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Grab-n-Go Breakfast

Beginning October 1st, middle school and high school students will have a “grab-n-go” option for breakfast. The cost will be the same but menu items will be able to be taken to their lockers and eaten when convenient for the student.

Testing Begins in October

Students in grades one through eleven will be taking NWEA MAPS the beginning of October.  We are hoping to finish our NWEA Maps assessments prior to parent-teacher conferences so you can receive those results at conferences.  If you do not or if you have questions please contact Mrs. Marx after conferences.

Actual test dates have not been set at this time; however, your child’s teacher should notify them of an impending test.  You can help your child by remembering it is important for him/her to get a good night’s sleep before testing and to eat a good breakfast.  Also remind your child that these tests are important and encourage him/her to do their best.



This year’s homecoming games will be October 5th against Banner County. The volleyball game will begin at 5 PM and the football game at 7 PM. The week leading up to the game will be filled with fun and games.

The week starts off on Monday with Toga Day as the Dress up theme. Coronation will be held at 3:30 in the High School auditorium. After afternoon practices at 7 PM there will be a Fear Factor/Anything Goes competition for the classes held at the football field.

Tuesday’s dress up theme is Duct Tape. Students are already working on their Duct Tape costumes for the day. That evening’s event will be the annual Softball Game held at the city field starting around 7 PM.

Wednesday will be Flood Day. Students are coming dressed ready for an impending flood. Wednesday evening is Church and Homework Night. This year’s senior class is suggesting that everyone attend their regular Wednesday evening activities and then head home and get caught up on their homework.

Thursday is the annual Hat and Jersey Day. These will be the outfits for several fun activities. Around 3:30 there will be a Pep Rally downtown in front of Security First Bank and everyone in the area is invited to attend. Later that evening, there will be an evening activity. As of this printing, it probably will not be a BonFIRE but the Senior class is planning an alternative activity if FIRE isn’t possible. The evening activity won’t start until 7:30 so that the Cross Country runners (who will be competing in Gering that afternoon) can get back to enjoy the festivities. The Senior Class will host a Hot Dog BBQ at 6:30 p.m. for $3 a plate (hot dog, chips, drink, cookie or bar).

On Saturday evening, the Student Council will hold the Homecoming Dance. The Dance will be held in the school cafeteria from 8-12PM. The cost for the dance will be $2 per person and $3 per couple. Ineligibility will count and once a student leaves the dance they will not be allowed to return.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the school and ask for Mrs. Houser.

Recipe Contest

New contest! The kitchen is looking for new menu ideas.  There will be a suggestion box located in the cafeteria on top of the microwave oven.  Students and staff are encouraged to write down their menu suggestions along with recipes to place in this box.  You can also email your suggestions to wendy.palmer@panesu.org.  Each time your menu suggestion is used, your meal is free!


Junior Class Magazine Sales

The Junior class is selling magazine subscriptions to raise money for Prom. You may order through any Junior at Hay Springs Schools or go to the Online Store. The online store is available anytime during the school year. Log on to www.gafundraising.com, click on the “SHOP NOW ONLINE STORE OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY” button, enter the school’s ID 2637262 and simply follow the prompts on the screen. In addition to the 700+ magazines, there are also over 600 other items to choose from. We appreciate your support!

Computer Safety & Security

The Elementary classes are learning about safety and security when working with computers and online.  Over the year we will also look at topics relating to evaluation of websites, cyberbulling, rights and responsibilities in a digital world.  We are using materials from Common Sense Media. (http://www.commonsensemedia.org)  This is just a portion of the material on their website.  The websites has information about a variety of media.  Take a look at the site, there is much more for parents.


“A” is for Apple

This week in preschool we began our study of the alphabet.  We kicked off the alphabet with the letter “A.”  More specifically we studied apples.  We studied “A” is for Apples through art projects, songs, and sharing.

We found out that if you cut an apple in half, we could use it as a stamp to make pictures of apples!  Be sure to check out the apple banners we made with real apple prints!  We also discovered that apples come in three different colors…red, green, and yellow.  Another fun project was using our fine motor skills to trace the shape of an apple and cut out five seeds to glue onto the apple.  All apples have five seeds in the star pattern.

Wednesdays are our show-and-tell days.  The students brought some awesome things to share that began with the letter “A.”  Some examples were an airplane, alligator, Andalusian horse, Aubry, apple, and a stuffed ape!  We were impressed with the creativity!

Another exciting activity we did to reinforce the letter “A” was to make “Applesauce A’s.”  We used our spoons to make the letter “A” in our applesauce.  The class was excited to “play” with their food. The best part of the activity: it was a yummy and healthy treat!

Tripp & Tanner making apple prints

Chloe, Mya, and classmates making applesauce A’s

Get a Life!

This week in first grade we learned about living and non-living things.  It seems very easy to tell a living thing from a non-living one, but it’s not as easy as it appears!  We conducted an experiment this week to further investigate this idea.

For our experiment, we placed a soaking wet cotton ball and radish seeds in a small cup, and in another cup we placed a foam grow creature covered with water.  We made predictions about what we thought would happen the next day when we checked on them and talked about whether each one was living or non-living.  Many students were convinced that the foam creature was alive because it “grew” when placed in the water.

The next day, students were anxious to check on their cups to see the progress of their seeds and creatures.  There was a lot of excitement as many noticed that their seeds had sprouted and their foam creature had gotten larger.  This sparked a discussion about what makes something living or non-living.  We discussed that living things needed to make more of themselves, and since the foam creature was not capable of doing that, even though it “grew”, it was not actually a living thing.

The students loved the opportunity to investigate an idea and draw conclusions based on the results.  The next time your child asks a math or science related question, find a way for them to come to the answer on their own.  It will have more meaning to them and they will often have a better understanding in the end.

Guest Artist Visits 2nd Grade

We had a wonderful time having a guest artist last Monday.  Kay Meeks arrived September 10 from an art showing in Ogalala.  She is from Wyoming and oil painted on canvas stock card.  Kay had a photo of a long-horned steer and talked about how to paint what you see and how to paint shadows.  She also kept us captivated by her funny stories.  Her art rag was one of her son’s diapers from over 30 years ago and she only has just 3 left.  She was a pure pleasure to have and we are hoping to see her again in the spring.