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Trevor Scheele Earns National Recognition for His Artwork
by Brandy Edgren
Last month we received the exciting news that Trevor Scheele, 8th grader at Holdrege Middle School received a Gold Key award for his self portrait, “The Devil’s Glare”. This oil pastel drawing was entered into the juried Scholastic Art and Writing contest  by his art instructor, Brandy Edgren.  He was then invited to participate in a celebration in Lincoln, Nebraska for all honored young writers and artists.  This was a very special honor and we were very proud of Trevor.  Each of the Gold Key award winners automatically were sent on to the national level of the same contest.  On March 16th, the award recipients were published on the contest website. We are pleased to announce that Trevor Scheele has earned national recognition in The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2015.  He has been identified by panels of creative professionals as being among the most talented young artists and writers in the nation.  This year, 300,000 works of art and writing were submitted.  Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level. This year, only 17 students across the state of Nebraska won any national level recognition, and Trevor is the only middle school student from Nebraska to be awarded. Trevor has been invited to attend a ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City on Thursday, June 11. Congratulations, Trevor Scheele!

Fifth Grade H.A.L Students Compete at the Invention Convention
5th Grade Students Display Inventions at Annual ESU #11 Invention Convention held at Pioneer Village in Minden, Nebraska. Delaney Ham earned first place with PocketBooks. Grace Maloley earned second place with Water Genie. Carson Scheele earned third place with the Scheele Mobile. And Alexis Englund received third place with the Litterbox Cleaner.

People of the Past and Present Coming to HMS
by Steph Fuehrer
Eli Dutcher as the scientist Nikola Tesla
The 7th and 8th grade Informational Reading classes are busy “becoming” different people.  This last quarter the students have been reading biographies and pulling interesting information about the people they have chosen to “become”.  They have been working on their speeches and posters in preparation for the Evening of People of the Past and Present.  Most of the students are looking forward to introducing you to these interesting people from the past and the present.  The event will be on Tuesday, March 17th.  There will be two sessions; one from 6:30-7:15 and the second one from 7:30 to 8:15.  The money raised from this event will go to purchasing more biographies for the library, along with investing in a couple of other projects around the school.  Come join us and meet someone “new”.

Read Across America Week at HMS
by Betty Bricker
Theme: Oh the Places You'll Go Hot Air Balloon Activity Avery Michalski and Meredith Christensen
March 2 is Dr. Seuss's Birthday and the start to Read Across America Week! The theme for This year is "Oh the Places You'll Go!" The library door was decorated with a scene from the book. To kick off the week, students watched a video of the book and then they were asked to write on a hot air balloon where they see themselves in the future. The hot air balloons are displayed in the media center. The Drama Club also put on a skit for each homeroom, they received book marks, and enjoyed a cookie while they read, and watched the upcoming book fair highlights.  Each day this week the library is doing a giveaway. Monday was a giveaway of 2 large decorated Eileen's Cookies. Winners of the Eileen's cookies were Avery Michalski and Meredith Christensen.  Each day students have to complete a short Seuss activity, then their name goes into a drawing for books and gift certificate to the book fair.  Happy Read Across America Week!

Trapped in a Snow Globe
by Rudy Sanko and Damian Smith
Have you ever thought about being trapped in a snowglobe?
Well, Mrs. Schneider’s reading class not only thought about it, but they were “trapped” in a snowglobe. Well, at least a picture of them was. Students then wrote an acrostic poem describing what the experience would be like.
Sabyn said, “Other people would seem jumbo.”
“ Oh wow! It feels so cold I think my fingers are going to  fall off!” Carlos wrote.
Rudy Sanko stated, “I would grieve at the fact that I’m in a snowglobe and it would give me gray hairs.”
Mrs. Schneider’s “cool” kids have a question for you. “Could you imagine being stuck in a snowglobe?”

The Scholastic Book Fair will be coming to Holdrege Middle School
March 9-17, 2015.

Hours for viewing the book fair:
Monday, March 9:  7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, March 10:  7:30 am– 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm*
Wednesday, March 11:  7:30 am – 6:00 pm*
Monday, March 16: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, March 17:  7:30 am – 4:00 pm and 6:30 – 8:30 pm**

Remember......encouraging your child to read helps to ensure his or her success! 
Bring friends and family to stock up on summer reading.  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/holdregemiddleschool2 to place an order. 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, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11 during Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences.
**The book fair will be open the evening of Tuesday, March 17 until 8:30 pm during the People of the Past and Present event.