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Week of Nov. 22-26

MONDAY, Nov. 22 - Chicken patty on a whole grain bun, baked beans, fries, peaches, bread, milk variety.


TUESDAY, Nov. 23 - Pepperoni pizza, green beans, mandarin oranges, Scooby Doo grahams, bread, milk variety.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 24 - Roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, candied carrots, cranberries dinner roll, pie, milk variety.

THURSDAY, Nov. 25 - No school. Thanksgiving.

FRIDAY, Nov. 26 - No school.

Scholarship information

Scholarships available in the high school office:

A Legacy of Leadership: This is an essay contest for all students. Deadline is Jan. 5.

MBA Scholarship: Seniors who are a child of a public or school district employee or elected official in Minnesota. Apply online at Deadline is Jan. 31.

MaxPreps scholarship: A high school student who participate on a sports team who is covered by MaxPreps. Apply online at Deadline is March 17.

Student Essay Contest: All high school students residing in the Ninth Federal Reserve District. Deadline is March 2.

Farm Credit Service Scholarship: Seniors who are from an actively farming or ranching family OR planning to pursue an agricultural. Deadline is March 1.

St. Thomas Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarships: Seniors applying to St. Thomas. Deadline is Dec. 1.

Sports calendar

Practice for girl's and boys basketball, wrestling and cheerleading starts Nov. 22 and junior high girls and boys basketball starts Jan. 3.

There will be a boys varsity basketball scrimmage at 2:30 p.m. Nov 28 in Clearbrook.



Week of Nov. 22-26

MONDAY, Nov. 22 - Chili, meat sandwich, vegetables, orange, milk.

TUESDAY, Nov. 23 - Turkey dinner.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 24 - Pizza, green beans, sandwich, peaches, milk.

THURSDAY, Nov. 25 - No school. Thanksgiving.

FRIDAY, Nov. 26 - No school.

Minnesota Reading Corps investing in the future

By Laura Popowski

Reading Specialist

Did you know that higher rates of literacy can lead to the decrease in truancy and high school dropout rates, increase wage earnings and decrease incarceration rates?

Minnesota Reading Corps is dedicated to help every child in Minnesota become a successful reader. One way in which MRC is accomplishing this in the city of Northome is by donating a generous amount of books to the Northome School Library and the City of Northome's Public Library.

Children need to have ample access to books and reading, they need to be given opportunities to enjoy reading and have fun with books. What better way than to make a variety of books available for them to check out and bring home to use individually and with their family members.

MRC offers tutors in more than 400 schools throughout the state. These tutors work with children to ensure that they are reading at or above their grade level and also to prepare them to successfully pass their state reading exams.

Research has shown that children need literacy-rich environments at home, school and in their community to become proficient readers. By donating these books, MRC is supporting the existing literacy- rich environments offered to the children and families in Northome.

A contribution to the enrichment of literacy is a smart investment now that will yield promising results for many years to come in the future.

Be sure to stop by these libraries and browse through the new assortment of books.

Seven things...

You don't want to hear a teacher say

By Danette Gieser

The Mustang Express

A couple days ago during a meeting with the journalism students, Ms. Trisko and Ms. Wickum, the topic of people who looked younger than they were came up.

Of course the first person we thought of was Justin Bieber. We thought he looks like he's 12 and not actually 16. Then we got to the subject of people who adults used to think were cute when they were 16.

While we kids were just sitting there, Ms. Trisko and Ms. Wickum started flashing back to their teen years, remembering all the stars they thought were cute such as Leif Garrett (the Justin Beiber of the late 1970s), Rob Lowe (from the "Brat Pack" whatever that is) and Johnny Depp (from his 21 Jump Street days).

As they talked about these old heartthrobs, we kids groaned in embarrassment. We didn't need to hear those little girl squeals coming out of our teachers!

While on the subject, I was thinking of the things I wouldn't want my teachers to say. After asking around, here is what other students wouldn't want their teachers to say either.

1. "If all the teachers wore thongs and low riders it would solve the dress code problem."

With this one, it isn't that they say it but it's the immediate picture of one of your teachers wearing that kind of outfit to school. You wouldn't want to see that on your friends let alone your teachers.

2. "I would buy a truck from Mike Rowe." Yes, the Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs on the Discovery channel. While talking about people they used to like, Ms. Wickum and Ms. Trisko somehow got to recent celebrities and were saying how Mike Rowe was a cutie pie on the Ford truck commercials.

3. Teachers talking in a tone of voice that you would hear people talking to babies in.

We all have a different tone of voice when talking to a baby or maybe a pet of some sort. We may not realize it but it's there and if I heard a teacher talking like that anywhere but to a baby it, would be really weird because we're used to teachers talking in their "teacher voices."

4. Not just hearing teachers talk about popular music but also singing it.

I think we'd all find it very disturbing to hear your teachers singing Lady Gaga down the halls. Or hearing your teacher say that they like Mike Posner's Cooler Than Me.

5. Hearing your teachers talk about their favorite kind of brands.

If I heard a teacher talking about how they went shopping at Holister or Aeropostale and got a good deal on a cute pair of jeans, it would be kind of creepy. You think those kind of brands are for teenagers and not older adults -- but some adults don't get the hint.

6. Hearing teachers talk about their kids when they were little.

It's kind of creepy when teachers start talking about their kids when they were running around naked or about their first bath, especially if their kid goes to the same school and you don't see them as little or running around in a diaper.

7. Overhearing teachers talking in a lovey-dovey kind of way to a spouse.

Students think of their teachers almost like robots; when we see them not like robots, it does not seem right to us. I don't think we'll ever get used to that.

So, if you want to reminisce about who was cute or who is now, keep it to yourself. We don't need to reminisce with you.

You don't want to hear a student say

By Juleen Trisko

The Mustang Express

One day not too long ago, I overheard a student ask Lance Pink, "Did your dad have Ms. Trisko as a teacher?" Lance smiled and looked at my horrified face. Kindly, he replied, "No. She's WAY too young."

I realize that the age difference between math teacher Tom Pink and me is not that great, but add onto the actual difference another four years of college necessary to get a teaching license and the math indicates I look at least 10 years older than I am. No woman wants to hear she looks at least 10 years older than she actually is.

Age. Comments on it strike many teachers out of the blue. Because we are eternally in grade school or high school, we don't see ourselves aging. Being surrounded by youth, we forget time has not stopped for us.

I was reminded again of my age a couple years ago while Shelby Roosdett (class of 2009) and I were discussing our favorite show, CBS's NCIS. We extolled the virtues of the male lead in the series, including his good looks. After a few exchanges, Shelby looked at me quizzically. "Oh, you mean the OLD guy; I'm talking about the other one." Ouch.

FACS teacher Libby Wickum received the reality sting just this week.

Speaking of the weather, which is often the topic in Minnesota classrooms, Mrs. Wickum asked her students if they remembered the huge Halloween storm of years ago. As she described it, she mentioned that the storm must have hit in 1991. She was horrified when her students said, "Mrs. Wickum, we weren't even born yet."

Was the storm really that long ago?

Age hits our male teachers in another way. There comes the time when they are no longer seen as manly men but as passive gelding.

"It's okay," one girl announced to the group of female teens discussing personal business in anatomy class. "He's one of the girls."

My husband, their science teacher, could only sigh. Since teaching and coaching high school, he has been emasculated by a group of girls discussing their "female troubles" and dismissing him more than once.

Bob Stueven said when he and Ms. Wickum coached girls basketball together, he often had to repeat the phrase, "Please direct those questions and concerns to Mrs. Wickum." He was also often treated as just one of the girls.

Too much information is often offered. Miriam Kindem, the choir teacher, was told the other day, "Hey, look what came out of my nose!"

Because of children's penchant for sharing snippets of family information that could be misinterpreted out of context, elementary school teachers are often left with mental images they'd rather not have. One child shared with the class, "My dad has Christmas underwear."

Sometimes the too much sharing includes perishable past its expiration date. "Want some?" A student asked a teacher as he finger-scooped a hunk of cookie dough from a pail that had been in his locker for a few days. While appreciating the gesture, the teacher had to politely decline.

If students want to make a good impression on their teachers, follow Lance's lead and lie about how old they really might look.

Student council has busy fall, plans for winter

By Justine Frenzel

Mustang Express

As the students and staff of Northome School all know, there was a Halloween parade through the hallways on Friday, Oct. 29, and followed by a carnival for the elementary students that was sponsored by the student council.

Each member of the student council had a partner, and we also had to come up with games for the students to play. We had everything from a pumpkin bean-bag toss to bowling.

Also, the student council has been trying to find a good date for our basketball homecoming dance. Unfortunately, there are hardly any good game days this year for us to choose from because there is no week that there is both a home varsity girls' and varsity boys game'.

Games fall on weekends too early or too late in the season to serve as good homecoming dates.

This year we are looking at the week of Dec. 17 for homecoming celebrations. But unfortunately we will not be hosting a girl's basketball home game that week.

Starting this week, there is the Thanksgiving food drive like last year. Everyone needs to bring in as much food as they can, and there will be a prize for the grade that gathers the most food.

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, there was a student council division meeting in Hibbing to elect officers and set the year's agenda. Six of the Northome High School members attended, including seniors Tonya Weidenborner, Chester Powell, Cody Graupmann, junior Shelby Barrieau, sophomore Carrie Carrigan, and freshman Jon Halverson. Tonya Weidenborner ran for our divisions vice president, and came close to getting the spot.

So far for the breast cancer awareness moon walk we raised $540.00, and have sold another $40.00 in t-shirts.

Shirts are still being sold for $10.00, and there are twenty five left.



Week of Nov. 22-26

MONDAY, Nov. 15 - Corndog, oven browned potatoes, corn, dinner roll, peaches, milk.

TUESDAY, Nov. 16 - Chicken pot pie filling over biscuits, peas, orange wedges, oatmeal raisin cookie, milk.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 17 - Nachos with cheesy meat sauce, California blend vegetables, cherry dump cake with whipped cream, milk.

THURSDAY, Nov. 25 - No school. Thanksgiving.

FRIDAY, Nov. 26 - No school.

Honor roll

The following students have been named to the honor roll:

Distinguished students: Grade seven - Philip Anderson, Lindsey Duresky, Christina Grundmeier, Megan Hudec, Cole Koisti and Joseph Weidenborner. Grade eight - Cheyanne Franks, Shannon Head, Steven Mayers and Breanna Salmonson. Grade nine - Mark Geerdes, Brenin Head and Kelly Heck. Grade 10 - Shelene Head, Katey Lutz, Tanner Salmonson and Cassie Vollhaber. Grade 11 - Alisha Gehlert. Grade 12 - Rebekah Anderson, Caitlyn Duresky, Kristi Geerdes and Megan Poxleitner.

A Honor Roll: Grade seven - Xenia Hillman and Jeremy Wickham. Grade eight - Nathan Anderson, Mitchell Nistler, Raelin Schuh and Dylan Villaran. Grade nine - Michelle King and Carrieann Mortenson. Grade 10 - Johanna Weidenborner. Grade 11 - Kisha Heck, Kristie Hoodie and Danielle Nistler. Grade 12 - Travis Burns, Jesse Jensen and Kendra Krogseng.

B Honor Roll: Grade seven - Breanna Corbin, Alyssa Daken and Brandon Kemmer. Grade eight - Tashayla Cloud and Samuel Thibert. Grade nine - Jarrett Burns and Joe Wickham. Grade 10 - Courtney Adams, Wyatt Jensen, Al Nistler, Maranda Pula and Rhonda Schuh. Grade 11 - Tiffany Stillday, Renae Swanson and Rachel Washenberger. Grade 12 - Brittney Heck, Evan Nelson and Michael Nelson.

Pioneer staff reports