Wildcat Wire

JANUARY 27, 2023

Congratulations Wildcat Speech Team

On January 21 several high school students competed at Turkey Valley for speech events. It was a great day for all Riceville Speech students including, Trenten Swensen, Morgran Fair, Chloe Collier, Hattie Miller, Kiya Fitch, Gavin Mueller, Elijah Dwine, Brooklyn Wolthoff and Marley Drilling.

The following students received Level 1 Ratings and advanced to State Speech: Gavin Mueller and Elijah Dwine in Musical Theatre, Kiya Fitch and Hattie Miller in Improv and Brooklyn Wolthoff and Marley Drilling in Mime.

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1963 Riceville Basketball Team Reunion

A great night recognizing the 1963 Team!! Fun to hear the memories and stories…years go by, but the game continues to bring people together and prepare them for life!! The Wildcat Ladies included Nancy Watson Kesten, Betty Jensen Beran, Cheryl Jordan Smalley, Charlene Eastman Swanson, Gloria Eastman Peters, Deanna Dieterich Lifka and Marlene Winkels Canny.
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Winter is in full swing and so are illnesses!!

One common illness we see yearly is Norovirus, better known as the stomach bug.

Norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. It can affect all ages and due to there being many different types of noroviruses, people can get norovirus many times in their life (or even during the same year).

You can get norovirus from:

  • Having direct contact with an infected person

  • Consuming contaminated food or water

  • Touching contaminated surfaces and then putting your unwashed hands in your mouth

Symptoms of Norovirus: usually develops 12-48 hours after exposure

  • Diarrhea

  • Vomiting

  • Nausea

  • Stomach pain

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • Body aches

Preventing Norovirus:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water (hand sanitizer does not work well against Norovirus) , especially after using the toilet or changing diapers, before eating, preparing, or handling food, or before giving yourself or someone else medicine

  • Handle and prepare food safely before eating; do not prepare food for others when you are sick and for at least 2 days after symptoms stop

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces, especially after someone vomits or has diarrhea. Use rubber or disposable gloves when disinfecting

  • Wash laundry thoroughly with detergent and hot water

Treating Norovirus: there is no specific medication to treat- antibiotics will not work

  • Drink plenty of liquids to replace fluid lost from vomiting and diarrhea to help prevent dehydration

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5th Grade Visual Boards

Vision Board

By: Shayne Bongle

Our vision boards are lists of things we are going to try to accomplish this year. Some of the questions were “What are some of your academic goals?” and “What is something new you want to try?”. I think that this really brought out something in us that really made us want to accomplish our goals. Our vision board was a tree, we put pictures that describe us, they kind of went with the questions in a way. The thing that was different was that we also put pictures of our family and friends. Therefore, I think we should do the vision boards again.

PE Programs Receive Grant Funds!

Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Conway were recently awarded grants made possible through Shop on State and the Foundation for the Enhancement of Mitchell County. Many items were purchased including "GaGa pits" (a type of dodgeball game where the ball is rolled rather than thrown), various basketballs, footballs, volleyballs, soccer balls for indoor recess and PE, dodgeballs, weight room equipment (medicine balls, rubber coated dumbbells, box steps, resistance bands), badminton racquets, scooters, hula hoops, parachutes, and many more smaller items. Thanks to these generous donors for enhancing our physical education curriculum along with recess opportunities.
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Principal Squared

Heather Suckow PK-12 Principal

Marcia Grimm Associate Principal

Barb Schwamman Superintendent