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December 2002 Vol. 30, No. 05 THE UNIFIER SOUTHEAST POLK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT RUNNELLS, IOWA Algebra + Real World ÷ Engineer – Boredom x Students = New Appreciation for Math How many times have algebra teachers heard this: "Why do we have to learn this stuff? We're never going to use it!" Senior high math teacher and Dimensions of Learning coach Kent Horstmann found a creative way to answer that question. He asked Ted Townsend of Townsend Engineering in Des Moines to partner with the school district to bring a weeklong program to the school called "Engineers Teaching Algebra." Townsend agreed, and the results were re- markable. Mark Love, a civil engineer from New Hampshire who specializes in highway de- sign and traffic planning, spent a week at Southeast Polk in November teaching the be- ginning math and algebra classes how alge- bra really is used by people of all professions. Love gave the students pictures of inter- sections and had them derive their own for- mulas for traffic patterns, turn lanes, timing of traffic lights, efficiency levels and safety Engineer Mark Love works with Paige Heim and Melissa Brueck, who are using algebraic considerations. Point values were given for formulas to figure out the safest and most efficient traffic pattern for a busy intersection. getting the most cars through the intersection problem. its of mind,'" Horstmann said. "We also want in the safest manner in the shortest time. The "First we spend a lot of time just on the them to learn that, without algebra, they are efficiency level is secondary to safety. Once concept phase," Love explained. "I use that limiting their options for jobs and career ad- they solved the problem, Love presented the phase to encourage them to use their brains vancement." equations that could be used to solve the same for ideas, so they'll know they can come up Math teacher Joel Conn appreciated with a reasonable an- Love's emphasis to students on the need for swer and can think for algebra in all aspects of life. themselves. They can "He stressed that even an artist uses alge- apply those same con- bra for problem-solving, and other professions cepts to analyzing TV use it in ways you might not even imagine," commercials and other Conn said. real-life situations. Then "I try to emphasize the algebra over the we get out the calcula- engineering," Love said. "Many of these kids tors and go into the com- aren't going to be engineers, but with real- putation phase." world experience in using the concepts of al- "We encourage the gebra, they learn that the symbols don't make Love analyzes the various solutions proposed by the students. kids to have good 'hab- it hard, they make it easy." OUR BUSINESS IS LEARNING The mission of the Southeast Polk Community School District is to be an innovative, educational organization committed to providing learning experiences of superior quality which enable ALL students to successfully meet challenges now and in the future. Anne Frank lights up the Southeast Polk stage The Southeast Polk Drama Department's fall production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" took the stage Nov. 8-9 with a cast made up of a combination of vet- erans and newcom- ers. The story of a 13-year-old girl in hiding from the Na- zis with her family and a group of strangers in early The embattled group tries to maintain tradition through the try- 1940s Amsterdam is a stark re- Emilea Wilson in the title role of Anne ing times by observing Hanukkah. From left are Andy Hodges as Frank defends her behavior to an an- minder of the grim days of the Peter VanDaan, Brianna Spry as Mrs. VanDaan, Alex Cue as noyed Mr. VanDaan, played by Alex Holocaust. Malaura Werling di- Mr. VanDaan, Terri White (hidden) as Mrs. Frank, Patrick Schrodt Cue. Both are seniors. rected the play. as Mr. Frank, Krystal Haley as Margot, Anthony Lobaito as Mr. Dussel, and Emilea Wilson as Anne. A field trip in the classroom Busy winter concert schedule Melinda Junior and senior high bands and choirs are busily preparing for C a r r i k e r, an active December concert schedule. Performances are as follows: supervisor of the Senior high vocal concert, Mon., Dec. 2, 7 p.m. in the auditorium; 7th 1 7 0 0 s grade chorus concert, Sun., Dec. 15, 2 p.m. at the junior high; senior farm at Liv- high band concert, Sun., Dec. 15, 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium; 8th ing History grade chorus concert, Mon., Dec. 16, 7 p.m. at the junior high; junior Farms, ex- high band concert, Tues., Dec. 17, 7 p.m. at the junior high. plains the stone ax and gourd Three chosen for SCIBA rattles to student Junior High Honor Band Delacey Chapman. When it's too cold for a field trip to Living History Farms, LHF em- ployees pack up and bring part of the farms to the classroom. Joanne Cram's and Lois Gates' Fifth-graders Kari Nelson and Eric Da deco- fifth graders at Delaware rate their handmade clay pots with simple Elementary learned how geometric shapes, as the Ioway Indians the Ioway Indians of the would have done. SEP eighth-graders Sabrina Kness, Rebekha Helgeson and Connor 1700s hunted buffalo, tanned hides, dried food, added crushed Nolan took part in the South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association clamshells to clay to make pots, ground corn, braided husks, made annual junior high Honor Band Festival at Pella High School Nov. jerky, and gardened. Students also heard how the Native Americans 12. The three musicians were selected by audition at Simpson Col- had winter and summer home camps, and traveling homes (tipis) to lege in October. Dusty Nesheim also auditioned. Their director is follow the buffalo herds. Phil Schmidt. Page 2 Ed Wilson kicks off SEP First Alert Weather Net They could hardly have been more ex- cited if a movie star had been the one com- ing to visit. When WHO-TV13 meteorolo- gist Ed Wilson climbed out of Chopper 13 by Southeast Polk Junior High on Nov. 12, about 200 eighth graders screamed and swarmed around him with welcoming signs and requests for autographs. Wilson's appearance was to officially kick off the First Alert Weather Net station, which was installed on the roof of the junior high over the summer. The Southeast Polk site kickoff went live on the five and six o'clock news broadcasts, with a clip shown at 10. Wilson will now frequently refer to data gathered from the SEP site, and the public can access data from the site through the WHO First Alert Weather Bug on the WHO website. Science classes monitor data from the weather station, as well. Metro Waste Au- thority funds covered the cost of the hookup. Junior high students surround WHO-TV13 meteorologist Ed Wilson after he emerges from Chop- per 13 south of the junior high building Nov. 12. At right, Halley Stille's colorful poster was an attention-getter when Wilson stepped out of the helicopter. Wilson did a live broadcast from the SEP Junior High gymnasium for the five and six o'clock news programs. Be- tween the news shows the station pro- vided sub sandwiches and sodas for all the students and teachers who attended. Brandi McBee, left, and Brandon Beem, right, collaborated on a large, folding sign they hoped would make the news. The sign included the obligatory "Hi Mom!" Grant Gillon helps hold up the sign from behind. At right: Zach Ballard and Halley Stille present a SEP tee shirt to Wilson to wear for his weather broadcasts. He also answered dozens of questions from curious students. Page 3 Singers earn Opus, All-State honors Six Southeast Polk singers were se- lected to represent the district in the presti- gious All-State and Opus honor choirs, which performed at Hilton Coliseum on the Iowa State University Campus. From left in row one are sophomore Steve Fox, a baritone All-Stater, and junior Sean McCann, an All-State second tenor al- ternate. The All-State Choir, Band, and Or- chestra performances were Nov. 23. From left in row two are freshmen Ian Crankshaw, Chole Casber and Nate Cook, all baritones in the Opus Honor Choir, which performed Nov. 21. Freshman tenor K.C. Narayan was unavailable for the photo. Opus performers are chosen from audi- tion tapes, and All-State performers audition as part of quartets at district competitions in late October. Doug Churchman directs the SEP Bass Clef Choir and Chamber Singers. History books available for holiday gifts Autographed copies of "From the Ground Up: A History of the Southeast Polk Commu- nity School District" are available in the main office of each district school building and District Office for a cost of $10. All sales funds are donated to the Southeast Polk Scholar- ship Fund. The book, written by former Congressman Neal Smith and former SEP Superintendent Ken Sand, is a chronicle of how the district came to be formed from several one-room school- houses and the community high schools of Runnells, Altoona, and Mitchellville. Bitter battles and three Iowa Supreme Court decisions were part of the fray, which lasted 10 years before being settled by a court decision. Stop by any school for your copy, or call Marti Kline at 967-4294 for more information. Pumpkin unit ends with "Pumpkin Person Party" Janet Riordan's kindergarten class at Four Mile Elementary took pumpkin deco- rating to a new level this year. First, they measured and weighed their pumpkins, found their circumference, and compared the different sizes and shapes. At the end of the unit each student took home his or her pumpkin to decorate like a person, then brought the creations back for a "Pumpkin Person Party." Creations included cowboys, football players, clowns, lions, pretty ladies, pump- kins with spaghetti hair, and even a vegetable pumpkin with cucumbers for eyes, tomatoes for ears, and a carrot nose. Pictured are Brady Buchheit with his cow- boy pumpkin; Macy Scully with her curly-haired pumpkin; and Nik Stevenson with his clown pumpkin. Page 4 Russian entertainer wows Willowbrook Sergei Shapoval, Russian master of music education and concertmaster, brought his many talents to Willowbrook Elemen- tary Nov. 14. During two assem- blies he sang, danced, played sev- eral instruments, taught the Cyrillic alphabet and showed beautiful slides of his country. In follow-up workshops he ex- plained the history and signifi- cance of the many artistic and cul- tural artifacts he brought along. Shapoval's appearance was coordinated by The Cultural Kaleidscope of Kansas City and funded by the Willowbrook PTA. Upper right: Shapoval shows second- grader C.J. Lane how to play a tune on the antique Bayan/button accordion. Lower right: Tables full of gorgeous A student who especially enjoyed the Russian cultural presentation is kindergartner Nicole pieces of art, folk crafts, instruments and cloth- Smirnova, whose parents are Russian. She poses here in a traditional dancer's headpiece ing provide the backdrop for a discussion of while Shapoval, dressed in a traditional Russian folk costume, holds a Balalaika. Russian art, culture and history. Study of the Roaring 20s ends with classroom Speakeasy A knock on the door would bring a watchful eye to peer through the "I didn't realize all the very important people who came from peephole. If the visitor knew the password ("Bolshevik"), the door would that time period," said Bergan Ross. "We learned about Prohibi- open and the visitor would be allowed into the dimly-lit, noisy excitement tion and the people of that time. It was a fun and creative atmo- of the Southeast Polk sphere." ninth-grade "Speakeasy." A history and language arts unit on the 1920s gave teachers Tracy Tensen, Kelly Knowler and Ken Eckert the idea to present the era in a way that would make it seem more authen- tic to the students. Instead of dry reports in front of the class, each student re- searched a famous person of the era, borrowed, rented, or made a costume to fit the character, and came to the Speakeasy as that person. Groups rotated every few minutes from table to table, and their Teachers Tracy Tensen (poet Dorothy Parker), From left are Lindsey Snethen as flapper Isadora Duncan, Bergan task was to tell about their Ken Eckert (evangelist and baseball player Ross as author Ernest Hemingway, Michael VanHook as Mahatma Rev. Billy Sunday) and Kelly Knowler (golfer character to the others at Ghandi, Dani Banker as Amelia Earhart, Paige Harding as Helen Bobby Jones) got into the act. their table. Keller, and Cody Tolkan as boxer Jack Dempsey. Page 5 Award presented to 2001-02 National test to be given at SEP school board for leadership Mitchellville Elementary and SEP Jun- ior High have been selected to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation's Report Card. NAEP is an ongoing assessment of what young American students know and can do in various academic subjects. Commissioned by Congress in 1969, NAEP is the only nationwide test of student achievement. NAEP tests are administered annually in reading, math, history, science, and the arts to public schools selected from each state. Selection requires mandatory participa- tion. Given to almost one million students throughout the U.S. in 2003, NAEP will show how students in Iowa perform compared to other states and the country as a whole. A random sample of fourth- and eighth- grade students are selected for the assessment. SEP School Board President Katie Temple presented former board member Valarie Campbell All responses are confidential and no results with a plaque recognizing her years of service to Southeast Polk Board of Education at a will be reported to or about individual students Nov. 7 special board meeting. A representative from the Iowa Association of School Boards or schools. also presented the 2001-2002 SEP Board of Education with a plaque in recognition of a Results make up the database for the Na- commitment to leadership by participating in board development activities. From left above tional Center for Educational Statistics. These are 2001-02 board members Pat Staggs, Doug Workman and Valarie Campbell, IASB Past statistics are used by colleges and universities, President Richard Vande Kieft, and board members Katie Temple, Gwen Seward Lewis researchers, textbook publishers, and by na- and Steve Hanson. Director Richard Owens was unavailable. tional policy makers to make decisions regard- ing education. Much of the current "No Child Students send drug-free messages Left Behind" legislation is based on NAEP results. during Red Ribbon Week Mitchellville fourth-graders will be tak- ing the reading portion of the NAEP test. The eighth-graders will take the math portion. For more information about NAEP and to view test questions on-line, visit the web site <http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard>. Board approves creative calendar for Harbor The 2003-04 school year will look a bit different for Harbor students. SEP's Board of Education has approved a pilot nontraditional calendar for that building only, at the request of Principal Jeri Sanburn and the staff. Students will still attend school for the state-mandated 180 days, but will start in mid- July 2003, have evenly-spaced, three-week breaks throughout the year, and end at the same Having some fun while decorating parking lot vehicles with red ribbons are, from left: Evan time as the traditional school. Fick, Tyler Spencer, Kassady Gilmore, Jake Havenridge, Marcus Dawson, and Cody "The research is mixed," Sanburn said, Pedersen in front. "but this type of schedule seems to improve Seniors Carrie Henn and Laura Vander Tuig co-chaired this year's Red Ribbon Week ac- student attendance, behavior, attitude, and tivities to encourage students to live drug-free lives. Volunteers tied red ribbons on cars, grades, while creating a more consistent ac- trees and lockers; handed out red ribbons and read poems in classrooms; and passed out cess to school and community support ser- free red, white and blue Bomb Pops, courtesy of Wells Blue Bunny, to students who wore vices. Students have less opportunity to 'drift red. Jered Wells won $50 in an essay contest sponsored by the counselors. Megan Estabrook away' with a shorter break. We'd like to try it and Donnie Johnson each won $25 for a second-place tie. and see how it works." Page 6 Chilly Springbrook welcomes Four Mile 6th graders Although they didn't expect three inches of snow in late October, three Four Mile sixth-grade classes spent two days at Springbrook State Park near Guthrie Cen- ter. The outing is becoming a popular one, as several Southeast Polk classes make the trip. Reservations have to be made years in advance to secure the most popular dates. Students participate in activities such as Blacklight Tracking, Leaf Printing, Calling All Owls, Orienteering, Archery, Bird Banding, Aquatic Life, Gun Safety, Shelter Building, Hiking, and Enviroscape – where they develop strategies to pre- vent erosion. They sleep in lodges and gather around campfires to conduct team- building activities. "The sixth graders had the opportunity to challenge themselves through experi- ences that are not normally part of the school day," said Principal Sharon Cummings, who went along on the outing, "and by spending two days and one night together in a setting outside of school, they worked on developing into a cohesive group. The parents who went along were so impressed. They couldn't be- lieve all the activities." Adam Wood liked studying erosion at the stream table, building the shelters, and ar- chery. At left, Adam Wood, Anthony Blackman, James "Archery was my favorite," Wicker, Dustin Miller and other students study the he said, "'cuz' I hit a bull's-eye!" "enviroscape" at a "stream table," where they fig- A $1,000 Wal-Mart grant, ure out strategies to prevent erosion. Above, a $500 donation from the PTA, Daniel Patton and others plan and build a shelter a student pop can drive and other as the Native Americans may have done. Inset: small donations provided most creek organisms are gathered and studied in the of the funding for the outing. Aquatic Life workshop. Legion Post presents Financial aid information check for essay contest offered for parents of college-bound students Parents of students headed for college next year, especially those going through this for the first time, usually have many questions about college visits, scholarships, and those extremely intimidat- ing financial aid forms. The Southeast Polk counselors will come to the rescue with a financial aid information night Monday, December 9, at 7 p.m. in the senior high auditorium. A veteran college financial aid advisor will be on hand to offer advice, explain the forms, and answer ques- tions. The counselors will also inform parents about scholarship opportunities, testing, college visits, applications, etc. Spring soccer registration Registration for the spring season of the Altoona Soccer Club will be from Dec. 1 through Jan. 31, with a late fee charged after Jan. 20. Registration fee is $40 per player age 4-13 (age as of 8-1- 02), with discounts for families with three or more players. No reg- istrations will be accepted after Jan. 31 unless players are needed to complete rosters. Forms are available at the Altoona Public Library, or online at <http://members.aol.com/altoonasoccer> under "Forms." Mail com- pleted forms, including a copy of a new player's birth certificate, to: Altoona Elementary sixth-grader Nicole Mozak accepts a check for Altoona Soccer Club, P. O. Box 472, Altoona, IA 50009. $200 from Altoona American Legion Post #662 Commander Charles Franklin. Nicole's essay for the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 at- Players may also register in person at the Altoona Library on tacks was chosen from several submitted by sixth graders who wrote Sat., Jan. 11, or Sat., Jan. 18, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Don't forget the on the topic. Nicole read her essay at a special assembly, and the birth certificate for new players. Contact Dawn O'Connor at 967- money will be spent on books for all three sixth grades at Altoona. 3895 with any registration questions. Page 7 Junior high fine arts class is part of improvement plan The junior high School Improvement Plan includes sched- uling changes to minimize crowding in the hallways; adding a fifth team to reduce class sizes; incorporating reading instruc- tion in all disciplines; alternating study table time with physical education on opposite days, with academic tutoring available at each study table; and reorganizing the music and fine arts cur- riculum so every student is exposed to music while in junior high. The outcome of the fine arts reorganization is a course that has even nonmusical students excited about going to class. Al- though chorus and band classes are still offered with concert performance opportunities, administrators wanted all students to receive instruction in music, speech, and drama. Long-time chorus teacher Stephanie Rumple created an exciting new curriculum that incorporates world music drum- ming, guitar, handchimes, gourd instruments, world and Ameri- can folk dancing, readers' theater, American musical theater, and the physics of sound in music. After completing the guitar and drumming units, Rumple is very enthusiastic about the student response. While sitting in a circle, students play various types of drums, sticks, chimes, and rattles, as smaller groups play different rhythms within the larger group. Fine arts teacher Stephanie Rumple works on guitar chording with (clockwise "It teaches focus and listening in a completely different from front) Tyler Wilson, Sam White, Nate Peterson and Daniel Steenhoek. manner," she said. "They have to listen and watch, or they don't get it. They want to do it right, so they pay attention. Focus and concentration are the whole premise." "To say this program is successful is a definite understatement," said Principal Glenn Dietzenbach. "Brain research indicates that music performance enhances academic per- formance, and this is a great opportunity to provide a positive music experience for all junior high students." "Besides being fun, learning and playing these instruments teaches community and teamwork, as well as independence within a team or community," Rumple said. "Each instrument plays a different part in the whole. If one is left out, there's a gap, so they learn that concept of teamwork in a practical way. I love it. It puts everyone on an equal level. Within the circle is equality." When Rumple gets to the gourd instrument unit, the plan is for students to prepare the soil, plant the seeds, harvest the gourds and make their own instruments. The guitar unit was so popular, an after-school guitar club has formed for students who want to continue Rumple demonstrates a rhythm on an playing. Detailed unit plans are available for any- African drum while Rachel Gilmore one interested in learning more about the new taps out the cadence on the cowbell. fine arts curriculum. Call Rumple at 967-5509. Harbor students experience Native American culture One tends to look at the world a little differently when sitting in a circle inside a large, cozy tipi. Colorful symbols, headdresses, and costumes line the walls and several intriguing gourds, drums, and other instruments sit in the center. Ralph Moisa, Native American author, philosopher, and descen- dant of the Yaqui Nation, spent two days at Harbor Alternative School in October. While comparing and contrasting Native American his- tory with its modern culture, he and his wife Carol performed tradi- tional Native American music and taught students to play some of the instruments. To help students understand how the past affects life today in Native American culture, he facilitated a small-group activity where students were given a scenario for the survival of their tribe. Moisa also talked of his late son, an artist and nature-lover who was killed at the age of 19 while rescuing a hawk trapped in a power line. Moisa gave a beautiful drawing by his son as a gift to the Har- bor students. Ralph Moisa teaches Jason Logan and other Harbor students the ancient art of drumming. Page 8 ACTIVITY CALENDAR DATE ACTIVITY LOCATION TIME Mon., Dec. 2 High School Winter Choir Concert High School Auditorium 7:00 PM Willowbrook Elementary Holiday Service Project Week Willowbrook Elementary Hampstead Players at Centennial Elementary Centennial Elementary 9:30-10:30 AM Centennial Annual Food and Cash Drive This Week Centennial Elementary High School Early Graduate Meeting High School Room 416 8:40 AM Tue., Dec. 3 Delaware Elementary Band Grades 5 & 6 @ Altoona Elementary 7:00 PM TECH Meeting District Office 4:00 PM Thu., Dec. 5 Mitchellville Elementary Vocal Music Concert-Grades 4-6 High School Auditorium 7:00 PM Fri., Dec. 6 Drake Honor Band Drake All Day Sat., Dec. 7 Drake Honor Band Drake All Day Mon., Dec. 9 Financial Aid Night (High School) High School Auditorium 7:00 PM Instrumental Booster Club Meeting High School Room 103/104 7:00 PM Athletic Booster Club Meeting High School Library 7:30 PM NO-PTA Meeting at Altoona Elementary this month Altoona Elementary Tue., Dec. 10 Centennial Elementary Vocal Music Concert-Grades 2 & 4 High School Auditorium 7:00 PM PRIDE Meeting High School Library 7:00 PM Willowbrook Elementary Vocal Music Concert-Grade 2 Willowbrook Elementary 6:30 PM Willowbrook Elementary Vocal Music Concert-Grades 4 & 6 Willowbrook Elementary 7:30 PM Phase III Meeting District Office 7:00 PM Runnells Elementary Vocal Music Concert-Grades 4, 5 & 6 Runnells Elementary 7:00 PM NO-PTA Meeting Four Mile Elementary this month Four Mile Elementary NO-PTA Meeting Mitchellville Elementary this month Mitchellville Elementary NO-PTA Meeting Delaware Elementary this month Delaware Elementary Thu., Dec. 12 Vocal Music Boosters High School 6:30 PM Delaware Elementary Vocal Music Concert-Grades 5 & 6 High School Auditorium 7:00 PM Altoona Elementary Vocal Music Concert-Grades 5 & 6 Altoona Elementary 7:00 PM Mitchellville 6th Graders present Wax Museum Mitchellville Elementary 7:00-8:00 PM PTA Meeting Runnells Elementary 7:00 PM NO-PTA Meeting Centennial Elementary this month Centennial Elementary Fri., Dec. 13 Four Mile 2nd Grade-"The Nutcracker" Four Mile Santa Workshop Sat., Dec. 14 SCIBA Jazz Band Festival @ Waukee All Day Sun., Dec. 15 7th Grade Vocal Music Concert Junior High Gym 2:00 PM High School Winter Band Concert Auditorium 3:30 PM Mon., Dec. 16 8th Grade Vocal Music Concert Junior High Gym 7:30 PM Willowbrook Elementary Band Concert Grades 5 & 6 Willowbrook Elementary 7:15 PM PTA Meeting Willowbrook Elementary 6:15 PM Four Mile Elementary Winter Concerts-Grades 1 & 2 Four Mile Elementary 6:30 PM Tue., Dec. 17 Junior High Band Concert Junior High Gym 7:30 PM Mitchellville Elementary Honor Band at Capital Square Downtown Des Moines 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Four Mile Elementary Winter Concert-Grade 5 Four Mile Elementary 6:30 PM Four Mile Elementary Winter Concert-Grade 6 Four Mile Elementary 7:30 PM Thu., Dec. 19 School Board Meeting District Office 7:00 PM Centennial Elementary Manners Lunch Centennial Elementary Fri., Dec. 20 High School 3rd 6 week ends High School Junior High Dance during periods 7 & 8 Junior High Gym Willowbrook Elementary Winter Parties Willowbrook Elementary 2:30 -3:15 PM Altoona Elementary Classroom Parties Altoona Elementary 2:45 PM Centennial Elementary Winter Parties Centennial Elementary Four Mile Elementary Winter Parties Four Mile Elementary 2:30-3:30 PM Last Day for High School Early Graduates High School Mon., Dec. 23 Winter Break Begins District Wide Thurs., Jan 2 Staff Work Day - NO SCHOOL District Wide Fri., Jan. 3 Staff Inservice - NO SCHOOL District Wide Mon., Jan. 6 School Resumes, Beginning of 2nd Semester District Wide Page 9 ATHLETIC CALENDAR Date Group Name Time Opponent(s) Event Facility H/A Mon, Dec 2 Girls Basketball, 7th 4:30 PM Fort Dodge High School A, B & C Jr. High Gym H Boys Basketball, JV 7:00 PM Johnston High School West Gym H Tue, Dec 3 Wrestling, Jr. High 4:30 PM Indianola/Waukee @ Indianola A Girls Basketball, 8th 4:30 PM Fort Dodge Middle School A, B & C Jr. High Gym H Girls Basketball, 10th/Varsity 6:15/7:45 PM Mason City High School West Gym H Thu, Dec 5 Girls Basketball, 8th 4:30 PM Indianola Middle School A, B & C Jr. High Gym H Swimming, Boys 6:00 PM Mason City High School A Boys Basketball, Freshman 6:30 PM Dowling A & B Teams A Girls Basketball, Freshman 6:30 PM Dowling A & B Teams West Gym H Wrestling, JV/Var 6:30 PM Mason City High School A Fri, Dec 6 Girls Basketball, 7th 4:30 PM Johnston Middle School A&B Jr. High Gym H Girls Basketball, 7th 4:30 PM Johnston Middle School C&D A Girls/Boys 10th Basketball 4:45 PM Dowling A Girls Basketball, Varsity 6:15 PM Dowling A Boys Basketball, Varsity 7:45 PM Dowling A Sat, Dec 7 Wrestling 9:00 AM Winterset JV Tournament A Wrestling, Jr. High 9:00 AM Stilwell/Norwalk @ SEP Jr. High Gym H Swimming, Boys 10:00 AM Tor. Relays@Boone A Boys Basketball, 10th/Varsity 5:00/6:30 PM Waterloo-East West Gym H Mon, Dec 9 Girls Basketball, 7th 4:30 PM Miller Middle School A&B A Girls Basketball, 7th 4:30 PM Miller Middle School C&D Jr. High Gym H Girls Basketball, Freshman 6:00 PM Boone High School A & B Teams A Boys Basketball, JV 7:00 PM Dowling West Gym H Tue, Dec 10 Wrestling, Jr. High 4:30 PM Johnston/Indianola @ SEP Jr. High Gym H Girls Basketball, 8th 4:30 PM Newton Middle School A, B & C A Girls Basketball, Freshman 4:45 PM Oskaloosa High School A only West Gym H Girls Basketball, 10th/Varsity 6:15/7:45 PM Oskaloosa High School West Gym H Thu, Dec 12 Wrestling, Jr. High 4:30 PM Ames/Waukee @ Ames A Girls Basketball, 8th 4:30 PM Ankeny - Gold A, B & C Jr. High Gym H Girls Basketball, 7th 4:30 PM Fort Dodge Middle School A, B, C & D A Swimming, Boys 6:00 PM Newton High School A Wrestling, JV/Var 6:30 PM Newton High School A Boys Basketball, Freshman 6:30 PM Urbandale High School A & B Team A Girls Basketball, Freshman 6:30 PM Urbandale High School A & B Teams West Gym H Fri, Dec 13 Girls/Boys 10th Basketball 4:45 PM Urbandale High School A Girls Basketball, Varsity 6:15 PM Urbandale High School A Boys Basketball, Varsity 7:45 PM Urbandale High School A Sat, Dec 14 Girls Basketball, 7th 9:00 AM Newton Middle School A&B A Girls Basketball, 7th 9:00 AM Newton Middle School C&D Jr. High Gym H Wrestling 9:30 AM RAMS Soph. Duals Rams Soph. Duals West Gym H Mon, Dec 16 Girls Basketball, Freshman 6:30 PM Lincoln High School A Only West Gym H Boys Basketball, JV 7:00 PM Urbandale High School A Boys Basketball, Freshman 8:00 PM Lincoln High School A Only West Gym H Tue, Dec 17 Girls/Boys 10th Basketball 4:45 PM Lincoln High School A Girls Basketball, Varsity 6:15 PM Lincoln High School A Boys Basketball, Varsity 7:45 PM Lincoln High School A Thu, Dec 19 Wrestling, Jr. High 4:30 PM Urbandale/Anson at Anson/Marshalltown A Girls Basketball, 8th 4:30 PM Indian Hills Jr. High School A, B & C Jr. High Gym H Swimming, Boys 6:00 PM Valley Swimming Pool H Wrestling, JV/Var 6:30 PM Valley West Gym H Boys Basketball, Freshman 6:30 PM Johnston High School A & B Teams East Gym H Girls Basketball, Freshman 6:30 PM Johnston High School A & B Teams A Fri, Dec 20 Girls/Boys 10th Basketball 4:45 PM Johnston High School East Gym H Fri, Dec 20 Wrestling 5:00 PM JV Tournament@Norwalk A Fri, Dec 20 Girls Basketball, Varsity 6:15 PM Johnston High School West Gym H Fri, Dec 20 Boys Basketball, Varsity 7:45 PM Johnston High School West Gym H Sat, Dec 21 Wrestling 10:00 AM Holiday Tournament Holiday Tournament West Gym H Fri, Jan 3 Boys Basketball, Sophomore 4:45 PM Indianola High School A Girls Basketball, Varsity 6:15 PM Indianola High School A Boys Basketball, Varsity 7:45 PM Indianola High School A Sat, Jan 4 Boys Basketball, Freshman 9:00 AM Indianola High School A & B Teams A Girls Basketball, Freshman 9:00 AM Indianola High School A & B Teams West Gym H Page 10 Central Place Tracks A Publication of Central Place Family Resource Center December 2002 Cathy Beck-Cross, Director Pam Freeman, Family Support Specialist Bill Pearce, MEND Case Manager Peggy Jonas, K-6 Mental Health Clinician Cheryl Thomas, Secretary 515-967-7806 Central Place requests volunteers for strategic planning session Central Place, Southeast Polk's family resource and what the focus should be in the years to come. center, opened its doors in 1995 with the mission Anyone interested in having a say in deter- of helping children, youth, and families from the mining the direction of Central Place programs Southeast Polk district access diverse, confiden- and activities is encouraged to join us for an all- tial, and financially-affordable support services. day strategic planning session on Saturday, Janu- Prior to the start of Central Place, a team of district ary 11, 2003 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.). We promise you staff and community members planned for two hard work, good food, and a sense of accomplish- years to determine the programs and activities that ment at helping chart the course for the programs would best meet the needs of families. of Central Place for years to come. Please call Now, in its eighth year of operation, Central Cathy Beck-Cross at 967-7806 for more infor- Place wants to take a look at where it has come mation. Still (a little) time to donate to Season of Sharing For individuals, families, organizations, and businesses who still wish to sponsor a family for the holidays, there are only a few days left to do so. The number of families applying to Central Place for assistance during the Season of Sharing has increased by 20 percent over last year, according to Central Place Director Cathy Beck-Cross. Conse- quently, the need for donations of clothing, toys, gift items and food is greater than ever. Last year, 179 families were served throughout the holidays. Beck-Cross says that anyone willing to sponsor a family or donate even a few items can get a specific gift list from Central Place and can deliver the items directly to the family or to Central Place. The items are needed by December 14, so call 967-7806 now for more informa- tion. Page 11 SEP one of fortunate Volunteers needed for district growing districts Enrollment data from the Iowa Dept. of strategic planning committee Education shows Southeast Polk with the The third round of Southeast Polk strategic planning is tenta- fifth largest student increase (189) in the state tively scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 7-9 at the senior high. The this year, after Waukee (311), Dubuque district convenes a committee every five years to review/develop (247), Ankeny (223) and Johnston (194). the district's mission statement, parameters, and strategies for ac- Sixty-seven percent of Iowa's 371 tion and improvement. The group meets Friday evening, all day school districts experienced enrollment de- Saturday, and Sunday afternoon, if needed. clines this fall, with a combined loss of 5,640 Representatives from the community are encouraged to volunteer students. Only 119 districts reported in- to serve on the strategic planning committee. Every kind of community creases, for a combined total of 3,182, re- group should be represented on the committee – parents, business people, sulting in a net statewide loss of 2,459, or about one-half percent when compared to last senior citizens, students, community leaders, etc. year. Five districts were unchanged. Please call Dr. Steve Miller at 967-4294 if you can serve on this important committee. The largest declines were at Burlington Issues of district growth, facilities, security, curriculum, diversity, and many others will be (161), Sioux City (125), Des Moines (119), discussed. Your views are needed. Fort Dodge (117) and Mason City (98). The food is excellent, the company is stimulating, and the decisions made are impor- tant for the future of the Southeast Polk district. Many current programs and policies in AP Scholars named place at Southeast Polk are a direct result of past strategic planning sessions. You can help Based on the number of Advance Place- make a difference. Please join us! ment classes they have taken and the scores they earned on the follow-up AP tests, three 2002 graduates and a SEP senior have been named AP Scholars by the College Board Dates to Advanced Placement Program. Jessica Fox, now a freshman at Notre Remember Dame, Carol Schweitzer, a freshman at Iowa Dec. 19 .............. School board meets at District Office, 7 p.m. State, and senior Travis Meinders are desig- nated AP Scholars. Jessica Heffernen, now Dec. 20 .............. End of first semester a freshman at the University of Iowa, is des- Dec. 23-Jan. 3 .. Winter Break - NO SCHOOL - all grades ignated an AP Scholar with Honor. Jan. 6 ................ School resumes for second semester - all grades Non-Profit Org. The UNIFIER U.S. Postage PAID Runnells, Iowa 50237 Southeast Polk School District Newsletter Permit #2 To access our web page: <http://www.se-polk.k12.ia.us> The UNIFIER is published monthly by the Southeast Polk School District, and is printed at the Heartland Area Educa- tion Agency (AEA 11). Deadline for copy and photos is the 7th of each month. There is no July edition. Editor: CARRIER ROUTE PRESORT Marti Kline – Southeast Polk District Office 8379 NE University ECRWSS Runnells, Iowa 50237 515/967-4294 firstname.lastname@example.org Postal Customer Call Evie Witmer at the SEP Activities Office with calendar information - 967-2944. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Katie Temple - Pres. Pat Staggs Doug Workman - VP Brad Skinner Gwen Seward Lewis Jack Scrignoli Steve Hanson Dr. Joseph S. Drips - Supt.
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