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IES Countdown ; Inman Sixth Graders Launch Rockets

Posted 9/7/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger StaffKANSAS Cosmosphere volunteers help Inman sixth graders Madilyn Brunk and Caitlyn Larson get their rockets onto the launch pad during the Family Rocket Launch Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Inman City Pasture.KANSAS Cosmosphere volunteers help Inman sixth graders Madilyn Brunk and Caitlyn Larson get their rockets onto the launch pad during the Family Rocket Launch Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Inman City Pasture.

INMAN – Sixth-grade students at Inman Elementary School were able to fire off model rockets they built during Family Rocket Launch Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Inman City Pasture.

Volunteers from the Kansas Cosmosphere brought a rocket launch trailer for the students to use.

Sixth-grade teacher Kim Herron said the rocket project has been going at the elementary school for a long time. Students have been building rockets in the 10 years she had been at the school.

“It’s a tradition we want to continue,” she added.

Students were encouraged to invite their families to the event. Herron expected 175 people to attend the event.

“It’s a time for me to meet their parents,” Herron said.

The teacher noted the students were given a model rocket kit to put together. She added it was an opportunity for students to learn technical reading skills.

“I check their work at the end of each step,” Herron said. “I have them re-do it, if it’s not done properly.

“They’re working on the rocket for a week,” she continued. “They have everything they need for it. I work as a facilitator for this project.”

Students are able to put a personal touch to their rockets

“They get to design the paint job,” Herron said.

During launch night, the students were divided into groups of four and rotated around for different tasks.

Students were able to join their parents in the observation area to watch their classmates launch their rockets.

They also gathered data for each of the rockets. Students were going to be able to determine how high their rockets went into the sky.

“There’s a lot of math involved,” Herron added.

In the recovery area, students ran out into the pasture to collect their classmates’ rockets.

Students loaded an engine and ignition systems into their rockets in the prep area.

Students were able to get on the launch trailer to fire their rocket. Each time a rocket was launched, students and family members were encouraged to countdown from five.

All 34 of the sixth graders were able to launch their rockets.

“We had some problems with a few of them,” she noted.

“Some of their parachutes didn’t deploy,” Herron said.

The students were able to take their rockets home. Herron noted the students keep them for many years.

She added she has students come back to visit and they talk about the rocket launch. The former students ask her about launching their rockets again.

Herron has some individual rocket pads at home and they will go to the City Pasture and launch it one more time.

After all of the rockets were fired, students and their families were able to take part in a hot dog feed.

The Cosmosphere volunteers brought three telescopes for star observations.

Herron said students were going to learn about star constellations at one telescope, another was for viewing planets and another was for viewing deep space.

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More Info Released On Police Shooting

Posted 9/7/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – William Matthew Holmes, 24, of Newton, died from injuries when a McPherson County Sheriff’s deputy shot him following a high-speed chase Monday, Aug. 28, on I-135, near Moundridge, said Newton Police Department Lt. Bryan Hall.

A passenger in Holmes’ vehicle – Kenneth Carl Herrod, 22, of Newton – was arrested on charges of burglary, theft and felony obstruction. He was taken to Harvey County Jail.

“This is a terrible event for our community,” Hall said. “A member of our community is no longer with us and this is going to have a long-lasting effect.

Family and friends of this individual are hurting,” Hall continued. “Our hearts go out to them.”

Hall added there is “some solace that more people were not hurt.”

Please see The Ledger's September 7, 2017 print edition for the rest of the story.

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College Trip To Mexico Changes Ayers

Posted 9/7/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger StaffKARA Ayers is teaching Spanish at Inman High School. Her previously teaching experience was instructing adults in Leoti and Scott City through outreach classes offered by Garden City Community College. She also taught English to adult immigrants in Wichita County. Ayers has spent 15 years as an interpreter.KARA Ayers is teaching Spanish at Inman High School. Her previously teaching experience was instructing adults in Leoti and Scott City through outreach classes offered by Garden City Community College. She also taught English to adult immigrants in Wichita County. Ayers has spent 15 years as an interpreter.

INMAN – While studying biology at Colorado College, Kara Ayers had the opportunity to travel to Mexico. Ayers said she quickly picked up the language while in the country.

“It changed my life,” Ayers said of the experience. “I found something I’m good at doing.

“I love speaking Spanish,” she continued. “I found my gift.”

Ayers started teaching Spanish at Inman High School this fall.

For the last six years, she had been managing her family’s Western Kansas farm. 

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