Saturday, January 31, 2009

Jamfest, Omaha 2009






These are pictures of my 6 year old niece's all-star (gym) squad at the Jamfest competition at the Quest Center today. Ages 4-14, 11am thru 8pm! Maddison is part of the Dakota Spirit gym in Sioux Falls, her squad is the "Atomic." They won first place in their division!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Wierd holiday #364

Sad news


This morning we were told that Boyer Valley's U.S. History teacher, Susan Weber passed away last night. She had been admitted to the hospital last week due to complications from her chemotherapy treatments for Lukemia.

We don't know when the funeral will be yet, but it may be Monday or Tuesday of next week. There was even talk of having it here at school. Please keep her mom, Wanda, and all of her students, friends and colleagues in your prayers.

Susan was a consummate professional who know her stuff and dearly loved her students. She and I enjoyed having long talks about history and politics. I've already missed her all this year while she was on her medical leave of absence. She is irreplaceable. Boyer Valley is truly an emptier place this morning.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Don't stop thinkin' about tomorrow...

  • NOW- BB Tournaments, Please be aware that schedules may change depending on wins or losses
  • SOON- Let Coach know if you're planning to cheer next year and if you want to attend camp
  • MAR/APRIL/MAY- Track Concessions for both Cheer & Drill
  • MAY- Football Tryouts
  • JUNE 19&20- UCA CHEER CAMP
  • AUGUST-Football Season

CHEER CAMP


Mark your Calendars NOW. PLEASE make room, make plans, let your parents and employers know WAY ahead of time...

The UCA Cheer Camp at West Harrison this summer is Fri/Sat Jun 19/20

Cheap, fun, and WAY helpful!
You'll learn chants, cheers, a dance, and tons of stunts!

91 girls, 6 area schools- and it only promises to get bigger next year. The central location may draw kids from both Omaha/Council Bluffs and Sioux City.

Instructors from Iowa State University and Northern Iowa University put the girls through a grueling but fun regiment of cheering, dancing, stunt building and tumbling.

$60 per cheerleader for a two-day camp is great when many three day camps can cost as much as two to three hundred dollars.

PLEASE, even if you're only thinking about coming out for either football or basketball and not planning for sure on coming out for either or both, DO plan on coming to Cheer Camp. I promise it will be worth it.

We're coming toward the end of basketball season (although it may feel like it's just getting started and it may never end) so let me know if you on board for next year. If I know I can count on 5, 6, 8, or 10 then I can order things like warms ups, if I'm not sure if we'll even have 2 or 3 (like that last couple of years now) it's really hard to plan anything.

So let me know as soon as you can if you're on board for
1) UCA camp June 19-20,
2) Football Cheer,
3) Basketball Cheer,
4) Both.

Thanks! Looking forward to hearing from you,
Coach
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Boyer Valley Community Schools
Challenging all students to meet their full potential
http://www.boyer-valley.k12.ia.us

Re: HEADS UP

THIS JUST IN- since the girls won last night, they now play TOMORROW NIGHT (Jan 29) against ArWeVa at ArWeVa at 6pm.
Varsity plays first, then JV. I'll let you know bustime as soon as Hannah lets me know. 

Sorry for the short notice, this time it wasn't my missing it, it wasn't on the schedule Ernie gave me at all- Mrs. Pippitt and Hannah just called me. I'll try to touch base with those of you I have in class today and I'll try to send this info out again on Facebook tonight.

Alison/Christian- the IAGAU does not allow mascots at girls' tournament games, but IAHSAA does at boys'.

Everyone-What do you think about a pep rally this Friday? Do it no matter what, just for boys or only do it if the girls win tonight so that it's for both B & G?

Keeping you up to date.
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Boyer Valley Community Schools
Challenging all students to meet their full potential
http://www.boyer-valley.k12.ia.us



On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 8:32 AM, Ted Mallory <ted.mallory@gmail.com> wrote:
I'm having a hard time figuring out the way that the new Western Valley Conference does things, so I dropped the ball on informing you that there's a game today. (not that you'll get this because you IN school and aren't supposed to check your email at school).

ANYWAY- Bus leaves at 4 this afternoon, there's no JV game, just Varsity and we play at 6- although sometimes the coach & team wants to stay to watch the next game.

Jan. 27 Western Valley Conference G Tourn. v. Logan in Manning at 6:00pm

FYI- her is the rest of the schedule- the gray ones are contingent on winning. The red ones are make-up games. Thanks

Jan. 29 Western Valley Conference G Tourn. TBA 6:00pm- There is a JV game this night
Jan. 30 Lo-Ma B JV/V Home 6:00pm
Jan. 31 Western Valley Conference G Tourn. TBA 6:00pm
Feb. 2 Western Valley Conference B Tourn. TBA 6:00pm
Feb. 3 Western Valley Conference B Tourn. TBA 6:00pm
Feb. 5 COU G JV/V Away 6:30pm
Feb. 6 Western Valley Conference B Tourn. TBA 6:00pm
Feb. 7 Western Valley Conference B Tourn. TBA 6:00pm
Feb 7 Girls V @ SoCal Away 7pm
Feb. 9 Lo-Ma G JV/V Home 6:00pm
Feb 13 Boys JV/V v. SoCal Home 6pm

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Boyer Valley Community Schools
Challenging all students to meet their full potential
http://www.boyer-valley.k12.ia.us


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

HEADS UP

I'm having a hard time figuring out the way that the new Western Valley Conference does things, so I dropped the ball on informing you that there's a game today. (not that you'll get this because you IN school and aren't supposed to check your email at school).

ANYWAY- Bus leaves at 4 this afternoon, there's no JV game, just Varsity and we play at 6- although sometimes the coach & team wants to stay to watch the next game.

Jan. 27 Western Valley Conference G Tourn. v. Logan in Manning at 6:00pm

FYI- her is the rest of the schedule- the gray ones are contingent on winning. The red ones are make-up games. Thanks

Jan. 29 Western Valley Conference G Tourn. TBA 6:00pm- There is a JV game this night
Jan. 30 Lo-Ma B JV/V Home 6:00pm
Jan. 31 Western Valley Conference G Tourn. TBA 6:00pm
Feb. 2 Western Valley Conference B Tourn. TBA 6:00pm
Feb. 3 Western Valley Conference B Tourn. TBA 6:00pm
Feb. 5 COU G JV/V Away 6:30pm
Feb. 6 Western Valley Conference B Tourn. TBA 6:00pm
Feb. 7 Western Valley Conference B Tourn. TBA 6:00pm
Feb 7 Girls V @ SoCal Away 7pm
Feb. 9 Lo-Ma G JV/V Home 6:00pm
Feb 13 Boys JV/V v. SoCal Home 6pm

________________________________________________
Boyer Valley Community Schools
Challenging all students to meet their full potential
http://www.boyer-valley.k12.ia.us

First round of Girls tournaments

I have no idea what the heck is up with these people!!! Let me rephrase that, I have no idea who these people are!




Saturday, January 24, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Attitude; Carrots, Eggs & Coffee

A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee...You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up, She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, ' Tell me what you see.'

'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied..

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, 'What does it mean, mother?'

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.

Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

BV beats Charter Oak-Ute


Who rocks the house? When the Bulldogs rock the house, they rock it all the way down!
Ha ha ha- wait, what?


Kelsey made fun of Kensie for the LAST time!!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

ArWeVa, 54-52 in overtime

waiting for Free Throws can get tense
Hilarious story; the announcers couldn't get the tape of the National Anthem to play, so we were all standing here like this for almost 10 minutes until finally the Girls' Basketball team took it upon themselves to just go ahead and sing it. Some of them must be in choir because they actually remembered all the words.
WHAT??!
Coach took the hot glue gun to Cujo's face, so now he's good to go!
Hugs and screams as we finally won. Did we mention this game went into overtime? Sorry these pictures aren't exactly posted here in chronological order.
Desperately trying to choose a chant for time out.
I know Makayla is gonna KILL me for posting this one but it is SO priceless. She had the cheer, she really did, she just lost the rhythm temporarily and while it looks like she's crying in this photo, she's actually breaking up laughing. What a memory.
My ♥s, the Juniors who've been cheering since 7th grade, Kensie & Sasha. You know I ♥ you two, right?
Ladies and gentlemen, at long last, the 2009 Basketball squad, Kelsey, Makayla, introducing Cammey, can't forget Kaitlyn, and of course Juice and Squash.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Makeup Game

"Make-up" Varsity B/G game v. ArWeVa this Saturday (1/10) home, at 6 pm (Dec 19 game postponed due to weather).

This is a home game so please plan on cheering for it. Please be at school by or before 5:30

Mr. Straight would like us to cheer at away games too. This Friday we play in Logan (not too far). Please let me know asap if you can/can't make this game. If we can get at least 3 cheerleaders we'd go.

I don't have Makayla's email address so please let her know or forward this to her if one of you has her address. Thanks.

Thanks and welcome back. Have a great week!

Coach


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Boyer Valley Community Schools
Challenging all students to meet their full potential
http://www.boyer-valley.k12.ia.us

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Game tomorrow

Unless you all have a MS girl's basketball game too, don't forget we have a MS basketball game tomorrow.
Sorry that all good things must come to an end, including Christmas break. Hope yours was a good one.
See ya tomorrow,
Coach
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Boyer Valley Community Schools
Challenging all students to meet their full potential
http://www.boyer-valley.k12.ia.us

Thursday, January 01, 2009

12 steps to a Happy New Year

As someone who's melancholy (depressive) by nature, but constantly struggles to be more sanguine (positive and easy-going), I'm always looking for things that will help keep me from slipping into the blues. This was an interesting idea for some things to try making your 2009 a genuinely happier New Year.

Read the whole thing at http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2008/12/creativity-12-m.html


Dorothea Brande was an American writer and editor, well known for her books Wake Up and Live and Becoming a Writer (a useful resource for writers, by the way).

In Wake Up and Live, she suggests twelve mental exercises to make your mind keener and more flexible. These exercises are meant to pull you out of your usual habits and to put you in situations that will demand resourcefulness and creative problem-solving. Brande argues that only by testing and stretching yourself can you develop mental strength.

Here are Dorothea Brande’s twelve mental exercises. Note: she wrote these in 1936, so you need to adapt of few of them.

1. Spend an hour each day without saying anything except in answer to direct questions, in the midst of the usual group, without creating the impression that you’re sulking or ill. Be as ordinary as possible. But do not volunteer remarks or try to draw out information.

2. Think for 30 minutes a day about one subject exclusively. Start with five minutes.

3. Write a letter without using the words I, me, mine, my.

4. Talk for 15 minutes a day without using I, me, my, mine.

5. Write a letter in a “successful” or placid tone. No misstatements, no lying. Look for aspects or activities that can be honestly reported that way.

6. Pause on the threshold of any crowded room and size it up.

7. Keep a new acquaintance talking about himself or herself without allowing him to become conscious of it. Turn back any courteous reciprocal questions in a way that your auditor doesn’t feel rebuffed.

8. Talk exclusively about yourself and your interests without complaining, boasting, or boring your companions.

9. Cut “I mean” or “As a matter of fact” or any other verbal mannerism out of your conversation.

10. Plan two hours of a day and stick to the plan.

11. Set yourself twelve tasks at random: e.g., go twenty miles from home using ordinary conveyance; go 12 hours without food; go eat a meal in the unlikelist place you can find; say nothing all day except in answer to questions; stay up all night and work.

12. From time to time, give yourself a day when you answer “yes” to any reasonable request.