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NEWS FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Greetings-

The last month of school has arrived!  The colder weather has tamped down “Summer Fever” a little, which makes the last days of school a little easier.  This is always a bittersweet and hectic month at the school.  To some students and staff we say goodbye.  There is a lot of planning and preparation underway to salute our graduating class of 2019. I don’t take it lightly, the amount of time I get to share with your children; they all hold a special place in my heart.  I, too, learn and grow much from them. 

I want to remind parents of the ND Insights website that shares a lot of data and information about our school district.  You can access the website link on our school web page as well, under the “daily happenings” on the right side of the page.  This provides some very insightful information regarding our instruction in the school.  It is basically our school’s “report card” and how the state assesses whether or not we are doing a quality job in educating students.

We completed the state assessments this past week for grades 3-8, and 10.  While it is only one test that guides us where our students are at academically, it is a big part of our report card from the state.  The other big piece of the state’s assessment on us is attendance rates, and I believe we have done a pretty good job this year in meeting the requirements!  I am proud of the students for “giving it their all” during the testing period.  Results will be sent home to the parents with report cards.

Second semester testing will begin on May 16th.  A reminder to review the student handbook on test exemption rules for grades 9-12.  All other grades are required to take semester tests in all classes.

Some of the events that we will be closing out with in May include:  Awards Day on May 8th at 2:30 p.m., Spring Concert on May 14nd at 7:00 p.m.  Ethan Sampson will be competing with his solo at the State Music Contest on May 4th.  The Jr/SR Banquet is May 8th at 6:30 p.m.  Baccalaureate is May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at Our Redeemers in Fairdale, ND.  Lastly, we have GRADUATION at 1:00 p.m. on May 26th.  Mixed in there we have numerous, numerous track meets and baseball games—so please check the school website and Region IV calendar for the most up-to-date dates and times for all of those.

We will not be offering summer school this summer.  However, any parent who would like a summer packet of work, don’t hesitate to ask.  We can always put some things together.  I have also included a page in the newsletter regarding all the resources that are available to the students over the summer.  You can also bring your student(s) to the school to check out books from the library during regular business hours.

In closing, I would like to give a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to the following staff members who have chosen to move on:  Kelsey Gaukler, Sara Lowery, and Tara Von Hagen.  We wish you well in your future teaching careers.

I would also like to salute our Seniors:  — Sara Hodek, Haylee Linstad, Holden Mack, and Ethan Sampson--thanks for the memories!  I wish you all the Best in your future endeavors! 

Stop in or call with any questions or concerns.

Have a FANTASTIC SUMMER!

Diane Martinson, Principal

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