On Friday, the third graders had a room full of unexpected visitors. A Super Bowl Party was held to review academic skills in an exciting way. 

Mrs. Bruce sent out text messages to all the parents to organize this event in secret, so the students would be surprised on Friday morning. And the looks on the students’ faces were priceless! 

There were various articles focusing on the Super Bowl, commercials, slogans, etc. to read and practice comprehension skills. There was also math games and activities to practice multiplication and fraction skills in some engaging ways. 

Each student had an adult partner (for many of the students, it was Dad), and this partner worked one-on-one with the student to practice these skills. When one task was accomplished, the student received a small football-themed reward and chose a new activity. 

The class ended the morning’s event with snacks. The third graders and Mrs. Bruce appreciate everyone who attended and supplied snacks for the party. It was a huge hit with the students. The classroom buzzed with excitement the rest of the day as the students talked about their surprise and love of the day.

…See a photo in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

On Friday, Jan. 24, the students at Woonsocket Elementary got to end their week with some fun and unique entertainment. Duke Otherwise visited their school with his guitar and a few other interesting instruments, such as a tambourine, a cow bell and a dog’s chew toy. He got help from volunteers from the audience to help play the instruments and sing or dance. His songs are written by Mr. Otherwise himself, and they are filled with lessons for life within their lyrics. 

According to the Dakota Assemblies who booked Mr. Otherwise to come to Woonsocket, “Duke Otherwise is a playful wordsmith, a spirited performer, a skilled guitarist and a captivating tap-dancer. Using his distinct baritone voice, he sings his hilarious and imaginative songs that all ages will delight in together.” 

Mr. Otherwise is from Madison, Wis. and performs around 150 family shows per year. He incorporates audience participation with each show and uses dancing and a vast array of musical styles for outrageous fun. His assembly was sponsored by the Woonsocket Elementary Parents Club.

…See a photo in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Blackhawks perform well in 281 Tournament

Boys bring home runner-up and girls place fourth

Noah Dickson was awarded the Carr Chiropractic MVP Award for his performance in this year’s 281 Conference Tournament.

The 281 Conference Basketball Tournament started with a little hiccup due to the weather and a need for some rescheduling, but it did get to finish on time, so that was fortunate. The biggest issue with having to reschedule all of the first-round games is having referees also available. Fortunately, last Monday was a federal holiday, so that did free up a few schedules for referees, but rescheduling can still be difficult. 

The first round of play on Monday, Jan. 20 saw the SCW Lady Blackhawks going in seeded second and against the seventh seed, the Iroquois/Doland Chiefs. The Lady Blackhawks handled the Chiefs quite easily with a final score of 53-27 and advancing to the semi-finals. Leading the way for the Lady Blackhawks was Teya Moody with 11 points. Kaylee White had 10 points, five steals and three assists. Trista White added nine points and eight rebounds. Brooke Doering contributed eight points, five rebounds and five steals. Trinity Boschee tossed in eight points and four rebounds.

The boys’ first round game put the second-seeded Blackhawks battling with the James Valley Christian Vikings for the second time in five days. This contest resulted in another win for the Blackhawks with a final score of 55-40. SCW was led by Noah Dickson with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Malachi Bruce helped out with 12 points, and Tater Moody pitched in 10 points. Tryce Slykhuis recorded seven points, five rebounds and three assists.

…Read on and see many photos of the tournament in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

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