High School Spotlight
By Becca Gebel
This week’s Woodbury Central high school spotlight focuses on Mrs. Schultz’s English III class of juniors. These students research seven influences on the Colonial Period of Literature which include: NE Native American Tribes, Salem Witch Trials, Puritanism, Jamestown and Plymouth Colonies, Slave Trade, Southern Plantations, Mayflower Voyage; Compact and the First Thanksgiving.
“I think it was cruel how they treated the young girls because they thought [the girls] were witches in the Salem Witch Trials,” says Faith Schlotman.
According to Mrs. Schultz, “The students benefit from this project by peer teaching.” For instance, because students teach the class about their subject area, they become fully integrated in the learning process, she explains.
Alyssa Gotto adds, “I enjoy learning the different aspects at that time and how they went about life.” Presentations take place before the Colonial Period literature unit begins and may include authors such as William Bradford, Olaudah Equiano, and Red Jacket. The students work in small groups, and their presentations provide vital information about that period’s influences. .
Mrs. Schultz adds that the presentations provide background information to help them better understand the literature of the period. This project lasts about two weeks.
Student Teacher Interview, Chaps Wilcke
By Nic Scheelhaase
Woodbury Central has acquired a new student-teacher this year, Mr. Chaps Wilcke. Mr. Wilcke teaches alongside high school science teacher, Mrs. McElrath. When asked why Mr. Wilcke chose to teach at WC, he said, “it’s close to home and I like small schools.”
Mr. Wilcke is from Battle Creek, IA, which he describes as “tiny.” He will graduate from Morningside College with a major in education. His last practicums were at North High School and West High School in Sioux City, and at Sergeant-Bluff Luton. His responsibilities of his last positions were mainly “observation mostly.”
Mr. Wilcke hopes to become a principal because “I loved my job shadowing and thought it was right for me.” When asked what four words describe his personality, he answered with “reserved, athletic, unique, motivated.” He is most satisfied with his job when he sees good results from the students. Mr. Wilcke describes his work style as “work before play.” During this last summer Mr. Wilcke was busy working construction.
When asked what techniques and tools he uses to keep organized, he answered, “Folders and knowing where I put stuff.” An example of a time Mr. Wilcke had to think outside of the box was during his lesson planning which, he adds, “requires creative ideas.” Mr. Wilcke also implements using technology throughout the classroom.
Mr. Wilcke has four siblings, two of whom currently attend his old alma mater, OA-BCIG in Ida Grove, IA. He is the son of Tom and Cindy Wilcke of Battle Creek.
Nikoel Hytrek = glasses & a pink shirt
Dustin Widman = blue shirt against the wall
Charles Rhue = overly close up
Halle Gray = athletic shirt
Q&A – what do you like best about Homecoming?
By Nic Scheelhaase
Woodbury Central students this week answer the question, “What do you like best about Homecoming?”
Freshman Dustin Widman likes float building “because we get out of a class for a day and I enjoy working outside.”
Sophomore Halle Gray prefers dressing up for theme days. She especially enjoys “how creative people will get.”
Junior Charlie Rhue chooses skit night. “I like to create the skits and be in them," he explains. "It’s a very fun pastime.”
Senior Nikoel Hytrek likes the togetherness best about Homecoming; “I like the way everybody is in the same spirit,” she says.
Q and A: New Years Resolution
By Dawson Petersen
“What resolution did you make last New Year and did you fulfill it?” was the question students answered this week.
Freshman Sean Parks said, “My resolution was to eat more bacon than last year and I have fulfilled it by eating more bacon.”
Sophomore Shawn Enstrom answered, “My resolution was to raise enough money to send my little brother to the Boy Scout Jamboree and I did not fulfill it.”
Junior Alyssa Gotto stated, “My New Year’s resolution was to get better grades and I did that.”
Senior Jade Petersen responded, “My resolution was to get a scholarship for softball and I achieved it.”
Dillon Weaver Student of the Week
By Becca Gebel
Dillon Weaver, a sophomore at Woodbury Central, was chosen as Student of the Week by Mrs. McElrath for his work in her biology class.
Dillon was chosen because of the amount of effort he puts into his work, says Mrs. McElrath; during the labs and classroom activities, he uses his time wisely. He makes real life connections between what he learns in biology to his interest in farming; this really helps his understanding of the classroom content. “Dillon has a lot of pride in his work and, as both his teacher and Olweus leader, I can really appreciate that,” explains Mrs. McElrath.
Woodbury Central high school student of the week
By Ashton Eaton
Pre Calculus is not an easy class, but one student really shows great promise. Rachel LaPaglia, a senior at Woodbury Central, was chosen by her teacher Mr. Glackin as Student of the Week. “Rachel understands mathematics at a high school conceptual level,” explains Mr. Glackin.
“Rachel has a conceptual understanding of the material (roots, factors, zeros of polynomials) we are working with,” adds Mr. Glackin. “She was able to read the book to better her understanding while absent. She balanced school work with participation in the musical, succeeding in both.”
ACT purpose test dates
By Ashton Eaton
“Almost more important than the ACT is a student’s GPA," states Woodbury Central’s guidance counselor Mrs. Walker. She adds that as students "work hard every year," they are creating "impressive GPAs." She continues, "The GPA is a more accurate picture of a student than the ACT, and is also looked at closely for scholarships.”
The ACT test score measures a student’s ability to be aware of issues necessary to understand to attend most colleges. Students choosing a community college may prefer a community college's placement test instead. “The ACT is necessary because many colleges require it for admission,” Mrs. Walker explains. “The ACT is a very important number for every student applying to college. Also, many scholarships are based on ACT scores.”
The ACT tests in five categories: reading, comprehension, math, writing and science. Students may prepare for it with online tests provided by ACT, or by purchasing an ACT study guide.
The ACT offers tests on specific days; the next upcoming testing days are December 13, and in 2015, February 7, April 18 and June 13.
Cutline (two photos) Reed Mitchell and Maddie Crichton
By Jameson Mandl and Dawson Petersen
College classes may be a little too much of a challenge, according to some high school students. However, those Woodbury Central students willing to take on the challenge to gain college credits take classes from Western Iowa Tech Community College, either online or on the campus.
Maddie Crichton, a sophomore at WC, is taking Introduction to Psychology. Maddie thinks the class is “pretty easy to understand and easy to keep up with.” She says, “It’s a lot easier to focus on than high school because you can work ahead and find a schedule that works for you.”
WC senior Reed Mitchell takes Psychology online through WIT. Compared to high school, he says, the class is “a lot more homework but a lot easier. It takes up more time.” As Mitchell works on his class, he adds, “The class is alright, but I’m not too fond of it.”
WC has 25 seniors, 13 juniors, and three sophomores taking WIT college classes. These classes are part of the Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) which is “to provide high school students access to enroll part-time in postsecondary institutions.” according to the Iowa Department of Education’s website. Each class costs the school $350 per student. According to Mrs. Walker, the students must meet requirements through their ACT scores or Iowa Assessment scores to qualify to take the classes.
KayLynne Bechen and Jordan Martin Students of the Week
By Ashton Eaton
Woodbury Central’s high school English teacher Mrs. Schultz chose two students who have gone above and beyond their English 1 studies.
KayLynne Bechen and Jordan Martin are this week’s Students of the Week. “KayLynne always participates in discussion, works well in groups, and seems to connect with something in every selection we read,” says Mrs. Schultz. “Her enthusiasm is infectious" and she "adds to discussion on a daily basis.”
“Jordan thinks well through her answers, is very thorough, and is also very respectful,” Mrs. Schultz explains. “Jordan is extremely insightful. She views selections with depth and offers new perspectives on texts during discussion.”
HS SOW Daulton Christiansen
By Dawson Petersen
Woodbury Central student Daulton Christiansen is World History Student of the Week.
Daulton, a sophomore, was chosen by Mr. Galloway because he has the top grade percentage, owning a slight lead over two other A+ students in a very competitive World History class. “Daulton always gives his best effort which is why he is very successful in my classes,” says Mr. Galloway, “and why he will continue to be successful throughout his life.”
Left to right: Kennedy Krieg and Maddie Crichton
By Dawson Petersen
Last week in Biology class, Mrs. McElrath’s sophomores completed a survivorship lab at the local cemetery.
The students gathered data for two days in Arlington Cemetery. They grouped the individuals listed on gravestones into categories for males and females, and deaths before and after the year 1950.
“Through the research, the students will get a very vivid picture of survivorship,” said Mrs. McElrath. The students noted that with improvements in medicine and technology, individuals live longer.
This project encouraged students to think, both critically and logically, about the changes in survivorship as they established a relationship between evidence and explanations. The project lasted 4 to 5 days and 2 of those days were for students to organize the data collected. Students then discussed their research findings