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C-12 Wednesday, March 13, 2019 The Press-Dispatch EAST GIBSON NEWS Submit school news: Email: egnews@ Deadline: Noon on Friday Wood Memorial OAKLAND CITY ELEM. CALENDAR Mar. 13 – End of third quarter. JA in a day, kindergarten through sixth grade. Mar. 15 –Early Dismissal at 12:50 p.m. Mar. 17 –St. Patrick's Day. Mar. 18 – Kindergarten Registration, call for an appt. Track practice begins. Mar. 19 – Kindergarten Registration, call for an appt. IRead Testing for third grade. Mar. 20 – Yearbook sales begin. Mar. 25 -29 – Spring Break. MENU Thursday, March 14: Salisbury steak with roll, chick- en patty sandwich, Italian salad with roll or PB&J; all served with mashed potatoes and applesauce. Friday, March 15: Cheese pizza, hotdog, grilled chicken salad with roll or ham and cheese; all served with sweet corn and mixed fruit. Monday, March 18: BBQ chicken sandwich, chick- en patty sandwich, chef salad with roll or PB&J; all served with cooked carrots and mixed fruit. Tuesday, March 19: Nachos, grilled cheese, pop- corn chicken salad with goldfish or ham and cheese; all served with green beans and diced peaches. Wednesday, March 20 : Popcorn chicken with roll, hotdog, taco salad with roll or turkey and cheese; all served with baked beans, diced pears and jello. Horrall has half a century at Wood Memorial By Kenzie Rudolph Wood Memorial's Gary Horrall, as of this school year, has been a Trojan edu- cator for 50 years. He start- ed at Wood Memorial in Jan- uary of 1969. Horrall said that he has always been very close with the math and science de- partment at Wood Memo- rial, and that he has never wanted to leave. "I could have gone some- where else and made more money, but that's not what being a teacher is about," he said. There have been rumors that he may be retiring, but Horrall said, "I'm just taking it year by year now." He add- ed that if he is healthy, he is not ready to hang his coat up. "I still enjoy what I do." Horrall graduated from Petersburg High School, and then from Purdue Uni- versity. When he was in high school, he wondered if he wanted to be a teacher. He was a good student in math and science, and both of his parents were teachers, but he had not quite made up his mind yet. His parents want- ed him to become an engi- neer. Horrall started college at Purdue in engineering school, and said, "I did not like it." "One of my high school teachers in geometry would occasionally let us kids teach, and I enjoyed it. I re- ally liked doing it. I'm going to peruse that," said Horrall, who has taught everything from basic math to AP calcu- lus while at Wood Memorial. This year, he is down to just two classes, and the rest of his time is spent working on technology, along with Johnnie Bartley. He actu- ally taught Programming at Wood Memorial using Radio Shack, and he made sure that Wood Memorial purchased the first Apples. Horrall added that program- ming is now within the Busi- ness Department at most schools. "The very first technology we bought was a calculator. It would add, subtract, mul- tiply and divide, and maybe do square roots. It was from Sears, cost $129," said Hor- rall, who added that Wood Memorial first dove into technology around when the Apple 2E just came out in the early 80s. When technology first took off, Horrall said that Wood Memorial was ahead of the game. He said that Wood Memorial and Pur- due University had technol- ogy that every other school in Indiana had not caught up with. At that point, he said that Wood Memorial had a superintendent who was not interested in keep- ing up with the technology trends, and all of the oth- er schools caught up and then passed Wood Memori- al, leaving them in the dust when it came to technologi- cal advancements. Horrall said that he spends some late nights at the school preparing com- puters for standardized tests, but Bartley has taken over the iPads, which Hor- rall has found helpful. "When someone has a computer that doesn't work, I enjoy the challenge of fig- uring out why," he added. He said that most of the time the problem is simple, but he loves the problem-solv- ing aspect of his job. Since he teaches high lev- el math classes, he gets to teach the students that are in line to graduate and go to college. "I don't have to worry about the kids that don't want to do anything. If I was still fighting fresh- men, I might not be coming back," Horrall joked. Gary Horrall. Kenzie Rudolph photo Trojan fine arts team placed third at the Blue Chip Conference Competi- tion. They are coached by Ms. Kelly Carlton. Team members include Jolea Kennedy, Reise Gray, Cole Mason, Larissa Ford and Sydney Jones. Contrib- uted photo Fifth graders take a cat nap for Dr. Seuss Week's PJ Day at Francisco El- ementary. Pictured are: Gwyneth Nimrick, Piper Besing, Caryn Phillips, McKenna Bailey, Alivia Robling and Kaleb Sterczer in the front. Wood Memorial High School's math team placed second at the Blue Chip Conference competition on March 7. Team members are Casey Clark, Shel- by Clark, Ryan Memmer, Logan Keeker and Kennedy Blacklock. They are coached by Mrs. Devon Schlottman. Contributed photo Francisco Elementary first graders make silly faces on PJ day to celebrate Dr. Seuss week. Pictured are, front row: Aubree Reed, Daniel Beck, Ma- leigha Fuhs and Emery Ferguson; back row: Dean Wentworth, Kolten Stew- art-Green and Tallon Thompson. He says that he likes teaching calculus and trig- onometry. He tells his stu- dents that those classes may be the first time that they are truly challenged. "I enjoy seeing them get confused, and then work themselves through it and really learn. When I see that light bulb come on and they say 'Oh, I really get it'...I re- ally enjoy those moments. When kids come back in col- lege and say that our math department really prepared them well, that's rewarding," said Horrall. Francisco Elementary Church Notes Continued from page 3 Wesleyan Wesleyan HUNTINGBURG HOLINESS CHURCH 813 N. Washington St. Huntingburg Pastor 812-354-4273 Sunday morning service and Sunday school 10 a.m.; Sunday evening worship 6 p.m.; Wednesday prayer and praise 7 p.m. Everyone is always wel- come. For information or trans- portation, call the Pastor. Brent S. Myers, Pastor OTWELL WESLEYAN CHURCH 2277 N. Mechanics Street Otwell Pastor 812-354-3028 Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship 10 :30 a.m.; evening worship service 6:30 p.m. Nursery available. • Tuesday morning wom- en's Bible study at the fellow- ship hall 10 a.m. Thought for the week: "If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things"—Albert Einstein. Life ends when you stop dreaming, hope ends when you stop believing and love ends when you stop caring. Reach out to someone this week and let them know you PETERSBURG WESLEYAN CHURCH 9th and McCoy, care. We invite all of you to come and worship with us. Roy Stilwell, Pastor Pam Lemond, Reporter Petersburg Pastor 812-632-0773 Sunday morning worship 10 :30 a.m. You are invited to worship with us. Richard Comer, Pastor

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