Students Deliver School Supplies to the "new" Rue on Ninth Avenue
Students made trips to their "new" school on Friday with the contents of their desks in paper sacks donated by HyVee. Students toured the school building and the rooms they would call home for the remainder of the school year as their school undergoes a major renovation and expansion.
Gunn Preschoolers Celebrate 150th Anniversary
The Gunn preschool program created a 3-D model of Gunn for the 150th Anniversary Open House held Tuesday, November 17th.
TJ DECA Club Competes in Stock Market Challenge
The DECA team from Thomas Jefferson High School placed 2nd in the second annual Stock Market Challenge sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club.
The team consisted of seniors Brandon Goraczkowski, Austin Hennings, Cody Stites, and Trevin Taylor. The game was a two month stock market simulation where the teams invested in stocks. Students purchased stocks from UNO students that acted as traders and the Scouler Ballroom was transformed into the New York Stock Exchange floor. The Yellow Jacket team was one of only two teams to accumulate over a million dollars. There were approximately 30 metro area teams in the competition that took place on November 12.
Natalie Hays Wins Mock Interview
Don Johnson, Assistant Administrator for Human Resources at Cass County Memorial Hospital, Natalie Hays, and Darwin Brown, Executive Director, Student Career Connection
Congratulations to Natalie Hays, student at Abraham Lincoln and the Tucker Career and College Center. Natalie attended the Student Career Expo that was held on December 1 and 2 at the Mid America Center. Natalie submitted her resume, along with students from 20 area high schools and was one of the top ten finalist to be selected to participate in the mock job interview competition. Natalie was interviewed by Angela Bladt, Human Resources Recruiter at Jennie Edmundson Hospital and Don Johnson, Assistant Administrator for Human Resources at Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic and won the competition earning a $100 gift card to Best Buy. Natalie plans on pursuing a career in surgery and found that the mock interview was a great way to prepare her for the future!
A Clean Act
The Wrestlers from AL are supporting their community by adopting a two mile stretch on Highway 6.
Journalism Students Bring Home Honors
Abraham Lincoln journalism students placed well in the JEA/NSPA Fall National Convention that was held in Washington DC on November 12-15, 2009.
It was a record breaking convention with more than 6,347 students in attendance making it the largest convention on record. There were 2267 students competing in the write off contests with only 769 awards were given.
Erin Kinen - 3rd place for commentary writing
Sabina Grenaderova - 3rd place for literary magazine illustration
Morgan Hively - 3rd place for yearbook copy/caption: clubs
In addition to their impressive third place finished in DC, the AL journalism students also participated in the Midland Lutheran College 44th Annual Journalism Day held September 24, 2009. The following students brought home honors in five categories:
First Place Honors - Dan Hopper for Best Sports Story
Second Place Honors - Mallory Miller and Nicole Paulson for Best Yearbook Layout
Third Place Honors - Matt Wettengel for Best News Story, Shanon Smith for Best Sports Story and Sarah Murray for Best Photo
Google Computers Help Students Plan for Future
Kirn Middle School students in Mr. Smith's Careers and Technology class benefit every day from the 40 computer workstations donated by Google. Representatives of Google visited the classroom on December 16th to see their donation in action.
Two Tucker Career & College Center Students Place in Public Speaking Tournament
On November 17, fourteen dual-credit enrollment students from the Tucker Center competed in the annual fall Invitational Speech Tournament on the Iowa Western Community College campus. In 6 rounds of preliminary competition, 40 students in total competed against one another for first-place bids and the opportunity to advance to the evening’s final round of competition.
Top speakers at the conclusion of all rounds of preliminary competition included the following Tucker Center students: Center Two: 1st-Kelsie Skow & 2nd-Chelsie Ruiz, Center Five: 1st-Chrissi Allmon, 2nd-Rachel Brockman & 3rd-Aleisha Clayton and Center Six: 3rd-Juanita Kerns.
The 6 speakers then who placed first in their respective rounds and advanced to the evening’s finals included Tucker Center students, Chrissi Allmon and Chelsie Skow.
Results after the final round of competition, in which the 6 top speakers competed before a panel of judges, placed Chrissi Allmon fourth overall and Kelsie Skow fifth.
Rue's Challenge Program Benefits Micah House
Rue's 4th and 5th grade Challenge Program students organized a school-wide month long food drive to benefit families at the Micah House. They made signs and had classroom competitions between primary and intermediate grade classrooms. Weekly classroom winners received traveling trophies.
Congratulations to Mrs. Woods' Kindergarten class for bringing the most food! Overall Rue students collected 800 lbs. of food. Thank you to Rhonda Leffler and her students for organizing this event to benefit the community.
Thomas Jefferson Band Students Honored
Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson band students Kylene Carlson, Savannah Hunter, and Sabrina Fox.
All three have been selected as members of the Iowa State Honor Band on February 5th and 6th. In addition, both Savannah and Kylene have been selected for the University of Northern Iowa Honor Band which will perform on February 11th - 13th.
Congratulations to the Tee Jay students who auditioned for the Southwest Iowa District Honor Band. Five students from TJHS auditioned and four students were selected. Students selected from TJHS were Kylene Carlson, Sabrina Fox, Ally Leos, and Katie Adams.
ALHS Students Selected for the Southwest Iowa Honor Band
Congratulations to those students who auditioned for the Southwest Iowa District Honor Band. Forty two students from ALHS auditioned and
25 students were selected. Students selected from Abraham Lincoln High School were Brandon Swanson, Brittany Rupp, Olivia Petersen, Natasha Konfrst, Payton Shively, Zane Rau, Shannon Holmes, Philip Dickinson, Alex Beck, Colin Dall, Austin Farwell, Ashley Cross, Jordan Kinney, Emily Koontz, Allison Goldapp, Hannah Zimmerman, Luke Thallas, Conner Snyder, Taylor Matuzeski, Sam Kunkle, Isabella Taylor, Nate Stuart, Cody Hollinger, Alex Cleveland and Zach Williamson. The Abraham Lincoln High School band continues to lead the Southwest Iowa region for the 10th consecutive year with the most students selected for this district honor band.
Longfellow Student Council Sponsors Food Drive
The Longfellow Student Council sponsored a Can Food Drive to support the Southside Christian Church. Longfellow was able to collect 1,430 cans to donate to the church’s food pantry! By doing this project the Student Council helped the school to demonstrate the character traits of caring and citizenship. Our Student Council members were very excited that they were able to sponsor an activity that will have a positive impact on our community!
Kirn Students Launch 150 Balloons to Commemorate Anniversary
One hundred and fifty students at Kirn Middle School released 150 balloons in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Council Bluffs School District Tuesday Afternoon preceding Tuesday night's district wide open house. Attached to the balloons were e-mail addresses of the teachers so that whomever finds the balloons may send an email as a way to track how far the balloon traveled. For more information on the 150th Anniversary Celebration click the logo on the upper left hand side of the page.