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Holdrege Middle 7th and 8th Grade Quiz Bowl Team Wins at Franklin
by Ron Evans
In recent competition, the Holdrege Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Quiz Bowl Team won the Franklin double elimination Quiz Bowl Contest.† Nine schools competed in the competition.† The schools that competed were: Holdrege, Minden, Franklin, Blue Hill, Silver Lake, Arapahoe, Loomis, Wilcox-Hildreth,† Red Cloud. The Dusters had 5 wins and no losses.† Leading the Holdrege team were, Ryan Salisbury, Spencer Knuth, Nathan Birtell, Natalie Reed, Maddie Moore.† Other members are: Cora Hastings, Caleb Blanchard, Faith Anderson, Graydon Munn, Ty Urbom,† Cassidy Newth, Caden Erickson, Reagan Boyken, Hannah Hofaker.
Amazing Art Projects
by Brandy Edgren
We continue to be busy in the art room.† As the end of the semester draws closer, I am wanting to get in as many projects as possible.† There are so many fun things I want to share with the students.† Recently, I have been so very excited with the 6th graders.† We just finished a gesture drawing unit.† We studied artists, Gustave Klimt and Edgar Degas and how they used gesture drawing in their artwork.† Students drew from live models in the classroom.† After a week of practicing, everyone was surprised at how good they had gotten.† I have shared a couple of outstanding examples here.
Following this project, we studied African American artist, Jacob Lawrence and are painting in his style next.† We actually set the stage, and posed for a picture of us working hard.† We drew these photos on larger paper and have now begun to paint them.† Look for the results in the hallway by the end of the week.

The eighth graders have been studying different cultures.† We discussed the Mexican holiday, "Day of the Dead" and many of their traditions.† We created sugar skulls that we decorated with markers and embellished with beads and feathers.† We have also studied the Kuna people from Panama.† The Kuna women make beautiful cloth molas.† Instead of using cloth, we made paper molas.† We layered 8-10 layers of paper and using exacto knives, we created intricate designs showing our layers of paper. †


Please visit the hallway outside of the art room to see the exciting artwork being produced by middle school students.† The bulletin board changes weekly.

5th Grade Problem Solves With Marble Mazes
by Terry Shield
The 5th grade students are busy problem solving with their marble mazes.† They must follow certain criteria and earn points in the process.† The marble must travel as close to 10 seconds as possible without going over.† They must use good construction and safety practices such as: measuring, cutting, scoring, folding, and gluing.† To reach the highest possible total in quality of construction, the students should make all cuts straight and clean, parts should fit together tightly, and the maze must be stable.† In travel time, the marble must travel between 9 and 10 seconds.† For changes of direction, it must turn at least 20 times.† They need to include 20 events. Examples of events would be, speed bumps, moguls, pinwheels, loops, slides, ramps, doors, and zig-zags.† The maze needs to stand perfectly straight and not move as the marble goes through it for stability.† The students also use the computers to design, print, and place a logo on their marble amusement park.

Duster 7th & 8th Grade Quiz Bowl Team Finish First in the Holdrege Middle School Academic Bowl Competition and 6th Grade Finish Third!
by Ron Evans
HMS 7th and 8th grade Academic Quiz bowl team finished first out of eight teams in the HSM Academic Quiz Bowl Competition. †The eight teams participating include Arapahoe, Axtell, Cambridge, Eustis-Farnam, Franklin, Holdrege, Loomis and Minden. The competition is a round robin format giving each team seven matches. The winning teams are determined by win/loss record and then point totals. Ryan Salisbury, Spencer Knuth and Nathan Birtell led the Duster team in winning the competition with five wins and two losses. Arapahoe came in second followed by Franklin.† A trophy was awarded to the Dusters for placing first and medals were also presented to members of each team that placed first, second and third.
Team members are:† Faith Anderson, Ryan Salisbury, Spencer Knuth, Maddie Moore, Ty Urbom, Nathan Birtell, Natalie Reed, Cassidy Newth, Graydon Munn, Hannah Hofaker, Reagan Boyken, Caden Erickson, Seth Connell, Cora Hastings. Caleb Blanchard. Eli Dutcher, Megan Urbom, Ethan Twohig, Dantley Edgren.

The Holdrege Middle School 6th grade Academic Quiz Bowl Team finished third out of 8 teams in round robin competition. †The 5th grade had their own team and competed well. Cambridge was first, Wilcox-Hildreth second, Holdrege 6 third, followed by Arapahoe, Axtell, Minden, Holdrege 5 and Eustis-Farnam. A trophy and medals were also awarded to the winning teams.
The Holdrege Middle School 5th and 6th grade team members are: Fifth grade: Kinsey Urbom, Mason Hein, Paige Sheperd, Alexis Englund, Kade Komenda, Delaney Ham, Elsie Hastings, Sydney Bradley, Ella Roach,† Lillie Reed. Sixth Grade team: Damian Smith, Carlos Ravera, Levi Kruse, Daniel Stroh, Rudy Sanko, Lacy Biltoft, Nelson Milks, Neavah Wellington, Quin Lamon, Bailey Johnson.


A huge thank you to Janelle Jack, the Gifted Director of ESU #11, for helping to coordinate the competition, and to the Holdrege Middle School Parent Teacher Organization for providing treat bags for all of the students who participated.


Holdrege Middle School 5th & 6th grade are Champions in the Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl and the 7th & 8th Finished Second!
by Ron Evans
The Holdrege Middle School 5th and 6th grade Academic Quiz Bowl Team finished first out of 90 middle school teams in the four state Great Plains Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl. The Four states that were involved were: Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. This program is a nationally recognized gifted education program which sponsors online state and regional Quiz Bowl competitions all across America. The rules, procedures and questions are administered to all schools in the same manner. The scores are based on 100 questions that are complex, and require knowledge of facts and processes. Teams are scored on time and accuracy. Holdrege scored 94% and earned 1,160 points in the Sixth Grade Division. Holdrege Middle School also had the highest score in Nebraska in their division.
The Holdrege Middle School 5th and 6th grade team members: Kinsey Urbom, Damian Smith, Levi Kruse, Daniel Stroh, Mason Hein, Paige Sheperd, Alexis Englund, Rudy Sanko, Kade Komenda, Carlos Rivera, Bailey Johnson, Delaney Ham, Lillie Reed, Lacy Biltoft, Neavah Wellington. Alternates: Elsie Hastings, Nelson Milks, Sydney Bradley, Quin Lamon, Ella Roach.

The 7th and 8th† grade Quiz Bowl team also had a great showing in the Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl. They finished second place out of 70 teams by scoring 1230 points. The Nebraska middle Schools finished far ahead of the competition from Kansas, South Dakota and North Dakota.
The Holdrege Middle School 7th and 8th grade team members are: Faith Anderson, Ryan Salisbury, Spencer Knuth, Maddie Moore, Ty Urbom, Nathan Birtell, Natalie Reed, Cassidy Newth, Graydon Munn, Hannah Hofaker, Reagan Boyken, Caden Erickson, Seth Connell, Cora Hastings. Caleb Blanchard, Eli Dutcher,† Megan Urbom, Ethan Twohig, and Dantley Edgren.

Both of the Holdrege Middle School teams will be competing in the Academic Quiz Bowl sponsored by ESU 11 in January and February and will also compete nationally in April on the Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl Contest as well as other contests.


Eighth Grade Reading
This year in the 8th grade, each core teacher is teaching a section of reading. All sections read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins during the first quarter. The students enjoyed not only reading the novel but also getting to participate in activities related to the book such as filming videos, creating costumes and games and planning an ad campaign.

This quarter, each section is reading a different novel. Mr. Ottís class is reading Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick, a book about an unlikely friendship between two misfit boys. Mrs. Andersonís class is reading the popular young adult novel by Veronica Roth, Divergent. In a dystopian society, five factions make up the population. A young girl must choose whether to follow her heart and choose the faction she feels most comfortable in or stay with her family. There is no such thing as a perfect society. †Mrs. Hartzogís class is reading the first book in the Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans. In book one, Michael Vey and newly found friend,Taylor, both have unexplainable powers. When they discover the truth, their lives as they know them are in danger. Michael must fight back against a powerful corporation and save those important to him. Mr. Komendaís class is reading Al Capone does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. Moose Flanagan, a 12 year old boy living on Alcatraz in the 1930s, has to deal a sister with autism and the bossy warden's daughter.

After Christmas break, all reading classes will be studying poetry and will end the year reading the famous novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

HMS 7th Grade Class Learn to Colonize
by Kirk Petit

†† †In 1607, the British government sent a group of unprepared, courageous settlers to colonize North America. The settlement would later be known as Jamestown. The 7th grade students at Holdrege Middle School have been getting the opportunity to experience, in Mr. Petitís American History class, what it was like to try and establish a colony in the new world. †† †

All students were divided into individual colonies (groups) where they had to load their virtual ships with supplies, survive the virtual journey to the new world, and establish a colony. The choices that the students make at the beginning of their journey and the choices that they make in the colonies have a direct effect on the success or failure of their colony.

†† †Once established, the colonies become functional as they have to figure out how to survive the simulated wild environment. They have to overcome native relations, expansion of land, taking care of basic needs, deal with such things as bear attacks, random thieves, war threats from other colonies and various weather related issues.In the end, the students will have the opportunity to score their tribe and see how they rank when compared to other colonies in the 7th grade. It is a great way for the students to feel, as well as, learn about the early history of the United States when we were just a collection of colonies.