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Page 6 Askov American SCHOOLS Thursday, Janua00 19,2012 Changes in calendar for 2012-13 There are two items for the update this week. I would like to let you know about the school calendar for next year and about some of our excellent programs that were recognized last week. The school calendar for the 2012-13 school year has been approved. There are three changes from this year that we should all note. First, we have moved conferences forward by a month and added an extra conference day. Confer- ences will begin in October rather than November. This is designed to get parents and teachers talking sooner in the school year. There is a conference day (no school for students, just all day for parents to stop by and see teachers) on December 10. This day was added due to the positive parent response to our morning conferences this past November. If you work eve- nings or have other obligations that prevent you from attend- ing conferences or if you just need to see teachers more than twice during the year, you can meet with teachers for an ex- tra conference in December. The next change for the 2012-13 calendar is an addi- tion of student early release days for teacher training: Due to testing and No Child Left Behind, we need to add as Rob Prater Hinckley-Finlayson Superintendent much training as possible for our staff. The staff will work on a series of trainings seven times next year. Students will be dismissed two hours early from school while the teachers are trained. The last calendar change is a 10-minute addition to the student learning day. All three schools will have 10 minutes added to the learning day, ev- ery school day. We believe this will give a little extra boost every day to keep students learning more. The full calendar will be in the Jaguar Track (district newsletter) in February. We will also have a color copy of the calendar posted on our website soon. The state school boards conference was held last week in Minneapolis. For the annual conference, all school board members in our state are invited to over two days of free training. Our district was represented by four board members, who all attended ex- cellent workshops. This helped generate new ideas, which I hope will make our schools even better. Of course, we already have many excellent ideas right here in our own schools. Two programs were honored and invited to present to the entire state school board association. Mrs. Shana Stiel presented at two separate times on our "Let's Get Ready" pre-Kinder- garten program. Our program was held up as a model of excellence in education for pre-kindergarten students. Mrs. Stiel did a wonderful job of showcasing our program for many school board members. Mrs. Karlajean Becvar and Ms. Brigitte Budahn also pre- sented at the conference. They showcased our high school advisory program. This was also an excellent presentation that allowed other schools to see some of our excellent local programming. The school year is almost half over. In the high school, semester finals and new classes will be starting soon. In order for teachers to finish first semester grading and get ready for the second half of the year, there will be no school on Friday, January 27. Go, Jags. Students shine at H-F science fair Don Gdce The Hinckley/Finlayson High School Science Fair was held on Monday, January 9, at the high school. The students listed below have the opportu- nity to advance to the North- east Regional Science Fair to be held at the University of Minnesota Duluth on Satur- day, February 4. Behavioral and social science Junior high: 1st - "Does Birth Order Affect Your Per- sonality?" by Brianna Barstad; 1st -"The Power of Suggestion" by Lindsey Rootkie; 2nd - "Do Video Games Affect Reaction Time?" by Alex Fiero. Senior high: 1st - "Con- fess to Stress" by Maia Miller; 1st -"Could You Pass this Test?" by Bailey Von Rueden; 2nd - "Sight or Sound?" by Matt Lawrence; 2nd - "Color vs. Black-n-White" by Erika Winter; 3rd - "What is That Again?" by Amber Engels; 3rd - "Gender and Color Prefer- ence" by Lizz Pasek. Biology Junior high: 1st - "The Ef- fects of Light on Dieffenba- chia Plant Growth" by Alexis Makela; 2nd - "Do Chickens Lay More Eggs with Music?" by Kelsey Eng; 3rd - "Horse's Girth Size" by Megen Farrell. Senior High: 1st -"Knee Stress" by Nate Nelson; 2nd - "Does Baiting Deer Increase the Deer You See?" by Isaac Engel-stad; 3rd - "How Well Does Gender Predict the Tem- perature of Weather?" by Sier- ra LaGuard; 3rd - "What Effect Does Music Have on Plants?" by Kristina Netz. Chemistry/environmental/ earth science Junior high: 1st - "Is There a Taste Difference Between Fat Free and Regular Food?" by Elizabeth Dutcher; lst-"Differ- ent Taste Between Generic and Name Brand Apple Juice" by Jenny Rensvold; 2nd -"Taste, Cost, Calories, and History of Chocolate" by Tyler Fish; 2nd -"Which Brand of Bubble Gum Blows the Biggest Bubbles?" by Michael Worlickey; 3rd -"What Carbonated Soda Fizzes the Longest?" by Brooke Hagle; 3rd - "What is More Destructive Pollutant between oil, trash, or a carcass?" by Ray Ring; 3rd - "What Makes Cake Rise?" by Esther Vail. Senior high: 1st - "Die- sel vs. Hybrid -- Phase 2" by Cole Merisko, Zac McEachran; 2nd - "Fire and Wood" by Sam Carlsen; 2nd - "Hard Rock vs. Smooth Rock" by Jonathan Nelson; 3rd - "Corn vs. Wood Pellets" by Brent Janssen; 3rd - "Butter vs. Margarine" by Kayti Lyseth; 3rd -"The Soft- est Muffin" by Makayla Whit- ed, Natalie Peel. Medicine and health Junior high: 1st - "Would Your Child Mistake Medicine for Candy?" by Laken Lyre- burner. Senior high: 1st - "Real Fake Tan" by Marissa Kap- pauf; 2nd - "Slight of Hand" by Ian Irons; 3rd - "The Effect of Phiten Necklaces When Play- ing Sports and Working Out" by Thomas Lenzen. Physics and engineering Junior high: 1st -"What is the Effect of Interchang- ing Electrical Components in the Circuit of a Crystal Ra- dio?" by Tyler Bumann; 2nd - "Does Changing the Voltage on an Electromagnet Change the Strength of the Electro- magnet?" by Adam Finke; 3rd - "Do Pressure Levels Affect a Basketball's Bounce?" by Kyle McEachran; and 3rd -"Stress Ranges for Oak, Pine, and Ma- ple" by Carter Summerland. Senior high: 2nd - "Con- ducting Electricity" by J.C. An- derson; 2nd - "Electricity with Foods" by Austin Severin; 2nd - "How Does the Projectile Size and Weight Affect Distance with a Catapult?" by Gilbert Terry; 3rd -"What Brand of Golf Ball Bounces the Highest on a Hard Surface?" by Troy Cowart. Fifty-one people from sur- rounding communities helped judge the fair including Her- man Bartsch, Maria Bernhardt, Florence Berquist, Dennis Boxrud, Pastor Michael Breach, Terry Bullock, Bonnie Cabak, Mary Clark, Adrienne Deger- strom, Troy Douglas, Marge Fagerstrom, Jessica Fischer, Kim Flagstad, Bill Foss, Rod- ney Foss, John Frank, Scott Grice, Tony Grieve, Stu Harder, Calvin Harth, Paul Hickle, Ron Jensen, Anna Keenan, Sandy Korf, Josiah LeTourneau, Lin- da Libra, Melissa Linden, Tom Linden, Cory Lymburner, Lisa Lymburner, Krista Matson, Megan Meyer, Marsha Mlinar, Constanza Mora, Jim Obey, Kara Olson, Paul Olson, Nate Painovich, Vicki Painovich, Dwaine Palmer, Dean Paron, Joe Ranger, Megan Ranger, Julie Salmon, Daniel Schmal- zer, Barb Scierca, Deb Sewell, Eva Svobodova, Jake Ubl, Rox- annWinter, and Josh Zaudtke. Pine Tech now offers long-term care assistant certificate program Pine Technical College The long-term care assis- tant certificate was designed in response to health care fa- cility requests to increase stu- dent communication and criti- cal thinking skills, so students are sure to be in-demand upon completion. "It fits just what we look for," confirmed Burnett Medi- cal Center's Long-Term Care Director of Nursing Carol Ahlquist. Complementary to the As- seciate in Science (AS) degree in health science and upward compatible with the practical nursing diploma and AS degree in nursing, the long-term care assistant certificate is an ideal program for anyone wishing to enter the medical field. Unlike taking a certified nursing assistant (CNA) course on its own, this certificate program is financial aid eli- gible. Additionally, through the Healthcare Alliance housed at Pine Technical College (PTC), scholarship opportunities are provided each semester on "It fits just what we look for." --Carol Ahlquist, Burnett Medical Center's Long Term Care Director of Nursing a competitive basis, support service funding is available to those facing financial hard- ships, and job placement assis- tance is also provided. Another way this certificate sets itself apart is that the CNA course within the pro- gram is eligible for transfer to Wisconsin's state registry. The development of the new trans- fer-eligible CNA course came at the urging of PTC's Health- care Alliance partners in Wis- consin. "We are excited to strength- en our relationship with our Wisconsin partners by offering students the flexibility to work on both sides of the border," says Krista Hoekstra, director of nursing. "The program's eli- gibility for financial aid is also sure to make it more accessible to prospective students." The Healthcare Alliance is a vibrant partnership be- tween K-12, higher education, health care providers, and the workforce center system born in 2007. Just more than three years later, and more than two dozen partners strong, the as- sembly has "built a vision for a strong, qualified workforce with opportunities for professional growth," according to PTC President Robert Musgrove. As a result, in the spring of 2010, the alliance was awarded a $4.2 million grant under the President's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), as implemented by the U.S. De- partment of Labor's Employ- ment and Training Adminis- tration, to fulfill its mission. For more information about the Healthcare Alliance, visit or call (320) 629-4570. Dress-up day at HCS Elementary students and staff at Harvest Christian School in Sandstone enjoy dress-up days on Thurs- days. Recently, cowboys and cowgirls, complete with "horses," showed up at school. Students paint mural at EC Josie Kunshier and Samantha Nelson are painting a mural on the wall of the secondary cafeteria at East Central. They have been working on it after school and donated some of their Christmas break to the project. Dean's List St. Cloud State University The following local students were named to the fall semes- ter dean's list at St. Cloud State University: Brekka Gay, Kendra Motyl, and Danielle Pangerl, all of Pine City. To be named to the dean's list, students must have a grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point The following local students were named to the fall semester dean's list at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Receiving highest honors rec- ognition for a grade point aver- age of 3.9-4.0 were Jesse Funk of Askov and Eric Osterdyk of Pine City. Receiving honors recognition for a grade point average from 3.5 to 3.74 were Ashley Beavens of Askov and Riley Ludwig of Sandstone. College News University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point The University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point conferred degrees on more than 555 graduates during the university's 2011 winter commencement ceremo- nies. Ashley Beavens of Askov graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife ecol- ogy research and management. Jesse Funk of Askov gradu- ated with a Bachelor of Science degree in resource management environmental education/inter- pretation. BE to the Askov American! Call (320)838-3151 Briefly Firearms safety training to be held A winter firearms safety training class for students from area schools will be held at East Central Schools at Banning Junc- tion. Classes will held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30- 5:30 p.m. February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 and 23. Students will go to the shooting range in May. There is a $7.50 charge, which is payable at the first meeting. Students must be 12 or older to take this training and to buy a hunting license. A class will also be held in the spring by the Sandstone Sportsmen's Club. The county sheriffwill not accept this course as training for carrying a handgun as a concealed weapon. For more information contact John Peterson at (320) 838-3330. School Menus EAST CENTRAL Week of January 23-27 Breakfast --Monday: Cereal, cheese stick, juice. Tuesday: Breakfast pizza, hard-boiled egg, juice. Wednes- day: Cereal, cheese stick, juice. Thurs- day: Pancake on stick, fruit. Friday: Cook's choice. Lunch Blue Moon m Monday: Pancakes, meat, yogurt, juice, fruit. Tues- day: Open-face turkey sandwich with gravy, whipped potatoes, vegetable, fruit, dinner roll. Wednesday: Taco, grated cheese, lettuce fixings, fruit, bread, dessert. Thursday: Hamburger gravy, whipped potatoes, vegetable, fruit, dinner roll. Fri- day: Burrito, Spanish rice, lettuce fixings, fruit, bread. Lunch Silver Spoon -- Mon- day: Sloppy joe on bun, potato, vegetable, fruit. Tuesday: Chicken strips (3), rice, vegetable, fruit, bread. Wednesday: Cheeseburger on bun, pasta, vegetable, fruit. Thursday: Lasagna hot dish, bread stick, cottage cheese, vegetable, fruit. Fri- day: Chicken a la king, biscuit, vegetable, fruit. A variety of desserts may be added to the meals Choice of 1%, skim, and chocolate milk. FINLAYSON ELEMENTARY Week of January 23-27 Breakfast -- Monday: Cereal, yo- gurt, fruit. Tuesday: Waffle stick, sausage, applesauce. Wednesday: Breakfast piz- za, juice. Thursday: Cereal, yogurt, juice. Friday: No school, teachers' workshop. Lunch -- Monday: Breakfast - French toast, applesauce, sausage, tri taters. Tuesday: Chili, crackers, vegeta- ble sticks, fruit. Wednesday: Pork roast, mashed potatoes, dinner roll, fruit. Thurs- day: Pizza, vegetable, fruit, dessert. Fri- day: No school, teachers' workshop. Choice of 1%, skim, or chocolate milk Menu subject to availabilit WILLOW RIVER Week of January 23-27 Breakfast -- Monday: Waffle, ham, juice. Tuesday: Hot Pocket, hash browns, fruit. Wednesday: Breakfast burrito, string cheese. Thursday: Berry muffin, sausage, fruit. Fdday: Potato pancakes, bacon, juice. Lunch -- Monday: Hot dog, baked beans, vegetable, fruit. Tuesday: Spa- ghetti, meatballs, bread stick, vegetable, fruit. Wednesday: Taco in bag, cheese, lettuce, vegetable, fruit. Thursday: Chick- en patty, chips, vegetable, flesh fruit. Fri- day: Chicken wild rice soup, bread suck, fruit, ice cream. Grades 5-12 will be offered: Mon. & Wed. -- Soup & Sandwich; Tues. & Thur. -- Baked Potato or Salad Bar. Skim and 1% milk served with each meal. All bread is whole grain.