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Cutline: Seventh grader Dominick Steffens

 

MS SOW: Ms. Pieper

By Jordan Martin

 

            Ms. Pieper, Woodbury Central’s middle school Special Education teacher, chooses Dominick Steffens as Student of the Week in her class. She praises his work ethic and his attitude toward his classmates as well as his academic gains.

            “‘Dom’ has continued to show growth all year and is always willing to help others,” she says. “He makes a conscious effort to improve academically.”






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Cutline: Mrs. Bock’s OLWEUS group.

OLWEUS Group

26 April 2017

By Katelyn Champion

 

                Woodbury Central students in Mrs. Bock’s OLWEUS group recently participated in activities meant to provoke ingenuity and teamwork.

“These are team-building activities that bring the students together,” Mrs. Bock commented about the projects.

Divided into groups of boys and girls, students built a tower from 20 pieces of uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows. The team that built the highest tower won for "Superiority."

When the students were finished with this week's activity, the girls' tower had fallen, while the boys' tower stayed up (amid much cheering). However, Mrs. Bock explains, the previous OLWEUS group meeting was a puzzle challenge that the girls' team had won.


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Middle School Student of the Week- Ashley Martin

3 May 2017

 

            Ashley Martin, an eighth grader at Woodbury Central, is chosen by Miss Hanson to be "Student of the Week." Miss Hanson is the middle school math teacher who enjoys having Ashley in class. “Ashley is a great student to have in math, who always wants to learn new things, and is willing to answer questions in class, and never complains,” says Miss Hanson.

            Miss Hanson explains that Ashley is “always positive and a pleasure to have in class.” Ashley is a “hard worker,” Miss Hanson adds. 








Cutline: Eighth-grader Rhuann Bruneau attending the Career Fair.

Eighth-Grade Career Fair

5 April 2017

By Katelyn Champion


Recently, 22 businesspeople from Sioux City and Moville talked passionately about their jobs, which ranged from agriculture to computer science. Eighth-grader Rhuann Bruneau commented, “I was able to listen to the speakers on engineering, welding, court reporting, design, and architecture. I found them all to be interesting.”

Organized by Mrs. Walker, the school counselor, the Career Fair consisted of WC eighth-graders and was held on March 30 in various classrooms. Mrs. Walker also planned the students' schedules, which included the speakers the students were to meet, the times, and their meeting locations.

 Some of the local speakers included Ann Nash, Debbie Wahlberg, Tom Chartier, and Scott Lamp. Mrs. Nash and Mrs. Wahlberg spoke about their love of teaching, while Mr. Chartier told stories about his medical career, and Mr. Lamp introduced the rigorous process of the police department.

The Career Fair was for students to explore options for their future careers; it encouraged students to see and listen to speakers, and learn about different careers.

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Cheyenne Peterson Student of the Week –

 

By Kameron Paulsen

            Cheyenne Peterson was chosen Student of the Week from Mrs. Gallagher’s science class at Woodbury Central.

Cheyenne, an eighth grader, is an excellent science student, Mrs. Gallagher explains. “She has scored 100% or higher on the last four science tests,” she says. “Three of the tests have covered animals from sponges to worms to mollusks and arthropods,” Mrs. Gallagher adds. “Cheyenne is also very thorough in her dissecting.”

“Cheyenne is a super student. She takes good notes, listens in class, gets her assignments finished on time and takes her time to get the questions right,” Mrs. Gallagher says. “She is a pleasure to have in class and will be great addition to high school.”






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Lexi (right) and Sarah (left)

Student of the Week Lexi and Sara

By Carter Crum

            Lexi McElrath and Sara Malm were chosen as Student(s) of the Week in Mrs. Gallagher’s sixth grade science class for their exceptional poster and brochure; they presented information about animals during the Ordovician Period.

            Mrs. Gallagher says, “Lexi and Sara worked well together and created a nice poster and brochure to help students in the class understand what animals and plants were alive during the Ordovician time period. Their brochure was full of information and they found great pictures to display.”






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Cutline: Grade 6 Reese Gruis

Middle School Spelling Bee

16 March 2017      

By Katelyn Champion

                Recently, Reese Gruis was crowned champion of 16 finalists of the Woodbury Central Middle School Spelling Bee.

                The spelling bee was held on March 15. Mrs. Lilly monitored the Spelling Bee, and some of the words for students to spell included "predominant," "veneer" and "flammable."

                “You study and practice the words on the list that Mrs. Lilly gives you,” Reese explained. “It is cool when you do well and get the word right.” She won a certificate, a $10 Subway gift card, Laffy Taffy, and Airhead Extremes.

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Middle School Spotlight

Jacob Wohlert

The seventh graders of Woodbury Central in Mrs. Dandurand’s social studies classes recently completed a month-long project about countries in Europe. Jake Ofert said that the project “was fun.”The students picked a country to study its imports, exports, and show where the country is located, its national flag, and its population and facts. The students benefit from this project as they learn about their country and others. This project is part of the curriculum whereby students learn about other countries and the United States’ role in the world. Mrs. Dandurand said that overall, the students “did a good job with their projects. They learned a lot about the European nations of their choice and opportunity to share with classmates.”



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MS Spotlight

 

By Zach Thomas

 

When Mrs. Hubert’s sixth grade Language Arts students engaged in a one-month project involving the Ancient Egyptians, they learned how to conduct research, build their critical thinking skills, and research, plan, organize, and present an Ancient Egyptian museum exhibit. While the students also learned about the Egyptian society, government, and culture in Mrs. Dandurand’s Social Studies classes, they built and displayed their artifacts, and analyzed and presented historical facts from Ancient Egypt as well. When asked about the project, sixth grade student Ryder Koele said, “It was fun because we got to spend a lot of time working on the mummies.”

According to Mrs. Hubert, students benefit from this cross-curriculum project by developing their knowledge, elaborating their communication, and learning a value beyond school. The project focused on student learning goals, including standards-based content and skills such as critical thinking/ problem solving. After the project, the students and teachers reflected on the learning, and effectiveness of the project. 


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Levi Smith, Middle School Student of the Week

By Katelyn Champion

            This week at Woodbury Central, Levi Smith was chosen as the Middle School Student of the Week. Levi was chosen by Mrs. Pieper, his reading teacher.

            “Levi is always a very good listener and attentive during his group readings in reading class. He especially is good at participating and contributing to class discussions,” states Mrs. Pieper. She adds, “Levi has shown great improvement in his reading and comprehension skills. His ideas often lead student discussions.”

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MS Student of the Week

 By Jacob Wohlert

Woodbury Central's Miss Hanson chose Aidan O’Mara for Middle School Student of the Week. Miss Hanson said, “Aidan is a great student who listens to directions the first time and is always respectful. I always enjoy talking to him at the beginning of the year.”

Miss Hanson chose Aiden, a seventh grader, “because he is a great student to have in class who is respectful and always does what is ask of him without complaint.”



Spotlight
Chase Copeland, Reading Student

By Loryn Nettleton

             “We use an educational periodical called “Scope” to include some short essays, information and dramas to round out their reading experience,” states Mrs. Bock who teaches reading class at Woodbury Central. Students can choose from nine different genres, and must read a certain number of books each quarter: sixth graders read 5 books, seventh graders read 6 books, and eighth graders read 7 books. “They get to choose their books,” says Mrs. Bock.

            Students benefit from this project because “research has shown that students who spend time reading independently can lead to deeper understanding of vocabulary, grammar, and provide background knowledge to other core subjects, which, in the long run, creates better empathetic citizens as older teens and adults,” Mrs. Bock explains.   

            Sixth grader Chase Copelind says his favorite gene is “mystery.” Right now Chase is reading a book called “The Edge.” He chose this book because “it looked good.”

            Mrs. Bock adds, “we try to allow at least 15-20 minutes most days for independent reading as well as assigning less homework to encourage reading at home. “As students finish their books, they meet with Mrs. Bock to discuss what they have read, and if they understand the reading or not. Mrs. Bock states that this project became part of the curriculum when, “I took a class along with some other teachers and we developed the M.S curriculum. It is based on a book by Donalyn Miller called, “The Book Whisperer” and her follow-up, “Reading in the Wild.”

            This project lasts “all year” and “each student must try and reach their reading goals of 20, 24, and 28 books, many read many more than the required number,” states Mrs. Bock.


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Mrs. Lilly, a T.A.G. teacher at Woodbury Central, chose eighth grader Henry Monk for this week’s middle school “Spotlight.” Henry participated in a school geography bee in the first week of January. According to Mrs. Lilly, this activity benefited students because, “It motivates students to learn about the world and how it works. It’s also a nice supplement to the geography portion of Social Studies.”

            Henry says that his favorite part about geography is “looking at maps and seeing different forms of land.” He adds that his goal now that he has won the first round of the Bee is to “keep moving on and to support my school.”

Mrs. Lilly explains that each year thousands of schools in the U.S. participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest motivates students to learn about the world and how it works. The three levels of competition are school, state, and national.

Each school conducts its own Bee. After the winner takes the online qualifying test, the top 100 highest scoring students in each state advance to the state competition. The State Bee Champion advances to the National Championship on May 22 in Washington D.C. 



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Middle school "Students of the Week" By Brandon Stender Carson Edwards and Blase Sanford of Mrs. Gallagher’s Woodbury Central grade 6 science class were asked to design and create volcanoes of materials from home. Mrs. Gallagher ,a long-time middle school science teacher, chose the two boys to be middle school “Students of the Week” because “they were partners on the project, had their materials ready, and worked hard at constructing the volcano.”

Even though Carson missed some days due to illness, Blase worked hard on his own and finished the volcano on time. When asked about how the project went overall, she explained, “Carson and Blase ended up with a very realistic-looking volcano. "

The volcanoes erupted with the combination of baking soda and vinegar. Some groups used pop and mentos for explosions," and the entire sixth grade had fun with some hands on learning,” Mrs. Gallagher said.



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Coach Reinders going through the plays with Addi McElrath

At Woodbury Central, Coach Reinders coaches basketball to the seventh and eighth grade girls. “The girls played pretty well all season,” Coach says. By the end of the season, the seventh grade girls’ record was 7-3, and the eighth grade girls’ record was 8-2.

Coach Reinders has coached middle school basketball for two years. “I am looking forward to see the current eighth graders move into their JV or Varsity roles next year,” she says.

Coach Reinders recently selected the season’s best players; they include seventh graders: Lynsey Countryman, Camrin Baird and Lillian Ofert, and eighth graders: Lyndsie Graff, Emma DeStigter, Mckenna Herbold and Addi McElrath. “Great group of girls, very coachable, and are always learning from Coach Blake Stubbs,” she adds.

Coach is excited to meet next year’s group of seventh graders. She is also excited to coach the seventh graders again as eighth graders because “they will be older and stronger.” She plans for a really good season for them.




 


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