WC Elementary

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The second grade class and Diane Drevs

Second grader Colby Gilbert and his grandmother, Diane Drevs


A Trip to Remember

By Molly Grell

On April 26, Mrs. Rapp’s and Mrs. Anderson’s second grade classes took a trip to the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, S.D. Funds for this project came from memorial donations for Bill Drevs, husband of Moville resident Diane Drevs. Colby Gilbert, one of Mrs. Rapp’s students, is the Drevs' grandson. Mrs. Drevs explains that the trip was “a present from Colby’s Grandpa Bill because he knew how much Colby loved animals.”

Mrs. Rapp is very grateful for the family's generosity and adds, “This will be an educational experience the children may remember for a lifetime.”  The students seemed to find the zoo to be a great place for them to get a fun and educational experience; most agreed that they certainly enjoyed themselves on their fieldtrip. Madisyn Lloyd, one of Mrs. Rapp's students said, “It was awesome because the zebras and giraffes were my favorite.” Megan Bell added, “It was awesome seeing the animals I have never seen before!”

            This works very well into the second grade curriculum, which includes a unit of animal study.

Missie Lenz

Paraprofessional Missie Lenz INTERVIEW

By Amos Brosamle


Missie Lenz is a paraprofessional in Woodbury Central's elementary special education rooms. Some of the things that Mrs. Lenz likes about her job are working with elementary students and helping them learn. “I follow the students IEP’s and make accommodations as needed for the students,” she explains.

  “I have pretty much the same routine every day,” she says, adding that her day does vary by the elementary's "Specials" such as music, PE, guidance and library. “Specials happen once a day and they are different each day, but for the most part, my schedule is the same.”  This is Mrs. Lenz’s first year as a full-time aide; last year she served as a substitute paraprofessional at WC.




By Jeff Walker

            Mr. Kobliska’s third grade science class is making cars from K-NEX, a toy much “like Legos,” Mr. Kobliska explains. In this project, his Woodbury Central students design a car and measure how far it travels under different circumstances. “The kids have been studying force and friction,” he adds.

            From this project, students learn to plot line graphs and bar graphs to measure their results. This project has lasted approximately two weeks. 


Mrs Paulsen


 Mrs. Paulsen’s third grade students Carson Davis, Kaylee Utesch, and Liberty Carley show their owl pellet project.


By Amos Brosamle

 The project that Mrs. Paulsen’s third grade class just completed involved dissecting owl pellets; as part of the project, students compared the bones of the rodents to human bones, and then reassembled the rodent bones to form skeletons.

According to Mrs. Paulsen, the students worked in small groups to explore many facts about barn owls, their digestive and skeletal systems, as well as learned to identify its bones.

“This project works well with science and the human body, as well as the systems of the body,” Mrs. Paulsen explains.


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Student of the Week Dallas Jensen

By Amos Brosamle

Fourth grade student Dallas Jensen, was chosen "Student of the Week" by Mr. Alfredson for her outstanding effort and willingness to cooperate during science activities. This Woodbury Central student asks good questions and understands the concepts behind each activity, he says. Dallas likes to learn and pushes herself to become a better student.

Mr. Alfredson adds, “I really enjoy having Dallas in class. She is a great student and classmate."

Elementary Spotlight


Mrs. Brown reading with Phoenix Baumgardner

By Austin Thompson


In the real world, not all children are able to learn at their own pace, but in Mrs. Brown’s world, this intervention is a necessity.

 Mrs. Brown teaches Reading Recovery, a program developed to help first grade students that are falling behind the rest of their class in reading and/or writing. Students take a test to qualify for Mrs. Brown’s program, which is already showing promising results. Mrs. Brown's work brings all of her students to the same level as their classmates.

“I start with what they know and build from there,” says Mrs. Brown of the four students in her Reading Recovery classes this semester. She explains that the Reading Recovery series is a 20-week program that is positive, supportive action on behalf of the child and the school. 

Students who "aren’t caught up" to grade-level expectations by the end of the program are referred for further evaluation, she says, adding that 88% of the students in her classes who completed the full 20-week Reading Recovery intervention last year met grade-level expectations in reading and writing.


Elementary spotlight The second grade project


Photo: Grade 2 teacher Pam Anderson reading to her students

By Jeff Walker

It's a second grade project for students to discover better ways to travel in the world. 

The project for Mrs. Anderson's second grade class is to make posters to support the concept that technological developments influence changes in communication and transportation. The second grade students work cooperatively as they gather information; their goal was to figure out ways to travel without cars. This project continued for two weeks.

This project “follows the Iowa Core, a great social studies concept,” says Mrs. Anderson.

Mrs. Langel

By Amos Brosamle

Elementary Spotlight

Students in Mrs. Langel’s fifth grade class are dissecting flowers and seeds.

Mrs. Langel said, “The students benefit from this project by getting a firsthand look into the flowers to find their stamens, pistils, pollen grains, and sticky pistil. The seeds they are using are bean seeds and have opened up.”

Both sections of the 5th grade are involved in doing this project. The students really seem to be enjoying the project that they are working on.

This science unit and the “plant reproduction in this project are helping the students fit into their [required] curriculum,” said Mrs. Langel.


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Photo of Wyatt Nelson a 3rd grade student of Mr. Kobliska

By Jeff Walker  

Mr. Kobliska, one of WC’s third grade teachers, and his students are learning how to make communities.

In this social studies unit, the students design their own type of community. Their community could be a farm, city or animal community. Students use homemade clay and items they might bring from home.

            Because they design their own community, explains Mr. Kobliska, this project, which takes place over a two-week period, helps the students to understand more clearly just what a community is.

 “The kids really enjoy it,” Mr. Kobliska said. “They made their own clay out of flower and water and salt.”