School notes 11-4-23

HHS Quiz Bowl
Huron fell short 3 to 1 Oct. 23 against Scotland in the first round of the Q107 Radio Quiz Bowl.

It was double elimination, so they were back Nov. 1 for round 2.

There are 32 teams participating and then the top eight teams will travel to Mitchell in January for a live finals at the Pepsi Theater.

Radio QB members include captain Hannah Schoenfelder, Antony Sorts, Ethan Nemmers, Kenna Dickson and Hailey Schoenfelder, with Lindsey Brewer as the coach. Only three members get to play at a time.

The competition takes place via conference call and is recorded to be played on Q107 as well as uploaded to their website. The first team with 3 points wins the round. Check out the website to see the competition bracket and listen to the rounds:

Submitted by HHS Quiz Bowl coach Lindsey Brewer

HHS Spanish
Students in Spanish 1 through 4 practice speaking and understanding Spanish daily by interviewing classmates, storytelling, and learning about traditions. Some of the topics they’ve explored this year include the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo in Argentina, Cumbia music, and superstitions across the Spanish-speaking world, with many more topics to come including Día de los Muertos on Nov. 1 and 2.

Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 was Hispanic Heritage Month. To celebrate, they listened to a song from each of the 21 Spanish-speaking countries plus the United States and Puerto Rico and voted for their favorites.

The winner of the fifth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Mania Musical bracket was Puerto Rico’s Marc Anthony with “Vivir mi vida.”

Submitted by Kira Carabantes, HHS Spanish teacher

Project Lead the Way
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is an innovative project-based learning program that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math. PLTW empowers students to develop and apply in-demand, transportable skills by exploring real-world challenges in an exciting and engaging way.

• Sixth grade — Design and Modeling
Students are discovering the design process and developing an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.

• Seventh grade – Flight and Space
The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through the FS unit. Students become engineers as they design, create prototypes, and test models to learn about the science of flight and what it takes to travel and live in space. They solve real-world aviation and space challenges and plan a mission to Mars.

• Eighth grade – Medical Detectives
Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they collect and analyze medical data to diagnose disease. They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, measure and interpret vital signs, examine nervous system structure and function, investigate disease outbreaks, and explore how a breakdown within the human body can lead to dysfunction.

Submitted by Ms. Bartholow, Huron Middle School

Madison 2-3 Center
It has been a busy last couple of months at Madison 2-3 Center! The students are getting their vision screened, the second graders had their hearing screened and they have had so many students ill.

By the end of October, most of the students will have had their vision screened. Notices will be sent home with those students who do not pass this screening, recommending that a full eye exam be completed.   

Also, in October the second grade students had their hearing tested by the South Dakota School for the Deaf (SDSFD). So thankful that the SDSFD could do the testing again this year.  

Illnesses. Whew!  It has been a wild one since August. It seems that we have had more students ill and so early in the year.

I encourage good handwashing, covering your cough and staying home if you are sick. Just a friendly reminder to follow the guidelines below to help prevent the spread of illness in the school. Keep your child at home if he or she has any of these symptoms:
• Fever (100.0 degrees or greater… your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100.0 degrees for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine)
• Vomiting (even once)
• Diarrhea
• Chills
• General malaise or feelings of fatigue, weakness, or muscle aches
• Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
To help prevent the flu / colds, re-enforce your child’s good hygiene habits.
• Wash hands frequently
• Do not touch eyes, nose, or mouth
• Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick

I also want to encourage parents to make sure their kids are dressed appropriately for the weather outside.  
Thank you for allowing me to take care of your students again this year and I hope everyone stays happy and healthy.

Submitted by Tisha Harvey, RN, School Nurse

Riverside Colony
The students at Riverside Colony Elementary are working their pencils down to nubs.

The kindergartners are working hard on learning their counting, letters, and letter sound. The first and second grade are working on improving their addition and subtraction. They are also really getting into reading and are loving all the different chapters. The third and fourth graders are working on more challenging addition and subtraction skills and are improving their abilities to solve word problems. They, like the first and second graders, are getting more and more into chapter books.

The fifth and sixth graders are becoming more and more confident with their multiplication skills. They are also working on reading the book, “Robin Hood,” with the seventh and eighth grade. The seventh and eighth grade are currently working on graphing and are learning about all the different types of graphs and what they are used for.

Submitted by Lauren Berkenpas, K-8 Teacher