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PAGE 12 November 3, 2016 ....... :::::::::::::::::::: ......... On Alayna Ertl's sixth birthday, the staff at both Eden Valley and Watkins Elementary School decided to honor her by wearing shirts that read, "Alayna - Forever in our hearts at EV-W." The back reads "Leave a little sparkle wherever you go" (just like Alayna did). Pictured is the Watkins staff wearing their Alayna shirts. Alayna attended preschool at Watkins last year. Submitted photo. EV-W football team soaring in playoffs By Pat Garry, Staff Writer The #1-rated Eagles romped and rolled last Saturday, Oct. 29, as they defeated #4 Sank Centre in a 63-26 rout. The Section 5AA playoff victory earns Eden Valley- Watkins a showdown with Osakis on Saturday, Nov. 5, as they vie for section championship honors. The contest is slated for 2:30 p.m. at St. Cloud State campus. Scoring: EV-W: first quarter 21, second quarter 22, third quarter 13, fourth quarter 7; Sauk Centre: first quarter 12, second quarter 7, third quarter 7. EV-W Stats: Reese Jansen 17 for 24, 212 yards passing, 3 touch- downs; Receiving: Matt Schindler 38 yards; Jacob Streit 46 yards; Greg Lux 76 yards; Jamison Kuechle 18 yards; Markell York- Ramirez 34; Rushing: Matt Schindler 61 yards; Reese Jansen 23 yards; Jamison Kuechle 59 yards; Markell York-Ramirez 190 yards; Mitchell Utecht 25 yards; Dominic Schlangen 14 yards. EV-W volleyball team ousted from sections By Pat Garry, StaffWriter 25-15, 25-4, and 25-7. Morris' The Eagles dropped out of Brooke Gillespie recorded career the Section 3AA tournament on dig No. 1,000 as the top-ranked Friday, Oct. 28, as the Morris/ Tigers move on and the Eagles Chokio-Alberta Tigers defeated head home. EV-W in straight sets. Scores were Enjoy an evening out, while we entertain the kids! When: Friday, Nov. 4, 6-9 p.m. Where: Lil' Eagles Center (ages 2 years-Kindergarten) Max of 20 Elementary School (1st grade- 6th grade) Cost: $15 per child, $10 for each additional child Dinner, snacks, movie, games, and crafts will be provided. Child care is for ages 2 years- 6th grade children only. Reservations are required. You may register online at community-education/, or contact the Community Ed Office at (320) 453-2900 X5 Payment is due when child(ren) are dropped off. Any questions, please email EV-W FFA fruit sales Friday Update Oct. 28, 2016 By Mark Messman, Superintendent EV- W Schools Candidate Forum Area Superintendents from Central and Southwestern Minnesota recently met at a can- didate forum held in Willmar Wednesday, Oct. 19. There were a total of 11 area candidates, 13 school district superintendents, and mukiple media outlets partic- ipating in a review of the 2016 leg- islative session as well as provid- ing recommendations on our edu- cational priorities for 2017. If you recall, the 2016 legislative session started out with optimism and potential, but ended with very little benefit to education. There were many missed opportunities to make a significant impact on education in Minnesota, particu- larly for rural school districts like EV-W. Some of us in attendance shared our disappointment for the limited education funding that does not keep pace with inflation, the unequal access to broadband, and most disappointing was the vetoed tax bill that included school tax relief to our farming commu- nity. Many of the local education leaders' requests for the 2017 leg- islative session were repeats from the unfulfilled or partially ful- filled requests from 2016. Topping the list of educations requests for 2017 includes: Pupil Funding Formula- This is the primary funding source and it should at least provide infla- tionary increases. It also sup- ports individual district decision- making and prioritizing while eliminating the burdensome com- petitive grants and governmental specified spending that benefits only some districts. Ag-2-School Tax Credit - We need to revive the vetoed school building tax break for farmers. Large school districts have a much easier time passing bond referen- dums due to the tax burden being spread over a large business sec- tor and more residents than most rural school districts. Teacher Shortage - Continue to build upon the small appropri- ations made to alleviate shortages of qualified teachers in rural dis- tricts. Lawmakers should remove barriers for out-of-state teachers to obtain a Minnesota license. PreK Funding - While the governor and union leaders are pressing for additional funding of preschool for all 4-year-olds, some of our local superintendents believe a more targeted approach at scholarships for low-income families is a better investment. MSHSL - Our legislators need to restore the sales tax exemp- tion for the Minnesota State High School League. Those funds have primarily been used for safety ini- tiatives in extracurricular activ- ities and scholarships for low- income students. Be sure to take part in our democracy and cast your vote on Nov. 8. EV-W Staff Honored It was a great pleasure to take part in the 25th Annual Leaders of Educational Excellence Awards banquet held at the Rivers Edge Center in St. Cloud. Each year, St. Cloud Resource Training and Solutions sponsors the event to recognize outstanding edu- cator performances through- out Minnesota. Please commend our EV-W instructors, Mary Ann Holdvogt and Mike Tomsche (Retired) on being selected by their peers as the district's recipients for the Leadership in Educational Excellence Award. This LEEA honor is presented to staff that have gone above and beyond in providing quality teaching expe- riences and opportunities for their students. Each of our EV-W recip- ients received a plaque and cer- tificate at the Oct. 26 event which recognizes the commitment, sac- rifice, and innovative instruction required to be an effective edu- cator. We commend Mary Ann, Mike, and all of our EV-W instruc- tors for having a positive impact on our school and community. Winter Hazard Awareness Week The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is promoting Winter Hazard Awareness Week during the week of Nov. 14-18. This is an opportunity to raise awareness for our district residents of the win- ter weather ahead and what we can do to be adequately prepared. Following are some valuable tips worth remembering: Know the warning signs of hypothermia - uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated Keep extra food and supplies at home in case a storm prevents traveling Have a battery operated radio to listen to updates during a storm Create a home and car sur- vival kit for you and your family Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent the gas line from freezing Always wear a hat and mittens Check out the following web- sites for more winter safety tips:, us/ LawPublicSafety www.winterweather.state. mn. us Facility Task Force Meeting The EV-W Facility Task Force will conduct a second meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the High School Media Center. Our first meeting was successful in laying the ground work, rules and expectations for Task Force members. We toured each of the buildings in the district, and then recorded the reactions and com- ments from participants. Some of the goals for our upcoming meet- ing will include sharing infor- mation from the 2015 and 2016 Community Satisfaction Surveys, Staff Surveys, enrollment trends and projections, and then estab- lishing the planning criteria that will guide our recommended pri- orities and consideration of facil- ity options. Senior Spotlight The EV-W School District would like to recognize Reese Jansen, son of Dawn and Tom. Reece would like to commend his parents for their hard work and dedication in raising a family. Reece is busy with seven college courses on his schedule this year, and recom- mends "Take them while they're free in high school." He's actively involved in multiple sports and currently leads as the Quarterback of the successful Eagle Football Team. Reece is also a member of the National Honor Society and Knowledge Bowl, and volun- teers at numerous youth camps. Following graduation, Reece plans to attend a four-year University, but is still undecided on the major area of study. The EV-W admin- istration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of his dedicated work ethic. Congratulations! The Eden Valley-Watkins FFA chapter is once again selling fruit, meat, and cheese for their annual fundraiser. Students will be sell- ing from Oct. 23 through Nov. 17. If you are interested in purchas- ing fruit, please contact our chap- ter president, Katherine Gathje at (320) 262-7535, or chapter advi- sor at (320) 453-2900, ext. 1131. You can also check out our website or Facebook page for options and prices,, or email us at Thank you for your continued support of our chapter. EV-W Menus Na'~1 r~g Meal: u ~ I - 1 1 ~ Turkey, gravy, stuffing, roll or Salis- Breakfast bury steak or entree salad or deli Monday-No School, End of the Quarter Tuesday: Breakfast pizza or cereal bar w/yogurt or choice of cereal, graham crackers, all served with: fruit or juice, milk. Wednesday: Mini French toast or breakfast bread or choice of cereal, graham crackers, all served with: fruit or juice, milk. Thursday: Long John, yogurt or Pop Tart, yogurt or choice of cereal, graham crackers, all served with fruit or juice, milk. Friday: Pancakes or breakfast bread or choice of cereal, graham crackers, all served with fruit or juice, mile EV-W Elementary Lunch Monday-No School, End of the Quarter Tuesday: Taco or tasty chicken tenders & soft pan roll or entree salad or defi sandwich, refried beans, mixed vegetables, milk. Wednesday-HOM-Lemongrass: Hamburger on a bun or Asian chicken noodle bowl with lemon- grass or entree salad or deli sand- wich, Kung Fu carrots, milk. sandwich, mashed potatoes w/ gravy, cranberries, pumpkin bar, mile Friday: French bread pizza or tuna cheese melt or entree salad or deli sandwich, roasted broccoli, mile EV-W Secondary Lunch Monday-No School, End of the Quarter Tuesday: Taco or tasty chicken tenders & soft pan roll orchefsalad or ham sub, fiesta burger basket $1.50 extra, mixed vegetables, mill Wednesday-HOM-Lemon- grass: Hamburger on a bun orAsian chicken noodle bowl with lemon- grass or chef salad or roast beef sub, pepperoni pizza $1.50 extra, Kung Fu carrots, milk. Thursday-Thanksgiving Meal: Turkey, grav stuffing, roll or Salis- bury steak or chef's salad orham sub, mashed potatoes/gravy, cranberries, green beans, chicken patty basket $1.50 extra, pumpkin bar, milk. Friday: French bread pizza or tuna cheese melt or chef's salad or roast beef sub, pepperoni or cheese pizza $1,50 extra, roasted broccoli, milk. Note:All meals include fresh fruit and vegetable bar and choice of l To white, skim or chocolate skim milk. For questions or comments, contact the Food Service Director at bkoehn@evw.k12, mn. us, or call 320-453-2900 ext 1106.