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December 27th

Solon Middle School hosts First LEGO League regional qualifier

SOLON– On Saturday, Dec 10, Solon High Robotics helped Iowa State University (ISU) host a First LEGO League (FLL) Regional Qualifier at the Solon Middle School.
Twenty-nine teams from around the area competed to move on to the state level competition on Jan. 14, 2012. ISU College of Engineering, Iowa State Engineering Kids (ISEK) is the sponsoring partner for FLL in Iowa.
The winning teams from the Solon Qualifier were:
Team 2313, St. Pius Sanitation Police, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Champion’s award.
Team 10170, Bear Bots, West Branch, Iowa. Core values award.

Old Gold Menu

Wednesday, Dec. 28:
Salmon loaf, dill potatoes, Italian veggie mix, citrus gelatin salad, frosted banana bar. Fourth graders.

Thursday, Dec. 29:
LS Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes w/LS gravy, broccoli Normandy, pears, chocolate pudding. Bingo.

Friday, Dec. 30:
Oven fried chicken, baked potato half w/sour cream, stewed tomatoes, Mandarin oranges. Cards.

Monday, Jan 2:
New Year’s holiday

Tuesday, Jan 3:
BBQ chicken, party potatoes, Capri vegetables, peach salad, applesauce cake.

Wednesday, Jan 4:

Upcoming dates

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012: Classes resume.
Thursday, Jan. 5: Early out, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 11: End of semester 1/Q2
Thursday, Jan. 12: Start of semester 2/Q3
Monday, Jan. 16: Professional day– no School
Thursday, Jan. 19: Early out, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 2: Early out, 1 p.m.

Kindergarten planning changes

Kindergarten Roundup will be held on Friday, April 13, 2012, at Lakeview Elementary so we are in the process of collecting the names of children in the Solon Community School District who will be attending kindergarten in the fall of 2012. Children must turn five by Sept. 15, 2012, to be eligible to enroll in kindergarten.
If you have a child who will attend kindergarten next fall collecting information is going to be a little different this year.

SCSD professional development

Solon Community School District (SCSD) staff members regularly engage in their own learning during 1 p.m. early dismissals. Staff development time is an opportunity for individuals and teams to focus on areas in which our data indicates we could do a better job helping students learn essential concepts and skills. In order to monitor our own progress, a website was created at the beginning of the 2010 to 2011 academic year. The SCSD professional development website has received multiple updates and revisions over the past year.

Standards-based grading

The 2011 to 2012 district study states, “SCSD stakeholders will analyze and study aspects of standards-based grading and reporting at all grade levels.” At the Dec. 8 SIAC meeting, committee members listened to the perspectives of middle school and high school teachers and students as it relates to standards-based grading. Interested parents and community members are invited to view a video outlining the proposed changes at www.tinyurl.com/scsdsbgvideo
A parent/community forum focusing on standards-based grading will be held in the spring at a date to be determined.

School board meetings

The regular January meeting of the Solon Board of Education will be Monday, Jan. 9, in the central office conference room beginning at 6 p.m.

Dorian Vocal Festival

Congratulations to Ashley Holubar, Hillary Kaefring, Robbie Jedlicka and Kyle Stewart who have been selected to participate in Luther College’s 62nd annual Dorian Vocal Festival to be held Sunday, Jan. 9 and Monday, Jan. 10, 2012, in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus in Decorah. Attending the Vocal Festival will be 1,400 high school singers from eight states, representing over 350 high schools. The Dorian Vocal Festival is claimed to be the largest high school honor choir in the world. Allen Hightower, conductor of the Nordic Choir, will conduct the festival.

Spartans rebound with win

SOLON– There’s nothing like a big win against a traditional opponent to help heal the sting of two consecutive conference losses.
The Solon boys managed just that Thursday night, leaping out to a 24-2 first quarter lead and then burying the Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks, 63-27, as part of a home non-conference doubleheader.
Just about everything went well for the Spartans, who dropped two games on the road the week before.

Girls lose in OT

SOLON– Kirsten Purdy’s three-pointer with less than a minute in regulation tied the game, but Solon’s Lady Spartans couldn’t pull it out in overtime.
Solon’s girls fell to the Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie Thursday night, 31-29, as part of a home non-conference doubleheader before winter break.
Purdy’s three, her only basket of the game, came on a designed play after a timeout late in the game when the Lady Spartans had fallen behind on a night when both teams were struggling to score.