Royall Education Notes: Get involved during homecoming week

Posted September 24, 2014 at 8:19 pm

By MARK GRUEN

Royall School District superintendent

As you read this column, we already have in close to a month of school. It truly is amazing how time flies. Sometimes I think we forget to slow down and enjoy it. I know I do.

On that note, I would invite you to get involved at school during homecoming week, which will be from Sept. 29 to Oct. 4. The parade will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, followed by a pep assembly at the school.

On Friday, Oct. 3, the school board will host a tailgate party starting at 5 p.m. ($5 gets you a game ticket, a hot dog meal, a Royall pennant, a chance at door prizes, and good camaraderie). The tailgate party will be in the

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    Brookwood puts on mock crash

    Brookwood students gather around a Med-Flight helicopter following a mock car crash Tuesday. More coverage of the event will appear next week. (Contributed photo)

    Brookwood hosts crops fair

    On Monday, Brookwood Junior/Senior High School hosted its annual crops fair, an event allowing students to bring in home-grown farm crops, along with fruits and vegetables, for a friendly competition.

    The contest this year consisted of 59 various crops, and ribbons and plaques were awarded in different categories.

    Adviser Gary Von Ruden said, “The Brookwood FFA would like to thank judges Barb Ornes from Norwalk and Justin Eckelberg and Jim Swagel from United Cooperative for giving of their time to this FFA activity.”

    Brookwood to put on mock crash Tuesday

    Brookwood seventh- through 12th-grade students will receive a sharp reminder Tuesday about the dangers of drinking and driving.

    That’s when members of county emergency management groups will pool their resources to present a mock auto accident involving a fatality.

    Laurence Johns of the Wilton Ambulance Service said that the portrayal will be quite realistic and that students will be within 20 feet of the action.

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    N-O-W Superheroes

    Superheroes (principal Gayle Luebke, left, and school psychologist/special education director Cindy Springborn, right) visited a Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Elementary School assembly last week to kick off the Superhero Reading Challenge. The school will jump over the Empire State Building by inches (one book equals one inch), vying to read 34,888 books. The challenge starts in October. (Contributed photo)

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    Back to school

    Jessica DeWitt stops to color in a classroom during the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District’s Back to School Night on Thursday.

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    New staff joins N-O-W

    The following new staff members will join the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District this year. Front row (left to right): Andrea Cwiak, high school guidance counselor, and Michelle Hyatt, 5-year-old-kindergarten teacher. Back row: Jamie Steinmetz, elementary art/elementary classroom intervention; Matt Jacobson, elementary guidance counselor; Carmen Peterson, school nurse; and Heidi Anderson, fourth-grade teacher.

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    Royall staff attends Illinois workshop

    A group of 20 educators from the Royall School District recently attended the PLC (Professional Learning Communities) at Work Institute in Lincolnshire, Ill. According to a press release prepared by the school district, “This three-day workshop provided many tools for improving student learning. Keynote addresses and breakout sessions covered a variety of topics, including grading practices, collaborating with other teachers, and common sense approaches to student achievement.”

    Above, the Royall group poses with Sharon Kramer, a presenter who has worked

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    Brookwood FFA attends state convention

    Contributed by the Brookwood FFA

    The Wisconsin Association of FFA recently celebrated 85 years of premier leadership, personal growth and career success at the Wisconsin FFA Convention in Madison.

    The convention attracted nearly 3,500 members, advisers, parents, alumni and sponsors.

    “The Wisconsin FFA Convention is our opportunity to recognize the importance of the education of our society about agriculture and the achievements of young people who are the future leaders of the agriculture industry,” said Gary Von Ruden, Brookwood’s FFA adviser. 

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    Royall student wins poster contest for third-graders

    Contributed by CARLA VON HADEN

    Hill and Dale Garden Club

    Elizabeth (Libby) Titus of Royall Elementary School recently received an award for winning a poster contest for third-graders in Wisconsin.

    Each year, children in first through fifth grade are invited to participate in the Wisconsin and National Garden Clubs Inc. poster contest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and National Garden Clubs Inc. give students the opportunity to demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic

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