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Imaginary Islands and Brochure
by Annalynna Ribera
    In Social Studies we were creating our own island. Mrs.Wells’s example was a Hershey Bar Island. The shape of her island was the shape of a Hersheys Kiss. One of her states was Reeses state, which she said was her favorite. First, we thought of what kind of island we would like to do. After we thought of what we want to do, we would think about what kinds of shapes we will want to do for it. For example, if you were doing a Lollipop island Island you would make it the shape of a Lollipop.
After we figured out what shape we wanted to then we would think of things that would be good for our state names, Mountain ranges, Lakes and Oceans. Finally, we would draw out the design we wanted for our island on a notebook sheet of paper. When we thought we had what we wanted we drew the picture on the final draft. We had to have our Longitude and Latitude lines on our paper. After we finished all of that, we colored our islands an appropriate color.
When we were completely done with our islands, we had a brochure. We explained 3-4 things that would be fun to do on our island. We had to have a catchy phrase that will get peoples attention to attract them to their island. On the back of our brochures we could have a deal saying, “If you come to our island within (whatever time period) there will be an amazing deal.”
I think the 6th grade was very creative with what they did for their islands. They colored them neatly and sprucely.
Top pictures show the brochure describing the island.

The bottom picture is a map of the island

October 20th-24th

by Jean Berreckman
For more than 25 years.  Red Ribbon Week has been a time when schools and communities all over the United States promote healthy choices and encourage youth to stay drug free.
How Red Ribbon Week was started:  The 1985 murder of Enrique “Kiri” Camarena, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, was the driving force behind Red Ribbon Week.  In his hometown of Calexico, California, loved ones started Camarena Clubs in his honor.  Members wore red ribbons and pledged to live drug free lives.  In multiple states, parent groups took up the cause of promoting red ribbons.  Red Ribbon Week became an official national event in 1988.
Student Council planned some fun activities for the week:
Monday, October 20th – red ribbons were handed out  to all students in their homeroom class.  The students were encouraged to wear their red ribbons  all week long,  there was a drawing for prizes at the end of  each day.  The student must be wearing their red ribbon to receive their prize.
TUESDAY, October 21st – “Freaky floats” were served to 6th & 8th grade students by StuCo members.
WEDNESDAY, October 22nd – red ribbons were tied on all the cars in the HMS & HHS parking lot by StuCo reminding everyone about making good choices.
THURSDAY, October 23rd – “Freaky float” were served to 5th & 6th grade students.
FRIDAY, October 24th – Red Ribbon Week Celebration in gym.
Mrs. Girard recognizes student achievement. Mr. Beranek participates in the whipped cream/cheese puff challenge.
Ms. Fiene and Mrs. Edgren get sprayed with whipped cream Dash for cash

The Scholastic Book Fair is a Busy Place
by Betty Bricker
The Scholastic Book Fair is now under way. The kids have been very excited and the fair has been a busy place. Each day we have 2 book talks over the intercom which highlights books from the fair. Students are encouraged to come to the fair and sign up for the book give away, and winners are announced at the end of each day. There is also a poster give away. Students may sign up one time during the fair and winners will be drawn on the last day of the fair.
This year there are lots of new books to choose from. Stop by and check it out! Don't forget that we will be open during the evening of Parent/Teacher Conferences too.Encourage reading while supporting our school!
Many students visiting the Scholastic Book fair. First book give away winners: Cadence Traster and Brayden Schmalz

The Scholastic Book Fair will be coming to Holdrege Middle School
October 23-29, 2014.

Hours for viewing the book fair:
Thursday, October 23: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday, October 24: 7:30 am– 2:00 pm
Monday, October 27: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, October 28: 7:30 am – 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm*
Wednesday, October 20: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm*
Remember......encouraging your child to read helps to ensure his or her success! 
Bring friends and family to do some birthday shopping or early Christmas shopping. The Scholastic Book Fair will include the newest titles as well as books that are fun, interesting and inspirational. Adult titles are also available. Out of town family members may also shop at our online book fair. Visit  http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/holdregemiddleschool1 to place an order. The online fair will be open from October 20, 2014 until November 5, 2014. Books will ship to the school. Help support our school while encouraging your entire family to read!
*The book fair will be open the evening of Tuesday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 28 during Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Chef Joe Fannon prepared a Special Entree at HMS
Chef Joe Fannon has joined Lunchtime Solutions at Holdrege Public Schools. On Friday, October 10, Chef Joe prepared an a la carte entree of Chicken Lo Mein, a Chinese classic (chicken sauteed with celery, carrots, red cabbage, and tossed with linguine pasta and green onions in a light soy sauce) for HMS students. Many students enjoyed this special treat!
Chef Joe is a U.S. Army veteran, and has been a chef for 20 years. He has worked at local Sioux City restaurants such as Kahill's, Sweet Fanny's and Minerva's. His culinary experiences include locations around the U.S. and include national chains such as Macaroni Grill. Welcome, Chef Joe!

New Art Teacher Brings New Projects
by Brandy Edgren
"It looks different in here," is the comment most often heard when students first enter the art room this year.  It does look different.  Along with rearranging the room, a new art teacher brings new ideas and many new projects.  
In art this year, every level is studying different cultures, art history, and learning to use elements and principles to discuss their artwork.  Not only are we creating some amazing masterpieces, but with each project, students practice writing about their creation using at least 5 art vocabulary words and answer questions about the historical connections to their work for 20% of their grade.  Transitions are tough, but with each week that passes, students are becoming more proficient at these challenges, and the end results have been impressive. 

In the art classroom, a few students are rewarded each week, when they see their artwork displayed on the bulletin board reserved for "Really 'Fine' Art of the Week".  If a student's artwork is found in the display, they have automatically earned a "Cookie Coupon."  Two coupons are worth one cookie, which Mrs. Edgren brings to school with her every few weeks.  You can also earn coupons for good behavior or answering tough history question in class discussions. 

In the pictures included, there are examples of a  5th grade Chilkat blanket, a Northwest Native American project, Navajo weavings handcrafted in paper by the 6th graders, and an example of our Mendhi henna hand tattooing designed by 8th grade students.  In addition, the 8th grade bulletin board showcases Day of the Dead sugar skulls, string painting inspired by the Huichol people of Mexico, and real and abstract animals in art.