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t PAGE 12 Skylar Martin chosen for Thursday, November 7, 2013 EV-W school menu Nov. 11-15 honors choir EV-W Schools IIi1 Lunc h Breakfast Monday: WG pancake w/syrup, sausage patty or choice of 2 cereals, whole-wheat toast, jelly/margarine, fruit selection, mile Tuesday: Breakfast pizza or choice of 2 cereals, whole-wheat toast, jelly/margarine, fruit selection, mile Wednesday: WG pancake on a stick, cheese stick or choice of 2 cereals, whole-wheat toast, jelly/ margarine, fruit selection, milk. Thursday: Bagel with cream cheese, yogurt cup or choice of 2 cereals, whole-wheat toast, jelly/ margarine, fruit selection, milk. Friday- No School - Staff Development Monday:. French toast and sau- sage patties or Italian sub, tri-taters, tomato slices, cucumbers, flesh fruit, canned fruit, milk. Tuesday: Chicken nuggets with garlic toast or chicken Alfredo pasta with garlic toast, Romaine salad, baby carrots, green peas, fresh fruit, canned fruit, milk. Wednesday: Beefy nachos with cheese sauce or chicken patty on a bun, shredded lettuce, black beans, tomatoes, fresh fruit, canned fruit, milk. Thursday: Turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes & roll sloppy Joe on a bun, broccoli salad, carrots, celery sticks, fresh fruit, canned fruit, milk. Friday - No School - Staff Development ..... ::::::::::  ......... Nov. 1 Update l Mark Messman Superintendent, EV-W Schools Government Shutdown - stay tuned for more Stay tuned for the uncertainty of federal government decisions and potential shutdowns that may return in February. The Oct. 1, federal government shut down and debt-ceiling debate has been temporarily resolved. As you well know, our Wasfiington officials "kicked the can" around until finally reaching a resolution on Oct. 16. They agreed to fund our that will demonstrate fiscal responsibility, provide compensa- tion and working conditions that are competitive, and ultimately benefit our Students by retain- ing and training highly qualified educators. Thanks to both bargaining groups and involved members for a respectful process. Teachers Honored It was a great pleasure to take part in the 22nd Annual Leaders of Skylar Martin of EV-W Elemen- tary School has been selected as a member of the 2013 Minnesota ACDA Elementary Honor Choir. Skylar has been chosen through audition recordings as one of 150 singers from more than 500 sub- missions from the entire state of Minnesota. Skylar is the daugh- ter of Diane McDonald-Martin of Eden Valley. She will be sing- ing at Mahtomedi, Minn., Friday, Nov. 22, at the American Choral Directors Association Fall Con- vention. Jack Bates selected for boys' honor choir Jack Bates of EV-W high school has been selected as a member of the 2013 Minnesota ACDA Sev- enth- and Eighth-Grade Boys' Honor Choir. Jack is the son of Rachel Bates and Josh Lease of Eden Valley. Jack has been cho- sen through audition recordings from the whole state of Minne- / sota, as one of 130 singers that will perform at Mahtomedi, Minn., Friday, Nov. 22, at the American Choral Directors Association Fall Convention. It's EASY to renew or subscribe! By mail, l00hone, fax, WeD, or e-mail. (See order form on page 18.) EV-W girls sing in choir festival Lillian Yungen and Allison Pepple performed in the MN, ACDA Choir Festival Saturday, Oct. 26, at St. John's University. Lillian and Allison are seniors at EV-W High School. Lillian is the daughter of Todd and Nicole Don- nay of Eden Valley. Allison is the daughter of Stephanie Verbovanec of Watkins. These fine singers practiced with other high school and college singers from around the state of Minnesota, listened to college performances and ended the day with an amazing concert at the St. John's Abbey Church. government operations at 2013 levels through January of 2014. It's been predicted that another gov- ernment shutdown and debt ceil- ing debates will be back as early as February of 2014. Stay tuned. Negotiations Eden Valley-Watkins District 463 and Eden Valley-Watkins Fed- eration of Teachers, the teach- ers' union, have met nine times to negotiate their 2013-2015 contract. Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m., and will take place in the District Board Room. Similar to most negotiation sessions, topics of discussion will include salary, benefits, and con- tract language. The district's bar- gaining team is comprised of board members Bob Stenger, Shel- ley Kern, lulie Meyer, and alter- nate Rob Flaschenriem. From the district's perspective, negotiations are going well, and both teams are working from common platforms Educational Excellence Ceremony held at the Rivers Edge Center in St. Cloud Wednesday, Oct. 30. Each year, Resource Training and Solutions sponsors the event to recognize outstanding educator performances throughout Min- nesota. Please commend Rebecca Kuechle and Karen Svihel-Buer- mann for their service and recog- nition as LEEA (Leaders in Edu- cational Excellence Award) recip- ients from the Eden Valley - Wat- kins School District. The annual LEEA ceremony provides us with an opportunity to recognize and appreciate all of the talented educators in the Eden Valley-Watkins School District. Thank you for your exceptional achievements and the immeasur- able contributions made to our children. Congratulations and best wishes on a job well done! Weekly Assessments Grades 10 + will be taking their Writing (retake) on Wednesday, Nov. 6. rrrllr'l i Itlllllll 01nnnrqrr'" 'nnnlnr IIlllll [[ ,,,,r ....... U of M November Starwatch sharp turn in the other direction - that is, down and to the left - and it ends at the dragon's head, a grouping of four stars to the lower right of a very bright star, namely, Vega, which is part of the Summer Triangle. A star chart will help. Mars is high in the southeast at dawn. If you have trouble find- ing it, look about an hour before sunrise on the 28th, when a cres- cent moon will be close to mid- way between Mars above and the bright star Spica, in Virgo, below. Mercury makes a brief and not very spectacular morning appearance, rising in the south- east below and to the left of Spica. Best time to see it is about half an hour before sunrise on the 16th or 17th. After that, Mercury drops passing Saturn as the ringed planet begins a climb into the morning sky. The much-anticipated Comet ISON swoops by this morning lineup, appearing between, and to the right of, Spica and Mercury on the 20th and near the Mercury-Sat- urn pair on the 23rd and 24th. On the 28th, ISON hurtles through perihelion, its closest approach to the sun. Let's hope this comet brightens and becomes visible to the naked eye, because so far it's been a bit of a disappointment. As for that pesky moon, it becomes full a couple of hours after setting on the morning of the 17th. Unfortunately, that morning is the predicted peak of the Leo- nid meteor shower, which will be mostly washed out by moonlight. But enjoy the full moon anyway. Algonquin Indians called this one the full beaver moon, as this was the time to lay in a supply of pelts for the winter Standard time resumes at 2 a.m. on Nov. 3. Clocks should be set back one hour. The University of Minnesota offers public viewings of the night sky at its Duluth and Twin Cities campuses. For more information and viewing schedules, see: Duluth, Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium: planet Twin Cities, Minnesota Insti- tute for Astrophysics (during fall and spring semesters): www.astro. Check out the astronomy pro- grams at the University of Minne- sota's Bell Museum ExploraDome: www.bellmuseum, Groups/ExploraDome/index.htm. 10/21/13 Contact: Deane Mor- rison, University Relations, (612) 624-2346, Find U of M astronomers and links to the world of astronomy at Looking southeast, 90 minutes before sunrise November 28 Waning moon Arcturus Spica * By Deane Morrison The moon gets up to some mis- chief this month, but aside from that, there's plenty to enjoy in November's darkening sky. Night falls behind a still-bril- liant Venus blazing away low in the southwest. On Nov. 1, the planet reaches its greatest, elon- gation from the sun. This doesn't necessarily mean Venus is high- est, just that it has put the max- imum amount of sky between it and the sun for this apparition. A young crescent moon glides past - though not closely - on the 6th. By month's end our sister planet will still be up for almost three hours after sunset. On the other side of the sky, Jupiter is now rising before mid- night and ends the month com- ing up in early evening, close to the Gemini twins Pollux and Cas- tor. Jupiter is brightening as Earth gains on it in the orbital race, while Venus will soon be as bright as it ever gets, even as it prepares to lap Earth in that same race. Looking north, the Little Dip- per hangs down from Polaris, the North Star, and spills its water onto the tail of Draco, the dragon. Draco is a fun constella- tion to trace. Its tail starts above the bowl of the Big Dipper and winds around the bowl of the Lit- tle Dipper. Then its form takes a Unhrsity of Minnesota Starwch Mars