9-12 th Grade Winner: Seth Robinson: Nominated By Ms. Armstong & Mr. Kennedy Ms. Armstrong’s Comments: Seth has been great about getting his homework turned in during class and will volunteer to present right away or share his ideas. He has also participated in all our FFA practices, contests, and activities this fall. Seth has shown up on time and has been willing to try new . . .
Dear Students, Parents and Patrons, We are rounding out a very busy month in the MPS Library! While the outer world slows down a bit with the changing of the seasons, cooler temperatures and more indoor activities, here at school we are running at full capacity. Traditionally the library has been a quiet place to read and study, and while that is still true, the ever changing face of digital literacy and technology is reshaping . . .
On Wednesday, October 5th, Maywood students, grades 10-12, attended the Cambridge College and Career Fair. There were around 30 booths represented, including Central Community College, Valley Irrigation, South East Community College, the Nebraska National Guard, which was manned by Maywood’s very own Luke White, Doane College, and many more. The attendees also enjoyed a surprise visit and presentation by Lt. Governor Mike . . .
Maywood Band at the Wellfleet. @twelch_MPSmusic #maywoodpride pic.twitter.com/3z2KY9iVRs — Maywood School (@MaywoodSchool) September 10, 2016
Now that school is back in session and everyone is getting settled in, one of the big changes that the students might have noticed is the new gym floor. Over the summer, Weissert Hardwood Flooring came in and renovated the entire gym floor. The gym was closed for renovation from July 21st to August 14th. They started by sanding the floor to get clear down to the hardwood. They then put a new coat of finish on the wood to give it a glossy shine. Their next task was the painting. A very interesting fact about the new gym floor was that the entire floor was hand painted. Some of . . .
Mr. Joe Spangler Mr. Spangler is married to his wife Erica (Tiede) Spangler. They were married in 2006. They have two children. Jaelyn, 7 years old, and Blaine, 2 years old. Mr. Spangler had success in college as a student athlete competing in both Football and Track. He was a 6 time National qualifier and two time All American in Track. He was a school record holder and team captain during his college experience. Mr. Spangler was in the recreation profession for 12 years as a director before becoming a teacher. Mr. Spangler coached Track . . .
What would your reaction be if your school principal said you get to play dodgeball on the first day of school? You’d probably need only three words to answer that question, “all-out brawl.” On Wednesday, August 17 th , Maywood Public School students took out their first-day-back tension, as they realized their summer vacation was officially over, with a great game of dodgeball. This classic game, that separates the bold from the timid, pitted students against teachers. Students quickly used the buddy-up system to smash their . . .
On Saturday, May 14th, at the Nebraska Championship Meet, 8th grader, Nolan Benjamin sprinted down the pole-vault runway, counted his left steps, 7, 8, 9, and gradually lowered his pole while accelerating his speed as he neared his destination: the plant box. Benjamin’s final steps were fast and explosive as he planted the pole, vaulted off the ground and, like Icarus, for a few fleeting moments, flew, flew away and beyond. Nolan took up pole vaulting at MPS in the 6 th grade, and pursued it with a passion for the ensuing . . .
The Maywood Fire Department and MPS staff gave a rousing hurrah and warm send off to the state track qualifiers and coaches Thursday morning. Three Maywood-Hayes Center Wolves are making the trip to Omaha Burk Stadium to compete on May 20 & 21 in the 2016 NSAA State Track and field Meet. Senior Jace Walthers will throw his last high school shot put at 11:00 a.m. Friday. Junior Bryar Gerlach will run the 3200 meter sometime mid-afternoon on Friday, and Sophomore Kayla Minary will run the 3200 meter at approximately 12:00 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, Minary is slated to . . .
Maywood Public School students, parents, staff, and patrons swayed to the symphonic sounds of the silver screen on Thursday, May 5, in the MPS gymnasium. This year's grades K-12 spring concert, titled "A Night at the Movies," was directed by Tonya Welch and accompanied by Jolyn Richardson. The audience was treated to a variety of movies themes from The Little Mermaid's " Under the Sea" to the soundtrack from Jurassic Park. Highlighted throughout the concert were humorous asides and introductions provided by Masters of . . .
On May 6th, Maywood Public School’s Tiger Paws class of 2030 graduated from preschool and are now ready to take on kindergarten next year. The 3-year-old Tiger Cubs (class of 2031) successfully completed their first year of preschool and will return next August as fully fledged Tiger Paws. The preschoolers sang songs for all their friends and families that attended the program. There was a slide show showing memorable moments of the Cubs and Paws, a "What I Want to be When I grow Up" segment and, then. . . the big moment, diplomas were awarded. . . .
The Maywood FFA Chapter hosted their 2nd Annual FFA Awards Banquet on the evening of April 25th. Awards were presented at the Maywood Community Hall to recognize the accomplishments of the members. The evening started with a potluck full of great tasting foods like lasagna, meatballs, enchiladas, and all types of salads and amazing desserts. After dinner a slideshow was presented to the guests to show them all of the chapter’s adventures throughout the year like COLT Camp, National Convention, all the leadership conferences, and the State FFA Convention. Following the fellowship, . . .
On April 27, Maywood held its annual Kindergarten Roundup with students arriving at 8:00 am for a “Very Hungry Caterpillar" themed morning based on the story written by Eric Carle. Parents joined in later for a meeting and tour of the school. The children and parents enjoyed a tasty lunch together at 11:00, and then the future kindergartners had recess on playground to end their day. Inviting parents and pre-kindergartners to meet teachers and see their schools six months before school opens can noticeably reduce first-day . . .
Okay, so maybe it wasn’t the greatest show on earth, but the 12th annual Maywood Carnival, which was hosted by P.T.O./P.A.W.S. on April 22 nd, was way cool! The high school gym hummed with the laughter and voices of children and parents as they meandered past tables filled with exotic-shaped delectable cakes, a genuine, old fashioned cotton candy machine, and games of skill and chance. Children of all ages were welcome to attend and play games such as “go fishin,’” “hoopin,’” and bingo. It also had an area for the preschool kids and . . .
Can you dance "The Carlton?" If not, just ask the Maywood upperclassmen and they’ll teach you how; and the “Dougie,” too! Last Saturday, April 16th, Maywood Juniors put on their annual junior/senior prom that was themed, Neon Night, and let me tell you, it was LIT! The juniors and their class sponsors, Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Miller, worked very hard and set things up all in one night to prepare for the event. They really out did themselves with the sparkling disco balls, neon lights, and all the other amazing decorations. Seniors Calyn Werkmeister, and Marisa . . .
On Wednesday, April 6-8th the Maywood FFA Chapter made the long trek down to Lincoln, Nebraska for the 88th Annual State FFA Convention at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Though the grass was wet with dew, and dark skies threatened foul weather, this setting didn’t dampen the mood of the FFA members. They were excited and anxious to get to their destination. A chance to compete at the State Convention is what the FFA kids have been striving for this whole year. Here are the results from State FFA Convention: Sr Livestock Judging - Red Ribbon, 15th out of 48 teams . . .
The McCook Community College Art Department staged its 40th annual paint-in competition Friday, April 8 th , at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center, located on the MCC campus. More than a dozen area high schools and one Kansas school attended. This year teams of high school artists created works based on the theme “Snowed Under” announced by judge Theresea Reeves, Oberlin area artist and MCC student. Judges usually give students a lot of room for interpreting the theme. For instance, “Snowed Under” can have many different meanings and nuances. To . . .
Maywood's jr. high track team displayed the spirit of determination at last week's Maywood Invite. Following are some of the highlights: Parker Johnston won the 1600 meter; Tyler Schleeman and River Hastings took 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in the 800 meter. Nolan Benjamin vaulted to 1st in the pole vault event and placed 1st again in the triple jump with Elisha Handsaker finishing 2nd in the triple jump. In the girls' competition, McKenna Renner sprinted to 3rd place in the 100 meter with Stevie Handsaker just 1/10 of a second behind her. In the 800 . . .
CRASH! POW! Bowling balls thundered down lanes and smashed into pins. PEW! PEW! PEW! laser tag guns flashed across a dark obstacle course. Had you been at Wild Bill’s Wings and Bowling Alley on the afternoon of March 3rd, you would have heard these sounds mixed with the laughing and cheering of elementary and high school students. In between the games there were boxes of pizza to eat and, of course, buffalo wings heaped up on plates for the partygoers to devour. What brought all this excitement and celebration? It was reward . . .
By the way, although most people attribute the invention of calculus to Issac Newton, it was actually the German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz This is just one example of the plethora of challenging questions which students faced at the March 8th quiz bowl competition hosted by Maywood. Even more remarkable is the fact that most of the contestants were well equipped to field these esoteric topics.
Okay – so there may not have been 76 trombones, but the 2 MPS trumpeters that attended played like 76 at the annual Ogallala, Nebraska, Middle School solo and ensemble music contest held Saturday, March 12. In the vocal competition, Natalie Koubek received a superior rating for her vocal solo. Instrumentalists earning superior ratings were Parker Johnston and Jonathan Moore for their respective trumpet solos. MaKena Roberts received the highest rating possible of a superior 1+ for her saxophone solo. Koubek also earned a superior rating for her flute solo. Kizziah . . .
We’d like to thank everyone for making this year’s Scholastic Book Fair a SUCCESS. Thanks to your contributions we will be receiving some wonderful new titles for the library as well as building up our “scholastic dollar funds” for future purchases. We are already planning next year’s fair! Again, thanks for shopping with us and Happy Reading! March looks to be a very active month! I think it’s unanimous that most of us would be more than willing to trade our winter gear in for lighter jackets, though we can always be in for a surprise, this is . . .
On February 10 th , the Maywood FFA team traveled to the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) in Curtis for their first spring Career Development Event (CDE) in Livestock Management and Floraculture. The Livestock team placed 7th out of 20 teams. They had to complete 6 general knowledge tests and practicums over beef, dairy, swine, sheep, poultry, & equine. This is the only contest in Nebraska that allows the students to complete the entire contest as a team. Team members included Bryar Gerlach, Tucker Hartley, Kaely Perkins, Pake Johnston, Von . . .
I've worked down in Nebraska where the grass grows ten feet high, Where the cattle are such rustlers, they hardly ever die; I've worked up in the Sand Hills and down along the Platte Where the punchers are good fellows and the cattle always fat. from the song "The Texas Cowboy" - by Al Pease of Round Rock, Texas Long ago . . . before Ak-Sar-Ben, before the Nebraska State Rodeo Association, before Nebraska’s BIG Rodeo (Burwell), before PBR (Professional Bull Riding) rodeos were not sporting events, but the horsemanship . . .
On Tuesday, February 16 th , the Maywood’s Junior High Quiz Bowl team headed down to Southwest High School in Bartley, Nebraska, and put their brains to the test. Throughout the entire competition they battled hard, and came out with their guns blazing, constantly keeping their finger on the buzzer. Their focus was sharp and their eyes were on the prize. Heading into the final round of the round-robin style tournament the team held a perfect 8-0 record. At the end of the day, all their hard work certainly paid off as they earned a silver medal. The future certainly looks bright . . .
Ag Valley Coop, partnering with Land O’Lakes Foundation’s Member Co-op Match Program, recently presented the Maywood FFA Program a check for $2,225. Pictured are (L to R) Bailey Brown, Dudley Karlson, (Credit Manager for Ag Valley Coop) and Tucker Hartley. These donations are made to organizations which impact communities where members, employees, plants and facilities of Ag Valley Coop are located. These donations are made to enhance the quality of life in their local communities by educating the youth and getting them involved in projects that . . .
Maywood Senior, Bailey Brown, is the 2015 Nebraska High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) Champion in breakaway roping. Bailey was declared the breakaway champion at the NHSRA finals held June 20, 2015, in Hastings. Bailey was also awarded a championship belt buckle and a saddle custom designed to her specifications. Ever since Bailey Brown was little, she was always on a horse. Her dad, Ray Brown, taught her everything from riding a horse to competing in the arena. Throughout the years her go-to horse for competing has been Dalton, a bay quarter horse, which is built and . . .
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