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.”