Tricounty News

Dec. 20 Update

Merry Christmas

On behalf of the Eden Valley – Watkins School District faculty and staff we want to thank you for working with us. We have worked very hard to meet your expectations in providing a quality education that is safe and nurturing. We take pride in our work and our profession, and continually explore new ideas, concepts, and practices that will prepare your child for the future demands of this global economy.

We want to thank you for your support and participation in all of our academic, artistic, and athletic programming. We hope this holiday season brings you happiness and peace of mind. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Kids losing sleep to texting

Many of us have experienced it first hand, and realize that our teenage kids are on a different schedule than everyone else. Research is well documented and confirms that the internal clock of teens is programmed for late nights and late morning starts. Add to that the recent findings (2013) by Karla Klein Murdock, Ph.D. in her research on technology use and adolescent health. Her study shares that teenage students felt obligated to immediately answer texts received, even at the expense of losing sleep. The sound of a text coming in was a wake-up call to send a response. The result of checking the text was either reading something of little importance, or something that created worry and loss of sleep. She recommends placing your smartphone somewhere away from your bed to improve sleep and overall health. This sounds like a good idea to me and something we can easily take control of. Good Luck.

School Board approves levy decrease

The Eden Valley – Watkins School Board certified the 2013 payable 2014 levy at their December 18 meeting. The good news for our residents is that the $1,974,067.06 levy shows a decrease of 9.8 percent from the previous year.

Senior of the Week:

The EV-W School District would like to recognize Rachel Stommes, daughter of Reuben and Janice. Rachel admires her brother, Matthew for his commitment to academics and receiving two majors and a minor from the U of M. Rachel is currently enrolled in two college-level classes and an honors class. She serves as the vice president of choir and actively participates in National Honor Society. In addition to an active school schedule, Rachel also finds time to work at the Valley Quick Stop. The EV-W administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations.