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PAGE 10 December 15, 2016 Lady Eagles stifle Bulldogs By Pat Garry, StaffWriter Eden Valley-Watkins rolled over Paynesville, 76-39, last Thursday, Dec. 8, at home. The Eagles stormed out to a 45-25 half- time bulge and never looked back. Eagles' Scoring: Shaylei Brutger 3; Meryl Kuechle 3; Mandy Molitor 5; Sonora Mattice 1; Olivia Kuechle 5; Olivia Schleper 8; Breanna Stang 6; Halle Jansen 19; Elaina Stommes 9; Emma Schultz 18. EV-W girls' basketball team routs Falcons By Pat Garry, Staff Writer Eden Valley-Watkins defeated Atwater- Cosmos- Grove City Monday, Dec. 5, by a convincing 55-18 final tally. The Eagles came out flying right from the start, tak- ing a 31-13 halftime lead. They coasted to the finish, improving to 2-1 on the year. EV-W Scoring: Meryl Kuechle 1, Mandy Molitor 4, Sawyer Kuechle 1, Olivia Kuechle 12, Breanna Stang 2, Halle Jansen 14, Elaina Stommes 7, Madeleine Geislinger 4, Emma Schultz 10. Friday Update By Mark Messman Superintendent EV-W Schools Facility Task Force - Thank You I'd like to say "Thank You" for the time and talents you provided the EV-W Facility Task Force. As a school-community stakeholder, you've invested many hours, cre- ative thoughts, and collabora- tive feedback toward the better- ment of our school facilities and district. I recognize that many of our Task Force participants are already involved with numerous school-community organizations, yet selflessly support our students and school. Thank you especially for taking on the task of touring our facilities, sitting through multiple meetings, and respectfully sharing your feedback with our facilitators. It can be a major undertaking to get so many people to stay on task and reach consensus, yet this group efficiently reached similar conclu- sions on the need to improve our facilities at EV-W. As a reminder, the Reporting Group will be meeting Monday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Board Room to finalize our report and power point presentation. Additionally, the Reporting Group will update the School Board on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Secondary Media Center. If available, feel free to join us. Once again, on behalf of the EV-W School District, thank you for your talents and the time you invested in the Facility Task Force. Your involvement and feedback is critical to the improvement of our facilities and the success of our school district. Thank you for the generous gift of time! Winter Time As we move into December, I know many of you have already had to make some weather- related decisions. I've always felt that weather-related decisions are some of the most difficuk to make. Regardless of the decision made, some might think that the wrong choice had been made. I always try to make those decisions based on what I consider to be in the best interest of our students and staff. I continue to monitor the radar and ........ EV-W wrestlers compete at Willmar Invite By Pat Garry, StaffWriter Josh Miley (Willmar) 3-1, Fr. (Fall Josiah Swanson (Willmar) The Eden Valley-Watkins wres- tlers traveled to their annual appointment Friday, Dec. 9; the Willmar 2016 Cardinal Classic Invitational. Always a good ear- ly-season workout, the compe- tition was formidable as ever. Willmar had seven champions and they captured first place team honors with 240.5 points, besting St. Cloud Tech, who finished sec- ond with a 206.5-point tally. Quad County took third place with 134 points, and KMS landed in fourth place, racking up 116.5 points. Results: 106: First Place: Will Magaard (KMS) 5-0, Fr. over Caden Carlson (Willmar) 3-2, eighth. (MD 13-5); 113: First Place- Jack Roehl, Willmar, Second Place - Mike Nagler, Benson, Third Place - Max Reichmann, Minnewaska, Fourth Place - Rheave Danford, Saint Cloud Tech; 120: First Place: Israel Navarro (Willmar) 5-0, Jr. over Mason Blair (Minnewaska) 3-2, Fr. (Fall 0:13); Third Place: Hunter Mondor (Benson) 3-1, So. over Taylor Ludwig (EVW) 1-2, Fr. (Dec 7-3); 126: First Place: Cael Carlson (Willmar) 4-0, So. over 1:52); Fifth Place: Austin Whitcup (Benson) 1-2, Sr. over Everett Eken (EVW) 0-3, Jr. (Dec 5-4; 132: First Place: Clay Carlson (Willmar) 5-0, Jr. over Alex Kern (Saint Cloud Tech) 5-2, ]r. (Dec 4-1); 138: First Place Match: Dallas Hooper (Saint Cloud Tech) 6-1, Jr. over Jonathan Tostenson (Kerkhoven-Murdock- Sunburg) 3-2, Jr. (Dec 11-4); 145: First Place: Graham Nistler (Saint Cloud Tech) 5 - 1, Jr. over Ethan Roux (Willmar) 2-2, Fr. (Dec 4-0); 152: First Place: Matt Schindler (EVW) 2-0, Jr. over Luke Dorn (Saint Cloud Tech) 6-1, Sr. (Dec 11-10); 160: First Place: Austin Brenner (Saint Cloud Tech) 6-1, Jr. over Miles Kattevold (Quad County) 9-2, Sr. (TF-1.5 5:53 (17-2)); Third Place: Tyson Meyer (Minnewaska) 5-1, eighth, over DeShaun Haag (EVW) 2-2, Jr. (Dec 11-6); 170: First Place: Lincoln Shinn (Willmar) 3-1, So. over Jayden Sundstrom (Saint Cloud Tech) 3-4, Jr. (TF-1.5 5:58 (15-0); 182: First Place: Austin Friese (Quad County) 8-2, Sr. over Ryan Torkelson (KMS) 1-3, Jr. (Dec 5-1); 195: First Place: Tyler Hugg (Saint Cloud Tech) 6-0, Sr. over 1-3, Jr. (Fall 1:30); Third Place: Bryce Schmidt (Quad County) 4-7, Jr. over Isaac Stommes (EVW) 1-2, Sr. (Dec 16-10); 220: First Place: Andrew Reigstad (Willmar) 5-0, So. over Micah Mangel (Saint Cloud Tech) 4-3, Sr. (Dec 6-1); Fifth Place: Aaron Holmberg Dec. 9, 2016 weather projections, consult with our local municipalities and other superintendents in the area, and we collectively hope that our prog- nostications of our unpredict- able Minnesota weather would be accurate. Please remember, the weather in your part of the school district might be very different than it is just a few miles away. Our trans- portation routes cover 115 square miles of state highways, county roads, gravel township roads and various lanes that curve around lakes and hillsides. Please be patient as we "enjoy" another winter in Minnesota! December 22 Early Dismissal This is a reminder that students will be dismissed early from school on Thursday, Dec. 22. Watkins Elementary will dismiss at 12:15, Eden Valley Elementary will dis- miss at 12:35, and Eden Valley Secondary will dismiss at 12:45. Teaching staff will be provided the opportunity to work within departments, grade levels, or col- laborate within their Professional Learning Communities. Financial Assistance for School Lunch Allow us to help provide your child with healthy meals at an affordable price. Pending the financial circumstances of your family, current employment sta- tus, or seasonal occupations, you may qualify for free or reduced- price school meals. To apply, sim- ply request the Application for Educational Benefits from the EV-W District Office. A renewed application should be submitted annually. Your completed appli- cation also helps the school qual- ify for educational funds and discounts. The School District receives approximately $1,140 in compensatory aid for each child that qualifies for free or reduced- price meals. These additional State funds add up fast and go a long way in supporting your child's educational needs, and the academic mission of the school district. Please, take a few minutes to request and complete the confi- dential application. We're here to help! If you have questions or need assistance completing the appli- cation, contact Lori Teicher at, or call (320) 453-2900 Ext. 1045. State Financial Forecast Minnesota is expected to com- plete its current fiscal biennium in June with $678 million left on the bottom line, according to the November budget forecast released last Friday. This takes in account the $334 million that will be automatically transferred to the state's budget reserve as required by law. This action will bring the state's budget reserve to $1.9 billion, just shy of its $2 billion statutory goal. While the recent financial report and bottom line numbers look good, there's still some uncer- tainty about the next legislative session and the work that gets com- pleted. Recent news has reported on talks to resume a special ses- sion before Christmas and poten- tially deliver Minnesota's rural school districts the Ag2School 40 percent bond credit program for farmland. Let's continue to advo- cate for this tax bill and the credits on agricultural land. Senior Spotlight The EV-W School District would like to recognize Dyani Acosta, daughter of Segrario and Raul. Dyani admires her brother for the positive role modeling, lessons in life, and keeping her grounded. She stays busy accruing numerous college credits in hopes of reduc- ing the skyrocketing increases in college debt. Her extracurricular highlights include a State Speech performance, Triple-A recipi- ent, and scoring the game win- ning goal at a soccer match in the fall. Dyani is also exercising her leadership skills while she pre- sides over NHS, Student Council, and the senior class. She consid- ers herself lucky to have grown up in the rural school-commu- nity of EV-W because the color of skin or cultures expressed never get in the way, and the support is endless. The EV-W administra- tion and staff are extremely proud of Dyani's dedicated work ethic. Congratulations! (Eden Valley-Watkins) 2-2, Jr. over Brandon Schmidt (Quad County) 3-6, Sr. (Fall 2:20); 285: First Place: Brady Reigstad (Willmar) 5-0, St. over Ethan Beckler (Quad County) 7-3, Sr. (Fall 0:39). River Lakes' girls stymied by Spuds By Pat Garry, Staff Writer The girls just couldn't get it going last Friday, Dec. 9, at the Paynesville Ice Arena, as they suc- cumbed to a formidable Moorhead squad, 4-1. Shots on goal favored the Spuds, 28-18. First Period - Scoring: RVRLAK - Flint Goal (even strength) (Meed) 14:59. Penalties: None. Goalie Changes: None. Second Period - Scoring: MOORHD - Mjoness Goal (even strength) 1:22; MOORHD - Herdt Goal (even strength) (Cullen, Mjoness) 3:03; MOORHD - Saurdiff Goal (even strength) (Werth) 4:07. Penalties: Johnson, RVRLAK (Cross-Checking, Minor, 2 min.) 7:42; Guttormson, MOORHD (Hooking, Minor, 2 min.) 10:07; Guttormson, MOORHD (Roughing, Minor, 2 min.) 16:08. Goalie Changes: None. Third Period - Scoring: MOORHD - Mjoness Goal (even strength, EN) 16:11. Penalties: Meyer, MOORHD (High-Sticking, Minor, 2 min.) 13:39. Goalie Changes: None. EV-W Menus Dec. 19-23 Breakfast (template) Monday: Breakfast pizza or breakfast bread or choice of cereal, graham crackers, all served with: fruit or juice, milk. Tuesday: Long John, yogurt or omelet, toast or choice of cereal, graham crackers, all served with: fruit or juice, milk. Wednesday: Pancakes or break- fast bread or choice of cereal, gra- ham crackers, all served with: fruit or juice, milk. Thursday: Cinnamon roll, cheese stick or cereal bar, cheese stick or choice of cereal, graham crackers, all served with fruit or juice, mill Friday-No School EV-W Elementary Lunch Monday-Maple Syrup Day: Pan- cakes, syrup and scrambled eggs or sloppy Joe sliders or entree salad or deli sandwich with breakfast potato casserole, pure maple syrup tasting, milk. Tuesday: Taco with fixings or tasty chicken tenders & soft pan roll or entree salad or deli sandwich, mixed vegetables, milk. Wednesday: Chicken nuggets bowl or hamburger on a bun or entree salad or deli sandwich, car- rots, milk. Thursday: Pizza or mini corn dogs or entree salad or deli sand7 wich, green beans, milk. Friday-No School EV-W Secondary Lunch Monday-Maple Syrup Day: Pan- cakes, syrup, and scrambled eggs or sloppy Joe sliders or chef salad or roast beef sub with breakfast potato casserole, pure maple syrup tasting, milk. Tuesday: Taco with fixings or tasty chicken tenders & soft pan roll or chef salad or turkey sub sandwich, 2 hot dog basket $1.50 extra, mixed vegetables, milk. Wednesday: Chicken nuggets or hamburger on a bun or chef salad or ham sub, carrots, milk. Thursday: Pizza or mini corn dogs or chef salad or ham sandwich, green beans, milk. Friday-No School Note:All meals include fresh fruit and vegetable bar and choice of1% white, skim or chocolate skim milk. For questions or comments, contact the Food Service Director at bkoehn@evw.k12, ran. us, or call 320-453-2900 ext 1106. Become a Parent You Can Make a Difference Pinehaven Youth and Family Services, Inc. is seeking families to work with youth. Training and support provided. information I U'i ven .... I [ please contact us at ] ] youth a Services, Inc (218) 828-2027 I t " 1-888-571-6703 I