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Used to be most kids hated early September. Those back-to-school ads all over the place, and the dreaded specter of another long year sitting in front of Miss Crabtree or whomever. Most baby boomers like me equated Labor Day with a trip to the dentist. No longer. These days many urchins actually LIKE school. They look forward to getting up early, hopping on the bus and learning their buns off. How is this even possible? I think I know.
"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24 These words of the Psalmist speak a truth that is abundantly helpful for us, but so difficult for us to follow through with in our lives. This summer has brought some pretty warm weather with a correspondingly high dew point. Complaints about the heat and humidity have been abundant. It would be nice to have 75 degree weather with a lower humidity, along with gentle rain showers each night. That would be nice, but that is a dream.
Kody Heller, of Platte, was part of a civil and environmental engineering team at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology placed third nationally in the PCI Engineering Design Competition, taking home a prize of $1,500. The seven-person team fabricated and tested a pre-cast, pre-stressed 20-foot long concrete beam. Prizes are awarded to the top three in each of the seven zones for efficient design, highest load capacity and other categories. The School of Mines team placed first in Zone 3, enabling it to compete nationally.
When Pat Tanumihardja moved with her son, Isaac Wheatley, from Seattle to Fairfax, Va., in April, she presumed that the transition would be no big deal for him. After all, she figured, a toddler is going to be adaptable because his world is so limited. She figured wrong. Isaac displayed the 3-year-old's equivalent of stressing out, Tanumihardja said. His potty-training successes generally evaporated. His sleep habits unraveled. "He had been sleeping very well through the night but started waking up and coming back to our room after we moved," she said.
As another school year begins, I'd like to once again welcome each of you back to the column, and especially the new families and faculty in our school and community. Not many changes occurred in the school system this year. Mrs. Becky Klooz, former aid, is the new fourth grade teacher; Chase Hetland, the former middle school science and math teacher will teach high school math; and one new first-year teacher is Megan Book, teaching middle school science, sixth grade social studies and directing the after school program. Heather Fristad fills the position of second cook.
Dear Readers: Here is this week's Sound Off, about paper-towel dispensers in public restrooms: "I've noticed an unfortunate trend in public restrooms (even ones in establishments that serve food): They are replacing paper-towel dispensers with electric air blowers instead. "Whether they are doing this to 'go green' or simply to save money, the problem is that some of us like to use paper towels to avoid touching either the faucet handles or the doorknob on the way out, for obvious reasons.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am confused. I was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor in my rectum two years ago. When I asked if it was cancer, I was told no, it was a carcinoid. The tumor was successfully removed with TEMS surgery. When I went to the doctor's office recently (it wasn't my regular doctor), he read my chart and asked about my carcinoma. Was it cancer or not? Does having this tumor exclude me from donating my organs in the future? -- M.K.
The Ethan Booster Club will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 in the library at the Ethan School. The Booster Club welcomes any and all new members to the meeting. The club raises money to support athletics, academics and elementary activities. Please consider joining Booster Club. If you have any questions, you can contact Sue Tilberg at Susan.Tilberg@k12.sd.us or call the school at 227-4211.
Q: I'm pregnant with my second child. In my first pregnancy, I had labor induced when I was 14 days past my due date. Am I going to have to go through that again? -- Mary P. Greenville, S.C.