District No.11-West Sunny Slope
By Victoria Basham
Sunny Slope, located 9 miles straight south of Grinnell, was founded in 1886
first school year at West Sunny Slope was in session on
teacher was Mrs. Matilda Sites. (Read
more about her adventures in a blizzard on the main page link.) She was told of carrying drinking water to
school in a three gallon cream can. She
taught the students things such as Penmanship, Arithmetic, Spelling, Community
Civics, Health, and English. They would
also read books during a
Some students that attended West Sunny Slope were Lowell Scheikofsky, Robert Waldman, Norman Hannaford, Donald Sites, Elberta Knudsen, Fern ?, Calvin Hannaford, and Pauline Waldman(Warrior-1980). The ages of the students ranged from 7 to 21. However, they did not attend school every day for things such as illness, appointments, and working on the farm (Gove County Register of Deeds).
West Sunny Slope students started their day at and ended at . West Sunny Slope had recess from in the morning from and in the afternoon . During recess, in the winter, the students played games in the classroom such as thimble, thimble, who has the thimble, and I spy. During the warm recess days the students played outside games such as ante over, softball, and beckon (Warriors Yearbook: 1980 files).
Most of the Friday afternoons after the last recess was spent doing artwork or having ciphering, spelling or geography matches. They played these games to have fun and be educational.