• Roland-Story participated in the 89th State FFA convention in Ames and had 22 different students attend. Students competed in six different contests. There were a total of 5,820 FFA members attending from around the state this year.


• Throughout the year, the high school staff has studied data that had been collected through IPI, Instructional Practices Inventory. The IPI process addresses how students are engaged cognitively during instructional activities. Over 80 percent of the staff has been trained in the collection of data based on the engagement of students. They will be collecting their last set of data during the first week of May and then setting goals for next year at the May 10 inservice.


• Thursday, April 20, the second graders spread mulch on the area of land designated for their pollinator garden with help from Ann Wilbur, Nicole Jonas, Jess Lancial from McFarland Park, Roland-Story FFA members and the second grade teachers. Each second grade class had a 45 minute block of time to work spreading mulch, placing tree cookies on the paths, wiping the extra mulch off of the tree cookies, and cleaning up the area where the mulch had been delivered. The kids really enjoyed participating in this event. The second graders have been researching which plants they want to put in the garden, along with the ones they have planted as seeds and then transplanted into “conetainers.” May 16 will be their planting day.


• Sophomores in Mrs. D-Ferrell’s Communications Lab 10 have realized that nonfiction is a powerful literary genre. They have been reading and watching sources about the Apollo 13 mission and the Holocaust. The students will choose a topic and an essay detailing how each source proved to be a valid and reliable source of information.


• Mrs. Morris, elementary school librarian, reminds parents to “Please be looking for the library books that your children have taken home” and get them returned! The end of the year is coming quickly!


• Students in Mr. Taylor’s veterinary science class are working on a lesson to learn about the anatomy of animals. It is called “fetal pig” dissection were they work with a partner to dissect fetal pigs and study the internal anatomy and other body parts.