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Klawitter and Ortmann Challenges met TODAY! 

On Thursday morning, April 17, WDC students watched with delight as staff made good on their promises for the Klawitter/Ortmann fundraisers. It was a crazy-fun morning -- all for the benefit of Mr. Klawitter and Mr. Ortmann, our beloved teachers who are fighting cancer with a positive attitude we admire and respect. That's what you call tenacious Wolverine spirit!

Here are the challenges that took place Thursday morning. Photos are below!

$200: Mr. Muckala will kiss a pig.   Mrs. Bounds will teach in prom dresses for a day.
$400: Mrs. Shrode will shave off Mr. Shrode’s goatee.   Mrs. Golberg will be dunked in a pool of ice water.
$500:  Mrs. Becker, Mrs. Oakes and Ms. Hamelau will get colorful hair and Mr. Gallant and Nathan Carlstrom will lose theirs.
$600:  Mr. Nelson will wear a crazy wig for a day.  Mrs. Berg will dress as Wooly the Wolverine.
$800: A pie eating contest featuring: Ms. Hawkins, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Maki, Mr. Grendahl, Mrs. Sartell, and Mr. Ferris.
$1,000: Mr. Church will get his ears pierced.  YMCA Village People Lip Sync featuring Supt. Westrum (cop),  Mrs. Kraska (cowboy), Kathie Davis (biker), Mrs. Grendahl (construction worker) and Brittani Groshong (military man). 

Mr. Ortmann sends his THANKS ...

The following email was sent by Mr. Ortmann the afternoon of Thursday, April 17 and read by Mr. Gallant during afternoon announcements to the entire middle/high school student body:

April 17, 2014

To the students and staff at WDC,

I want to thank you all for your generosity with this fundraiser. I am overwhelmed with all the support and well wishes that I have received over the past couple of months. You have all certainly given from the heart, and I am so proud to be associated with all of you. 

Students, you are tops in my book and our staff is second to none. I only wish I could have been there in person to watch the activities this morning and see all the crazy things that were happening. I miss you all very much and can't wait to return in a few weeks.

Thanks again,

Mr. Ortmann


WDC Prom is May 3! JUNIORS and SENIORS – Prom info packets are available for pick up in the high school office.  Permission forms will be required from everyone attending the party including sophomore attendants and guests either from WDC or from other communities.  Guests from out of school district will need to provide a copy of their PHOTO I.D. with their form before they will be allowed to attend.  Packet Deadline is April 21.  Tickets will be available for purchase at that time. ($25)  Questions, contact Prom Coordinator, Kim Stafki, at 632-2165. WDC Prom is Saturday, May 3. This year's theme is "Counting Stars!" Grand March is at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. $6 for adults, $3 for students. Dance starts at 8:30 p.m. 


Summer Boosters is available to WDC students entering grades 1-4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates at no cost: June 9-12, June 16-19 and Aug. 4-7. Academic Booster participants learn, strengthen and maintain reading, writing, math and social skills. Breakfast and lunch provided free of charge. No transportation provided. Parents should pick up enrollment forms in the elementary office. Call Lead Contact Teacher Kendra Schultz for more information at 632-2358 or kschultz@wdc2155.k12.mn.us.

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Kindergarten graduation has been changed! This year, instead of graduating the evening of May 27, WDC kindergartners will be graduating that afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium.  Mark your calendar now and tell your family!


WDC National Honor Society students are collecting recyclables for their senior community-service project.  For every item they receive, a set amount of money is donated to Charity: Water. They are collecting candy wrappers of any size or brand, Elmer’s glue containers and sticks, snack bags of any brand, dairy tubs cleaned out, Sharpie and Papermate writing utensils, cheese wrappers of any size and protein bar wrappers of any brand.  Drop-off locations are at Wadena Super One and in the WDC Middle/High School entry way where there are posters of what can be recycled through their project.  The collection will end on Friday, April 25.

Make sure your child gets plenty of rest, good breakfast for testing

By Toni Kraska, Licensed School Counselor/School Assessment Coordinator

It is that time of year again for us to see where our students are when it comes to the state standards set by the Minnesota Department of Education.  The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments will begin at Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools in April.  

It is important for each student to do his/her best so we know how best to help students improve in the future.  As we all know, it is hard to do our best when we are distracted. That’s why students need a good night’s sleep and breakfast to improve their performance on these assessments.  Students take these assessments on a computer, so it is especially important that their eyes are rested.  

Parents can get an idea of the assessments by looking at paper or online item samplers on the website http://www.mnstateassessments.org/item-samplers/.  The students will be testing on the following dates:

3rd and 4th grades:
April 15th-17th –Math
April 29th-May 1st –Reading

5th grade:
April 7th-9th –Reading
April 21st-23rd –Math
May 5th-7th –Science

6th grade:
April 14th-16th –Reading
April 28th-30th –Math

7th grade:
April 10th and 11th –Reading
May 1st and 2nd –Math

8th grade:
April 3rd and 4th –Reading
April 24th and 25th –Math
May 8th and 9th –Science

10th grade:
April 28th - May 2nd - Reading
May 14th and May 15th - Science

11th Grade: 
April 24th and 25th - Math

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Benefit to be held May 31 for Mr. Klawitter and Mr. Ortmann

A benefit is being planned for WDC High School teachers Craig Klawitter and Mike Ortmann on Saturday, May 31 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Wadena Elks Lodge. Watch for more details as we raise money for these beloved teachers who are going through cancer treatment.