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Dickinson Catholic Schools Superintendent/Trinity High School Principal Kelly Koppinger submitted his resignation to the Dickinson Catholic Schools Board of Education on Friday. The resignation is effective June 30. "It's been a tremendous experience for me as far as personally and professionally. It's been a wonderful time. I can't look back at any day that I regret. It's been a fascinating experience," said Koppinger. Kopppinger said he wants to spend more time with his family.
Toni Fosaaen uses more than paper and pencils to teach language arts and math skills in the third and fourth grades at Dickinson Roosevelt Elementary School. Students who could benefit from small group activities come to her classroom for lessons. They return to their home rooms for sciences and social studies. "I think there's a lot less distractions. It gives a child a lot more opportunities to interact with the teacher and not wait with 10 other kids to get a question answered," she said.
Dickinson Berg Elementary physical education teacher Pam Reichert has a new twist on the "No Child Left Behind" initiative. "My philosophy is 'No Child Left on Their Behind.' I bring new ways to get students involved in areas they may not really be interested in. I try to combine several skills and concepts," she said.
Bobbie Hanson and her fifth graders are taking the lead in a wellness program at Dickinson's Trinity Elementary East. "These kids are in school all day. They need activity to keep the brain and body going," she said. "We've learned how important that activity is to pump oxygen into the brain. I try to challenge my kids to be more active.
Eleanor Sand has a pretty good idea of what children like to eat after working as an assistant cook at Dickinson's Lincoln Elementary School. "Kids like pizza and hot dogs. They like tacos. We have chef's salads. We kind of know when they come through when they say 'Yuck' or 'Oh, good.' If we have any extras, we serve out seconds," said Sand. Sand has worked in the Dickinson Public School District for 35 years, starting as an assistant cook at Dickinson High School.
Crystal Hoerner is a staunch believer in the Dickinson Public School District's full-day, every day kindergarten program. She taught kindergarten half days last year and is currently teaching full days at Dickinson Jefferson Elementary. The increased knowledge of her students is apparent this semester. "They know their sounds, their letters. They are counting to 100. They only have to go to 30, but we go to 100," she said. "I'm so excited for next year when I see them as first graders. They're already writing sentences.
Dirk Smutzler looks for ways to make science interesting and relevant in his classroom at Dickinson's Hagen Junior High School. As one of four science teachers, he has five classes of seventh grade life science. "We try to engage activities whenever possible. Junior high kids like to be active," he said. "As far as labs, we'll look in-depth at pond water. We dissect an earthworm, crayfish and frog -- the big three." When the unit is about genetics, he makes the subject more relevant through an experiment about taste.
Dickinson Trinity High School hosted the annual Southwest Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Thursday. Seventy-nine students from Dickinson, Beach, Golva, Scranton and Mott-Regent entered science projects in the competition. "It involves basic scientific research, which incorporates speech, scientific thought and method," said science fair director Brad Foss. "There's a little bit of coaching, but for the most part, the kids are doing the research." He said each science project begins with a question. "You can use any type of question that's out there.
Dickinson State University international students from eight countries are sharing their culture with Dickinson-area sixth graders through the fourth annual "World Voices -- Ambassadors for Understanding." "It's a premier project for DSU. It only gets better as we fine-tune it," said World Voices coordinator Marty Odermann-Gardner. She serves on a World Voices Committee, which sets the direction for the program. "Really, it's a joint project between DSU and area schools," she said.
Twelve students from the Dickinson Hagen Junior High School chapter of the Technology Student Association have qualified to participate in the national TSA competition. They became eligible for nationals after placing first in competitions held during the state TSA convention in Mandan. "They were excellent. It's a a tradition, I guess," said TSA Advisor Erwin Van Veldhuizen. "I'm surprised so many qualified." Examples of the competition include a flight challenge where students study the principles of flight in order to fabricate and test fly gliders.