2014-2015 (August Newsletter -Bruce Ludwig
LE MARS COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Classes start Thursday, Aug. 21 - Full Day of School
ON-SITE REGISTRATION & PAYMENT OF FEES:
Monday, Aug. 4 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Tuesday, Aug. 5 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
All Elementary - Middle School - High School
Register at Middle School Building
MAIL-IN REGISTRATION AVAILABLE
Watch for packets to arrive via US mail the week of July 21.
ANNUAL BOOK FEES:
Grades PK -12.....................................$35
7 & 8 Bands ............ $15/yr.
Art (9-12) ................. $10/class
9-12 Bands ..............$15/yr.
Orchestra (9-12) ........$15/yr.
Vocal Music (9-12) ... $15/yr.
Instrument Rent ........$50/yr.
City bus fees $50/semester or $30/quarter
Trades & Industries ....................... $10/class
HOT LUNCH & BREAKFAST
(Prices subject to change)
Lunch Grades K-12 daily - $2.60
Breakfast Grades K-12 daily - $1.75
Milk Grades K- 2 - $40/semester; $70/yr. Milk/Snack Grade PK - $55/semester; $100/yr
PUPIL INSURANCE (Optional):
Grades PK-8.................$50/yr. Grades 9-12................$75/yr. Double Option & 24 hr. Ins. available
ACTIVITY TICKETS (Optional):
Student - $35.00 • Adult - $75.00
On to State
Congratulations State 3A Boys Basketball qualifiers
ORANGE CITY -- The number six-rated Le Mars Bulldogs punched their ticket to the 3A State
tournament Monday night with a 76-65 victory over number nine Spirit Lake in a Sub-State One championship game at Orange City. Le Mars put up 27 fourth quarter points, thanks in part to hitting 16 of their 24 fourth quarter free throw opportunities, to offset six three-pointers by the Indians over the final
eight minutes. Spirit Lake finished with 12 three's for the night, six each from Billy Brown and Alec Henrickson. The desperation three-point bombardment by Spirit Lake couldn't overcome a 13- point
deficit in the final three minutes of the game. The Bulldogs did a little three-point bombing of their own as sixth man, Mitch Sitzmann, hit five of the Bulldogs' eight treys and finished with a career-best 15 points.
His three at the buzzer gave Le Mars a 13-11 lead after the first quarter. He then closed the first half with another three to put the Bulldogs in front 27-15 at the break. Spirit Lake began the second half with an
18-9 run to close to within one at 44-43 with 1:21 to play in the third quarter but Trent Hilbrands hit his
third three of the quarter to help the Dogs go back up by four in the final minute of the period and
Le Mars took a 49-43 lead into the final quarter. Le Mars pushed their fourth quarter lead to 11 by the
4:41 mark and the Indians never got closer than 8 after that. Hilbrands led Le Mars with 21 points and
Tyler Borchers added 20. Billy Brown had 22 for Spirit Lake, Alec Henrickson 20 and Ryan Kriener 16.
Le Mars takes a 20-and-4 record to Des Moines were they'll play in their first State tournament in 15
years next Tuesday at 2 p.m. against Dallas Center-Grimes (20-and-4). It is the sixth State trip overall
for Le Mars. (Hotsheets) LeMars Prime Bank
Class 2A State girls bowling meet at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines (final team standings) 1. Keokuk (2971) .. 2. Fort Dodge (2807) .. 3. Western Dubuque, Epworth (2796) .. 4. Denison-Schleswig (2688) .. 5. Newton (2633) .. 6. Clinton (2478) .. 7. Le Mars (2363). (Le Mars scores) Caitlin Hughes (19th place) (194-169=363) .. Sydney Landis (157-156=313) .. Colleen Zenk (144-147=291) .. Miranda Fisher (140-133=273) .. Mikayla Smith (142-128=270) .. Stephanie Williams (122-114=236)
The Le Mars Community activities code of conduct meetings for all Le Mars Community high school students entering grades nine through twelve (9-12) who plan to participate in any extra-curricular activities for the 2014-2015 school year will be held on:
•Wednesday, August 13th , 12:15 pm & 7:00 pm
•Thursday, August 14th, 12:15 pm & 7:00 pm
These meetings will be held in the middle school auditorium and will last approximately 30 minutes. Students and parents may attend any meeting.
The student participant and at least one parent or guardian must attend this meeting before the student can participate in any activity. Students will not be allowed to participate in any activity until a meeting is attended by both student and parent/guardian. Activities include all sports including cheerleading, band, chorus, speech, orchestra, dance team, all clubs, organizations, and other activity that is considered extra-curricular. These meetings will inform the students and parents of the requirements prior to participation in any of the extra-curricular activities sponsored by the Le Mars Community Schools and cover the Code of Conduct Policy. If you have any questions about the meetings, please call Larry Johnson, Activities Director, at 546-7028.
Lakes Conference meet at Emmetsburg
(girls results) (team standings) 1. Western Christian (50) .. 5. Le Mars (102). Le Mars results: 8. Katie McAllister (17:15) (all-conf.) .. 10. Ellen Meis (17:18) (all-conf.) .. 18. Kenzie Theisen (17:44) .. 32. Griselda Cobian (18:28) .. 34. Katrina Engebretson (18:34) .. 35. Jayden Weiler (18:35) .. 42. Rose Pelelo-Ray (19:22).
(boys results) (team standings) 1. Spirit Lake (52) .. 3. (tie) Le Mars & Western Christian (91 each) (Le Mars claimed 3rd on criteria) (individual champion) Lee Christiansen of ELC (16:58). Le Mars results: 10. Brett Marek (18:30) (all-conf.) .. 14. Jeremy Ranschau (18:55) (all-conf.) .. 18. Jacob Burrell (19:08) .. 21. Andrew Tonner (19:16) .. 28. Tyler Carlson (19:46) .. 31. Trevor Kliever
(20:07) .. 35. Alec Rieken (20:16).
Photo's by Aspn'gold
-Students projects from fall 2014
This summer's program will be divided into two sessions. The first session will run from June 1st through June 19th. The second seasion will be from June 22nd through July 10th. Starting dates are subject to change due to extended school year due to weather.
Preference will be given to older students in requesting sessions.
Starting February 16th you may pick up your form from the LeMars Community High School Principal's office. These forms must be returned on or before Friday, March 27th with the proper fee attached.
LeMars Community & Gehlen Catholic students will need to pay $325.00 for this class. Gehlen Catholic students who live outside the LeMars Community School District will need to pay $475.00. Those students residing outside the LeMars Community School District that attend a school other than Gehlen Catholic will pay $475.00.
Mr Doug Martin
Welcome to The Instructional Coach's Corner. Our names are Jill Brown, Cliff Collins, and Tracy Wingert. We are the Instructional Coaches for grades 6-12. Every month we will be introducing you to one of the wonderful teachers from the Middle School or High School. This month we would like you to meet Doug Martin.
Visceral, follicular occlusion, nephrolithotomy. While most would find these words frightening, if you are a student of Mr. Doug Martin, terms like these are familiar. Just a few days ago, in Mr. Martin’s College Anatomy and Physiology class, students learned how to decode these exact technical terms along with about 30 others. Mr. Martin has the unique ability to make learning accessible to all of his students, even those who have no prior knowledge of how to tackle the difficult task of deciphering a piece of medical writing.
With a vast array of scientific knowledge and a huge heart for students, Doug Martin has been embracing the challenge of teaching students at LeMars Community High School for the past 14 years. He currently teaches, Physics, Anatomy, and College Anatomy and Physiology. After working as a lab tech at Marian Health Center helping students going into medical technology, Mr. Martin decided to continue his education at Wayne State and become a teacher. Mr. Martin is continually enhancing his own education and is currently working on his MSE from UNK. Although he is a busy student himself, he always finds time for his students.
“Mr. Martin is a champ. He has a busy schedule, but he puts his students first. For example, when people have to come in and do stuff, he is always willing to come in early. He is also very thorough in his teaching.” –anonymous
“Mr. Martin knows his subjects well. He makes difficult concepts easy to understand without dumbing them down.” -Michaela Bretey
Mr. Martin engages his students in real-world situations and makes learning fun and relevant. Some of his favorite classroom activities are creating chairs out of cardboard and mousetrap racers. His energy and enthusiasm are echoed by his students. Students state that he is extremely welcoming, funny, and provides a great learning environment. They also state that he prepares them for college by expecting only their best each day.
“Mr. Martin is an amazing teacher. He is a very understanding person. He likes to push students to be their best. Mr. Martin is one of the best teachers I’ve had.” – Elizabeth Hauser
“Mr. Martin is the kind of teacher that doesn’t give you an answer to a question right away. He always pushes you to achieve the answer by yourself. I enjoy his ability to make all students understand the material.” - Mikayla BeBout
While his students would never want to see him change professions, Mr. Martin states that if he could be anything besides a teacher, he would be a male swimsuit model. He would also settle for winning the lottery. He also says that besides a winning lotto ticket, all teachers should have pens, pencils, and Tylenol.
Mr. Martin does a fantastic job of teaching difficult content, creating self-motivated students, and preparing students for life beyond high school. With high expectations and honesty, Mr. Martin approaches each of his students with a genuine concern for their learning.
“Mr. Martin is the type of teacher that will push students to become smarter without ‘spoon feeding’ us, yet he will also be there to help students who try to do it themselves first. Martin will be the first to laugh when you fall down, but he will also be the first to pick you up.” - Britney Thompson.
LCHS students singing the national anthem at the basketball game.
LCSD Foundation Scholorships
LCSD Foundation Scholorship application materials will be available on February 13, 2015 on the district website.
You can access the website by visiting the scholarships tab.
Application deadline is Friday, April 10th.
The LCS Foundation’s 2015 scholarship campaign is currently underway, and the scholarship committee’s goal is to exceed last year’s scholarships. Already, there have been four new scholarships created that will be awarded for the first time this spring.
Two of these scholarships, the Dean Rowe Track Scholarship and the Dean Rowe Vocal Music Scholarship, have been made possible through a generous gift from the Dean Rowe estate. Mr. Rowe participated in both track and music at LeMars Central High School and Wayne State College. He was a member of LeMars’ relay team that set a record that stood for 51 years. “Through-out his lifetime, my father remained passionate about music and sports at LeMars Community High School, and he regularly attended countless school events over the years”, commented Dean’s son Steve Rowe. “Consequently, it was fitting that he established an endowment that, after his death, would recognize graduating seniors who shared his passion for these activities. I believe it was his way of keeping his passion alive and touching the lives of young people for many years to come.”
Also new this spring will be the Alan Conover Memorial scholarships that will be offered to the male and female athletes selected to receive the Alan Conover Athlete of the Year Award. The first award was presented in the 1966-67 school year in memory of Alan Conover, an all-around athlete at LeMars Central, whose life was cut short by a tragic car accident while a student/athlete at Westmar College. Now, Alan’s mother Marjorie Conover, along with his brother Jake Conover and wife Linda, have put in place a mechanism to fund, for many years, a monetary award to help these students further their education. “My brother loved LeMars athletics and excelled at football, track & field, and wrestling,” says brother Jake. “We are pleased to offer these scholarships, in his memory, to those student athletes who best exemplify Alan’s desire, determination, and dedication.”
“On behalf of the Foundation, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of our benefactors for their continued support of our scholarship program”, says Roy “Red” Messerole, chairman of the Foundation’s scholarship committee. “We are truly grateful to the many businesses, service clubs, and individuals whose generosity help so many young people realize their dream of attaining a post-secondary education. We are hopeful their example may inspire others to consider making a difference in the lives of our young people by providing similar scholarship opportunities.”
Anyone wishing to establish an endowment fund, create a scholarship, or make a donation to the general scholarship fund may contact the LeMars Community Schools Superintendent’s Office.
(Le Mars) -- Two Le Mars Community High School Seniors have been selected as finalist for the National Merit Scholarship program. Le Mars Community High School principal Mark Iverson says Ellen Meis and Dayton Rand were selected among the 1.5 million entrants. Iverson says, "this is a credit to the hard work these students have put into their studies. It also recognizes the work our teachers have done to prepare these students for post-secondary education." Iverson says Le Mars Community has been fortunate to have National Merit Scholarship finalists for the past couple of years. High school students can take a qualifying test for the program that serves as an initial screening. Meis and Rand will find out within a month if they have been selected as scholarship recipients. Ellen Meis is the daughter of Dave and Linda Meis. She plans to attend Iowa State University and majoring in Engineering. Rand is the son of Robert and Dana Rand. He is undecided on which college he will attend next year, but he is thinking about majoring in Bio-Medical Engineering or Finance. (hotsheets from Prime Bank)
Students As Learners
Congratulations to the following FFA members:
Ag Broadcasting- Jacob Holck 1st place, Gold rating, Advanced to District competition.
Ag Sales- Keaton Koersrelman - 3rd place, Bronze rating, Alternate to Districts
Conduct of Meetings- Trevor Renken, Jamison Anderson, Kennedy Schilmoeller, Jack Ruhland, Whitney Ten Napel, Wylie Ludwigs, Chad Zenk- 2nd place, Gold rating, advanced to Districts.
Job Interview- Madison Jasper- 2nd place, Silver rating, advanced to Districts.
Le Mars High School
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Iowa Core: An Update and Shifts in Literacy
Le Mars Community School teachers continue to progress through their study of the Iowa Core. During our districtwide two-hour early dismissals, one time per month, teachers will begin to identify essential learning for each standard. In other words, determine what students should know, understand, and be able to do in order to demonstrate they have met each Iowa Core standard. There has been much media coverage pertaining to the Iowa Core and whether or not the curriculum is a local decision or dictated by the state or federal government. The Iowa Core is composed of minimum standards of learning for all students in Iowa to strive to achieve. Districts have the ability to teach above and beyond these standards. Classroom teachers still have the authority to determine how best to teach students, when to teach the content throughout the school year, and the resources to utilize in order to help students reach these standards. Simply stated, local school districts have the authority to determine the curriculum in order to meet the Iowa Core standards.
The Iowa Core literacy standards entail not only English language arts (ELA), but also history/social studies, science, and all other subject areas. In order for all students to become literate, all teachers must teach the essential skills of literacy within every content area; relying solely on the ELA teacher to ensure these skills is not best practice. Since reading is a foundational skill for all learning, it is important that all content areas take part in helping students to learn to read and read to learn.
As we study the Iowa Core, there are key areas in which the Iowa Core literacy standards focus. These key areas are not all-inclusive with regard to what students will learn, but they are important factors in helping our children develop strong literacy skills. The following information is based upon Common Core shifts available at www.achievethecore.org:
1. Building knowledge through content-area rich non-fiction (informational text). Reasoning: Most of the knowledge we gain in the world comes through reading non-fiction (informational) texts. Increased focus on developing skills to read and apply learning from non-fiction is vital. However, fiction (literary) will continue to be utilized in order to develop a love of reading, develop an appreciation for powerful literary works, and to help with developing reading skills. The information below details the percent of literary (fiction) and informational (nonfiction) texts students will be exposed to during their literacy development at each grade level. You will notice the percent of informational reading increases in the higher grade levels in order to prepare students for college and careers.
2. Reading, writing, and speaking based upon evidence within literary and non-fiction texts. Reasoning: Most college and workplace writing requires evidence. Strong readers and writers are able to locate, cite, and integrate evidence from texts.
3. Regular practice with complex texts. Reasoning: Students who can read and understand difficult texts and vocabulary are more likely to have success in college (ACT study). Students will develop skills to read and understand texts with greater complexity from elementary through high school.
We encourage anyone interested in the Iowa Core to take a look at the following Iowa Core online resources: Iowa Department of Education (https://www.educateiowa.gov/iowacore), the Common Core State Initiatives website (http://www.corestandards.org/), or a series of online videos conducted by the developers of the Common Core, which is the basis for the Iowa Core, at http://www.youtube.com/user/TheHuntInstitute#g/u. Please contact Steve Webner, Assistant Superintendent, with any questions, at (712) 546-4155, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LeMars Community Education Enhancement Project
||Request for funds
||More info on LEEP
L.E.E.P. members had an exciting January with the announcement that the L.E.E.P. organization was the recipient of two grants. The grants were received because of the effort of board member Julie Beitelspacher. Julie and her husband Wayne were the winners of the Monsanto “Farmers Grow Communities” grant. Wayne and Julie then designated L.E.E.P. as their chosen organization to benefit and receive the $2,500. Wayne and Julie stated, “We chose L.E.E.P because we want the funds to help students and teachers at LeMars Community Schools to enhance student learning above and beyond the district budget.”
The second grant was from The Walmart Foundation and Faculty #1625 and the Local Facility Giving Program for the amount of $500. Julie Beitelspacher also filled out this grant application. L.E.E.P. was selected because of the work and opportunities it has created within LeMars Community. Thank you to Monsanto, Walmart, and Wayne and Julie Beitelspacher for being a vital part of the enhancement of education in our community.
L.E.E.P.’s mission is to enhance the value and meaning of education for our students, families, and communities in the LeMars Community School District. During the January president, Gayle Vonk shared as of January 18, 2015, the L.E.E.P. organization, which will begin its sixth year in March, has raised over $66,146.00 and have distributed $18,255.70 for the purchase of new textbooks and $26,350.00 for teacher requests. Monies disbursed are above and beyond the school district’s budget. Money has been raised through L.E.E.P. sponsored events such as MENuMasters, “Taverns for Textbooks”, middle school dances, Younkers Coupon Days, and concession stands at the sixth grade track meet and Puppy Relays. Total amount of monies L.E.E.P. has given to help “our” students is $44,606.00.
L.E.E.P. would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to be a part of this growing organization to attend our monthly meeting held the first Monday of the month. The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, February 2, 2015, @ 5:30 p.m. in A-09, @ LCMS, use door “C” from Stadium Drive.
Have a fun-filled February from L.E.E.P!
Winners for the basket of books and poster, Lane and Dacia .
Others are book fair and bake sale photos.
Picture of the classroom winners wearing the most class colors for selling over 500 books. Students in white are Ms. Kroeger's first period class and in the red were Mr. Magnussen's first period class.
Pictures of students on game day in the library for selling over 800 books at the book fair. Job well done Middle School.
Moped Safety Class
Moped Safety classes will be held for students in the LeMars area at the LeMars Middle School in room C15 (Mr. Dalton's room) March 7th from 8:00 to 2:15. Iowans 14 and 15 years of age are required by law to take this 6 hour education course before receiving a license to operate a moped on public highways. Minimum age for this course is 13 1/2. Students wishing to take this class should see Mr Dalton for forms before Saturday’s class. Parents of students outside of LeMars Community School can email Mr. Dalton the information below to email@example.com. Cost is $35 per student.
Directions to classroom/Info
Head east on 12th street to the High school football field, turn left and go 1 1/2 block north and turn left at parking lot north of the gym and drive behind the school. Park between the Weight room and the back of the middle school. Go through the "J" entrance door of middle school. Room C15 is the first door to your right after you walk thru the "J" entrance door. Class starts at 8:00am and should be done around 2:00 pm. Please bring a sack lunch.
Gehlen and students outside of LeMars Community Schools
Students First Name____________ Middle Initial ___ Last Name:_________________________
Students Cell Phone:____________________________
A kindergarten pre-registration meeting will be held Monday, March 2nd in the Clark Elementary Gym at 7:00 PM. The meeting is for parents only. Information is given concerning the kindergarten program. Parents should be prepared to complete kindergarten registration information and bring a copy of their child's birth certificate to the meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Clark Elementary School at 712-546-8121.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me.
Carolyn Ellwanger, Executive Director
Western Iowa Tech Community College Foundation
4647 Stone Avenue, Sioux City, IA 51106
712-274-8733, ext. 1330
February Newsletter (Mr Bruce Ludwig)
Dr Wendt Superintendent
The start of the second semester brings with it the beginning of the annual scholarship fundraising activity of the Le Mars Community School District Foundation. The Foundation was formed in 1991, and to date, through the gracious contributions from a number of benefactors, has awarded over $690,000 in scholarships. Two new benefactors are giving back to Le Mars Community Schools in the form of four new scholorship opportunities (information on this is found in the Foundation tab). I personally want to thank the families of Dean Rowe and Alan Conover for providing these opportunities for our students.
Last year alone, 51 donors funded 108 scholarships totaling $55,600. A special thank you goes to all who contributed last year. I also want to thank the members of the scholarship committee: Dr. Tom Bjorge, Mr. Jack Guenthner, Mr. Red Messerole, Mr. Glendon Peterson, Mr. Todd Lancaster, Mr. Don Lake, Mr. Larry Petersen, Ms. Mary Reynolds, and Mr. Doug Carlsen for their efforts. Mrs. Kelsey Langel replaces Mr. Lancaster and joins the others on this year's committee. If you are interested in contributing to the scholarship fund of the Foundation, please feel free to contact any of the members of the scholarship committee, or call the central office.
People often ask me what the biggest challenge is when it comes to student well-being. For our secondary age students, I believe one of the biggest challenges is the acceptance by our community of underage drinking. As part of a committee of volunteers who have been working on changing this situation, I was given information that I agreed to include in our newsletter encouraging parents to say no to “house parties” where alcohol is served. I understand that some feel this practice is better because theoretically some adult supervision is present. However, often times this is not the case and I believe we are sending the wrong message.
Parents: Did you know house parties can lead to:
- Drunk driving
- Drug use
- Property damage
- Sexual assault
- Criminal and civil charges
- Police records
- Car accidents
Remember: It's against Iowa law to host an underaged drinking party!
Take a Stand: House parties are not like they used to be. With social media, one text, one tweet or one Facebook post can turn a house party into a major event, with large number of kids attending and many consuming alcohol. Teens admit they drink more heavily at someone's home because they feel safe from the law. Be a parent! Be the one to change the trend. You could be protecting your teen's life. Ask the tough questions of your child when they go out, or want to host a party, and make sure you get honest answers. Establish clear rules and expectations, and most importantly, let your son or daughter know underage drinking is not okay. Parents, Remember, Take a Stand!
Eight Le Mars Community High School students participated in Spirit Lake High School Quiz Bowl Tournament on December 6 in Spirit Lake.
The Le Mars team of Dayton Rand, Ellen Meis, Cole Ernst, and Ross Curry ended in fifth place out of the twenty teams in the varsity division of the tournament. The team finished the preliminary rounds with 3-1 record and failed to reach the semifinals.
The junior varsity team of Caitlyn Niehus, Mary Meis, Sydney Rand, and Chloe Evans finished the preliminary rounds with a 2-2 record and did not advance in the tournament.
Front: Chloe Evans, Sydney Rand, Caitlyn Niehus
Back: Mary Meis, Ellen Meis, Dayton Rand, Cole Ernst, and Ross Curry
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Results High School Wrestling State Tournament, Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA120# - Le Mars' Donny Allaway lost 5-0 to Noah Ajram of Marion Linn-Mar (36-6) in the quarterfinals. Allaway then lost 10-4 in his consolation bracket match and his season is ended at 45-and-9.