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The state banners hanging in the gymnasium provide testimony of Sue Anderson’s footprints on Richardton-Taylor High School. The banners count first- and second-place finishes in speech, Student Congress and one-act play competitions. With the announcement of her retirement, Anderson said, “I’ll miss the kids immensely. I have great colleagues that are my friends. I’ll miss the day-to day contact with young people.”
Sue Anderson’s career as a teacher started at Richardton-Taylor High School 40 years ago, and will end on Tuesday with her retirement at the same location. Having taught English, social studies, Title I and speech, her goal was the same.
Andrew Rohwedder has been teaching technology education and engineering ever since it was called “shop” at Richardton-Taylor High School. His career is coming to an end with retirement after 41 years. “When I first came here to Richardton, it was industrial arts and known as shop, then it turned to industrial education and then technology and engineering,” he said.
Deb Huffman started teaching in 1975 at Taylor when kindergarten was private and consisted of six weeks of lessons. She used flashcards and homemade worksheets. While she enjoyed the “old school” methods, she now relies on technology. “Technology has enhanced the way we teach. It’s given us more tools to present more enriching and challenging ideas for our students. I loved the old, but you have to grab a hold of the new as well,” she said.
RICHARDTON -- Jan Stromsborg, who teaches the sciences at Richardton-Taylor High School, prefers hands-on labs over any formula written on the board. “If you listen, you hear it, but if you touch it, you remember it,” she said. “I keep it hands-on for biology. We dissect crayfish and grasshoppers, we do rats, we do cats, the list goes on and on.”
The fifth graders at Roosevelt Elementary concluded a unit in science by presenting their projects during a Science Fair on May 11 in the gymnasium. The Science Fair was the brainchild of fifth-grade teachers Donna Abrahamson and Maryann Reisenauer. “We learned a lot,” Abrahamson said. “They are learning about hypothesis, research, procedures and conclusions.” The projects were judged by Science Club students at Dickinson High School.
Greg Mayer, of Dickinson, was enjoying his family and driving truck for Black Hills Trucking when his life was turned upside down with the diagnosis of cancer. He was diagnosed in 2014 and the cancer metastasized in 2016. “It started in the bladder and metastasized to the brain, lungs and adrenal glands,” Mayer said.
The Prairie Rose Elementary School students and faculty were recently treated to cookies during a school-wide open house in observance of of World Autism Month. Special guests were the family of Lamine (Junior) Diaw, a first-grader, who has been diagnosed with mild to moderate autism. The second annual open house was organized by Junior's mother, Ashley Powers in support of her son.
Families enrolled in the Dickinson Public Schools have another option for stretching their grocery budget or finding shoes and school clothes for their growing children. The Dickinson Public School District opened a Closet and Pantry in the old Hagen building (north entrance) on May 1. The hours will be 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 9-11 a.m. Fridays until a break for summer recess.