• Mrs. D-Ferrell’s Communication LAB 11 recently finished a unit over “Frankenstein.” The essential questions for the unit included: How does a lack of compassion lead to prejudice and stereotyping? Which has a greater impact on human development — nature or nurture? What qualities make us “human?”


• Students in agriculture shop class had a two-week unit in which they were able to make their own projects or continue to work on current projects they hadn’t yet finished. Nick Stole’s project was a “hit,” as he made his own baseball bat and then demonstrated it by hitting a baseball!


• Design students in Mrs. Brouwer’s class are studying the science of textile fibers. Students participated in experiments involving bleach, acetone, flame, heat and pressure to measure the impact on different fibers. Students also researched the characteristics of different fibers and why we use certain fibers for certain garments. Students then picked a “mystery fiber” that they needed to analyze to figure out what type of fiber it was and what garments would be appropriate for the type of fiber.


• Elementary students, along with librarian Mrs. Morris, will be playing a game show to see what library facts they know and remember. Aerodynamics will then end their year. They will design, make and decorate their own planes. Then, they will fly them and see how well their designs work!


• Mr. Taylor’s biology students are learning about plant sciences. In the past few weeks, they have visited MBS Genetics, Prairie Brand Seeds, Prairie Vineyards (south of Story City) and most recently, Dow AgriSciences in Nevada. On their field trips, they have learned about plant breeding, plant care and soil conditions needed for proper plant growth and development.


• REMINDER: Any student going into grades 7-12 who is planning to participating in school sports next year is required to have a current physical, insurance, at-risk form and concussion form on file in their building’s office prior to practicing. These forms are available at both the high school and the middle school. Your doctor does not have all the necessary forms to fill out. Please take care of this over the summer so you are ready to go when fall sports begin!