Weekly Update

September 16-20

Student Sound Systems

Just want to double check to be sure everyone who that needs a sound system for students with Auditory Processing Disorder (ADP) has one and it is working. If you do not, please let Kathy Backes know immediately. Also, I would like to remind everyone that if a student has a sound system as an accommodation on their IEP or 504 teachers are required to use it. Below are a few of the reasons why sound systems are needed.

1. It doesn’t matter how loud your voice is, they can hear, it’s that they have difficulty discriminating consonant sounds in words.

2. Sound systems enhance comprehension.

3. Keeps students engaged and reduces behaviors

4. Decreases strain on teacher voice/vocal cords.

Junior College Fair/Alumni Panel Event

Just a reminder that the college fair/alumni panel event for all juniors will take place on Friday, September 20th from approximately 8:20am-10:20am.

Detailed Schedule:

8:00 am- students report to period 1 class for attendance

8:20 am - an announcement will be made to dismiss juniors to the theatre. Teachers please accompany your students.

8:30-9 am - All juniors in theatre for presentation/prep for the event

9 - 9:30 am - one half of juniors report to small gym for the post-secondary fair.

The other half of juniors will remain in the theatre for an alumni panel event.

9:35 - 10:05 am - the two groups switch.

10:10 - 10:20 am - Wrap up discussion and evaluation

Juniors will report to end of 3rd period classes.


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Please plan accordingly to ensure attendance at these meetings. Case managers, please do not schedule IEPs on these dates. Coaches, you are welcome to attend the meeting in your practice gear.
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Fall 2019 Parent-Teacher Conference Absence Form

If you will be missing part of Parent-Teacher Conferences, please make sure to complete the form above prior to September 19th.

Wild Hog Marathon Call for Volunteers!!!


My name is Jodi Sherman. I’m the volunteer coordinator for the Wild Hog Marathon. I’m contacting you because you have volunteered for us in the past, and we’d love to have you join our volunteer team again this year.
This community event requires about 600 volunteers. There are Wild Hog marathon events held from Thursday, September 26 through Saturday, September 28. Most of our volunteers are assigned to course duty, which means they are on the course directly supporting our runners as they make their way to the finish line on Saturday morning.
The best thing about the Wild Hog Marathon is it directly benefits the entire community. The economic impact is nearly $250,000 per year! Additionally, net proceeds are donated to three awesome 501(c)3 charities that directly impact the youth of Greater Grand Forks supports active lifestyles for our youth by removing financial barriers to being active. These charities are: Grand Forks Public Schools Foundation for Education ($42,500 given to date), Grand Forks YMCA - Partner of Youth Scholarships ($42,500 given to date), Grand Forks Parks & Recreation Foundation (over $45,000 given to date). Our goal is to get kids active and keep them active. Another example of community support is that the Wild Hog provides complimentary race entries to Special Olympics of North Dakota athletes and partners.
Please consider spending some time with us to help support an event that has a large impact on our communities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.
If you're interested in volunteering, you can click this link: https://gfmarathon.com/get-involved/
If you and some friends would like to volunteer as a group, you can email volunteer@gfmarathon.com and we will work with you directly.

Thank you,

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Dustin Norby, Business & Marketing Teacher

What is your birthday?

October 6th

What are your favorite snacks and treats?

Doritos & Peanut M&M's

What's your favorite drink?

Mt. Dew

What are your hobbies?

Snowboarding, mountain biking, spending time at the lake with family and friends, traveling and watching movies

Who was your favorite teacher/coach/advisor and why?

Mr. Frank Fish. He was retired from teaching and coaching and already in the State Coaches Hall of Fame. Even though he was retired, he was still in the wrestling room every day. He would tell stories of all the past wrestlers who's names were on the wall as past state placers. He also gave me a bloody nose in practice when coaching me the proper way to cross face (using the inside of your forearm/elbow/bicep area to push your opponents face away from you). He kept rubbing his wire brushed hair forearm bone across my face. I held my palm up to my nose to catch the blood and asked if he was done yet. We both started laughing instantly.

What is something people here might not know about you?

I went to a country elementary school with two grades per classroom. I had a class of four until fifth grade, a class of six for sixth grade. Then joined the other fifty town kids at Watford City High School in seventh grade.

What is one thing that you want to check off your bucket list?

To watch Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers, or Lumineers perform at The Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Complete this sentence: I feel values when people notice me.

Heather Skogen, School Social Worker

What is your birthday?

May 28th

What are your favorite snacks and treats?

Sour Patch Kids/Anything chocolate

What's your favorite drink?

Cherry Pepsi

What are your hobbies?

Reading and walking my dog

Who was your favorite teacher/coach/advisor and why?

Mrs. Hanson-3rd grade-she was so nice and cared about her students

What is something people here might not know about you?

I lived in Iowa for 10 years.

What is one thing that you want to check off your bucket list?

Travel to all 50 states.

Only 10 more to go!!!

Complete this sentence: I feel values when I can make someone laugh or smile!

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