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 I want to thank our parents for all that you do for your kids. There is not an instruction manual provided for each student, so we do the best that we can.  The Kindergarten and Preschool teachers at Underwood School recently met to discuss Kindergarten Readiness in our school and how we can communicate what readiness looks like.  Determining if your child is ready for Kindergarten can be a stressful decision for any parent as we all want the best for our children. This decision is made even more difficult when we have very little information as to what Kindergarten readiness looks like.  We have developed an information sheet which we have included in this newsletter. We hope that this information will be helpful for parents as you work with your child in preparation for the first days of school. I want to emphasize that these are not requirements for entrance, these are suggestions to help you know when your child is ready for Kindergarten.  We have identified eight components to Kindergarten readiness: listening and speaking, writing, arts, social/emotional, physical, reading, and math/science. As your child’s parent and first teacher, you can positively impact your child’s readiness skills by taking some very simple and sometimes overlooked steps. We ask that you review these readiness guidelines as things you can do to help your child be Kindergarten ready.   ? Read to your children! As you know reading to your child is a simple and yet important aspect of helping your child succeed. When you are reading with your child, you are  developing his or her ability to sit still and listen. In addition to this, you are also teaching your child through example how to use and interact with a book. While this sounds very simplistic, your child is watching you and learning about how to use books from your example. Another important readiness skill that you can be helping your child with is  stopping periodically in the story to let your child predict what will happen next.   Not only does this keep your child engaged in reading, it also helps the child  to think about the story, draw conclusions based on information that  has already been read, and use their wonderful imaginations. This can prove  to be fun for both you and your child!  ? I hope that all of you will take some time to read to your children as this is a great way to see their small minds engage in learning and provides you with some very memorable moments with your little ones.    
Posted by roxanne.thompson  On Feb 01, 2016 at 2:23 PM
My name is Julie Breer and this is my 2nd year at Underwood as the K-12 counselor. I want to let you know about some exciting things happening in the area of counseling this year at our school. This year in my classroom lessons with K-2 I will be teaching students about feelings and coping strategies using the Kimochis and other fun resources. For students in 3rd and 4th grade my focus will be more on building character and the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. Along with classroom lessons I will meet with students on an individual basis to help them with emotional, social or academic issues. In addition to my services we have a therapist from Lakeland Mental Health come to our school once a week to meet with students who are in need of her services. Some events we have planned so far are students in 4th grade will be attending a Kindness Retreat in November and 9th grade students will be attending a Respect Retreat in January with the Youth Frontiers program. These are one day events held here in Underwood and it will be very fun and educational for the students. For our high school students to explore their options after graduation we are taking them to events such as the Career Expos in Fergus Falls and Fargo, the College Fair in Fargo and Sneak a Peek event at Alexandria Technical College. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at or call me at 218-8266101 x451.
Posted by angela.hartman  On Oct 02, 2015 at 8:38 AM
This past week, Underwood volleyball competed in a game against the Ashby Arrows and alo in the Ada-Borup tournament. Vs Ashby- Tuesday, September 8th the Rocket volleyball team opened the school year with a win over the Arrows. The Rockets swept the Arrows in three games with scores of the games 25-19, 25-22, and 25-14. Stat leaders for the Rockets were Jacey ross with 21 set assists, 17-17 serving with 2 aces; Brenna Tinjum with 9 kills, 14-14 serving with 1 ace and 3 stuff blocks; Madison Hoekstra with 18-18 serving with 1 ace and 8 digs; and Taylor Leitch with 8 kills and 6 stuff blocks. All of the Rockets did a great job at the game. Ada Tournament- Saturday, September 12th the Rocket volleyball team traveled to Ada Borup to participate in their annual tournament. The Rockets started the day playing Kittson County Central and lost the game in two (25-8, 25-9). The second game of pool play the Rockets played Red Lake County Central and along with the win towards the tournament, brought in Coach Ross’ 600th win of her career (25-11, 25-7). The third and final game of pool play the Rockets played Fosston and brought in another win (25-22, 25-18). As the Rockets moved to tournament play, they were placed in the silver division and played East Grand Forks and with a win (25-21, 25-14) put the Rockets in the game for 5th place in the tournament. In playing for fifth place, the Rockets again faced Fosston who topped the Rockets in their last match of the day in three games. Overall the Rockets had a very successful day. Stat leaders include Leitch with 14 kills and 7 ace blocks; Corina Mark with 27 digs and 42/46 serve receive; Hoekstra with 29 digs, 18/19 serving with 1 ace, 29/32 serve receive; Tinjum with 48, 36/37 serving with 8 aces, 31 digs and 3 ace blocks; Emma Fitzgibbons with 23 kills, 17/18 serving with 2 aces, and 4 ace blocks. The Rockets had a great week and look forward to playing Hillcrest Comets on Monday the 14th and Battle Lake on the 17th.
Posted by angela.hartman  On Sep 15, 2015 at 9:05 AM
The OTC boys' cc team won the 18 team Long Prairie/Grey Eagle Invitational scoring 53 points.  Second place went to Holdingford with 92 points.  The girls and junior high results were unavailable at this time but Katie George of OTC did win the junior high girls' race. Girls Soccer “Storm” tied Fergus Falls 1-1 in overtime last night.
Posted by angela.hartman  On Sep 15, 2015 at 8:47 AM
The OTC varsity boys' cc team won the fifteen team Wadena/Deer Creek meet scoring 34 points.  DGF was a distant second with 92.  The boys' JV also won their race scoring 16 points to Melrose's 39 points.  The girls' varsity placed fifth scoring 127 points.  Great job! The Girls Soccer varsity won 3-0 over Walker-H-A yesterday.
Posted by angela.hartman  On Sep 09, 2015 at 8:55 AM

Believe.... I believe that we are going to have an outstanding school year. We have a number of new teachers in place, we have enrolled about 35 new students, and our fall activities are off and running.

I believe that we can make some improvements over last year and I look forward to our incredible senior class leading the way.
I believe that our students will be responsible and respectful to each other, to our staff, and to any visitors that enter our building.
I believe that the Underwood School will make history and memories during that upcoming 15-16 school year. All the components are in place for great success.
But with all that being said, it is more important that the students and parents believe that even more then myself. We can do great things in Underwood, but we need to do some tasks better than we have done them in the past. Attendance for some students must improve, completing assignments and staying off the deficiency list must be done, getting help when needed and asking questions is a great way to start.
Together, we must believe!!!

Posted by angela.hartman  On Sep 07, 2015 at 10:08 PM 3 Comments
Welcome back to another exciting school year! I trust that everyone had an outstanding summer and hope that you are excited to begin the 2015-2016 school year! Please keep in mind that our Open House will begin at 5:00pm on September 2" and that the first day of school starts on September 8". As you will notice as you enter our building, there are several changes that have taken place over the summer. The most obvious is our new construction and remodeling in various areas of the building. Fire suppression sprinklers have been added throughout the high school wing. Many classrooms received new lighting and ceilings as these areas were disturbed during the implementation of the fire sprinkling. In addition, we also have relined and refinished both the small and large gyms, replaced concrete in various areas of the school, and resurfaced the parking area. We are making these facility upgrades to ensure that our facilities are maintained in a responsible and cost effective manner. The rest of the construction in the school should be completed by October 1". There will be an alternative schedule distributed for the month of September until we can occupy the new fitness, band, and choir rooms. The bus garage project will be a fall project as there were some design changes that were made that required further review by the state and thus have held up this portion of the project. Underwood School has also made a strategic change in our Title I program towards an intervention model for students who struggle in Math and Reading. We want to ensure that each student is provided help and given a great start. This program will be implemented by our Title I paraprofessionals in collaboration with our classroom teachers to ensure that each student receives the support to be successful. We will be using assessment information to determine student needs, focusing interventions based on Students need to ensure adequate instructional supports, and progress monitoring to see if these interventions are successful.
Posted by angela.hartman  On Sep 07, 2015 at 9:00 PM
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