WC High School

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.


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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. 2015 2015
2015 2014 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. 



Rachel LaPaglia
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.

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College Class

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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. jkb 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

HS Spot

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 

Question of the Week

By Jameson Mandl


Woodbury Central students this week answer the question, “What is the best movie you have ever seen?”

Senior Edgar Rodriguez likes the movie Captain Phillips. He says, “It was well-executed and it really portrayed Captain Phillips’ emotions towards the end. Also it makes people realize what ship crews have to go through.”

Junior Alyssa Gotto prefers the movie Frozen because “It is filled with happiness and love.”

Sophomore Austin Rapp chooses the movie The Sandlot. He says, “I like how they make fun of Smalls and I like when Benny takes on the Beast.”

Freshman Colton Herbold chooses the movie Hot Rod. He says, “It is funny but inspirational because he [Rod] is raising money for his stepdad.”

Wizard of Oz School Play

By Lyndzy Flewelling

Woodbury Central students will perform “The Wizard of Oz” as their school musical Nov. 14-16 in the school theater. WC drama coach, Denise Heiman, is the director.

One of Mrs. Heiman’s goals is to get the younger students “exposed to theater” so this year she is working with a very large cast. “The biggest cast we have put on stage including the last time I did ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” says Mrs. Heiman. The lead roles are played by senior Molly Grell as Dorothy; junior Ethan Schultzen, Scarecrow; senior Ryan Fouts, Tin Man; junior Charlie Rhue, Lion; sophomore McKenna Alitz, Miss Gulch; junior Kelsey Polkinghorn, Glenda the Good Witch; senior Rachel LaPaglia, the Wicked Witch of the West; junior Caleb Corbin, Oz; sophomore Anthony Gallagher, Uncle Henry; and senior Kassie Bain, as Auntie Em.  

The musical includes high school and middle school students. “We have over 80 munchkins so it’s going to be a very crowded Munchkinland” says Mrs. Heiman.  


Industrial Tech. III High School Spotlight

By Jameson Mandl


Mr. Miller and his Industrial Tech. III class have been building a shed for a community member. Before beginning the work, they have studied all of the steps for building a shed correctly, from stabilizing the walls to measuring for angles and lengths.

 According to Toby Schroeder, students benefit from this project by “learning how to build and using skills needed in life.” Another member of the group, Matt Nelson, explains that the project "makes me realize that building a shed takes longer than what I thought.” The group plans to work on this project through the month of October. The students involved in this project are Clay Baldwin, Matt Nelson, Paul Nelson, Toby Schroeder, Riley Grell, Jerzey Waderich, Thomas Dahill, Seth Schwarz, Matt Best, and Marshall Bower.


High school Q&A

Lyndzy Flewelling


If you could have one season all year around what would it be and why?

 “Summer, because I get to play baseball.” Brandon Stender, freshman.

 “Summer, because the weather is nice and we don’t have school.” Kalynn Manker, sophomore.

 “Summer, because we don’t have school.” Madisyn Sampson, junior.

 “Fall, because its hunting season, football is going on, the leaves change colors, and there’s harvest.” Taylor Kolbaum, senior.