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Congratulations to Addison Waring, Eudora Schools Student of the Week for December 15-19!

Addison Waring

Addison is a sophomore in the Visual Arts program at the Eudora-De Soto Technical Education Center.  She is the daughter of Richard and Tracy Waring.  Here are a few things about Addison:

Favorite subject: Graphic Design

Favorite book: Legend series

Favorite food: Candy

Hero: Batman

What are your future plans?: Become a graphic designer

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The student of the week is sponsored by State Farm Agent Keith Nowland. Contact Keith for your Insurance and Financial Planning Service needs. 785-542-3276.

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EES Weather StationThe new weather station atop the roof at Eudora Elementary School (photo courtesy the Eudora School District) 

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Eudora has a new source for current weather conditions. Kyle Stadalman, a fifth-grade teacher and Sarah Johnson a fourth-grade teacher at Eudora Elementary School worked together to procure a grant from the  Eudora Schools Foundation to purchase a weather station for the school. The duo won the grant and the weather station was installed in late November.

Stadalman said that a school inservice session was the catalyst for bringing this project to life.

“I had the idea of installing our own weather station for a while, and then when the grant application process was introduced during the August back-to-school inservice, I knew that would provide a great opportunity to get the funds needed to make the station,” Stadalman said.  “The foundation was pushing teachers to work collaboratively, which made me think of Sarah Johnson as a colleague I thought would be just as excited as I was at the prospect of having our own weather station.”

The pair of teachers began to work together on the grant proposal which received approval in October and immediately they got to work on making the station a reality.

“Ron Long jumped on board to offer advice from an IT perspective, Stadalman stated.  “He really helped move our project forward by helping us pick out our station, ordering all of the necessary wiring components, researched and helped pick out a web cam, and helped install the system on the top of the roof.  He and his IT team were so knowledgeable and helpful when it came to carrying out our project.”

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While having an easy way to see what the temperature, forecast and current conditions are via the internet, the station will help in classroom studies as well.

“The next generation science standards, which the state of Kansas has adopted and will begin implementation on next year, has weather as a major standard in Kindergarten and third grade.  In 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th, earth’s systems and cycles are a major standard,” Stadalman told us.  “These standards are all major aspects of the science curriculum for each grade level, and also will be able to utilize the weather station to teach hands-on, with real-life equipment and data taken straight from the roof of the school.”

Stadalman said he and other teachers can use data and video from the station to not only aid in instruction, it will allow students to analyze, comprehend and even predict the weather.

“The data this station provides will be extremely useful and motivating to students and teachers in the classroom,” Stadalman said.  “We have always had access  to this type of data, but now it is our very own.  I think students will find more excitement and be more proud of the fact that the data is coming from their own building.  It is authentic, real-life, real-world learning using information and data made straight from our building.”

Stadalman has also been working to bring this data to the rest of Eudora. In conjunction with this project, Eudorareporter.com has changed our weather app located on the right hand side of all our pages to reflect data coming directly from the school via Weather Underground.  While the widget right now displays the temperature and current conditions, you can click on the widget to go to the Weather Underground web page and see the weather data that is being used in the classroom.

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Pam Treft Staab at the Eudora Market on MainPam Treft Staab at the Eudora Market on Main

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Downtown Eudora was hopping Saturday morning, and a good part of the foot traffic was due to something new: Eudora Market on Main, an indoor farmers’ market located at 724 Main. The market is the brainchild of a couple of local gardeners, Pam Trefz Staab and Heather McPeek. Its hours are 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday morning, but the pair hope to increase the hours to include weekdays.

Shoppers were sipping coffee and chatting while they shopped for vegetables, meat, honey, gifts, and, sweet treats in the historic building that most recently photo-16-500x373housed Cami Cakes. The building has been in the Trefz family for many years, and old timers probably remember Trefz Variety Store that opened at 1915. Pam Trefz Staab is excited to have the space being used in a way that will reach many in the community.

“I wanted to find a place for small producers and artists without a lot of overhead,” said Staab. “We hope to offer cooking classes, and in January we plan to have a pasta bar where people can eat in or carry out.” Local chefs Julia and Eric Ireland will be in charge of the pasta bar.

The vendors at the market this December are diverse. Among them are Dale and Vicky Hofer with their regular honey as well as cinnamon honey (which is to die for, by the way), Jean Reynolds with homemade pies and peanut brittle, and Jamie and Keith Knabe with frozen all-natural beef, sausage and turkey. Meredith and Dan Snyder, who hope to open Grandma’s Magic Kitchen directly across the street before too long, bring a wonderful selection of baked goods. Staab is there with her organic, aquaponic lettuce that she grows locally with her brother Fred Trefz. Heather McPeek has fall squash and lovely flower arrangements. There is truly something for everyone.

“This is just the fourth Saturday for the market and it’s growing every week,” said McPeek.

Stop by the market on a Saturday morning before Christmas, and keep your eyes on this publication so you will know when other events in the building start taking shape.

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Chili Bowl

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Sancta Maria School will host a chili feed and silent auction in support of the school.  The dinner and auction takes place Friday night from 5:30 until 7:30 and will be held at the Eudora Parks and Recreation Building, 1638 Elm Street in Eudora.

Several local business and individuals have donated items for the silent auction.  A few of the highlighted items include A Coach purse, a Branson RCI Condo, multiple baskets for kids, movie nights, football parties, wine lovers and many more items.

The chili feed costs $5 per person with kids 3 years and under free. Deserts will start at $1 each.  Those who bring their prepaid tickets for the event will be entered for door prizes as well.  For information and a full auction list, you can contact sanctamariaauction@gmail.com

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Congratulations to Emma Hinds, Student of the Week for December 8-12!

Emma Hinds

Emma is a second grader in Mr. Powers’ class at Eudora Elementary School and she is the daughter of Josh Hinds and Tina Phillips.  Here are a few things about Emma:

Favorite subject: Art

Favorite book: George Speaks

Favorite food: Brownies

Hero: Mom and Dad

What do you want to be when you grow up?  I want to go to college at K-State and then live in Lawrence as an artist.

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The student of the week is sponsored by State Farm Agent Keith Nowland. Contact Keith for your Insurance and Financial Planning Service needs. 785-542-3276.

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