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Art Smart
by Brandy Edgren
†††† Art has a vocabulary all its own.† We have a certain language that we use to discuss and judge art work.† Since the district wide goal is to improve reading, it is only natural that we increase kids' vocabulary and writing skills in the art classroom to help reach that goal.† Obviously, we create art in the art classroom, but in addition, we read about art history and are exposed to historically significant artists and works.† We also learn about the elements and principles of art.† These 14 concepts help us to justify our own ideas in art as well as make decisions and form opinions on other's art work.†
†††† Each lesson in art class starts with an art history lesson, information on a technique or the medium we will be using.† We practice talking about the art we see in the presentation using the elements and principles of art that are listed on the posters in the picture above.† Then we get to create the art work, usually the most popular step in the learning process!† At the conclusion of each project, students must answer questions relating to the information they learned in this project.† A portion of their grade is based on these answers.† Most importantly, one of the questions students must answer on every worksheet that accompanies every project is this, "Using at least 5 elements and principles of art, describe your artwork." †This is quite a challenge.† Students are not allowed to merely list the elements and principles they used, but explain how they used them in complete sentences.† Our goal is to have a nice art criticism paragraph that helps to defend the choices they made in making their artwork.† In the end, reading, writing, and vocabulary are all a large part of the art classroom.




D.A.R.E. Graduation Scheduled
Holdrege Middle School D.A.R.E. Graduation will be held on Tuesday, March 3, at 7:00 pm in the Tassel. The guest speaker for the graduation will be former Husker football defensive end, DeMoine Adams!
D.A.R.E. is a 12 week interactive Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. Students who enter the program sign a pledge not to use drugs, join gangs, or engage in violent behavior.
This program is taught to 5th grade students this year by Chief Dennis DaMoude.



8th Grade Poetry
by Brian Komenda

The 8th grade Reading classes are currently working on a Poetry Unit.† We are learning about many of the poetic devices by looking at song lyrics.† Students were challenged to write a short poem inspired by Katy Perry's "Roar" - about something that they have overcome or are proud of.† Here are a few examples of the student's poems.

†††††† Wrestling
Wrestling was so hard
I just wanted to quit
but I kept trying
I got better along the way
I had to work hard
It wasn't easy
I kept going
I made it through

by Dantley Edgren


†† Want to Be
Looking down
feeling low
but you don't like to let it show
Listen here
with all your bubbly cheer
you can make it another year
sting them like a bee
show them who you want to be

by Bailee Wagner


††††††† Head Up
Always stay true to you
keep your head up
you will make it through
someday you will realize
it does no good to give in
because to them no matter what you win
so keep your head up, it will be ok

by Haylee Ironshell


†††††††† Race
My heart is pumping
adrenaline fills my blood
the gun shoots and I take off
down the track it seemed
like forever but I
got second place

by Tyler Jacobson


†††††††††††† Steel
I can be who I want to be
without caring what others see
they can think whatever they want
I don't care about their taunt
if you think I'm stupid or weird
thoughts of you are already cleared
I do what I want and I don't† care
what you think while you sit there
so go ahead, say what you feel
I'll be over here feeling like steel

by Chris Sabatka

7th Grade Science Cell Projects
by Jack Hild
The seventh grade life science class has been studying cells and cell parts.† We discussed how the cell works, what the parts are, and what each part does for the cell.†† One of the projects we did to help us learn the parts and their function was to build a three dimensional cell.† Each student constructed their own cell.† The cell had to show where parts were located in the cell.† If possible the material used for each part of the cell should look like the part inside the cell.† The students also had to produce a chart that explained how each part functioned inside the cell.† There were many creative ideas and the project was a great success.†††

Giving the Gift of Reading
by Mary Schneider
It has become an annual event for the sixth graders in Mrs. Schneiderís and Mrs. Wellsís reading classes to read to younger students before Christmas. Each student chooses a book to share along with a bookmark they have made to compliment the book.
Mrs. Schneiderís class read to the kindergartners in Mrs. Marvinís and Mrs. Kleinís classes at Washington Elementary while Mrs. Wellsís class read to the first graders in Mrs. Kreutzerís class at R-7.
It is always so fun to see the students interact with each other. Some of the sixth graders are naturals with the younger students. It is a chance for all of the students to share their love of reading.

Plaster Sculpture on Display
Brandy Edgren
The 8th grade †Individual Experiences in Art class has been studying modern Pop artist, George Segal.† This artist first got his idea for plaster sculpture when a student in his art class brought in scraps of plaster cloth used for casting broken limbs.† Segal took this treasure home with him and experimented with casting his own body.† His work gives the viewer a solitary feeling†with the help of his wife.† This led to an innovative change in his art work.† Segal started casting live models one piece at a time and constructing them into life size sculptures.† He always left his sculptures white and rough, but placed them in public settings.† The sculptures seem solitary and mysterious even when placed in a crowd. †
Based on Segal's ideas, the art class worked in a group to create a sculpture similar to his.† Mercy Linden was the mode for the girl's group.† Boston Petit was the male model.† Each day they were wrapped in plastic wrap and then "plastered".† They had to sit for uncomfortable amounts of time, and allow their classmates to mold the plaster strips to their bodies.† They often left class with damp spots on their clothes and usually with plaster splattered on both their clothes and skin.† The days we sculpted their heads, they were wrapped in plastic wrap and had to breathe out of a straw placed in their mouth.† Their entire face was covered including their eyes and nose.† This involved trust between the models and their classmates.† Obviously, the models made some sacrifices, but now their form is forever recorded in plaster. †
Please stop by the media center and check out our life size tribute to artist, George Segal.†