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Blackhawk Newsletter
December 2015
Hinton Community School
315 W. Grand St.
Hinton, IA 51024
Volume 22 / Issue 4 

Earth Science
Earth science class ROCKS! Well, at least that’s what they will be studying for awhile. The freshmen started out the year studying some standard science information, such as the SI system and graphing. Next up they reviewed and learned some chemistry basics, including formulas and writing equations. This lead into a chapter about minerals and gems. Each student researched his/her birthstone and presented their findings to their classmates. I think most students would agree the folklore associated with some of the birthstones was really interesting! The class just finished up the first of three rock groups, the igneous rocks. This will be followed by sedimentary rocks, and then metamorphic rocks. The students will learn some basics in rock identification, identify rocks within each of the three groups, and will eventually have a culminating test over all the rocks we work on identifying.
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Book Bash
The AEA is hosting a new type of competition and Hinton is jumping on board. It’s called Book Bash and its aim is to encourage reading. The students will be divided into teams of two to six. Each team will be responsible for reading a list of 20 books. Some students who are comfortable reading 10 or more books may be on a team of two, but other students who are more comfortable with a smaller number of books will be on larger teams. Students will also be placed with team members who have different interests in books in order to have a variety on each team. From now until April, the students will read and discuss these books with their teams. In April, Hinton will compete against other high schools and middle schools in a written quiz over material from the books on the list. The two highest scoring teams will then face off in an oral competition.
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Important Dates
Mark These Dates
Dec. 1 – 3:30-5:00 Clover Kids
Dec. 7 – 6:00 Preschool and TK Holiday Program - HS gym
Dec. 7 –7:00 K-3 Holiday Program - HS Gym
Dec. 8 – 3:30-5:00 Clover Kids
Dec. 14 – 3:30-5:00 Girl Scouts
Dec. 22 - 2 hour early dismissal prior to winter break
Dec. 23-Jan. 3 – No school….winter break
Jan. 4 – First Day Back to school in 2016
PK-3 Principal
Senior Checklist
PK-6 Christmas Concerts
Shop & Cross Country
Foundation Donations
Pancake Supper
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