• Students in Mr. Klett’s Composition I Classes (DMACC Eng105) finished the semester by creating a rhetorical analysis of a music video. Students learned how to use screen-recording software on their Chromebooks to create the rhetorical analysis. Students then shared their analysis videos the last few days of class.


• A Mentor/Big Buddy Tea Party was held at the elementary school on May 22 for all of this year’s mentors and mentees. This included adult mentors and high school buddies. They enjoyed cookies and punch provided by the PTO. It was a great year with learning and fun relationships. Thank you to all who mentored a child this year!


• R-S senior Anna Humphrey finished a simulation game of her own modeled after the one students played in World History. She made hers over Joan of Arc and her trial. Anna spent a lot of time putting this book together, and it turned out great! Anna did this Independent History Course under the direction of Mr. Calvert.


• The third grade classes learned about the three branches of the government recently. Mr. Jim Twedt came in to teach them about the Judicial Branch and tell them what it is like to be a judge. The students also took a field trip to the Capital in Des Moines where they learned more about the capital as well as the Legislative branch of the government.


• Mr. Calvert’s U.S. and World Affairs class finished up the year studying genocides of the 20th Century and then looking into the Russian hacking of the media. His American History students did presentations over 1960’s and 1970’s to finish out their year.


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


• This final “A Brief Look” column says good-bye to the 2016-2017 school year. We wish you all a happy, healthy, fun-filled summer. Check back in the fall for more Roland-Story happenings!