• If you have Norsemen Pride and a few minutes to spare, Gookin Ford is the place to be! On Friday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Gookin Ford will be hosting a Drive One for Your School event. This event is open to all Norsemen parents, grandparents, teachers and fans. Come take a quick test drive. Each test drive raises $20, and as a community we can raise up to $6,000 for our school! You must be 18 years of age to drive. Gookin Ford is volunteering the time and vehicles, and Ford is donating $20 per test drive. This is not a sales event! Come on out and support our Norsemen!


• Sara Rooney has taken a new position in the Roland-Story school district this fall. She is moving from the position of district Curriculum Coordinator to Learning Coach at the middle school. In this role, Sara is most excited about partnering with teachers to continue to provide high quality and engaging learning opportunities for students. Sara is also excited to work with middle school students, as they are lots of fun!


• Roland-Story Elementary was 13th out of 335 elementary schools in their FAST (screening tool). Testing last year with percent of students at or above the benchmark score. Way to go, Elementary!


• Students in Mr. Klett’s Language Arts 3 (junior English) will start the year learning about philosophy while reading “Sophie’s World.” The novel by Jostein Gaarder provides a history of philosophy, which corresponds to the major eras students will explore in World History this year.


• For the next several weeks the 5th grade students will be deciding what band instruments they would like to play this year! Mr. Masemann and Ms. Bader will help them all try out the flute, clarinet, saxophone, french horn, trumpet and trombone mouthpieces, and will work with them to find the best fit. Once it is determine what instrument they will be playing, they will have an Instrument Rental Night at the school and get started with 5th grade band!


• Thank you to the Story City American Legion who were at a flag raising ceremony at the elementary on the first day of school. Four 4th grade boy scouts raised the flag, and students and staff recited the Pledge of Allegiance before the beginning of the year assembly.


• The Roland-Story FFA community garden has currently donated 5,400 pounds of produce to three different food pantries this summer.