• Mr. Staker’s 8th grade science students have been busy conducting experiments and working towards showing off their work for the Annual Science Fair Open House on February 13th. The open house will be at the middle school in Roland from 6:00-8:00 PM. Please come out and take a look at our future scientist’s work.

• As the seniors in Mrs. Ferrell’s Language Arts IV finish Poetry Out Loud, they are beginning the important American novel Catcher in the Rye. The protagonist, Holden, is a troubled youth trying to figure out his place in the world after dealing with some significant losses.

• Third graders were visited by Mr. Garbage, i.e. Jerry Keys, from McFarland Park. Mr. Garbage taught the kids about the four R’s - reduce, reuse, recycle, and rebuy. He also talked to them about landfills and what happens to our garbage in Story County versus other counties in Iowa.

• Mr. Stover’s Calculus students are continuing their study of definite integrals, having recently learned the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, which ties together the ideas of differentiation and integration.

• January is National Mentoring Month. The elementary has a great group of mentors who meet weekly with students to listen to them read, help with homework or just be a special friend! Our mentors are Ted Hammes, Michelle Ward, Brian Lounsberry, Alyssa Loots, Terry Gustafson, Erma Shaeffer, Lynn Henricks, Jan Schulte, Paul Weirson, Dale Henricks, John Abrams, Bob Parker and George Sellers. We also have several high school students as mentor big buddies. Thanks to all who make a difference and show our young people that they care!

• Chemistry students in Mr. Dedic’s classes are discussing how atoms emit light using the Bohr model of the atom. Students burned certain chemicals looking at the flame colors, looked at the spectral lines displayed by elemental gas tubes, and are investigating some applications of spectral analysis in industry.