• Five FCCLA members recently attended the State Leadership Conference in Des Moines. Sarah Phelan competed in Job Interview earning Gold and qualifying for Nationals. Madelyn Arthur competed in Teach and Train and earned Bronze. Lauren Hansen competed in Fashion Design and earned Silver. Mikaela Broich and Sarah Phelan, Jenna Clark and Anika DeWald all received awards for their Peer Education projects. Maddie Urbanek has served as a state officer this past year, a huge honor and leadership role. The chapter also accepted an award for their $200 donation to Blank Children’s Hospital. Maddie Urbanek was recently selected to participate in the prestigious FCCLA Japanese Exchange program for seven weeks this summer. Congratulations to these members for all they’ve accomplished this year!


• Mrs. Nerem’s third-grade class worked with their Iowa State Practicum student, Tiffanie Carey, on a STEM activity to design shelters to survive a windstorm. Their only building supplies were toothpicks and marshmallows. They enjoyed creating different structures, and no two were the same. They even all survived the windstorms. Miss Carey worked with them on science curriculum for four weeks.


• The seventh-graders headed to Boone on Tuesday, April 4, to participate in Teen Maze. The Teen Maze event, created for seventh-graders in Story, Boone and Greene counties, is interesting, factual and informative to both students and adults. The Teen Maze is set up in the format of a game of choices and consequences. Students begin by being dealt a “hand of choices.” They then wind their way through a maze of topics and events where they discover the consequences of their choices. At each stop, students are presented with a different facet of life falling in one of four categories including health and wellness, relationships, mental health, and leadership/life skills. At each stop, students learn the realities of life that their positive or negative choices may bring. Students walk away from this experience with factual information they can share with their parents, a list of resources and services available to help students, and information about educational opportunities and careers.


• Mrs. Dickinson-Ferrell’s Communications Lab 11 is trying something new to improve reading skills. The juniors are using Actively Learn.com to read the novel “Frankenstein.” The text includes guided questions to measure content knowledge and depth of understanding. Mrs. D-F is able to follow each student’s progress and comment. Her Communications Lab 10 is beginning a unit on nonfiction. The sophomores will read essays from a wide-range of authors looking specifically for the validity and reliability of the sources and learning various literary techniques.


• The 7th/8th grade band has been busy with concert band and jazz band preparations for their spring concert. The eighth-grade students voted on a “student choice” piece for the concert, and are having a lot of fun preparing it. The 7th/8th Band Concert will be on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the middle school gym. The band is under the direction of Ms. Kara Bader.