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Robotics coach Mrs. Celeste Williams watches as her crew of fourth graders asks Dr. Scott Larson, DDS questions pertaining to preventing tooth decay. The group must present ideas for tooth care at a December First Lego League competition to be hosted again at Northome School.1 / 2
Parents and Teachers at Blackduck Elementary have partenered together and formed a new committee called PE-Let's Get It. After forming the committee they found out that federal monies came in and now they have a year and a half to raise money to KEEP a Physical Education teacher for elementary students. It has been six years since the students at Blackduck Elementary have had a regular "licenced" phy. ed teacher. Pictured here are Mrs. Swedberg's and Ms. Reese's students posing behind the first fundraise...2 / 2



Week of Dec. 7-10

TUESDAY, Dec. 7 - Cheeseburger, baked beans, baked chips, mandarin oranges, milk variety.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 8 - Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, carrots, rosy applesauce, frozen juice, bread slice, milk variety.

THURSDAY, Dec. 9 - Pepperoni pizza, garden salad with ham, cheese and croutons, peaches, Rice Krispie treat, bread slice, milk variety.

FRIDAY, Dec. 10 - Italian dunkers, beef spaghetti sauce, cheesy bread, broccoli slaw, pineapple, fruit snacks, bread slice, milk variety.

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.



Week of Dec. 6-10

MONDAY, Dec. 6 - Pizza, green beans, sandwich, peaches, milk.

TUESDAY, Dec. 7 - Baked ham, baked potatoes, vegetable blend, ice cream, milk.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 8 - Chicken Alfredo, corn, bread sticks, mandarin oranges, milk.

THURSDAY, Dec. 9 - Hamburger gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, sandwich, cake, milk.

FRIDAY, Dec. 10 - French toast sticks, sausage, juice, apple sauce, milk.

In The News

Mark your calendars for Christmas concert dates!

On Dec. 9, the Kelliher K-12 Christmas program will be at the Kelliher School at 7 p.m.

The Northome music program will be held Dec. 16 for grades K-12 at 7 p.m.

Cantata is Dec. 5

The Christmas Cantata will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at Hope Lutheran Church in Northome.

Young robotics team calls in expert from Blackduck to answer their tooth decay research questions

By Juleen Trisko

The Mustang Express

The elementary robotics team members have a tough job ahead of them at the December Lego Robotics Regional Tournament.

They must build a robot, program it to accomplish missions and prepare a five minute presentation about a way to fix, improve or cure a disorder of a body part.

To help in their research, they invited Dr. Scott Larsen of Marshall Muirhead, DDS and Scott Larson DDS, Bemidji to come to a practice.

Dr. Larson brought models of teeth, posters, toothbrushes and toothpaste to help answer the students' questions.

The students discovered that cavities are still a problem for most people. "Cavities happen over time," said Angel Frenzel. "There is no 'season' for cavities."

Peter Schneider said that Dr. Larson told them what makes cavities such as "black candy, bad food and sugar."

"Sugar gum is not good for teeth," Andrew Stueven learned.

Dr. Larson also told the kids that Colgate is the best toothpaste because it is the only one that has a patent on an ingredient that helps fight gingivitis.

Alex Fahey said that when a cavity is present in someone's mouth, it is "filled with "gold, silver or plastic."

This young team is being coached by Celeste Williams, Brian Williams and Jim Schneider.

Through the 2010 Body Forward™ Challenge, FLL teams will explore the cutting-edge world of Biomedical Engineering to discover innovative ways to repair injuries, overcome genetic predispositions, and maximize the body's potential, with the intended purpose of leading happier and healthier lives.

Each FLL Challenge has two parts - the Robot Game and the Project.

Teams build and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology to score points in 2.5-minute matches on a themed playing field.

Teams explore an actual problem that today's scientists and engineers are trying to solve, develop an innovative solution to that problem (either by creating something that doesn't exist or building upon something that does), and share their findings.

The competition will be held at Northome School on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 9:30 AM to 6 PM. The public is welcome to come in to "watch, cheer and marvel" said Coach Schneider.

Ask Autumn

By Autumn Rankin

Once again... answering the questions you've wondered, but didn't know whom to ask.

Why are the clocks such a hassle to change when it comes to daylight savings times?

Students noted the clocks going a little crazy on Thursday Nov. 11. The hands were spinning quickly first in one direction and then the other. It has been two weeks since the nation went off of daylight savings time, but the clocks around school still are not showing the correct time.

Mrs. Diana Swalboski, District #363 school secretary told me that we installed a new clock system in 2009. All of the clocks are run from a computer in the office which gets the information from satellites. A panel in the computer that is supposed to change them went out.

Is it true that retiring school board member Jack Ungerecht has actually hired ALL of the current staff at Northome School?

Mr. Mike Lorenzen is the senior staff member, having taught here for 34 years now and it was Jack Ungerecht who signed his contract with the school. That makes Ungerecht here for every contract since.

Why does our school scale GPA 0-12 and all other schools go from 0-4?

This question sent me on a wild goose chase! I started out asking counselor, Mrs. Christine Lundin, and she told me that it has been like that since she's been here and she didn't know why, but she also hasn't heard of another school that does it.

She said that Principal Mrs. Shannon Avenson might know better because she has been here longer. So I set out to ask her. She told me that she didn't know either. It has just been like that since before she got here, and it has worked so they haven't changed anything.

She told me Mrs. Diana Swalboski might know since she has been here longer. So, of course, I asked her. She said she did not know either, but what she did know was quite interesting. She said that when she was in high school, we did the same thing.

So feeling defeated, I went back upstairs to call Mr. Jerry Struss, assistant superintendent, to ask him. I called him and what did he say?

They have been doing it that way since he was a teacher here and he didn't know why! So my conclusion is that we do it that way just because that is how we've always done it and there hasn't been a problem with it so it hasn't changed.

Where did the name for Sauk Centre come from?

English teacher Mrs. Trisko-Schneider is from Sauk Centre where much of her family still lives. A student wanted to know where that name came from. She told me it comes from the Sauk Indians and the fact that the town is located in the middle of the state, on the Sauk River.

Who is the new custodian?

Secretary Sue Gross, told me that the custodian we are seeing around is Steve Adelman. He is a long term sub for Dan Ryan. When his schedule is all worked out he will be working in the afternoon until around 10:30 at night.

How many students are currently enrolled in Northome?

Secretary Sue Gross told me there are 214 students total enrolled in Northome school. There are 103 in grades 7-12 and 111 in pre-school through sixth grade.



Week of Dec. 6-10

MONDAY, Dec. 6 - BBQ rib patty on a bun, hash browns, California blend vegetables, pineapple, milk.

TUESDAY, Dec. 7 - Roast pork gravy over mashed potatoes, corn, dinner roll, apple sauce, milk.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 8 - Italian spaghetti, green beans, cole slaw, French bread, apple, milk.

THURSDAY, Dec. 9 - Bacon cheeseburger, French fries, baked beans, fruited jello, milk.

FRIDAY, Dec. 10 - Chicken chow mein over rice and noodles, dinner roll, fortune cookie, pears, milk.