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:e ............................ National " '" Mark Messman Agriculture Week Superinten'dent, EdenValley-WatkinsSchools March 17-23 March 8 Update In recognition ofNationalAgri- culture Week March 17-23, the 1 Sequestration - Wha is It? Words do mattdr. Merriam- Webster.corn, define the word "sequester" to mean !to set apart or segregate - like jury being sequestered during  trial. The word also has a meahing in law related to assets being held dur- ing a dispute. Both ofithese defi- nitions are helpful when thinking about the implications of the most recent inaction of Congress and the president regarding the fed- eral budget. The direct implication of sequestration will not impact the school district until fall, 2013. The Federal funds impacting Title One programming and Individu- als with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) will be reduced by approx- imately 5.0 - 5.5 percent annu- ally. At this point, our school dis- trict will experience a reduction of $5,100 from Title One and $9,942 from Special Education reim- bursements. State Budget Forecast: The Minnesota Manage- ment and Budget office recently released the February forecast, which provides policy-makers an updated look at the state's bud- get and economic situation. The November forecast showed the state budget for FY 2014-15 was projected to have a shortfall of a little more than $1 billion. The updated numbers indicate that the deficit will be $627 million. The better news is that in the cur- rent biennium, FY 2012-13 shows a positive balance of $295 mil- lion in one-time money, of which $290 million is earmarked by state law to pay back a portion of the K-12 education shift used in the previous session to balance the budget. An additional $5 million will go to the budget reserve. The forecast also revealed that elec- tronic pull-tab revenue that is :slated to pay for he bonds on the new Vikings stadium are about $15 million short in this biennium and $39 million below forecast in FY 2014-15. Senior of the Week: The EV-W School District would like to recognize Brianna Kalahar, daughter of Michael and Michelle. Brianna excels academically and is currently taking three college classes. She has been xecognized for her involvement and dedica- tion to the gymnastics program and Carbon Cutting organization, and also serves as vice president of Aquila. In addition to her school involvement and leadership roles, Brianna will be graduating with Honors. The EV-W administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations! EV-W FFA Alumni Association and Schmitt Farms Seed Divi- sion are sponsoring a drawing for free groceries. Register to win a $50 gift certificate at Stein's Thrift- way in Watkins or Valley Meats & Grocery in Eden Valley. There will be two winners at each location. "And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned par- adise and said, 'I need a caretaker.' So God made a farmer." - Paul Harvey, FFA Convention, 1978 Sartell support group for families The National Alliance on Men- tal Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a fam- ily member with mental illness, the support groups help fami- lies develop better coping skills and find strength through shar- ing their experiences. A family support group meets in Sartell at 6:30 p.m., on the second and fourth Wednesday. of each month, at Unity Spiritual Ceriter, 931 5th Ave. N. For information, call Chuck at (320) 290-7713. MARCH MADHE$$," Students at Eden Valley-Watkins Elementary spent last week (minus one snow day) enjoying their own version of "March Madness." The week included wacky hair day, throwback day, clash day, school spirit day, and career day. Staff photos by Stephanie Johnson. School menu Mar. 18 22 :. Breakfast ;* .... Monday:. French toast, ahsage links, assorted juice cups, milk. Tuesday: Cinnamon roll, cheese stick, assorted juice cups, milk. Wednesday: Pancakes, usage links, assorted juice cups, m  Thursday: Muffin, yogurt cup, assorted juice cups, milk. Friday: Cereal bar, cheese stick, assorted juice cups, milk. Lunch Monday:. Chicken patty on WG bun or Italian sub, glazed carrots, baby carrots, broccoli florets, cherry tomatoes, grapes-Mandarin oranges, mile Tuesday: Walking tacos or chef salad w/cinnamon roll, green beans, spinach salad w/FF dress- ing, kidney beans, radishes, oranges-diced pears, milk. Wednesday: Corn dog or sloppy Joe on WG bun, com, baby carrots, broccoli salad, cauliflower, pineap- ple-peaches, mile Thursday: Chicken nuggets, garlic breadstick or crispy chicken wrap, mashed potatoes w/gravy, bean-a-licious salad, cucumber slices, orange juice, banana, milk. Friday: Cheesebread dunkers or ham sub, steamed broccoli & Jell- 0 square, baby carrots, garbanzo beans, apple wedges, mixed fruit, milk. EV-W Knowledge Bowl advances to sections The EV-W Varsity I Knowledge Bowl team was among six teams from the Small School Division to advance from subsection play Fri- day in St. Cloud. The team of Deb Holdvogt, Kirby Knutson, Patrick Latcham, Travis Massicotte, and Erin Salo placed sixth with 84 points. The finish earned them a spot in the section Knowledge Bowl tourna- ment Monday, March 18, at Cele- bration Church in Sartell. St. John's Prep I finished in the top spot, followed by Watertown- Mayer II, St. John's Prep II, Mayer Lutheran I, Watertown-Mayer I and EV-W I. All six teams will com- pete at sections for a chance to go to state. The EV-W Varsity II team of Cody Asfeld, Brandon Faber, Con- nor Flaschenriem and Austin Gunderson also faired well, finish- ing eighth with 79 points, just five points out of sixth. Team results: 1. St. John's Prep 1 - 115; 2. Watertown-Mayer II - 103.5; 3. St. John's Prep II - 99.5; 4. Mayer-Lutheran I - 94.5; 5. Watertown-Mayer I - 89; 6. EV-WI - 84; 7. Mayer-Lutheran II - 81; 8. EVW II - 79; 9. Kimball - 77.5; 10. Holdingford - 76; 11. Braham I - 66; 12. Rush City I - 65; 13. Holdingford II - 61.5; 14. Rush City II - 45; 15. Braham II - 43. Eden VaUey-Watkins Community Ed classes Classes that are available: REG- ISTER NOW! Please call (320) 153-2900, ext 1139, or e-mail our office! klatcham us Saturday, March 23 Essential Otis (Manage colds, ear infections, viruses and more...) 10-11 a.m. Eden Valley-Watkins High School * Door #7 * Rm 101 * $6/person Tuesday, April 2 Computers! (Learn some basics to Microsoft Suites 10, Word, and Excel 6-8 p.m. Eden Vatley-Watkins High School *Door #3 *Computer Lab *$7/person Thursday, April 4 Computers! (Parental Controls ... Protect your children and yourself...) 6-8 p.m. Eden Valley-Watkins High School *Door #3 *Computer Lab *$7/person Tuesday, April 8 55 Alive - Senior Safe Driving 4 hour Refresher course 5-9 p.m. Eden Valley Civic Cen- ter *$17/person or *$15/AARP member Wednesday, April 10 Senior Citizen Banquet (Door prizes, entertainment, and dinner!) Doors open at 4 p.m. Dinner: 5 p.m. *$8/person before April 1st *$10/person after April 1st, Eden- Lakeside Club-Eden Valley Thursday, April 11 Google Docs and Chrome (How to navi- gate) 6-8 p.m. Eden Valley-Watkins High School *Door #3 *Computer Lab *$7/person Tuesday, April 16 & Thurs- day, April 18:55 Alive-Senior Safe Driving 8-hour Course, Watkins Village Hall *$17/person, or *$15/ AARP member, 5-9 p.m. each night *MUST attend both evenings EV-W Post Prom party The EV-W Post Prom Commit- tee is holding a raffle as its fund- raiser this year. There are many chances to win. Prizes include a $1,500 Grand Prize. First prize $1,000 Two prizes of $500 Three prizes of $250 Three prizes of $100 Eight prizes of $50 Ten prizes of $25 Only 600 tickets sold, $20 per ticket and must be 18 years old to buy a ticket. Drawing to be held at EV-W High School NHS Spaghetti Supper March 21. Need not be pres6nt to win. Tickets can be purchased at Lost & Found, Mike's 'Bait and VMG grocery in Eden Valley, or Steins grocery, Flash's Gas, and Farmers State Bank in Watkins. If questions, please call Jenni Scherer at (320) 980-5588.