thank all the parents who attended the convention and also to all CDE parents who allowed their son or daughter to miss school and represent the Harrisburg FFA. Special thanks to Jace Hollenbeck and Heather Rode for training the Meats team, to Cody Mayo for all of her assistance with the Dairy Cattle CDE team, and to Danny Harris and Roger Timmerman for driving bus for us throughout the CDE season.

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The Class of 2017 commencement ceremony.

An Ending and a Beginning LYRIC OSLUND

Graduation is not only an ending but also a beginning; as this school year draws closer to an end, seniors prepare to graduate. The graduation ceremony will take place in the high school gymnasium on May 20th at 1:00 PM. 2018 will be the last year graduation takes place in Harrisburg’s home

gymnasium; it is speculated that the upcoming classes’ graduation ceremonies will occur in the Arena due to growing classes sizes. Matthew Harris, the 2017-2018 HHS Student Council President, gives advice to underclassmen: “Try something new; if you do not enjoy it, stop, but you may realize you love it. If you do not try new things now, when will you?” Fellow senior Kennedy Pirlet

shares with Harrisburg Times her post-secondary plans: “My plans for after graduation include attending SDSU in the fall. I am thinking of being an English major and pursuing a career in writing or teaching.” While Rachel Nelson has earned many accomplishments, her favorite one includes, “winning the 2017 State Volleyball Championship. Many people doubted our team,

but we prevailed and beat the odds!” Lauren Aden, who is going to attend Truman State University, explains how high school has prepared her for experiences in adulthood: “I think high school, particularly the MOD-CL program, helped to prepare me with time management skills. That is a skill that I will not only use in my post-secondary education, but also in the workforce, as

well.” Although Trevor Axtell looks forward to the next chapter of his life, he mentions that “after graduation, I will miss my friends and teachers the most.” The community of Harrisburg wishes all who are graduating luck and success on the next step of their journeys.

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HOSA Happenings HUNTER CHEAR As the final month arrives for the 2017-2018 school year, this will be the last HOSA Happenings until next school year! After competing at the State Conference, our Harrisburg Chapter had 21 members qualify for the International Leadership Conference in Texas this summer! Congratulations to all of our members who competed and we wish the best of luck to those who will be attending the ILC! A special congratulations to LilyAnn Peterson as she is on the State Officer Team as President-Elect! Our last meeting occurred on April 23rd, where the officers and advisors went over State, the International Leadership Conference, lettering, and the upcoming Banquet. Every year, the Harrisburg HOSA Chapter has a Banquet where all the members come together for one last gathering before everyone is let loose for the summer. This year, our Banquet will be held in the High School commons/ cafeteria instead of the Litter Theater. Each grade level has been asked to bring specific items as this will be a potluck. Following the Varsity Lettering awards, candidates for the upcoming school year Leadership Team will be selected and sworn in. This is a very important event for the Chapter as new leadership comes into the organization. The Banquet will occur on May 7th, at 6 PM. Looking ahead for the summer, we will have an opportunity to have a Harrisburg HOSA Table at a science festival in Mitchell, but more details will be released at a later date. To reflect on this year, Harrisburg HOSA has stayed a strong organization. Our members have gone on a plethora of field trips from Sanford to Avera to the Cadaver Lab, the students have learned more about our local health care and the future they wish to pursue. Along with field trips, having guest health professional speakers come in and give an insight into careers most normally do not get was a special topic our officers decided the organization needed. All of our Science Saturday’s were a huge success and hope to have even more participation next year! As the year finishes off, we hope that you all enjoy your summer vacation and come ready next school year for your fun-filled Harrisburg HOSA Organization. To keep updated with what is happening to follow our Twitter page @HarrisburgHOSA and our Instagram account @Harrisburg_ HOSA

Harrisburg High FCCLA Members !nspired at State Convention REVISED BY: MRS. TRACY KERN, HARRISBURG FCCLA ADVISER Members from the Harrisburg High FCCLA Chapter joined over 1,500 members, advisers, guests who attended the South Dakota FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) Leadership Conference held on April 7-10, 2018, at the Denny Sanford Convention Center/Sheraton Hotel in Sioux Falls. The theme was “Be !nspired by FCCLA” and the convention was a huge success. A team of seven officers serve on the State Executive Council and presided over the meeting. Their term as a state officer concluded at the closing session. Members attended workshops, completed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events and Knowledge Bowl, and ran for leadership positions. Kent Julian, an author and dual business owner, was the keynote speaker on Sunday night during the opening general session. On Sunday and Monday students had the opportunity to attend workshops presented by leadership team members, FCCLA officers, and guest presenters along with being involved trying out a driving simulator, participating in service projects, and visiting the career fair. The second general session of awards and special recognition took place Monday evening. Harrisburg High was recognized for receiving gold status of the SD Merit Chapter Award. Merit chapter award recognizes chapters that have a sound program of work. Mariah Stensgaard, Advocacy Team Member, and Brooklynn Gross, Current Trends

Team Member, were recognized for being part of the SD State Leadership Teams. On Tuesday morning, STAR Event results were announced. Local results from the Harrisburg High FCCLA Chapter included the following: Chapter in Review Display Gold Rating - Shandon Boe, Olivia Christensen, & Jamie Hall; Illustrated Talk Gold Rating/ Top Superior – Addison Steinberg & Jordan Klima; Illustrated Talk Gold Rating – Alexis Burley, Hailey Senst, and Max Welker; Illustrated Talk Silver Rating – Macie Coleman, Kourtney Gronseth; Focus on Children Gold Rating – Brooklynn Gross; Nutrition & Wellness Silver Rating – Rachel Johnson; Career Investigation Silver Rating Emma Malcom & Isabel Roth; National Programs in Action Gold Rating - Libby Miller and Mariah Stensgaard; Nutrition & Wellness Gold Rating – Kiana Sauer. Members competing in the Quiz Bowl included the following: Mariah Stensgaard, Regan Yseth, Libby Miller, Isabel Roth, and Kiana Sauer. Members who received the highest score in their event and advance to National FCCLA Competition in Atlanta, Georgia include: Brooklynn Gross, Kiana Sauer, Shandon Boe, Olivia Christensen, and Jamie Hall. Members who advance to the national competition will travel to Atlanta, Georgia to represent South Dakota at the national FCCLA Leadership Conference on June 28 – July 2, 2018.

South Dakota students selected for 2018 National Youth Science Camp PIERRE, S.D. – Ann Madson, Lincoln High School, and Rilyn Fox, Harrisburg High School, have been chosen as South Dakota’s delegates to the 55th National Youth Science Camp, which will be held near the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia June 27-July 21.

Established in 1963 as part of West Virginia’s Centennial Celebration, this unique program was developed before the term “STEM” became the popular shorthand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At the National Youth Science Camp, two delegates representing each state exchange ideas with leading scientists and other professionals from the academic, governmental and corporate worlds. Lectures and hands-on research projects are presented by scientists from across the United States

who work in such areas as cyber security, Alzheimer’s disease, global climate change, invention and innovation, virtual and augmented reality, and the Internet of Things. Delegates to the camp are challenged to explore new areas in STEM, art and music with resident staff members. Delegates also present seminars covering their own areas of research and interest. The National Youth Science Camp’s diverse academic program is complemented by an outdoor recreation program, which leverages the camp’s location in the Monongahela National Forest. The camp’s outdoor program offers backpacking, caving, rock climbing, mountain biking and kayaking. The National Youth Science Foundation, based in Charleston, W. Va., covers all delegate expenses, including travel. More information is available online at and www.nysc. org.

Members attending State FCCLA Conference in Sioux Falls.

Learning Machines ZACH SCHULTZ

It’s difficult to discern if a school-sponsored activity consisting entirely of standing around a field and furiously fiddling with a joystick can be considered a sport; in fact, even the participants are on the fence if such an activity could be called a sport. Regardless, such participants persevere in their endeavors. This sport’s technical name is the VEX EDR (short for Electronic Driving Robotics) Competition, sponsored by VEX Incorporated, and it consumes every minute of the Tiger Robotics Clubs meetings. Daily activities include driving practice, modifying robots, and cleaning the room. When the club started, there was only one team, consisting of members from grades 6-8. Today, there are four teams, each separated by descending grade level. The VEX EDR curriculum has become so successful that Chris Stewart, the Tiger Robotics head coach and SMS Technical Education teacher, added it into his own teaching curriculum. This is because VEX’s sponsor, the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, “seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by engaging students in hands-on sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally” (quoted from the official VEX

competition website). The ultimate aim of the VEX curriculum is to fuel a passion for engineering at a young age.

This year’s South Dakota State Tournament was held February 21st at Harrisburg High, with our very own Harrisburg sophomore and senior teams taking home trophies emblazoned with “Tournament Champion.” These awards qualified the teams for the Nationals Tournament, which was held April 2nd-5th in Council Bluffs, Nebraska, with a select group of teams from China ultimately taking home championship trophies within their division. Participants view these competitions as holy among daily tedium; taking home a trophy sets a winning team apart from the rest of their fellow competitors. As such, students seek to better themselves and their robot-building skills through rigorously practicing and putting continuous effort into their creations. Volunteer coach and longtime robotics enthusiast Steve Fox agrees that there is nothing but improvement in the “pits” of the robotics field, and he “saw more cooperation between teams during practices this year and it was great to see that pay off.” The skills utilized in these events go beyond building robots, though: competitors learn about computer programming, co-operation with people from different areas, and execution of a plan while witnessing its growth and progression.

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Shooting for the Stars HHS Senior Debaters Recognized WILLIAM ALLEN

The Harrisburg Trap Shooting team has seen an explosion of participants during its second season as a competitive team. Increasing from thirteen members in its inaugural season, the group tacked on thirtyeight new members, combining for a total of fifty-one in grades 6th12th. Throughout the nine-week season, each competitor shoots two rounds of twenty-five shells, making a total of fifty scored clays. Concluding the nine-week period, there will be a state event; this occurs in June, where recipients can receive both individual and team awards. Overall, Head Coach Jared Hefner says he is “looking forward to seeing all of the new students start to learn the sport and watch how they progress.” Not only does Coach Hefner want his athletes to compete amongst other schools, but also, he insists that trap shooting is a sport that can only be defined by its level of

enjoyment. As the future for this young Harrisburg sport continues to brighten, the number of competitors is growing exponentially, alongside with the overall number of followers. Coach Hefner adds the following: “Trap Shooting is something you can do much beyond high school. There are many adult leagues out there that students can participate in all through their entire life.” In many ways, this benefits the students. Not only are they interacting and creating special bonds with other competitors around the state, but they are also preparing for adulthood. As the state tournament approaches, the team is growing in skill and passion. The Tigers increased from a relatively small team to an average sized team; looking to finish the year out strong, they hope to return next season as a feared squad.


Four Harrisburg HS debaters were recognized for their career accomplishments by their peers recently. Landon Dinger, Claire Tufty, Ben Menke, and Hayden Cole were recipients of the Donus D Roberts Senior Award given about by the South Dakota Forensic Coaches Association. Each year, deserving seniors are nominated by all of the South Dakota High School Debate Teams with the top nominees placed on the final ballot of ten candidates. The final voting

procedure is a ranking system with each team allowed to rank the candidates 1-10, with the lowest ranks receiving the award. This is reportedly only the second time a school has “closed out” a senior awards category, as Brookings HS completed the feat in 1993 for policy debate. The group joins a prestigious group HHS debaters recognized over the years, including Marisa Morris, Jordann Krouse, Keren Kabambi, Conner Monsees, Richie Fiksdal and Enrique Ortega.

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Taking Home the Gold LISA M NORRIS

Oral interpretation was the main event during the IGNITE after school club at Endeavor. This group of talented young people perform a mixture of improvisation, theater and oral interpretation pieces throughout the year. Twenty one members took the stage, each one memorized and presenting a different piece. They impressed judges Kyja Min Norris and Annika Paulsen, HHS theater officers, with their skills. Oral interpretation is a wonderful way

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for students to polish their public speaking skills and give them an opportunity to shine! Everyone received either a good, excellent or superior rating. The judges were very impressed. LOADS of talent here! A shout out to the top 3 winners. Karalynn Leach received 3rd place, Brylee Krier second and Kaylen Harris brought home the gold with a first place win. These girls ROCKED their pieces! Congratulations to everyone!

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Endeavor’s Got Talent! LISA M NORRIS

Endeavor held their 5th annual “Endeavor Elementary Extravaganza” talent show. This year over thirty acts auditioned, and eighteen of them were chosen to be in the show. Emcees were fifth graders Brylee Krier and Karalynn Leach. These two young women did an outstanding job throughout the evening. After school clubs Expressions, a sign language club, and Jambo Djembe, a drum club, also performed. Kaylen Harris, the oral interpretation winner of IGNITE, shared her hilarious piece. The

goal of the show is to showcase as many students as possible. Everyone did a fabulous job and the audience was thrilled with the show. We hope that our students will continue to audition and perform as they move forward in their lives. Nelson Mandela said; “I never lose. I either win or I learn something new.” We hope that all of our students learn and grow as they are given opportunities to share their gifts. We want to thank everyone who came out to support our

Extravaganza! The kids did an AMAZING job! Congratulations to Kennedy Cauwels in getting third place, for playing her piano solo. Sibling duo Tate and Karalynn Leach tied for second. Tate did a Taekwondo demonstration, while Karalynn sang and played her ukulele. Eloise Geraets, Brynn Skogen, and Lily Shawd brought home the first place trophy with their beautiful dance, piano and vocal solo. Thanks to everyone who auditioned, we are proud of you all! Endeavor’s got talent!

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Explorer Library Tech News ASHLEY KEUPP AND AMY DENOMME This year Explorer has added Makerspace materials for students to support STEM skills. Thanks to the PTO Walk-a-thon fundraiser, a group of teachers chose several activities to get our students thinking about science, technology, engineering, art and math. The activities will be stored in the library for use and can be

used by teachers for their classes to support individual lessons as well. So far, students have tried out marble runs, Bloxels, Osmo’s, coding mice, magnetic tiles, Strawbees, Spheros, origami and green screen activities. Still to come are Keva planks,a Lego table, magnetic wall, an Ozobot, and Loom Bands.

Explorer students experiment with Makerspace materials provided to support STEM skills.

From Eggs to Chicks MRS. KILEY NIELSEN

4th and 5th TL are “Mad” about Reading! DANIELLE PLACE & KATHLEEN PETERSEN At Freedom Elementary, the 4th and 5th graders of the Traditional Learning Pathway (TL) have been immersed in books! Facilitators, Kathleen Petersen (4th) and Danielle Place (5th), introduced the combined classes to a March Madness Book Tournament just as basketball tournaments were heating up around the country. Each student was asked to pick a favorite novel they had previously read to defend throughout the activity. This tournament focused around writing about a book, instilled a passion for reading and writing, and helped kids learn to handle competition. Learners were asked to complete several tasks as a way of competing against others with their novel. Each learner designed a book cover, wrote a book report, conducted an interview with a character, chose a scene to act out, and created a digital book trailer. Following a March Madness bracket system, learners were eliminated from the competition after each round. While all kids completed each activity, those whose material was voted on by classmates moved on to the next

round of competition. Not only were learners competing against others in their home studio, but against the other grade level as well. “It was an exciting project, as it required learners to think outside the box and allowed their passion for their chosen book to shine,” said Mrs. Petersen. “Learners loved checking the large bracket in the hallway to see progress throughout the month. We eliminated novels from the bracket into a sweet 16, elite 8, final 4, and championship round.” The TL classes got other learners from around the school involved as well. “The championship round book trailers were created on iMovie and sent to the entire school to be voted upon,” remarked Mrs. Place. “The whole process was a great alternative to traditional book report activities and allowed for additional ways to show mastery of various language skills. Finding projects that combine a variety of standards as well as engage learners in such a handson manner are some of our most rewarding teaching experiences!”

Over the past few weeks, Kindergarteners at Horizon Elementary incubated chicken eggs in their classroom incubators. They journaled, daily, about the growth and development taking place in the eggs. On Day 16, we candled (shined a flashlight against the egg) to see if there was much development taking place. On Day 21, the eggs started pipping. After hours of watching them rock back and forth, we noticed the chicks beginning to zip around the egg making their way out into the world of Kindergarteners. We used our technology to set up a webcam and watch our chicks work hard to hatch out throughout the day. By the end of the process we welcomed 11 baby chicks into the world! We love our chicken unit in Kindergarten and can’t wait to see what next year brings!

HHS English Classes Wrap Up Another Year of Bringing You the News From Around the District

The Harrisburg Times would like to extend a warm “thank you” to Mrs. Kaye DesLauriers and her students who contribute to the Harrisburg Times through out the school year, putting their english composition and creative writing skills to the test. We appreciate their contributions to our district and community!

Kindergarteners at Horizon elementary hold the baby chicks they incubated in the classroom.

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Issue 45 May 2018  
Issue 45 May 2018