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Mark Messman Superintendent, Eden VaUey-Watkins Schools ' May 3 Update Legislative Update: While we get focused on the House and Senate omnibus bills, it's important to remember that the governor has top priorities of his own.-In education, Gover- nor Dayton continues to push for a large investment in early child- hood scholarships. He has stated many times that he likes scholar- ships as an important investment in education, and the business community supports scholarships as well. The Senate is advocating for school property tax reform and all- day K as their top priorities. The House is pushing all-day K, equity reform and additional funding to the formula. The House tax bill has a provision to surcharge upper incomes on a one-time basis to pay back all of the remaining school shifts. Five House members, including Reps. Marquart, Mariani, Bryn- aert, Morgan and Urdahl, will join five yet to be named Senate mem- bers in the E-12 budget conference committee. Conference commit- tee rules require a majority of each side of the House/Senate confer- ence committee to vote affirma- tively to put a proposal into the conference committee report. Once work is finished on the con- ference committee report, it goes back to the floor for a vote. Strategic Planning: We'd like you to take part in the Eden Valley - Watkins School Dis- trict's Strategic Planning process. Strategic planning is an organiza- tion's process of defining its strat- egy, or direction, and making deci- sions on allocating its resources. We have scheduled three com- munity meetings "to take. place on May 15, 22, and 29, from 5:30- 7 p.m. in the Elementary Cafeteria to solicit your feedback and values as we develop our strategic plan. We would be happy to have you join us for refreshments and sand- wiches as we shape the future for our school district. Please RSVP to Marsha Davidson in the District Office at (320) 453-2900 ext. 1142, if you would like to be involved. Snow Make-Up Day: Due to inclement weather con- ditions school was canceled on Thursday, April 11. This student contact day will be made up on Friday, May 31. Please make note of this schedule change in your home calendars. Enjoy the spring weather. -May 31 is the end of fourth quarter and last student instruc- tion day. -June 3 is individual teacher work time and check-out for staff. Senior of the Week: The EV-W School District would like to recognize Stephanie Salzl, daughter of Gary and Susan. She is a top performer in the class- room and school, and has earned a number of college credits dur- ing her tenure. Stephanie's friends describe her as creative, a talented writer, and well-respected class- mate. She also serves as a positive role-model and advocate for the youth in our school and commu- nity, and participates as an offi- cer in the National Honor Society. The EV-W administration, fculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congrat- ulations! Eden Valley-Watkins softball off to great start By Pat Garry, Staff writer Let's Play Five! That's what the Eden Valley-Watkins softbali team will do this opening week, as they gear up for the weather-dictated, reshuffled schedule. Coach Dave Dziengel was happy to finally get the season under way. "After a long season indoors, it was nice to get out and play an actual game. Bay- lee Lahr was a little wild but got the job done, pitching an effective game and limiting Osakis to 2 runs and scattering just 6 hits." Open- ing the season Monday, the Eagles, behind senior Holly Schumach- er's 2-home run-5 RBI effort, cap- tured the 8-2 non-conference vic- tory,over the Osakis Silverstreaks. Schumacher connected on a three-run shot in the bottom of the fourth inning, extending EV-W's lead to 6-1. She added a two-run homer in the sixth, and teammate ]amie Scherer doubled twice and scored three runs for the Eagles. Right-hander Baylee Lahr walked five batters in the early innings before settling down. She allowed just five hits and struck out two for the complete-game win. "Holly Schumacher picked up where she left off last year, hit- ting 2 homeruns to start the sea- son. Great way to start the sea- son and we will have our hands full against Maple Lake (double- header) Thursday and Rockford (double-header) Friday," Dzien- gel said. EV-W plays host to Maple Lake for a double-header at 4 p.m. Thursday in Eden Valley. Box score results: EV-W: Jamie Scherer, 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 2 dou- bles; Kaylee Forcier, 1 for 3 with 2 runs scored; Holly Schumacher, 2 for 3 with 5 RBI, 2 runs scored, 3-run HR, 2-run HR; Baylee Lahr 1-for-4 with an RBI; Brook Stang, 2 for 4; Ashley Huschle, 1 for 1; Bri- ana Plantenberg, 0 for 1 with a run scored and 2 BB; Faith Forcier, 1 for 3. Winning pitcher, Baylee Lahr, with 7 innings pitched, 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 5 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Check out our Photo Gallery at WWW. tricountynews.MN THOUSANDS of photos of schools, sports, and community events to view and purchase prints! 1 EV men's softball league needs teams EdenValley men's softball league is "looking for teams to play on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Call Cory at (320) 249-1976; if inter- ested. EV-W Choral Department Concert May 13 The EV-W Choral Department will perform their Spring Concert "See the World Through Childrens Eyes" on Monday, May 13. The concert will be held at the Assumption Church in Eden Val- ley, starting at 7:30 p.m. The sev- enth- and eighth-grade choir and 9-12 Concert Choir will perform music that expresses the hopes, fears and dreams of our youth; with a little Disney thrown in just for fun! Everyone is invited. IMPACT students celebrate Earth Day IMPACT students show off their decorated bird houses at the EV-W Elementary Scfiool Tuesday, April 23. They made the bird houses to celebrate Earth Day and to welcome all the birds home for Spring. In back, left to right, are Grant Oporto, Kenzie Carlson, Mykayla Ballard, and Kayla Schindler; in the middle are Amber Boulton, William Ballard, and Lilly McQuiston; and in front are Jared Carlson, Daciana Ruhland, and Hannah Goetsch. Submitted photo. Eden Yalley-Watkins softball team drops a pair to Maple Lake By Pat Garry, Staff writer The Eden Valley-Watkins soft- ballers lost two v Maple Lake Thursday night, May 2, in Eden Valley. Game one was scoreless, until the fourth inning, when the Irish logged two unearned runs on a center-field error. Maple Lake added one more unearned run after back-to-back base hits, and tallied a couple in the top of the fifth, capping-the somewhat uncontested 5-1 win. Jumping out fast in game two, EV-W grabbed a 1-0 lead after one. But the error-spirits once again haunted the Eagles, as they sur- rendered four unearned runs, and suddenly found themselves down 4-2 at the half-way point. However, the resilient Eagles soared back with vengeance, scoring a run in the third, and three more in the fourth, taking a 5-4 lead. With run-. ners on second and third, and one out, EV-W failed to add any insur- ance runs, which proved fatal, as the Irish scored two runs on three hits in the final frame, to seal the victory, 6-5. Game 1-EV-W box score: Baylee Lahr, 0 for 2; Jamie Scherer, 1 for 3, run scored; Kaylee Forcier, 0 for 1, RBI; Holly Schumacher, 1 for 2, RBI; Brook Stang, 0 for 2; Mickael Lies- Thielen, 0 for 2; Ashley Huschle, 0 EV-W softball team takes two at Pierz By Pat Garry, Staff writer Making the journey to Pierz Monday, May 6, was well worth it for the Eden Valley-Watkins soft- ball team, as they swept a double- dipper from the Pioneers, 7-0 and 10-3. Coach Dave Dziengel was happy with the girls' performance. "We combined 6 hits with 7 walks to come out ahead in game one. Baylee Lahr did a nice job of keep- ing the Pierz hitters off balance, effectively throwing her change up as she collected 4 strikeouts without giving up a walk." The EV-W gals kept their foot on the pedal, racking up 10 runs in the second game and making the day's total, 17-3. "The bats came alive as we collected 11 hits in game two. Brook Stang hit a 2-run homerun and had 4 RBI for the day. We played error-free ball dur- ing both games. Baylee Lahr again collected 4 strikeouts without giv- ing up a walk. Ashley Huschle was 3 for 3, scoring 2 runs," Dziengel said, Game I-EV-W box score: Bay- lee Lahr, 1 for 2, 1 run scored, RBI; Jamie Scherer, 0 for 4; Kaylee Forcier, 1 for 2, 2 runs scored, RBI; Holly Schumacher, 0 for 3, RBI; Brook Stang, 1 for 4, run scored; Mickael Lies-Thielen, 1 for 2, run scored; Briana Plantenberg, 1 for for 2; Briana Plantenberg, 1 for 2; Faith Forcier, 0 for 2. Game 2-EV-W box score: Bay- lee Lahr, 1 for 3; Jamie Scherer, 1.for 3, run scored, RBI; Kaylee Forcier, 1 for 4, RBI; Holly Schum- acher, 0 for 3; Brook Stang, 1 for 3, run scored; Mickael Lie.s-Thielen, 0 for 3; Mindy Forcier, 0 for 1, run scored; Briana Plantenberg, 0 for 2, run scored; Faith Forcier, 1 for 3, run scored, 2 RBI. The Eagles overall record is 1-2 and 0-2 in the conference. Next up is a Friday double-header v Rock- ford. 2, RBI; Faith Forcier, 0 for 1, run scored; Mindy Forcier, 1 for 1, run scored, 2 RBI. Game 2-EV-W box score: Bay- lee Lahr, 0 for 3; Jamie Scherer, 2 for 3, run scored, 2 RBI; Kay- lee Forcier, 1 for 2, 2 runs scored, RBI; Holly Schumacher, 0 for 3; Brook Stang, 2 for 4, run scored, 4 RBI; Mickael Lies-Thielen, 1 for 3, runs scored, RBI; Briana Planten- berg, 1.for 1, run scored, RBI; Faith Forcier, 1 for 2, run scored; Ashley Huschle, 3 for 3, 2 runs scored, RBI. Next up is a big game, as the girls travel to Rockford to take on the Rockets at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May7.