Mrs. LeAnn Ransom, or as her students call her, their favorite 2nd grade teacher, says goodbye to the beloved school she has taught at for many years. As we say so long to Mrs. Ransom at Harris-Lake Park, she has a few things to say to us, too.
Mrs. Ransom started teaching at H-LP in 1990. She was a special education teacher at Meriden-Cleghorn, Clay Central-Everly, and Spirit Lake for a total of 15 years before coming to H-LP. Her last 24 years were at H-LP, teaching 2nd grade.
What had been her favorite age to teach? "Second grade is my favorite. Students at that age are so excited about learning; and, in general, they have a lot of compassion for others," Mrs. Ransom commented.
What are some favorite memories in the classroom or during school activities? She tells us she could write a book of all her memories here, some funny and some sentimental. However, she says her fondest memories are those of having former students come back to see her when they are in high school and recounting the memories of time spent in her classroom. Mrs. Ransom says she definitely will miss working with students to help them build positive relationships with their peers and adults. Mrs. Ransom shared a fovorite quote with us that she says she has lived by through her several years of teaching: "Kids don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care!" - Guy Doud
She says she has always told her students throughout the years that, if they don't learn anything else in her class, she wants then to learn to follow the golden rule: "Treat others the way you want to be treated."
"Living by this rule will perpetuate success and happiness in their lives," she commented. Mrs. Ransom earned her high school diploma at West Lyon High School in Inwood, IA. After that, she earned her B.A. in Education at Westmar College in LeMars, IA, and her Master's Degree from Northwest Missouri State. You can tell she's serious about education!
She also shared with us a bit about her family, including her new grandson, Drake! LeAnn Ransom and Tom Ransom, her husband of 39 years, have two children. Their son, Ryan, lives in DeSmet, SD, along with his wife, Jenni, and their three month old baby boy, Drake. Ryan is a wetland specialist for the USDA. Their daughter, Randi, who also works for the USDA, and her husband, Doug Prichard, live by Sioux City.
What are her retirement plans? She said, "I am looking forward to spending lots of time with that new little grandchild, as well as with our children and their spouses. Tom and I are also making some plans to travel. Otherwise, I look forward to just living life at a slower pace!" She is still trying to live life to the fullest!
Although she isn't with us full time anymore, Mrs. Ransom's teaching days aren't completely over! She shares with us that she is still very much looking forward to being available to the district as a substitute teacher.
So, from the journals in language arts to the "Head, Thorax, Abdomen" song in science, it has been fun, and Harris-Lake Park won't be the same without you, Mrs. Ransom!
By: Ashley Allard
"I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow and each road leads you where you want to go. And if you're faced with a choice, and you have to choose, I hope you choose the one that means the most to you." The seniors' class song, "My Wish," preaches exactly what is happening these last few weeks of high school for this class of twenty-five. Recently, they've kept busy with events focused on them.
On Wednesday, April 16, the senior class was invited to the Presbyterian Church for the traditional senior tea. The tea was held at 1:30 in the afternoon. Lyla Ackerman greeted each senior at the door and the Presbyterian women also greeted the seniors. Time was spent conversing and eating goodies.
On Sunday, May 4, the senior music students will be travelling to Saint Paul, Minnesota, to attend the Blue Man Group performance. Vocal director, Kathy Greve, added, "The senior class represents a huge portion of the choir. There are seventeen seniors involved in choir and band; that's about a quarter of the choir. They will be leaving a large hole when they leave."
Some other events the seniors are looking forward to are Baccaluareate at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, at the Presbyterian Church. Immediately following Baccaluareate there will be the senior awards ceremony at the high school auditorium.
Lastly, the most awaited date is Sunday, May 18. At 2 p.m. in the Harris-Lake Park High School gymnasium, the seniors will be spending their last moments of high school receiving their diplomas at commencement.
It's our wish that we cherish these last few events that we will be attending together. It's these moments and these friends that we'll never forget.
Written by: Katie Goodell
On Wednesday, March 19, the Harris-Lake Park National Honor Society gained eight new members at the induction ceremony. The ceremony was held in the late afternoon in the high school auditorium. The five returning members spoke about the history of NHS and the qualifications of being an NHS member. The returning members that spoke were Katie Goodell, Macy Gunderson, Sarah Kruger, Noreen Morrow, and Grace Winters.
Among the people that spoke was also David Stein, an attorney from Milford. He addressed the NHS members with a speech relating sports and the values of NHS. After Mr. Stein's speech, NHS advisor, Lisa Weeks, began the induction process. The returning members, all seniors, warmly welcomed the eight inductees, who included two seniors, Jennie McClain and Dalton Snow; one junior, Morgan Eggers; and five sophomores, Zayda Elbuytari, Mary Kate Hoerichs, Katherin Ihnen, River Kelly, and Jacie Rueter.
After the induction ceremony, there was a reception with family and friends. Advisor Lisa Weeks commented, "It's fantastic to see so many students inducted into NHS and to know that they are out there representing some of the best of H-LP. They are striving with their academics and developing into good leaders and people of good character, serving their school and community in a variety of ways."
I wish the NHS members the best of luck throughout the year as they exhibit their outstanding qualities of character, service, leadership, and academics while representing the National Honor Society.
Written by: Katie Goodell