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Week of March 8-11

TUESDAY, March 8 - Chicken patty on a bun, fries, peaches, granola bar, bread slice, milk variety.

WEDNESDAY, March 9 - Shrimp, mashed potatoes with butter, green beans, mixed fruit, blueberry muffin, bread slice, milk variety.

THURSDAY, March 10 - Beef tacos, tortillas, shredded lettuce, cheese, salsa, sour cream, corn, pineapple, bread slice, milk variety.

FRIDAY, March 11 - Tomato soup, saltines, The Max cheese sticks, carrots sticks with Ranch, pears, fruit snacks, bread slice, milk variety.

Scholarship information

Scholarships available in the high school office:

• Blandin Foundation Education Awards: Anyone under the age of 25 as of Sept. 1 and plan on attending, any accredited educational institution in the United States. Deadline May 1.

• Clean Air Choice Scholarship: Seniors who plan on pursuing a postsecondary education and write a 1000 word essay. Deadline March 30.

• Knights of Columbus: Senior Catholic Students. Deadline April 1.

• Youth Tour in Washington D.C.: Juniors whose parent, guardian is a Cooperative member of one of the Paul Bunyan Communications service exchanges. Deadline April 1.

• Oak Hills Christian College Scholarship: Must be full time students at Oak Hills Christian College this fall. Deadline April 15.

• Minnesota Twins Community Fund Diamonds and Dreams Scholarship: Seniors enrolling full time in a two or four year college with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Participants must have played or volunteered an organized youth baseball or softball. Deadline March 12.

American Drug and Alcohol survey to be conducted

On March 31, students from grades 7-12 will be participating in the American Drug and Alcohol Survey in cooperation with the Tri-Ethnic Center of Colorado State University.

The funding for the administration of the survey comes from a federal grant awarded to the Tri-Ethnic Center, which allows the survey to be conducted at no cost to the school. Participation in the ADAS is voluntary. Parents that wish to withdraw their child from participation may do so by contacting Principal Wendy Templin at 835-5210.

In addition, a copy of the survey is available at the school for parents who would like to review it.

Blackduck High School believes that the participation in this survey will assist the school in planning, funding and evaluating drug and alcohol prevention programs.

MCA March Madness program

Blackduck High School, along with some elementary classes, will be preparing for the April state assessments with MCA March Madness.

The program is designed to our provide our students numerous opportunities with academic and physical activity competitions and prizes throughout the month of March.

Daily "Problems of the Day" and weekly sport competitions will accumulate into the Staff/Student Grand Championship Dodge Ball Game! Kick-off week begins with student training on the MCA scores and a Knowledge Bowl Pepfest March 4.

We look forward to a wonderful month of educational fun!

Speech News

The Blackduck Drakes Speech team took second place at the Bemidji Lumberjack Invitational Speech Tournament Feb. 26.

Third place medalists were: Matthew Jedlicka in Drama and Tyler Dobmeier in Great Speeches. fourth place honors went to: Alex Schuman in Humor; Brandon Beck in Informative and Kate Olafson in Poetry.

Other finalists were: Charles Biberg and Alex Howard, both in Discussion; Sasha Pfannenstein in Drama; Connor Cease and Chris Howard in Duo; Emily Biberg in Humor; Alayna Nestberg and Katie O'Rourke, both in Prose and Michaela Holmgren in Storytelling.

Red ribbon winners, just missing a spot in the finals were: Julianna Fernandez and Madison Stelton, both in Creative Expression; Connor Cease in Drama; Brock and Chris Howard in Duo; Nick Liapis in Great Speeches; Courtney Kovall in Poetry and Kristie Slindee in Storytelling.

Speech team travels to Walker on Saturday and to Pequot Lakes next Tuesday as the competitive season continues.

Community Ed classes

Crafts with Morgan will be held March 8 from 4:20-5:45 p.m. The fee is $12 and this is for students in K-sixth grade.

Scholarship Writing Class will be held March 9 at 7 p.m.

Firearms Safety will be held March 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 and April 30 from 4:20-6:10 p.m. You must be 11 years or older. The fee is $15.

Karate will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Ceramic Fish Lantern will be held March 29 and April 5 at 7 p.m.

Indoor walking is held Tuesdays-Fridays when school is in session from 6:30-7:30 a.m. and 5:30-9 p.m.

Wednesday Night Volleyball is held Wednesdays through April from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $3 per night and is open for anyone 16 years or older.

For complete details, call Blackduck Community Ed at 835-5241.



Week of March 7-11

MONDAY, March 7 - Bacon cheeseburger, hashbrowns, oranges, milk.

TUESDAY, March 8 - Polish sausage, seasoned potato wedges, baked beans, mandarin oranges and pineapple, milk.

WEDNESDAY, March 9 - Macaroni and cheese, green beans, peanut butter and jelly, Gushers, milk.

THURSDAY, March 10 - Meatloaf, baked baby reds, corn, dinner roll, gummy worm jello, milk.

FRIDAY, March 22 - Fish burger with cheese and lettuce, french fries, peas, banana, milk.

Community Ed classes

Excel will be held March 22 from 6-10 p.m. in the school computer lab. The fee is $20 and you must be registered by March 15.

Aerobics are held each Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Old School Center gym and is free.

There is open gym every Sunday from 3-5 p.m. in the Kelliher School gym. The fee is $1 per person or $5 per family.



Week of Feb. 28-March 4

MONDAY, March 7 - Stroganoff over noodles, peas, sandwich, peaches, cake, milk.

TUESDAY, March 8 - Chicken soup, sandwich, vegetables, oranges, milk.

WEDNESDAY, March 9 - Cheese pizza, green beans, sandwich, apple, milk.

THURSDAY, March 10 - Fajitas with the works, sandwich, pears, milk.

FRIDAY, March 11 - No school.

Save money for Northome School and cut back on...?

As the school board looks to make cuts, staff and students interject their own ideas on how to reduce expenditures without losing what we love about Northome School.

By Erica Fahrendorff

Mustang Express

As prices in our economy are rising, Northome School is looking for ways to cut back on spending money and also fun and reasonable ways to help earn money. Just look at Mr. Jaszczak's article in last week's American.

As Northome is one of the wealthier schools in a low income area, you wonder why Northome School has to watch what it spends in the first place.

Some students ask, "If the school has so much money in the bank, why should we even be thinking about which programs we would want cut, or thinking of alternate ways to raise money?"

I agreed and so I asked Dr. Jerry Struss, assistant superintendent why the school is so worried about saving, saving, saving and here are some answers for you.

First of all, as I learned talking with Dr. Struss is that for every pupil a school has, the school receives funding. As for general enrollment in our school district, Northome has lost up to 10 students in the last couple of years. The state is also delaying aid payments to schools in Minnesota.

Also a source of income was from the revenue sale of stumpage. For the trees that were harvested on county land in our school district, we receive the funding from the harvested trees.

The sale of stumpage on our county roads and in our school district has decreased over the last couple of years. During 2007/2008 the income our district received was about $385,000. Now, for the year 2010/2011 the prices have gone down to $260,000. That is about a $125,000 difference in income the school will receive.

Also, interest rates have decreased tremendously. In 2007/2008 the school earned $251,000 on interest and this year 2010/2011, the interest rates only accumulated to $25,000.

One reason for this is, last year the school spent more on expenditures, so the school had to dip into its savings to cover what they spent last year. And as we all know, prices for just about everything have gone up. So even buying most of the same things we bought previous years, the price will be more which means taking more money out of savings.

Because the General Education Formula Allowance has not increased in the last three years hasn't helped the situation at all.

So, sure, economically, our school is one of the schools which is in better shape currency-wise, but as prices keep rising and sources of income stay the same or drop, before you know it, the money saved up in school savings will be all used up.

With our economic situation, the school board may eventually be looking into way to help raise money and ways to cut down on spending. Therefore, I decided to go around Northome School to get input and ideas the school board may or may NOT use in the future.

The following suggestions and thoughts are just opinions on what particular students and teachers think and perhaps possibilities for the future.

A few people suggested cutting programs that have very low participation numbers, such as cheer leading, golf, library, etc. Others suggested the obvious things such as just cutting down on field trips and activity days.

Other ideas debated were to initiate a four-day school week, start charging money to play sports and , for those who find the temperature in school abnormally high, to have maintenance lower the thermometers.

The disadvantages however, would the disappointed students who participated in what was to be cut.

For example, although golf isn't raging in the number of students as say, basketball, the program has had much success. Sophomore Kaylee Fisher worked her way to State competition in the golf last spring.

As for cheer leading, most people I spoke to would like to see this program shut down whether we we're trying to save money in our budget or not. Cheer leading has gone through it's ups and downs. In the school year of 2009, basketball cheer leading had as many as ten cheerleaders in the varsity group alone. By 2010, it was down to two cheerleaders and this year four.

The suggestion to start charging money for students to participate in sports isn't wrong, being most schools in the state already charge money for sports. In addition to that, they charge more money than what our school would probably charge in the first place. However, this idea is largely disliked by many students. It would more than likely limit the number of sports they could play in one year.

When living in Northome, MN compared to living in the cities, there is usually a lengthy drive just to have recreational fun, such as going to the movies, going shopping, eating Dominoes pizza, etc. Sports in northern Minnesota are usually a big part in most students lives.

In relation to sports, many students in the school ride the after-school activity bus for sports, tutor mentor, catch up, robotics etc.

Northome school has students in Effie, Mizpah, Gemmell and even Squaw Lake. If any of the kids are in after-school activities they are able to either get picked up by a parent or guardian or ride the activity bus home for a very small fee per ride.

Some think that the school may turn to increasing the activity bus fee to save the school some money on gas. Right now, a ride is 50 cents.

Another thing that was suggested by many students was for Northome School to start four day school weeks. Students argue that it would save a lot of money. One less day to serve the entire school lunch, to run school buses, activity buses and one less day of electricity.

However there are many opinions on the savings of a four-day school week and although other schools have resorted to it, I don't believe it will happen for Northome School any time soon -- or ever for that matter.

Students and teachers were also asked to brainstorm other ways the school could make money. They came up with ideas such as, more double headers for sports, a moratorium on book orders, or to have the school take over concessions. Money raised at concessions could go to pay sports expenses, the refs, supervisors, clock workers, etc. Classes could have dues each year to raise money for their activities. If you didn't want to pay, you would not have to and then you wouldn't go to prom or on the class trip, as many opt out of anyway.

Some people suggested we spend our rainy day fund. That is what it is there for.

As most students would like more double headers and four-day school weeks, most students would also dislike cutting golf, cheer leading or having to pay for expenses that have been free for many years.

As this article is to inform you on the schools need to save money, by no means after you read this should you think golf or cheer leading will be getting cut within the next couple of weeks.

As of now, the school board shall be looking for ideas from the school and public and will in the future use them to help decide on which actions they will take to help our school economically.