Turbeville Achieves 5th Overall, Gold Ranking at National FFA Convention
Jillian Turbeville of the St. Croix Central FFA chapter won fifth overall and achieved a gold ranking, the highest obtainable in the FFA, at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky last week in the Agriscience Fair.
The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a key competition that is part of the annual National FFA Convention & Expo. To qualify, FFA members working as individuals or teams in grades seven through 12 are required to conduct a scientific research project focused on the agriculture or food science industries and win their state FFA Agriscience fair.
Individuals or teams compete in one of six categories-animal, environmental or national resources, food products and processing, plant, power/structural/technical or social systems. Participants must find a researchable problem, set up the design and experiment, prepare a written report and make a display of their findings.
First-place winners in each state are forwarded to national pre-qualifying judging. A panel of judges reviewed entries and selected a maximum of 15 in each category and division to move on to the national competition.
Turbeville won the Wisconsin State FFA competition in early June and found out she had passed through the pre-qualifiying round in August. Her research project, Comparison of Different Soils and Their Effect on Plant Growth, began as a STEM Fair project in the high school. She has been an active member since the eighth grade and currently serves as the chapter’s Vice President.
The 2015 National FFA Agriscience Fair was sponsored by Syngenta, Cargill and John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 610,240 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,665 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. For more information on how to become involved, please contact the St. Croix Central FFA Chapter at 715-796-5383.
Submitted by Gretchen Rozeboom, FFA Advisor
Students received an academic award at a ceremony at the high school on September 30, 2015. Recipients were given an academic excellence medal to recognize their accomplishment. Student who had not previous lettered received their first SCC letter.
Eligibility criteria for the award includes:
- Participating students must be in grades 9-12.
- A student must have a 3.333/4.0 GPA (B+) or better for each semester of an academic year.
- The student must take six classes per semester with the exception of students enrolled in youth options.
- Students who wish to study aboard will not be eligible for an academic letter while abroad.
- Home-schooled students are not eligible for an academic letter.
To see students that received the award, click HERE.
Trick or Treat for Canned Goods
On October 30th the SCC softball team participated in their 2nd annual Trick or Treat for Canned Goods! The girls were able to collect 866 food items to donate to the Roberts/Hammond Food Shelf! This is an increase of over 400 more items than last year! A job well done by the softball team, and the community members who made it possible! Thanks to all who donated!
Photo includes (L to R): Katherine Cottrell, Olivia Wasley, Jami Ruvelson, Vittoria Nembri
Special Guest Speaker, Kevin Breel
Kevin Breel, a well-known comedian and mental health activist, will be speaking about his struggle with depression and its relation to suicide with students on Nov 5 and 6. A local organization has raised funds for Kevin to come speak to local school districts. The SCC School District supports any student or family that does NOT want to attend the event. Students not attending will need to bring a note and will simply attend their regular scheduled classes.
Click this link to view a short video on Kevin Breel’s story. Kevin’s story was aired on the Today’s Show.
As most of you know, our student body was scheduled to view Kevin Breel’s Presentation on November 5th (Juniors and Seniors) and November 6th (Freshmen and Sophomores). Unfortunately, both viewings have been cancelled due to a medical issue Kevin is experiencing. We are currently in the process of rescheduling Kevin for a later date.
If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Fern at SCC High School.
Student of the Month
Congratulations to: Matt Brandeen, Deja Caswell-Moriarty, Ryker Ferg, Katheryn Holter, Kyle Larson, Olivia Moll, Sierra Rollings, and Alexis Vasser. They received the student of the month award in October for responsibility. They have shown responsibility on the field, in the classroom and on the job! Congratulations!
Back row from left: Matt Brandeen, Kyle Larson and Ryker Ferg
Front row from left: Alexis Vasser, Sierra Rollings, Deja Caswell- Moriarty, Katheryn Holter and Olivia Moll.
SCC Band -- Busy Start to the School Year!
The SCC band, comprising of 105 students, grades 9 - 12, has been quite busy this fall performing at SCC events and also at multiple events in area communities. Beyond the scope of the classroom instruction, students have participated in over 12 pep band events, the Homecoming half-time show, volunteered in the community, performed for the elementary school students, and participated in the River Falls Shriner’s Parade.
Over the course of three weeks the band students memorized four selections for the annual Homecoming half time show. This year’s theme was “Rocky”. Students performed “Living in America”, Apollo Creeds walk out song - Gonna Fly Now, Eye of the Tiger, and Final Countdown. Students created a boxing ring on the field and two students shadow boxed throughout the entire show. One of the main highlights was the performance of our spectacular color guard, comprised of six young ladies who spent several weeks learning how to spin and maneuver flags in synchronization. The band also held their annual community volunteer day. The three main community service projects included, picking up trash at the SCC Middle and High Schools, Bus Garage, and Hammond Park. At Trinity Lutheran Church students cleaned inside and outside of the church, and at Gregory’s Gift of Hope Animal Shelter in New Richmond students cleaned and organized a storage shed and played with the animals.
The SCC band was one of three bands to perform at the River Falls Shriner’s Parade. Bands all across the county join together to march for Shriner’s Hospitals to battle childhood cancer. It is a fun parade where the bands represents our local Shriner’s Hospital.
Lastly, SCC had the opportunity to host an up and coming recording artist Ray Goren. At age 15 he is widely becoming known as the next guitar prodigy. Ray has performed with the likes of Stevie Ray Von and Bobby Spencer. He performed for approximately 200 SCC High School students and was able to sign autographs and take pictures following the show. Ray has been featured on Guitar Center, several Blues circuits and is planning to begin traveling on tour with some well-known bands. HS Band Director Mr. Koele made the statement “It was an incredible opportunity for our students to see a professional musician that is their age and for him to come all the way to SCC is incredible! It’s not often you get the next major musical star to come to your school to play a private concert.”
Submitted by: HS Band Director Mr. Jason Koele
Upcoming Events and Announcements
High School Choral and Instrumental Music Concert
Friday, December 18th at 7:00pm
High School Gymnasium
** If you missed the Oct 26th choir concert, you can watch it here: youtu.be/F4smVZMOAN0
The library will be hosting game nights once per month. Students and staff are welcome to join us after school from 3:25-5:00 on these days to partake in some truly awesome table-top games.
Students may bring in their own games or choose from a variety of games the library will have available.
Prizes for winners will also be handed out occasionally!
Find the dates for game night HERE.
Submitted by Amanda Olson, Library Media Specialist
Game Workers Needed
- SCC Students - age 14 and older is $7.25/hour
If you are interested, or know someone interested, please contact Athletic Secretary Wendy Hoverson at 715-796-5383 ext. 1101 or at her email address: email@example.com.
Golden Panther Fan Club
All district senior citizens age 65 and older are invited to be our guests at athletic events.
Please stop by the high school office and pick up a season pass for all non-tournament home games. Or you may call the high school secretary Wendy Hoverson at 715-796-5383 ext. 1101 to have a pass mailed to you. Previously issued passes will be honored.
Short Story Contest
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and SCC High Library is going to be running a short story contest to celebrate a month of writing. Most of us would be daunted by having to write 50,000 words in a month, but a short story can be as little as 1,000! So we are going to start out small, and if you get inspired let your writing muscles flex and keep writing until you have a novella or full-length novel. I guess instead of NaNoWriMo we are doing ShoStoWriMo (Short Story Writing Month)!
Visit the library page for more information.
Submitted by Amanda Olson, Library Media Specialist
Speak Up Survey
Here at SCC we value your thoughts about the education our students are receiving. To that end we are asking teachers, parents, and students to participate in the Speak Up survey by December 18th.
What is Speak Up?
Speak Up is a unique research project designed to collect and report on the authentic, unfiltered ideas and views of K-12 students and their parents, teachers and administrators. The primary focus of the Speak Up project has been on education stakeholders in the United States though schools in Australia, Canada and around the world have participated in the surveys for many years.
In general, Speak Up has three primary objectives:
--- To provide a means for local schools and districts to easily and effectively listen to and act upon the ideas of their stakeholders.
--- To provide a conduit for the voices of education stakeholders, most notably students, to inform national and/or state/provincial policies and programs.
--- To stimulate new local discussions around the use of technology within education.
Parents: Be a part of the conversation!
Starting on Oct. 1st we will be participating in the Speak Up national research project. Speak Up is the first survey designed to help parents share their ideas directly with schools and national policymakers. As key stakeholders, Speak Up provides parents with a mechanism for expressing their views to the administrators at their child(ren)’s school and district about key issues impacting their child(ren)'s education. Since 2003, Speak Up has collected and shared the views of nearly 4 million students, teachers, and parents from all 50 states, as well as internationally. By participating in Speak Up, parents are expressing their views to a wider audience of local, state, and national policy makers as well as the business community—and contributing to the national dialog about science, technology, and preparing students for the 21st century workforce.
To take the survey visit: http://www.speakup4schools.org/Speakup2015/ and click the blue parents enter here button!
Students: Your opinions matter to us!
We are participating in the online survey Speak Up so we can learn more about how you are using technology in class and for homework. We’d also like to know more about how you are using technology to learn and how you would like your teachers to use technology class.
The survey will be open until December 18th; to take the survey visit: http://www.speakup4schools.org/Speakup2015/ . All students will be required to enter in our school’s password to access the survey. Our password is: panthers
SCC Staff: Join the conversation!
Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. Since 2003, nearly 4 million K-12 education stakeholders have participated in the annual online surveys. Data findings are shared each year with federal, state and local policymakers to inform education programs, policies and funding.
To take the survey visit: http://www.speakup4schools.org/Speakup2015/ and click the blue educators enter here button!
Submitted by Amanda Olson, District Library Media Specialist
The high school yearbook is working with a new company this year!!
For more information about SCC High Yearbooks, please contact Nicholas Haug
You may place your yearbook order online at www.yearbookforever.com When ordering online, you will need to search for our school. Enter "Saint Croix Central" or you can obtain paper order form from Yearbook Advisor Mr. Haug.
Yearbooks will be delivered before summer break.
Free public app so you can submit your own pictures for use in the yearbook. App store: "Yearbook Snap" (Walsworth)
Senior pictures and Kindergarten pictures due by Friday, November 20th to Mr. Haug.
Submitted by Nicholas Haug, Yearbook Advisor
Youth Option applications are due by March 1st when applying for the fall term, and by October 1st when applying for the spring term. More information can be found on the high school counseling webpage (www.scc.k12.wi.us/hs/youthoptions.cfm) and local college websites
ACT Exam Dates @ SCC
Questions? Please contact H.S. Counselor Jeff Fern at 715-796-5383 ext. 1122 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- September 12, 2015
- October 24, 2015
- December 12, 2015
- February 6, 2016
- April 9, 2016
- June 11, 2016
Students can sign up for the exam at: www.actstudent.org