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..... .................... PAGE 9 November 3, 2016 By Pat Garry, StaffWriter Madison Hurrle and Emma Kuechle rallied for nine kills each, as second-seeded rolled past the three-seeded Royalton Royals in section opener on Friday, Oct. 28, by a 3-0 final own, in the Section 5A West play- tally. Game scores were 25-23, off victory. Kimball advances to 25-20, and 25-12. Steph Hurrle led play number-one seed Verndale the Cubs with 32 set assists and at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Long Kuechle added 24 set assists of her Prairie. The Cubs volleyball team celebrates an ace block during the first-round win over Royalton Friday, Oct. 28. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs. By Barry Strand, Coach 6 wins, 7 losses and 1 tie. running offense and playing solid The Kimball Cubs seventh- From the start, theteamworked defense. I am very proud of their grade volleyball team closedvery hard each night on skills and hard work and dedication! out their season on Tuesday,team development, acceptingeach The team would like to thank Oct. 18, with a win over Eden new challengewith excitement. By everyone for their support, both Valley-Watkins. The team ended the end of the season, the team home and away. Go Cubs! their season with a record of was serving at a high percentage, .In front, left to right, are Ellie Wicker, Taylor Maurer, Morgan Garding, Luci Schiefelbein, and Robin Hokkala. Sitting, Annah Winter, and Emma Antigua. Kneeling are Brianna Loehrer, Kate Kramer, and Madison Schmitz. Standing are Abby Truenow, Olivia Schneider, Cadence Zoller, Summer Zamora, Amelia .Hanan, Leah Schiefelbein, and Coach Strand. Photos courtesyArnanda Garding. By Kim Pelzer The 2016 Kimball Cubs eighth- grade volleyball team consisted of the following l~layers: Naomi Bollman, Caitlyn Carlson, Morgan Everett, Andrea Iendro, Bailey Joseph, Natalee Kunkel, Jackie Massmann, Gracelynn Powell, Madison Streit and Lily Voight. The team's overall season record was 5-5-2 and their conference record was 4-3-1. Many goals were achieved in the 2016 season such as learning a specific position/role, all over- hand serving and some jump serves, however, there is still much to be learned and practiced. The future of Kimball Volleyball is bright! Go Cubs! Superintendent Update, week of Oct. 31, 2016 Kimball Senior Scholarship The meeting dates for Kimball Jan. 9, 2017 - FACS Room Senior Scholarship organization Feb. 6, 2017 - FACS Room (formerly Dollars For Scholars) March 13, 2017 - FACS Room are listed with the location of the April 3, 2017 - FACS Room meeting. May 1, 2017 - FACS Room Nov. 7, 2016 - Library Starting time is 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 2016 - Board Room Kimball School Menus Nov. 7-11 , Monday-No School Breakfast Tuesday: Taco salad with chips Monday-No School or tasty chicken tenders & soft pan Tuesday: Sausage & egg on roll or crispy chicken salad, black English muffin or choice of cereal, bean salsa, tomato wedges, sea- graham crackers, flesh vegetables, sonal fruit, milk. juice choice, milk. Wednesday-HOM lemon- Wednesday: Mini pancakes, or grass: French bread with Marinara choice of cereal, toast, flesh vegeta- or Asian chicken noodle bowl with bles, juice choice, milk. lemongrass or chef salad, sweet Thursday: Breakfast burritos, garden peas, baby carrots, seasonal tri-tater or choice of cereal, graham fruit, milk. crackers, flesh vegetables, juice Thursday: Chicken Alfredo with choice, milk. pasta & garlic toast or Ham sub or Friday: Ham and cheese bagel crispy chicken salad, garden green or choice of cereal, toast, flesh veg- beans, flesh vegetables, seasonal etables, juice choice, milk. fruit, milk. Friday: Chicken Philly sandwich or roasted hot dog or chef salad, corn, flesh vegetables, seasonal fruit, milk. Bottom, in front, left to right, Bailey Joseph, Madison Streit, and Morgan Everett. In middle are Andrea Jendro, Jackie Massman, Caitlyn Carlson, Naomi Bollman, Natalie Kunkel, and Lily Voigt. In back are Coach Pelzer, and Gracelyn Powell. Photo courtesy Amanda Garding. By Jim Wagner, does not get influenced one way or winters down there and have dif- give them more instruction to get KimballArea Schools the other. But, what I can discuss ficulty making up the snow days caught up with the rest of their Superintendent were some of the questions that and getting in the needed time peers so they are not as far behind Good day Kimball. Halloween have come up so far. before testing occurs in mid-April, throughout the school year. This week has come and gone. The The most common ques- Those communities have also is called a balanced calendar ver- students sure looked to have fun tion was, "Doesn't the state of expressed wanting to have their sus what we do now with the long with the celebration with all of Minnesota have a law that says children home by Memorial Daysummer break. Both have pros the costumes and outfits. It is the school year cannot start before to help with completing the plant- and cons to family vacation plans. always enjoyable seeing the stu- Labor Day?" The Department ofing season in that farming com- The reason for us to do the dents having fun while breaking Education inMinnesotahasastat- munity. That group of schoolssurvey is to get a snapshot of :up the typical routine. This week ute statingthat, but it is not against has been doing this for the past 8 how the parents and families in also marks a nice milestone for the the law to start before Labor Day. to 10 years. Some school districts the community feel about when area as we managed to get through The Department of Education have received waivers in the past school starts. It was asked "Can't October with no snow fall. ! know over the years has received a num- to have a four-day school week to school start after Labor Day and it is coming but I still remember berofrequestsbecauseofcircum-save on transportation costs, but end before Memorial Day?" The the Halloween blizzard of '91 that stances each community faces the department has decided to no answer to that is yes. The issue made for a long winter, that they allow individual dis- longer allow those, with that type of calendar is that In this week's article I would tricts to start before Labor Day. Other cases of different school it leaves no breaks throughout the like to give an update and clarifica- The Department has also started start times would be in the year for students who at times, tion regarding the survey for next to look at giving more control back Rochester, Austin, and Albert Lea need a small break, and no room year's school calendar. Based on to local districts realizing that not school districts. Those districts to plan for snow days if we expe- the responses and questions, I felt all areas of the state deal with the have started doing a 45-15 school rience any. Last year was a rare it would be good to get some facts same issues, calendar. Their calendars areyear for us to not have a snow day out there to clear up any confusion The first example comes with based on having the school year or late start because of weather. I or myths.As far as results from the districts that have major construc- spread out throughout the school cannot find any school record to survey, as of Oct. 31, there were tion items occurring in the sum- year to minimize learning loss showifthat has happened before. 290 respondents to the survey. It met and needing the extra week through long breaks. Those dis- Starting after Labor Day does help will be open until Nov. 15, for any- or two to get projects completed, tricts have buildings that meet for the 4H and FFA students to not one who has not yet filled out the In southwestern Minnesota, 2545 school days in a row, and then have a conflict with being at the one-question survey. To keep the smaller districts filed a waiver they get a 15-day break. During statefairwhileschoolisinsession. integrity of the survey, I willshare to start two weeks before Labor the 15-day break, they bring in Based onthe comments, there are the results after it is closed so it Day because they face tougherstudents who are struggling and an equal number of families that take Memorial Day trips as well as families that take Labor Day trips. Our students did perform bet- ter on the state tests this past year after starting early but no one can say for sure that starting early was the specific reason why. The main thing is to focus on what is best for our students and their education. For the school district, it is important to get all the informa- tion and feedback we can to make a decision that makes sense for what the community wants and what is best for our students. The survey is only to gather informa- tion. At this point, nothing has been decided. Once the survey closes, the district advisory com- mittee, the School Board, and the Meet and Confer committee will discuss the results to determine the next steps. Hopefully this helps with some of the questions that we have seen up to this point. I hope all of the farmers have been able to get their crops out of the fields before the weather continues to transition over to cooler nights and days. Have a great weekend and GO CUBS!