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  • Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive

    Great job to everyone who helped donate to the Rural Cass County Food Pantry for the Central Cass Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive, filling over 75 baskets! A special thank you to the Middle School Student Council students and Mrs. Kapaun for helping deliver the items! Way to go!

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  • FCCLA Convention

    On Thursday, October 31, the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members of District 6 held a meeting at Central Cass High School. This meeting takes place every year as all members gather in support of the organization and commit to new positions. This year celebrates the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of FCCLA. This year’s meeting was presented in a new style called FACSx Talks. It was based on the popular TEDx Talks where instead of one speaker presenting for forty-five minutes to an hour, there are more speakers presenting for only fifteen minutes. The FACSx style was well received. It helped the students see a wide variety of presenters and organizations. The meeting consisted of many guest speakers. State supervisor, Ann Dietchman, introduced herself as the new state advisor for FCCLA. She shared her story of how FCCLA impacted her school and career achievements. Kirsten Keally from WDAY spoke to the members about public speaking and her experiences in reporting. In the afternoon, employees from Friends of the Children, a nonprofit in the FM, presented what they do to help underprivileged children succeed. Central Cass FACS teacher/FCCLA advisor, DeAnn Grommesh, gave a speech about the 2019-2020 theme: Our Story. The meeting ended with the installation of new district officer positions for 2020-2021. Congratulations to Tessa Thurlow from Fargo Davies for being elected as the new District 6 FCCLA president, as well as all the incoming officers. We look forward to the new upcoming year!

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  • Forness visits the University of Princeton

    Last summer Central Cass STEM Coordinator and Science Teacher, Sara Forness worked for the PRAXIS Testing company, ETS along with 3 science education professors from around the United States to look at the new NGSS Science Standards. Their assignment was to create a document that covers the content all general high school science teachers should know prior to teaching in a classroom. Last week they presented the revision to a panel of 6 science education professors and 6 high school teachers at the University of Princeton. They reworded the document to develop the test questions which will be used for the PRAXIS General Science Knowledge test most states use to license future middle and high school science teachers. Each state gets to pick their own “cut” score for a potential teacher, but ETS also gives what it feels is a recommended pass score for this particular test. Forness states, "It was both interesting and challenging trying to get all to agree on not only what is important to test, but how much weight the test will place on the big concepts we need to teach kids." After three days of 'brain drain,' Forness was able to spend Saturday touring the Princeton Campus and was able to stop by Einstein’s home, a place he requested not be memorialized and is now owned by a private family. He rode his bike to Princeton, a few blocks away, each day to play “physics” with the professors there during his final 22 years of life. "I hope I can still “science” when I am 76 years old!" states Forness.

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  • Middle School Musical

    Great job to all our Middle School student actors, actresses, tech crew helpers and Theater Director, Mr. James Fornes for the great job presenting Honk Jr. this past weekend! You all did a great job and we are very proud of you

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  • Juniors recreate Walt Whitman Poems

    Mrs. Young's junior class has been studying Walt Whitman. As a final project, they chose a Whitman poem and turned it into a children's book. They were given an elementary grade level, so they knew how to adjust and create their book to fit the learning of a younger audience. It was exciting to watch them take so much ownership of these books because they knew they had a live audience with this project.

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  • District 22 Representative Brandy Pyle visits Central Cass

    Guest reader, District 22 Representative Brandy Pyle visited Central Cass today. She read the book Grace Goes to Washington by Kelly DiPucchio, to Mr. Maasjo's second-grade class during library time. Representative Pyle talked to the students about the three branches of government, her role, and how laws are made in North Dakota. The students enjoyed the story and learning about our government!

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  • 1st Graders Honor Veterans

    The first graders, their families, and Veterans they knew came to the school on the afternoon of November 8th for an "American Heroes Honor Celebration." They sang songs, talked about the veterans that make them proud and then went back to their classrooms for a snack. Thank you to all the Veterans who were able to join us today and thank you for ALL you do for our country!

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  • United Way of Class "Super Switch Day"

    Central Cass held its first-ever United Way of Cass Clay "Live United" Fundraising Campaign in October through a variety of fun activities for staff. At the end of the week, for every $10 a staff member pledged, the staff member earned one entry into the "Super Switch" drawing. For one day, Superintendent Morgan Forness would take on the duties for the staff member whose name was drawn. Today grilled cheese and tomato soup was on the menu as Mr. Forness took over food services for the day! Collectively, the staff raised over $2,000 to support the United Way of Cass-Clay BOLD Community Goals 1. Reduce hunger & homelessness, 2. Prepare children to succeed, 3. Help people be independent, and 4. Lift people out of poverty. The United Way of Cass Clay has provided backpacks and supports school-based mental health programming.

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  • Guest Speaker RaeLyn Davis

    In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, Country Music Star RaeLynn Davis spoke to our 2nd-8th graders on Thursday, November 7 about her diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes and how she powers others to follow their dreams despite any obstacles they may face. Students had time at the end of her presentation to ask questions and learn more about diabetes and it's symptoms.

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  • Pill Bug Experimental Design Lab

    Mrs. Nelson's AP Biology students presented their pill bug experimental design lab to the 5th graders on Tuesday, November 5th. They explained to the class the research they did on a pill bug’s preferred environment and how they changed one variable in a choice chamber and observed the location of the pill bugs. The variables that were changed included temperature, food choices, and amount of light. The 5th graders will now conduct their own experiment using corn earworm larvae!

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  • Middle School Students of the Quarter

    Congratulations to this quarter's Middle School Students of the Quarter winners! We are proud of you!

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  • Wax Museum 2019

    Mrs. Kapaun's 6th grade Language Arts class has been working on writing informational essays and research processes this month. Students were assigned to choose a person of interest and to read a "Who Was..." book. As they learned about the research process they explored using at least four different sources and then wrote their biography. During the biography writing, students worked on using TEEs paragraph writing. Once their paper was complete it was time to bring their characters to life. Each student dressed up as their person and memorized a 3-4 sentence speech for a wax museum. Speaking standards were assessed for this portion. Students had a great time and enjoyed everyone who visited the museum.

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  • Intro to Ag Online Class Field Trip

    Last week, Mr. Weinmann online students from Sheyenne, South Fargo, West Fargo Schools and his Central Cass students along Superintendent Forness toured various businesses around the area. They stopped at Casselton Veterinary Clinic, John Deere/RDO, the Tharaldson Ethanol Plant, Pride of Dakota store at West Acers, Agveris, Hardware Hank, and Peterson Farms Seed. The day was spent with students exploring future job opportunities and skills that employers will be looking for in future agricultural careers and beyond. Thank you to all the businesses that opened their doors to us, letting us explore and learn!

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  • Halloween Stories at Casselwood

    The Central Cass regular ed PreK students had fun listening to Halloween stories being read to them today by the residents of Casselwood! Not sure who had more fun the residents or the students!?!?

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  • Halloween Safety

    Central Cass would like to wish you all a Happy, Safe, and "Spooktacular" Halloween! Pictured is Deputy Scott visiting an elementary classroom this week going over important safety tips and practicing trick or treating! Please review the important safety tips posted on our Facebook page from the American Red Cross for tips to help keep everyone safe this Halloween! Thanks and Happy Halloween!

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  • College Application Day

    Central Cass Seniors participated in College Application Day on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019, organized by Mrs. Ziegelmann, High School Counselor. When seniors applied to a North Dakota college during this event, the Bank of North Dakota paid a one time $35 application fee per student. Volunteers from local colleges, Central Cass Dollars for Scholars Chapter, and the Bank of North Dakota, were on hand to help students with questions during the application process. Students were also encouraged to apply for scholarships and begin their Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Application. More than 130 North Dakota high schools registered to host an event during College Application Month this October. College Application Month (CAM) is part of a national initiative known as the American College Application Campaign. The American Council on Education started this program in 2005 with a single high school in North Carolina. Today, it reaches more than 250,000 schools in all 50 states. North Dakota was the final state to join the initiative in 2014.

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  • STEM Water Challenge

    Last Friday several classes of 3rd and 4th-grade students with the help of their teachers and STEM Coordinator Mrs. Forness enjoyed the WATER CHALLENGE in the Central Cass STEM center. Students traveled through stations where they tested the properties of water's polarity by floating paperclips, balancing water on pennies and predicting the wicking abilities of various towel materials. They also created their own take-it-home water cycle they could hang in a sunny window and observe several steps of the process over and over again. The biggest hit, however, was investigating water erosion principles in the new stream table designed and built by Brad Forness's construction trades class. Students evaluated processes along the river's banks as they watched their monopoly houses survive or succumb to flooding.

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  • Muffins with Mom

    This week the kindergarten students invited all their moms to school to help them learn about the letter M and to celebrate their love for their moms! The moms and students enjoyed Muffins and Milk! Thank you all the moms and other special guests who were able to join us for the fun morning.

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  • BOLD Group

    High School Students and adult mentors from Central Cass and Northern Cass had the opportunity to learn about and collaborate ways to address overall well being in their schools and communities. Since the beginning of the school year, students were involved in BOLD training, based on the work of Brene Brown. B.O.L.D. stands for live Brave, be Original, Love big, and Dare greatly.

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  • Emergency Response Training

    As part of our Emergency Response Training, we practiced going into Shelter in Place - Hazmat this morning with our Middle and High School Students. Teachers and students practiced evacuating their classrooms and sheltering in the gymnasium. As part of the drill we had drug dog, "Deputy Ed" and Deputy Herman comb through the school hallways and locker rooms. This is just one of the many drills we will perform throughout the year. Some of the other drills that have and will continue to take place to help keep our school ready to respond are tornado, fire, lockdown with and without instruction.

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