2014-2015 (August Newsletter -Bruce Ludwig
MAIL-IN REGISTRATION AVAILABLE
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 2015-2016 school year will be held on:
These meetings will be held in the middle school auditorium and will last approximately 30 minutes. Students and parents may attend any meeting.
SUMMER DRIVER EDUCATION
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.
Welcome to the Instructional Coach's Corner. Our names are Jill Brown, Cliff Collins, and Tracy Wingert. We are 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 Tami Dunn.
Great teachers have several things in common: they have a genuine desire to improve their own teaching practice, have a positive attitude, take risks, and are creative and caring. Tami Dunn is a great teacher. Her students describe her as energetic, engaging and creative. Never satisfied with her practice, Mrs. Dunn continually pursues new learning opportunities for herself. Her desire for self-improvement is evidence in her willingness to seek out new teaching techniques and technologies. Not only does she set high expectations for herself, but she also sets the bar high for each of her students. Her personal teaching motto is "persevere."
"Mrs. Dunn sets high expectations for all of her students to learn. She uses a variety of teaching styles in her classroom in order to respond to her students' needs so that students are challenged at their appropriate levels. Through webquests and labs, she makes learning fun and educational." - Mrs. Dorene Schimek.
This year, Mrs. Dunn is experimenting with several different methods in her classroom.
"Everything is new to me this year. I have computers. I have gone away from a book and now just insert complex readings into my curriculum as they fit. I don't spend much time talking. I spend a lot of time working on getting kids involved in their learning process through white boards, computer games, video clips, experiments, and inquiry activities..." - Tami Dunn.
"Mrs. Dunn has a unique teaching method that pushes students to parts of their brains they have never used. She causes the students to excel in new exciting things." - Anonymous
Mrs. Dunn states that she loves when her students struggle in a way that shows they are thinking about how something could work. She loves to watch their brains work and asks her students questions to figure out problems. She says this has happened a number of times in her classroom this year and it gives her goose bumps because she knows her students will remember what they have learned.
"Mrs. Dunn always helps me when I need it and always puts in extra time before or after school. She always has a fun way for teaching new things like labs." - Jessica Rolfes
Mrs. Dunn has taught in the Le Mars Community School district since 2000. She currently teaches Freshmen Science. Her favorite lesson and activity is the Mystery Powder Lab. During the lab, students are givn a scenario where they have to investigate physical and chemical properties and chemical changes for five white powders. Students are given three days to make observations, and then they must identify an unknown powder or mixture of unknown powders.
"It's awesome! It's so inquiry based, and they are forced to ralize their initial observations are so lacking." - Tami Dunn
Through her creativity, inquiry based learning classroom, and caring, Tami Dunn pushes her students to greatness. Relentless in her quest to make learning exciting and real-world, she aims high and gets results.
Mrs. Dunn says that every teacher should have a source caffeine, a drawer full of chocolate frosting and graham crackers, and an overhead projector (to remind kids of how greatly technology has advanced their learning). Although her energy could be due to the amount of coffee and chocolate frosting she consumes, it is more likely that Mrs. Dunn's great teaching can be attributed to the fact that she loves her work.
When she is not completing schoolwork or coaching track, you can find Mrs. Dunn reading, gardening, or running. She loves to find recipes on Pintrest to make for her husband Darin and children Morgan, Beau and Preston.
"Mrs. Dunn is a very energetic and caring teacher. She obviously loves what she does." - Zach Pratt
HS Prinicipal's Corner
We are now two weeks into the fourth quarter! Where has this school year gone? We have had an exciting end to the third quarter. The boys' basketball team qualified for the state tournament and brought home the second place torphy. The team was fun to watch this year! Congratulations to the players and coaches, Dave Irwin, Benji Kasel, and Gabe Davis. Also at the state basketball tournament, Dayton Rand won the Iowa Bankers Scholarship for class 3A; Peter Meis was named to the Academic-All State Team; Tyler Paulson was named to the All-Tournament Team; and Tyler Borchers was named captain of the All-Tournament Team.
Our fans also earned the Sportsmanship Award at the state tournament. I am very proud of how the students handled themselves. We received numerous compliments about how polite and well-behaved our students were throughout the tournament.
Congratulations to the 15 students from our IE Speech team named to the All-State team. They are Jenn Arnold, improv; David Barker, acting; Cole Berkenpas, after dinner speaking; Charlie Ellis, storytelling; Kajsa Hallberg, reviewing; Cody Hatfield, public address; Jocelyn Hernandez, prose; Jayme Kelly, expos; Trevor Kliever, expos; Dominic Loutsch, public address; Caitlyn Niehus, original oratory; Emma Parry, reviewing; Alex Pick, storytelling; and Caden Washburn, radio news and improv.
Congratulations to Kellie Susemihl who qualified for the State National History Day on May 5 in Des Moines.
Congratulations to Casey Vande Hoef who was selected as an alternate to the International Space Settlement contest. Casey was also on the winning team in Houston this year.
On April 14-16 we will be giving the Iowa Assessments to grades 9-11. Seniors do not need to attend during the testing hour. They do need to be in school at the other times. These tests are important to see how our students have progressed in Math, Science, and English. The tests are also used to help designate senior open study halls. The high school will follow a different class schedule on these days. The school day will start at the normal time, but seniors and exchange students will be dismissed at 9:38a.m. They will need to be back in class at 10:42a.m. Iowa assessments are required for all students 9-11, so please try to avoid appointments during these times. Please encourage students to do their best on these tests. A good breakfast and lots of rest also help the students to be at the top of their game. Thank you for your help in this as we continue to work together for your child's educational future.
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 email@example.com.
LeMars Community Education Enhancement Project LEEP
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) September 5th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Gehlen and other students outside of LeMars please email email@example.com the following information:
Students First Name____________ Middle Initial ___ Last Name:_________________________
Students Cell Phone:____________________________
Presentations from Designer Choice
Shuttle Hurdle Relay preliminary--- girls 3A (Le Mars did not qualify for the finals - 1:12.71 -- Halie Schwartz-Cassidy Utesch-Baylee Needs-Amanda Schwartz) 100 Meter Dash preliminary---girls 3A (Allison Wilken of Le Mars did not qualify for the finals - :13.18) 100 Meter Dash preliminary---boys 3A (Collin Nemmers of Le Mars did not qualify for the finals - :11.79) 4 X 800 Meter Relay final---girls 3A (Le Mars finished 22nd - 10:23.55 - Sydney Rand-Bailey Rol-Jen Schneider-Katrina Engebretson) Discus---Boys 3A (Trevor Westhoff of Le Mars finished 13th - 141'4") (Tyler Borchers of Le Mars finished 15th - 138'2") High Jump---Girls 3A (Jayden Weiler of Le Mars finished 5th - 5'1") (Krista Zenk of Le Mars finished 22nd - 4'9")
Shuttle Hurdle Relay preliminary---boys 3A (Le Mars qualified for Saturday's finals at 11:40 am - 1:00.00 - Beau Ohm-Quenton Boddie-Cameron Buhman-Tyler Paulson)
Tennis 1A GIRLS SINGLES AND DOUBLES REGIONAL TOURNAMENT AT LE MARS SINGLES RESULTS: Le Mars' Emily Ahlers won 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. She won her semifinal match 6-1, 6-1 to clinch a third straight trip to the 1A State Singles Tournament. Ahlers lost in the finals 2-6, 1-6 to Denison-Schleswig's Romanian foreign exchange student, Mara Pirscoveanu. Le Mars' Danielle Martin lost 0-6, 0-6 in the first round and was eliminated. DOUBLES RESULTS: Brittany Thompson and Elizabeth Irhke won 7-5, 6-1 in the first round and won 6-2, 6-0 in the quaterfinals. They lost in the semifinals 6-7(5-7), 4-6. They finished third by beat their teammates Lexa Skov and Ellen Meis 7-5, 7-6 (7-5). Lexa Skov and Ellen Meis won 6-2, 6-0 in the first round and won 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. They lost 2-6, 3-6 in the semifinals and finished fourth with a loss to their teammates Thompson and Ihrke 5-7, 6-7 (5-7).
Tennis CLASS 1A BOYS DISTRICTS AT LE MARS (make-up from Thursday) TEAM STANDINGS: 1.Le Mars .. 2. Spencer .. 3. Storm Lake SINGLES RESULTS FOR LE MARS:
Jake Thompson won his first round match 6-2, 6-1 / won his quarterfinal match 6-2, 7-5 / lost in the semifinals 0-6, 3-6 / won his 3rd place match 7-6 (7-5 tie-breaker), 7-6 (8-6 tie-breaker).
Austen Rieken won his first round match 6-0, 6-0 / lost in the quarterfinals 3-6, 4-6 and was eliminated.
DOUBLES RESULTS FOR LE MARS: Matt Ellefson & Dylan Harms (#1 seed) drew a first round bye / won their quarterfinal match 6-0, 6-1 / won their semifinal match 6-1, 6-1 / won the championship over Thomas Havey & Kyle Marek, 6-4, 6-2. Thomas Havey & Kyle Marek won their first round match 6-0, 6-0 / won their quarterfinal match 6-2, 6-3 / won their semifinal match 7-5, 6-1 / lost in the finals to Matt Ellefson & Dylan Harms 4-6, 2-6. Both doubles teams advance to the State Doubles meet in Waterloo May 29-30.
(B) Lakes Conference meet at Okoboji's Brooks course TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Spencer (320) .. 2. Estherville/Lincoln Central (323) .. 3. Western Christian (335) .. 4. Storm Lake (348) .. 5. Le Mars (349) .. 6. Spirit Lake (354) .. 7. Cherokee (358) .. 8. Emmetsburg (360).
CLASS 3A DISTRICT SEMIFINALS (district 1 / sub-state 1) (at Le Mars) Bishop Heelan (18-23) 7, Le Mars (18-16) 3
Softball (LE MARS) -- What a difference a year made for Lexi Ricke, the sophomore pitcher for Bishop Heelan! Last year as a freshman, Le Mars hit her hard in their 4A Regional semifinal game and sent her to an early exit in a 9-6 Bulldog win. Ricke fired a three-hit shutout with seven strike outs Thursday night in the 4A Regional quarterfinals, allowing just four base runners in a dominant pitching performance that sent the Crusaders to the Regional semifinals with a 3-1 win over Le Mars at the Bulldogs Sports Complex.
Dr Wendt Superintendent
I want to offer my congratulations to Kim Rohrs on being named the Decades of Excellence Crystal Bell Teacher of the Year in the Le Mars Community School District in 2015. Mrs. Rohrs has been an elementary teacher in the school district since the 1987-88 school year. Members of the Foundation Board and the school administration, along with her family and the family that nominated her, surprised Mrs. Rohrs at Kluckhohn on April 15, 2015 with the announcement. Mrs. Rohrs was honored at the annual Le Mars Community School District Foundations Banquet held on April 29, 2015. The Decades of Excellence Crystal Bell Award is co-sponsored by the Le Mars Community Schools Foundation and the LCHS Alumni Association. Both the Foundation and the Alumni Association are outstanding supporters of the Le Mars Community School District.
Students in some of our career and technical programs recently competed in skills cometitions against students from other schools in Iowa and Nebraska. The following students competed and earned recognition at the Western Iowa Tech Community College Skills Contest in early April:
The following students competed and earned recognition at the Wayne State College Industrial Technology Tech Competition also in early April:
Congratulations to these students and their teachers Mr. Dalton, Mr. Fischer, and Mr. Wichers.
Mr. Oetken took a group of FFA students to the State FFA Conference in April. Lane Marienau represented NW Iowa for the prestigious 4 Star Award. Keaton Koerselman was a finalist for the Rising Star Award representing NW Iowa. Jocob Holck was awarded Silver in Ag Broadcasting. Congratulations to these students and Mr. Oetken on these accomplishments.
May 4th through the 8th is Teacher Appreciation Week across the country. We are blessed in the Le Mars Community School District to have so many teachers who are committed to working with our students day in and day out to help prepare them for the challenges their futures will present. I want all of our teachers to know that I sincerely appreciate all their efforts to help our students be successful this past year. The Board of Education is also very proud of our teaching staff and the opportunities they provide to our students. Please take the time during this week to let your child's teacher know that you appreciate his/her efforts.
This is the last issue of the newsletter for the 2014-15 school year. It is hard to believe that May is already here and the school year is winding down. While many great things have been accomplished up to this point in the year by our students, there are still many opportunities for success left over the next month or two. Spring sport season for track, tennis, and golf are well underway. Prom, Senior Awards Night, and Commencement are all quickly approaching. Baseball and softball games will start at the end of May. As we look forward to the end of the school year, please help your student stay focused. Let's all finish the year strong and on a positive note. Have a great summer!
Kim Rohrs been awarded the annual Decades of Excellence Crystal Bell award for 2015. Mrs. Rohrs is currently the transitional kindergarten teacher at Kluckhohn Elementary. She began her teaching career with the LeMars Community School District in the 1987-88 school year teaching 1st grade at Kissinger Elementary in Merrill. Later, in 1995, she transferred to Clark Elementary to teach kindergarten and in 2002 started with the transitional kindergarten program at Kluckhohn Elementary. The Decades of Excellence Crystal Bell award is co-sponsored by the LCSD Foundation and the LCS Alumni Association. The award is presented annually to honor outstanding teachers who have dedicated their careers to the education of our children.
Tennis 1A GIRLS STATE SINGLES & DOUBLES AT ANKENY Le Mars' Emily Ahlers defeated Dia Huggins of Maharishi 6-2, 7-5 in the first round of the 1A Singles tournament. She then lost to the number two seed, Kate Walker of Red Oak, 4-6, 0-6 in the quarterfinals. In the consolation quarterfinals, Emily defeated Maddie Parker of Camanche 6-0, 6-0. She'll play in the consolation bracket semifinals Friday morning to determine whether she'll play in the 5th or 7th place match Friday afternoon.
Congratulations to Boys Team Tennis on 3rd Place at State
Matt, Dylan,Kyle,Thomas,Austin,Jake,Turner,Alex, Coach Dalton and Knapp.
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