Wildcat Wire

January 13, 2023

From The School Counselor!

We are back and have made it through the first full week of school - yay! We're also halfway through January and have already experienced a blizzard, below zero temps, and days in the 40s. Around this time of year, some people may start to experience "the winter blues." Although it sounds like just a change in mood and something people joke about, here is actual scientific evidence that proves there is a real diagnosis that could go along with it! According to NHinform, "seasonal affective disorder" is the scientific name for the winter blues, and scientists believe the main cause is due to shorter daylight hours during the winter (and lack of sunlight). People also produce higher levels of melatonin (a hormone that your brain produces in response to darkness) which can cause more tiredness and symptoms of depression.

So, how can we combat these winter blues?

I've attached a few activities you can try at home with your families to help fight the winter blues! Additionally, keep in mind that there are many resources available throughout the school and community, as well. Last week's Wildcat Wire introduced our newest Wildcat, Abby Boyd. Abby is our new Behavioral Interventionist and has been a great addition to our team. Additionally, Angie Raddatz, a school social worker from Keystone AEA is here two days a week to provide services. Together, the three of us are determined to serve our students and families within our school district in any way possible!

Activities to combat the "Winter Blues"

3-5th Spelling Bee🐝

Congratulations to all participants of the spelling bee Monday night. It was a great night with food, fun, prizes, and Wildcat spellers.

The following were the top three finishers in each grade level.

3rd Grade

3rd place- Emery O'Brien

2nd place- Arya Ebert

1st place- Rosilyn O'Keefe

4th Grade

3rd place- Mason Evans

2nd place- Sylvia Kopp

1st place- Marie Friedrich

5th grade

3rd place- Izzy Siewert

2nd place- Colten Leff

1st place- Harlyn Conway

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Principal Actions Inspire

A big shout out to Mrs. Sukow for putting leadership into action by helping the kitchen staff serve lunch on Tuesday! Together, we can do more to make a difference for our students!
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Girls Wrestling

2023 is the first year for middle school girls wrestling. There are six girls out for the inaugural season. They include Alexa Wolthoff, Emma Eastman, Genesis Pickar, Issabella Deflin, Lakin Evans, and Mally Linkenmeyer. The girls have been working hard since the start of the season. They all have improved a lot since the start and are getting better every day.
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Upcoming events

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Principal Squared

Heather Suckow PK-12 Principal

Marcia Grimm Associate Principal

Barb Schwamman Superintendent