High School Student of the week Alyssa Gotto
By Easton Petersen
Woodbury Central sophomore Alyssa Gotto was chosen by her English teacher Miss Logan as "Student of the Week." Ms. Logan chose Alyssa because of her ability to interpret literature above and beyond classroom discussion.
Miss Logan said, “Alyssa is quite good at listening to and processing other interpretations of a poem, and then quietly and firmly offering her own.”
“Her thoughts often have me blinking a couple times and saying, “Wow, I never thought of it that way. I think this is cool.” Miss Logan added.
Cutline Jakob Arment
By Daylon Stapp
Woodbury Central senior Jakob Arment was recently chosen as Student of the Week. Ms. Heiman chose Jacob because of his "great attitude" in Advanced Speech. “He approaches his assignments seriously and does a great job with every speech,” she commented.
Jakob is the son of Jason and Heather Arment; his brother is Garrett, and their sister is Ava.
Interview from Mr. Bormann
By Amos Brosamle
Woodbury Central is winding down the end of the school year.
According to Principle Bormann, the positives of the 2013-14 school year are “the success of our activities, athletics, and academics." Mr. Bormann added, "There are no negatives."
Mr. Bormann is happy to report that it has been a good year overall. "We are fortunate to have a good staff and good students," he said.
“Olweus has had a positive impact on our school culture. Students have become more aware of the bullying issue and are more likely to step in and stop it," said Mr. Bormann of the nationally-endorsed anti-bullying campaign for schools.
Mr. Bormann said that WC has some excellent academic classes throughout middle school and high school. "We will continue to have a veteran staff who is dedicated to our students. Our athletics should continually improve as we were young in all activities"
Pictured above is Molly Grell and Gable Verschoor
By Jeff Walker
This week’s Students of the Week are Woodbury Central juniors Gable Verschoor and Molly Grell. They both contribute greatly to their English lll class discussion. According to their teacher, Mrs. Schulz, they are conscientious of their work and submit it on time, even when they are absent because of a school activity. They also work nicely with other members of their section, a group of students who all complement each other well.
“Molly is very reflective in her writing. She takes time to think about her answer and makes sure her explanations are thorough. She takes pride in her work,” Mrs. Schulz says. “Gable is always willing to take on a new challenge. He is active in class discussions and adds a unique perspective to texts. He approaches the written word on a deep level."
Blake Lipinski holding his piñata
By Tyler Kelsheimer
Every year the Spanish IV students make piñatas at the end of the second semester, but it’s not all fun and games. The project starts with balloons on cardboard to get the rough shape of the piñata that the group wants to make. Then they will add layers of paper mache. That whole process takes about five to seven days. The next step is to construct the shape; this is a little more work, but takes the same amount of time as the first step. The final step in making the piñatas is to add strips of cut tissue paper. The tissue paper is the final touch that creates the piñata’s color, texture and design. This step takes the longest, seven to ten days more.
Students benefit from making piñatas because they are a big part of Mexican fiestas and are popular in the United States. “They are able to create a piñata of their choice. They take ownership in their work and enjoy their last few weeks of class,” explains Mrs. Stratton. Senior Richard Hecht comments, “It was a fun and learning experience with my class.” The piñatas were displayed at the Fine Arts Festival, May 12 at the school.
Culture, a national foreign language standard, is why the piñata project is worked into the curriculum; the project offers students an appreciation of other ways of life. Mrs. Stratton adds, “Understanding other cultures is an important part of language education.”
Students in the Spanish IV class are Hecht, and seniors Jakob Arment, Mason Bakker, Bryce Butters, Ellen Gallagher, Blake Lipinski, Grady Manker, Makenzie Melby, Alissa Polkinghorn, Mark Putze, Schuyler Rilling, Daya Schaeller, Cara Shanks, Daylon Stapp, Austin Thompson, and Jacob Webb.
Q&A What is the ugliest emotion and why?
By Daylon Stapp
Four Woodbury Central students were asked “What is the ugliest emotion?"
Freshman Emily Winkler, daughter of Amanda Winkler, answered, “Jealousy or being sad. Jealousy is the main emotion because feeling like you’re in competition is the worst. Being upset is never a good feeling either, plus no one wants to be around someone who’s always so gloomy.”
Sophomore Keely Steffen, daughter of Rick and Jodi Steffen, answered, “Worry, because no one likes to hang around with someone who is scared and second-guessing everything he/she does.”
Junior Edgar Rodriguez, son of Edgar and Denise Rodriguez answered, “Hatred because everybody should just love everybody, no matter who they are, or what they do or don't have.”
Senior Richy Hecht , son of Tammy Mojica, answered, “Jealousy because this emotion leads to anger and the loathing of others. Be proud of who you are and where you come from.”
Q and A
By Easton Petersen
Four Woodbury Central high school students were asked, “If you had one superpower, what would it be?”
Senior Mark Putze, son of Matthew and Angie Putze said, “Telekinesis, because then you could move anything with your mind and it would be crazy.”
Junior Ryan Fouts, son of Kevin and Lisa Fouts said, “Time Manipulation because I could control time. I would use it to fit things in at a certain time.”
Sophomore Megan Malin, daughter of Jay and Betsy Malin said, “Super speed because so I can beat my brother Zach in a race.”
Freshman Chayse Thomsen, son of Shawntell Epling said, “X-ray vision because you could see through anything.”
By Jeff Walker
Mrs. Todd chose this week’s Woodbury Central High School Student of the Week: senior Zach Malin. Zach completed a difficult project in class, a gun case. Mrs. Todd describes Zach as "considerate and helpful to others in the class. He treats others with respect while still maintaining a sense of humor."
“Zach is diligent and has a great work ethic," she says. "He has been an asset to our class.”
Student of the Week- Austin Walker
By Tyler Kelsheimer
Sophomore Austin Walker is the Woodbury Central's high school Student of the Week. Mr. Miller chose Austin because he has a “positive attitude and works hard.” Mr. Miller also said that Austin is a “role model to other students in the Industrial Tech II class.” The Industrial Tech II class is currently working on go karts. Teams of three fabricate a frame and build a motor for it, and the other members of Austin's group are sophomores Marshall Bower and Seth Schwarz. The go karts will be submitted in a competition at the upcoming tech fair.
Austin transferred here from Sioux City's West High School at the beginning of second semester 2014. His parents are Kelly Walker and Raina Walker.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go first?
By: Tyler Kelsheimer
Question: “If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go first?”
"Las Vegas. … I could win millions and become the President.” Freshman Dawson Petersen is son of Jason and Denise Petersen
“Paris. … because there are a lot of cool places to go.” Sophomore Katelynn Gebel is the daughter of Charity Gebel, and Jim Gebel.
“Hawaii. … it’s very nice with all the different islands and things to see around.” Junior Tony Eyer is the son of Joan Eyer.
“Australia. … because of the rare things there that are only in Australia.” Senior Schuyler Rilling is the son of Dave Rilling, and Cindy Rilling.
Cutline: Freshman Dawson Petersen,Sophomore Ethan Schultzen, Junior Josie Scheer, Senior Ellen Gallagher.
“What is your favorite quotation?”
By Molly Grell
This week four randomly selected Woodbury Central High School students share their favorite quotations and explain why it is their favorite.
For freshman Dawson Petersen, it’s “Be the change you want to see in the world.” He was reading through a list of quotes one day on the internet and this one reached out to him. “It inspires me to become a better person because I want the world to be safe,” he explains. Dawson is the son of Jason and Denise Petersen.
Sophomore Ethan Schultzen answers, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” This quote is originally from Wayne Gretzky, but Ethan’s mother shared this with him. “Even though it originated as a hockey quote, my mom transformed it to be an inspiration for basketball.” Ethan is the son of Jeff and Becky Schultzen.
Junior Josie Scheer answers, “I’m chasing my dreams straight to the top into a sky that has no limits.” Josie’s aunt, who always encourages Josie to chase her dreams, sent her this quote. “I use this every day to remind myself that I can do what I have always dreamt of doing,” Josie explains. With a little hard work and fun, Josie believes she will make it to where she wants to be. Josie Scheer is the daughter of Matt and Kim Scheer, and Dawn and Steve Corbin.
Senior Ellen Gallagher’s favorite quote is, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Ellen found this quote one day and it has really stuck with her. “It is important to always be you and not try to be someone else,” she explains. Ellen is the daughter of Tim and Jill Gallagher.
By Molly Grell
This year during Woodbury Central high school cheerleading tryouts, the candidates answered some interview questions regarding cheerleading, and auditioned for positions with two stand-up cheers, two jumps, and the Woodbury Central “Fight Song.” The girls who tried out for wrestling cheerleading also performed two mat cheers.
Alyssa Gotto explains, “I could not be more than happy to be a cheerleader. Getting the crowds involved with the school activities is a great experience as well.” She and other candidates were required to attend two practices to be eligible to try out for cheerleading. Shortly after they tried out, the judges tallied their scores and the results are listed below.
Football Cheerleaders- seniors: Alexa Sanford, Molly Grell and Erika Bates. Juniors: Chloe Nettleton, Ashley Anderson and Kelsey Polkinghorn. Sophomore: Brooke Nettleton.
Basketball Cheerleaders- juniors: Alyssa Gotto, Chloe Nettleton, Ashley Anderson and Kelsey Polkinghorn. Sophomores: Brooke Nettleton and Lyndzy Flewelling.
Wrestling Cheerleaders- seniors: Molly Grell, Alexa Sanford, Josie Scheer and Erika Bates. Sophomore: Maddie Crichton. Freshman: Abby Petersen.
The coaches for the squads are Jesse Persons (football), Chris Howrey (basketball), and Kelly McElrath (wrestling). Tryouts were held April 13.
(Pictured left to right) Juniors: Levi Paulsen, Jameson Mandl, Ryan Fouts, and Keaton Morgan
Feature Story CAD II
By Tyler Kelsheimer
Four Woodbury Central High School students have been working on a project in Mr. Miller’s CAD II class. The project is to design a maintenance facility for Buena Vista University. The students working on the project are juniors Jameson Mandl, Keaton Morgan, Ryan Fouts, and Levi Paulsen. The CAD II class is based on residential and commercial drafting, and its project this quarter is to “develop a project plan for a new maintenance facility for their grounds department,” said Mandl. The project follows guidelines set by federal and local: building codes, fire codes, and DNR requirements. It will also have to go with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards.
Mr. Miller explained that students benefit from the project “by getting real experience. It’s a real project for real people.” The students learn about guidelines as if they are at the actual workplace. The project is scheduled to last about eight weeks.
This project is worked into the curriculum by incorporating everything the students have learned into a project. “It’s a good way to learn the program and includes everything. Real experience,” commented Mr. Miller.
(Pictured left to right)Juniors - Sam Korver, Drew Petersen, and Sarah Mooney
Woodbury Central High School Spotlight
By Molly Grell
This week’s high school spotlight covers Mrs. McElrath’s Advanced Biology class. The Advanced Biology students have developed a wellness project, a program to promote the personal wellness of the Woodbury Central staff, the community, or their peers. “The program they create could possibly be used as a wellness challenge for the individuals that choose to become involved,” explains Mrs. McElrath.
Many businesses have organized wellness programs, and this Advanced Bio project allows the students to make a real life connection between their class and personal wellness. “The students benefit because they learn a deeper understanding of the importance of personal wellness,” Mrs. McElrath continues. This project works well into the curriculum because the students have just completed a unit about the human heart. The wellness project will take about one week to complete during class.
Left to right: seniors Drayton Stapp, Tyler Perez, Chance Guthridge, Sam Foo, and Zach Malin in the back
Woodbury Central’s Mrs. Todd is teaching high school students how to sew. “They are making projects for themselves,” said Mrs. Todd of her Creative Textiles students.
“The students are making different projects, so not all are the same. Some are making pillows, blankets, gun cases, and duffel bags” with materials from Haan Crafts, she added. The project will last two weeks. If the students finish early, they will sew baby quilts for the Moville police department.
Drayton Stapp said that "she always picks on me"
The students are seniors Drayton Stapp, Sam Foo, Chance Guthridge, Zach Malin, Tyler Perez, Jacy Grell and Jakob Arment, and sophomores Megan Malin and Megan Ashley.
By Tyler Kelsheimer
This week, four Woodbury Central High School students were asked, “If you could have one season all year long, which season would you choose?” A student from each grade answered.
Senior Mason Bakker, son of Brady Bakker, and Lorrie and Mike Christoffersen, answered, “Spring, because it starts it to get warmer.”
“Summer; it’s nice out and you can tan,” explained junior Taylor Kollbaum, daughter of Tim Kollbaum and Tracie Grell.
Sophomore Charlie Rhue, son of Randy and Angela Rhue, replied, “Winter. I like the solemnest of it all.”
Freshman Austin Rapp, son of Jared and Jill Rapp, chose “Summer; it’s warm and it’s fun,” he said.
Woodbury Central High School Student of the Week
By Molly Grell
Joe Hayden was chosen as high school Student of the Week by Mrs. Sailer. Joe, a sophomore in Medical Terminology, is very respectful to his peers. According to Mrs. Sailer, he always takes advantage of improving his grade in this college class by retaking his tests and does all of the bonus questions. “Joe is going to be a good college student someday because he knows how to work/study on his own,” says Mrs. Sailer.
High school Student of the Week
By Easton Petersen
Woodbury Central sophomore Mikayla Mitchell was chosen to be High School Student of the Week by Mrs. Logan. Mikayla's section is studying the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," and Mrs. Logan chose her because "Mikayla has a very strong grasp of the characters' interactions within their families and across racial lines, as well as the humane sensibilities purported in the novel." Mrs. Logan notices Mikayla's involvement with the story through class discussions as well as her quiz scores.
“Mikayla scored the class high of 100 percent on her most recent quiz," Mrs. Logan explains, and then adds, “She’s doing a great job at keeping up with her study guides, and also adds very nicely to class discussions.”
Holiday Band Preparation
By Ben Erdmann
“It gives them a creative outlet for all of their unique views and passions,” says Woodbury Central teacher Mr. Petersen about his band students.
This year, 158 WC students from fifth through 12 grades are involved in band. About 30 of them are in fifth grade, 32 are in sixth grade, and 54 musicians are in seventh and eighth grade; high school adds an additional 42 students.
Mr. Petersen says that the holiday band concert is the product of three or four months of group and individual work. During this time, “students are taught to develop techniques and fundamentals necessary for a musical performance,” adds Mr. Petersen.
The band concert was performed early last week. Later this year, band students will raise money to pay for the new marching band uniforms.
By Kasidi Wist
Superintendent Glackin Interview
Nearly 600 students attend Woodbury Central CSD this school year; the official number is 591 students, K-12.
“Keeping an accurate count of the student population is important because we get funds based on a per pupil amount,” says Superintendent Glackin, adding that the District receives $6,121 per student each year to pay for the student’s education. If student enrollment drops, the District loses the funding for that student. Mr. Glackin adds that attendance information is fed to the Iowa Department of Education through a database, and the District uses these numbers to plan its annual budget.
According to Superintendent Glackin, “We are seeing a general decline in the student population numbers, and this decline was gradual until this year.” From 2008 to the present, the student population has changed by 34 students; the high school population decreased by 8 students, the number of middle schoolers remains the same, and the elementary has 26 fewer students than in 2008. He predicts another drop of 20 students next year. This year, 104 staff members serve these students; this is 3 teachers less than in 2008, and the support staff has increased by 1. The ratio of students to staff is 12.9 to 1.
Superintendent Glackin adds that the open enrollment of students into the District helps Woodbury Central “substantially.” Approximately 51 students open enroll into the District, while 23 students living within the District opt to get their education elsewhere. Open enrollment positively affects the school in three major areas: finances, extracurriculars, and social interactions, he explains.
On Oct. 22 and 24, approximately 98% of parents of elementary students attended WC's Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences; approximately 284 parents took time to discuss their child's educational program with their elementary teachers.
In addition, 74% of parents of all middle school and high school students visited with their child’s teachers during Conferences as well.
By Kaleb Custer
They’re having fun and getting it done.
Mr. Buckley’s design class has already finished many different projects like working with hatching and cross hatching, and is now working on printmaking. “We have a very unique group of students this year,” says Mr. Buckley about his design class of juniors and seniors. As part of the printmaking project, the upperclassmen created something that included their initials, or their first or last names. The students started the project by sketching drawings in their sketchbooks and then moved those drawings to linoleum blocks.
“Design class is fun,” says senior Jakob Arment about his project which includes his initials and a set of antlers.
By Jeff Walker
Ethan Schultzen, High School Artist of the Week
Ethan Schultzen is a great singer.
Ethan, a sophomore, has a positive, energetic attitude about choir and show choir. He is always in a good mood and he keeps the bass section focused as he tries to help others with their parts. He has inspired other students to join music extracurriculars. Students often hear him singing in the halls.
“I really enjoy Ethan’s enthusiasm and dedication in choir and show choir,” Mrs. Rollison says. “He is always giving 110% in my class,”
By Kaleb Custer
Mr. Bormann: the Man, the Legend, … the Principal.
“I could tell that this was a school with a good staff and administration,” says Mr. Dan Bormann of his reaction when, four years ago, he interviewed and accepted Woodbury Central’s offer of employment.
Mr. Bormann earned his Masters in Administration degree in 2003, seven years before joining the staff at WC. He waited, he explains, to work his way through coaching his oldest son’s sports teams before applying for a position in administration.
Mr. Bormann taught and coached at Emerson Hubbard CSD in Emerson, NE before coming to WC to become its MS/HS principal. The difference between schools at Emerson and here is that WC “is larger,” although, he says, “students are students, no matter where you live.” When contemplating one of the many areas where he sees improvement here at WC, Mr. Bormann adds, “I really believe we have put some classes in place to help our students who struggle in the regular setting.” Then he notes, “I also think we have added some important technology.”
Mr. Bormann believes that all students can learn, “it’s just finding what motivates them. It’s up to the staff and administration to find that motivation,” he says. What are his plans for these next few years? “We really need to focus as middle school and high school staffs to get our students to higher levels of thinking.”
Mr. Bormann grew up in North Central Iowa; ever since his high school years he has wanted to become a coach and a history teacher. His high school coach “had something about him” that really pushed Mr. Bormann toward coaching, he explains. Mr. Bormann’s dreams of being a history teacher also started in high school and this time, because of a former history teacher. “He taught in such a way that made me want to teach history,” says Mr. Bormann about his history teacher. When asked if he misses coaching or teaching, his response is “yes to both of them, so much so that I plan to teach a class next semester.” Then he adds that he hopes to get back into coaching varsity sports one day as well.
Lynne Bormann, Mr. Bormann’s wife, teaches at South Sioux Middle School; their four children include AJ, Brittni, Brent, and Ryan. AJ and Brittni are in college, Brent is a freshman, and Ryan is in middle school.
Mr. Bormann enjoys fishing, hunting, and golfing in his free time. His favorite sports teams are Notre Dame because he went to a Catholic school “and you had to like Notre Dame back then” he adds with smile. He also likes the Boston Red Sox and first rooted for them in the 1975 World Series. His favorite book is “Bat 21,” a true story about a pilot who was shot down during the Vietnam War. Although he is quite content here at WC, Mr. Bormann reflects upon the recent tornados which struck here but missed Emerson. “It missed the town,” he says, “but was close.” He notes that he “did check on some of my old friends, and they were untouched.”