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?. PAGE 16 - ..... ,Thursday, Decemberl9,20 , EV W Students &,Sports Lady Eagles' basketball team clobbers the Braves Pat Garry Writer The Eden Valley-Watkins girls' basketball team smothered the visiting Benson Braves Tuesday, Dec. 10, by a commanding 48-14 final. Eagles' senior forward Dani Nelson Scored 17 points to lead the Eagles to the easy non-conference win over a struggling Braves club, who are still seeking their first win of the year. After an overwhelm- ing 31-point halftime advantage, EV-W added just a dozen more in the second half and cruised to the finish line. Scoring: Senior forward Dani Nelson, 17; junior forward Greta Stommes, 8; junior guard Mikayla Kummet, 5; senior guard Jamie Scherer, junior guard Mindy Forcier, junior guard Brook Stang, 3 each; freshman guard Breanna Stang, junior forward Bella Crom- well, 2 each. Next on the sched- ule, the Eagles play at Maple Lake Ihesday, Dec. 17, and at Kimball Friday, Dec. 20. It's F00SY to renew, subscribe, or give agift subscription! By. mall, phone, fax, or e00maii. (See order form ' :!" .v Benson. Photo byNiekBIock. on page 24.) ,, . www.tricountynews.mn ..... gets the ball after freethrow during game Mark Messman Superintendent, EV-W Schools II I Dec. 13 Update Negotiations The school district negotia- tions team met with the Eden Val- ley- Watkins Federation of Teach- ers team on 1hesday, Dec. 10. Con- tinuous progress was made and we have reached a tentative agree- ment on language and finances. We're in the process of completing the updates to the tentative con- tract that will eventually be voted on by members of each bargain- ing group. I'd like to recognize and thank the following team members for the sacrificed time, patience, and displays of professional character and community pride while col- laborating in the best interest of the Eden Valley-Watkins School District. The teachers were repre- sented by Mary Holmberg, Diane Steffes, Donna Orbeck, Dave Dziengel and Joke Anderson. The district was represented by Bob Stenger, Shelley Kern, Julie Meyer, and alternate Rob Flaschenriem. Parenting quote "What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give." - ED. James Early dismissal This is a reminder that stu- dents will be dismissed early from school on Friday, Dec. 20. Watkins Elementary will dismiss at 12:10, Eden Valley Elementary will dis- miss at 12:30, and Eden Valley Sec- ondary will dismiss at 12:40. Teaching staff will be pro- vided in-service and development opportunities in Multiple Mea- surement Ratings (MMR). MMR is an accountability measure imple- mented by MDE that monitors academic growth and a desired reduction in the achievement gap among varying subgroups. Staff members will be generating lists of potential ideas and options to increase student literacy and math skills. Our goal is to develop MMR Action Plans that can be imple- mented in each classroom follow- ing the Christmas break. Senior of the Week The EV-W School District would like to recognize Mike Kern, son of Beth and Mark. Mike shows a great deal of creativity in art. He's capable of working in many different art mediums like draw- ing, clay, painting, and computer art. He also shows great detail using abstract or realistic tech- niques in his art work. Mike has a great work ethic and is com- mitted to his homework and aca- demics. The EV-W administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations. River Lakes girls enjoy winning streak Pat Garry Writer Extending their winning streak to four, the River Lakes girls' hockey team beat the Brainerd/ Little Falls Warriors at the Paynes- ville Ice Arena, 7-2, on Thursday, Dec. 5. The Stars broke it wide open in the second period, scorch- ing the nets four times, and add- ing two more in the final stanza. First Period - Scoring: Stars - Stanger goal (even strength) (Teal, Kooiman). Second Period - Scor- ing: Stars - Stanger goal (power play) (Ruter-Cogelow); Stars Mooney goal (even strength) (Stanger); Stars - Anderson goal (even strength) (Meed); Brain- erd/LF - Mimmack goal (even strength) (Wennerstrand); Stars - Stanger goal (even strength) (Teal, Kooiman). Penalties: Ring, Brain- erd/LF (Minor, 2 min.); Caron, Stars (Minor, 2 min.); Ander- son, Brainerd/LF (Minor, 2 min.); Stanger, Stars (Minor, 2 min.). 3rd Period -- Scoring: Brainerd/LF - Lennander goal (even strength); Stars - Covert goal (even strength) (Stanger); Stars - Ruter-Cogelow goal (even strength) (Meed). EV-W S chq9ol and Youth Frontiers take on bullying National character education leader, Youth Frontiers, to partner with Eden Valley Watkins Secondary School to take on bullying and disrespect Bullying remains key damaging issue in school communities To help build a more respect- ful school culture, Youth Fron- tiers, the leading character edu- cation organization in the Upper Midwest, will partner with Eden Valley-Watkins Secondary in Eden Valley, Friday, Jan. 3, to host a comprehensive Respect Retreat for the grades 9 and 10 classes to help reduce bullying. Through ini- tiatives that focus on the impor- tance of being respected and val- ued, Youth Frontiers delivers pro- grams that build positive school communities and strengthen stu- dent character in schools across the country. For more than 25 years, Youth Frontiers' successful and highly regarded retreats teach students how to incorporate the values of kindness, courage, respect and integrity into their personal and school lives. The Twin Cities-based organization aims to strengthen core values, confront negative behaviors and enable students to recognize the consequences of their actions. Last school year, the nationally renowned nonprofit held more than 700 retreats for more than 110,000 students and educators. Since its inception in 1987, Youth Frontiers has reached more than 1.3 million students. Youth Frontiers staff clearly understand the challenges stu- dents face every day in their often times complicated lives. They also know that at the root of one's char- acter lies values. "We teach values unapolo- getically," says Youth Frontiers founder and CEO Joe Cavanaugh, who General Colin Powell has described as "a leader in our nation's effort to rescue America's young people." Youth Frontiers offers high- impact retreats for schools, using interactive games, music, small discussion groups and grip- ping stories to break down walls between young people, help- ing them to see each other differ- ently. Throughout the retreat day, students begin to exhibit traits of true character- mending relation- ships, stating acts of courage and respecting themselves and others. Comprehensive follow-up mate- rials also provide a way for edu- cators and students to extend the impact of the retreat. "Our mission is to change the way students treat each other in every hallway, lunch line and classroom of every school in Amer- ica," says Cavanaugh. "We are not succeeding as a society if our chil- dren receive an 'A' in Math... and an 'F' in life." Educators agree. "It is an expe- rience as a teacher that I always look forward to because by the end of day I know we have a better school," said educator John Mitsch of St. Anthony Middle School in St. Anthony, Minn. Bullying remains prevalent challenge Bullying remains a key issue and can have serious negative consequences for students not just while they're in school, but also throughout their lives. Accord- ing to the National Youth Vio- lence Prevention Resource Center, almost 30 percent of youth (more than 5.7 million) in the United States are estimated to be involved in bullying- as either a bully or as a target of bullying. The issue of bullying is com- plicated by the lack of interven- tion from adults and peers. As Youth Frontiers strives to create a healthier school climate in which students can thrive academi- cally, socially and emotionally, the organization engages the 80 per- cent of students who aren't bul- lied or bully themselves - known as "bystanders" - to no longer stand by and watch others being bullied. In a study with the Uni- versity of Minnesota's Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, a month after a Youth Frontiers retreat, more than eight of 10 students strongly or somewhat agree that other stu- dents are more likely to help some- one who is being picked on. "For more than two decades, I've been listening to kids talk about physically threatening and emotionally scarring experi- ences at the hands of bullies," says Cavanaugh. "At the same time, I have witnessed how strongly our youth respond to positive mes- sages. I know from Youth Fron- tiers' own quantitative assess- ments that positive messages cre- ate a catalyst for change in our schools. We must continue to work together to implement an impor- tant dialogue, bring preventative measures and place issues of bul- lying and character education at the top of our priority list." Youth Frontiers has three grade-specific tiers, each offer- ing targeted themes. In fourth and fifth grade, kids learn about the importance of kindness at a young age. Hearing how their own actions can make a differ- ence, they become empowered to end bullying in their school. In middle school, youth learn how to overcome their own fears so that they can find the moral cour- age to stand up for someone else who is being picked on. In high school, Youth Frontiers teaches self-respect and the importance of respecting others. The students take ownership for creating a safe and respectful school culture. Founded in 1987 and based in the Twin Cities, Youth Frontiers, Inc. (www.youthfrontiers.org) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organi- zation dedicated to building the character of young people. In addi- tion, YF provides online resources for parents to help foster their chil- dren's positive peer interactions. Youth Frontiers is funded through a partnership between schools and private foundations, corpora- tions and individuals.