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Sauk Centre Public School Newsletter May-June 2017 Vol. 27 No. 5

Class of 2017 Honor and Scholarship Banquet

Fifty-three students from Sauk Centre's class of 2017 will be recognized for their academic achievement at the Honor and Scholar-
ship Banquet, Monday May 8. The banquet begins with a catered dinner in the Multi-Purpose Room at 7 p.m. and continues with the
presentation of awards in the auditorium at 8 p.m. Teachers, school board members, parents, family members, and other community
members will be there to recognize the students' hard work and celebrate their accomplishments.

The following seniors will be recognized at the Honor and Scholarship Banquet: Riley Akervik, Mitchell Beilke, Hannah Berg, Ann
Bertram, Haley Blank, Kelly Blonigen, Cassandra Bohnsack, Taylor Borgerding, Sarah Bushard, Cole Deters, Adam Fiedler, Joshua
Fischer, Emily Frericks, Kyle Froseth, Katelyn Gierke, Breann Gritz, Aaliyah Kampsen, Kallie Kampsen, Allison Kerfeld, Jill Kla-
phake, Alexander Kluver, Alyssa Kohorst, Morgan Kranz, Gwendalyn Lamusga, Alexis Lawinger, Chase Lawinger, Noah Lezer,
Alexis Marthaler, Morgan Marthaler, Emily Mensen, Kayla Messer, Kendra Middendorf, Austin Millard, Anthony Moritz, Gavin Nel-
son, Stephanie Nelson, Mikayla Olson, Kristopher Pettit, Noah Polipnick, Kalindi Rachey, Aliya Ranta, Tanner Rieland, Maria Rivers,
Isaac Schreiner, Tyler Sogge, Patrick Trebus, Luke VanBeck, Ashley Weber, Simon Weller, Isaiah Westby, Avery Wiese, Shayne
Winter, Julaine Wold.

FACS Students Compete in Contests

by Amy Goodwin
Family and Consumer Science Instructor

Students in the third quarter Creative Cooking Class participate in two projects that
require careful planning, problem solving, creativity, good food preparation tech-
niques, and friendly competition.

The gingerbread house project starts with drawing the template for cutting out the
house parts from the dough they prepare to putting the finishing decorating touches
on the house. When finished the houses go to the cafeteria for all students to vote
for their favorite. This years winners were: first place Beth Middendorf and Mack-
enzie Meyer, second place Jacob Gamradt and Kailyn Seidel, and third place Emily
Frericks and Shayne Winter. Continued on page 10
Dear Families and Community
Members by Patrick J. Westby

As the school year is quickly coming to an end, it Certainly, we also need to say a huge thank you to
is truly a great time to stop and reflect on this past our students! Their work and growth in so many
school year. As I reflect, the first thing that comes to areas over this past year has been extremely reward-
my mind is how incredibly fast this year has come ing to see. I believe our students have worked hard
and gone! Wow, what a year!! and have put their best foot forward! Being a student
today is not an easy job. I marvel at their persistence
On July 1, I began the year as your new Superinten- and dedication and thank them for their efforts. In
dent with the belief that parents are a childs first a couple of weeks, we will say congratulations to a
and most important teacher. While there are so class of seniors that will sincerely be missed! They
many people who are important in a childs educa- are all just fantastic young men and women that have
tion, it really all begins with parents and families. In showed tremendous leadership all year long. There is
my opinion, this continues to be so very true! Par- no doubt in my mind that these young people are des-
ents, thank you for sharing your children with us and tined for great things! Congratulations class of 2017,
working with us as a partner in your childs educa- Sauk Centre is proud of you! Thank you students for
tion. Without you and your support, we would not all you do!!
see the growth that has occurred throughout this year.
What a privilege we have to live and work in a com- As the summer months approach, please continue
munity where education and family are cornerstones to read to and with your children on a daily basis!
for our children! Thank you parents and families for Please take advantage of all that Central Minnesota
all you do!! has to offer throughout the summer. Have an enjoy-
able, safe summer and everyone here at Sauk Centre
Secondly, I am truly grateful for all our staff mem- Schools is looking forward to working with you dur-
bers! These wonderful people include teachers, ing the 2017-18 school year!
custodians, paraprofessionals, cooks, secretaries and
principals! They are an incredibly skilled group of
people who work tremendously hard every single
day. The caring and genuine concern they show for
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all our students on a daily basis is truly remarkable.
One of the greatest treasures I get to experience is for the School Year
watching these people do what they do! Thank you
Sauk Centre staff for all you do!! The next issue of the
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Within our staff team, a group of people who often mailed in mid August,
times go unrecognized for their work is our bus driv- before the 2017-2018
ers. I would like to shout out a huge Thank you to all school year starts. We
our dedicated drivers! Through all kinds of weather hope you have an enjoy-
and road conditions, our drivers do an incredible able and safe summer and we look forward to the fall
job each and every day of transporting our students activities. School will start back on September 5.
safely! Thank you drivers for all you do!!

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Elementary Happenings
From the Desk of Ms. Millard
by Amy Millard
Elementary School Principal

Elementary News and took their Reading MCA tests the week of April
The sun is shining, the weather is warming up, the base- 24. Fifth graders will also be taking the Science MCA
ball fields are busyit must be May! It is hard to believe on May 10. I am so proud of the efforts I have seen
another school year is coming to an end. I am not sure if amongst the students. Many students have set goals
it is because I have a son graduating high school in May and are working hard to achieve their goal on the
or because May is a busy month and there seems to be MCA. Congrats to all students for your hard work on
a lot left to do before the end of the yearbut I feel the the MCAs!
need to put on the brakes this May! I am so proud of the
efforts from students this year. One of my favorite parts Soles4Souls WOW! Recently, Sauk Centre El-
of working in education is reflecting on the past year and ementary paired with the Sauk Centre Lions to collect
celebrating the growth and shoes for Soles4Souls. Since Soles4Souls began in
progress that was made! 2006, they have distributed over 30 million pairs of
Thank you for your con- shoes in 127 countries and all 50 US states. The grade
tinued partnership as we level that collected the most shoes won a pizza party
work to develop life-long sponsored by the Sauk Centre Lions. I am AMAZED
learners in our students. at the amount of shoes collected! Sauk Centre El-
Please feel free to stop in, ementary collected a total of 3,849 pairs of shoes!
e-mail, or call if you ever Fourth grade was the winning grade level with a total
want to visit I would of 1,623 pairs of shoes! Thank you to everyone who
love to hear from you. contributed to this great cause I am so proud of the
Happy Spring! effort the elementary put forward to help Soles4Souls.

End of the Year News / Reminders: Summer Bounce Back is a summer school program
Spring is here! I am so grateful for the sunshine and for elementary students. Students who need extra
warmer temps. Your child will be playing outside help in reading and/or math are recommended for
each day at recess. Please remember the weather this program
fluctuates this time of year and it is best to dress your by their cur-
child in layers. Also, the playground tends to be rent classroom
muddy and wet at times. Making sure your child has teacher. This
an extra pair of socks or pants in their locker is help- program will
ful as well. provide students
with a great
6th Grade Graduation will take place on May 24 jump start on
at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. This is a time to the 2017-2018
celebrate our 6th graders and their accomplishments school year.
as well as wish them well as they journey on to 7th During Bounce
grade next year. Families of 6th graders, please mark Back, students will work on specific reading and math
your calendars for this special event. skills through a variety of fun activities taught by staff
from Sauk Centre Elementary School. If your child
Testing Season is well underway. Students in grades is recommended for this program, you will receive
3-6 took their Math MCA tests the week of April 17 information regarding Bounce Back prior to the end
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Secondary School Message
by Sheila Flatau
Secondary School Principal

Happy Spring! While we certainly enjoy the warmer weather April 29 was the JuniorSenior Prom. This years
and promise of summer, spring also means we are working theme was Fascinating Rhythm, based on the 1920s.
hard to wrap up the current school year while also planning for Our junior class has been actively involved in selecting
the next one. State testing, registration and scheduling, and a the theme and making preparations for this very special
variety of special events ensure that spring is the busiest season event.
of the school year! May 1 was our final session of Parent-Teacher Con-
ferences. We thank everyone who was able to attend
Beginning in March and ending in early May, staff and students conferences this school year. Parent involvement is key
are focused on completing the MCA-III tests in mathematics, to student success and we truly appreciate your support.
reading, and science. All of these tests are administered online. Please know that while these dates are a great time to
This allows us to quickly obtain results, but also means we rely connect with teachers, we encourage parents to contact
heavily on our computer labs during this part of the school year. teachers at any time during the school year.
Earlier in the year, students spent time in advisory setting goals On May 8 we recognize 52 senior students who have
related to their MCA performance. We have been pleased with achieved honor status and/or are receiving scholarships
our initial results and as soon as we are able, we will be sharing at the annual Honor and Scholarship Banquet. We are
score reports with parents and students. thrilled to celebrate the hard work and success of these
students. Congratulations!
We continue to develop 2017-18 student schedules. Students On May 19 we will be recognizing our senior student
were able to see next years master schedule when they regis- extracurricular participants during the Senior Activ-
tered in March. We spend April and May balancing out class ity Awards Night. Students who have participated in
sizes and meeting with individual students as needed. Final activities during their senior year will be recognized.
schedules will be available for all students at Open House in May 19 is our Spring Fling celebration for students who
August. have demonstrated respectful and responsible behaviors
throughout the 3rd and 4th quarters of the school year.
During the remaining weeks of school, we have the following On May 24 we will be recognizing our 9th grade
events: students who have achieved Honor Roll status through-
On April 26, we had three students recognized as out 7th, 8th, and 9th grades at the annual Presidential
Students of Excellence at a banquet hosted by Resource Academic and Achievement Awards ceremony.
Training and Solutions. Pictured below is Emily Frer- Graduation is June 2 at 8:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.
icks, Simon Weller, and Alexis Lawinger who attended Afterwards, we will be hosting the Graduation Chem-
the banquet along with their parents. At the end of the ical-Free Party from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. We look
3rd quarter, each of these students had maintained a 4.0 forward to celebrating this very special event with
GPA throughout their high school career. students and their families!

We wish our senior

graduates the very best!
We trust that they are
leaving high school with
a clear direction for their
future and we are happy
to have been a part of
their journey. We wish
everyone a great summer
and look forward to seeing our returning students in the fall!

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Students Participate in Committees
and Activities by Don Peschel
Dean of Students

Unite Group Meets with Elementary Students eligible to win over 50 prizes as part of our Streeter Slip
The Unite Committee spent several sessions meeting with program. Grand prize winners will be identified in our
the 4th, 5th and 6th grade students in the public school next newsletter.
and at HFS. They watched a video from The Harbor en-
titled Finding your Greatness and held discussions with New Odyssey Performs for Students
students in small group formats discussing the highlights On April 6, the Chicago based group New Odyssey
of the video. Also, these students discussed the impor- performed for the secondary students. This group was
tance of citizenship with the elementary students and the a talented trio of gentlemen that utilized 60 different
importance of respect and positive treatment of all. This instruments during their performance. They mixed con-
effort was an extension of the program offered to our 7-12 temporary music with old time rock n roll to entertain
students in an effort to collaborate and connect with our both faculty and students. This group was brought to our
districts younger kids. The Unite Committee members school through the efforts of Rich Betlach and the Com-
facilitated these small group discussions and heard feed- munity Concerts Association. A grant was applied for and
back from them on what positive school culture means received bringing this wonderfully talented musical group
to them as they grow and develop as students in our halls to Sauk Centre for all to hear. Thank you to Rich and his
and classrooms. The committee members shared some committee for their efforts in providing our secondary
of the events and activities that they take part in as part of school with a group that entertained all.
this student group and encouraged membership as these
elementary students transition into high school. A spe-
cial thank you to the elementary teachers from the public
school and Holy Family School for allowing this group of Gearing Up For
high school students to reach out and spread the word to the Grad Party
their kids in their respective classrooms. For more than 30 years, the grad
party has been successful in providing
May 19 Spring Fling a fun and chemical free environment
As part of our Renaissance Program, the 7-12 students for our senior class to celebrate one
will take part in our annual Spring Fling. Once again, of the most memorable nights of their lives with
KCLD will be providing entertainment for the afternoon their classmates. On Friday, June 2, the senior class
as the student body partakes in a variety of activities. will have an opportunity to participate in the An-
Also, we will have our Streeter Pride drawings in the nual Grad Party Lock-In. Music, unlimited food
morning with four grand prize winners. Prizes include and beverages, entertainment, games and prizes are
a flat screen television donated by Minnesota National some of the things that the senior class will partici-
Bank, Dr. Dre Beats (headphones) donated by 1st State pate in.
Bank and Agency, an iPod mini donated by Central MN
Credit Union, and a Kindle donated by Felling Trailers. I If you would like to make a monetary donation,
would like to thank these businesses for their continued merchandise, service donation, gift cards, or a
support of our Streeter Pride program which promotes combination to this event, please contact either
excellence in the classroom and positive school behav- Annie Sorenson at 320-352-2856, ext. 3014 or e-
iors. A special thank you goes to Coborns for providing mail or contact Hayley
the lunch for our student body. This program has been Endersbe 320-352-2258, ext. 2332 or e-mail hayley.
very well received through the years, and our students are

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Activities Department Information
by Scott Bergman
Activities Director
Senior Awards Night May 19
On Friday, May 19 in the Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., we will be hosting the Senior Awards Night.
This is an opportunity to honor our seniors who have participated in activities during their senior
year, recognize their contributions to our programs and thank everyone involved for their com-
mitment and support to our activities. All are welcome to attend.

Below is a list of seniors who will be honored.

Dustin Ahrens Track/Field Kendra Middendorf
Band Contest, Speech
Riley Akervik Drama, Choir Contest, Golf, Austin Millard Football, Wrestling, Baseball
Speech, Swimming/Diving Taysha Miller Drama, Band Contest
Hannah Berg Swimming/Diving Tony Moritz Football, Baseball
Cassandra Bohnsack Swimming/Diving, Softball, Gavin Nelson Football
Choir Contest Mikayla Olson Volleyball, Hockey, Softball
Taylor Borgerding Volleyball, Basketball Kristopher Pettit
Basketball, Baseball
Kevin Burgess Swimming/Diving Noah Polipnick Drama, Swimming/Diving, Track/
Sarah Bushard Swimming/Diving, Track/Field Field, Choir Contest, Speech
Morgan Crider Track/Field Kali Rachey Track/Field, Band Contest, Swim-
Cole Deters Football, Basketball, Baseball ming/Diving Manager
Nelson Engle Track/Field Aliya Ranta Track/Field
Adam Fiedler Football Savanah Ridenour Speech
Josh Fischer Basketball Tanner Rieland Basketball, Baseball
Noah Fletcher Hockey, Baseball Isaac Schreiner Swimming/Diving, Football
Kyle Froseth Football, Baseball Tyler Sogge Track/Field, Cross Country
Breann Gritz Volleyball Joe Stadther Football
Aaliyah Kampsen Track/Field, Basketball Manager Grant Struss Football, Baseball
Kallie Kampsen Volleyball, Softball Patrick Trebus Choir Contest
Allison Kerfeld Hockey Manager Luke VanBeck Baseball, Football
Jill Klaphake Volleyball, Basketball, Softball Simon Weller Football, Basketball, Baseball
Alexander Kluver Football, Golf Isaiah Westby Basketball, Track/Field
Alyssa Kohorst Swimming/Diving, Basketball Shayne Winter Swimming/Diving, Drama, Band
Morgan Kranz Golf, Tennis, Basketball Contest, Choir Contest
Chase Lawinger Baseball
Lexi Lawinger Volleyball Sports Physicals
Noah Lezer Football, Golf Please remember to schedule and complete your sports physicals
Lexie Marthaler Swimming/Diving, Track/Field, by August 10 for next school year. All incoming 7th grade &
Choir Contest most 10th graders will need one.
Morgan Marthaler Swimming/Diving, Track/Field,
Get a Free App on Your Smartphone to Stay
Choir Contest
Updated on Our Schedules!
Emily Mensen Swimming/Diving, Softball We encourage you to download the Activity Scheduler
Kayla Messer Softball app from the App Store to get all the updated informa-
tion regarding school schedules!

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Secondary School Counselor Students Recognized on
Hayley Endersbe Wall of Fame
The following Sauk Centre Second-
ary School Students were recog-
This month in Counseling nized through the "Wall of Fame"
which is a part of the Renaissance
I thought I would be a little less formal Program. Students who have been
with this newsletter and let you know recognized for their extraordinary
what is happening in the Counseling efforts by the faculty for the third
Office this time of year.
quarter of the 2016/2017 school year are:
The juniors just took their ACT, which I facilitated. It
Technology: Kelly Neubert, grade 10, daughter of
was a long and strenuous day for them but it the first step
Aaron Neubert and Ann Hess; Robyn Gierke,
towards their college applications in the fall! Once we
grade 7, daughter of Bob & Pam Gierke
receive the results I will add them to their transcripts for
colleges to see.
English: Alex Kowski, grade 11, son of Scott & Mi-
chelle Kowski; Tania Salgado, grade 7, daughter
As the school year draws to a close I am, of course,
of Arturo & Maria Salgado
preparing for graduation. Triple and quadruple checking
every senior to ensure they are ready for graduation and
Mathematics: Emily Mensen, grade 12, daughter of
that they are thinking about what they plan to do after
Gene & Vanessa Mensen; Gabrielle Dickinson,
graduation. I have a survey on my website for the seniors
grade 7, daughter of Daniel & Amber Dickinson
to let me know what they plan to do and what they are
looking forward to. I plan to hang their responses in the
Science: Ryan Schirmers, grade 11, son of Tim &
lunchroom for everyone to see and celebrate their achieve-
Jody Schirmers; Kalei Beilke, grade 8, daughter
ments with them.
of Jacob & Rachel Beilke
I am also in the midst of preparing the schedule for next
Band/Choir/Art: Morgan Marthaler, grade 12, daugh-
year. Mrs. Flatau and I are working together to design a
ter of Kelly Marthaler and Stacie Michels;
schedule that will serve both teachers and students well.
Hunter Nathe, grade 8, son of Andrew Nathe
Once that is complete we will begin to go through each
and Amanda Nathe
students personal schedule to make sure they have a good
mix of the courses they want as well as the courses they
Health/Phy Ed: McKinley Weiers, grade 10, daughter
need to take in order to graduate.
of Blair & Coralie Weiers; Joey Wiegers, grade
8, son of Todd & Nicole Wiegers
As I look forward to the upcoming school year I am
planning out the activities I need to complete and things
Foreign Language: Kelsey Peschel, grade 11, daugh-
I would like to add. This year I met with each senior
ter of Don & Patricia Peschel; Kim Bushard,
individually and believe that was really beneficial to them
grade 9, daughter of Mike Jr. & Trish Bushard
and to me and look forward to meeting with next years
seniors as well.
Social Studies: Kallie Kampsen, grade 12, daughter
of Tim & Stacy Kampsen; Tabitha Jennings,
If you have any thoughts on what you would like to see
grade 7, daughter of Steven & Joy Jennings
from the Counseling Office feel free to e-mail me at or call me at (320)352-2258
Family and Consumer Science: Georgie Russ, grade
11, daughter of Dennis & Carrie Russ; Emma
Kittelson, grade 7, daughter of Sam & Anette

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Music Notes
New York Trip 2017
This year's music seniors enjoyed
the annual senior trip to New York
from April 1-4. They visited Grand
Central Station, Madame Tus-
saud's Wax Museum, Rockefeller
Center Observatory, 5th Avenue,
St. Patrick's Cathedral, The Met-
ropolitan Museum of Art, Central
Park, Times Square, Paramour
on Broadway, the Statue of Lib-
erty, Eillis Island, Wall Street, 911
Memorial and Museum, The Jazz
Standard Jazz club, the Today
Show, Greenwich Village and the
Chelsea Market.

Front row: Sara Bushard, Noah Polipnick, Morgan Marthaler, Emily Frer-
icks, Cassie Bohnsack. Middle row: Riley Akervik, Tony Moritz, Avery Wi-
ese, Katelyn Gierke, Kali Rachey, Taysha Miller. Back row: Patrick Trebus,
Shayne Winters, Austin Millard, Alex Kluver.

Band Solo/Ensemble Contestants

Pictured on the right are select members of the band that par-
ticipated in solo/ensemble contest on April 11.

Excellent ratings went to: Flute duet Alex Christen and

Natalie Berndt, Trumpet solo Taysha Miller, Flute duet Kendra
Middendorf and Savanna Marthaler, Trumpet solo Shayne
Winter and Woodwind duet Alissa and Alex Christen.

Superior ratings went to: Clarinet duet Kali Rachey and

McKinley Weiers, Clarinet solo Kali Rachey, Clarinet duet
Maria Jennissen and Alissa Christen, Clarinet quartet Alissa
Christen, Maria Jennissen, McKinley Weiers and Kali Rachey

"Best in Site" award went to: Kali Rachey, Clarinet Solo.

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Choir Solo/Ensemble Contestants
On April 12, Sauk Centre sent 23 students to compete
in MSHSL Contest
Vocal Solo/Ensemble
Festival Competition
at St. Cloud Cathedral
High School. Sauk
Centre entered 15 per-
formances which was
the largest number of
entries from any of the
competing schools.
"Excellent" Rat-
ings were earned by
soloists Riley Akervik,
Abbey Olson, Emily
Primus; duets Riley
Akervik, Abbey Olson
and Kaity Mynczywor,
Mariah Ahrens. Solos: Maria Jennissen, Emily Johnson, Bryan Mensen,
"Superior" Ratings, which are the highest ratings possible, Noah Polipnick, Riley Akervik, Emily Primus, Abbey
were earned by soloists Noah Polipnick, Maria Jennis- Olson, Sharena Wiese
sen, Emily Johnson, Bryan Mensen; duet Ayden Berg,
Jenna Kill; ensembles: Girls Ensemble, Belle Voci, and
the mixed ensemble that performed the song Bring Him Beginning Band for all 5th Grade Students
Home. Spring is here and its time to start thinking about signing
up for band! All students are eligible to sign up for band
Congratulations to all students who participated in the during the spring of their 5th grade year. The process is
vocal solo/ensemble contest! as follows:

Ensembles: Belle Voci: Patrick Trebus, Cassie Bohnsack, 1. Your child will attend an informational demonstration
Shayne Winters, Azara Boschee, Alissa Christen, Maria of band instruments sponsored by the senior high band
Jennissen, Nathan Masog, Lexie Marthaler, Morgan Mar- during school. On the same day students will complete
thaler, Emily Primus, Abbey Olson, Noah Polipnick, Riley a short aptitude test and those who are interested in more
Akervik and Ayden Berg information will be provided with a beginners handbook
which outlines important dates, various costs and answers
Girls Ensemble: Alex Christen, Azara Boschee, Alissa to questions.
Christen, Maria Jennissen, Sharena Wiese, Lexie Marthal-
er, Cassie Bohnsack, Emily Johnson, Abbey Olson, Emily 2. Students (with parent permission) will then try differ-
Primus, Morgan Marthaler ent instruments to find the best choice for them. This will
happen during school.
Bring Him Home: Maria Jennissen, Jenna Kill, Lexie
Marthaler, Morgan Marthaler, Riley Akervik, Noah Po- 3. An open house will be held in the band room from
lipnick, Ayden Berg 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, to arrange instru-
ment rentals or purchases, evaluate used instruments for
Duet: Jenna Kill and Ayden Berg repair needs, and register for Beginners Band Camp to be
Duet: Riley Akervik and Abbey Olson held August 21-25 in the high school band room.
Duet: Mariah Ahrens and Kaity Mynczywor
Duet: Azara Boschee and Alex Christen Current band students wishing to learn a second instru-
ment are welcome to join us for band camp!

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FACS from page 1

The Iron Chef contest

requires the students to
find and create a recipe
that incorporates the secret
ingredient. This year there
were many creative recipes
from appetizers to des-
serts. The secret ingredient
this year was beans. One of
the favorite recipes for class
was a chocolate chip cookie
dough ball. The judges
for the contest were: Geri
Nienaber, Sheila Flatau, and Winners were (Left to Right) Third place Gage Graeve and Elijah Steinemann with Chocolate Chip
Sue Kuseske. The judges Cookie Dough Balls; First place were Beth Middendorf and Mackenzie Meyer with Sweet Potato,
critique the food on taste, ap- Pomegranate and Chickpea Salad; second place Emily Frericks and Kendra Middendorf with Black
pearance, aroma, texture, and Bean Salsa.
overall quality.

Graduation Ceremony Coming Soon!

On Friday, June 2, we proudly watch our seniors from the Sauk Centre Public School
turn their tassels and become Mainstreeter Alumni. Festivities for this years Gradu-
ation Ceremonies will be in the Public Schools Auditorium at 8 p.m. Tickets for the
Graduation Ceremony will be distributed May 10. Each graduate will receive six
reserved tickets. Guests with tickets will be seated in the reserve section. Guests
without tickets need to contact the 10-12 Office before the Graduation Ceremony.
2017 The last day of school for seniors will be Wednesday, May 31. Mandatory gradua-
tion rehearsal will be June 2 at 8:30 a.m. Senior all-night party will follow the gradu-
ation ceremonies.

Dustin Ahrens Ashley Evans Morgan Kranz Stephanie Nelson Tyler Sogge
Riley Akervik Adam Fiedler Gwendalynn Lamusga Collin Olson Joseph Stadther
Hennessey Austin Joshua Fischer Alexis Lawinger Mikayla Olson Grant Struss
Mitchell Beilke Noah Fletcher Chase Lawinger Brianna Pagel Anthony Thorpe
Hannah Berg Emily Frericks Noah Lezer Amanda Petermeier Curtis Tollin
Ann Bertram Kyle Froseth Bryanna Lillie Kristopher Pettit Patrick Trebus
Haley Blank Josh Gapinski Alexis Marthaler Noah Polipnick Luke VanBeck
Kelly Blonigen Mackenzie Gerads Morgan Marthaler Cory Quade Jake VonWahlde
Cassandra Bohnsack Katelyn Gierke Emily Mensen Kalindi Rachey Ashley Weber
Taylor Borgerding Breann Gritz Kayla Messer Aliya Ranta Paige Weber
Tiffany Bueckers Tyler Hagl Austin Middendorf Therin Rehm Simon Weller
Kevin Burgess Aaliyah Kampsen Kendra Middendorf Savanah Ridenour Isaiah Westby
Sarah Bushard Kallie Kampsen Austin Millard Tanner Rieland Avery Wiese
Morgan Crider Allison Kerfeld Taysha Miller Tori Schaffer Shayne Winter
Cole Deters Jill Klaphake Anthony Moritz Isaac Schreiner Julaine Wold
Hunter Devens Alexander Kluver Gavin Nelson Austin Shoutz
Nelson Engle Alyssa Kohorst Paige Nelson

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Keeping Students Safe To And From School
by Jon Fevig
Transportation Coordinator

It is hard to believe This will be a good time to verify any bus and route infor-
that we have only days mation. Changes during this time cannot be guaranteed,
left of another school which is why it is very important to get any change of
year. It went by so fast address information to me as soon as possible in the early
and seems like only yesterday that we started the 2016- part of summer.
2017 school year. Nevertheless, I want to thank everyone;
parents, staff, students, our community, and especially our A few other points to remember as we prepare for next
bus drivers for making this school year a safe and suc- school year:
cessful year of transporting students and staff to and from Plan on only one stop in the morning and after
school and various other places. At the end of this school school. The morning and after school stops can
year, we will have driven over 300,000 miles including be different; however we cannot guarantee any
bus and pre-school routes, extra-curricular sporting and multiple stops on different days.
non sporting events, field trips, special transportation, staff Communicate any health concerns or accommoda-
meetings and training etc. tions to me directly or through the school nurse.
You may contact me directly by calling the trans-
The most important part is that we did this safely without portation office at 320-351-5802 or e-mail: jon_fe-
any incident of injury to students or staff. This is a great (use underscore between
indication that the training, preparation and communica- jon_fevig.)
tion by everyone from parents, students, staff, drivers and Please visit /Departments/Trans-
our community continues to pay off as we take the idea portation website for further information about
of Safety First as our priority in School Transportation. transportation, drivers, bus line-ups and it has a
Once again, a big Thank You to everyone for a safe FAQ page for very relevant information.
2016-2017 school year.
I look forward to working with all of you as we embark
Now as summer approaches and we get a little break in on yet another school year of working together for the
the action, I hope that everyone will take this time to rest purpose of helping our kids learn in a safe and enjoyable
and refresh and enjoy a well deserved vacation. Here educational system. Have a GREAT Summer!
in the Transportation Department, Rich Carpenter and I
will also enjoy some time off as we close out the current
school year. Then it is back to work as we utilize our bus Elementary from page 3
down time to do the summer vehicle maintenance, and
plan and prepare our routes and our training objectives for of the school year. If you have any questions regard-
our next 2017-2018 school year. ing Bounce Back, please call the Elementary Office at
In July and August we will be in full swing with summer
school bussing and putting together the route structures May 2-5 Elementary Book Fair
for the school year which starts on September 5, 2017. May 3 6th Grade DARE Graduation (1:45 Auditorium)
As we prepare the routes for next year, it is important to May 3 Lunch with Someone Special
remember to have any address changes and/or daycare May 4 Lunch with Someone Special
information to me as soon as possible during the early May 5 Breakfast with Someone Special
summer months. I hope to have the preliminary routes May 11 Spring Musical (2:00 p.m. / 7:00 p.m.)
established by the first part of August so by mid August May 12 Muffins with Mom
the bus drivers will be preparing and sending the route let- May 15 2 Hour Late Start
ters with bus numbers and stop times. The public schools May 24 6th Grade Graduation (7:00 p.m.)
Open House will be held on August 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. May 29 No School
June 2 Last Student Day

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Community Education Update
On March 21, the Community Education Advi- as part of the people section in the Herald.
sory Council met for their third meeting of the Thank you to the staff at the Sauk Centre
year. The council welcomed John Rasmussen as Herald for allowing us to give updates and
our new school board representative. During the news in the Herald in efforts to expand our
meeting discussions were held in regards to class programming to all people in the commu-
offerings, summer recreation, and WSI/lifeguard nity.
training. The next advisory council meeting will
be held in May. If you have any ideas or updates Technology Updates
regarding the Community Education Department, Once again, check the schools web-
you can contact the Community Education Office by Don Peschel site for Community Education updates and
and your concern will be put on the agenda. My Assistant Community Ed. Director
news. We have a Twitter page that contin-
office number is 320-352-2258, Ext. 3247. ues to grow. The Twitter feed can be seen
as part of the schools web page, and gives continuous
Community Education Corner updates on course offerings and deadlines. Also, there is a
Starting in May, the Community Education Depart- link to the newsletter in the Community Education sec-
ment will be submitting a weekly update on classes, tion of the web page. These are great resources for those
deadlines, and registration timelines to the Sauk Centre interested in the on-goings of the Community Education
Herald. Watch for the Community Education Corner Department.

Pictures of a Community Edu-

cation class held in the Elemen-
tary Media Center. Instructor is
Elaine Mitzel.

2017 Summer Camps!

Believe it or not...summer is just around
the corner! Check out the 2017 summer
camp information and registration by go-
ing to the schools web site www.isd743.
org and click on Community Education.

If you have any questions, please contact

Brian Riley, Summer Rec. Coordinator at
320-352-2258, Ext. 3004 or James Sch-
reiner, Pool Coordinator, at 320-352-2258
Ext. 3012.

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Community Education Classes Open Swimming
Bring your family and enjoy the pool!
Register online at Open swim has two lifeguards on
Parent & Child duty at all times. This is a great way
Aquatics I
to relax and have fun. (Please note
Starts June 13 that these dates may change due to the
Developed for children 6 months to 3 pool and lifeguard availability.) If there
years. This aquatics class helps young Parent & Child is a change of schedule, it will be
children get ready to swim by emphasiz- Aquatics II announced in school. No preregistra-
ing fun in the water. Parents and children Starts June 13 tion is necessary.
participate in several guided practice In this class, children ages 4 & 5 learn Location: Pool - JH Bldg.
sessions that help kids learn elementary water safety, survival skills and foun- Dates: May 8, 15, 22, June 5
swimming skills, including water entry, dational swimming concepts in a safe
bubble blowing, front kicking, back Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
and fun environment. Skills are age-
floating, and under-water exploration Fee: Students $2.00
appropriate, allowing students to achieve
and more. Parents must enter the water success on a regular basis. Parents must
Adults $3.00
with their child; one adult per child in enter the water with their child; one adult Family $5.00 family (one
the pool. per child in the pool. parent must be in the water.)
Dates: June 13, 15, 20, 22 Dates: June 13, 15, 20, 22
Time: 7-7:20 p.m. Fee: $25 Time: 7:30-7:50 p.m. Fee: $25
Minimum: 4 Max: 12 Minimum: 4 Max: 12
Location: JH Pool Location: JH Pool
Early Morning Lap Swim
May, June, July
Sauk Centre PTA and Prairie Fire Childrens Get your exercise done before you
Theatre present Jack and the Beanstalk start your work day. The pool is
open to lap swimming only. A certi-
Registration is open to students ages 7-16 will take place Wednesday, May 10, at 4:30
fied lifeguard is on duty.
p.m. in Elementary Media Center. No entry into the Elementary School before 3:00 No Swimming on May 29 and July 4
p.m. Online registration is not available for Jack and the Beanstalk or the Summer Days: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thurs.
Theater Workshops. A non-refundable registration fee of $25 is payable to Sauk Time: 6-7 a.m.
Centre PTA at the time of registration. Sign up will be First Come First Served. If *Fee: Adults $15/month
you have questions, please call Becky Christen at 320-333-3896. Students $8/month
Location: Pool - JH Bldg.
Auditions and rehearsals will take place in the Public School Auditorium on *No daily fee
June 12-16.
Monday Auditions & Rehearsal 11:45-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday Rehearsal 12:00-2:00 or 2:15-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday Rehearsal 12:00-4:30 p.m.
Class Ideas Wanted
Sauk Centre Community
Thursday Rehearsal 12:00-4:30 p.m. Education is looking for new
Friday Dress Rehearsal 3:00 & Performance 7:00 p.m. ideas for classes and/or
instructors. If you would like
Summer Theatre Workshops will be held in the Auditorium. No Fee is required. to teach a class, earn some
June 12 9-10 a.m. Basic Acting (ages 11-16) money, and spend an evening
June 13 9-10 a.m. Intro to Stage Combat (ages 9-16) with people interested in your knowledge
10-11 a.m. Basic Acting (ages 7-10) this is for you. We are always interested in
June 14 9-10 a.m. Basic Dance (ages 7-12) hearing your suggestions and ideas. Please
Additional funding provided contact Don Peschel, Assistant Community
10-11 a.m. Improvisation (ages 7-16)
by the Minnesota Depart- Education Director at 320-352-2258, Ext.
June 15 9-10 a.m. Make-up (ages 7-16)
ment of Education Achieve- 3247 or e-mail
10-11 a.m. Make-up (ages 7-16)
ment and Integration Grant.

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Community Education Classes Register online at

Zumba Starts May 1

Are you ready to dance yourself into shape? Thats
exactly what the Zumba program is all about. Its What is Google and
an exhilarating, effective, easy to follow, and calorie Microsoft all about?
burning work out! Can you imagine burning up to May 31 and June 6
1,000 calories in one hour! You wont even realize This introductory course designed for
youre working out because its so easy to follow. This class is for ALL Google novices and those willing to learn,
levels of exercise. Modification can be made for anyone. Warm up and well explore tools in the Google Suite.
cool down included in the workout. Bring a water bottle with to class. Well introduce Google Drive as well as
Dates: May 1, 8, 15, 22, June 5 Mondays Fee: $25 Google tools like Docs, Sheets, Slides,
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7 Wednesdays Fee: $30 Gmail, Keep, and Photos. Do you have
Location: Elementary Cafeteria thousand of old e-mails? You will learn
Time: 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. Min: 6 to access and organize your collection of
Instructor: Mary Jo McCormick, certified Zumba/Zumba Core instructor online files, share files/photos and collabo-
rate with others, manage your Google mail
and much more. Learn about Microsoft
Drivers Training Instruction tools and navigate that format also. Ques-
tions and answers are welcomed.
The 30 hour course in classroom drivers training Location: Junior High Tech Center
is being offered by Sauk Centre Driving School. Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Two sessions will be offered this summer. You Fee: $20
must attend all the days in one session to meet the Sessions: 2
requirements. No exceptions. State law mandated Min: 10 Max: 30
any student wishing to take a road test must be 16, Instructor: Gordy Hagert
have 30 hours of classroom and have their permit Deadline: May 24
for six months. *Beginning January 1, 2016, MN
Graduated Driver Licensing Law requires that the supervised hours
for drivers under 18 increase from 30 to 50. If a parent attends the
supplemental parental curriculum class, the requirement drops to Meal Time, Cooking
40 hours. Please submit date of birth when registering. Healthy
Instructor: Mike Pehl June 7 Wednesday
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO - Sauk Centre Driving School Come and discover the missing links
(Checks will not be cashed until the last day of class.)
to nutrition and how EASY it is to be
Location: JH Tech Center Minimum: 12 Maximum: 30
prepared as well as portioned. We will be
hosting a meal prep class!! Each partici-
Session 1 Class Dates: June 5-9 @ 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
pant will receive 5 portioned meals, and 5
June 12-16 @ 1:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
days worth of snacks.
Parent meeting on June 5 at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Junior High Room 123
Sessions: 10 Fee: $90
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Fee: $45
Minimum: 10 Maximum: 16
Session 2 Class Dates: July 24-28 @ 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Sessions: 1
July 31 - August 4 @ 1:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jessica Yurczyk
Parent meeting on July 24 at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Deadline: June 1
Sessions: 10 Fee: $90

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Community Education Classes Yoga for Adults
Heather, a 500 hour
Movement with Mommy trained yoga instructor
Defensive Driving 4 Hour Starts May 15
May 18 OR June 13 combines sun salutations,
Help your baby thrive by learning yoga poses, core exercises
This four hour course how to stimulate and enhance your
allows drivers aged 55 and breathing techniques
childs developmental movements. to strengthen your mind
and older who have Get practical suggestions for counter-
taken the Defensive and body. Modifications
acting development roadblocks your are available to make this appropriate
Driving Eight Hour baby encounters everyday. This is for
Course, to take a refresher course at for all levels. Please wear stretchy
parents and infants ages two weeks comfortable clothes, bring a mat, yoga
least every three years and obtain the to six months. Learn to assess your
10 percent auto insurance discount. block, and a water bottle.
babys developmental movements all Dates: June 16, 23, 30, July 14, 21, 28
You must bring your Certificate of while playfully bonding with your
Completion of the initial training to Time: 10-11 a.m.
little one! Bring a yoga mat or blan- Location: Elementary Cafeteria
the instructor to be eligible for the ket for you to sit comfortably on the
four hour course. Please note that if Fee: $55 Minimum: 8
floor with your baby. Instructor: Heather Zollman, registered
you register for a class and can not Dates: May 15, 22, 30
make it you need to call before the yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance
Time: 6 - 7 p.m. Deadline: June 9
registration date to get a full refund. Location: Senior High Media Center
Location: Room 124 Fee: $40 Sessions: 3
Time: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Minimum: 2 Maximum: 10
Fee: $22 Sessions: 1 easy
Instructor: Mara Kirckof s t and line
Minimum: 10 Maximum: 30 Fo r f a
t i o n go on
Deadline: May 11 r a g
Instructor: Ron Stewart regist .isd743.or
w w
Deadline: May 11 for the May class at w
and June 6 for the June class. Lifeguard Training
Starts June 2
Upon success- Pilates Mat Work
ful completion of Wednesdays
Water Safety Instructor this course, you This class focuses on specific breath-
Starts May 19 will be a certified ing, combined with unique and
Upon successful completion of this lifeguard. This effective poses all done on the mat.
American Red Cross course, par- includes a 2 year Improve your strength, flexibility,
ticipants will be a certified to teach certification in posture and toning with Heather, a
swimming lessons. This creates Basic Life Guarding, CPR for Profes- 500 hour trained yoga instructor and
employment possibilities in the future. sional Rescuer w/AED and First Aid. personal trainer. Wear comfortable
Participants must be 16 years old by Swimming and diving prerequisites stretchy clothes, bring a mat, 3 pound
completion of the class and must at- are required. Participants must be 15 weights, and a water bottle.
tend all sessions. years old by completion of the class Dates: June 14, 21, 28, July 12, 19,
Dates/Times: and must attend all sessions. 26
May 19 5 - 9 p.m. Dates/Times: Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
May 20 & 21 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. June 2 5 - 9 p.m. Location: Elementary Cafeteria
Location: Pool & Room 124 June 3 & 4 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fee: $45 Minimum: 8
Fee: $225 Sessions: 3 Location: Pool & Room 124 Instructor: Heather Zollman, regis-
Minimum: 5 Maximum: 15 Fee: $225 Sessions: 3 tered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance
Instructor: Curt Hoffman, Splash Sch. Minimum: 5 Maximum: 15 Deadline: June 7
Deadline: May 16 Instructor: Curt Hoffman, Splash Sch.
Deadline: May 26

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Community Education Classes
Nordic Walking More Energy, Less Stress Registration Information
Community Education registrations will be
Nordic Walking, is defined as fitness walk- taken by mail, online at, or by
ing with specially designed poles. Step stopping at the Activities Office located in the
up to the new way to get outdoors, reduce Junior High School. You are considered registered
stress and strengthen your body and soul. when we receive your payment and form.
Nordic Walking helps to walk with bet- There will be no confirmation on mail-in reg-
ter posture, balance, increased heart rate, istrations. In case of class cancellation, you will
calorie burn, and provides support for your be contacted and full payment will be returned.
lower joints. Linda Lemke, aka the Nordic Telephone registration will not be given prior-
Walking Queen, will introduce you to the simple and effective technique ity in event the class is filled. You may call for
for safe pole walking. Dress for the weather as we will go outdoors to the status of a class but you are not registered until
walk. LEKI Nordic Walking poles will be available for use during this your fee is received.
program. Trips and tour refunds will not be given after
Dates: June 5, 12, 19 Mondays Sessions: 3 the registration deadline. You must find a substi-
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. tute to take your place. Call the Activities Office/
Location: Junior High Room 124 Fee: $25 Comm. Ed. Office at 352-2258, Ext. 4006, for a
Minimum: 5 Maximum: 25 possible waiting list.
Instructor: Linda Lemke All request for refunds must be received be-
Deadline: June 1 fore the class deadline starts. No refunds after the
first class starting date.

Class Ideas Wanted

Sauk Centre Community Education is looking for new ideas for classes and/or instructors. If you would like to teach a class, earn some
money, and spend an evening with people interested in your knowledge this is for you. We are always interested in hearing your sug-
gestions and ideas. Please contact Don Peschel, Assistant Community Education Director at 320-352-2258, Ext. 3247 or e-mail


NAME ___________________________________________ Phone ________________________________

Grade (K-12 student) ___________
Address __________________________________________

City & Zip_________________________________________ E-mail address ________________________________________

Course Title, Date, Class Fee Identify special assistance needed. . . . .



I agree to release District 743 Community Schools, Community Education and its employees of all liability related to accidents or injuries which
myself or a member of my family might incur while participating in the above mentioned activity.
Signature of participant (or parent of student under 18 years of age.)

Make check payable to ISD #743. Mail to: Activities/CE Office, S.C. Public School, 933 State Road, Sauk Centre, MN 56378-1698.

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