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Thursday, December 16, 2010 Tri,County News Kimball, MN D.A.R.E graduation a success The fifth-grade students from person's body and family life. K.E.S. playground. It was an excit- Mrs. Niemi's and Mrs. Herrington's The students really enjoyed the ing moment for the entire school. classrooms had the wonderful DA.R.E. class, and were rewarded The fifth-grade students met the opportunity to participate in the with a graduation ceremony pilots, and listened as they told D.A.R.E. program. The Drug Resis- Wednesday, Nov. 17. Several mem- them the importance of working tance Education Program was bers from the Stearns County Sher- hard, staying in school, and staying taught by Deputy Feldewerd from iff's Dept. were present, as well as clear of all drugs, alcohol, and vio- the Stearns County Sheriff's Dept. many proud family members. Four lence. Touring the helicopter, talk- everyWednesday for 10 weeks. The students'had the awesome opportu- ing to the pilots, and finally seeing students learned many ways to nity to read their thoughtful D.A.R.E. the helicopter take off were excit- make wiser choices when it comes essays: Colton Degree and Mariah ing moments for the new D.A.R.E. to drugs and alcohol. Fennema from Mrs. Herrington's graduates. Congratulations to all Each week, Deputy Feldewerd class, and Mitchell Skaggs and Abbey of our terrific fifth-graders. Let's visited the classrooms for an hour Sehiefelbein from Mrs. Niemi's class, work as a community to ensure the to teach the students how to avoid As a surprise, Deputy Fel- safety of all students, and to teach drugs and violence, and the harm- dewerd arranged for a National them ways to resist drugs, alcohol, ful effects that they could have on a Guard helicopter to land on the and violence. Page 7 Mrs. Herrington's fifth-grade class on the day of their D.A.R.E. graduation, with Deputy Feldewerd (far right). Submitted photos. Mrs. Welter's second-grade class. Front row (seated), left to right: Lily Voight, Kiley Harter, Alex Nelson, Brandon Guggisberg, Madison Streit, Kody Pauls, Mitchel Loehrer, and Andrea Welter. Middle row (kneeling): Simon Stang, Amanda Curtis, Damien Thompson, Andrea Jendro, Emma Gustafson, Grace Rowland, and Bethany Voigt. Back row: Bailey Joseph, Mathew Eich, Hunter Hickman, Logan Silbernagel, Mackenzie Mills, Hunter Moen, and Oliver Straley. Not pictured: Max Edmonson. This year, we'll be learning multiplication, Our class is special because we have oodles insects, balance and motion, antonyms/syn- of personality! We work well with each other, onyms, community, map skills, and famousand have high energy and enthusiasm. We are Americans. extremely helpful and kind: Also, this is a par- We haven't decided yet what we'll do for a ticularly creative and artistic group, with lots of field trip, but it will be something fun. We won't good singers, drawers, and writers. They are lots do any fundraisers for our field trip. of fun! Fifth-grader Shawn Laudenbach and a few other students got to sit inside the National Guard helicopter. !.Tracy Nelson School: KimballArea High School Subject(s) I teach: Grades 9-12: Animal Science; Natural Resources, Woods, Welding, Electrical Wiring, Small i~ Engines, Ag Careers, Exploring Agri- i culture, Work Experience, Horticul- ture/Agronomy, Home Repair & Main- tenance, Advanced Woods & Metals : Number of students I teach: 72 I grew up: on a dairy farm in Winthrop, and graduated from McLeod West (Brownton and Stewart). {My favorite memory of school (K-12) is: ' Playingpep band in the Metrodome for the state football championship. My favorite subject in school: Psychology with Mr. Worm, and Advanced Calculus with Mr. Ginkel. When I was little, I wanted to be: a custom calf raiser. My college(s) and degree(s): I graduated from University of Minne- sota-Twin Cities with a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Education. I chose to become a teacher because: I love learning, and I love agri- culture. My favorite teacher was: I have had a lot of great teachers. My favorite high school teachers were Mr. Worm (social studies) and Mrs. Crosby (English). They not only taught the subject matter but why it was impor- tant and how it affected one's life. My other favorite teachers are my par- ents who taught me problem-solving, how to apply what I learned in school to everyday life, and what it means to work hard. If I wasn't a teacher: I would be dairy farming or working in produc- tion agriculture. I've been teaching for: five years. The best part of teaching is: when kids are excited to work for some- I thing and helping them get there. I also enjoy getting kids to be cre- ative and be problem-solvers. i My family: My parents dairy-farm near Winthrop; sister Brenda is i:a dairy mating specialist; brother Erik works for CHS and his wife Megan is the Ag teacher at GSL, their son Charlie is 9 months. My hobbies and interests outside of school: When I'm not at school, and