Monday, October 1, 2012
The Linn-Mar Lions beat Dubuque Wahlert 49-6 on Friday.
The Lions earned their second win of the season against Dubuque Wahlert on Friday. Linn-Mar racked up 49 points to Dubuque's 6. Linn-Mar's record is now 2-4. This comes one week after the Lions' loss to 6-0 Cedar Falls, when Tiger's player Elijah Berregaard told Iowa Prep Sports that he was surprised by the lack of defense by the Lions. "I was really surprised," he said. "I got the ball and I don’t think [the Lion defense] even knew where I was." Linn-Mar rough year could be due in part to the large turnover. Only three players returned from last year's varsity team.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Linn-Mar School District has put new rules on the books specifically outlining what kinds of dancing isn't allowed, but does it go to far?
The debate on Linn-Mar High School grinding followed a blog post from a chaperon for the high school's 2011 Homecoming. The parent was worried about grinding, the person wrote in the post titled "Homecoming Disgrace." The blog has since been removed but it received coverage from the Gazette. "The guys standing behind them, pulling them into their groin…all night long," the parent wrote. This controversy ended with Linn-Mar officials putting very specific rules in the handbook against grinding and other "inappropriate dance behaviors, like "bending over in front of another individual" and "simulation of a sex act." What Grinding Looks Like In a letter to the Marion Times, the chaperon who wrote the original blog post, described in detail …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Linn-Mar School District has updated the high school's handbook on dancing. It outlines very specifically, and in some cases graphically, what is not allowed.
Linn-Mar High School students have some new rules in this year's student handbook that go into great detail about what is not allowed at school dances. The school bans grinding, which it defines as "a student dancing in front of another student with their body pressed into his/her crotch," in addition to simulating sex acts and "bending over in front of another individual." The handbook provides these bullet points as guidelines for inappropriate dancing behavior: Hands on floor or knees while in front of another individual Bending over in front of another individual Simulation of a sex act Dresses being pulled up Inappropriate hand placement Inappropriate skin showing: Midriff, backside, chest, etc. The handbook also prescribes punishment…
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
We present some tips on how best to deal with school buses while on the road.
It's likely been a long time since you've taken driver's education at your old high school, so it's understandable if you don't remember al the rules of the road regarding school buses. The Cedar Rapids Police have posted a reminder for those of us that may need a little refresher. The same rules apply to Marion and the Marion school districts. They've provided a list of situations you may encounter when driving near or around school buses and what you should do. Two-lane road and the school bus is displaying flashing yellow lights: Flashing yellow lights are an indication that the bus is going to stop. It is illegal to pass a school bus from behind when yellow lights are flashing. When approaching a school bus traveling in the opposite …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Current students in the Linn-Mar and Marion Independent School District can register online now for the 2012-13 school year.
The first day of school is quickly approaching and the kids will be back in class before you know it. If you have a returning student, and you haven't done so already, you should register your Marion student online for the 2012-13 school year. The Marion Independent and Linn-Mar School District began their school year on August 21 and August 15, respectively. Click here to register for Marion High School and here for Linn-Mar High School. Families who do not have email or internet access should visit the Marion Independent School District or the Linn-Mar School District offices.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
In our our latest entry of Class Act, where we highlight unique and passionate students in Marion, I spoke with Linn-Mar sophomore Katie Schlegel about her friendship with special needs students at her school.
An eighth grade gym teacher asked Katie Schlegel if she could hang out with her special needs classmates, and, quite frankly, she felt uncomfortable. She didn’t know what to do or say around them. But she did, and, after time, she got past the misconceptions associated with special needs children. The 16-year-old was so moved by their open, loving nature and incredible individuality that she spent much of her time with them. This led to her being recently awarded the United Way of East Central Iowa's Youth Volunteer of the Year. "The more time I spent with them it became more obvious to me how they were people too and how cool they were," Schlegel said, currently a sophomore at Linn-Mar High School. Know of a passionate, unique student? …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Marion resident and Linn-Mar High School student Matt Shankles has made tremendous efforts to address bullying in his school.
Matt Shankles lost friends and self-esteem and his depression grew when his eighth-grade classmates learned he was gay. They bullied him relentlessly. He one day locked himself in his bathroom and jammed the door shut with a drawer, intending to end his life with of a box of X-Acto blades. "I hated myself more than I hate war," said Shankles, 16, now a Linn-Mar High School sophomore. "More than I hate famine, more than I hate hate." Thankfully, Shankles didn't die that day. Rather than give in to his suffering, which is too much for many other bullying victims, he has devoted his high school career to fighting bullying. He has been reaching out and reassuring victims, advocating for anti-bullying legislation in our nation's capitol and …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
According to a release from the University of Iowa, Marion native and Hawkeye Wrestler entering the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Matt McDonough told the University of Iowa News Service that that he's dreamt of being an Olympic athlete all his life. The Marion native and UI junior is one step closer, as he just entered the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for wrestling. "When you're young and you have those dreams, they slowly become more reality and with each step I take," he said in a news release. "I am on a mission to do this, and I have to do whatever it takes to get there." All of this comes after the wrestler placed first in a NCAA title tournament last March, which is also his second NCAA title victory, the first of which he won when he was a freshman. If you feel like faulting him for not taking the NCAA crown last year, I'm here to remind you he was 2011's runner …
Saturday, March 31, 2012
The national fervor over the use of finely textured beef, or "pink slime" has caused many to rethink the use of the product.
Susan Knight, nutrition services manager at the Linn-Mar School District, said neither she, nor the district, nor the USDA can answer affirmatively whether or not lean, finely texturized beef, popularly known as "pink slime," is be being served in the Linn-Mar School District. "Pink slime" is beef trimmings that have been treated with ammonia. Though the United States Department of Agriculture said that it's perfectly harmless, some critics say it may be unsafe and unappetizing. Still, Knight said there is no way to know if or how much of the product makes it into student's lunches, due to the fact that the USDA — which is where Linn-Mar gets is beef — does not label it differently from other meats. She added that no parents or students …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Linn-Mar High School senior Marcus Paige has been named Gatorade Iowa Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
Marcus Paige is the second Linn-Mar High School student to be named Gatorade’s Iowa Boys Basketball Player of the Year. According to a release from Gatorade, the award recognizes athletic excellence and a "high standard" of academic achievement. "Marcus Paige is not only the best player in the state, he is also a phenomenal teammate and a winner,” said Joe Barrer, head coach at Xavier High, in the release. "He represents Iowa well by more than just his play on a basketball court." The release goes on to point out that Paige is a pretty impressive student, with a 4.7 GPA. That’s in addition to his 28.4 scoring average over last season. Despite not making it to the finals in the state basketball tournament, as I am sure many would have liked…