Working just a little closer to home brings Heidi Asmus to Hancock Public School this year. Asmus will be the new Speech Therapist at the school, employed through the Midwest Special Education Co-op. She will work in Hancock three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. She will work with students from preschool through 12th grade focusing on articulation, language and fluency in speech.
Shop class has changed over the years. The course that once stressed primarily building things now also includes other subjects like drafting, small engines, wiring, plumbing and even some engineering. The name has even changed to Industrial Arts to cover all these courses.
Bruce Malo has filed for re-election for Hancock Mayor and Bob Staples has filed for re-election to the city council. One city council seat remains open however as Dennis Schroeder has not filed for re-election.
Tonight, Thursday, Sept. 1 is the first home volleyball game against Ortonville. This will be parent's night with the junior varsity starting at 6 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 2 the football team will face Hillcrest Lutheran Academy at home starting at 7 p.m. Prior to the game the post prom committee will be serving burgers and fries starting at 6 p.m.
My summer vacation is over and it is time to get back to work. After taking a vacation, I can understand how the students and teachers feel when it is time to go back to work. In some ways it is nice to get back into a routine, but in other ways, vacation is great with no schedules, deadlines and time to sleep in.
Teaching runs in the family for the new first grade teacher at Hancock Elementary School. Leah Peterson comes from a family of teachers which includes her mom, Dixie, and older sister, Jenna, who are both teachers. Her dad, Bruce, operates a blacktopping business in her hometown of Onamia, Minnesota. Peterson graduated with a class of 32 students from Onamia High School in 2012. She stated that the school is very similar in size to Hancock's school system so she feels very comfortable here.
I had a great time at the Stevens County Fair this year. I hope everyone who attended did too. The weather was nice, the food was great, and there were so many people I knew, it was hard to do anything but just visit. After a summer of heat and rain, we got by with just one shower over the weekend and temperatures that were actually bearable. I spent all day Friday at the 4-H judgings and it was comfortable sitting in the stands. That is normally not the case. This made it much nicer for the 4-Hers, judges and animals.
Hancock kindergarteners attend Kindergarten Connection.
When the staff positions at the school all get filled, it is time to open the doors and welcome the students back. The Hancock School is nearly at that point. On Monday night the Hancock School Board members approved hires for five more staff members. There is only one position left to fill and that is for a dishwasher to work four hours a day. The final teaching position was approved to be filled by Susan Nelson. She will teach vocal music four days a week. Her husband is a pastor in Donnelly and she seems to be a good fit for the district.
Just call him Mr. Stan. Darin Stanislawski is going to make it easier for his third grade students by shortening up his last name when they address him. Mr. Stan is much easier for students to say over Mr. Stanislawski. Stanislawski will be teaching one section of third grade with Amy Brown teaching the other section. There will be 16 students in each class. He will also be coaching junior high basketball this winter.