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MS Door Decorating Contest Winners!
By Kaci Vanlaningham
I interviewed the homecoming door winners, Mrs. Kitchen, Mrs. Juhl, and Mrs. Fulton. If you don't know, the homecoming door decorating competition was to celebrate homecoming. Every nest class decorated their door to the homecoming theme of their choice. The students were supposed to bring materials and come up with the theme. They had a week to complete their door, then at the end of the day a group of people judged the doors. I talked to each of the different grade level winners.
Mrs. Kitchen, the 6th grade winner, and I talked about the competition. Where did you come up with the idea for your door? My students found the idea on google. How did your nest students contribute to the door decoration? The boys decided on the football formation and the girls put the whole thing together, but everyone helped cut things out. Is there another reason you chose this theme? My students wanted the overall theme of homecoming. Whose door did you think was going to win? Altogether as a class we really liked Mrs. Murleys because of the Ava theme, but we also thought Mrs. Wilson's was nice.
Then I talked with Mrs. Juhl the 7th grade winner, we talked about the competition. Where did you come up with the theme of your door? All my students wanted a song as part of the theme, and one of my students had a disco ball, so we decided on the disco theme. How did your nest students contribute to the door decoration? They traced, cut and brought supplies. Is there a reason you chose this theme? We wanted a clever theme. Who’s door did you think was going to win besides yours? We liked Mrs. Hurleys door.
I also interviewed Mrs. Fulton, the 8th grade winner, where did you come up with the theme of your door? We mashed up everyone's ideas and included things about the school. How did your nest students contribute to the door decoration? They all decided to do sections of the door. Is there a reason you chose this theme? No. Whose door did you think was going to win besides yours? Mrs. Juhls.
Thank you so much for letting me Interview you, and congratulations on the donuts!
A Club For Everyone; Join Today!
by Josi Engle
Learn by doing things with your friends in a fun and safe setting. Do you have a hobby or an interest that you would like to learn about? Photography, stargazing, running, cake decorating, model trains, remote control airplanes, knitting, etc. …Do you enjoy being with your friends? Join a 4-H club where you can learn about your interests while having fun, improving your communication skills, and serving your community.
4-H Clubs are general in nature where 4-Hers learn about many different topics and work together share their learning. They can also be focused on topics including chef clubs, gardening, flowers, robotics, astronomy, horses, computers, and many others. The limit is your imagination. Contact your county extension office to find out about clubs in your county.
Charters-The Key to Official Recognition:
4-H Charters are provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and signed by the Secretary of Agriculture’s designated representative.
Find community partners to help with your club.
Have a fun recruitment event to get people to join your club.
Howard County 4-H’ers share tips for 4-H officers in the PowerPoints below. Parliamentary Procedure is not required for 4-H clubs, but these presentations can be very helpful for new officers and good reminders for experienced officers and leaders about the duties of these offices.
Iowa State University
3630 EXT 4-H BLDG
Ames, IA 50011
For many of America’s youth, 4-H mentors are so much more than tutors or program leaders -- they are hope, they are comfort, they are family. They are the pathway to a promising future.
Mr. Kinrade is in charge of the Chess club: they are open to all. They have some accomplished players and some beginners. The goal is to learn about and enjoy the game. We have a tournament available in West Des Moines each month. We hope to get more to try a tournament. Meetings are before school (starts about 7:40) on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Middle school MC.
by Toriana Foss
Mrs. Turner loves leading We Care! We Care is able to provide so many neat experiences for the girls and it’s great to be able to share those experiences with them. The time she spends leading We Care also allows her to get to know the girls better, which is great since she has over 450 students.
Girls can sign up for We Care for next year.
When Mrs. Turner started at the middle school 5 years ago We Care was already up and running. However, during the last 5 years the number of girls that participate in the group has exploded! It’s great to have so many girls involved and we hope that the group will continue to grow in the future.
We Care is prepared for many girls. There are always good numbers in 5th grade and the group tries to do fun activities to keep the girls involved in the club throughout middle school.
Mrs. Turners favorite activities are the stem activities that IA State mentors lead with the girls along with our workout Wednesdays. She thinks it’s important for the girls to learn that being healthy means more than the number on the scale.
Her goals for the girls are to become independent, successful women in society. Women can do anything men can do and she wants them to feel confident enough to go after any career that they’re interested in even if it’s a male dominated profession.