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2018 Senior Spotlight – LileAuna Oldfather

Parents’ Name: Rose and Jimmy Oldfather
Hometown: Mount Auburn
Birthday: Feb. 28, 2000
Favorite TV show: The Inbetweeners
Favorite Movie: Any Tim Burton movie
Favorite restaurant: Pancheros
Favorite class: Lit. and Media
Hobbies/Activities: Fishing and camping
What is your most embarrassing moment at Union High School? When I tripped over a book and fell in German.
What is your favorite memory from high school? Meeting Ben Badz and Al-Hada.
My biggest pet peeve is: Loud chewing and rude people.
What will you miss most about high school? Seeing friends everyday.
What is the best thing about being a senior? The feeling of knowing I’ll be done soon and on to becoming a mental health nurse.
What are your post-high school plans? Getting an apartment with Selena and going to school to do what I want to do.
Your best advice to underclassmen? Be kind to everyone.

2018 Senior Spotlight – Emily Schmidt

Parents’ Name: Mike and Julie Schmidt
Hometown: Dysart
Birthday: Dec. 28, 1999
Favorite TV show: One Tree Hill
Favorite restaurant: Applebee’s
Favorite class: Anything Art related
Hobbies/Activities: Volleyball, basketball, singing, being
crafty, and hanging out with friends
What is your most embarrassing moment at Union High School? I am a goofy person so I have done too many embarrassing things to even be able to pick just one.
What was your favorite year of high school and why? Senior year, because I broke out of my comfort zone to make lots of new friends.
What is your favorite memory from high school? When we made it to state volleyball my junior year.
My biggest pet peeve is: When people don’t try their best.
What will you miss most about high school? Getting to see all my close friends on a daily basis.
What is the best thing about being a senior? Getting to be a leader for younger students.
What are your post-high school plans? Attend UNI with a deciding major (possibly Business Marketing).
Your best advice to underclassmen? Make friends with whoever you can! You don’t know if you will enjoy the person unless you give them a chance!.

2018 Senior Spotlight – Hunter Fleshner

Parents’ Name: Travis & Stacy Fleshner
Hometown: La Porte City
Birthday: Apr. 22, 2000
Favorite TV show: Impractical Jokers
Favorite Movie: Why Him?
Favorite restaurant: Pancheros
Favorite class: Any Wigg class
Hobbies/Activities: Basketball, baseball, tennis, football,
choir, show choir, musical
What is your most embarrassing moment at Union High School? Freshman year I fainted during a choir practice from the third riser..
What was your favorite year of high school and why? Junior year-sports and friends.
What is your favorite memory from high school? Making it to the UNI-Dome for football.
My biggest pet peeve is: People who don’t try & slow walkers.
What will you miss most about high school? Doing the things you love with your best friends.
What is the best thing about being a senior? Early releases.
What are your post-high school plans? Attend UNI for Communications.
Your best advice to underclassmen? Enjoy every moment because it flies by..

ViewPoint: Cultural Competence Defined

By Lisa Wymore, Central Rivers Area Education Agency
Which skills are critical to prepare students to enter the workforce or college? Strong skills in academics and technology typically top the list. Undoubtedly, critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, and the ability to collaborate are equally important. What about cultural competence? While cultural competence may not come to mind first, it plays a key role in effective communication and collaboration. You may wonder, what is cultural competence, why is it important, and how do schools support its development?
Often, the word ‘culture’ triggers thoughts of different foods, celebrations, ways of dress, and
customs. However, culture goes beyond these surface-level features. Culture is the way a group of individuals think about, interpret, and interact with the world around them that is distinct from other groups. Culture reflects the unwritten ‘rules of engagement’ as well as a group’s values and perspectives. For example, a common norm in the United States is making eye contact to show respect. However, in other cultures, eye contact is considered disrespectful and a challenge to authority. Culture is not the same as ethnicity or race. All groups have their own culture.
Cultural competence means being aware of our own values and perspectives as well as understanding that these values and perspectives may differ from those held by others we encounter. Also, it includes interpersonal skills that help us engage with others in ways that respectfully acknowledge differences, yet still bring everyone together to complete the task at hand. It is being mindful of different perspectives and intentionally striving to maintain positive interaction. In addition, it is understanding that common experiences may be interpreted differently based on one’s perspective.
Cultural competence is being able to view experiences, issues, and conflicts from multiple viewpoints and effectively engage with others toward a common goal. Why is this important? Our communities are becoming more diverse and our economy more global. Regardless of the path our students choose after graduation, they must be equipped with cultural competency skills to be successful. Educators stimulate students’ exploration and consideration of multiple perspectives and provide ongoing opportunities to collaborate with a variety of individuals. Central Rivers AEA provides ongoing training for teachers and administrators in the area of cultural competence, especially for those school districts with greater diversity within the school community. Together, we can ensure all students develop the academic and interpersonal skills critical for their future success.
Lisa Wymore is a Consultant for English Language Learners at Central Rivers Area Education Agency based out of the Marshalltown Office. She can be reached at lwymore@centralriversaea.org. Central Rivers AEA serves over 65,000 students. In addition, over 5,000 educators rely on Central Rivers AEA for services in special education, school technology, media and instructional/curriculum support. The agency’s service area reaches 18 counties and nearly 9,000 square miles.

Staying Safe Online – January 10, 2018

The process of authentication, or proving who you are, is key to protecting your information, such as your email, social media, or online banking accounts. You may not realize it, but there are three different ways to prove who you are: what you know, such as a password, what you have, such as your driver’s license, and some part of you, such as your fingerprint. Each one of these methods has advantages and disadvantages.
Passwords Are No Longer Enough
Passwords prove who you are based on something you know. But if someone can guess or gain access to your password, they can then pretend to be you and access all of your information. Compromised passwords have become one of the leading causes for hacked accounts. This is why you are taught to use passphrases that are hard for others to guess, a different one for every account, and to never share your passwords with others. While this advice remains valid, passwords are no longer as effective. Luckily, there’s a simple and quick way to put you in control and keep your personal information safe. It’s called two-factor authentication.
What Is Two-Factor Authentication?
Two-factor authentication (also called two-step verification, multi-factor authentication, or 2FA) is far stronger than just using passwords by themselves. It works by requiring not one, but two different methods to prove you are who you say you are. A good example is your ATM card. When you withdraw money from an ATM machine, you are actually using two-factor authentication. To access your cash, you need two things: your ATM card (something you have) and your PIN number (something you know). If your ATM card is lost or stolen, others cannot withdraw your money without also knowing your PIN. A thief must have both
your ATM card and pin to make a withdrawal. Two-factor authentication uses the same concept.
How It Works
Two-factor authentication is widely available on most major banking, email, social networking, and other sites. In addition, most of these sites offer simple step-by-step instructions how to turn on two-factor authentication. Once you enable two-factor authentication, you can expect it to work like this. First, you log in to your account using your username and password, just as you always have. This is the first of the two factors–something you know. Then you will receive a unique code, often by text to your smartphone. You then enter that code into the login screen. This is the second of the two factors–you must have your phone to receive that code. Now your account is truly locked down. Even if a cybercriminal steals your password, they cannot access your account unless they also have your phone.
Instead of receiving the unique code via text messaging, you can install a special authentication app on your smartphone. This mobile app generates a unique code for you every time you want to log in. The advantage of using a mobile app is it is even more secure, since the code is generated through the app and not sent via text messaging. In addition, it is more convenient, since you do not need to be connected to a phone service to receive your unique code. The app is constantly generating new codes you can use to log in to your account.
While two-factor authentication may seem like more work at first, your personal information will be substantially more secure. Don’t wait until your accounts have been hacked; lock down your login by enabling two-factor authentication on your key accounts, such as email, banking, or social media, and enjoy a greater peace of mind knowing you are far more secure.
A Public Service Announcement Courtesy of Cedar Valley Bank & Trust


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