|The Blue Jay Today||
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.
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.
Cooking Club by Kyer Hanrahan, 7th grader.
Cooking club is all about food. So far we have made ice cream pies, chinese noodles, salsa, queso cheese dip, smoothies, and pizza.It’s very fun and teaches you how to cook, and after you get to eat! I am in cooking club and there are a variety of 6th and 7th graders. It takes some time to learn it, but it is super fun and helpful for cooks like you who want to cook!
Three Cheers for Cheerleaders! Interview with Patty Davis by Jacque Schwager
How do you make the team? Cheerleaders for high school try out every spring, the week before spring break. Those interested must learn cheers, jumps, a short dance and perform in front of judges. The scores generated by the judges determine placement.
How often do you practice? We practice twice and week, Monday and Wednesday from 3:45 - 5:45. We have additional practices for Competitive teams.
How many girls are on the junior varsity cheerleading group and what are their names? We currently have 8 Junior Varsity Cheerleaders. Brittney Schwager, Madison Briggs, Lily Walker, Macie Renaud, Jocelyn Friedrickson, Kelsey Tingwald, Megan Smolik and Kelly Bailey.
Do you have any competitions coming up? How many do you do each year? We have our State Championships on November 1, 2014. This Championship is our State sanctioned competition and is held the first Saturday of November every year. The event is held at the State Fair Jacobson and Varied Industry buildings. We will be taking 2 stunt groups, 1 time out team, and 1 Cheer/dance team. All cheerleaders that cheer in high school will participate. How many more competitions depends on the teams abilities and interest each year. It costs money for entry fees and travel, so sometimes we go many places and compete, other years only State. This year we have 8 Varsity cheerleaders performing in California over the winter holiday break. We have also been selected to participate at the Capital One Bowl game half time performance for the past 10 years. So many opportunities come along, and the team decides how many to participate.
What are some of the girls favorite cheers they have done? This also changes from year to year because of the different squads and student body requests.
What fun things do the girls do after the games or at practice? The girls enjoy pizza get togethers and team bonding activities. The Oct. 3 home football game will include the cheerleaders spending the night in my home after the game. We will then get up and leave at 7 a.m. to "Cheer for the Cure" at the Susan G. Komen Race Saturday morning. We are involved in many socials in my home, in other cheerleader homes, and many volunteer service events. The cheerleaders also enjoy stunting at practice!
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.