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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23,2020 ——- w-m W'FPv-~v-—-WWWNWiw-mxwwwflWfimfln.uvw*nr w.~.~m—«.w,»...—._._..wr.....,,...... .. .... .. , SCHOOL mu’ v-1 .7. . .. ,.- . m... .. .. v 1...... H... ....n....,..... Page Aggie Articles News and Notes from Park River Area School Above: Back Row (Left to Right): Ms. Sam, Jase B., Peyhton S., Kenzie K., Leo 3., Autumn J. Mid- dle Row (Left to Right): Esmay J., Axton 0., Chase 3., Annie L., MaKynzlee P. Front Row (Left to Right): Lucy U., Quinn V., Zoey 3., Ean H., Lily F. Bottom: Ms. Sam 8r Joe. G just finishing u Writer’s Workshop. By Sam Hajicek PARK RIVER, ND. —— This school year is everything but nor- mal. This being my first year teaching I have many new “firsts”. Teaching during a pandemic is something that I didn’t learn about or prepare for in my college class- es. There is no manual for this, and rules and regulations change daily. As a school we have all figured out different ways to teach and help stu— dents whether they are in our class— room physically or they’re joining us live throughout the day through Google Classroom. Preparations for 2020 In the beginning of the year as we were preparing for the upcom- ing school year there we‘rethings " "tliat’We'liad do as a schoolithat we never ‘ thought we Would have to worry about such as spacing desks out around our room so that we could create as much space between our students as possible. We also needed to create scenarios where we had limited students in one area at a time. Also, we needed to change our whole classroom dynamic to al- low kids to have “their own stuff” so that we didn’t have kids sharing things to prevent germs from spreading. This of course along with all of us teaching with masks on all day long, and helping our stu- dents to do the same. All of this went against everything we as teachers do in our classroom such as sharing, collaborating in groups, and creating peer partners between difierent classrooms. I thought this was going to have a negative effect instead I have seen this type of teaching and learning create con- nections in the classroom that may have not been formed in different ways if it weren’t for being able to distance learn and teach in the platform that we have been. Making Connections Through distance teaching I am able to reach my students that are “distance learning” since the be- ginning of the year. We meet three times a day to do daily lessons, but what I didn’t expect is that I would be able to create great relationships when my students were so far away. I have learned about them through conversations, reading with each other, and them being able to share their works that they have cre- ated with me. I miss giving them hugs, elbow bumps, and knuckles, but when I can’t physically be next to them air high fives, smiles, and excitement through conversation are great celebrations of relationships and connections that have been formed. I also have those students that have to be “distance learning” because of having to be quarantined; these students are then supplied with an Ipad, packet of activities, and textbooks. At one time during this year, I had 10 students “distance learning” and only 8 in my class- room. To my surprise this is where I was able to see the connection be— tween other students. The students in my classroom would count down the days till their friends would re- turn to our classroom, and they would wave at them daily when they joined our classroom on we- bcam. During one instance there was a student online who needed oto: u mltte my help with spelling something, and I asked the student to wait just a moment because I was helping an- other student at the time. One of my other “online” kids unmuted their mic and said “Ms. Sam I can help them spell that word!”. This student then proceeded to tell the other stu- dent how to spell this word; both saying thank you and you’re wel- come to each other after this had happened This kind of helpfiilness, kindness, and support has continued to happen online, and in the class- room and I believe it is because of the connections and bonds that have been made and that remain even when students are distance learning. To stay connected I read every day insmall group ,with my ‘on'line sweetie wharf-gigging,“ s students get to partfter‘ read: A to, during writer’s Workshop Ihave the online students, as well as my in- class students share what they wrote about that day, letting them read to me and tell me about their picture that they drew with it as well. Teaching Technology As a first-grade teacher there are many technological terms and du- ties that I have had to teach my stu- dents that I would have never taught them without distance leam- ing. One day I was sharing my screen and my students online said, “I can’t see your screen, it’s too small”. I then proceeded to teach them how to “pin” my screen, so that they would be able to see it in a bi gger format. They have learned how to manage online etiquette, such as muting their mics when not talking, waiting their turn if I am talking to someone else, and being able to stay on task with what we are doing in class. Students are also able to show me their work via web cam, and are able to ask questions when they need help. The tasks that these first-grade students were and are able to do every day amaze me. Creating “Space” Brings Us Together This pandemic has taught us that distance and space means protec- tion; sometimes that means con— nections, bonds, and relationships also become distanced. By no means does this have to result in us not forming those relationships . that we all need. We just have to fig- ure out new ways to do it. We have created a way to educate students that are distance learning or quar- antined, and we have also figured out how to keep us as teachers con- nected as well. As a school we meet through online platforms or small- er spaced-out groups. These dif- ferent ways allow us as staff to com- municate with each other, and pro- vide collaborative opportunities for teachers to work through chal- lenges and celebrations that they have in their classrooms. Togeth- er we help each other to brainstorm, create, and implement possible so- lutions to challenges that come with distance teaching. This being my first year teaching it will always be memorable, but the knowledge that I have gained and the different ways I was able to create connec- tions between staff, students, and parents will always be with me throughout my future years of be- ing an educator. Mott girlvwins the state WIFE essay contest REAGENT, ND. — Anisha Kemerling of Mott was the winner of a state essay contest that ' ended in November. The title of this year’s con- test was “ND Comrnodities and how they are use- firl”, Students in the fifth grade throughout the state were encouraged to choose any one of the many commodities that are produced in our state and explain how it is used in 100 words or less. Some of the commodities that could be includ- ed were beef, dairy, honey, various crops, veg- etables and fi'uits. Anisha wrote about Honey. Valley-Edinburg to stream a r EDINBURG, ND. Valley Edinbng School is proud to an- nounce that we have partnered with the NFHS Network, and we've in— vested in new technology that will bring you every game from our Ed- - All Titan live and on-demand sports broadcasts - All other spOrting events from around the Nation Friends and family members who can't make the game will nev— inburg and Crystal gyms LIVE. er miss a play again! Here‘s how to Join the NFHS Network for full watch: access to 1) V1sit wwwNFHSnetworkcom Ei'i Layla Krinke of Scranton won second place with lentils and Maara Kutz of Sykeston placed third with sunflowers. Honorable mentions went to Caroline Stegrnan of Cavalier on honey, Quinn Messmer of Mott on flax and Brayden Schatz of Mott with wheat. The topics were var- ied with numerous duplicate topics. Each of the three winners-received a check for their efforts and every entrant received a color- ful personalized certificate. Some teachers used this contest as a class proj- ect that promoted agriculture but some students submitted an entry on their own. Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE) which is a grassroots organization committed to improving profitability in production agriculture. For more information about WIFE and their ac— tivities, contact state president Phyllis Howatt at howphy@midco.net or Marlene Kouba at mmk- ouba@ndsupemet.com. 4r, éfiw$afir-wSmemfl{. 2) Search for Valley Edinburg High School and go to our page 3) Subscribe and Follow (all home games in Crystal and Edin- burg will be FREE) Thank you for your continued support of Titan athletics. We look forward to bringing you top notch broadcasts of our athletic events! *Drayton home games will be broadcast on Facebook Live and on the Drayton Vision Channel 83 The NFHS Network game times are listed in EST time zone on their website. Reminder the game start times are an hour off. They will start CST time zone. The games times are listed to show warm ups also. State School Superintendent Baesler Provides Flexibility For Professional Development Training BISMARCK, N.D. —— State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said she will not require ' North Dakota schools to close for two days during the 2021-22 school year, which she said will give school districts more op- tions in planning their upcoming school year. “Local school boards have long been granted broad discretion in setting their school calendars,” Baesler said. “Given the current public health crisis, this discretion has proven to be even more im- portant than ever. Additionally, the pandemic has spurred creative , ways to deliver professional de- velopment enabling all educators to participate remotely from 10- cations across North Dakota. “ On October 14, 2020, the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders (NDCEL) requested Oc- tober 20-22, 2021, be designated as days a school district may not schedule school-sponsored, school-directed, or school-related activities, including instruction time. “After giving the matter the ut- most consideration, I am declining to exercise the authority to declare any days in conflict ‘of a profes- sional development conference under NDCC § l5.l-06-04.l. r.“ ’2' FarmH' ouse Fraternity Almnn i announces scholarsh rp' FARGO, ND. —— FarmHouse Fraternity alumni have established an endowment that will provide six, $3,000 scholarships to incoming male fiestmxn at Dakota, State University for the2021-“2022 academic year" The SchOIar‘ships will not be‘ba‘sed primarily on schOlarship, but rather a demonstration of FarmHouse Fraternity values, i.e., intellec- tual, spiritual, social and moral development. Applications are avail- able at ndsufarmhouse.org and are due by February 1, 2021. ‘ Preference will be given to someone who demonstrates the char- acteristics of “grit”—resilience, a strong work ethic, direction, desire to succeed, and perseverance. A qualified recipient must demonstrate sometimes some pearl barley and the main ingredient: blood collected at the time of butchering a beef or a hog. “The (blood sausage) was made into loaves, boiled and laid away,” Vernon wrote, “later to be taken in and diced, fried in grease or cream and eaten with syrup or honey.” Nora told her ten children that Santa Claus was mythical like the Jule Nisse, an interesting little character. The Jule Nisse was a type of elf who helped families with certain things, but he had an omery streak. If he got upset, he had to be calmed down with bowls of ponidge or rice pudding, or he would make mischief, like tying the cows’ tails together, or dropping and breaking firings. If children offered him rice pudding on Christmas Eve, he would leave gifts for them. Some Gerrnans fiom Russia had TWO Christmas Eve visitors — Belznick- el and Kristkindl. In the book, Ethnic Heritage in North Dakota, Kas and Ida Grefl‘ wrote, “As early as two weeks before Christmas the Belznickl would gather his chains, rattling and roaring at the window just to be sure we wouldn’t forget he was coming. Now if anything can keep you from misbehaving, the Belznickl could. After all, he-could drag you away on Christ- mas Eve.” The Grefl‘s wrote that the Belznickl would finally Show his face on Christ- mas Eve after the evening dinner. “His rattling and growling would keep on for an hour or two,” they wrote. “When he let up for a few minutes, we would worry that he had skipped our home and gone somewhere else. He and the Kristkindl did, after all, leave gifts and treats and we certame did— n’t want to miss that. Usually preceding the actual entrance of the Kristkindl and Belznickl, we would fiuiously say prayer after prayer. “Finally‘the Belznickl came in with the Kristkindl behind,” they con- “This potential for calendaring instruction and school activities on these days has been made all the more workable because NDCEL’s Fall Conference, like so many conferenCes, is now being pro- vided with a virtual option in Oc- tober 2021 with a broad window of opportunity for attendees to complete the virtual offerings —~ eliminating the time and cost of This decision will give our school districts added flexibility in de- veloping their 2021-22 school calendars during these unprece- dented times,” Baesler said. School districts continue to have the option of creating their calendars to allow their teachers or administrators to attend the ND— CEL Fall Conference for profes- sional development days, but for the forthcoming school year NDCC § 15.1:06-04.1 Will not be exercised to prohibit school dis- tricts from scheduling, sponsoring, or directing other school activities or instructional time during those conference days. and administrators the opportuni— ty to serve their students and also obtain professional education,” Baesler said. Wt! that his circumstances and accomplishments, when combined with fi- nancial aid and determination, will result in a high likelihood of grad- uation from NDSU in’ four years. . f” g ,.-~r../;_r,,_t-~t’§x if 5* .r“ Awardees will be announced in apprOximately March. - The North Dakota State University chapter of FarmHouse (FH) Fra- ternity was established in 1955. FH is noted for maintaining one of the highest grade-point-averages at NDSU and does not allow alcohol in the fraternity house or at any other functions. Membership represents a wide variety of majors, such as agriculture, engineering, business, and political science. For more information, visit ndsufarmhouse.org. tinued. “He was a furry thing that crawled on all fours, rattled his chain, and grabbed anyone or anything that got in his way. (He wanted) to get the bad kids and drag them away. Often he had to be held back by Mom or an older brother or sister. We’d pile on the bed, many times 10 or more of us 1 kids, jump and wrap up in Mom’s bedspread. He’d make a grab for us and we’d run. “The Belznickl was really our father but we didn’t know that. We were so scared we didn’t even recognize the big bear-like robe that we used on the bed...at night. He’d tell us we’d better be good for the next year. Lat- er Mother would remind us ‘the Belznickl will get yOu’ if we weren’t good. “Our first reaction to the Kristkindl was always what a beautifiil angel she was,” they continued. “She was a neighbor woman dressed as an an- gel and would ask if we’d been good. If we didn’t answer immediately that we had, she’d swat us with a little willow switch. She reminded us to say our prayers and this was usually followed by an Our Father and a Hail Mary. The Belznickl in this whole process would try to grab our legs in order to take us away. A great havoc was created with prayers being said amid screams of agony and peals of laughter. After the children received their gifts the awesome duo would leave and the evening settled down. Gifts were opened, songs were sung, and stomachs were filled with Christmas treats.” Dakota Datebook written by Merry Helm “Dakota Datebook” is a radio series fiom Prairie Public in pannership with the State Histori- cal Society of North Dakota and with fimding fiom the North Dakota Humanities Council. See all the Dakota Datebooks at prairiepublic. org, subscribe to the “Dakota Dateka "podcast, or buy the Dako- ta Datebook book at shopprairiepublicorg. Your community. Your paper. Your story. Contact Allison or Brook at the Walsh County Press 284-6333 or wcpress@polarcomm.com Registered Dental Hygienist — Part Time’ Park River Dental - Park River, ND Looking for a motivated, hardworking and friendly registered dental hygienist to join our well established and growing practice. Flexible work hours. Applicant must have current North Dakota license, excellent verbal communication skills, knowledge of dental software and current CPR certification. Pay is DOE and benefits include paid vacations, retirement plans and continuing education ' credits. PARK RIVER DENTAL DR. BENKOA DR. BRIAN LARSON ,ygtpplicants can send their resume to: Park" River Dental, PO Box 662, Park River, ND 58270 90 you or your group have a story to tell? We’re here to help. Contact The Press: Autoalmlrlement 14830 Hwy 17w., Grafton, ND 701 -352-3600-(800)279-8083 Job Opening: ‘ Hansons Auto and Imple- ment has a job opening for an organized person to prepare Ag Service in- voices and warranty sub- mission along with A9 parts clerical work. Ex- perience preferred, but will train the right person. Salary based on experi- ence. Excellent benefits. Contact Brian at 701-352-3600. 0118426333 This annual essay contest was sponsored by . travel, and thus offering teachers , . w... M. WW... WWWWWWm- .....:...;m.»... "2;"