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Eighth Grade Math Bee

By Becca Gebel

            Imagine being an eighth grader in the math bee, competing against 34 teams, and earning a trophy for fourth place. Woodbury Central middle school students Logan Hammond, Emma Persons, Jacob Steffen, Collin Kunkel and Sidnie Graff can describe what it feels like. “It’s definitely a challenge because you do things you normally wouldn’t do under other circumstances,” Collin says.

            On May 7, these five students competed at Morningside College in Sioux City. Mrs. Clark, a high school math teacher and Math Bee coach says, “The fourth place finish is WC's highest finish in recent history.”

            Math Bee practices were held at least twice a week for several weeks, and all questions came from an eighth grade math curriculum. At the contest, individual students each completed five 8-12 minute tests. Then, as a group, they each took a test for which the results were tallied into a team score; that test took about 20 minutes. Within the individual winners, Logan took sixth place and Emma finished in tenth place. Mrs. Clark adds, “I’m very proud of the students and how hard they have worked to prepare themselves.”



Woodbury Central Middle School Student of the Week

By Dawson Petersen


This week, in Mrs. Gallagher’s seventh grade science class, Sebastian Semmler earned Woodbury Central’s middle school Student of the Week honors. Mrs. Gallagher said, “He has been the main dissector in his group and has stayed very focused.”

According to Mrs. Gallagher, Sebastian did a great job during dissections. “During our dissections which finish our science book on animals, Sebastian has shown great work ethic and involvement,” added Mrs. Gallagher. Not only does he take his time to closely observe the organs, but also to complete the entire dissection. He focuses on finding the organs of each animal and isn’t “afraid to get his hands dirty while doing it.”

Middle School Student of the Week Alexis Strachan

By Alexa Sanford

Because she sold nearly $300 worth of tickets, Alexis Strachan won the competition to sell the most raffle tickets for the Woodbury Central middle school carnival.

“Alexis took the fundraiser seriously,” explained Mrs. Heiman. “She came in for extra tickets almost every day.”

The money raised in this fundraiser supports the WC middle school activity fund, such as sports, choir and band.

Be Hated or Forgotten? WC Survey.

By Alexa Sanford

            Would you rather be hated or forgotten? Woodbury Central Students were asked to contemplate this question.

            “It would depend on the person, but overall I would rather be forgotten,” a student answered anonymously, “because no one would have anything against me but being forgotten by someone I care about would still hurt.”

             “I would be hated because not everyone can be your friend and not everyone can like the choices you make.” Explained senior Landan Paulsen, “Do what you have to do for you. You can be hated and make a mark or you can be forgotten and leave no mark.”

            Of the 18 students who took this survey, 8 chose to be forgotten, and 10 chose to be hated. The question was difficult to answer, but the majority of the students chose to be hated rather than be forgotten.

Question of the Week

By Matt Best


How would your parents react to a bad report card? This is the question high school students at Woodbury Central were asked this week. Of the 28 students who answered, the majority said, “they would get angry and yell at me” or “they would be very disappointed and tell me to work harder.” A few anonymous student athletes said they would be restricted from extracurricular activities, or “my parents would suspend me from my sports.”

Though all the students chose to stay anonymous, most of them agree that their parents would not be happy. A couple of seniors stated, “I do not get bad grades,” which must mean that they try very hard in school and know that their education comes first. A few sophomores said, “They would ground me until my grades are better.”

A few students said, “My parents will ask if I need help and then contact the teacher.” Some said students said “They would not really care.” One student in particular said they would not let him join R.O.T.C. and that he would be grounded. A freshman said, “I would receive a ‘no-sports lecture’.” One sophomore said, “They would take away my phone and my Jeep.” A junior said, “I would be instantly grounded.” A senior said, “They would be very disappointed in me. Tell me I need to work harder.”

It seems to be that younger students are grounded or suspended from extra-curricular activities, whereas the parents of juniors and seniors are “disappointed” and ask their children to get their stuff together. All would discuss the need for taking personal responsibility for their schoolwork obligations. After all, the emphasis is on the word, “work.” 


By Keaton Morgan


            A recent Woodbury Central high school survey asked the question, “If the world was going to end in three days, what would you do during those three days?” Ten students replied and are kept anonymous except for their grade. A junior said, “Go on hunting and fishing trips across US and the world.” Another junior replied, “Looting, robbing, and pillaging.” A third junior commented, “I would fight for survival.”

One junior, and two sophomores proclaimed, “I would live life to the fullest and probably just do whatever I want.” A sophomore boasted they would, “go to Florida in a nice stolen car.”

Two students, one a sophomore and the other a freshman, said, “I would do everything I could think of to do,” and “spend all of my money on random stuff.”   

Back pack regulations

MAJOR INFRACTION-loss of the privilege of carrying a backpack.

  1. No water bottles in the backpack.
  2. No food, including lunch bags should be carried in the backpack at any time.
  3. Back packs must be completely UNDER the seat, not in the aisles or on the back of a chair or on another desk. YOUR BACKPACK STAYS IN YOUR SPACE!!!!!
  4. No PE clothes in your backpack.
  5. No  hitting others with the back packs

Minor infractions- three minor infractions and the privilege is lost.  1st and 2nd infraction receives a mark.

  1. Student may only carry two classes worth of book EITHER in the backpack or in arms. MAY NOT DO BOTH. That defeats the purpose of trying to keep students’ belongings to a minimum.
  2. Arguing about the policy will now be a minor infraction.
  3. 1) Students may carry their binder to each class, as it has their assignments and assignment notebooks in them.
    2) Many teachers make students read when they finish their assignment, therefore, students may carry a reading book as part of their books for two classes


Any teacher has the right to adjust the backpack rules for their classroom.  Some classrooms are smaller than others so it may be necessary for students to adjust.

Should the backpack carrying become more of a hassle, the privilege Can and Will be revoked at any time.



Cutline; Gracia Widman, Megan Warren and Alexis Strachan


Middle School Spotlight Mrs. Wurth

By Becca Gebel


“My curriculum changes from class to class depending on what each group of students’ needs is," says Mrs. Wurth, who teaches a group of Woodbury Central TAG students. "I choose my projects based on the kids.”

WC's seventh grade TAG students, Jakob Schultz, Megan Warren, Gracia Widman and Alexis Strachan, have recently started building a mini-golf course. They start their project "from scratch," and each builds 3 or 4 fairways and holes to create a mini-golf course.

 The students tap into their creativity to design a course to top a 9 ft. x 4.5 ft. wood board as a platform; they make sure that a golfer can shoot a “hole in one.” They practice their math skills as they study and apply angles to their project.. According to Mrs. Wurth, students gain mathematic and angle experience to help them better understand math concepts.

As part of the class the students also gain business knowledge by learning how to open a small business. This class is one semester long, and students meet once a week.

Cutline; Gracia Widman, Megan Warren and Alexis Strachan


            Mrs. Gallagher Feature Story

            By Lyndzy Flewelling


At Woodbury Central, Mrs. Gallagher’s sixth grade science students will gather into groups of three and make a poster that defines matter, and then illustrate the physical and chemical properties of matter. According to Mrs. Gallagher, this mid-February project benefits the students because it introduces them to matter. In the science curriculum, students must identify matter, plus define and explain substances, elements, compounds, mixtures, and molecules, she explains.

 “This project has the students find examples of all of these,” said Mrs. Gallagher.

The students spend two to three days in the lab looking up information and then designing a poster that illustrates the information that they find.



Peter Mooney Middle School Student of the Week

By Halle Still

            Among all of Mrs. Clark’s middle school students she proudly nominates Peter Mooney as the middle school Student of the Week. Peter is in the eighth grade at Woodbury Central and is in Mrs. Clark’s Algebra I class.

            Mrs. Clark states, “Peter is a responsible, hard-working student who is not afraid to show his work.” According to Mrs. Clark, students who show their work have an advantage because one can always go back and fix the error in the problem being solved. Mrs. Clark adds, “Keep up the good work, Peter!”


 Mrs. Gallagher Feature Story

            By Lyndzy Flewelling


At Woodbury Central, Mrs. Gallagher’s sixth grade science students will gather into groups of three and make a poster that defines matter, and then illustrate the physical and chemical properties of matter. According to Mrs. Gallagher, this mid-February project benefits the students because it introduces them to matter. In the science curriculum, students must identify matter, plus define and explain substances, elements, compounds, mixtures, and molecules, she explains.

 “This project has the students find examples of all of these,” said Mrs. Gallagher.

The students spend two to three days in the lab looking up information and then designing a poster that illustrates the information that they find.


There is a photo of Charlee and a separate photo of capsela pieces.

Charlee Petersen Student of the Week Woodbury Central

by Charles Rhue

This week’s Student of the Week is Charlee Petersen. Charlee is in grade 6 and was nominated by Mrs. Gallagher, a middle school science teacher. “Charlee has caught onto our unit of Capsela for physical science,” Mrs. Gallagher said. “Capselas use gear and motor capsules to create vehicles and boats, that the students must construct and make work using battery stored electricity.”

Mrs Gallagher also stated, “Charlee has not only been able to construct the Capselas that are assigned during class but is also very willing to help other groups pick up and put back the materials necessary to complete the assignment.” 


Cheyenne Petersen Middle School Student of the Week

By Alexa Sanford

            Cheyenne Petersen is a talented sixth grade student at Woodbury Central. She works hard inside and outside of the Social Studies classroom, explains her teacher, Mrs. Dandurand. She comes to class prepared, always has her homework finished well and handed in on time.

“Cheyenne is an excellent student who works hard,” explains Mrs. Dandurand, WC’s middle school social studies teacher. “She had the second highest score on a test about Greek culture.”

According to Mrs. Dandurand, Cheyenne has great class participation, she asks good questions, and is always involved. Cheyenne puts in the extra work and it really pays off in the classroom.


Sally Gallagher Middle School Athlete of the Week

By Alexa Sanford

Scoring five 3-pointers in the first half of the Woodbury Central vs West Monona middle school basketball game gave Sally Gallagher just what she needed to help her team win. She attained four of the 3-pointers in just the first quarter. “Sally had a great shooting night,” basketball coach Karl Bahrke said. “She also played team basketball, passing the ball to someone for an easier shot and helping out on defense.” According to Coach Bahrke, the eighth grade girls won their third game for the week on that night, Jan. 15, with a chance to make it four against River Valley later in the month.

Middle School Student of the Week

By Becca Gebel

            Caleb Lubbers was chosen by Mrs. Gallagher for middle school Student of the Week at Woodbury Central.

            Caleb was the only seventh grade student who scored a 100% on the genetics and heredity test in Life Science class. “Caleb has a great grasp on why and how traits and genes are handed down,” explained Mrs. Gallagher. “He is a hard worker and is willing to ask questions that led to a perfect test grade.”

            Caleb said, “I think Mrs. Gallagher runs a pretty good class. I really like the topic because it is interesting.”

MS SOW Sidnie Graff

By Dawson Petersen

Woodbury Central student Sidnie Graff is Student of the Week for her efforts in band.

Sidnie, an eighth grader, was chosen by Mrs. Wurth because “she is really an amazing student.” Mrs. Wurth says, “Sid is a well-rounded student who works hard for everything she gets,” and “she’s a great girl with a big heart.” Sidnie, who is in jazz band, concert band, and Band Council, has become a “great leader within the Wildcat Family.” Mrs. Wurth adds, “She works hard to make herself a better player and person constantly inside and outside school.” 


Student of the Week

By Lyndzy Flewelling


Woodbury Central Middle School English teacher Mrs. Hubert has chosen Joanna Leslie as the Middle School Student of the Week.

Joanna, a seventh grader, is chosen for her great work ethic and attitude that she has in class. “Jo has made a great effort to complete her work on time,” says Mrs. Hubert. Then she adds that Joanna “has improved her work ethic and improved her overall grade in Language.”



 WC 8th grade Logan Hammond, Jacob Wohlert, Emma Persons, Reagan Petersen, Sally Gallagher, Katlyn Champion(tall), Tori Bates

8th Grade Earth Science

By Nic Scheelhaase

            Recently at Woodbury Central, Mrs. Gallagher’s eighth grade Earth Science students became Middle School Students of the Week for creating topography maps of land area using cardboard. When asked how the students benefitted from this project, Mrs. Gallagher answered, this project helps the “students realize that in every area on earth, elevation is constantly changing.” Sally Gallagher’s favorite part of the project was “painting the topography maps.”      

            The students spent almost two weeks working on these projects in groups of four. When Mrs. Gallagher was asked how this project became part of the curriculum she answered, “Part of the curriculum for earth science is the constructive and destructive forces that are constantly at work on earth’s surface, but are driven by the convection currents within earth creating different topographies.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


Elementary and Middle School Q&A


By McKenna Alitz

What is your favorite season and why?

“Spring, because the flowers are blooming.” Payton Petersen, eighth grade

“Winter, I like to go sledding.” Madison Ploen, seventh grade

“Fall, because Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and it’s football season.” Jase Manker, sixth grade

“I like summer because the pool is open and I like winter because it’s Christmas and you get presents and you can build snowmen.” Gunnar Pate, second grade

Middle school student of the week

Azaria Meals

By Lyndzy Flewelling

Woodbury Central sixth grader Azaria Meals has been chosen for Middle School Student of the Week by Mrs. Bock.

“Azaria has a great attitude towards reading,” says Mrs. Bock. Then Mrs. Bock adds that Azaria, who loves to read fantasy books, has read the most books of all middle school students. Currently, Azaria has read 36 books since August.



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