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Page 8 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017 BISMARCK, N.D. -- State Superin- tendent Kirsten Baesler is pleased and ex- cited to announce that sh~ has signed and approved the new math and English stan- dards presented to her from the teacher standards writing committees last month. The new standards are ready for North Dakota teachers and Students to use in classrooms this. fall. The new standards will replace the math and English standards based on the Common Core that have been in effect since 2011, Baesler said. They take effect during the 2017-18 school year. The standards provide guideposts for what students should .know, and be able to do, during each grade in their educa- tional journey. For example, North Dako- ta's first-grade English standards include introductions .to subject-verb agreement and singular and plural nouns; a fourth- grade math standard says students should be able to classify geometric shapes. "I really f~el like we were given the op- portunity to really make them North Dakota standards," said Lynn Mitzel, a member of the mathstandards writing committee. Mitzel is a math coach for the Fargo public schools and the South East Education Cooperative of Fargo. Teachers who worked on the math stan- dards writing committee said they believed the new standards were easier to under- stand and interpret. The.standards include examples of how they can be applied in the classroom. Two separate groups of North Dakota math and English teachers created the standards. They began their work in June 2016 and continued throughout the sum- mer, fall and winter. ' "Our North Dakota teachers devoted hundreds of hours to write these new stan- dards and this publication is the result of months of conscientious work byNorth Photo: Submitted Teachers from across the state came to ether to create new English and math standards for thestate. Above: North Dakota Mathe- matics Content Standards Writing Team included Kristeen Monson of Grafton High School and Sarah Kastner of Park River Area Pub- lic School. Dakota educators who represented vari- writing job would be in the hands of North Thirty-eight North Dakota mathemat- ous areas ofexperti-se, including general Dakota te.achers," Baesler continued, ics teachers made up the standards writ- education, special education, early child- "'There were no dictates from the state or ing committee for math, while 33 English hood education, and higher education," federal government. Department of Pub- instructors wrote the English standards. Baesler said. lic Instruction staffprovided support and North Dakota Mathematics Content "When I announced the new stan- served as thcilitators, but they did not sug= Standards Writing Temn included Kristeen dams work would begin, I emphasized the gest or encourage any standards." Monson of Grafton High School and Sarah Kastner of Park River Area Public School. "Our North Dakota teachers worked with the fbrmer standards for six years, and no one was more qualified to hnprove them," Baesler said. The writing committee's two drafts were made available for public com- ment in September 2016 "and January 2017, which generated useful opinions from teachers, administrators and parents. A second layer of review was also added. A panel of eight community lead- ers, business people and representatives of the general public met twice to review the drafts and provide a fresh set of eyes and different perspectives for the com- mittee's work "The whole process was open to the public the whole time. They had the out- side group review the drafts of the stan- dards, and they also had the drafts avail- able for public comment. Everything was very up front," said Patsy Schlos~er, an Edgeley High School math teacher and member of the math standards writing committee. Baesler called the standards-writing process "exceptionally open and trans- parent." "The result is an. example of the best in North Dakota education: North Dako- ta teachers writing North Dakota standards tbr North Dakota students in an open, transparent and responsible manner," Baesler said. "These h/ardworking pro- fessionals deserve thanks from all of US." The math and English standards will be posted on the NDDPI website. The North Dakota University System is writing a letter of support for the stan- dards. in BISMARCK,'N.D. -- Individuals interested in taking a to sign up online at the North Dakota Game and Fish De- hunter education class in 2017 are reminded to register ear- partlnenrs website, Many classes are already list- ly as most classes are held before summer, ed on the website, and the rest Will be added throughoiat the There will be a class held in Park River instructed by Tim year as they are finalized. Olson starting at the end ofApril. Hunter Education will meet After accessing the Buy and Apply link, click on the'hunter at the Park River City Auditor Office. Class will meet April ed enrolhnent link and "list of hunter education courses." 1 8, 20, 25, 27th Test Morning will be Saturday, April 29th Classes are listed by city, and can also be sorted by start date. 8:00 am - Noon. All other classes will meet 6:30 pm - 9:00 To register for a class, click on "enroll" next to the specific pm each evening. Must attend all days of class to pass. class, ,and follow the simple instructions. Personal ififomaation A class also will be held in Drayton instructed by Lee is required. Bratlie. Hunter Education will meet at the Drayton Public individuals interested in receiving a notice by email when School. Class will meet April 25, 27. May 9, 11, 16, 18. Class each hunter education added can click on the "sub- wfll meet 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm each evening. On the first scribe to news and alerts" link found below the news sec- evening of class, the schedule will be talked about and al- tion on the Game and Fish home page. Check the box labeled tered if it n %ls to be, to work with most of the students sched- "hunter education" under the education program updates. ules. In addition, SMS text notifications of new classes can be Students under the age of 18, please have your guardian sent directly to a cell phone. Simply text "NDGF Hunter- come in the first evening of class to sign the Student Peg- Class" to 468311 to subscribe to this I ature. istration Card, and take part in the schedule discussion. . State taw reciuires anyone bom after December 31, 1961 Link to Study Guide: http://www.huntercourse, to pass a certified hunter education course to htmt in the state. com/usa/northdakota/ Hunter education is man.datory for youth who are turning 12 To register for a. hunter education course, students need years old, and children can take the class at age 11. PARK RIVER, N.D.-- The According to Weldon National Honor Society has Roberts, Donor Recruitlnent sponsored a yery successful Representative Ibr United Blood blood drive. The drive held in Services, "Communities like Park River On April 5th saw 53 Park River make a regional people volunteer to donate blood blood program work. People and 49 were able to give. Nine volunteer to donate when there people gave blood on the auto- has been a welt-organized cam- mated 2RBC machine that col- paign, infomaing the public of the lects two units of red blood need for blood." cells which resulted in 58 total for registering donors and pro- viding refreshments. Welch's Bakery donated cookies. Space to hold the chive was provided by Park River High School. On behalf of the patients who benefited, United Blood Servic- es appreciates all the thoughtful people who volunteered to help others by giving of themselves. RochelleKovarikcoordinat- Blood is for sharing; you products. Twenty people volun- ed the drig~, The National Hon- i: flare truly given the "Gift of teeredfor the first time! ....... - "::ofN~N~t~sponsible I Lille." overdoses in Grand Forks.. Police Department stated. "Anyone in possession "Citizens, especially parents, are urged to be . of these pills is asked to turn them over to their lo- vigilant about the activities of their children and cal law enforcement agency," the Grand Forks re- watch for may unusual behaviors or suspicious sub- port stated. "Be aware, these pills are very dan- stances their children may be ill possession, of. ' gerous and direct physical contact with them should Some indicators include small ziplock baggies, be avoided." white or blue powder or pills, pen tubes or other The Walsh County post encouraged residents hollow tubes, lethargic or sleepy behavior, a to stay infomaed and note there is a prescription general change in dememaor or activities, and a re- drop box located at the Walsfi County Sheriffs Of- cent change in friendship groups," the Grand Forks rice. i rivers Full time, Part time, Local and Over the Road. No Northeast loads Contact Marvin at 701-248-3204 Bids due Friday April 28, 2017. Call (70i) 228-2083 with questions or to request a bid packet. Appraisals available for review. Bid packets and additional information available on our website: Summer Jobs HELl WANTED/ Walsh County Highway De- partment is currently accepting applications for summer employment. Duties include crack seal- ing, chip sealing, weed eating, brush cutting, signs and other miscellaneous duties as as- signed. If you enjoy hard work and being out- doors, thenapply TODAY. Full time May to August/September Current Drivers License required Must be at least 18 years old to apply No benefits Starting pay is'$12.00 per hour Contact Sharon Lipsh at the Walsh County Highway Department, 600 Cooper Avenue, Grafton, ND 58237 (701-352-1530) for de- tails and applications. EOE mmmm m =mmmmmmI pm ~m~ mmmm m ''wcpadvertislng@gmaU,' ' ' ' '," I I I. I Andrew Axtman died in 2015. In 2016, he helped reshingle the roof at The Growing Place Daycare in Rugby. Andrew lived his whole life in Rugby, ND, farming on the family's homestead south of town. He worked hard and was very philanthropic, sharing what hehad. Andrew left a gift in his will to the Rugby Community Endowment Fund. The fund gives grants every, year for projects and programs in the area that improve residents' quality of life. His last gift will last forever. gacy, Call Amy War,ke-Stromsodt qf ihe North Dakota Com,tunity Fotmdat'ion at 701-741-3193 Jbr a free, confidential, no obligation conversation abottt the legacy you would like to leave in your hometown. Wt, haz,e helped hundrtds, of North Dakotans craft, their own unique plan to create a better world, NORTH DAKOTA COMMUNITY --- ! () U N D A I I O N---- NCUA your financial advantage EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY FEDERALLY INSURED BY NCUA Ask for