Secondary I



Secondary I

Newsletter

January 22nd, 2018



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 Coming up in Social Studies


Social Studies I - Age of Exploration

  • Aztec civilization

    • Pre-Columbian Aztec Civilization

    • Hernan Cortes and Montezuma

    • The Fall of the Aztec Empire


Social Studies II - Birth of a Nation

  • Continue reciprocal reading of Julius Lester’s To Be a Slave.

  • Book summary: What was it like to be a slave? Listen to the words and learn about the lives of countless slaves and ex-slaves, telling about their enforced journey from Africa to the United States, their work in the fields and houses of their owners, and their passion for freedom.  You will never look at life in the same way again.  


Social Studies III - Industrial Revolution to Civil War

  • Continue reciprocal reading of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle

    • Book Summary: The Jungle is a 1906 novel written by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair (1878–1968). Sinclair wrote the novel to portray the harsh conditions and exploited lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago and similar industrialized cities. His primary purpose in describing the meat industry and its working conditions was to advance Socialism in the United States.However, most readers were more concerned with his exposure of health violations and unsanitary practices in the American meatpacking industry during the early 20th century, greatly contributing to a public outcry which led to reforms including the Meat Inspection Act. Sinclair famously said of the public reaction, "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach."






Student Reactions to Julius Lester’s To Be a Slave


1. What new information have you learned about slavery in America?

  • I learned that slavery was way worse than I thought from the work they did to the punishments then got.

    • Ashlyn E.

  • What I learned is how cruel, and disgustingly Africans were treated.

    • Brayden J.


2. What has been the hardest part about reading To Be a Slave?

  • It’s so real. It puts you in the slaves shoe way more than a history book. I also like it because it isn't gussied up with any bias thoughts and its all about the slaves. I think that everyone should read this book.

    • Dylan R.

  • The hardest thing about reading To Be a Slave is the racial slurs, and what slaves did to get out of slavery to make sure their kids didn't endure the same fate their parents had already faced.

    • Brayden J.

3. Would you recommend this book to others?  Explain.

  • Personally I would recommend this book. Because I think that it is important part of history that isn't taught properly. it's part of our history but we like it or not. and to be properly aware of the world around us we need to be educated and a proper history the true history of how our great nation was built on the backs of slaves.

    • Zack A.

  • Yes, I would. It is a little gruesome and has its messed up parts, but I feel that it is very important to know all these gruesome details because that is a part of how America became America. One of the biggest economies in the world. On the backs of slaves.

    • Dylan R.

  • I would highly recommend this book to others, it really opens your eyes to the world we never got taught… Slaves were humans, and they all had their own story. I just will never be able to fathom that humans once thought other humans were so less than themselves just because of skin tone and heritage.

  • Aliyah O.


Julius Lester - Author of To Be a Slave










Important Dates:


  • January 22nd - No School - Snow Day

  • January 26th - 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

January 15th, 2018



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Teen Press - Frozen River Film Festival

  • Mitch and Peter interviewing Daryl Lanz, Frozen River Film Festival Screening Committee Coordinator, at his business, Chapter 2 Books.  Photo by Kai who filmed the interview.

  • Teen Press is part one of their second trimester project in which they interview the organizers, filmmakers, and festival-goers of the Frozen River Film Festival.  

 Coming up in Social Studies


Social Studies I - Age of Exploration

  • Taking Good Research Notes

  • Pre-Columbian Aztec civilization



Social Studies II - Birth of a Nation

  • Continue reciprocal reading of Julius Lester’s To Be a Slave.

  • Book summary: What was it like to be a slave? Listen to the words and learn about the lives of countless slaves and ex-slaves, telling about their enforced journey from Africa to the United States, their work in the fields and houses of their owners, and their passion for freedom.  You will never look at life in the same way again.  


Social Studies III - Industrial Revolution to Civil War

  • Continue reciprocal reading of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle

    • Book Summary: The Jungle is a 1906 novel written by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair (1878–1968). Sinclair wrote the novel to portray the harsh conditions and exploited lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago and similar industrialized cities. His primary purpose in describing the meat industry and its working conditions was to advance Socialism in the United States.However, most readers were more concerned with his exposure of health violations and unsanitary practices in the American meatpacking industry during the early 20th century, greatly contributing to a public outcry which led to reforms including the Meat Inspection Act. Sinclair famously said of the public reaction, "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach."





NWEA Testing

The Riverway Secondary will be continuing NWEA testing.  On Wednesday the 17th, they will be taking the NWEA reading 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:


  • January 15th: No School Martin Luther King Jr. Day


  • January 17th: Secondary Reading NWEA






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

January 2nd, 2018



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Tips for Spending Time Outdoors Even in Cold Temperatures

It’s easy to schedule a weekend hike or occasional outdoor outing, but to get the most benefits you should strive for time outdoors each and every day, even if it’s only for five minutes. To make this happen, outdoor time needs to become a normal part of your (and your child’s) routine. And don’t let bad weather stop you (within reason, of course). Some of the best times to head outdoors are during a light drizzle, after a big snow, or on a muddy spring day. Parks and trails will be less crowded and you can immerse your senses to explore nature in all of its seasons. Ideas include:

Walk or bicycle to and from work

Walk your child to and from school

Take an afternoon walk (if you have children, do this after school so they can participate, too)

Walk your dog daily


Schedule daily outings to parks or playgrounds

Make winter sports a weekly occurrence (skiing, ice skating, sledding, snowshoeing)













.  Coming up in Social Studies


Social Studies I - Age of Exploration

  • Age of Discovery - Explorers Test


Social Studies II - Birth of a Nation

  • Continue reciprocal reading of Julius Lester’s To Be a Slave.

  • Book summary: What was it like to be a slave? Listen to the words and learn about the lives of countless slaves and ex-slaves, telling about their enforced journey from Africa to the United States, their work in the fields and houses of their owners, and their passion for freedom.  You will never look at life in the same way again.  


Social Studies III - Industrial Revolution to Civil War

  • Begin reciprocal reading of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle

    • Book Summary: The Jungle is a 1906 novel written by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair (1878–1968). Sinclair wrote the novel to portray the harsh conditions and exploited lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago and similar industrialized cities. His primary purpose in describing the meat industry and its working conditions was to advance Socialism in the United States.However, most readers were more concerned with his exposure of health violations and unsanitary practices in the American meatpacking industry during the early 20th century, greatly contributing to a public outcry which led to reforms including the Meat Inspection Act. Sinclair famously said of the public reaction, "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach."





When Is It Too Cold to Go Outside?

This is really a personal decision… but once the thermometer dips down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-6.6 degrees Celsius) or so, you'll want to use extreme caution and make sure to protect your skin from exposure if you choose to go outdoors, as such subfreezing temperatures dramatically increase your chances of developing frost bite. Your cheeks, nose and ears are the most vulnerable, but your hands and feet are also easily affected. Dressing appropriately and paying attention to the following safeguards can help keep you safe and warm when spending time outdoors this winter:

  • Dress in three or more layers:

    • Use a lightweight synthetic material to wick moisture away from your skin. Avoid heavy cotton materials as these absorb sweat, trapping wetness close to your body, which can increase your risk of hypothermia

    • Add another layer or two of wool or fleece for insulating warmth

    • Top it off with a lightweight, water-repellant, and wind-resistant material

  • Wear a hat, as you lose about 50 percent of your body heat from your uncovered head

  • Wear gloves to protect your fingers from frostbite. Layering thin gloves with heavier mittens is a good idea so you can remove a layer if needed without exposing your bare skin to the frigid air

  • Cover your face with mask or scarf when the temperature is below freezing to avoid frostbite. This can also help warm the air a bit before entering your lungs

  • Wear sturdy footwear with good traction to prevent slips and falls on snow or ice

  • Check the temperature and the forecast. Health risks increase when the combined temperature and wind chill falls below -20°F

  • Wear light and/or reflective clothing, as it gets darker sooner during the winter months. You want to make sure drivers can see you

  • Drink plenty of fluids. Staying properly hydrated is just as important during cold weather as during hot weather. If you’re exercising, drink before, during, and after your workout, even if you don't feel very thirsty, as dehydration may be more difficult to notice during cold weather exertion

  • Tell someone where you’re going and when to expect your return, just in case something goes wrong. If you slip and fall in the winter, hypothermia can get the better of you if no one knows to go looking for you

While staying warm is important, a common mistake people make is actually dressing too warmly when exercising in cold weather. Remember that exercise will generate body heat and sweating, even though it's cold outside. And once your sweat starts to accumulate in your clothes, it can have a significantly chilling impact. If it's really cold outside, it may even end up freezing close to your skin, which can lower your body temperature and increase your risk of hypothermia.

Staying DRY is equally important as being warm—hence the importance of putting on a wicking layer closest to your skin, and dressing in layers so you can remove a layer or two if you're sweating profusely. Just remember to put those layers back on once you begin to cool down. Keep in mind that wind chill can make exercising risky even if you dress warmly. As a general suggestion, I'd recommend taking a break from outdoor activities if the temperature dips well below 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-17.8 C), or if the wind chill factor is high.












Important Dates:


  • January 5th: Early release


  • January 10th: Math NWEA


  • January 17th: Reading NWEA





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

December 18th, 2017



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A Hero’s Journey Project


On Thursday, December 21st, the Riverway Secondary will be attending Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Winona 7 Theater.  


Prior to attending the film, the Secondary, as part of afternoon projects, will be learning about the hero’s journey as told in Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces and analyzing how that structure applies to Star Wars.  Students will be learning about plot structure, character development, and archetypes. Dr. Joseph Tadie, philosophy professor at St. Mary’s University, will be facilitating the discussions.  Prior to the field trip, the Secondary will be watching Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.  



Important Dates:


  • Dec 21: Early release

  • Dec 22 - Jan 1: Winter break  



I’d love to hear from you!

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








ORT Update

As of last week, students will notice table stands in the lunchroom.  These table stands contain information about food waste and tips for lowering our school’s food waste.




.  Coming up in Social Studies


Social Studies I - Age of Exploration

  • Studying Explorers

    • Francis Drake


Social Studies II - Birth of a Nation

  • Begin reciprocal reading of Julius Lester’s To Be a Slave.

  • Book summary: What was it like to be a slave? Listen to the words and learn about the lives of countless slaves and ex-slaves, telling about their enforced journey from Africa to the United States, their work in the fields and houses of their owners, and their passion for freedom.  You will never look at life in the same away again.  


Social Studies III - Industrial Revolution to Civil War

  • Inventors/Inventions of the Industrial Revolution

    • Debate - Round 3 - Finals: Students will conduct formal debates in which they will argue why their assigned industrial revolution invention is the most historically significant.  





Secondary I

Newsletter

December 11th, 2017


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Joe Craven at Riverway



Riverway Learning Community had the pleasure of hosting Joe Craven, a freestyle folk, world and roots music multi-instrumentalist, singer and award winning educator.

Joe Craven performed his music at a school-wide assembly.  Following the performance, Joe sat down with Teen Press journalists Aariona and Sammy to discuss his upbringing, musical inspirations, artistic philosophy, and much more.  The interview will be published in the next issue of SEVEN magazine.  











Peter studies the map of the world during Social Studies I: The Age of Exploration during an activity where students mapped the routes of explorers such as Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, John Cabot, and Amerigo Vespucci.  


Coming up in Social Studies


Social Studies I - Age of Exploration

  • Studying Explorers

    • Ferdinand Magellan

    • Francis Drake


Social Studies II - Birth of a Nation

  • Begin reciprocal reading of Julius Lester’s To Be a Slave.

  • Book summary: What was it like to be a slave? Listen to the words and learn about the lives of countless slaves and ex-slaves, telling about their enforced journey from Africa to the United States, their work in the fields and houses of their owners, and their passion for freedom.  You will never look at life in the same away again.  


Social Studies III - Industrial Revolution to Civil War

  • Inventors/Inventions of the Industrial Revolution

    • Debate - Round 2: Students will conduct formal debates in which they will argue why their assigned industrial revolution invention is the most historically significant.  








Important Dates:


  • Dec 12: First day of a Tuesday after school activities

  • Dec 21: Early release

  • Dec 22 - Jan 1: Winter break  





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

December 4th, 2017



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Ort



Our monthly goal was 35 pounds of ort.  We lowered our weekly average from 15 pounds to 12 pounds, but still fell short of our goal.  










Dylan working the Secondary food cart.  Proceeds from the cart will help with future field trips.


Coming up in Social Studies


Social Studies I - Age of Exploration

  • Studying Explorers

    • Vasco da Gama


Social Studies II - Birth of a Nation

  • The Legacy of Slavery in America

    • Social capital

    • The role of woman


Social Studies III - Industrial Revolution to Civil War

  • Inventors/Inventions of the Industrial Revolution

    • Debate: Students will conduct formal debates in which they will argue why their assigned industrial revolution invention is the most historically significant.  








Important Dates:


  • Dec 12: First day of a Tuesday after school activities

  • Dec 21: Early release

  • Dec 22 - Jan 1: Winter break  





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 27th, 2017



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Bizarre Bazaar

  • The Bizarre Bazaar was a huge success this year! Secondary I raised $650 to be used for their overnight field trip happening 3rd trimester.







 Tuesday After School

  • Don’t forget to sign up for Tuesday After School activities.

 

2nd 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 Legacy of Slavery in America

    • The Slave Codes

Social Studies III - Industrial Revolution to Civil War

  • Inventors/Inventions of the Industrial Revolution







Important Dates:


  • Nov 27: Start of Trimester 2   





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 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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