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North Daviess Parents Attend Conferences

North Daviess held its spring Parent-Teacher Conferences from 1 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13. Turnout for the elementary was high, with 89% of parents of students in grades PK-6 coming to conferences, and 91% of parents of students in K-6. High school had 52% of parents attend conferences. District-wide, 77% of parents came to conferences.

Thank you to all parents who came to conferences. If you were unable to come and would like to talk to your student's teacher or teachers, please call the office for an appointment.

Jessica Henderson Chosen as DAR Good Citizen

By Oscar, North Daviess Junior

North Daviess R-III senior, Jessica Henderson, was selected as the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen for 2013-2014 school year. This award is given to the senior who provides the best example of citizenship and good behavior within the community.

This award is a big accomplishment for any student, and Jessica was excited to win the award. When asked about it, she replied; “I feel like the people at my school finally see, or at least acknowledge the work I try to do for the people around me. I’ve grown up and I’m trying to become a better person. Receiving this award gave me a feeling of accomplishment.”

The award was given at the annual DAR President’s Tea, held at the First Baptist Church of Gallatin. The ceremony included not only the Good Citizen winners’ receipt of their awards, but also the DAR Essay Contest Winners, who also gave speeches. Congratulations to Jessica Henderson.

North Daviess Students Compete in Spelling Bee

By Chrystina, North Daviess Senior

Two North Daviess students competed in the Daviess County Spelling Bee at ​​ Winston, Missouri on February 10, 2014. Destiny Blackburn and Robyn Sprague competed with contestants from all over Daviess County. In all there were about 20 kids competing in the spelling bee.

When asked if she had fun at the spelling bee, Robyn said, “It was fun; I liked all the challenge.” Destiny said “It was fun and I got to meet new people, but there were a lot of challenging words.” Mr. Hartley said “The spelling bee went very well. Mr. Turner (Winston principal) first time hosted a bee for the elementary. She did very well with it.”

Robyn and Destiny did well representing North Daviess at the Daviess County Spelling Bee.

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Lowrey

This year, we would like to focus on some of the people that make North Daviess R-III a great place to go to school with a new feature called Teacher Spotlight. Teachers in Teacher Spotlight are interviewed by Publications Staff. 

Q. What is your name and title?

A. Annette Lowrey--7-12 Social Studies Teacher and Elementary basketball coach.

Q. Where were you born and raised?

A. Ludlow, MO

Q. What is your educational background?

A. HS diploma, BS in Ed and MS in P.E and Athletic Training both from UCM in Warrensburg, MO

Q. What made you want to work in education?

A. Teaching gave me a chance to coach and work with sports injuries. 

Q. What brought you to ND?

A. ND offered me a chance to coach boys and teach P.E.

Q. What is the most rewarding part of your job?

A. When I see student's light bulb glow with understanding!

Q. What do you like to do in your spare time?  

A. Golf and ride my Harley.

Q. What is one piece of advice that you would like to give to the outgoing seniors?

A. You are not done learning.

Q. Tell us something about yourself that isn't common knowledge.

A. I have a small collection of unique rabbit figurines. 

Q. What is the Road Runner is really saying when he goes “meep-meep” and speeds off?

A. Tag, you're it!

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Slaughter

This year, we would like to focus on some of the people that make North Daviess R-III a great place to go to school with a new feature called Teacher Spotlight. Teachers in Teacher Spotlight are interviewed by Publications Staff. 

Q: Who are you, and what do you do here?

A: My name is Suzanne Slaughter. I have taught kindergarten for two years.

Q: Where were you born?

A: I was born in Bethany, Missouri

Q: Where were you raised?

A: I was raised and graduated in Bethany, Missouri.

Q: Why did you want to work in education?

A: I came to work in education because I enjoyed children and helping them learn.

Q: What brought you to North Daviess?

A: I came to work at North Daviess the first time in 1994 as a special education teacher. I left and came back in 2006 as a special education teacher. I was allowed to get out of special ed. to try kindergarten.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?

A: The most rewarding part is the seeing the students learn new things.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?

A: In my spare time I like to read or some computer games.

Q: What is one piece of advice that you would give to the outgoing seniors?

A: My advice to outgoing seniors would be to complete your first choice of schooling before you settle down and have a family. Otherwise you may never get the chance to do it for one reason or another.

Q: Tell us something about you that is not common knowledge?

A: Possibly that my dog of 5 years died last January.

Q: Tell me something you never thought you would do as a teacher?

A: There is not much I have done as a teacher that I hadn't imagine doing. I don't mind being silly or grouchy to get a point across.

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Wheeler

This year, we would like to focus on some of the people that make North Daviess R-III a great place to go to school with a new feature called Teacher Spotlight. Teachers in Teacher Spotlight are interviewed by Publications Staff. 

Q. Mrs. Wheeler, what is your position at North Daviess?

A. I am the new Science teacher for 7-12 grades.

Q. Where were you born and raised?

A. I was born in Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i; but I grew up half of the time in Oregon and half time in Florida as my parents were divorced.

Q. Tell me a little bit about your educational background.

A. I graduated from high school in Naples, FL. Then I went to college at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN where I majored in Pre-Veterinary Medicine until my the end of my Junior year when I changed to a double major in Biology and Secondary Education.

Q. What interested you to enter education as a career?

A. I had to observe a high school science class as a requirement in a college psychology class. Most of the students I observed were sleeping and completely uninterested. It bothered me greatly that students were being so short-changed in the field I loved. I hoped I could teach students how amazing science could be.

Q. What brought you to North Daviess?

A. I was looking for a new school and liked the family atmosphere, and was impressed by how much the other staff seemed to enjoy their work here.

Q. What do you feel is the most rewarding part of your job?

A. When a student learns to enjoy grappling with new ideas.

Q. What is something you enjoy to do in your spare time?

A. I love to read - I'm always adding to my list of books to conquer next. I like being outside, gardening. On the weekends I volunteer at our church's thrift store, and spend time with my husband and our four cats (oh and one guinea pig).

Q. What is one piece of advice you would give to outgoing seniors?

A. As Henry David Thoreau said, "Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still."

Q. What is something about yourself that isn't common knowledge?

A. I have four kneecaps. Spare parts, I guess.

Q. If you had a vacation to the middle of outer space with one person, who would you take? What would you want to do there?

A. I would definitely take my dad. We visited NASA together and he introduced me to classic sci-fi books when I was young. It's sort of our bond. I think he would be the person most in awe of outer space of anyone I could take. I would just want to float and look around at everything. And maybe also play with fluids in zero gravity.

North Daviess Elementary Basketball Tips Off
 By Jessica, North Daviess Senior

North Daviess Elementary is getting ready for the 2013-2014 basketball season, with grades 3-6 participating.

Last year, 5 girls and 7 boys participated with both showing plenty of improvement and promise. This year, there are more students up for the game, with 18 total signing up, including 7 girls and 11 boys.

Coach Annette Lowrey is still leading the team, with no assistant this year. When asked what she is doing to prepare for the season, she replied “We are having practice several times a month. Both teams are showing improvement already, and I expect victories for both teams this season! 

The players really need to work on passing and dribbling skills, and I plan on trying some team-building activities to make these more cohesive units.”

Pattonsburg/North Daviess Jr. High Basketball Kicks Into Gear
By Jessica, North Daviess Senior

Junior High basketball is back for North Daviess with Blythe Hunter being the sole player going to Pattonsburg.

Some things change, some stay the same. The same is true for the Pattonsburg girls JH team this year. Coach Street is back this year, representing North Daviess on the coaching staff, but there are some new faces on the Pattonsburg side.

Coach Street is excited about the upcoming season, saying “I’m looking forward to both the girls and boys teams this year to improve and really show off what we’ve worked so hard for.”

Show your pride, North Daviess students! Get out there and participate. Go Knights (and Panthers)!

North Daviess R-III Student Selected for Honor Band

Blythe Hunter traveled to Central High School in St. Joseph, MO to participate in the auditions for the Northwest Missouri Music Educators Association Junior High Band on November 2, 2013.

 Blythe prepared two musical pieces and various scales for the audition. Blythe was selected to participate in the Honor Band on the trumpet. She will rehearse and perform with the band at the Wilson Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Platte County R-III in Platte City, MO on December 14, 2013. 

Congratulations to Blythe for her hard work and outstanding achievement.

Spanish Classes Put On a Show for Elementary Students
By Jessica, North Daviess Senior

The Spanish I (Brooke Dustman) and Spanish III (Jessica Henderson) classes at North Daviess did a small puppet show for the elementary classes. Spanish 1 did a puppet show over the days of the week for grades 3-6. “My students were all very eager to learn. We kept the sign for the days of the week, and we try to say them often. I enjoyed it as well as my students. I hope the Spanish classes and our new puppet friends come back to share with us sometime soon.” said Ms. Berry. Spanish III did a puppet show over the numbers for grades K-2. “The kids were very zoned in and active during the show. I think they enjoyed it a lot. I know I did. The puppets were very friendly to my students and they wish they would come back every day. I know I’d like to see them do another puppet show or two before the end of the year.” said Mrs. Glenn.

The students putting on the puppet show had a great time and learned some key techniques on puppet operating as well. Brooke got to experience speaking with others outside the classroom. Since she is the only one in her class, it’s good for her to get out and speak Spanish to someone other than Mrs. Fish. Jessica as well had a lot of fun. She said “It was nice to get out and see other students enjoying what I enjoy every day. Spanish is one of my favorite classes and it was nice to see so many young students interested in this language. They all seemed very intrigued with the puppets.”

Knights Learn Fire Safety
By Chrystina, North Daviess Senior

On Friday October 11, 2013, emergency workers from all over the area came to North Daviess to teach kids about being safe and what happens when a fire happens or something bad happens. Participating groups include: the Daviess County Ambulance from Gallatin, MO, the Life Flight Helicopter from Kansas City, MO, Fire Department from Jameson and Bethany, MO.

It began with a fire drill. With all the students outside we got to watch the Life Flight Eagle fly in. All the kids got really excited. While the Life Flight Eagle flew in, the fire department and ambulance were waiting for us to come outside.

The fire department told the students about what happens when something catches on fire. They told the students what kind of materials they use to put out a fire. The fire department uses water, a fire extinguisher, and foam on fire. Each different material is used for a different kind of fire. The students got to sit in the fire trucks and stand on the back of the fire trucks where the water tanks are located. The Bethany Fire Department brought their ladder truck and showed the students how high in the air the ladder goes.

The Daviess County Ambulance taught the students about what happens when people need to be rush to a hospital fast. They showed the students the medicine they could use on people and the stretcher they put people in emergency situations on. The students got to tour the ambulance and see how tight the inside of an ambulance is when the stretcher was in the ambulance.

The Life Flight Eagle Helicopter from Kansas City, MO flew in and showed the students how they transport people in the helicopter and where everyone sits. The paramedics and the pilot got in and showed how tight the inside of the helicopter is when they are flying.

The students had a lot of fun seeing the fire trucks, ambulance, and the Life Flight Eagle. The emergency workers that show up taught the students a lot.  

Shoelaces as Long as School

From time to time, articles maybe submitted by classes outside of the North Daviess Publications class. This is one of those times. - North Daviess Publications Staff

             On September 20, 2013, the Junior High reading class conducted a survey to find the total length of shoelaces at our school. They asked the total school if they were wearing shoes with laces. They measured a shoestring to be 49 inches long. 35 people were wearing shoes with laces. Our school total was a whopping 142.9 feet of shoelaces on that day.                     – Grade 7 & 8 Reading Class

Students Attend Civil War Days in Lamoni

           On August 30, 2013 Mrs. Lowrey took grades 7-12 on a field trip to Civil War Days at Lamoni, Iowa. Civil War Days is a 3 day event in which enthusiasts reenact Civil War battles, and exhibit how people went about their daily lives. When not watching the reenactment of a battle, visitors can walk around and see the different camp sites and the professions of the day; such as the blacksmith, the doctor, and the leather tradesman. When asked what the purpose of the trip was, Mrs. Lowrey responded “We went to experience how people lived in the 1860s. I do not plan to do this every year, which is why I took the grades I did. Also all the kids have to learn about the Civil War sometime in their high school years.”

          The students and staff that went on this trip had loads of fun. Yes, it was a very hot day, but they all got through it without many complaints and no injuries. One of the highlights of this trip was when a few of the students and staff got to shoot the cannon. Shooting the cannon was interesting, and a very educational experience for everyone. Mr. Burns, the counselor at North Daviess accompanied the students on this trip; he was one that also shot the cannon. He said, “I had fun because the boys had to work together, but it was confusing receiving all different directions and it was really loud.

           While the battle reenactment didn't get to take place due to the heat, the students appeared to have a great time and experience a lot. When asked her favorite part of the trip, Brooke Dustman replied that “My favorite part was finding out that the cavalry men were only five foot four inches tall, which is the height of me now.” The students got to experience weapons of the time period, which are quite different but similar to our weaponry now. Corey Moore said “My favorite part was definitely the weapons; I really wanted to shoot a gun.” No, he didn't get to shoot a gun like he wanted, but he was one of the student that shot the cannon, which made his day.  - North Daviess Publications Staff

North Daviess Teams Up for 8-Man Football

This year Pattonsburg, Gilman City and North Daviess have joined forces to make an eight man football team.  This is starting with the junior high students and moving forward with the higher grades taking part in the near future. For the uninitiated, eight man football is closely related to the eleven man football version with a few minor differences, the main one being the fewer men on the field. General eight man football is known for big plays and an exciting atmosphere.

 So far things are kicking off great; the players are challenging each other as well as themselves. The team is giving the students here at North Daviess a chance to have pride in their school as well as themselves. When asked how things were going on the team, Christian Ringer, a current player replied that “The kids are giving the other kids a run for the positions on the team; I think we’re doing great for having so many first-year players.” Like Christian most of the former football players find it a little more challenging having to play eight man football instead of eleven man. 

 Mr. Street, a teacher at North Daviess is the assistant coach for the football team. In his words, “the boys are fitting in well, doing well, and seem to be getting along well with the kids.”  

- Oscar, North Daviess Junior

North Daviess Welcomes Four New Teachers

This year at North Daviess there are four new teachers. We have a new agriculture teacher, science teacher, english teacher, and a new preschool teacher.

Name: Sarah Wheeler

Subject: Science (7-12)

Born: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

 College: Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee

Teaching Experience: Princeton, Missouri

Goals: To inspire a love for science

Favorite pet as a child: Her cat Chewbacca.

Name: Doug Simms

Subject: Agriculture (7-12)

Born: Louisville, Kentucky

College: Butler County Community College and Missouri State University

Teaching Experience: First Year.

Goals: Reestablish a solid FFA and ag foundation

Favorite pet as a child: His border collie Tuffy

Name: Amy Shaw

Subject: English (7-12)

Born: Cameron, Missouri

College: University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri

Teaching Experience: Cameron, Missouri

Goals: To complete all common core goals and keep everyone interested in English, and to make class fun

Favorite Pet as a child: Her black Lab, Chauntelle

 Name: Lisa Hartley

Subject: Preschool

Born: Hatfield, Missouri

 College: Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri

Teaching Experience: She previously taught at Cameron Elementary School. She taught Early Childhood Special Education

We are happy to welcome these new teachers to the North Daviess family this year and can?t wait to see what they have planned for us!

- Chrystina, North Daviess Senior

North Daviess Welcomes Back Students and Teachers

The students and staff at North Daviess are kicking off another school year, getting into the swing of things and starting over with new faces, both on the staff and in the student body.

Aside from the new faces, other changes are in store for the 2013-2014 school year. Grades K-6 is providing time for RTI (Response to Intervention) which involves small group instruction for students needing help in specific learning objectives. 

 Also grades K-8 are using a program called ‘I-Ready’, which assesses students and helps teachers with instruction, letting zero in on what the students need to know in order to be successful. At the high school level, the big change this year is that ITV is no longer available. The same classes are available online, however.

When asked about academic goals this year Mr. Hartley, the school principal, replied that the focus was “to shoot for more proficiency scores, and to better prepare our students to be successful. That’s what’s important.” 

The staff and students here at North Daviess are looking forward to another great school year and with the community’s support we know that great things are on the horizon.

- Jessica, North Daviess Senior 

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