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  • Central Cass Places 1st in Junior Achievement

    The Central Cass management class "Team Squirrels" taught by Mrs. Hoffmann learned many valuable business lessons this year while designing, marketing and selling their product, The Squirrel Tail, a Central Cass rally towel. To add to the real-life experiences the Team Squirrels along with 18 other area teams competed in the local Junior Achievement competition in Fargo, ND on Thursday, January 3rd to showcase their businesses. The top sellers for Team Squirrels: C. Gross, O. Warrey, J. Sullivan, and J. Hagen, presented and interviewed with a panel of judges. As first place winners, each of these four students was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Junior Achievement. Thank you, Lisa Metzger, for bringing Junior Achievement into our classroom and to our community volunteer, Chad Bresnahan, for the countless hours you spent working with these students on their product.

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  • Marco Tour

    Some of Central Cass and Northern Cass help desk and marketing students toured Marco's corporate office in St. Cloud on December 19th. The purpose was to learn about Marco, how they manage their IT helpdesk, help customers, and hear about careers in technology from Marco employees. The students were able to also to listen to five different speakers while on their tour, including Central Cass Alumni Hunter Bultema (Pictured to the right), who works at Marco as their technology advisor.

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  • Kindergarten receives Holiday Greetings from all 50 States

    The kindergarten class once again asked for holiday cards from as many states as possible. Through word of mouth and social media sharing this year's kindergarten class was able to receive cards from all 50 states. This has only been done once or twice in all the years of trying. Students and teachers enjoyed getting all the holiday greetings and learning about the states as they collected the cards. Thank you to everyone who participated in this fun project!

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  • Peterson Farms Seed Donates 4 Drones to Central Cass High School

    Peterson Farms Seed, headquartered near Prosper, ND recently donated 4 UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) or drones to the Central Cass High School Agriscience Department. The drones will be used by nearly 100 Central Cass students as they learn about the practical uses of drones in Agriculture. Todd Weinmann, FFA Advisor and Ag Science Teacher with Central Cass says, “These drones will be an excellent addition for learning about drones that are actually used in agriculture versus the hobby drones students have been using previously.” Students will get hands-on experience using the drones to do crop field scanning, GPS map creation using onboard cameras and livestock monitoring. “We are happy to be able to support the next generation that’s learning about farming and agricultural sciences. This is just one small way we felt we could help support our local students,” says Nolan Berg, Precision Ag specialist at Peterson Farms Seed. Nolan Berg, Precision Ag Specialist at Peterson Farms Seed and Michael Schutt, Peterson Farms Seed Prosper, presented the drones to Mr. Weinmann and some of his 3rd hour Foundations of Agriculture class.

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  • Shine-A-Light Books

    Students enjoyed exploring Science and Social Studies related topics through the use of Shine-A-Light Books purchased in memory of Pat Knutson. Pat Knutson, a former teacher and school board member of Central Cass, and encouraged students to explore and read. The Shine-A-Light books are currently set up as a center in the Elementary Library and will be available for students to check out in January.

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  • Chicken Coop Project

    Mr. Weinmann's Foundations of AG Class recently designed and built a chicken coop as a class project. The class had decided to build the coop and donate the money raised to a student who had been in a truck vs. semi accident. "I am very proud of them for their work on this project and the idea to give back to others," states Mr. Weinmann.

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  • Gingerbread Houses

    The Central Cass Kindergarten students along with parent and grandparent volunteers spent the morning decorating gingerbread houses to wrap up a thematic unit on Gingerbread. The students helped provide the supplies to decorate and were very creative in their designs. Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who were able to come for the morning to help with this special project!

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  • Casselton Veterinarian Clinic Tour

    To add to the ag curriculum, Mr. Weinmann's 8th graders were able to tour the Casselton Veterinarian Clinic on December 6th. The students enjoyed learning more about the operations of the Vet Clinic, what it takes to be a vet tech or veterinarian, and seeing the animals up close. Picture are the students with baby goats they saw on the tour.

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  • North Dakota State Student Council Convention

    Left to Right: M. Miller, L. Hagen, T. Rausch, S. Kundert, and M. Gulleson, attended the North Dakota State Student Council Convention on December 9th through the 11th in Bismarck, ND. The conference focuses on bringing together students from across the state that have a passion for leadership, a drive to positively impact their communities and to be servant leaders. This year there were over 1,400 students in attendance.

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  • Hour of Code

    Central Cass participated in our first ever ALL school hour of code today, December 7th! As part of the celebration for the Global Computer Science Week, we intermixed all the grade levels into groups that went to areas throughout the school to code at the same time. A special thank you to the Microsoft employees who came to help us kick off the Hour of Code! It was a great event and the students were excited to learn more about coding and didn't want the hour to end!

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  • Mrs. E's Class learns about Netherland's Traditions

    Mrs. Ebertowskid's JET student this year is a foreign exchange from the Netherlands. On December 5th she explained to the fourth graders that her country celebrates Saint Nicholas. She taught the kids about the St. Nicholas tradition, a couple of Dutch songs and words, and answered their curious questions. To top it off she brought in a treat bag filled with small cookies and candies from the Netherlands for each student in the class. Pictured are the students with puppets and hats that are from the Netherlands.

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  • Polar Express in Kindergarten

    As part of a thematic unit, the kindergarten students ended the week with a Polar Express Party. They wore their pajamas, read the book, and then took the "Polar Express" down the hall where they watched the movie on the big screen. Students later had hot chocolate with marshmallows.

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  • Cultivate Conference

    Mr. Weinmann's Ag Education Students attended the 2018 Cultivate Conference in Fargo. Cultivate is a half-day event that focuses on the convergence of agriculture and technology. At the event, students could hear from over 23 speakers highlighting areas within the AgTech industry including software, hardware, a Farmer's Panel, and an Infrastructure Panel. This year, featured was numerous areas of the Ag industry including commodity crops, specialty crops, livestock, general farming practices, farming business, and more. In hopes of building the future leaders of this industry.

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  • Sophomores attend Career Expo

    Central Cass Sophomores attended the 16th Annual Health, Trades, and Tech Career Expo, Thursday, 11/29/18 at the Fargo Dome. This event is designed to promote careers in the health, technical and trades industries to students in Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, and area rural, public and private schools. The interactive exhibits were engaging for all ages! Prior to attending, students used RUReady.ND.gov to reviewed their career cluster interest inventories and guide them in exploring potential careers at the Career Expo. Learn more about the HT&T Career Expo: https://youtu.be/siA1n_GxQ1M

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  • November Greatness Celebration

    Central Cass Elementary held their November "Greatness Celebration" hosted by the Nurtured Heart Team, the elementary teachers and staff, and the Central Cass Spirit Squad. The word "Gratitude" which was the word of the month for November was the theme of the celebration. As part of the festivities, the students sang a motivational song and then several students from each grade level were selected from the crowd that had examples of people they have seen have good communication skills this month. At the end of the presentation, the new word for December "Helpful" was introduced by Mr. Forness. Pictured is a preschooler recognizing someone in his class and their greatness!

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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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  • Balloons over Broadway

    Mr. Mavis' second-grade class recently read the book Balloons over Broadway, by Melissa Sweet. The story is about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City that started in 1924. After reading the book the class made their own balloons and had a parade down the elementary halls on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to celebrate all they have learned. Many classes lined the halls of the elementary to see the balloons and real-life parade.

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  • Implement Dealership Tour

    To help bring the classroom to life, Mr. Weinmann's Foundations of Ag Class recently had a tour at Central Sales, Inc. Massey Ferguson by Whole-Goods Sales Employee Jon Walsvik. The class was shown how parts are ordered on kiosks and had a tour of the shop. Seeing things first hand in the implement was beneficial to the students and they were excited about the opportunity.

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  • Pride of the Dakota

    The Central Cass Ag Mechanics and Ag III class taught by Mr. Todd Weinmann was asked by Casselton native, Greg Kempel owner of Maple River Winery to help design the Pride of the Dakota store that has opened in the West Acres Shopping Mall recently. Students began the process by interviewing Kempel on designing the perfect store to show off the North Dakota based products. After sharing their design and receiving approval they presented the Pride of Dakota store to owner Greg Kempel. Kempel stated, "I was excited to be able to give the students a real-life situation that was a hands-on learning experience." "This was a Project-Based Learning venture that was transformational for students and me alike. Getting to do something other than worksheets and test-taking was a great opportunity and I couldn't be prouder of my students," said Weinmann. Going onto say that allowing the student's work to be displayed publicly, helps relate real-world applications to what they have learned. When students viewed the finished project, they were amazed at how closely it resembled their design. Pictured are Mr. Weinmann along with his two classes, Paulette Knutson of Wild Moon Salsa, Greg Kempel from Maple River Winery, and Central Cass Superintendent Morgan Forness in front of the new store.

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  • All State Football and Volleyball

    Congratulations to the following athletes for being named to the All-State Football Team: J. Albrecht, J. Halverson, N. Kaim, B. Knutson, J. Lietz, and also to P. Richter for being named to the All-State Volleyball team!

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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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  • Mini Nutcracker Ballet

    Fargo Moorhead Ballet came to Central Cass on Wednesday, November 21st to perform for the preschool through 4th graders in the new BankNorth Theatre! The students loved the mini performance! Thank you to FM Ballet for allowing us to watch you in action!

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  • Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast

    As part of their Thanksgiving celebration, the Central Cass Kindergarteners had their annual Thanksgiving Feast this week. They dressed up as pilgrims and carved paper bag turkeys that were filled with popcorn, crackers, pretzels, and other goodies. They talked about things they were thankful for while learning all about the traditions of Thanksgiving. Thank you to all the parents who helped donate supplies to make this fun activity a success.

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  • Food Drive

    Central Cass Middle School Student Council and High School DECA members held a food drive for Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets this month. With the help from elementary, middle, and high school students they completed over 100 baskets for our local food pantry. The items were delivered by middle school students this week, just in time for Thanksgiving.

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  • 2nd Graders Visit Food Pantry

    Central Cass second graders brought donations to the local food pantry today. They delivered their items and learned about how the pantry works. Students also created cards and little gift bags for the people who use the pantry.

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  • Vision Screening

    Vision Screenings were held for all students Kindergarten through 6th grade at Central Cass on November 15th. If a student did not pass the initial screening, Nurse Michelle will retest their vision in the next couple of weeks. Referrals will be sent home if a student does not pass the re-screening. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who were able to help make things run so smoothly and to the Lions Club for coming in to do the screenings.

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  • Muffins with Mom

    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 who were able to join us for the fun morning.

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  • Wax Museum

    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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  • Veterans Day Program

    On Wednesday, November 7th, grades 5 -12 along with various community members honored Veterans for their service. Student council member M. Miller welcomed everyone and gave a brief history of Veterans Day. She quoted President Willson "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…" Sergeant Shelly Fink of North Dakota Air National Guard was the guest speaker. Sergeant Fink spoke on her personal journey of service that took her from cowboy boots in Rutland, ND to military boots in places such as Afghanistan & Japan. Carter and Lana Schultz were special representatives from the VFW and Auxiliary. They also provided poppies for all in attendance. Student council member J. Hiltner closed the program with a beautiful rendition of America The Beautiful.

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  • 1st Graders Honor Veterans

    The first graders, their families and Veteran's they knew came to the school on the morning of November 7th for an "American Heroes Honor Breakfast." They sang songs, talked about the veterans that make them proud, and then had a breakfast together. 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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  • NDSU Geology Professor visits Central Cass

    To enhance the Central Cass 4th graders science curriculum on geology Mrs. Ebertowski invited Dr. Bernie Eidukat from North Dakota State University on Monday, October 22nd to demonstrate a hands-on lesson on the various ways to identify rocks and minerals. Students used streak plates, magnets, and glass to test the different properties of the rocks and minerals and to determine their names. The students' favorite part was when Dr. Eidukat carefully examined each of their rocks and told them the correct classification.

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  • Weinmann wins Soil Conservation Grant

    Central Cass Ag Teacher, Todd Weinmann received a $500 garden grant this week to purchase seeds, plants, and materials to be used in the high tunnel greenhouse and garden that will be built on the Central Cass campus. The grant dollars were awarded from the Cass County Soil Conservation District. Pictured with the $500 check are Mr. Weinmann and his 2nd-hour Vog Ag class along with representatives Amy Cole and Jeff Miller from the Cass County Soil Conservation.

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  • October Greatness Celebration

    Central Cass Elementary held their October "Greatness Celebration" hosted by the Nurtured Heart Team, the elementary teachers and staff, and the Middle School and High School Student Council Members. The word "Communicate" which was the word of the month for October was the theme of the celebration. As part of the festivities, the students sang a motivational song and then several students from each grade level were selected from the crowd that had examples of people they have seen have good communication skills this month. At the end of the presentation, the new word for November "Gratitude" was introduced by the student council students.

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  • Kindergarten visits the Pumpkin Patch

    The kindergarteners had a great time at the Little Bitz Pumpkin Patch. They were able to play games, go on a horse-drawn carriage ride, and take home a mini pumpkin. Thank you all the volunteers who were able to help throughout the day.

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  • Bison BEST Robotics Competition

    Central Cass Robotics competed at the Bison BEST Robotics Competition on Friday and Saturday, Oct 19th and 20th on the NDSU Campus. The competition consisted of an engineering notebook, a marketing presentation, a team exhibit including interviews, spirit, and sportsmanship, and robot performance. Kick off for the competition was on Sept. 8, the group then had 6 weeks to prepare for the competition. The group was prepared and did an excellent job. A big thank you to all of the members for all of the hours that were spent preparing. Members of Squirrel Robotics: G Loegering, K Wagar, M Pilon, O Broeren, B Milligan, C Ferguson, J Kundert, E Loegering, G Oberlander, J Dawson, A Sears, C Francis, and C Broeren. Mentor: Dan Metzger Coaches: Mr. Haugen and Mrs. Anderson

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  • BCBSND Caring Foundation Grant

    CASSELTON - The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) Caring Foundation recently awarded Central Cass Public School District a three-year grant to help fund their new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum. The grant will be used to expose students to STEM programming, giving them opportunities to work in teams to explore science and technology and engage in critical thinking and effective communication. Central Cass currently offers several STEM curriculums at the high school level. The grant funds from the BCBSND Caring Foundation will be used to expand the STEM curriculum into the elementary and middle school grade levels, giving younger students the opportunity to build their capacity for critical thinking through applied learning, and ultimately set them up for success later in life and the workforce. "The educational opportunities formed by our STEM center are unlimited," states Morgan Forness, Superintendent of Central Cass Public School District. "The STEM disciplines are not only vital in preparing students to enter the 21st-century workforce but are also critical foundation skills for success in life. STEM concepts rely heavily on problem-solving." "BCBSND Caring Foundation is pleased to be partnering with Central Cass School as they expand their STEM curriculum to elementary students," shared Pam Gulleson, Executive Director of BCBSND Caring Foundation. "North Dakota is facing significant workforce challenges in the healthcare field, which can impact both access and delivery to necessary services. Exposing students to science and other related curriculum at an early age is a critical first step to growing the future health care workforce." Pictured Left to Right: Amber Blomberg BCBSND, Carrie Hagen Fundraising Committee, Morgan Forness Superintendent of Central Cass, and Pam Gulleson BCBSND.

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  • K-9 Deputy Ed visits Central Cass

    As part of Red Ribbon Week drug dog, "Deputy Ed" and Deputy Herman came to visit the Central Cass elementary students as part of a lyceum. They demonstrated how K-9 Ed finds drugs or weapons when asked. Deputy Herman also took time to answer questions from students about Deputy Ed and how they work together as a team.

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  • 1st Grade visits the Casselton Vet Clinic

    The Central Cass first graders went on a field trip to the Casselton Vet Clinic on Tuesday, October 16th. Students were able to tour the clinic and see several animals that were currently there. They had many questions that were answered by the staff and they were excited to come back to school to share everything they learned! Thank you Casselton Vet for taking the time to show our students around!

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  • DECA Fall Leadership Conference

    Central Cass DECA students competed at the largest Fall Leadership Conference in ND DECA history. The conference was held in Fargo. Students listened to guest speakers and attended breakout sessions consisting of many different marketing topics. Each student took a 50 question marketing test and participated in a role play event at the conference. Congratulations to the following students for being top placers: Left to Right: A, Sears written test, B. Sinner role play and written test, A. Volk role play, J. Ellison written test, and C. Gross role play.

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  • Generations Connecting

    Several of Mrs. Buckhouse 6th grade students were asked by Generations Connecting to serve the meal and desserts at the annual Senior Citizens Day luncheon. The 6th graders did a fabulous job and were complimented on their work. They all enjoyed the experience and were talking about ways they could help again in the community.

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  • Ag in the Classroom Mini-Grant Winner

    Congratulations to Mr. Weinmann, Central Cass FFA Coach who won $500 this week from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota FFA Foundation, Inc. "Ag in the Classroom Mini-grant." Mr. Weinmann plans to use the awarded grant dollars to purchase seven drones to help give his students hands-on experiences related to agricultural education.

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  • Kindergarten Visits Firehall

    October is National Fire Safety Month. To celebrate the kindergarten classes went to the Fire Station this morning for a field trip to learn more about Fire Safety. Thank you to the Casselton Fire Department for having us!

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  • Management Students face the "Sharks"

    Mrs. Hoffman's second-year marketing students recently turned the classroom into their own episode of Shark Tank. Team Squirrels put together a presentation to convince the Sharks, Bernie Sinner, Tom Bresnahan, and Jonathan Warrey to part with their own hard-earned cash and give them the funding to cover startup costs for a new business adventure. In return, each potential investor proposed his investment plan that consisted of becoming part owner in the business, paying a royalty fee, or paying back interest on the investment. It was up to the students to decide which investor they would do business with. Thank you to all investors for presenting your offer, we are excited to work with Jonathan. Also, thank you, Lisa Metzger, for bringing Junior Achievement into the classroom and Chad Bresnahan for the countless hours you have volunteered to make this a success. Be on the lookout at upcoming sporting events to purchase your very own Central Cass rally towel “The Squirrel Tail!”

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  • College Application Day

    Central Cass Seniors participated in College Application Day on Thursday, October 11th, 2018 organized by Mrs. Ziegelmann, Central Cass Guidance Counselor and Registrar. When seniors apply to a North Dakota college during this event, Bank of North Dakota paid one $35 application fee per student. Volunteers from local colleges, Central Cass Dollars for Scholars Chapter, and school staff, 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. The goal of CAM is to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential. Nationally, this effort has been extremely effective in meeting these needs with schools indicating that up to 77 percent of the applicants on these days were in that demographic.

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  • NDSU Agronomy Seed Farm Field Trip

    Mr. Weinmann’s Ag Science students attended the NDSU Agronomy Seed Farm on October 9th as part of a hands-on approach to learning about the seed plant and its operation. One student was quoted when at the end of the tour, “I liked the explanations of the new technology and machinery that Brian Otteson gave. It was cold but worth it!” The students were excited and said they were happy to be able to go to learn more about the agronomy with the field trip. Thank you to NDSU Agronomy Seed Farm and Mr. Otteson for this opportunity!

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  • Motivational Speaker ~ John James

    John James co-founder and former lead singer of The Newsboys, now an international motivational speaker, spoke to our students during "Squirrel Time" this week. John travels throughout the USA, Australia, the UK, and Asia Pacific region spreading his message of hope. John spoke openly about his destructive childhood years and at the height of his success in a multimillion-dollar ministry, his life and marriage fell apart but still managed to make something out of his life and rise above even in his deepest hour. He challenged our students to do the same, no matter what life gives you, you have the power within to rebuild your life and find hope again.

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  • ALICE Training

    The Central Cass School District is updating emergency training procedures for response to a dangerous intruder. The way we are training is evolving to incorporate nationally recognized best practices. The ALICE method is the response protocol endorsed by many law enforcement agencies, including our local departments as well as the Dept. of Education, Homeland Security, FBI, Secret Service, and the White House. ALICE, an acronym for Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate, empowers individuals to use their best judgment by providing more options in the event of an emergency situation. Central Cass has thoughtfully approached the overall implementation of ALICE practices. This process started in August 2018 with professional development training for all faculty. Our ALICE trainer Deputy Jason Scott will be sharing the ALICE concept through an age-appropriate curriculum designed to introduce the concepts of ALICE to our K-4 students, starting October 4 through November 15th. Deputy Scott will be sharing this strategy with 5-6 grade students on October 24th and October 31st. Grades 7-12 have also been receiving the curriculum during Squirrel Time. Should you have any concerns or questions, feel free to email Deputy Scott at scottj@casscountynd.gov. We want to help you be informed should you or your child have questions. The picture is of Deputy Scott giving a lesson to Mrs. Nelson's 3rd graders during snack time.

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  • Give Back Program for School Supply Kits

    As promised the school supply kit program that we offered to parents this year, GradGiveback.com donated back money to the district for each kit purchased. Today Mark Cameron with GradGiveback brought a $2,000 check to Central Cass as their way to give back. The money will be used to purchase supplies for students in our district who can not afford supplies along with some non-consumables (ex. scissors, pencil boxes, headphones) for each classroom next year. By purchasing the non-consumables for all the elementary students we will be able to take some of those items off the supply lists, making it cheaper for all of our families whether they purchase the school supply kit or go back to school shopping on their own next year. We look forward to working with the GradGiveback program again this spring when we offer the school supply kits once again! Pictured left to right: Mark Cameron from the GradGiveBack Program, Mistie Holland who organized the school supply kit idea at Central Cass, and Superintendent Morgan Forness.

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  • STEM Center PLC

    The Central Cass STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Center is nearing completion and today we celebrated by having our first PLC (Professional Learning Community) meeting in the new center. The middle school teachers lead by Academic Dean, Mrs. Wixo did a mock PBL (Project-Based Learning) lesson in the STEM Center while the other grade level teachers looked on and evaluated. The goal was to get an idea of how their own lessons could flow in the new space. A PBL involves a dynamic classroom approach in which students acquire a deeper knowledge through the active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. Today's objective was to create a coating for medication (candy skittles) that could make it through the stomach (a cup of vinegar) before deterioration began. Their goal was to help the medication make it to the small intestine for people who have stomach pains from different medications they take. The teachers are excited to get more training in the new STEM Center and start using the PreK-12 grade center with their students!

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  • Paying it Forward

    In addition to senior service projects we had during homecoming week, one group of seniors were given the opportunity to make a donation to charities of their choice. The money was given to the group of five seniors by the homeowners, Bob & Janice Miller. The students chose to support the Rural Cass Emergency Food Pantry and Sinner Bresnahan Healthy Kids Initiative with the donated money. Pictured are the students with SBHKI representative Tom Bresnahan.

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  • Hats for Matt Fundraiser

    Matthew a sophomore here at Central Cass was injured in a car accident the week before homecoming. Our student body lead by the student council rallied around Matt in thoughts and deeds. One such deed was a "Hats for Matt" fundraiser held during homecoming week. In an astonishing show of support, our school raised over $1,000 for Matt and his family to put toward his bills from the accident. We are all thankful Matt will be ok and to be given the opportunity to help him.

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  • Senior Service Day

    Senior Service Day: There are over 70 students in the senior class this year. Each of them brings something different to the table and on Wednesday, September 19th they used their gifts in various ways during senior service day! Students were given tasks such as painting for the city parks and recreation, doing yard work for several community members, helping the city forester, cleaning house, learning how to prepare traditional foods, delivering food to those in the community that they appreciated. We also had groups of students on campus that they were lifting, painting, sweeping, cleaning, dusting, organizing, recycling, hauling, washing, scrubbing, stacking, and picking up and taking out the garbage. Students had lunch and then went back to work to finish sweeping and cleaning out gutters, painting another parking lot of curbs, finishing filling a roll off dumpster, finished moving all of the track equipment into winter storage and pressure washing equipment to be reused in the building before running to their elementary buddies to help build floats. They are dirty, sore, tired and have so much to be proud of. They worked hard, cared about someone other than themselves, and made very meaningful connections! It's a great day to be a Squirrel!

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  • College Fair

    The Junior and Senior Classes attended the DACAC-ND College Fair in Valley City. The North Dakota Council of Dakota Association for College Admission Counseling (DACAC-ND) goal is to assist high school students in their college and post-secondary decision making. Students were challenged to sign up and ask specific questions with two to three representatives as well as gather financial aid information. DACAC-ND is responsible for coordinating College & Career Fairs throughout the state of North Dakota and is made up of college admission professionals within the state of ND.

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  • Mr. Haugen attends training in Washington, DC

    WASHINGTON, DC. August, 2018 – Marlen Haugen, a teacher at Central Cass Middle School in Casselton, ND, was one of 32 teachers nationwide chosen to complete a food science training program developed and implemented in a partnership between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and Graduate School USA. The one-week program for middle and high school science teachers, as well as family and consumer science and health education teachers, took place in Washington this summer. The training is part of the FDA/NSTA Professional Development Program in Food Science, a sustained effort to train U.S. teachers to use FDA’s curriculum in their classrooms nationwide. The goal of the program is to educate teachers and students about critical food safety issues such as foodborne illnesses by exploring the science behind them. The program arms teachers with a unique topic and curriculum with which to teach science. Participants learn about nutrition, food allergies, cosmetics safety, and color additives from FDA experts. Teachers also receive nutrition education material to help teach their students how to use the Nutrition Facts label to make better food choices.

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  • Homecoming ~ Sunday, Sept 16th

    Sunday's Homecoming activities were kicked off with Hall Decorating, Muscle Volleyball, Tug of War, Powder Puff Football, and Parking Lot Potluck! A special thank you to Mrs. Sinner; Student Council Advisor for her hard work and planning for the weeks activities!

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  • PaY Meeting

    Mrs. Grommesh held a PaY meeting at her house on Sunday, September 9th! There were 20 plus students in attendance. They discussed their values, determining the group's areas of motivation and enjoyed having fun in the relaxed environment. Their top focus areas and values are Foster Care, Human Rights, Mental/Emotional Health, and Adoption. "It's going to be a great year of learning about themselves and how they can serve others!" said Mrs. Grommesh.

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  • AG III Class Visits Local Business

    Last week Mr. Weinmann's Period 7 AG III class was able to interview Maple River Winery business owner Greg Kempel. Students learned what it takes to start a business, common mistakes found in a business, and ways to market your product. Kempel stated, “There are many Pride of Dakota products produced in the state using our vast agricultural products. It was great to share different Pride of Dakota business models with these students.”

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  • Pillow Making in Kindergarten

    This Friday the kindergarten once again invited family members into the classrooms to help sew pillows. The students each brought a square piece of fabric as part of their school supply list. The school provided them with the second piece that the students drew on with fabric markers. The two pieces were sewn together by volunteers. The kindergarteners along with their helpers stuffed the pillows and hand sewed them closed. The keepsakes will be used for quite a time in the classroom, along with a cushion to use for reading during Daily Five and other activities. Thank you to all the family who were able to help during this special day in the kindergarten classrooms.

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  • Squirrel Time

    New this year for students grades 5-12! The Central Cass Advisory Program, Squirrel Time, was established to help students figure out who they are, where they’re headed, and how they’re going to get there. Through our advisory program, each student has an adult who knows them and helps them navigate high school so that they leave with a meaningful, personalized plan and are prepared for postsecondary options. Students will meet with their advisory groups daily from 3:06-3:30 for leadership activities, academic check-in time and tutoring, post-secondary guidance and planning, and most importantly to build relationships among the students and adults at Central Cass. Pictured are students at the Activites Fair held during Squirrel Time where students were able to walk around to different tables to learn more about the programs and activities available at Central Cass.

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  • Centrifugal Force and a Honey Extractor

    Students learned about centrifugal force using a honey extractor in Mr. Weinmann's Ag Science Courses today. Students were actively engaged while learning how to use centrifugal force in a hands-on environment. The honey was sticky but tasted good the students claimed.

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  • 5th Quarter Bonfire

    The 5th Quarter Bonfire was a success after the first home football game on Friday, August 31st. There were about 150 kids that attended the bonfire at the Casselton reservoir Students ate, danced, smiled, laughed, and sang at the top of their lungs as they celebrated the beginning of the new school year. Thank you to everyone for your help in planning this wonderful event!

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  • Ribbon Cutting of the Athletic Complexes

    Thank you to everyone that was able to make it to our first home football game on our new Farmers Union Football Field on August 30th and celebrate the ribbon cutting with us of our new athletic complexes AND were able to cheer on our Squirrels for a WIN! We are very proud of our new facility and look forward to many years of enjoyment using it!

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  • 1st Day of School

    Teachers and students were eager for the first day of school! We look forward to a great year full of learning and making new memories along the way! Pictured is music Mrs. Bastian welcoming students as they enter the school on the first day!

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  • Back to School Night

    Back to School Night was a success! Students came and were eager to meet their teachers and see the new areas of the school. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it and we look forward to seeing you on the first day of school! Thank you also to PTA for helping organize and all the clubs and organizations who were able to come set up tables, making yourself available.

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  • 5th Grade Band Concert

    Mr. Dasovick had a “Sit-In” beginning band concert this week for the new students starting band. For part of the concert parents or siblings sat next to their child to see what they have been working on for the last two weeks at Band Camp. He also talked about the ins and outs of band class and introduced the Legacy Program Leaders as well. It was a great introduction for parents and students.

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  • Career and Technical Educators Conference

    ND Career & Technical Educators gather in Bismarck, August 6 – 8, 2018 for the 48th Annual Professional Development Conference. Over 600 educators and administrators from across the state gathered under the theme “Today’s Success – Tomorrow’s Future”. Wayde Sick, ND CTE State Director, stated that “Career and Technical Education is innovation in education. Many of the phrases that are used to describe education innovation include project-based learning, work-based learning, and competency-based learning. These are common practices in CTE.” Sick also stated that. “As we move into CTE’s future, communication, access, and relevance is key.” The conference was designed to inform, inspire, and reinforce the belief that Career and Technical Education is the single best option for a majority of students. Sessions contained tools that can be used in classrooms and labs to better prepare educators and to help them become a “career planning” voice for the students. DeAnn Grommesh, Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) teacher and Lisa Hoffman, Business and Marketing teacher at Central Cass participated in sessions Creating Peace and Harmony Within Your Classroom, Real World Skills through FACS Education and updates on nutrition education. The conference was coordinated by the ND Department of Career and Technical Education in cooperation with the ND Association for Career and Technical Education.

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  • New Hires

    Welcome to Central Cass! Pictured at in-service from left to right: Mr. Weinmann-Ag Education and FFA, Mrs. Lynch- Elementary Principal, Mrs. Terveen- 5th Grade, Mr. Godfrey- Rural Cass Special Education, Miss Weber- 1st Grade, Mrs. Akers- 5th Grade, Miss Horgan- 1st Grade, Miss Davis- 1st Grade, Amy Warrey- Casselton Community Healthy Youth Director, Mr. DeHaven- Middle School Science, and Mr. Richter- High School Science/Math.

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  • Two New Principals

    Lyndsy Lynch has accepted the elementary principal position (Grades K-4) and Lisa Narum has accepted the middle school principal position (grades 5-8.) Originally from Casselton, Lynch attended college and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Dakota while earning her Masters in Education in Educational Leadership through Minnesota State University Moorhead. She will begin her 11th year in education, previously teaching for nine years in the Wahpeton Public School system before accepting the elementary principal position for one year at Milnor Public Schools. Narum recently served as the Middle School Lead Teacher at Central Cass where she also taught the sixth grade Make a Sound Choice course. Prior to that, she served as a middle school teacher at Central Cass for 12 years. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Valley City State University and a Masters in Education in Educational Leadership from North Dakota State University. This will be her 15th year at Central Cass.

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  • Unpacking Evening in the Early Childhood Wing

    On the evening of July 25th, the preschool through grade one teachers along with some special education teachers were allowed in the early childhood wing of the construction area prior to the final completion of the building. Teachers spent the evening bringing in supplies and unpack before the building gets closed back up for final construction to be completed. They will be allowed back in sometime the week before school starts and were excited to see their rooms nearing completion and getting a chance to do some much-needed work before they are allowed back in.

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  • Monsanto Grant

    Employees from Monsanto award Central Cass a $10,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund's 2018 site grant initiative. Mistie Holland, technology integrationist and Dana Stansbery, Library and Media Specialist wrote and submitted the grant for Central Cass and plan to purchase agriculture exploration activities consisting of Soil and Water Science, Indoor Gardening and Decomposition, Solar Energy, Pollination Garden, North Dakota Bread Basket, and Virtual Field Trips to add to our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Center, along with supplies needed for the activities to properly function. Holland states, "The items will allow students to become inquiry-based learners and meet the needs of our students' desire to be challenged and empowered through project-based learning, enhancing STEM education at Central Cass." The environment within our school that we are focusing on with this grant opportunity will be our newly built STEM Center. Within our STEM center, we hope to provide interactive opportunities for students to create, invent, and solve problems that connect science, technology, engineering, and math relative to real-world work experiences. Today's students are tomorrow's leaders. STEM-related careers, specifically agricultural related, are some of the fastest growing and highest paid jobs of the 21st century. "We're happy to support Central Cass with this Monsanto Fund grant." Stated the leadership at Monsanto's Research Center in Glyndon MN -Keith Jackson and John Gulleson.

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  • Nurtured Heart Approach Conference

    Central Cass teachers Sara Barnard, Kristie Morris and Julienne Olson attended a six-day Nurtured Heart Approach conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The intensive training focused on building relationships that are genuine and powerful. Through the connections, kids are able to build an inner wealth that promotes success in themselves, in those around them and in the community. Barnard, Morris, and Olson will use the Nurtured Heart Approach in their continued staff and community training at Central Cass. Pictured are all participants who attended the conference with Howard Glasser (far right), creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach.

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  • Rough Rider Conference

    Central Cass teachers Stephanie Anderson, Justine Kapaun and Cassie Bastian attended the 32nd anniversary of the Rough Rider Conference in Medora, North Dakota. They attended several workshops that expressed the importance of movement in the classroom and school safety. As part of the conference, they worked on updating our school's current wellness policy.

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  • STEM Class at VCSU

    Seven Central Cass teachers spent the week, June 4-8 at a STEM Professional Development grant project, Implementing Integrative STEM Education in the Classroom hosted by the Great Plains STEM Education Center (GPSEC) at VCSU. The GPSEC provides professional development programs for K-12 teachers and administrators and promotes high-impact, effective learning opportunities for students. The Central Cass teachers spent the week focusing on essential problem-solving and communication skills related to STEM education.

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  • Girls Softball 2018 Class B Champions

    Central Cass takes 1st at the State Class B Softball Tournament in Jamestown, North Dakota. Congratulations girls!!! We are VERY proud of you!

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