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Meet Ryan Callan, New 8th Grade Science Teacher
Ryan Callan has joined the staff at HMS as the 8th grade Science teacher, and he also teaches 8th grade Health. †He is going to coach High School Basketball and Middle School track. †He got married this summer to his wife, Kacia, who is student teaching with Mrs. Nelson at the new HES. †She will soon come to teach with Mrs. Veal at the middle school. †Ryan graduated from UNK this May, and is originally from Ord. †Ryan enjoys hunting and fishing. †The 8th grade team is excited to have him on board. †

7th Grade Students Conduct Research Using the Scientific Method
by Jack Hild
The seventh grade Life Science class is working with the scientific method.† We are trying to

calculate the number of blades of grass in the lawn in front of the sixth grade classrooms.† The

team of students has to decide how many samples of grass they need to take and how large the

samples should be.† Then they must use math to calculate the blades of grass present.† This

experiment requires them to think about how large a sample needs to be and how to

determine where the sample should be taken to get acceptable results.† It presents them with

many problems they need to work their way through to get an acceptable answer.† This

experience will help them understand that collecting data and using it to reach a conclusion can

be a difficult process.† This process should make the scientific method and how it works more

clear to the students.

Meet Tim Sanderson, Our New 6th Grade Science Teacher
†††††††††† My name is Tim Sanderson and I will be the new 6th grade science teacher. In the past I have taught high school science so this will be a new and exciting journey for me.
††††††††††† I grew up in Chambers, Nebraska on a cattle ranch. Growing up I had little interest in the cows, but I could usually be found fishing one of the area farm ponds.
††††††††††† After graduating high school I attended the University Nebraska-Lincoln where I completed my bachelors degree in Psychology. It was also at this time I joined the Army National Guard. While away at military training a high school science position opened up in Chambers and I applied. While I didnít have a teaching certificate, the University Nebraska-Kearney allowed me to teach science while taking education classes online.
††††††††††† At the end of my first year of teaching I got married and we decided to settle in Kearney where my wife was working. I took a position at Wood River Rural Schools and continued to teach science. Last year I completed my masterís degree in education from Concordia University.
††††††††††† My wife and I have a one-year-old daughter named Aubree, and we are expecting our second daughter in October. My family and I are excited to be a part of Holdrege Public Schools and the Holdrege community.


Homework Help Websites
by Betty Bricker

Are you wondering how you can help your son or daughter get off on the right foot this year? How you can help them with their homework when it gets to be too challenging? Check out these homework helpers recommended by Common Sense Media https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/homework-help-websites?utm_source=081415+Parent+Default&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly#
Common Sense is a trusted source dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.† They empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kidsí lives.