• The Middle School had an exciting NorseStrong assembly on the first day of school! The assembly welcomed the students back as well as showed them the appropriate ways to act. It was a lot of fun and was followed by a pep talk from head football coach Aaron Stensland.


• To start the year Mr. Dedic’s biology classes are doing a problem solving activity regarding the spread of a disease. After interaction with several other students and then testing to see who is positive for the infection, students must track its origin. With a twist on this old activity, everyone gets “cured” and then they are also able to talk about how vaccines work, why they are important and how they are made.


• Roland-Story Middle School now has a common start and end time each day for all students. The reason for the change in start and end time for all students is so we can have a NorseStrong period from 8:30-9 a.m. each day. During this time, students will be on a 12-week rotation where they will all receive extra instruction in math, reading and science, as well as have the opportunity to take additional courses one day each week such as working with Legos, garage band, guidance, art, music history and more. Students will also have a homeroom time each Wednesday focusing on team building, relationship building and community service. We are very excited for these new opportunities for our students!


• Elementary students will be having a scavenger hunt in the library so that they can find great books to read. They will also learn about fiction, nonfiction, authors, illustrators, parts of books and how to find a “just right” book.


• What is one of the most popular “great American novels”? If you answered “The Great Gatsby,” you are correct! Mrs. D-Ferrell’s Language Arts IV will be reading and discussing the themes of acquiring the “American Dream” and the repercussions of having it all.


• Mr. Sheahan’s social studies class starts the year off learning about the geography of the world. They focus on continents, oceans, lines of latitude and longitude, and how to locate places on a map using those lines. They are beginning their second year using the Wonders literacy curriculum as well.