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8A THE SUPERIOR EXPREtSS Thursday, April 29, 2010 N1 :&apos;, li.P',;  '. iii  i i! >\> I| .. ...... ..,'m. ,,;,. . i, 00Niiiiiii!liiNliii ...... ..... " " Prom activities a success i I would like to take this time to commend everyone who was involved in prom activities during the past few weeks. I felt that prom was very successful and the Superior High School student body represented themselves and the school very well. I am truly blessed to work in such a great community and the sponsors and I appreciate everyone's assistance with the prom activities. School year passes by quickly It is hard to believe that another school year is quickly coming to a close. Another group of Superior High School seniors will soon begin their journeys into various endeavors which they have been working towards for the past 12 years of their lives. I believe this group, as those who have went before them, will be successful in whatever they pursue and have provided excellent leadership during the past year. l would like to commend them for their efforts in all areas during the past year and wish them the best of luck in the future. You will certainly be missed and remember that you are always welcome at SHS! Help your high schooler learn how to accept disappointment Life, sadly, does not always give us what we want. That' s as true Ibr teens as it is for adults. The boy she hoped would ask her to the dance asked someone else. The spot on the team went to another player. Learning to accept and cope with disappointment is a big step on the road to responsibil- ity. Here are ways you can help your teen learn to handle life's inevitable disappointments: Help your teen learn to talk about disappointment. Often, teens tend either td overreact or to clam up entirely. Help your teen express disappointment with words. Don't try to fix it. You won't help your teen learn coping skills. Be sympathetic, of course. "I'm so sorry that happened." Be supportive. "I think zou' re a wonderful soccer player." But don't call the coach and insist your teen t on the team. Be a good role model. It's hard as a parent to share your personal sappointments. But it's one of the best ways to show your teen how you have arned to cope. "I am so sad I didn't get that job," you might say. "I'm going to eep trying." Talk with your high schooler about the importance of honesty A recent survey of more than 29,000 high school students showed a disturbing rid. More teens than ever are admitting to lying, cheating and stealing -- and ing absolutely nothing wrong with these things. The study found that: ,, 30 percent of students admitted to stealing from a store,within the past year. One in five students confessed to stealing something from a parent, other rlative or friend in the past year. A whoppirig 83 percent of students said they lied to a parent about something gnifica nt 64 percent cheated on a test during the past year. More than one in three admitted toosing the Internet to plagiarize an assignment. ., These numbers seem frightening enough -- but 26 percent of students surveyed even admitted to lying when responding to the survey! And the scary staustics continue: 77 percent said that "When it comes to doing what is right. I am better than most people I know " A ta,,,oin,, 93 percent said they were satisfied with their personal ethics land character! ,.. It is critical that teens learn honesty at home. Share these statistics with your ,teen. Discuss why lying, cheating and stealing are wrong. Make sure your teen knows that without honestv, there can never be real trust. Then practice what you ,,preach don't talk about honesty and then brag about cheating on your taxes. !  ....... "0ir'cfilid'iigd's to attend school every day until the year is over . t The end of the sJool year.iS almost here and the temptation to skid school may be strong, lt'g important to make sure your child does nol give in to that temptanon. Attendance at the end ot the year s just as important (or more so) , than at any other time. The excepnon, of course, is if your child is sick. Never send a child with any  flu-like symptoms, such as a fever over 100degrees. to school. Keep your child i home until he has no symptoms. He should also be fever-free for 24 hours. without use of medi.cations. Otherwise. keep in mind that: ? Your child is almost surely preparing for final exams or end-of-year state tests. - Missing days of school can cause your child to miss a test or an important i eeview. Research shows that children with strong attendance pedbrm better on state math and reading tests. Research from one state showed that a majority of students passed both math and reading only if they had attended school at least 95 percent of the time. Continue to: " Be firm with your child. He must attend school. Schedule doctor's appointments outside school hours. Wait until school is over for the year to take family trips. (Reprinted with permission from the May 2010 issue of Parents Still Make the Difference newsletter, middle school and high school editions). 7 Parents. as we wind down the school year the last week of April and head into May. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the students and parents for a great year! The last day of school for students will be May 20 and the early  dismissal times are: Northward 10:40 a.m.. South School 10:50 a.m. and Jr.-Sr. High 11 a.m. I hope everyone has a great summer full of ball games, swimming, fishing, golfing, vacations and other activities your family enjoys. Most of all spend some 'ttuality time together as a family this summer and make sure ' your child reads regularly throughout the summer! Have a '-great summer and the first day Of school for students next year will be Wednesday, Aug. 18. 2010! Report cards, library fines, lunch bills c and textbook fines Report cm, H1 go home with the K-6 students on the last day of scho, on May 20 in their red folders. All library i fines, lunch ant ,reakfast bills and damaged textbook fines , will need to pal, before a student receives their report card. A copy of your student' s Terra Nova test scores will also be included with their report card. " Kindergarten visitation day !i On May 7 we will hold our annual kindergarten visita- MONDAY FRIDAY '2 tion day tbr next year's kindergarten class of 2010-11 ! This year's kindergartners i will not come to school on May 7. l Northward and South School play day , Northward play day has been set for Friday, May 14, in the morning and South t, nool play day will also be'Friday, May 14, after lunch. Information on the play . days will be sent home in your child's red folder. May events  mark your calendars Listed below are important dates in May to mark down on your calendars! May 5 -3rd grade field trip to Lovewell Lake i May 7 - Kindergarten vsitation - Round Up for 2010-11 classes (this year's kindergarteners do not come to school on May 7l) May 12 - 4th grade field' trip to Pioneer Village t May 13 - 5th grade field trip to Nebraska s largest outdoor classroom, Kearney " May 14 - Northward play day in a.m., South School play day in afternoon at ! track May 15 -Superior High School graduation 2 p.m. at the high school gym May 18-6th grade field trip to State Capital and Memorial Stadium in Lincoln May l 9 - 5th grade D.A.R.E. field trip to Henry Doorley Zoo. Omaha i May 20 - Last day of school for students, early dismissal: Northward 10:40 a.m.. South School 10:50 a.m.. Jr.-St. High l 1 a.m. Northward honors program t at 9 a.m. in Northward gym. K-6 report cards go home in red folders! . ay 21 - Teacher workday L :,iii'!!',71';i!,:,i':i!ii',iiT)iT',i!i!!!,!ii ', il,,-iii',i',iii!i#,!iT, NiTi',N!TN!iN,Ilf 17 !J! :i::; :; :: ;::; ;; i ! :: ;; i;;)j i ! :; !;   i  !;  } :: ;;:i;;:;;:: :: ;::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::;:I:::F: ::; i:: !:: i;; !  i ::; ::i :::I;I:::Z   : : J :;: ::Jl i:;::i :.!;i;!:: i?i':J J ::i::::: ::':: J  i::::iii  i!;  1 ! J }::!::}::I I I I  JJ J::;:::: 11 : J  ::  ji::: ;iliji liljiiii[;,j} j Ii[;!j 1 'ij;:[ ..... :!I S J;. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :::::2:::::':": .......... March students of the month were (back row, from left) Ashlyn Brown, Jasmin Wengler, Jackson Gilbert, Todd Keifer, Jae Freeman and Ryan Coleman; (front, from left) Zoee Young, Taygun Rothchild. Jenna Combs, Sherice Frasier, and Seth Schnakenberg. April student  of the month were (back row, from left)Wyatt Scheets, Keegan Wagner, McKenzie McDaniel, Sonny Scheets. Cass Frey, Jackson Kuhlmann and David Reid; (front, from left) Kiki Mikkelsen, Kiarra Lawrence, Emil, Hyde, Cai!yn Adalynn Quackenbush. April 21 was administrative assistants day. Marj Blair, Stacy Shroyer, Donna Miller, Katrina Hansen and Kim Williams serve as administrative assistants at the school. I want to thank them for their dedication and commitment to the students, staff, and administrators. Thanks for all you do. The 101st Legislature, second session, adjourned sine die April 14. In even- numbered years, lawmakers convene for 60 legislative days. Senators passed 196 bills this session and debated all 101 priority bills. The cloud of budget uncertainty continues to hang over policymakers who see a steep funding cliff approaching. LB 800, and the law that results, will impact schools with more responsibilities for reporting excessive truancies to more agencies, but there was also legislation more closely defining when a board vacancy occurs and how that vacancy is filled LB 965 - - as well as creating a teacher performance pay fund  LB 1014  that starts in 2016. The state also continued its contributions to the state teacher retirement system  LB 950-- assuring actuarial stability. While senators managed to fund state aid to K- ! 2 schools without a dramatic system wide cut, the prospects for maintaining the state's support, starting in 2011-2012 are not particularly encouraging. The state's revenue shortfall is more than eight percent of estimated state spending tbr the two-year budget period starting July I, 201 i. In raw numbers, the state figures to be about $679 million short of its total obligations through June 2013. That budget gap is twice as big as the one closed by lawmakers in a special budget-cutting session last November. The gap represents more money that the state will spend on all higher education combined during the next school year. And state aid to public schools, if asked to cover the entire deficit over the next two years, would have to cut state aid by one-third. What's more, the $679 million shortfall was calculated using five-year historical averages for tax revenue growth. That method projects an annual increase of 7.2 percent in each year of the new budget period. In other words, buckle up, the bumpy ride is not over. State statute 79-760 requires that "the state board shall prescribe statewide assessments of writing that rely on writing samples beginning in the spring of 2001 with students in each three grades selected by the state board. For each academic year thereafter, one of the three selected grades shall participate in the statewide writing assessment." This is referred at school as the statewide writing assessment. Rule 10 also incorporates the requirement of the statewide writing assessment. The statewide writing assessment is intended to inform policy makers and stake holders about the writing achievement of Nebraska students, gather information to assist teachers in determining the progress of students in meeting state standards for writing, provide each local school district with a report of student progress in meeting state standards in writing and lead to improved writing by Nebraska students. The statewide writing assessment in 2009 is designed to include all students in grades 4, 8, and I I in all public schools, align closely with classroom instructional practices so that the assessment is conducted as a regular classroom activity rather than as an unrelated "add on" to the instructional program, support and model effective practices for assessing student writing, be conducted in a consistent manner in each school district using the same procedures and provide for scoring at two levels statewide and by an external agency. Statewide scoring: Schools will send all students' papers to a state scoring center for scoring. However, districts may also wish to conduct a local scoring of all or some of their student papers as a way to help staff gain knowledge and insight into the scoring process. In order to conduct local scoring, districts will need to make copies of papers before sending them to the state scoring site. Scoring by an external agency a randon sample of student writing assessments will be collected and scored by an external agency to provide additional information regarding student progress in writing. Writing prompts will be utilized. The writing prompts will establish the purpose and context for the writing, students will write on one prompt at each grade level, the prompts will be provided to schools by the Nebraska department of education. Students in grade 4 will write in the narrative mode. In this mode, students will tell a story. Students ingrade 8 willwrite inthe descriptive, mode. In this mode. students will provide a description. Students in grade ! 1 will write in the persuasive mode. In this mode, students will write to convince. The length of the writing assessment is two days of 40 minute sessions. The final copy must be written in blue or black ink. Grade 4 also has the option of writing in pencil. The scoring criteria are based on six traits of writing. The six traits are ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions. When working with your child on reading remember to focus on their interests. Reading with you should be for pleasure, so get books from the school or public library that features characters or topics they are really interested in. It doesn't matter if they are reading a book about NASCAR or NASA either way they are reading. Ask them questions while you are reading. Everyone is a better "listener" when they know they are going to be asked questions about what they are listening to. Do not make it a test, but do keep their interest going by asking them stories about what's being read. Get their brains working. Don't just ask who the characters are. Instead, ask questions making them anticipate what is going to happen. Kiwanis "terri :ic kids" for March were (back row, from left) Ellie Wittke, Ethan Freeman, Maddyson Korb, Bryson Dessel; (front, from left) Megan Miller Eryk Andersen, Chloe Barkow and Jared Dressman, DougHoins, elementary principal and Kiwanis member ispictured with the students. Studen t Council collects caps for U.S. soldiers in burn unit The Superior Student Council de- cided to collect caps for burned soldier victims at the Warrior and Family Sup- port Center at Fo Sam Houston. The project consisted of collecting caps that were new or slightly used. They set a goal of 300 caps by April 1. They counted the number of students in grades 7,12 (196) and figured that if every one of them brought two caps, then they could make that goal. They also decided if the goal of 300 was met. every student would receive an ice cream sundae on April 14. They promoted this project by show- ing the students a DVD about the cen- ter during homero m and then making an announcemenl over the intercom explaining the pr had two weeks to (April 1). Tlie Council staff to donate 15( reward. After the 1 ers had already ac by donating more 3ject. The students ccomplish the goal lso challenged the caps with the same irst week. the teach- :omplished this goal than 200 caps; the students had only 75 caps. The princi- pal suggested that if the students could collect 400 caps by the same date, he, the superintendent, and two other male teachers would take a cream pie in the face. By March 30. the students had collected 499 caps: The committee also promoted the project on our local radio station by telling the community about it and indicating to them that they also could donate. By the time April I rolled around, the Student Counci I had collected more than 1.100 caps from the students, teachers and the community. The mem- bers then started orting through the caps making sure ech cap was clean- - no paint stains, sweat stains or dete- riorating insulation. When the sorting was done, they had 919 presentable caps. The Council mailed 11 boxes of caps to the organization. Withinoneof the boxes, thank you notes to the sol- diet's for their service were written by some of the junior and senior students. There were also letters and pictures from the second graders. The reward for the student body and the teachers Veas on April 14. There was only vanilla ice cream, but there was an abundance of toppings, such as sauces, sprinkles, nuts and crunchies. Everyone was able to customize their sundae and enjoy it during lunch. Later on. everyone got alittle laugh- ter to accompany their sweet treats. Mr. Miller received his strawberry cream pie first, but just barely because Kaycie Strobl threw her pie a little high and gave him some red high- lights. Her pie did hit several other people, though. Second to receive his chocolate pie was Mr. Isom. Christian Freeman had the privilege of pieing Mr. Isom in the face. Mr. Cook was next with his straw- berry and banana cream pie. Brianna Dessel had the opportunity to serve up this pie. Last, but certainly not least, was Mr. Blackburn. Trent Richardson's name was drawn from the bucket, and he was handec[ a pie. Mr. Blackburn received a strawberry pie in the face, with an added spaghetti sauce surprise in the bottom. The Student Council would like to thank all who donated caps  without you, this project wouldn't have been a success. At right, the high school student council organized a project in which they collected more than 900 caps for wounded U.S. soldiers recuperatuing at Fort Sam Houston. Council mem- bers are shown with the caps ar- ranged in the shape of an "s." 2 9 16 23 3O " SUPERIOR PuBu SCHOOLS A00ivffy iLENDAR May 2010 3 10 3:15 p,r Wenes Council, 6:30 p.m. Nhi Banquet 7:30 p.m. School Board Mlg 17 B VGLF @ Oistrids lirne & Pla: rBA 9-4 " < lOa.m.BancI , Mem0dal Day 4 9a.m, BVV:F @ GtCC 11 6 p.m. H0s Ni 7:30 Free Aos-Music Pt0gram 18 25 7 a.rn. k?s Ed dasses begin BVGLF @ State lime & Race: IA 5 10:30 a.m. Sch0a Assemb JH Malh C0ntesl @ 12 9:30a.m, BV GLF @ Tha Cerral Invite 26 6 i p.rrt BJVGLF Ser Ip.m. BG VTrack @ SuEton Invite 13 BGVTmk @ DLS Sa/C lm: lBA lOa.nt BJVGLF @ I.,ance Nelson Irie 2O 9a,nt EARLY DISMISSAL 27 7 4 p.m. IJte Kids' Trac Mee BVGLF @ Da'Cy Tre:TBA 14 21 Te,er Wor BGVTra @ Sie Tree& PI:IBA 28 1 BG VTrack @ SNC @ Wilt, Te TBA Grand Island 8 Tre & place TBA 15 22 BG V Track @ Slate Tme&Pl TBA 29 - Alumlinquel lil'. a.