Secondary I




Secondary I

Newsletter

November 12th, 2017



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Presentation Night

  • On Thursday, November 9th, Riverway held its first trimester Presentation Night.  In Secondary I, students showed family and community members a variety of projects and works.  Students showed their Teen Press interviews from their People of Winona Project.  They showed their appreciation letters from their Art of Letter Writing Project.  They also displayed their art and previewed their products for the upcoming Bizarre Bazaar.  


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 Tuesday After School

  • Riverway Learning Community is committed to providing an array of learning opportunities for students.  Therefore, Tuesdays after school between the hours of 3:00 and 4:15 have been designated for additional activities.  To expand available options, we also drop off students for Community Education Classes, Co-op sports, and the YMCA afterschool programs.

 

Second Trimester After School Options

  • Variety Show Preparation

    • Students involved in this activity will have the opportunity to learn elements of stage production including marketing, stage management, sound, rehearsal, performance and lots more.  

      • The show is set for March 9th

    • Leaders: Jamie Harper, Brianna Haupt, Zach Krage, Jacque Paulsen

  • Mind, Body, Spirit

    • This club explores the connection between mind, body, and spirit through different indoor and outdoor activities.

    • Leaders: Dana Merkel and Nikki Lux

  • Project GO!

    • Get outdoors! This afterschool club is organized and operated by St. Mary’s University. The name says it all.  (Alternates with Mind, Body, Spirit)

  • Broomball

    • Students will walk to Tillman Park to play broomball on the rink.  

    • Leader: Brian Sanders

  • Role Playing Club

    • This student-led club immerses students in the imaginative world of role playing. This is for serious players only.  

    • Student leader: Jasper Neil

  • Winter Outdoor Activities

    • This club will focus on getting outside in the winter for some fun.  Activities will include hiking, sledding, snowshoeing, skiing, skating, and creating snow creatures.

    • Leaders: Leslie Lehnertz and Sharon Foss

  • Scrumptious Smart Snacks

    • Learn how to create a variety of different snacks that are not only scrumptious bus also good for you.  Find it, make it, eat it.  

    • Leader: Jennifer Al-Saeed

Coming up in Social Studies


Social Studies I - Age of Exploration

  • Studying Explorers

    • Christopher Columbus

      • Lost villain or hero?


Social Studies II - Birth of a Nation

  • The Atlantic Slave Trade

  • Pre-columbian Africa


Social Studies III - Industrial Revolution to Civil War

  • The Age of Jackson

    • Andrew Jackson

    • Manifest Destiny








Important Dates:


  • Nov 17:  

  • End of Trimester 1

  •  Bizarre Bazaar 9-12

  • Thankful Meal 11-12/Early Release 12   





I’d love to hear from you!

If you need to reach me, email me at zkrage@riverwaylearningcommunity.org or call 507-474-6120




Secondary I

Newsletter

November 6th, 2017



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Bizarre Bazaar

 Secondary I is gearing up for the annual Bizarre Bazaar fundraiser.  This year in SI, students were required to submit a product proposal in order to produce their product for the Bazaar.  

This year, four groups have been created as a result of those proposals.

The groups include skin care, wood burning, gnome gardens, and masks and face painting.   Funds raised in SI during the Bazaar go to the SI field trip fund.  

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 Ort Reminder

Ort is a scrap or remainder of food from a meal. At Riverway, we try limit the amount of ort we send to the landfill.  Each month we set a food waste goal.

Last month our goal was 35 pounds.  Our actual weight was 69 pounds.  We’ve kept our goal for this month at 35 pounds.

Remember:


Check in with your hunger.

Take what you’ll eat.


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Coming up in Social Studies


Social Studies I - Age of Exploration

  • Studying Explorers

    • Christopher Columbus

    • Vasco Da Gama

    • John Cabot


Social Studies II - Birth of a Nation

  • Forming the Colonies

    • The Carolinas

    • Georgia

  • Plantation Life

    • The Atlantic Slave Trade


Social Studies III - Industrial Revolution to Civil War

  • The Corrupt Bargain and Jacksonian Democracy

    • John Quincy Adams

    • Andrew Jackson








Important Dates:


  • Nov 9:  Presentation Night 4-6pm

  • Nov 10:  No School

  • Nov 17:  

  • End of Trimester

  • Bizarre Bazaar 9-12

  • Thankful Meal 11-12/Early Release 12   





I’d love to hear from you!

If you need to reach me, email me at zkrage@riverwaylearningcommunity.org or call 507-474-6120





Secondary I

Newsletter

October 30th, 2017



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This Week at the Garden

Every other Wednesday this year, SI heads to the garden with Master Gardener Tom Kujawa.  This last week was the last time we’ll be visiting the garden until spring.  The focus this last week was harvesting the last of the crops and clearing the garden in preparation for winter.   It has been a great experience, and we look forward to getting back in the garden in the spring.   

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 Creating a “Yes, and” Environment

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In Secondary I, we work hard to create a “Yes And” environment.  Below is an excerpt from the article, “Why You Shouldn’t be the “Yeah, But” Guy When Interacting With Colleagues” by Chrissy Scivicque that gives some great insight about shifting from “yeah but” to “yes and.”  




If you want to get ahead, it’s not enough to simply point out what won’t work. Instead, you have to be willing to put your own ideas out there, subject yourself to the scrutiny of your peers and test your own theories to see if they hold water. The people who truly succeed in the workplace don’t simply identify problems, they build solutions.

Instead of saying “but,” successful people say, “AND.”

“Yeah, and maybe we could do it like this…”
“Yeah, and what if we tried this as well?”
“Yeah, and here’s how we can avoid potential issues with that…”

Truly successful people add to the possibilities, they don’t only subtract.



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Important Dates:

  • 11-9-17 → Presentation Night

  • 11-10-17 → No school

  • 11-17-17 → End of 1st Trimester, Bizarre Bazaar, Early Release   





I’d love to hear from you!

If you need to reach me, email me at zkrage@riverwaylearningcommunity.org or call 507-474-6120




Secondary I

Newsletter

October 23rd, 2017



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Teen Press

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Gavin, Dylan, and Brody ready to head to Fastenal to interview their founder and CEO Bob Kierlin.  

  What’s Going on in Social Studies?

Social studies as a core subject is new to Riverway this year.  

The 7th and 8th graders are in Social Studies I - The Age of Exploration to the Colonization of the Americas (15th to 17th century).  So far students have learned about the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire and focused on its capital city of Constantinople.

The 9th and 10 graders are in Social Studies II - The Birth of a Nation.  So far the students have learned about the formation of early American colonies, indentured servitude, and the rise of slavery in the colonies.  






Important Dates:

  • 10-27-17 -  Early Release.  





I’d love to hear from you!

If you need to reach me, email me at zkrage@riverwaylearningcommunity.org or call 507-474-6120





Secondary I

Newsletter

October 16th, 2017



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This Week at the Garden

Every other Wednesday, SI heads to the garden with Master Gardner Tom Kujawa.  This last week we harvested cabbage, tomatoes, green beans, okra, and squash.  

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 Teen Press


Riverway Teen Press has been very busy this year.  The focus of the first trimester is People of Winona. Secondary I students are researching and interviewing the people that make Winona what it is.  So far students have interviewed Leslie Delhke of the Winona Public Library, Carla Burton of Grace Place, Paul Bostrach and Ted Hazelton of the Winona Police Department, Gabe Glidden of KG95, and Bob Kierlin, founder and CEO of Fastenal.  


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Mitch and Aariona interviewing officer Hazelton of the Winona Police Department.








Important Dates:

  • 10-19-17→10-21-17 -  MEA no school.  





I’d love to hear from you!

If you need to reach me, email me at zkrage@riverwaylearningcommunity.org or call 507-474-6120





Secondary I

Newsletter

October 9th, 2017



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Secondary at the Woodlawn Cemetery

Riverway’s Secondary group attended the Winona County Historical Society’s Cemetery Walk on Wednesday, October 4th at Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona.  This year’s theme is Winona at Play, a look at sports and recreation in Winona over the last century and a half.  



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Following the Cemetery Walk, Secondary students walked to the Holzinger Lodge to participate in group problem solving activities.  


Students try and free themselves from the human knot.  


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Important Dates:

  • 10-13-17 →Early release

  • 10-19-17 → No School - MEA

  • 10-20-17 → No School - MEA  





I’d love to hear from you!

If you need to reach me, email me at zkrage@riverwaylearningcommunity.org or call 507-474-6120





Secondary I

Newsletter

October 2nd, 2017



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This Week at the Garden

Every other Wednesday, SI heads to the garden with Master Gardner Tom Kujawa.  This last week we harvested tomatoes, green beans, peppers, and cabbage and planted oats.

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 Stanton West at RLC

Folk/roots musician Stanton West performed at RLC on Friday.  West is an award-winning, multi-instrumentalist.  As part of Riverway Teen Press assignment, Secondary I student, Zane Al-Saeed, recently interviewed West at the Boats and Bluegrass Festival about his upcoming album Songbird.  Zane introduced West and also joined him onstage to play triangle.  

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Stanton West joined by percussionist Noah Short, SI assistant Jamie Harper, and SI student Zane.  

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Important Dates:

  • 10-4-17 → Cemetery Walk

  • 10-4-17 → Bike/Walk to school day





I’d love to hear from you!

If you need to reach me, email me at zkrage@riverwaylearningcommunity.org or call 507-474-6120





Secondary I

Newsletter

September 25th, 2017



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Teen Press at Boats and Bluegrass

On Friday, September 22nd, a group of Teen Press students attended the Boats and Bluegrass festival.  The students interviewed bands, concert goers, and volunteers.  

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Zane interviewing Boats and Bluegrass cofounder, Tom Fassbender, aboard his boat.  

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Dylan interviewing a concert goer.  









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Moxie interviewing a concert goer who came all the way from Montana to attend the festival.  


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James interviewing members of Black River Revue while Dylan films.  


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Important Dates:

  • 9-27-17 →SI Gardening

  • 10-4-17 → Cemetery Walk





I’d love to hear from you!

If you need to reach me, email me at zkrage@riverwaylearningcommunity.org or call 507-474-6120





Secondary I

Newsletter

September 18th, 2017



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Gardening in SI


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Ort


What is Ort?



Ort is a scrap or remainder of food from a meal. At Riverway Learning Community, we aim to reduce our ort, or food waste, by being mindful of our hunger and taking only what we’ll eat.  


Why is food waste bad?



    According to the USDA's Economic Research Service, in the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply. This corresponds to approximately 133 billion pounds
   Today’s American family of four throws away anywhere from $1,350 to $2,275 worth of food each year. Put that all together and we are looking at $165 billion, as a nation, being wasted.

20 percent of our land, 4 percent of our energy and 25 percent of our water is used to produce food that ends up being thrown out.
After the plates are scraped and refrigerators cleaned out, the food in the trash bin must be hauled to the landfill. This takes more energy.
The food breaks down into methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas. *


What can we do to help?


Check in with your hunger.

Take what you’ll eat.

Communicate with foodservice  about how much food you want.  Be mindful of your hunger.
You can go back to the salad bar as many times as you’d like.  A lot of salad ends up in the food waste.
Leave liquids in your cups.   Be mindful of your thirst.


* Food Waste is a Bigger Problem Than You Think
by RP Siegel






Important Dates:

  • 9-22-17 →Early Release





I’d love to hear from you!

If you need to reach me, email me at zkrage@riverwaylearningcommunity.org or call 507-474-6120




Secondary I

Newsletter

September 12th, 2017



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NWEA Testing

The Riverway Secondary will be continuing NWEA testing.  On Wednesday the 25th, they will taking the NWEA math test.  

The NWEA tests are designed to measure student’s academic performance.  It is very important for students to do their very best on these exams.  Below you find some helpful suggestions to improve your student’s academic performance:

  1. Sleep - Research shows that secondary students need 8-9 hours to function at their best.  

  2. Nutrition - Eat a breakfast high in protein the morning of the test (eggs, bacon, peanut butter, or brown rice).

  3. Encouragement - Parents/guardians have the biggest influence on their children.  Verbally express confidence in your child’s ability and talk to them about the importance of trying their best.  Testing can be stressful, and a little encouragement can go a long way.

  4. Explanation - Being positive about testing and explaining to them the importance of standardized exams will help establish a positive attitude towards the exams.  

  5. Follow-up - Ask your child how the test went when they get home from school.  Ask them if they tried their best and express how proud you are of them.


Together, we will continue to motivate and inspire the students of Riverway to be the best that they can be.  



Everything I do will promote a positive learning environment.


Creating an I Can Classroom

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Students in the Secondary I contributed to creating a positive learning environment by putting their “I can’ts” to rest.  

The students created a list of all the things they want to achieve, but for one reason or another feel they can’t.  

The students then participated in an I Can’t Funeral, where they sealed their list in an envelope, put the envelope in a box with all the other classmate’s envelopes, and buried the box behind the school.  

After the service, we had cake to celebrate the memory of I Can’t and usher in the spirit of I Can!






Important Dates:

  • 9-13-17 → NWEA Reading Test - Secondary

  • 9-14-17 → NWEA Reading Test - Secondary




Upcoming Dates:

  • 9-22-17 → Early Release




I’d love to hear from you!

If you need to reach me, email me at zkrage@riverwaylearningcommunity

or call 507-474-6120




Secondary I

Newsletter

September 5th, 2017



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Projects in Secondary I


TEEN PRESS THE PROGRAM

Last school year, the 7th and 8th graders formed the Riverway Teen Press, inspired by the film Teen Press: Bringing the Hope Back to American Education. The students’ main focus last year was the Midwest Music Fest.

Due to the success of the program last year, we have decided to expand the program to include 7th -9th grade, span the whole year instead of two trimesters, and cover Boats and Bluegrass, the Frozen River Film Festival, and Midwest Music Fest.






The Art of Letter Writing



Essential Questions:

  • How can writing letters, not texts or emails, deepen communication?

  • How can writing letters allow us to slow down and allow us to be present?

  • What benefits, personal and professional, can be gained from writing letters?



Getting Started by author Brett McKay


In our hyper-connected world, with its text messaging and its Facebooking and its Twittering, the good, old-fashioned handwritten letter has nearly become extinct. Which is a shame because when it comes to sharing one’s true thoughts, sincere sympathies, ardent love, and deepest gratitude, words traveling along the invisible digital superhighway will never suffice. Why?

Because sending a letter is the next best thing to showing up personally at someone’s door. Ink from your pen touches the stationary, your fingers touch the paper, your saliva seals the envelope. Something tangible from your world travels through machines and hands, and deposits itself in another’s mailbox. The recipient handles the paper that you handled and they see your personality and individuality conveyed in your handwriting.

So what keeps folks from taking advantage of the marvels of letter writing? Laziness, primarily. But I also think there’s an intimidation factor in play. Thanks to Ken Burns documentaries in which talented voice actors read eloquent 19th century correspondences, a misguided belief has formed that if you’re going to write a letter by hand, it needs to be filled with ponderous gravitas. Both roadblocks can be eliminated with a bit of preparation and education.


For this project, you will be learning how to format and writing the following types of letters:

Personal Letters

  • Personal Correspondence

  • Pen Pal Letter

  • Thank You Letter

Professional/Business Letters

  • Appreciation Letter

  • Grievance Letter

  • Job Application Letter

  • Professional Recommendation

  • Letter to a Policy Maker










Important Dates:

  • 9-6-17 → NWEA Math Test - Secondary

  • 9-7-17 → NWEA Math Test - Primary

  • 9-9-17 → Fall Saturday School

  • 9-11-17 → No School


Upcoming Dates:

  • 9-13-17 → NWEA Reading Test - Secondary

  • 9-14-17 → NWEA Reading Test - Secondary




I’d love to hear from you!

If you need to reach me, email me at zkrage@riverwaylearningcommunity or call 507-474-6120




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