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--- Thursday, January 17 = HSBB @ Sylvan (vs Pike Valley) 4:30 -- Monday, January 21 = JHBB @ Tescott (TLL Tourney) -- Tuesday, January 22 = HSBB @ Chase 5:00 and SADD Blood Drive -- Wednesday, January 23 = HS Scholars Bowl @ Lincoln -- Thursday, January 24 = JHBB @ Tescott (TLL Tourney) and Real Men Sing @ Bethany College -- Friday, January 25 = HSBB @ Lincoln 5:00 ---

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    Northern Plains League BBall Tourney

    The high school boys basketball team will begin league tournament play on Monday, January 14.  For a complete bracket click on 2019 NPL Basketball Tournament.

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    NES Students Experience STEM Up Close

    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. That is was the acronym STEM stands for, and K-5 students at Natoma Elementary School got hands-on experience with those areas on Thursday. Educators in the district split up into pairs and created challenges for students to complete as they moved from room to room. Students saw Christmas themed challenges such as building Sleigh Gliders, Gingerbread Boat Floats, Santa’s Parachutes, and Candy Cane Catchers. Each group of students rotated throughout the afternoon to each set of teachers and spent time completing each challenge to the best of their abilities. Aside from abilities, each activity required collaboration between a student in a higher and lower grade.  Items for the challenges were made possible by a Walmart grant. Requisitions were made, and the supplies were picked up. Some of the items used during the challenges included toothpicks, coffee filters, Dixie cups, wooden skewers, straws, etc. The students enjoyed Christmas parties following the STEM centers.

     

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    2018 Christmas Concert

    2018 Christmas music program for Pre-K through 12 grade was held on Monday December 17, 2018. Merry Christmas!

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    Colonial Trip

    The fifth and sixth graders at Natoma are studying colonial America.  In an effort to get an idea of the extensive processes necessary to make clothing during that time period, the class took a short trip to The Studio in downtown Natoma.  There, Jill Koelling shared many materials and processes with the students.  She had samples of various types of raw fleece as well as cotton.  The students especially liked the softer wools, and some were interested in the seeds still being in the cotton.  Mrs. Koelling went on to demonstrate the numerous time-consuming processes that were necessary to finally have a fiber that was ready to make into fabric that a garment could then be made from.  All those in attendance were amazed at the tools, time, effort, and skill necessary to make one piece of clothing.  Mrs. Koelling showed some items she owns that were made from natural fibers like the colonists would have used, as well as some items that are for sale at The Studio that she has made using these processes.

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  • 2019 YEARBOOKS ON SALE NOW!!

    The 2019 yearbooks are now on sale.  There are several different price options as well as reduced prices for previous years' books.  Click on 2019 Yearbook Sales Flyer for more information or contact Mr. Grafel at the high school.  Get yours today!

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    Natoma FFA Finds Success Builds Career Skills

    The Natoma FFA Chapter has done well this Fall in CDEs. On November 15th, 12 members traveled to Russell to compete in the Northwest District Milk Quality and Products (MQ&P) and Food Science events. Expectations were set high, because since 2014, Natoma has placed in the top three in district MQ&P, along with 3rd and 2nd place finishes at state in 2016 and 2017, respectively. The state team in 2018 also took 9th.  Members participated in a final practice at the NHS Ag Building two nights before the event. Results on the day were as follows: Senior team (3rd overall), Greenhand team (2nd overall), Jayce Dickerson (2nd high Sr. indiv.), Derek George (2nd greenhand indiv.), Ashton Lund (3rd greenhand indiv.). In the Food Science event, Ethan Dickerson was 6th out of a field of 137 contestants. The senior Food Science team was 8th of 18 teams and the Greenhand team placed 7th out of 17.

    Two weeks later, the Greenhands and Shandra Griffin headed to Colby Community College for the Vet Science CDE and FFA Ritual competition. Shandra competed individually, while the Greenhand team placed 7th of 16 teams. Derek George was 3rd out of 80 participants in the event, with Ashton Lund, Nicholas Racette, and Logan Pruter completing the team. The Greenhands then went before a panel of judges and carried out the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of an FFA meeting. Each member memorized an officer part, and Derek and Nicholas even learned two, due to the fact that there are actually six officer positions in the FFA. While the team did not crack the top three, they gained valuable experience and worked as a team to accomplish a difficult task. The next event for the Natoma FFA is the Agriculture Sales and Job Interview competitions in Northern Valley on January 10th, 2019. On another topic, FFA Fall fundraising items will be in on the morning of Thursday, December 13th, so if you ordered from the FFA, expect a delivery soon thereafter. Thanks to ALL of those who support the Natoma FFA and USD #399 students, and Merry Christmas!

     

    P.S. Don’t forget to follow the Natoma FFA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!    

     

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    1. Natoma Milk Quality and Food Science teams. Back row L to R: Braydon Hays, Jayson Engling, Preston Ostmeyer, Ethan Dickerson, Jayce Dickerson, Derek George. 2nd Row L to R: Ashton Lund, Jacob Murphy, Shayne Engling, Logan Pruter, Shandra Griffin. Front Middle: Nicholas Racette

     

    2. Greenhand Ritual team from L to R: Jeremy Long, Advisor; Logan Pruter, Reporter; Ashton Lund, Vice President; Derek George, President; Nicholas Racette, Secretary

     

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    SADD BLOOD DRIVES IN NOVEMBER, JANUARY, AND MARCH - PLEASE DONATE!

    SADD will sponsor three blood drives in the upcoming months.  The first will be on Tuesday, November 20.  Tuesday, January 22 will be the second drive and Thursday, March 21 will be the third and final one sponsored by SADD during this school year.  Walk-ins are welcome!!  For more information, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit Red Cross to find out giving or making an appointment.

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