Okay, pigs weren’t flying but the usual suspects were present: scalpels, protective goggles and piglets. Spring is usually the time of year when baby pigs are born. Unfortunately, there are always some stillborn piglets. Where do they go you might ask? Well no other place then to Mrs. Snyder’s 8 th grade AG class. As the last . . .
Wow! It’s already May!!! I’m always a little sad to see the school year end, though I do look forward to having time to recalibrate, research and READ! Thanks to excellent student recommendations, I’ve got quite a long list waiting. Book of the Month: Wonder Need a great inspirational book to kick off . . .
The Maywood second graders have taken on the role as ornithologists for the past few weeks. What is an ‘ornithologist’ you might ask? Any second grade student will tell you it’s a scientist who studies birds! The second grade students have learned all about birds and what makes them unique. For example, birds with very long legs are made to wade in shallow water. Birds with short, thick beaks eat seeds because their beaks are strong and can break seeds apart. Water birds have webbed feet for swimming. Did you . . .
Book of the Month The three most popular reading subjects in our library include horses, war and dogs. Though I am personally not a drawn to reading books about war, I do love a great dog book and this one didn’t disappoint. The story begins with a boy named, Stanley. His older brother, Tom, is fighting in the war. After a disagreement, Stanley runs away from home and ends up joining the army as well. Though he was “too young” to be in the war, Stanley ends up in the K-9 division as a handler for messenger dogs. His riveting journey is a display of courage, . . .
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a program that originated with Rotary International. RYLA encourages servant leadership in youth by recognizing and rewarding deserving 11th grade students who are chosen to attend RYLA as an "award" for their past and present leadership and service activities. These select young people attend an all-expenses-paid camp where they are inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues of today. These activities are conducted in an atmosphere of trust . . .
The strength training program is something new this year for Maywood Public Schools. Students participating in sports report to the weight room two mornings a week to utilize free weights and resistance machines. During the off season students lift three times a week. The coaches understand that a consistent weight lifting program will improve both the confidence and physical performance of Maywood’s athletes. Increased muscle mass not only increases strength and speed but also helps student athletes participate in high-contact sports with fewer injuries. Student . . .
Maywood Short Shooters had 40 students Kindergarten through 6th grade that participated this winter for elementary basketball. Both Boys and Girls Basketball teams assisted the youth each Saturday morning. Basketball skills and rules were presented and practiced each session. Everyone had a 'hoopin' good time!
The All-Conference teams for the Republican Plains Activities Conference (RPAC) were recently announced. These honorees were selected by the coaches in the RPAC and are separated in to East and West Divisions. On the West Division teams from Maywood and selected to the All-Conference 2nd Team was junior Austin Phillips, with senior Jericho Vierya being named Honorable Mention. RPAC ALL-CONFERENCE BOYS' BASKETBALL – WEST DIVISION First Team Austin Blume, Hitchcock County, 6' , Sr. Landon Swedberg, Wallace, 6' , Sr. Seth Gohl, Hayes . . .
The Maywood Parent Committee hosted the 10th annual Maywood Carnival on March 28th. 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, games of skill/chance and even a “face painting” booth. 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 younger kids to play games and activities. While the “plink” “plink” “plink” sound of the . . .
The Maywood girls' and boys' track teams competed at the RPAC Track & Field Meet in Bertrand on Friday, May 2. The girls team finished with 51 points, which was good for 4th place. The boys finished in the upper half of the conference with their 7th place finish, as they garnered 49 points. Leading the way for the girls was Justine Stone, who finished as conference champion in the 1600m run (5:40.26), the 3200m run (12:21.93), and in 2nd place in the 800m run (2:34.58). Abby Werkmeister continued her strong season with a 3rd place finish in the discus (104' 0") . . .
Maywood’s Future Business Leaders of America sponsor, Janice Arent, sent seven students to the (FBLA) State Leadership Conference in Omaha on April 3 – 5. Those attending the conference were Jacob Dibbern, Brooke Moore, Dakota Werkmeister, Austin Phillips, Dalton Littell, Darbe Dodson and Danielle Thormodsgaard. The trip started out with a tour of the Omaha World-Herald. The tour included a walkthrough of the state-of-the-art production facility, the Freedom Center, plus a question-and-answer session with some of The World-Herald’s employees on the past, present . . .
April 9-11, Maywood FFA members attended the 86th Annual State FFA Convention held in Lincoln at the East Campus of UNL and The Cornhusker Hotel. Over 3700 FFA members from 150 chapters attended the event and wore their official dress uniforms every day. In addition to several other events, Maywood FFA members attended a career fair at the Pershing center, and went to a leadership academy where they played games that involved setting goals and having consistency. An exciting moment in the convention occurred when Justine Stone and Katelynn Gerlach walked on stage at . . .
On March 25th, the Maywood 7th-12th grade band students participated in the RPAC North Pod Band Clinic at Paxton. Maywood, Paxton, Medicine Valley, and Wallace Schools participated with a combined 114 students, with 60% of those students being 7th and 8th graders. The students spent the afternoon rehearsing with the clinician, Dr. Gary Davis of UNK. Dr. Davis has conducted more than 300 honor bands in 13 states and 3 Canadian provinces, was selected to the “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” four separate years, and was elected to the Nebraska Music . . .