Friday, April 30, 2010

"Marble Sorters" visit OES

Students of Mr. White's Project Lead the Way engineering class visited Ossian Elementary School to teach Mr. Harkless's third grade class about their marble sorters.
Mrs. Harkless's third grade class is currently taking part in a Region 8 project themselves. They are creating their own inventions out of provided Lego kits provided by Region 8. First, they created cars to race. Now they are sketching out invention ideas to create.

While I was there, Mrs. Harkless reminded the children of a very important aspect of creating their own invention.
"Remember kids, you are inventing something to make work easier," said Harkless. "That is your ultimate goal."

The only main difference between what the third graders are doing compared to the high school Project Lead the Way students is a matter of gears. The gears OES students are creating are manual ones that need to be turned by hand, while high school students gears are moved by electricity.

First, Project Lead the Way students showed the elementary engineers some of the preliminary projects they were asked to create before beginning their marble sorters. The preliminary projects brought to OES were a drill press, an elevator, and a pantameter.

After showing off some of their beginning projects, all of the students went to the computer lab to see videos of what the marble sorters were like before they were torn down.

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Sleepless Knights took over Norwell Friday night

This past Friday, Norwell's new improv troupe, The Sleepless Knights, made their debut. Instead of having a spring play like every other year, Susan Kahn, director, did something a little different this year. The show was held in the high school cafeteria as a coffee bar, complete with refreshments and sweets. Every table was filled. Many sat in chairs scattered amongst the little empty space left or stood along the back wall. Tickets were sold for $5. The Sleepless Knights are Sam Tomten, Robert Connett, AJ Reynolds, Harley Link, Chloe VanRyn, Brandon Havener, Sabastian Hubble, Tyler Miller, Tim McBride, Blake Lampton, and Cody Heckber.


course requests


All students should put in their course requests online a.s.a.p! To put in course requests, go to Northern Wells Community Schools website and sign in using your login number and password (provided by the school). Make all changes to your course requests before it's too late!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Norwell's Sleepless Knights Performance!

Be at the Norwell High School cafeteria tomorrow, Friday April 16th, at 7 pm and be prepared to laugh your pants off :) tickets will be sold at the door and are only FIVE DOLLARS. So be there or be lame. All funds raised will go to benefit Haiti. Students included in this group are Tyler Miller, Tim Mcbride, Blake Lampton, Cody Heckber, Brandon Havener, Harley Link, Sam Tomten, Chloe VanRyn, Robert Connett, AJ Reynolds, and Sabastian Hubble.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Public input sessions for school cuts

Public input sessions will be held on April 14 at 7 p.m. at Norwell High School in the cafeteria and on April 19 at 7 p.m. at Ossian Elementary in the cafeteria. Students and parents are invited to come voice their opinions about possible changes or suggestions of how to reduce the budget.

To see an opinion article on the subject, please click here.

Friday, April 9, 2010


Several students from Mr. Prentice's class are submitting artwork to the Tri Kappa Art Show. The works of art have all been done for class. Wish our contestants good luck!
Pictured with their art pieces: Zackery Ashliman, Kortne Robinson, Ashton Hughes, Taylor Baumgartner, Mattew Harris, Emily Elder, Emily Kunkel, Brittany Miller, Preston Bender, Brett Bennett, Harley Link, Aaron Hickman and Hannah Tomten.

Norwell's young engineers play with marbles

On Tuesday, students in Mr. White's Project Lead the Way engineering class showed off marble sorters that they had been working on for the past three weeks. All marble sorters were connected to a computer program. They all included three engines to get separate the marbles by color into different bins, as well as one additional engine for the light scanner. Although each creation was extremely different from the others, the marble sorters were a success, all of them working 100% on showday.

Tom White (instructor), Jonathon Disbro, Kent Blazier, Wade Lundeen, John Cain, Misha Chemey, William Green, Adam Burniston, Matt Baker, Alex Babb, Zach Berkey.
Missing from picture: Joel Davis & Ian Geese.

For video of all of the class's marble sorters in action on the Bluffton News-Banner blog, click here.

Wells County Child Protection Program

Body Safe Program

Norwell High School will be participating in a county-wide "Body Safe" program for all middle school and high school students and their parents. Terry Hall, a retired Indianapolis Police officer, will be speaking at the programs. The following topics will be discussed:

  • Respecting yourself and others
  • Preventing molestation
  • How to say no to molestation
  • What to do if molestation occurs
  • Sexting
  • Internet safety
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Date Rape
  • Younger girls dating older guys
  • Saying no and voicing when you are uncomfortable

The parents' meeting will be held Monday, April 12th at 7:00 pm at Bluffton High School cafeteria. Child care will be provided. Student meetings will be held on Wednesday, April 14th at Norwell High School. The first session will begin at 9:30 and end at 10:10, and the second session will begin at 10:15 and end at 10:55.