• Congratulations to the cast and crew of the high school variety show, Celebrate the 80’s! It was a very successful and well-received production. This was the final show for directors Fran Christian, Cathy Hermanson, and Cheryl West. They would like to thank you for your support throughout the years. And Roland-Story would like to thank them for an amazing run of musicals and variety shows that have brought much entertainment and enjoyment to the R-S community!

• Mrs. Arnold’s preschool class is learning about insects this month. They have a bee center set up in the room where the children are having fun pretending they are bees. They also had Mrs. Ann Wilbur, a beekeeper (and retired R-S elementary teacher), come in and show them how she raises bees.

• Mrs. Holmes 7th grade Social Studies class has been studying Greece. They did a class debate with Athenians vs. Spartans. Students applied what they have learned about the Golden Age and Peloponnesian War to put together some great arguments for both sides of the debate! Also in the unit on Greece, students enjoyed learning about the 3 main philosophers, Aristotle, Plato and Socrates, and recognized how they have affected the leadership of today’s society…even governmental.

• During 3rd quarter in Mrs. Greenfield’s 9th grade Language Arts I classes, a lot of emphasis was placed on the importance of public speaking. Students demonstrated their ability to interpret poetry through the Poetry Out Loud contest in class, and several students even made it on to the school-wide competition. The students also participated in two different policy debates that required them to research a "hot topic" in the news and then voice their opinions based on the research they found. They practiced writing bibliographies and making effective arguments during these debates. Fourth quarter will consist of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Students will have a variety of opportunities to apply the key concepts and themes from the play to their lives today.

• Mrs. Doyle’s 7th and 8th Grade Art Students have been creating both 2-D and 3-D pieces throughout the school year, and while its fun to show them off in the hallways and display cases of the building, some of them will get a chance to showcase their talents at The Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames. A few selected pieces from both grades will be entered into the area art show, which runs from April 25 to May 8, 2014. All pieces will go on some display, and some will be selected for different awards. There is an opening reception on Friday, April 25 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the awards for the Middle School Exhibit will be presented at 4:30 p.m. In addition to the Middle School Show, there will also be the High School Senior Exhibit on display, and their awards will be presented at 5 PM. It’s a fun way to support local artists and experience an art show outside of the school district.

• Kindergarten students welcomed a guest speaker from Story County Conservation recently. They learned all about Ants. The naturalist turned students in to ants so that they could demonstrate the different jobs that ants have in helping their colony.