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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER I, 2014 Pa e 7 Meals are subject to change without notice EDMORE PUBLIC SCHOOLS (EDMORE) Served Daily: Skim milk, salad bar option, whole wheat products Thurs- B: oatmeal, toast, sauce L: hamburger gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, bread Fri- B: cereal, yogurt 1: macaroni ham and cheese hot dish, peas, dinner rolls, sauce Men- B- cereal, yogurt L: BBQ's, French fries, cheese, pickles, beans, sauce Tues- B: French toast casserole, sauce L: chicken hot dish, carrots, dinner rolls Wed- B: hard boiled eggs, toast, sauce L: turkey noodle soup, assorted sandwiches, crackers, salad, sauce FORDVILLE- LANKIN SCHOOL (FoRDVILLE) Milk ~ bread are served daily. Meals arc subject to cha~e. Wed- B: Pride of Dakota Day B: French toast, syrup, juice L: ham slices, creamed potatoes, glazed carrots, fruit sauce Thurs- B: fried eggs, toast, juice L: chicken burgers, French fries, chicken flavored rice, fresh fruit Fri- B: raised donuts, cereal, juice L: subs w/assorted toppings, sun chips, mac. Salad and fruit sauce Men- B: assorted ceral, toast, juice 1: hamburger macaroni hot dish, buns, veg. tray, fruit sauce Tues- B: grilled cheese, juice L: chili, bread sfix, cheese slices, crackers, veg. tray, fruit sauce Wed- B: blueberry muffins, assorted cereal, juice L: BBQ chicken, baked potatoes, green beans, veg. tray, fruit sauce MINTO PUBLIC SCHOOL (MIN re) Pruits, vegetables, milk, peanut butter, jelly, and bread served with aH meals. Thurs- B: bagels, cream cheese, yogurt L: taco in a bag Fri~ B: cereal, toast L: corn dogs, baked beans Men- B: eggs, sausage, toast L: sub sandwiches, potato chips Tues- B: omelets, toast L: BBQ chicken, macaroni salad, dinner roll Wed- B: beefy mac and cheese, dinner roll PARK RIVER AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS (PARK RIVER) Bread, sun butter, jelly, fruit, salad bar, and milk are served daily. Thurs- B: pancakes, sausage L: meatballs, potato Fri- B: breakfast bagels L: hard shell tacos w/toppings Men- B: breakfast pizza L: chicken burgers, chips, salsa Tues. B: cereal, toast L: turkey, ham & cheese subs, potatoes Wed- B: waffles, sausage L: spaghetti hot dish VALLEY- EDINBURG K-4 (HOOeLE) Fresh ve~gies (lettuce, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, celery), fruit and milk served at each meal. Peanut Butter nnd Jelly sandwiches offered as an alternative to the entrde. Thurs- chicken noodle soup, egg salad, turkey or uncrustable sandwich, green beans Fri- pepperoni pizza, cooked carrots Men- soft shell taco, refried beans, salsa Tues- popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, dinner roll Wed- spaghetti/meat sauce, breadsfick, peas VALLEY-EDINBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL (CRYSTAL) Salad bar, ruiG milk served at each meaL Thurs- soft shell tacos, refried beans Fri- beef stew, dinner roll Men- hot ham & cheese, assorted chips, California Medley Tues- corn dogs, tater tots, green beans Wed- chicken bacon ranch wraps, baked beans (Early dismissal) VALLEY-EDINBURG HIGH SCHOOL (EDINBURG) Bread, milk, fruit, ve, Kgie bar~ dessert, peanut butter and jelly served with aH meals. Thurs- French bread pizza, ice cream bar Fri- WGR sub bun w/turkey & ham, tomato and cheese slices, macaroni salad Men- race salad, salsa, cheese, corn, cookie Tues- chicken rice casserole, fresh bun, carrots Wed- Chicken burger, WGR bun, pasta salad, chips By Aaron Schram PARK RIVER, N.D. -- About 25 years ago, I graduated from a Class B high school in North Dakota. I was part of a class that was very competitive in a lot of ways - in- cluding academics. We were fortunate to have a lot of good teachers who not only taught us but pushed us to achieve our best - much like what I see from our staff at Park River Area. At the end of four years of high school, we did the traditional valedictorian, salutatori- an, and honor student assignments. We had four students who finished with a perfect 4.0 grade point average and were recognized as valedictorians. All four of them went on to college and have become, by societal stan- dards, very successful. One is a family doc- tor in a rural community, one is a nurse man- ager at the Mayo Clinic, one is a computer programmer at Microsoft, and one works for the IRS. Our one salutatorian has also en- joyed a successful career as a software con- sultant. Looking back at your own graduating class, you may or may not see similar suc- cesses from your top honored students. However, it may be more interesting to look at the rest of your class. As I look back at the rest of my graduating class, I see similar suc- cesses - a lawyer, a pharmacist, successful business men and women, educators, and high ranking military officers. It makes me wonder, does it really matter where someone ranks in their class? Often, the difference be- tween the top students is only a few tenths or hundredths of a point. In certain cases, it may even be only a few thousandths of a point. This may come down to a single per- centage point in a class made up of hundreds or thousands of points. It raises the question, "Why do schools do this?" As I was reading an article a colleague had sent me a couple months ago, I was reminded of a story about a student who received a B in a class as a freshman in high school. The student's grade was decided by a single ques- tion on the final exam. One more question right and the student would get an A for the course. The student received an A in every course the rest of his/her high school career. One test question made the difference be- tween being a valedictorian and just anoth- er honor student. The article I was reading, "Class Rank Weighs Down Tree Learning," caught my at- tention when I read the statement, "Is my pur- pose to select talent, or is my purpose to de- velop talent?" The article went on to talk about class rank and the challenges and dan- gers with it. I would encourage any educa- tor, student, or parent to read it. The following URL will give you access to the article: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/03/0 1/kappan_guskey.hmfl. The article presents not only the challenges with class rank and assigning valedictorian and salutatorian rifles, but how it leads to selecting talent rather than developing it. I will share a few of those things in this article. Proponents of class rank will argue that se- lective colleges require this on applications. This is becoming much less prevalent. In fact, only 19% of colleges give class rank con- siderable importance. One of the biggest drawbacks of this misconception is that undo pressure can be put on students to have a certain class rank. I recall a meeting I had with a student and parent during registration one year. As they were looking at the stu- dent's transcript, the parent looked at the stu- dent's class rank and expressed disappoint- ment even though the student had a very high GPA. There was obviously a certa'm level of pressure put on the student to have a higher class rank. Proponents will also argue that recognizing the top student or two at graduation motivates students to "rise to the top." However, if you consider this practice, you realize that it is cre- ated to pit students against each other much like a 'bell curve" grading system does. In- tentionally or unintentionally, it creates win- ners and losers. Students are often motivated to get a better grade than someone else rather than to maximize their learning. There are often only a couple winners in this practice. Therefore, students and their parents around the country have found a lot of ways to en- hance their GPA to help them win the con- test. I am reminded of another conversation I had during a registration meeting where the student stated they chose to take a less challenging course because they needed it to keep their GPA up. Unfortunately, this mindset can prevent students from chal- lenging themselves and taking the academ- ic risks necessary to better themselves. Proponents may also argue that the top stu- dents become the leaders in life after high school. A report on a study done on vale- dictorians in 1995 indicated that most vale- dictorians went on to become quite successful by societal standards - doctors, lawyers, busi- ness men and women, engineers, and health care professionals. Interestingly, very few of them became leaders in their career fields be- cause they weren't risk takers that worked to- ward innovation or exploration. However, when you think about it, it makes sense. Many of these high achievers never took risks through their academic careers because it would have led to failures (possibly a B in a class) and when you are competing against other individuals to win the contest you can- not afford to have failures. They were taught and even programmed by the system to not take risks. As I look at our current system of recog- nizing student academic achievement, I am taken back to the question, "Is my purpose to select talent, or is my purpose to develop talent?" I believe Park River Area High School, much like the high school I gradu- ated from, works to develop talent, but both schools are guilty of selecting talent as well. ally pit them against each other. When we try to develop and select talent, we send a mixed message of what is most important to If we are going to focus on developing tal- ent we need to emphasize certain things and de-emphasize other things. The Park River ! School District has had a long history of hav- ing high academic expectations for its stu- dents - this should not change. I firmly be- lieve that encouraging students to strive for high academic achievement is very impor- tant and recognizing that achievement, if done correctly, is also valid. However, I also be- lieve that striving to learn far outweighs striv- ing to get a certain grade - good grades are a by-product of the learning process. I already hear my own child make comments that lead me to believe she is more focused on her grades rather than what she is learning. Schools were created to provide learning en- vironments for students. Many schools even include a phrase about learning in their mission statements. If you think about it, which is the more typical question a parent would ask their child when they come hem( from school, "What did you leam today?" or "What grade did you get today?" If we fo- cus on class rank, we are sending the mes- sage that grades are more important than learning. As a school principal, I am a member of the state administrator listserv. One topic that has come up multiple times over the last few years is how schools recognize top honor stu- dents. After visiting with various adminis- ! trators, it has become apparent to me that more and more schools across the state] have looked at and made changes to how they ! rank and recognize their high achieving students. As I go back to the question, "Is my pur- pose to select talent, or is my purpose to de- velop talent?", I believe as a school we need to look at whether our current model of us- ing class rank and recognizing honor students should be continued. There are several mod- els out there to look at that may help us put a greater focus on developing talent rather than selecting it. Editor's Note: Schramm is the high school prinicpal at Park River Area Schools. By Emily Laaveg of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Park Riv- er Area is having a bit of a blast from the past. School Counselor, Kevin Skavhaug has decided to bring back the old school newspaper, the Aggie Chronicle. "It was a favorite of all," said Skavhaug, "it was a paper by stu- dents, for students." There will be a little less than a dozen students involved with the pa- per as of now. "It will be run like a business, and I am the boss," said Skavhaug. The paper will not be for profit; all the money will go into the paper. Any profit made will go into improving aspects of the paper or sending staff on educational trips to improve their skills with their jobs in the paper. "[The old newspaper] must have ended before '87, because that's when I first started teaching here, and it wasn't around then," said Skavhaug. He speculated that it may have ended from either a lack of in- terest by the students, a lack of fund- ing for the paper, orjust because there was no advisor. One of the reasons for getting a school newspaper again is Skavhaug's enthusiasm for this proj- ect. "I think that newspapers are quite interesting. Another reason is to get more students involved with ex- tracurricular activities. More specifi- cally, ones that haven't been around for a long time. So far there have only been two meetings held. Their purpose was to inform students what will be hap- petting over the year. Things like how they will be raising money to get the paper out each issue, the website where they will be submitting the pa- per to be printed, and what the pur- pose of some jobs will be. Some of the jobs that are available to the students are editor, creating and selling ads, accounting and finance, news and sports reporters, web lay- out and design, and several others. The club will be getting their templates and some suggestions from the website with which they will be submitting their final designs to. This website its makemynewspa- per.com. The website includes in- formation on creating articles; tem- plates that you can either use or as is, or customize; and the option of re- leasing an online newspaper. They still are in the planning stages of the paper at this time. 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