• On Friday, Jan. 12, Mrs. Olson’s second grade class put on a Readers’ Theater for their Character Counts Moment about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prior to their presentation, they learned many things about Dr. King from books, video clips and their Scholastic News magazine.


• The junior class will travel to Des Moines to see the play “Jabber” at the end of February. The play is being sponsored by the Des Moines Performing Arts Applause Series. The Roland-Story Education Foundation provided funds to help purchase tickets for the junior class. Students are reading “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” by Moshin Hamid, which deals with how the 9/11 terrorist attack affected a Pakistani living and working in New York City. The play “Jabber” is about a Muslim high school girl trying to fit in after she moves to a new school. Students will be expected to look for similar themes and conflicts between the two experiences and write about those similarities.


• Congrats to Mrs. D-Ferrell and the GEEKS for a great showing at State Large Group Speech! Reader’s Theatre got straight 1s, Short Film got two 1s and a 2, and Radio Broadcast got two 2s and a 1. R-S is so proud of all the individual effort that went into making these groups successful.


• This month in the elementary school library, students will be celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss and Black History month. They will also start a game show to test their library brains.


• Mr. Stover’s Pre-Calculus students finished their first of three units on trigonometry. Their next unit involves working algebraically with many of the trig identities.