Secondary I


Secondary I

Newsletter

              May 21st, 2017



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“Teach the meaning of life. It cannot be just about getting a good job. It’s not just about achievement. It’s about who you are as a human being. You must have an answer.”

  • Dr. Leonard Sax



A Conversation with Dr. Leonard Sax on Spending Quality Time with Your Children,  Authority, and Creating Fulfilled Adults

NEW YORK

Dr. Leonard Sax has been a family physician and psychologist for 27 years, conducting workshops around the world for parents, teachers, social workers, counselors, school psychologists and juvenile justice professionals.

He’s also a dad, and it’s from all those perspectives that he took on his fourth book, an alarm bell of sorts titled, “The Collapse of Parenting,” out recently from Basic Books.

AP: What is the book really about?

Sax: The transfer of authority from parents to kids. I think you should treat kids like grown-ups. I think you should expect them to be mature and to behave, and I think that’s what it means to treat someone like a grown-up, among other things, although the phrase to treat someone like a grown-up is ambiguous.

It’s not about the abdication of authority.

For example, it’s common now in this country to find parents who are chauffeuring their 8-year-old or 12-year-old around to various schools, among families that are choosing a school, and the parent functions as educational consultant. The parent makes a recommendation, but the child makes the final decision. I know of cases where the kid was clearly making the wrong decision and the parents knew it but nevertheless felt completely powerless to overrule their child. The child is the one who suffers.

AP: What are some other examples?

Sax: The same is true with regard to a cellphone in the bedroom. You now find kids at 10, 12, 14, 16 years of age who have their phone in their bedroom at two (o’clock) in the morning. You take the device at night and you put it in the charger, which stays in the parents’ bedroom. No child should have a phone in their bedroom unsupervised.

That’s not just my opinion. That is the official teaching of the American Academy of Pediatrics in guidelines published (in) October 2013. But you would be astonished, or maybe you wouldn’t be, how many parents find that an impossible recommendation. They feel that they have no authority over their child in many domains.






AP: You refer to the value of family dinner.

Sax: Research shows having a family meal at home without distractions is important. Every day. Not doing that indicates that time spent at home with parents is the least important priority. It doesn’t matter. It can be overlooked and forgotten.

By communicating that time at home as a family is our highest priority, you are sending the message that family matters. So many kids are in the race to nowhere, trying to add things onto their resume through extracurricular activities with no sense of why. They just burn out at 15 years of age.

AP: What about time spent in the car?

Sax: No earbuds in the car. You commonly have this and kids are not engaging with their parents. Everybody’s in a rush. That time in the car is precious. The time in the car is for you to listen to your child and your child to listen to you.

My 9-year-old daughter and I know the lyrics to almost every song from “Mary Poppins.”

AP: What types of things can parents do to help a child or teen become a fulfilled adult?

Sax: The first thing is to teach humility, which is now the most un-American of virtues. When I meet with kids I ask them what they think it is and they literally have no idea. I’ve done that from third grade through 12th grade. The high school kids are more clueless than the third-graders.

They have been indoctrinated in their own awesomeness with no understanding of how this culture of bloated self-esteem leads to resentment. I see it. I see the girl who was told how amazing she was who is now resentful at age 25 because she’s working in a cubicle for a low wage and she’s written two novels and she can’t get an agent.

The second thing is to enjoy the time with your child. Don’t multitask. Get outdoors with your child.

The last thing: Teach the meaning of life. It cannot be just about getting a good job. It’s not just about achievement. It’s about who you are as a human being. You must have an answer.

*The complete article can be found at

http://www.kansas.com/news/nation-world/national/article56473378.html




Important Dates:


  • May 26 - Early Release/Graduation

  • May 29 - Memorial Day

  • June 1 - Last day of school





Secondary I

Newsletter

               May 15th, 2017



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Secondary I, EII, and Children’s House at gardening.


Cupcake Wars

Congratulations to Yousef Al-Abad, Jamie Harper and Laura Van Winkle, collectively dubbed Secondary Won, for coming in second at Cupcake Wars.   



Young Writer’s Conference


On Thursday, May 11th, WSU's College of Education hosted the 24th annual 2017 Young Writer's Conference. This conference allows 1000 interested third through eighth grade students the opportunity to interact with professional writers and communicators to develop and enhance skills in an interactive environment.



Important Dates:


  • May 17- NWEA Math Testing

  • May 26 - Early Release/Graduation

  • May 29 - Memorial Day

  • June 1 - Last day of school




Secondary I

Newsletter

May 8th, 2017



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NWEA Testing

The Riverway Secondary will be continuing NWEA testing.  On Wednesday the 10th, they will taking the NWEA reading test.  The following week, they will be taking the 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.  















Important Dates:

  • 5-10-17 →NWEA Reading Test

  • 5-11-17 → Young Writer's Conference

  • 5-17-17 - NWEA Math Test




Secondary I

Newsletter

               May 1st, 2017



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Midwest Music Fest /Sounds Like School

  Riverway has worked on designing, creating, and installing a stage for Mid West Music Fest the past three years.  All the designs are meant to be a community art installation with a goal to get as many people involved in the project.  We also use as many reclaimed materials as possible.  

This project is a great way for us to incorporate our environmental education philosophy in a student led project.   This is the second year we have brought a part of the project to Winona’s Earth Day celebration to collaborate with the wider community.  

The student’s stage design was on display at the Tent Stage at this year’s Mid West Music Fest.  Thanks for helping.



The Plans



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McNasty Brass at MWMF

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Important Dates:


  • May 1-5 - MCA Science Testing

  • May 11 - Young Writer’s Conference






Secondary I

Newsletter

               April 17th, 2017



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MCA Testing in Secondary

The Riverway Secondary will be conducting MCA testing.  Monday the 17th through Friday the 21st, 7th, 8th, and 10th graders will be taking the MCA Reading test.  

The MCA 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.  




Riverway Heads at the Loons Game

On Sunday, April 23rd, many Riverway students and family members will be heading to TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to attend a Minnesota United game.  Thanks to the Dr. Joe Tadie and the St. Mary’s Soccer Club, Riverway students will get to see the Loons take on the Colorado Rapids free of charge.

 

 

Important Dates:


  • April 17-21 - MCA Testing gr. 7, 8, 10

  • April 22nd → Saturday School

  • April 23rd → Loons MLS Trip

  • April 24th → No School




Secondary I

Newsletter

               April 10th, 2017



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Day One of 30 Day Challenges

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30 Day Challenge Project Description:


Making positive changes to improve our bodies, our lives, and our planet.


  • Let's face it, change is hard.  The 30 Day Challenge Project is an attempt to make positive change in your life.  For this project you will find something you want to change about your life and attempt to change it over 30 days.


Essential Questions

  • -How does a small repeated task turn into big change?

  • -How can I resist temptation?

  • -How does my support help others in our community?


Deliverables:

  • Challenge Journal

    • Students will keep a  journal where they record their habits and their progress.  Students will use the data to create a S.M.A.R.T. goal.  Journals will be shared with their classmates, and students will give support and feedback to their peers to give encouragement and direction.

  • Pecha Kucha (Pre and Post)

    • Students will give a timed photo presentation where they first, explain what they plan to do for their challenge and second, explain their progress, achievement, and new knowledge.

  • Exit Interviews

    • Students will reflect on their challenge, their struggles and successes, and their plans for the future with classmates.





  

 

Important Dates:


  • April 13th → Early Release/Appreciation Tea

  • April 14th → No school

  • April 17-21 - MCA Testing gr. 7, 8, 10

  • April 22nd → Saturday School

  • April 24th → No School





Secondary I

Newsletter

April 3rd , 2017



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It's a Girl!

  • Lindsay Krage, Nutrition Leader, and Zach Krage, SI Learning Leader, welcomed Vincent Salome Krage into the world on March 21st at 4:58 pm.  She was 7 pounds 6 ounces and 19.5 inches long.  Children's House student, Julian Krage, is a proud big brother.  


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Upcoming Dates:


  • April 14th → Early Release/Appreciation Tea

  • April 22nd → Saturday School

  • April 24th → No School



Secondary I

Newsletter

              March 20th, 2017



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Life Map - Autobiography Project

Students in the English Language Arts class are currently participating in the Life Map project.  In this project, students will be answering the following Essential Questions:


Essential Questions:

  • What makes a moment memorable?

  • How do our experiences, good, bad, and in-between, help shape us into the people we are today?

  • What can we learn from the past to improve our future?

Deliverables

  • Students will be focusing on major events in their lives and creating a life map of those events.  An short autobiography will accompany the Life Map events where the students examine the following:

  • What was the event?

  • Who, what, where, why, when

  • What emotions are tied to this event?

  • What did you learn from the event?

  • How has the event changed you?

  • A Life Map is a map of formative events that have shaped you into the person you are today.



Important Dates:


  • 3-20-17 - I Have a Dream at the Paige Theater

  • 3-24-17 - Early Release

  • 3-27-17 - Spring Break

  • 3-28-17 - Spring Break

  • 3-29-17 - Spring Break

  • 3-30-17 - Spring Break

  • 3-31-17 - Spring Break




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Students attending the final installment of the Riverway Sustainability Series.  The focus of the last panel was the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).  The guest speakers included Jennifer Vaujin and Aaron Camacho from the Winona Dakota Unity Alliance and Professor Joe Tadie, professor of philosophy at St. Mary’s University.





Secondary I

Newsletter

               March 13th, 2017



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30 Day Challenge

Making positive changes to improve our bodies, our lives, and our planet.


  • Let's face it, change is hard.  The 30 Day Challenge Project is an attempt to make positive change in your life.  For this project you will find something you want to change about your life and attempt to change it over 30 days.


Essential Questions

  • -How does a small repeated task turn into big change?

  • -How can I resist temptation?

  • -How does my support help others in our community?


Deliverables:

  • Challenge Journal

    • Students will keep a  journal where they record their habits and their progress.  Students will use the data to create a S.M.A.R.T. goal.  Journals will be shared with their classmates, and students will give support and feedback to their peers to give encouragement and direction.

  • Pecha Kucha (Pre and Post)

    • Students will give a timed photo presentation where they first, explain what they plan to do for their challenge and second, explain their progress, achievement, and new knowledge.

  • Exit Interviews

    • Students will reflect on their challenge, their struggles and successes, and their plans for the future with classmates.




Important Dates:


  • 3-24-17 - Early Release

  • 3-27-17 - Spring Break

  • 3-28-17 - Spring Break

  • 3-29-17 - Spring Break

  • 3-30-17 - Spring Break

  • 3-31-17 - Spring Break



Speech Class in SI

  • Secondary I is participating in speech this trimester.  In this class, students will be giving three speeches: Informative, Demonstrative, and Persuasive.


Speech #1- Informative:


Answering the Big Questions Project



  Essential Questions:

  1. What is my role as a lifelong learner when confronted with unknowns?

  2. How can a visual aid be used to clearly explain a complex idea?


  Deliverables:

  1. A 3-5 minute informative speech that teaches the audience about the topic.

    1. Speech will include at least two visual aids to support your evidence.

  2. A poster board that explains the myth/misconception/partially understood topic.




  Project Summary:

Our world is full of myths, mysteries, and things we partially understand or take for granted.  For this project, we will examine the big questions and move from misunderstanding to knowledge to understanding.


Misunderstanding → Knowledge → Understanding  


  Students will choose a question of their own or be assigned one of the following big questions:


  • Why is school out in the summers?

  • Why does the moon have phases?

  • Why do we sing Auld Lang Syne on New Year's Eve?

  • Why does money have value?

  • Why is the sky blue?  

  • Why do prices go up over time?  (i.e. inflation)

  • Why do we yawn and why are they contagious?  

  • Why do cats purr?  

  • Why do we shake hands in Western culture (Why are greetings different throughout the world?

  • What is the purpose of daylight saving time?

  • How does the internet work?

  • Why are U.S. elections held on a Tuesday?

  • Why are there so many breeds of dogs?

  • Why do the English drive on the left?

  • Why do we sleep?

  • Why are humans ticklish?

  • Why do people of different regions have different accents?








Secondary I

Newsletter

March 6th, 2017



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Teen Press at FRFF

  • On February 22nd, the Riverway Secondary flocked to Winona State University for a day of films at the Frozen River Film Festival. Riverway has been attending the festival for its second trimester Saturday School for the past seven years. The festival offers documentary films and programming that engage, educate and activate our community to become involved in the world.

  • The Riverway Teen Press was engaged, educated, and activated by Teen Press, a film shown at last year’s FRFF.  The film is about one semester in the Santa Barbara Middle School Teen Press program.  The film follows the selection process and initial training, as well as multiple interviews—with celebrities and unknown heroes alike—throughout the United States.

  • Riverway was fortunate enough to be able to work with John Boettner, the creator of the Santa Barbara Middle School Teen Press, to create a Teen Press at RLC.  

  • At this year’s FRFF, the Riverway Teen Press came ready to interview moviegoers, armed with the following question:

    • In his farewell address, President Obama said that we, as citizens, share the most important office in democracy.  As a citizen, what do you think your most important responsibilities are?

  • On the right, you will find a sample of the responses.   



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Upcoming Dates:

  • 3-10-17 → Early Release

  • 3-24-17 → Early Release



Secondary I

Newsletter

February 27th , 2017



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Frozen River Film Festival

The photo and caption below was printed in the Winona Post on 2-22-17

Photo by Chris Rogers During the Frozen River Film Festival, Cy Christensen (left) and Brock Frisch (right) played with a table that simulates how rivers interact with sediment at a Winona State University geoscience lab. They and other boys built a big dam out of sand and dubbed it “Trump-osaurus wall.”



Riverway’s Sustainability Series  




I would like to extend a thank you to Jennifer Rupprecht of Earth-Be-Glad Farm, Trina M. Barrett from the Bluff Country Co-op, and Jerry Schroek for coming out to the school this past week as part of our "Sustainability Speaker Series". They represented the producer, retailer, and consumer in regards to sustainable food. Thank you for sharing what you do with our students. Our school promotes environmental awareness and your conversation connected to many values we try to promote. I am also proud to say that the school lunch program uses Earth Be Glad beef in over 90% of the meals that contain beef. Again, thanks for your time and work you do in regards to healthy food in our community.  - Jamie Harper


“I was honored to be part of the panel and thank Riverway Learning Community and its students for the engaging discussion.”  - Jennifer Rupprecht, Earth-Be-Glad Farm












Important Dates:

  • 3-1-17 → End of Trimester 2

  • 3-2-17→ Conference - No School

  • 3-3-17→ Conference - No School

  • 3-10-17 → Early Release

  • 3-24-17 → Early Release





Secondary I

Newsletter

February 13th , 2017



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Black History Month


Elsa Cisewski, Amber Rayfield, and Carson Spaag setting up the Black History Month Biography Project gallery.  The gallery, which will include photos and biographies from historical figures, will be available for public viewing on February 21st for Presentation Night.  


Saturday School at FRFF

The second Saturday School of every year is at the Frozen River Film Festival.  We attend the festival as a school on Saturday only, but we encourage students and families to attend as much as the festival as possible.  People travel from all over the country to attend the FRFF, but we are lucky enough to have it in our own town.








Important Dates:

  • 2-17-17 → Early Release

  • 2-18-17 → Saturday School FRFF

  • 2-20-17 → No School

  • 2-21-17 → Presentation Night




Secondary I

Newsletter

February 6th , 2017



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Black History Month Biography Project



Project Description:

  • Students will be assigned a historical figure that has had a great cultural effect on society.  

  • Students will conduct research on the subject to answer the following questions:

    • Who is the subject of the biography?

    • What is the date and place of birth of the subject?

    • What is the education of the subject?

    • What work did the subject engage in?

    • What are the subjects major achievements.

    • What makes the person significant?

  • Students will use their research to complete a biography of their historical figure.



Black History Month Biography Historical Figures

  1. Sojourner Truth

  2. Harriet Tubman

  3. Ida B. Wells

  4. Booker T. Washington

  5. Elizabeth Bessie Coleman

  6. Frederick Douglas

  7. The Tuskegee Airmen

  8. Ella Baker

  9. George E.C. Hayes

  10. Thurgood Marshall

  11. James Nabrit

  12. Martin Luther King Jr.

  13. Malcolm X

  14. Langston Hughes

  15. Stokely Carmichael

  16. Angela Davis

  17. Tommie Smith & John Carlos  

  18. Shirley Chisholm

  19. Nelson Mandela

  20. Barack Obama

  21. Michelle Obama

  22. Frederick Jones

  23. Jack Johnson


  1. Shirley Jackson

  2. Janet Emerson Bashen

  3. Jen Ernst Matzeliger

  4. Otis Boykin

  5. Jocelyn Harrison

  6. Garrett Morgan

  7. John Henry Thompson

  8. George Edward Alcorn

  9. Charles Drew

  10. James E. West

  11. George Washington Carver

  12. Marie Van Brittan Brown

  13. George Carruthers

  14. Emmett Chappelle

  15. Marjorie Joyner

  16. Philip Emeagwali

  17. Lloyd Augustus Hall

  18. Lonnie Johnson

  19. Patricia Bath

  20. Lewis Latimer

  21. Valerie Thomas

  22. Benjamin Banneker



 



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Important Dates:

  • 2-17-17 → Early Release

  • 2-18-17 → Saturday School FRFF

  • 2-20-17 → No School

  • 2-21-17 → Presentation Night




Secondary I

Newsletter

January 30th, 2017



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    Black History Month


  • Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

  • This month in Language Arts classes, we will be celebrating Black History Month.  The students will be researching the lives, struggles, achievements, and legacies of American trailblazers.  


  1. http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month




Secondary I

Newsletter

January 23rd, 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.  



Ort Update



For the past month, Secondary I students Zack Al-Saeed and Arayna Diamond have been tracking the food waste of Riverway Learning Community.  

At the beginning of the month, the whole school sets a goal.  This month the goal was 45 pounds.  The ort for the last month was 42 pounds 12 ounces, just under our goal.  

Having met our goal, a new goal of 40 pounds has been set for the next month.  

Remember, Eat What You Take and Take What You’ll Eat!



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Important Dates:

  • 1-24-17 →Sustainability Series guest speaker.

  • 1-25-17 → NWEA Math Test

  • 1-27-17 → Half Day




Secondary I

Newsletter

January 16th, 2017



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  • Gaelynn Lea at Riverway

    • Riverway was happy to welcome singer/songwriter Gaelynn Lea.  

    • Following the moving performance, the Riverway Teen Press was able to interview Gaelynn.  Pictured above, left to right, Gaelynn Lea, Lilly Whetstone, Kasha Bliss, and Dylan Russert











Important Dates:

  • 9-16-17 → Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • 9-18-17 → NWEA Reading Test


Upcoming Dates:

  • 1-25-16 → NWEA Math Test





Secondary I

Newsletter

January 9, 2017



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Conversation with John Boetner


Riverway Teen Press was fortunate to engage in an hour long conversation with Teen Press creator John Boetner.  John joined our class via Skype last Friday.  The students and John discussed the history of Teen Press, the importance of journalism, tips for asking great questions, and the future of Riverway’s Teen Press program.  

It was a wonderful conversation, and it was great to see the students so engaged.     




Gaelynn Lea at Riverway



This Friday, January 13th, Riverway is excited to welcome singer, songwriter Gaelynn Lea.  Gaelynn, the winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, is known for her beautiful, layered sound achieved by looping her violin.

The Riverway Teen Press in association with Midwest Music Fest will be conducting an interview with Gaelynn.  






Important Dates:

  • 1-13-17 → Gaelynn Lea Performance at RLC




Secondary I

Newsletter

January 3 , 2017



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Public Service Announcement Project Update


  • Students have chosen their topics and are currently conducting research.  The students have learned research techniques to help them better locate, verify, and cite information.  


PSA TOPICS INCLUDE:


  • Loss of Coral Reefs

  • Palm Oil Production

  • Beef Consumption / Methane Emissions

  • Prepackaged Food

  • Habitat Loss

  • Deforestation








 Teen Press Update

  • On January 13th, internationally touring singer, songwriter, and violinist Gaelynn Lea will be performing at Riverway Learning Community.

  • Riverway’s Teen Press is excited to get a chance to introduce and interview Gaelynn Lea.  



Upcoming Dates:


  • January 2nd - No School

  • January 6th - Half Day




Secondary I

Newsletter

December 19th , 2016



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Winter Break Updates

  • Winter Break is fast approaching.  Just one more week!

  • Be sure to attend the Riverway musical on Wednesday, December 22nd at the Tau Center.

  • Thursday is a half day.  The Secondary will be heading to Winona Bowl for a pre-winter break celebration.  It’s been a great year so far, and we have a lot to celebrate.  










Upcoming Dates:


  • December 21

    • Riverway Musical

  • December 22  

    • Secondary Bowling

  • December 22

    • Early Release 12 pm

  • December 23-Jan 2

    •  Winter Break


Secondary I

Newsletter

December 10th , 2016



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Reciprocal Reading

  • For the second trimester, Secondary students are engaging in reciprocal reading groups in literature classes.  The students are reading the following books:

  • English Language Arts I - The Old Man and the Sea tells the story of an experienced yet down on his luck fisherman and his battle between against age, bad luck, and a large marlin.


  • English Language Arts II - 1984 tells the story of Winston Smith, a party member living in the dystopian province of the superstate Oceania: a world of perpetual war, government surveillance, and an ever present fear government retribution for disobedience dubbed thoughtcrime. Winston seeks individuality, truth, and love in the face terrible odds.  





  • English Language Arts III - The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of Tom Joad, and his family who are forced from their farm in the Depression-era Oklahoma Dust Bowl and set out for California along with thousands of others in search of jobs, land, and hope for a brighter future.





Upcoming Dates:

  • December 22 Early Release 12 pm

  • December 23-Jan 1  Winter Break



Secondary I

Newsletter

December 5th , 2016



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Trimester II Projects



TEEN PRESS THE PROGRAM

The 7th and 8th graders have formed the Riverway Teen Press, inspired the film Teen Press: Bringing the Hope Back to American Education. Please read the description from teenpressthemovie.com for more information about the project.


  • In 2007 two optimistic Santa Barbara Middle School teachers, David Teton-Landis and John Seigel Boettner, saw a wave forming around the convergence of technology and journalism. For the first time in history the internet enabled content to be streamed throughout the world, and video cameras could be found at any local electronics store. They had a realization:

    • What if, by bringing a teenager’s perspective to reporting, they could bring a new dimension to stories that traditional journalists could not?

    • What if journalism could be used as a tool, an experience, to teach students about themselves, their values, and the larger culture?

  • Nine years and 30+ teams later, the Teen Press program has grown and accomplished far more than they ever imagined.

    The Santa Barbara Middle School Teen Press is a quarterly elective program that has grown to be one the most highly sought after classes at their school. Its purpose is much larger than teaching kids journalism, it teaches students communication skills, self confidence, teamwork, and most of all, opens their eyes a much bigger world, based on informed, respectful and authentic relationships.

    Over the past 9 years Teen Press students have interviewed some of today’s most influential voices such as Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, Jesse Jackson, Ernest Green, Ben Affleck, Cate Blanchett, T.C. Boyle, Robert Redford, Norman Lear, Jennifer Lawrence, Sir Ken Robinson, Viola Davis, Jack Johnson, Kate Winslet, Ken Burns, Sandra Bullock, Ray Bradbury and many, many others.

    What sets these interviews apart is the questions. The kids focus on what these people have learned in their journey to success and significance and what they are now doing with their influence. What are these celebrities really passionate about? How do they see the world? In the process, making celebrities human and humans celebrities.





Public Service Announcement Project

What is a Public Service Announcement?

  • A Public Service Announcement (PSA) is FREE advertising that promotes some public cause or informs the community about important information.

  • The media donates space or airtime on behalf of organizations or causes they perceive will be of benefit to their local community or the country as a whole.    



What are the Goals of this Project?

  • To research and analyze the effects the chosen problem causes locally, nationally, and internationally.  

  • To research solutions that are already in place and analyze their results.

  • To generate new solutions to help alleviate and/or eliminate the problem.

  • To provide useful, beneficial information to Riverway Learning Community by creating a PSA that is both informative and entertaining.




Important Dates:

  • 11-28-16 - Trimester II starts


Upcoming Dates:

  • December 22 Early Release 12 pm

  • December 23-Jan 1  Winter Break


Secondary I

Newsletter

November 28th, 2016



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Presentation Night Coverage



  • Secondary I student and Seekers Wild Nature Educator at Riverway’s presentation night.  










Important Dates:

  • 11-28-16 - Trimester II starts


Upcoming Dates:

  • December 22 Early Release 12 pm

  • December 23-Jan 1  Winter Break






Secondary I

Newsletter

              Nov. 21st, 2016



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Bizarre Bazaar



  • The annual Bizarre Bazaar just wrapped up.  It was a blast and a total success.  For the Bazaar, the students develop a product and build a business around that product.  Students learned about branding, marketing, budgeting, prototyping, and production.   

















Important Dates:


  • 11-21-16 - Student Led Conferences

  • 11-22-16 - Student Led Conferences

  • 11-23-16 - No School

  • 11-24-16 - No School

  • 11-25-16 - No School






Secondary I

Newsletter

              Nov. 14th , 2016



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Presentation Night



  • Presentation night was a success.  Thank you to all the students, family, and community members who attended.  It’s always so rewarding to have an opportunity for students to share their work their peers, family, and members of the community.   





Ort Update


Since we as a school only accumulated 25.6 pounds of ort in October, our new goal for November has been dropped from 40 lbs to 35 lbs.  






Important Dates:


  • 11-17-16 → Science Museum Field Trip

  • 11-18-16 → End of Trimester One

  • 11-18-16 → All school Bizarre Bazaar

  • 11-18-16 →Thankful Meal: 11:00 - 12:00


Upcoming Dates:

  • 11-18-16 → Early Release





Secondary I

Newsletter

              Nov. 7th , 2016



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Jamie’s Dreams Come True



  • It’s official.  After 108 years, the Cubs have won the World Series.  Normally, we in the Secondary stay neutral on sports affiliations, but our own Jamie Harper is a fan.  When I say fan, I mean FAN.  It’s been great seeing the emotional rollercoaster that goes along with being a Cubs fan first-hand.  We’re happy that journey is over, and Jamie can breathe a sigh of relief.  





Ort Update


Our goal for the month of October was 40 lbs. We’re happy to report that we only accumulated 25.6 pounds of ort.  









Important Dates:


  • 11-17-16 → Science Museum Field Trip

  • 11-18-16 → End of Trimester One

  • 11-18-16 → All school Bizarre Bazaar

  • 11-18-16 →Thankful Meal: 11:00 - 12:00


Upcoming Dates:

  • 11-11-16 → No School

  • 11-18-16 → Early Release






Secondary I

Newsletter

October 31st, 2016



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Trimester One Ending Soon



  • Trimester One is coming to a close, and that means the Bizarre Bazaar is coming.  Every year, the Secondary students look forward to transforming their classrooms into a student led market place.  

  • The process starts at the beginning of the school year when students create a product or service and work to bring their ideas to life.  The students learn how to create a business plan including a production budget, sales projections, and profit/loss analysis.  They also learn about branding their business and create a business name, logo, and slogan.  

  • We are very excited to see how the students’ ideas come to life.  Some businesses in Secondary I include, LAS Inc. - custom cell phone accessories, Gear Up - recycled bike parts jewelry and accessories, The Pet Bros. - hand made pet toys and collars, and J&B Bright Light - custom light switch covers.  













Important Dates:


  • 11-18-16 → End of Trimester One

  • 11-18-16 → All school Bizarre Bazaar

  • 11-18-16 →Thankful Meal: 11:00 - 12:00


Upcoming Dates:

  • 11-11-16 → No School

  • 11-18-16 → Early Release






Secondary I

Newsletter

October 24, 2016



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Secondary I at Whitewater State Park







  • This previous week, the Riverway Secondary spent three days and two nights at Whitewater State Park.  This was our fifth annual overnight.  This trip is always one of the highlights of our year, and this trip was no exception.  

  • Environmental education and community-building are the two main focuses of every Whitewater trip.  This year we had guest teachers from Seekers Wild, the Winona State University Outdoor Education Group, Whitewater Naturalists, and a special musical performance by The Old Fashioneds.  The students learned about survival skills, trout fishing techniques, invasive species identification, and challenged themselves in team building exercises that helped work better as a team.     













Important Dates:

  • 10-26-16 → Gardening with Master Gardener






Secondary I

Newsletter

October 10th, 2016



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The Three Musketeers in Lanesboro


  • On Thursday, October 13th, the Riverway Secondary will be heading to Lanesboro to watch the Commonweal perform the Alexandar Dumas classic, The Three Musketeers.  Our annual trip to Lanesboro is always a highlight of the year.  We are so fortunate to have such an amazing repertory theater so close to home.  They never cease to amaze us.  Read the description below found on their website http://www.commonwealtheatre.org/.

  • Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss this tale of heroism, treachery and close calls as d’Artagnan joins forces with the Musketeers to defend the honor of the Queen of France. Little does the young Frenchman know he’ll soon find himself face to face with Cardinal Richelieu – the most dangerous man in Europe! All for one and one for all!





2016 Whitewater Retreat Packing List


  •  Refillable water bottle

  •  Clothing for three days (think fleece and wool socks - it will be cold!)

  •  Extra pair of shoes (in case first pair get wet)

  •  Pajamas

  •  Shower items: Towel, washcloth, flip flops for the shower

  •  Sleeping bag and pillow (or blankets and sheets and pillow)

  •  Rain gear

  •  Warm outerwear, including gloves and hat (maybe extra gloves)

  •  Backpack (for day use)

  •  Toiletries (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)

  •  Good Attitude!

If you do not have any of the items on the packing list, please LET US KNOW!!!!!


Optional Items:

  • Board games or card games

  •  Flashlight

  •  Camera

  •  Binoculars (Bring them if you have them!)



Do not bring your phone. It will not receive any signal at Whitewater.


DO NOT BRING ANY FOOD OR DRINKS!!!!!  They will be taken away and given back at the end of the trip!  All meals/snacks and drinks are provided for our trip!


If your parents need to contact you in case of an emergency, there is a phone in the kitchen. The number is 507-932-4406. (You will not be able to call out to Winona as it is a long distance call)


***DO NOT BRING ANYTHING OF VALUE. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR MISSING ITEMS***



Medication must be turned into an adult when you arrive at school on Monday. It must be in the prescription bottle with dosing instructions.








Important Dates:

  • 10-13-16 - The Three Musketeers in Lanesboro


Upcoming Dates:

  • 10-17-16 through 10-19-16 - Whitewater Overnight





Secondary I

Newsletter

October 2nd, 2016



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Riverway Learning Community at the MMAM



  • John Swanson is the curator of the Minnesota Marine Art Museum.  We visited him at the MMAM on 9-27-16 to discuss his interesting past as a nautical archaeologist, his hobby restoring antique motorcycles, and his current position at the museum.  

  • Swanson spoke extensively about his nautical archaeological experience and about the importance of treating archaeological sites and the artifacts retrieved from those sites with care.  He spoke of how destructive treasure seekers have destroyed sites and with them valuable historical knowledge.  













Important Dates:

  • 10-2-16 → Julie and Tom Fassbender - Guest Speakers

  • 10-5-16 → Bike/Walk to School Day

  • 10-5-16 → Cemetery Walk Field Trip

  • 10-5-16 → Gardening 


Upcoming Dates:

  • 10-17-16 through 10-19-16 - Whitewater Overnight






Secondary I

Newsletter

September 23rd, 2016



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OAR at Riverway Learning Community


Careers and Passions: OAR at Riverway

The first project of the year for the Secondary I students is entitled Future You.  For this project, students will be exploring careers of interest as well as passions and hobbies to begin envisioning and planning a healthy work-life balance.  For this project, the Secondary staff has invited multiple guests to come and speak to our class about their careers and their passions.  One guest who has already come to visit is OAR Northwest, an adventure education organization nonprofit group from Seattle, WA.  They explore the waters of the world in human powered vessels and conduct research along the way.  They are currently undertaking a journey from the headwaters of the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico, a journey that will take them 2,552 miles in 100 days.  Along the way they will be conducting research where they examine human’s impact on the river.  OAR has also teamed up with Google and will be photographing the journey with a Google street view camera.  

Members of OAR spoke to our students about their journey. They emphasized the importance of putting oneself out there and the rewards of exploring the unknown.  











Important Dates:

  • 9-27-16 - MMAM Field Trip

  • 9-30-16 - Future You Business Tour Field Trip


Upcoming Dates:

  • 10-5-16 → Bike/Walk to School Day

  • 10-5-16 → Cemetery Walk Field Trip

  • 10-17-16 through 10-19-16 - Whitewater Overnight






Secondary I

Newsletter

September 9th, 2016



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Saturday at Kinstone



  • On September 10th, Riverway Learning Community spent the day at Kinstone farms.  It was a fantastic day of learning and community.

  • What is Kinstone? The following description can be found on their website:

    • Kinstone is a working Permaculture site loaded with diverse plants and ecosystems. The steep, north-facing property offers many interactive examples of permaculture techniques and approaches including natural buildings, a pond, acres of oak/hickory woodland, terraces, various types of swales, hundreds of young nut and fruit trees, restored prairie/savanna, food forests, garden beds and more.











Important Dates:

  • 9-14-16 → NWEA Math Testing

  • 9-14-16 → OAR River Paddlers


Upcoming Dates:

  • 10-5-16 → Bike/Walk to School Day

  • 10-5-16 → Cemetery Walk Field Trip

  • 10-17-16 through 10-19-16 - Whitewater Overnight






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