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A busy January for the Wolfpack

Students in grades 4 through 10 took part in a CU Science Discovery Program on Friday, January 5, 2018. The workshop, “Invention Literacy with Makey. Makey and Scratch” used simple interfaces (Makey-Makey) and computer programming software (Scratch) as platforms for exploring opportunities to incorporate innovation, invention and invention literacy in the classroom. In 90 minutes, students created, programed and presented a variety of projects using these techniques. An interactive Cookie Monster, an MP3 player that offered a variety of “teacher catch-phrases” and a piano made of aluminum foil were just some of the creative projects presented by students at the end of the workshop. The presenter was quite impressed with our school and our students. FYI- the coding program “Scratch” is free and can be downloaded if your student should want to pursue this new skill at home!
Submitted by Cindy Soehner, Physics Instructor

This year, the Idalia FBLA Chapter is implementing a Partnership with Business Project called Project Arrive Alive. FBLA is partnering with our local emergency services—Yuma County Sheriff's Office, State Patrol, local EMT’s (nurses as well), and the Idalia Fire Department. With the help of all these departments, the Idalia FBLA Chapter is setting up an Emergency Services Career Fair on February 5. The career fair is going to be for 7th through 12th grades and is going to feature approximately 11 emergency service booths, a Sidney Car and a simulator outside, as well as a keynote speaker towards the end of the morning. The keynote will only be for the high school students.
Prior to the career fair, January 30 and January 31, FBLA presented road safety presentations to the elementary. EMT’s are also going to be helping out by teaching kids how to do simple wound care. On Monday, February 26, there will be a mock car crash. This will only involve high school students. Distracted (texting) driving is going to be the cause of the crash. After the mock crash, students will be shuttled on a bus to Wray for the trial of the case in the courthouse. A random selection of students will be chosen to be a part of the jury. Partnership with Business is a huge project and cannot be executed without the help of our local emergency services. The Idalia School and FBLA Chapter greatly appreciate their help and hope that this could be a great educative learning experience for students. Submitted by Brian Jimenez, FBLA Secretary/Reporter

The Idalia FFA Chapter traveled to the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo on January 17. Twenty-eight members attended. At the rodeo, members got to see everything from bull riding to mutt and busting’. It was a fun experience for everyone! Submitted by Breann Shaffer

On January 11 Brandy Henrickson, Dawn Rice, and Allison Rice traveled to Bennett High School with Miss Caron for Honor Band. They were selected via live audition in November and have been practicing their music since December. During the day the rehearsed with guest clinicians in full band rehearsal and also spent time in sectional rehearsals. There were over 80 students in each of the two bands! That evening they put on a concert showing off what they had been putting together all day long. It was a great experience for all three of our students. They worked hard, made new friends, and played well for their parents, and the rest of the audience, even after a long day of rehearsing. Submitted by Johanna Caron, Idalia Music Teacher

After having to reschedule for snow, the junior high and high school teams headed to Seibert for the YWKC League Knowledge Bowl meet. The high school team had serious competition this year and battled the day out against the defending team from Liberty. They fell short of coming home with iron by one point in the last of the oral rounds. The team consisted of captain, Chelby Dull, Garrett Hurlburt, Hannah Carpenter, Aubrey Richards, and Rex Fell. The junior high had a great day. Most of the team was new to Knowledge Bowl this year but their inexperience did not slow them down. We had been practicing for weeks leading up to the competition and they came in with great confidence. The B team consisting of captain, Kye Towns, Yahir Enriquez, Schuyler Prentice, and Koy Smith all scored in multiple rounds even beating out other A teams. The A team came out a little slow in the written round but battled back and claimed the championship. The team was composed of captain Marek Cody, Dawn Rice, Tyler Hall, and Allie Rice. Submitted by Audrey Sayles, Knowledge Bowl Sponsor

As part of each student’s plan in Idalia High School, each student will have the experience of interviewing with a panel before graduating. With more experiences in interviews, the student is better equipped for adult world. On Tuesday, January 16, our junior and senior students were met with such a task. Our interview panel consisted of James DePue, Gerry Ohr, Robbi Kraus, and Mary Pat Weingardt. Without this panel, the day’s experience would not have even been possible!
What an experience for our students! With the motivation of a $100 scholarship, students prepared resumes, dressed in business attire, and were set in front of four interviewers for 15 minutes. With overwhelming impressive remarks from the panel, Idalia High School students were outstanding! With just a few points separating the students, Megan Waitman was reported to receive the scholarship. Submitted by Kelli Kite, Counselor

Members of the physics class made bridges out of toothpicks or paperclips. The bridges had to be at least 60 cm long and 10 cm wide. Bridges were put in between two desks and then weight was applied. Whichever bridge could take the most weight won. The winner was Maddisen Hoyda. Her bridge was 60 cm long and 10 cm wide. It held 8 kg of weight and never broke. Submitted by Madi Wells, Publications Student

On January 28, Idalia Health & Wellness sponsored the film Screenagers to parents, guardians, and community members of Idalia as part of the contract in showing the film to the students in 6th-12th grades. The information obtained from the film was interesting and a bit overwhelming. One major suggestion from the filmmaker, Delaney Ruston, was developing a “Screen Time Contract” with your child.


1. Defining Your Family’s General Principles
Start with a question such as—what are the main reasons we want to have balance in our lives regarding screen time and other activities? Other topic ideas: Internet safety, privacy, time management, plagiarism, appropriate posts, online bullying and kindness.


2. Defining Family Rules
This is where you translate your principles into your “tech limits," “agreements,” “rules,” however you want to label them. The main focus is determining times when screens should be put away.
Some examples include:
    Meal times — Are devices allowed at the table? Breakfast? Dinner?
    Night power-down — When to turn off screens/phones before bedtime
    Bedroom — Screens in the bedroom? If so, all the time? Are phones allowed in the bedroom?
    Cars — May non-drivers be on their phones?


3. Establishing Incentives and Consequences
One of the hardest things about parenting is enforcing guidelines/rules. The two main goals are to have a limited number of rules and to have the kids help create them inline with their maturity level. For rules to be effective, there needs to be incentives and consequences in place. Research tells us that our behaviors are more likely to be changed through positive incentives than deterrents. This is especially true for kids.


4. Allow Wiggle Room
We all know that real life requires wiggle room. Thinking about the times that may come up when someone needs to go on a screen despite the rule and how these situations should be handled is also important. This is a part of tech etiquette.


For more great information and resources, go to www.screenagersmovie.com

Michelle Pastor, from Tri-State Electric, came to teach Idalia students from grades K-12 about electricity. Michelle brought in three different types of bulbs and talked about the efficiency of bulbs while explaining how many volts each had. She also brought in power lines and demonstrated how a circuit works.
Ms. Pastor taught the students why you shouldn’t touch a power line because it’s not safe. She showed how energy was transferred by having a student touch a Van de Graff generator. The student’s hair was static in seconds!
For her safety presentation, Ms. Pastor gave the students a scenario and advice on what they should do in the scenario. This presentation was sponsored by YW Electric. Submitted by Crystal Cordova, Publications Student

On Saturday January 20, Idalia hosted 5th/6th Grade teams from Burlington, St. Francis, and Benkelman for our 1st Annual Youth Basketball Tournament. The tournament went smoothly and both Idalia teams played well. The boys team lost in the Championship while the girls went undefeated and came away as Champions! Idalia Youth Basketball would like to thank the following for helping make the tournament a big success: Crystal Richards, Sue Heath, Sheena Terrell, Brad Wingfield, Jeff Hurlburt, Cory Zion, Daniel Glanz, Aubrey Richards, Dax Towns, Garrett Hurlburt, and the Junior Class and sponsors.

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