Whoosh! This year’s Junior High Basketball season has started. The first day of practice was Tuesday, October 25. This year’s head coach is Mrs. Binger, and her assistant is Matt Roberts. There are a number of six girls on the team. Practices are Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Katrena says, “I think we have lots of potential if we keep going at it.”
High School Girls Basketball practice is set to start on November 14. This year’s head coach is Mr. Badge and the assistant coach is April Stangle from Chadron. The first High School Basketball game is Friday, December 2 against Cody-Kilgore. The game will be at home at 3:00 p.m.
The High School boys Basketball team will also start their practice on November 14. The head coach for this year is Derek Ginn. The boy’s first game for this Basketball season will be Friday, December 2 at home against Cody-Kilgore. The game will start at 3:00 p.m. following the High School girl’s game.
The turnout for this year’s book fair was the best year that Mrs. Matthews has ever had. Around 100 books were sold and brought in a total of about $800. Mrs. Matthews said that she saw more middle school and high school students participate in this year’s book fair than she has in the past years. For anyone looking for more great books, Mrs. Matthews recommends they go online to http://scholastic.com/schoolbookfairs. This website provides a variety of books for everyone, from preschool to adults. Books can be searched by age, grade, price, or topic. Any orders can be shipped to the school until November 11, and the shipping is free. This is a great website for anyone who might be looking for books for Christmas. Mrs. Matthews said, “It was a very good year; I was very pleased.”
Monday October 31, the Hay Springs first graders performed The Great Pumpkin Investigation. The Investigation was from 2:00-3:00 o’clock. There were three groups of little “investigators” with three kids to a group. Mrs. Anderson led one group and two parents led the other groups. Each group had their own pumpkin. The little investigators conducted a number of different experiments to do on their pumpkins. The tasks consisted of how many lines their pumpkins had, how big around they were, how tall they were, how heavy they were and many other fun tasks. They also counted how many seeds there pumpkins had. The smallest pumpkin had 491 seeds. The next biggest pumpkin had 461 seeds. And the biggest pumpkin had 432. The class found it funny and interesting that the smallest pumpkin had the most seeds and the largest pumpkin had the fewest seeds. After counting the seeds the kids carved faces on their pumpkins. Mrs. Anderson said, “I think the kids had a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to do it again next year.”
It’s Never Too Early to Plan! Staff and community members are invited to join the Elders’ Wisdom Committee to discuss and plan this year’s program. The committee will give all interested parties a chance to become stakeholders.
The program is important to the community so it needs to be shared by all. The Video Production class will continue to develop the video, this year being a full-fledged documentary, but there are many other decisions to be made regarding honoree selection and the evening’s program, including entertainment, the meal, dessert, etc. If you want a say, you need to join.
The committee will meet before winter break in order to plan, and then again in the spring before the event to preview the video and make last-minute adjustments. Please email Mrs. Janes at email@example.com, drop her a note, or call, if you would like to help steer this year’s Elders’ Wisdom.
Mr. Pummel adds, “This has been a long-standing program for our community to honor our senior citizens.”
This semester’s parent-teacher conference will be Thursday, October 27 from 4:15-8:00 p.m. Parents of the middle level and high school students will be able to drop in anytime from 4:15-8:00 p.m. to meet with the teachers. Elementary parents will be receiving a schedule for an appointed time when those teachers will be available to meet. Parent-teacher conference is held twice a year at the end of the first and third quarters. Students are expected to accompany their parents during the conference as they are the ones whom the parents and teachers are discussing. The object of the conference is for parents to meet with the teachers and discuss the progress of their children. This can also help parents to see where their kids might be struggling and may need some extra help. Any parents who will not be able to make it to conferences may schedule to talk with the teachers a week before or after October 27.
Mr. Pummel says, “We look forward to seeing everyone at the conference.”
Reading is the key. This year’s book fair will be October 24-31. The book fair will take place in the library and be open after school. The program is for grades K-8 but high schoolers are welcome. The books will come from the Scholastics Book Club and will range from four dollars and up. Mrs. Matthews will be sending out brochures to the elementary and middle school grades shortly before the book fair. There will be a variety of books at the fair and at least 100 different titles. The main goal of the book fair is to help introduce kids to an assortment of books and help get them interested in reading. The system is also very helpful if anyone would like to stock up on books over the year.
Mrs. Matthews said, “It’s good because we don’t have access to books without going out of town or on line.”
College is just around the corner!!! Juniors and seniors should start preparing for college. Juniors can attend the financial aid program in their area, research schools that have their interest. Signing up for Countdown2College at education quest.org to receive monthly college planning advice, and complete the online activities Resume to record your honors and activities for future admission and scholarship applications. They can take the ACT as many times as possible –colleges use your best score. Seniors should start narrowing down their college choices, talk to admissions, visit campus’, attend a college fairs, request letters of recommendation, complete college applications, update your Activities Resume at EducationQuest.org, and apply for scholarships. Some good resources are Scholarship Quest at EducationQuest.org, the college you plan to attend, and free internet based scholarship search sites. If you have any questions about scholarships and college preparation, talk to Mr. Planansky or Mrs. Marx.
Line! One Act play practice started Monday, October 3 at 6:45 a.m. Practices last an hour and will be Monday through Thursday mornings in the Auditorium. On Fridays practice will start at 8 a.m. One Act is a NSAA acting competition. Similar to sports, the One Act group will be competing in Panhandle Conference on November 16 and possibly Districts. The play for this year is Romeo and Beatrice and Toto too. The participants of this year’s One Act are; Kelsey Kudrna, Tauna Letcher, Dustin Lee, Zoe Schneider, Kerisa Marx, Colten Marx, Laurin Bronson, and Brook Scherbarth. Before Panhandle Conference the One Act crew will perform the play for the whole school, an official date has not been decided yet when this will be.
Ms. Heesacker said, “I’m really excited to teach the kids about theatre and not just being competitive.”
Consistency! This year’s Cross Country team has done extremely well and almost all of them improved at every meet, in both high school and junior high. The three high school runners worked their hardest to make it to the Best of the West meet on Saturday, October 8. After the Best of the West competition is the district meet. Districts will be on Thursday, October 1. After districts is the state competition. State will be Friday, October, 21.
Mrs. Mandelko said, “Jerilyn is very hopeful and eager to place in the top fifteen at districts.”
On Saturday October 1, the Hay Springs Lady Hawks traveled down to Cody-Kilgore to play them, Stuart and Hyannis in a Non-Conference game. The games started at 10:30 a.m. The Hay Springs Hawks Varsity Volleyball team lost against the Stuart Broncos in two sets. They also lost against the Hyannis Longhorns by in two sets. They won their game against the Cody-Kilgore Cowgirls in two sets.
Also on October 1 the Hay Springs Junior High volleyball team traveled to Hemingford for Panhandle Conference. The games started at 9 a.m. The first game was against Gordon Rushville. The Hawks lost 19-25 in the first round and 18-25 in the second. The second game was against the Valentine Badgers. The Hawks lost the first round 11-25. They made a close comeback in the second round but did not triumph coming up short 21-25.
Sam said, “We need to practice communicating.”
On Monday, October 3, the Hay Springs Junior High volleyball team faced off against Gordon Rushville for the second time. The game was at home and started at 4:30p.m. The Hawks were victorious and won their first A game. They played a great game winning 25-13 and 25-22. Their B team was also successful winning 25-15 and 25-14.
Emma said, “The game was awesome!”