• Congratulations to Paul Hirschman and Charlie Fournier for winning first place in Mousetrap Car Competition and to Teagan Johnson and Matthew Weaver for second place in Challenge Problem at the Iowa State Physics Competition. Twenty schools from across the state competed at UNI’s McLeod Center/UNI-Dome. Roland-Story was well represented!


• Head Coach MarySara Lettow reports that more than 50 girls are participating in middle school track this season. They will compete in seven track meets, ending the season with the HOIAC meet on May 5 in Nevada.


• April is poetry month! In April, Mrs. Morris and the students at the elementary school will be hearing all kinds of poetry and writing their own poems. They will also find out about copyrights and how to avoid plagiarism.


• Canvas is a really valuable tool to encourage student discussion. Mrs. D-Ferrell’s seniors in Language Arts IV are reading “Pride and Prejudice” and writing and responding to various posts. It’s a great way to encourage ALL students to show their depth of understanding.


• The fifth grade band students have been working hard and have made lots of progress this year! They are having tons of fun learning their instruments and are looking forward to their concert in May. The fifth grade band, under the direction of Ms. Kara Bader, will have their concert on Monday, May 8, at 6:45 p.m. in the middle school gym.


• Mrs. Lettow’s Spanish 4 and 5 students will be teaching basic Spanish to the second-grade students this spring. Her Spanish 2 students have a group project where they research the differences of how holidays are celebrated and create a presentation for the class.


• Congratulations to the middle school shuttle hurdle team of TJ Hocraffer, Matt Phelan, Dylan Kahl and Sam Skaar who recently broke the shuttle hurdle school record with a time of 1:08.75. Also, congratulations to Zach Twedt who broke the middle school long jump record with a jump of 19’6” AND the 200-meter dash record … and then broke the 200-meter dash record again at their next meet with a time of 24.07!