Highlights This Month:
Volume 1, Issue 3
• Meet Our Super Staff: The Social Studies and
Physical Education Departments January 2008
• Student Cell Phone Use In Schools
• Using MNEMONICS to Memorize
• Raising Teens: Saying YES to NO
Lockdown Drills and Evacuation Drills
The Eveleth-Gilbert Grapevine
Schools in Minnesota are required to practice There are many reasons for having a lock-
building lockdowns at least 5 times per year. It down, they include:
is also recommended to practice an evacuation -a dangerous person inside or outside the
of the building at least once per year. Our school
school has policies in effect designed to keep
the students and staff secured in safe locations,-a medical emergency, requiring an outside
most often their classrooms. On Wednesday, response when we need to keep students out of
December 12, we practiced our second lock- the hallways
down drill of the year. -a locker search, when there is suspicion of
Often parents don’t hear about them at all, weapons or drugs
or if they do, it’s during the day sometime from -any other safety issue where we want to keep
misinformation from students in the building students from harm or possible danger or when
or other parents. In the event of a real emer- we need to keep them out of the hallways to
gency, law officials or the school district wouldensure the health or safety of an individual
release pertinent information through the me- An evacuation is when, for some reason, the
EVELETH-GILBERT JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
dia. entire student and staff population needs to
What is a lockdown drill and what happens leave the building (a fire, chemical spill, bomb
during one? threat, etc.) for an extended period of time.
A lockdown or lockdown drill is when stu- Staff escort students to a safe location and re-
dents and staff “lockdown” the school for safety main with them there and make sure everyone
reasons. Teachers lock their classroom doors, is accounted for. From there, students would
pulling in any nearby students from the hall- either return to the school (when drill is over
way. Certain teachers are assigned to check or school is deemed safe) or be released home.
bathrooms for any stragglers. Once inside the Release of students to their parents or home
classroom, the lights are turned off and stu- must be highly controlled in the event of an
dents and staff move away from windows and evacuation or lockdown. We need to ensure
doors. Outside doors are locked. No one is al- that all students are safe and
lowed into the building other than emergency accounted for before we allow
personnel. Parents who arrive during a lock- parents to pick them up.
down (even a drill) must wait outside the If you have any further
building for the lockdown to end. questions, please call (744-
What are possible reasons for having a lock- 7775) or send an email
Inside this issue:
Cell Phones in School 2
VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES IN JANUARY:
Social Studies Dep’t 3
Math Fridays (Come in during the day to help with
Math MCA II prep). Any time between 8 am and 2 Phy Ed/Health Dep’t 4
pm. January 11 and 25. Contact Ms. Kemp x4202 or
Ms. Rigstad x4201 with questions or to volunteer. Raising Teens 5
Parent assistance for after school help (Teacher super- Girls’ Hockey 6
vised): January 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31
(3-4 p.m.) Call the office that day before coming. Applause! Applause! 7
Coming Soon... 8
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The Principal’s Piece
Because our school district is continually exploring rapid, effective ways
to communicate with parents, an “Instant Alert’ system will be opera-
tional early in 2008. This system will allow us to deliver immediate mes-
sages to parents if there is an important announcement, emergency,
schedule change, student absence, or school closing. Parents can easily
access a secure web sit to enter contact information and select how they
wish to receive messages. They can choose any combination of devices
(phone, cell phone, email, PDA, or pager) and can assign different devices
Time you for urgent versus routine messages. Details will be available soon!
wasting is not
wasted time. Counselor’s Corner: Cell Phones in School
There is a new debate that has formed recently regarding students carrying cell phones
in school. Students, parents, and school staff have often very differing opinions about this.
Our policy at the Junior High is that students may NOT have their cell phone with them
during the day. It must be TURNED OFF and IN THEIR LOCKER all day. They are not to turn
them on between classes or at lunch. Any student found to be carrying their cell phone or
using it during the day will have it confiscated. The first time they can pick it up in the of-
fice at the end of the day (this is a 2 point ZIP slip this first time). The second time it is
taken, a parent must pick it up. After the third time, the student must check their phone
into the office every day. They will not be allowed to keep it in their locker.
Why do we do this? There are many reasons we do not allow students to have cell
phones during school. Text messages can be used to cheat on tests and bully and harass
other students. Camera phones have been used to photograph tests, answers, notes, teach-
ers, and other students. Features such as calculators can also be used for cheating.
We understand the reasons parents may want their child to have a cell phone during the
day. It may seem easier to contact your child about a change in their schedule or a family
emergency. Remember, however, that when parents call the office, messages are delivered
to the student. They can be delivered immediately in the event of an emergency. Students
will not receive a cell phone message (provided they are following school rules) until the
end of the day. Leaving a cell phone message for the end of the day does work well for
In the event of a school wide emergency, the reason many say they want their child to
have a cell phone in school, their widespread use would actually endanger the safety of our
students. Incorrect information gets out and can cause undue panic, and the network be-
comes bogged down and emergency personnel cannot communicate with each other. We
have extensive policies and procedures in place to protect our students and communicate
with parents and the public in the event of a real school wide emergency.
Please discuss these policies with your children, especially if they have a cell phone.
Check your bill and see if they have been using the phone to make calls or text during the
school day. Have consequences at home for misuse. Monitor their calls and texting. Call
the office if you have a message for your child (744-7770) and be assured that if some-
thing comes up during the day, they are allowed to call you from the office or a classroom,
VOLUME 1, ISSUE 3 Page 3
Mr. Keith Johnson Mr. Dave Kunz
Mr. Johnson teaches 7th grade United Mr. Kunz teaches 9th grade World History
States History and 8th grade Geography. This and 7th grade United States History. He has
is his second year teaching, his first at Eve- been teaching for 6 years, the past 3 of them at
leth-Gilbert. Mr. Johnson is also the assistant Eveleth-Gilbert. He also coaches girls hockey
boys hockey coach. He and his wife, Laura, and baseball. Mr. Kunz grew up in New Ulm,
have a dog named Olive. Mr. Johnson grew Minnesota. He enjoys sports, kayaking, read-
up in Superior, Wisconsin. He enjoys sports ing, writing, and history. He has always en-
(is a HUGE Vikings fan), being outdoors, and joyed history and likes that the students always
watching movies. His favorite T.V. show is seem to have a surprise in store. He enjoys the
“The Office.” His most memorable moment moment in teaching when the little light bulb
teaching is of his seventh graders presenta- lights up in students’ minds. Some of his fa-
tions of their “History Talk Shows.” They vorite things are tater tot hot dish, the color
were entertaining and very informative. His green, hockey, baseball, the Minnesota Go-
favorite thing about teaching is that all of his phers, the T.V. show “Family Guy”, and the
students are genuinely nice kids. movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Study the Mr. Steve Rice Ms. Jennifer Bonner
first, when you
have the most
Mr. Rice has been teaching for about 6 years.
In the spring of 2006, he taught for half a year Ms. Bonner teaches Special Education Social
here and is back for his first full year here at Studies and Math (along with many other
Eveleth-Gilbert. At the high school, he teaches things in between). She has been teaching for
Civics, American Government, and World Ge-
ography. In the junior high, he teaches 7th
22 years, 9 of them at Eveleth-Gilbert. She
grade United States History, 7th grade English, and her husband Steve have a daughter in
and 9th grade English. Mr. Rice and his wife, college and, of course, one golden retriever
Elizabeth, have a son, Henry, and a dog, Abby. named Bert. She grew up in Virginia (yes, she
He grew up in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Mr. IS part Blue Devil) and enjoys curling, scented
Rice likes the color blue, reading, bicycling, candles, and relaxing. Her favorite color is
running, and pasta. The things he enjoys most Coca-Cola red, and her favorite team is the
about his job are connecting with kids and see- Dallas Stars (now that Nisky is #5). She enjoys
ing them learn new things. His most memora- that every day of her job is different from the
ble moment was when he had to call an ambu- rest.
lance (everything turned out alright)!
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Insi de Stor y Headli ne
Physical Education and Health
Ms. Deanna Kerzie Mr. Kyle Thoreson
Ms. Kerzie is the 8th grade health teacher, a
junior high physical education teacher, and a Mr. Thoreson has been teaching for 22
Nelle Shean Elementary phy ed teacher. She has years, 18 of them here at Eveleth-Gilbert. He
been teaching for 24 years, all but one of them teaches physical education to junior high
here at Eveleth-Gilbert. Ms. Kerzie runs the school and Nelle Shean elementary school stu-
fitness center at the junior high school. She also dents. Mr. Thoreson is the junior high football
coaches “C” volleyball and is the head girls coach, the varsity boys basketball coach, and
track and field coach. Ms. Kerzie has 3 daugh- the varsity boys and girls golf coach. He and
ters (Dana, Cassie, and Jaclyn), 4 step-children his wife, Ann, have two children. Shelby is an
(Luke, Meg, Judd, and Ameliea), and is married 8th grader, and Tyler is a senior at Eveleth-
to Tom Hafdahl. She grew up right here in Gil- Gilbert. He grew up in Proctor and enjoys
bert and enjoys dancing (loves “Dancing with woodworking and sports. His favorite thing
the Stars”), skiing, quilt making, curling, and about his classes is that they are so active. Mr.
exercising. The thing she enjoys most about her Thoreson is also a NASCAR fan and enjoys
job is the enthusiasm students have for keeping
“To catch the reader's a ttention, place an inter esting sen tence or quote from the story here.”
Study Tip: Stephen King books, Minnesota Gopher foot-
and making choices to stay healthy. ball and basketball, and the Minnesota Twins.
Studying is like
far better to do
it in smaller Study Tips from the Social Tips from the Physical
amounts Studies Department Education/Health
than doing it all
in one day. Try to look for the things that
connect people, places, and Learn self discipline.
events through time. You’ll Have fun without being silly.
need to memorize SOME de- TRY! You won’t know if you can do
tails, but being able to see the something if you never give it a try.
causes and effects that tie
things together will help you. Take notes.
Be prepared. Do homework assignments.
Do not take things TOO Always study in advance for tests.
seriously. If you are struggling, just ask for
If you laugh at them, you bet- an additional day to get caught up
ter laugh at yourself, too. Teachers are pretty accommodat-
ing about this.
Do all of the work.
Before or after school help always
Don’t be afraid to engage will be a positive step towards im-
yourself in what happens in proving your grade.
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Using Mnemonics: A Memory Tool
Mnemonics (pronounced nem-on-icks) are 0 List Order Acronyms:
tools used to help with memorization. There a Roy G. Biv. (To remember the order of col-
number of different types of mnemonics. The ors on a rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow,
three basic categories are rhymes and catch Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.)
phrases, spelling acronyms, and list order acro-
nyms. Some you may already be familiar with: Kids Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spin-
ach. (To remember order of taxonomy in
0 Rhymes and Catch Phrases: biology: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order,
I before E, except after C. (To help you remember Family, Genus, Species.)
how to spell difficult words like “receive.”) And Ms. Bonner’s favorite: Please Excuse
0 Spelling Acronyms: My Dear Aunt Sally (To remember the or-
Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Ele- der of operations in algebraic problems:
phants. (To help you remember how to spell Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiply, Divide,
“because.”) Add, Subtract.)
Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move (To help you Yes, they are silly and nonsensical, but
remember how to spell “rhythm.”) that could be why they work so well. They
can be used to help you remember almost
anything! Make one up, give it a try!
Raising Teens: Tips and Tools
At the beginning of the school year, the
entire staff at Eveleth-Gilbert met Dr. David Saying Yes to No
“It is not what Walsh. Dr. Walsh presented an in-service on From the National Institute on Media
you do for the value of children hearing the word, and the Family
your children, “No.” As a culture, we have made steady
but what you changes, for the most part very positive, in As a parent, you know how difficult it can
them to do for
the value we place on our children. be to say NO to your kids, especially when
themselves that Children have more opportunities now media messages promoting More, Easy, Fast,
will make than they ever have. However, somewhere in and Fun are so powerful and other kids are
them successful the recent past, many have forgotten how to hearing YES. Now there’s a powerful case for
beings.” say NO to their children. NO has become why setting limits and saying NO is crucial
-Ann Landers negotiable. Many children are not used to to our kids’ success in school and life.
hearing it and often don’t think of it as a de-
finitive word. In his new book, No, Why Kids - Of All
Ages - Need it And Ways Parents Can Say It,
There is a lot of discussion in the children’s Minnesota best-selling author Dr. David
mental health field and in education about
the value of children learning the word NO Walsh shares how always saying YES to our
again. Dr. Walsh, in his book titled No, Why children’s wants and desires undermines the
Kids of All Ages Need it and Ways Parents universal qualities, virtues like self-control,
Can Say It presents this in an often humor- perseverance, integrity, and self-discipline,
ous and easy to understand way. We, as a that our children need to be successful in
staff, enjoyed hearing him speak. Many of us school and in life. He also provides straight-
already owned or purchased his book. I forward advice and tools for making NO a
highly recommend it to all parents. positive influence on kids’ behavior, school
The following is from a brochure from the performance, and success. As Dr. Walsh
National Institute on Media and the Family. I would say, “No is not the destination. It’s the
hope you check out this book, it’s worth the road to Yes and success for our kids.”
read. Even if you don’t read the book, step
back and evaluate how often you say NO to If you’d like to learn more about Dr. David
your children and stick to it. For many rea- Walsh and the Minnesota Say Yes To No Cam-
sons, and in many ways, they need it. paign, visit www.SayYestoNo.org.
VOLUME 1, ISSUE 3 Page 6
THE STUDENT SPOT
SPOTS FOR STUDENTS-SPOTS BY STUDENTS
Eveleth-Gilbert Girls’ Women’s Hockey Facts and History:
• First recorded game: 1892 in Canada Girls’ Hockey Schedule
• Added as an Olympic Medal sport in (Home Games at the Hippodrome):
1998 (USA took Gold!) Friday, January 4 vs. Hibbing, 7:30
• NCAA recognized in 1993
Our Hockey Stars • # of players (worldwide) has increased Saturday, January 5 vs. Hayward, 1:00
From the Junior High: 400% in the last 10 years Tuesday, January 15 vs. Silver Bay @ Hoyt
Kayla Moe • Women were originally required to Lakes, 7:30
Gabby Everson wear long skirts (a goaltending advan-
tage!) Friday, January 18 vs. Moose Lake-Willow
Kaylen Erchul River, 7:30
Nikki Lind • First woman to score professional
men’s league point: Hayley Wicken- Saturday, January 19 vs. Thief River Falls,
heiser (Finland) 3:00
Theresa Spolar • There are Leagues of ALL Levels:
Hannah Kreibich National Women’s Hockey League, Friday, January 25 @ Ashland, 7:00
Heather Schilling Western Women’s Hockey League, Thursday, January 31 vs. International Falls
Maari Benda various European Leagues, university @ Virginia, 7:30
Heather Anscomb and college teams, national and Olym-
Destiny Patrow pic teams, high school teams, and rec- Saturday, February 2, vs. B-E/T-S/Ely,
reational teams 3:00
Junior Varsity Games Begin 2 Hours Earlier
Did you know?
In Tennessee, it
The Art Gallery
is illegal to
catch a fish
with a lasso.
was done by
an 8th grade
in Mrs. Lerick’s
Nice job, Alex!
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Give Them a Hand!
We held a drawing for individual prizes, in addition to
the class breakfast. The winners of the drawing were:
Katie Bierschbach: $20 Target Gift Card
Bre Zattoni, Jim Baratta, Megan Pulley,
and Heather Anscomb: $10 Target Gift Cards
Congratulations and thank you!
25 million people
in our nation A round of applause to all the students
sought help from and staff who donated items and dol-
food banks last
lars to the Quad Cities Food Shelf.
increase of 18
-US Census Food Drive Results: The Numbers
In December, the Junior High School Peacemakers held the Helping Hands Food
Drive. Each item donated earned students a chance in a drawing for individual prizes
(Target gift cards). Their donations were also combined with others in their first hour
classes. The winning first hour class had breakfast served to them on Friday, Decem-
ber 21st. Here are the IMPRESSIVE numbers:
Total number of items donated: 1,744!
The winning class: Mr. Prosen’s first hour 9th
grade Geometry: 708 items.
Coming in second with 430 items was Mr.
Evele t h-Gil ber t Junior High School
Danette Seboe, Counselor
Eveleth-Gilbert Junior High School
Gilbert, Minnesota 55741
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♦Monday, January 7: ♦Tues., Jan. 22-Fri. Jan., 25:
School Resumes 8th grade students will take the
♦Friday, January 18: EXPLORE test during their Geography
End of Semester 1 class. (This is a test they will
♦Monday, January 21: use with Mrs. Seboe to plan for H.S.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day scheduling and explore careers.) A
No School For Students, letter with information will go out to
Teacher In-service 8th grade parents in early January.
♦Tuesday, January 22: ♦Mon., January 28-Fri., February 1
Semester 2 Begins (New Schedules!) SNOW WEEK!
REMEMBER: The Fitness Center on the Gilbert Campus is open after school, Monday-
Thursday from 3:00 to 4:30. Come in and work away those holiday pounds!