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Mark Messman Superintendent, Eden Valley-Watkins Schools 1 5 Update Testing and Accountability: Most of us agree that stu- dents are tested too much. Pub- lic schools in Minnesota are required to administer the Min- nesota Comprehensive Assess- ments (MCA). The MCA tests were introduced as a paper and pencil test administered in reading, lan- guage arts and math. Recently, the assessments have slowly pro- gressed toward computer com- pletion aligned with the Science MCA. Embedded in the MCA tests are the GRAD tests that students must pass to receive their diploma. Students take the MCA tests in the spring and the results are returned at the end of the summer. A com: mon concern is that MCA tests provide no real-time information for teachers to customize their teaching, therefore, requiring many districts to pay for Aimsweb, Scantron, MAP or NWEA assess- ments taken on the computer. We currently use Aimsweb in the pri- mary grades, and NWEA assess- ments at various grade levels throughout the district to provide ongoing monitoring of student progress. These tests are com- puter adaptive, meaning the ques- tions progressively get harder or easier depending on the student's answers. Teachers get immediate results and know exactly where each student is at. Good Health = Good Test Scores: As spring quickly approaches, so does our annual Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA). I'm sure you're aware that our Eden Valley-Watkins students have consistently performed quite well on the MCAs. With your con- tinued support and encourage- ment of academic performance, we can continue to prepare our children for the demands of the adult workforce and college pre- paredness. Following are a few recommendations in preparation for the big exams. 1. Get in the habit of a nutri- tious breakfast everyday. 2. Get into a regular sleep routine, most children need 9-10 hours. 3. Exercise increases oxygen to the brain, assisting memory and processing. 4. Read directions completely, carefully, and ask questions. 5. Skim the question and priori- tize possible options. 6. When completed, go back and review. I really appreciate Our dedi- cated staff as they've been Work- ing extremely hard and providing after-hours opportunities to pre- pare our students with the con- cepts, skills, and strategies neces- saryto be successful on the assess- ments. Please let us know what we can do to support our shared vision for student success. Senior of the Week: The EV-W School District would like to recognize Austin Berg, son of Tracey and Robert. Austin excels academically and is currently taking 4 college level classes. He has been recognized for his involvement and dedica- tion to football, baseball, and the Big Brothers- Big Sisters organiza- tion, and was also invited to Boys State. In addition to his school involvement and leadership roles, Austin also volunteers for numer- ous youth and church activities. The EV-W administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congrat- ulations! Trio to sing National Anthem A trio of EV-W ninth graders will be singing the National Anthem at the Target Center for the Boys' Basketball Tournament. Heidi Geislinger, Julia Stotz and Jasmine Miller will be singing courtside for the first session at 12:10 p.m. Sat- urday, March 23: If you are not attending the tournament, be sure to watch for them on TV. Kathy Pauls 5-12 Choral Director Think Spring or just in time for EV-W Eagles' Cry and Aquila members will be selling Schwan's products through Thursday, March 21. Customers with preorders will be able to Pick up and pay for them from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 28 - (the night of high school confer- ences). The Schwan's truck will be parked in the high school south parking lot. Orders will be prepackaged and customers pay when they pick them up. If you can't be there to pick it up that night, please make arrangements with your seller, since the school doesn't have freezer space for storage. Also, customers will be able to buy additional products that night. The money will be used for senior scholarships and pho- tography equipment. If ~ou don't get approached by a seAer, con- tact advisors Julie Bulau or Susan Knutson, and we'll send one in your direction. We appreciate your support. Iulie Bulau It's EASY to renew 4-H'ers participate in Rabbit Bowl or subscribe! contest By mail, phone, Here are some questions for Michaletz, are extremely proud of fax, Web, or you: What is the body portion of their accomplishments! e-mall. the butterfly marking? Answer - Nosefork. What's the act of giv- ing birth by rabbits? Answer - Kindle or Kindling. According to color genetics how many col- ors of domestic rabbits are there? Answer - 2 - Black and Chocolate. Wowl There sure is a lot to know and these are just three exam- ples of the questions answered by six Meeker County 4-H'ers as they participated in the Regional Rabbit Bowl Contest held on Sat- urday, March 2, in Foley. Our Junior Team competed against 11 other teams from across the state. This team was new to proj- ect bowl competition and did a great job! Congratulations on your achievements! JuniorTeam membersincluded: Laura Shoutz of Litchfield, Frank Beier of Cosmos, Ruby Radunz of Hutchinson, Anthony Schettler of Eden Valley, Cora Huhn of Litch- field, and Ethan Beier of Cosmos. This team placed seventh overall. Their coaches, Dawn and Elijah Rabbit Bowl is a "quiz bowl" competition where all questions deal with rabbit topics. Teams of four to six members compete with each other in giving oral answers to questions posed by a modera- tor. Questions are on topics such as nutrition, reproduction, breeds, and judging. Teams receive points for correct answers and may lose points for incorrect answers. The team with the highest final score is the winner. The contest is organized on a double-elimi- nation basis, with winning teams advancing into further rounds, until a champion team is selected. For more information on how to become involved in Rabbit Proj- ect Bowl or 4-H, please call the Meeker County Extension Office at (320) 693-5275, or toll-free (877) 993-5275, e-mail mnext-meeker@ umn.edu, or visit their websites at www.extension.umn.edu/county/ meeker or http://meekerco4-h. synthasite.com/. (See order form on page 24.) $2 School menu Mar. 25-29 Tuesday: Hot ham/cheese on WG bun or turkey BLT wrap, French Breakfast fries, baby carrots, radishes, melon, Monday-No School, Quarter- diced peaches, milk. breakDay Wednesday: Spaghetti w/meat Tuesday: Pancake on a stick, sauce or chicken Caesar salad, WG assorted juice cups, milk. garlic toast, cucumber slices, black Wednesday: French toast sticks, beans, apples, fruit mix, milk. sausage links, assorted juice cups, Thursday: Pulled pork sand- milk. Thursday: Breakfast pizza: assorted juice cups, milk. Friday-No School, Spring Break Lunch Monday-No School, Quarter- break Day wich on WG bun or crispy chicken wrap, baked beans, cherry toma- toes, broccoli, strawberries, sliced pears, milk. Priday-No School, Spring Break EV-W School O t or FOREMOST" Foremost. For You7 23, 10-11 a.m. Oils (Manage colds, ear infections, viruses and more...) Eden Valley-Watkins High School *Door 7 *Rm 101 $6/person Tuesday, April 2, 6-8 p.m. Computers/(Learn basics to Microsoft Suites 10, Word and Excel) Eden Valley-Watkins High School *Door 3 *Computer Lab * $7/person Thursday, April 4, 6-8 p,m. Compute)rs! (Parental Controls...Protect your children and yourself...) Eden Vailey-Waftdns High School Door 3 Computer Lab $7/person Tu day, April 8, 5-9 p.m. $$ A/h,e- Senior Safe Driving (4 hour Refresher Course) Eden Valley Civic Center $17/person or $1S/AARP member Wednesday, April 10, Doors open at 4 p.m., Dinner at 5 p.m. Senior Citizen Banquet (Door prizes, entertainment, and di0ner!) Eden Lakeside Club, Eden Valley $8/person before April 1, $10/person after April 1 Thursda April 11, 6-8 p,m. Google Does and Chrome (How to navigate) Eden Valley-Watkins High School *Door 3 *Computer Lab $7/person Tuesday, April 16 & Thursday, April 17, 5-9 p.m. each night* $$ M/re- Senior Safe Driving (8 hour Course) Watkins Village Hall $17/person or $15/AARP |nernber Must attend both evenings Even when the weatleer doesn look like it, the calendar shows that Spring is on the way (S20) 7t 1.111110 www.agventurefeeds.eom 0.