News in the schools: CHECK OUT THE VIDEO!
"Good morning Rossman staff and students, today is Thursday March 31st, 2011," announced smiling fifth-grader Tristan Wimmer .
Wimmer sits next to his co-host and classmate, Brook Buck (who just moments before the show was smoothing out her brown, silky hair).
The large letters "KRSM" are plastered behind them.
The pint-sized news anchors are part of a morning news team charged with the duty of Rossman daily announcements.
It's not morning announcements like you might remember them.
Every morning, KRSM goes live twice, broadcasting its show to the rest of the school.
The fifth-grade team consists of two anchors, a weather person, a soundboard operator, a cameraperson, a station manager, a teleprompter runner, a switchboard operator, and a person who types the announcements into the computer.
There are 12 to 15 kids on the team now, and rarely do they need an adult for anything.
"All they need me to do is count them down," said Jen Smith, who is the Gifted and Talented Coordinator for the school district, "The students pretty much run the show."
Smith says the show gives the students a sense of responsibility and teamwork.
"I think kids go into it thinking the announcers are the most important, but then they find out that if we don't have sound or a teleprompter, it doesn't matter how good the announcers are. Every member is vital."
And every member has a daily impact on how their fellow students start their day.
"The younger grades really look up to you, I got a high five yesterday from a first-grader," said Buck.
Across town, Roosevelt students are counting down to their own show from the KRSV studio, (which is actually the computer lab).
The Roosevelt show is similar to Rossman's, except that the announcers are new every day.
"We have four fifth-grade classes, and each one has a month," said teacher Maggy Doll, "each class comes up with the students who want to participate (as announcers), so it gives everyone a chance to be a part of the show."
And with fifth-grader Katie Larson uploading the show to the school's website, everyone also has a chance to watch the Roosevelt program.
KRSV has a weather outlook, birthday announcements, and the latest happenings in the school.
"And I do trivia too," said an energetic Dyson Mois, "I try to find something funny. You don't want something like 'why'd the chicken cross the road', because everybody knows that."
Yes, everybody knows that, but not every school does this.
None of the teachers involved with these programs knew of any other school in the area that does school announcements in this "high tech" mass media fashion.
And the older the students get, the "higher tech" they become.
At the middle school, an eye-catching video montage dances across the screen of the editing system, marking the "open" of what is called "Laker News."
Bits and pieces of this once-a-week program are filmed throughout the week and put together for a Friday show.
Seventh-graders Jon Richards and Jake Richter team up to find three timely news stories and three jokes for their segments.
"It's fun; you get to express yourself and show everybody what you can do," said Richards, adding, "it's better then just sitting there in DS (directed study, or "study hall").
Laker News participants give up their own time to lend their talents to the program, and according to Technology Educator Mark Geihl, the talent is significant.
"These kids know how to edit film, write script, edit music, download music, put in transitions; it gives them an opportunity that they would have in a regular classroom."
Geihl says the language arts students also contribute to content, since they often write news stories for the Laker News crew.
The High School show, called "Laker Live" cranks up the pressure even more -- students are graded on video composition, audio, and how well they tell the story they set out to tell.
"It's actually an advanced public speaking course; we do school informative pieces, public service announcements and creative pieces in a documentary style," said Laker Live Instructor Jennifer Burnside.
"And I've learned how it gets girls," laughs senior Nate Baker.
In all seriousness, Baker says he's learned a lot about making videos, as they all master the I Movie editing sytem.
But Burnside says many of the students are stuck having to use their own cameras because the school only has a few.
"So we're in need of donations, any video equipment," said Burnside.
Laker Live, Laker News and the Roosevelt Show can all be seen online by logging onto www.dlschools.com, finding the correct school under "Our Schools", then clicking on the link to the show.
Laker Live can also be seen on ACS Channel 14 every Thursday and Sunday at 4 p.m.