On April 4, about 197 students from nine schools in the surrounding area attended the 23rd Custer Battlefield Memorial Highway Academic Festival at the DWU campus in Mitchell.

The event is a combination of a team oral competition among the attending schools and individual scores from students in 18 subject areas.

Each school can enter two students in each academic area’s test. Points are awarded to schools with students placing first through sixth in the competition. Four students from each school may enter the Quiz Bowl portion of the competition. When students answer a question correctly, they receive points. The school with the most points at the end of the competition wins.

Scholarships to attend DWU will be awarded to sophomores or juniors taking junior- or senior-level tests. Students can earn a $1,000 award with a first-place win, $500 if they are second, and $250 if they place third, with ties sharing awards.

The overall rankings were as follows: White Lake, first; Mitchell Christian, second; Kimball, third; Mount Vernon, fourth; Plankinton, fifth; Corsica-Stickney, sixth; Ethan, seventh; Woonsocket, eighth; Sanborn Central, ninth. The Quiz Bowl winner was Mitchell Christian School.


…To read the placings in each division, pick up this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

On Friday, March 23, the Woonsocket third graders were invited over to the third grade room at Sanborn Central to do some kick-off activities for their unit on the Oregon Trail. For the past few years, the third graders from Woonsocket and Sanborn Central have worked together in studying the Oregon Trail for social studies. They also include Parkston third graders with some of their activities.

This first step was a start to the next few weeks while they study the Oregon Trail and how the settlers traveled and where they went. First, the teachers separated the kids into groups of five. Each group measured out the dimensions of the size of a covered wagon, and they taped the size of the wagon on the floor. All five of the kids in their group had to stay within that taped area and decide together what they needed for supplies to travel from Independence, Mo., west to Oregon.

Then, they watched a video on the dangers that the settlers encountered on the trail as they traveled. Afterward, they made homemade butter using whipping cream and salt and shaking them together in a baby food jar. The kids then used their own butter to eat on toast or crackers.

They ended the activities on Friday with a game in the gym that children their age used to do to pass the time on the trail. They rolled a hoop with a stick, not touching the hoop with anything but the stick.

The classes will end the unit later this quarter with a field trip, together with the Parkston third graders, to Hansen Wheel and Wagon.

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

During the third quarter at Woonsocket School, twenty-five students earned forty or more AR points, enabling them to be able to attend Mr. Weber’s AR party. This quarter, students elected to have banana splits and/or ice cream sundaes for their special treat. Students were able to select from vanilla, chocolate, and/or strawberry ice cream, as well as a variety of toppings including whip cream, caramel and chocolate fudge, sprinkles, M&Ms, chocolate chips, bananas and double stuffed oreos.

Students gathered around the tables in the commons, enjoying their hard-earned award amongst their friends and classmates. Most of the students in attendance have been here before, but there were also some new faces in the crowd that had made the decision to push themselves a little further this quarter, and their dedication paid off.

As a librarian, I love seeing students accomplish goals that either they set for themselves, or that others set for them.  As the quarterly requirement in seventh through 12th grade is only 20 AR points, students do need to go above and beyond each quarter in order to reach the 40+ point goal that is needed to attend Mr. Weber’s quarterly party.

…Read the names of the students and see a picture in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!