HLWW Middle School Newsletter
End of School Year Edition
Welcome to the HLWW Middle School Monthly Newsletter! We hope this will provide additional insight on the many activities and events taking place at HLWW.
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- Run for theLakers” 5K Saturday, June 24, 2017 – 9 a.m.
- 8/28 - Kindergarten Orientation - 5:00-6:15 p.m.
- 8/29 - Humphrey & Winsted Elementary Open House - 5:00-7:00 p.m.
- 8/30 - Middle School Open House 4:30-7:30 p.m.
- 8/30 - High School Open House5:00-7:00 p.m.
Congratulations to our May Students of the Month!
8th Graders Present Festival of Nations
5th Graders Reflect on Memorial Day
Fifth graders at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Middle School have been hard at work answering the question, “What does Memorial Day mean to me?” Here are a few samples of student responses.
“Memorial Day is about those who have sacrificed or risked their lives for our country. I am glad we have people to fight in a war. I am thankful to those many soldiers who risk their lives for our country.” Ava Strong—Ava was the fifth grade Winsted American Legion essay contest winner.
“Our country has so many rights, like going to school, having a job, and just being free! That is because the soldiers who passed away during war/battle helped that happen. They fought in battles and that was their job! I’d like to give a special thank you to them, for helping our country be free!” Dani Poppler
“To some people it’s just an extra-long weekend, but to me and others, it’s starting off the summer honoring those that died so I may be free. Thank you veterans for losing your life for our freedom and so we are safe. Going through those long days and nights swerving for our country must have been very scary. We appreciate all your service to our country.” Wiley Wiegert
“No one in my family died in the military, but I say the Pledge of Allegiance, and then I think about the men and women that passed away. I love that the men and women in the military served to protect us.” Joey Zemlicka
“Memorial Day is a day we celebrate to thank the people who risked their life for our country. Memorial Day means so much to me. I am so thankful that they chose to help our country. Every day in school we say the Pledge of Allegiance. When I see the flag I think of all the freedom we have. Memorial Day is a special day I will always celebrate and I hope everyone else in the world does too.” Janessa Baumann
7th and 8th Graders Participate in Allegro Honor Band
By Andy Rosevold, Middle School Band Instructor
Allegro Honor Band is a Band made up of 8 different schools where the Band Director(s) of each school nominate their top musicians from 7th and 8th grade Band. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Middle School had thirteen 7th and 8th graders selected for this years Allegro Honor Band.
The other schools involved are Rockford, Buffalo, Watertown-Mayer, Monticello, St. Michael-Albertville, and Delano Middle Schools. The school that host's will change each year, this year STMA was the Allegro Honor Band host.
The Allegro Honor band was on April 29th. They practiced from 9am-3pm then ended the day with a concert at 3:30pm.
**Students in the Allegro Honor Band**
back row (left to right) Yanik Penkert, Caleb Karg, Erica Pawelk, Gwyn Schmidt, Lindsay Nowak, Katie Moen, Kaleb Rodin, Gavin Marquette
front row (left to right) Bella Erstad, Henry Parks, Sara Krueger, Kate Bednarchuk, Izzie Schmidt
HLWW Sixth Grade Students “Play” With History
By Joe Puncochar, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher
On Friday, May 5th the HLWW 6th grade students traveled to St. Paul to visit the Minnesota Historical Society as well as the newly renovated Minnesota Capitol. The field trip is part of an entire year spent studying the great state of Minnesota in 6th grade Social Studies. The students took part in lessons learning about the first Minnesotan Native Americans over 10,000 years ago and are finishing up learning about the late 1900s and early 2000s as the school year closes.
Every year when the students find out they are going to have the opportunity to visit the Minnesota Historical Society and the capital they aren’t quite sure what to think. They ask things like, “Is it going to be fun?” or “Is it a bunch of old stuff that we can’t touch?” They aren’t sure what to expect but they are reassured that it’s not like an ordinary museum.
The Minnesota Historical Society is a hands-on, interactive place for students to manipulate and play with things from Minnesota’s past and present. The exhibits include artifacts from the Minnesota fur trade, lumber and flour industries, World War I, The Cold War, and much more. Students can play games with rationing stamps from World War II, walk through a house that changes with the decades from 1900-2000, students learn what it’s like to work in a Minnesota iron mine by “operating” mining tools and “using explosives” to blow the iron ore to pieces, go in a basement of a house for a simulation of the historic Fridley Tornado that wiped out much of the city in 1965, and a World War I simulation of riding in a plane with paratroopers. By the end of the day, students feel as if they have a grasp of what earlier people in Minnesota lived like and how our state was built to what it is today.
After visiting the history center, the 6th grade students ate their lunches on the capitol lawn before touring the State Capitol. The students were able to view all of the beautiful architecture within the building as well as visit the offices of state politicians. They were able to view the room where the senate house meet and vote on bills and other policies.
When asked about the trip students said, “It was like our social studies book came to life.” and “It was a lot more fun than I thought it would be.” Each year as the students study the state of Minnesota they learn about what transpired in order for us to get where we are today. This field trip is a great way to tie it all together and help students put images and events into perspective.