Thursday, November 29, 2007

BV school website

Always trying to improve the website, I've been working on a couple of
things the last couple of days.

* About a week ago SOCS updated our template, that meant that you
can now see more headlines on the front page and the navigation
section has been cleaned up a little with "drop-down" menus.
* We totally revamped the "Standards & Benchmarks" page under
District; Curriculum. Lots of thanks to AEA rep. Terri Bush and BVN
Title Reading teacher Alison Leisinger for their help with that.
* It dawned on me that I haven't been utilizing the top banner
position, so I coded-in scrolling marquees to with the Drill and
Basketball teams good luck in their contests this weekend. This will
be a great way to flash important announcements (like cancellations
and postponements due to weather)
* SOCS now offers polls. We could have a different poll on every
section and subsection if anyone has any suggestions. I put a simple
presidential Iowa caucus poll on the front page. Vote early and vote
* And... TaDa! I revamped our masthead. It just seemed like
another way to help Boyer Valley's website stand out from other
school's, not that the in-house graphic designers at SOCS don't do a
great job- but I really like the new look.

As always, please email me anything you think should get put on the site.

Ted's cartoons, artworks, photos, and commentary at:

"The gospel is meant to comfort the afflicted and afflict the
comfortable." ~Garrison Keillor

Cheer Gear

Order your BV Cheerleading tee-shirts or sweats now. Just in time for Christmas.
Shirts $10 (100% preshrunk cotton)
Hoodies $22
Sweatpants $12

Monday, November 26, 2007

Football Uniforms

I hate to nag, but I need Rena and Christine to return your uniforms...

Thank you

Friday, November 23, 2007

A 24 hour moratorium on consumer spending - participate by not participating

This November 23rd, environmentalists, social activists and concerned citizens in as many as 65 countries will hit the streets for a 24-hour consumer fast in celebration of the 15th annual Buy Nothing Day, a global cultural phenomenon that originated in Vancouver, Canada. Read more.


North America: 23rd November, 2007
Find out more

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Varsity Letter Requirrements

Just thought I'd remind y'all about what it takes to letter. Last year we had quite a problem with absenteeism. Mind you, I am very lenient and flexible- if you are genuinely committed to the squad and investing time, energy, effort and enthusiasm, I will usually be as committed to you as I can. But, if you are unable to devote much time or energy into your squad this season, then you may need to reconsider your priorities. Grades, jobs, family, friends, boyfriends, church, freetime- they all compete for your interest. There's no shame if one or some of those are higher priorities than cheerleading- but it would be a shame to say you'll be there and then not show up.

1. Cheer at every assigned athletic event:
a. Unless illness, then notify sponsor.
b. Must be present to support the team if unable to cheer,
but able to attend.
c. May miss no more than one game during football season
and two during basketball season- excused or unexcused

2. Must complete each season unless:
a. Injured in competition or practice
b. Illness

3. Must be, in the opinion of the sponsor and other faculty
members, an asset to the squad and the entire student body.
Factors considered:
a. Over-all conduct and citizenship (includes parties, drinking, drugs, fighting & inapropriate lewdness as well as sportsmanship)
b. Cooperation (Both coachability and interaction with squadmates)
c. Faithful practice attendance and work (excessive absences may result in removal- we need you to work with us for all of us to be in sync and function as a unit)
d. Training habits (make healthy choices- see "a.")
e. Must do a fair share of the work in preparation for games
and other cheerleading/dance activity.

4. Practice requirements:
a. Must attend every practice unless ill or excused by the sponsor
(excessive absences may result in removal- we need you to work with us for all of us to be in sync and function as a unit)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Thanksgiving week

Hey ladies,

Hate to do this to you- but I have parent/teacher conferences at 4:15 in Ute for my daughters.
Why don't we plan on only practicing on Tuesday this week?
I have confidence that Buck and Bonsall will learn quick enough and the rest of you know enough already that we should still be alright.
Then we have to really hit it hard when we come back after Thanksgiving on the 25th.
Sound good?
I don't have email addresses entered in my gmail for Lacy and Kaytlin yet and Jonesie doesn't even have email- so if you all could make sure that the three of them know, that would be great.


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"The gospel is meant to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." ~Garrison Keillor

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Pregnant Turkey

No, this isn't one of my family's stories, this is just a funny forward that I received. But I'd LOVE to hear someone who reads it try this prank on their family this Thanksgiving, this is CLASSIC!

One year at Thanksgiving, my mom went to my sister's house for the traditional feast. Knowing how gullible my sister is, my mom decided to play a trick.

She told my sister that she needed something from the store. When my sister left , my mom took the turkey out of the oven, removed the stuffing, stuffed a Cornish hen, and inserted it into the turkey, and re-stuffed the turkey. She then placed the bird (s) back in the oven.

When it was time for dinner, my sister pulled the turkey out of the oven and proceeded to remove the stuffing. When her serving spoon hit something, she reached in and pulled out the little bird.

With a look of total shock on her face, my mother exclaimed, 'Patricia, you've cooked a pregnant bird!' At the reality of this horrifying news, my sister started to cry.
t took the family two hours to convince her that turkeys lay eggs!

Yup................SHE'S BLONDE

Hey kids,

I've been doing some work on our school's website. It's always a work
in progress; I'm trying to fix some things that we could do better and
add some new things that I've been learning.

Please give it a visit and bookmark it as one of your favorites. If
you're on a school computer, you may even consider making it your

How many Boyer Valley students, parents, and alumni do you have in
your email address book? Recent grads in college? Any over in Iraq or
Afghanistan? I've had some tell me that since their Publisher's
illness, the Dunlap Reporter hasn't been able to maintain their
website, so recent graduates come to our school's site to see what's
going on.

Have any ideas for how we can improve it? Is there anything that you
or your parents feel like you need on a school website? Let me know.
On the bottom of the page there's a "contact our website coordinator"
link, click it and send me an email. The goal is communication. You
can help me make it the best school website around.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Tryout Paper Trail

Mr. Mallory needs to have the following paperwork from each cheerleading candidate by this Thursday, November 15 in order for you to be eligible to tryout:

Block, Brandi- need all 3 teacher evaluations & the parent permission form
Bonsall, Katlyn- need one more teacher eval and parent permission
Buck, Brittany- need 3 teacher evals & parent permission
Head, Kristen- need one more teacher eval and parent permission
Jensen, Kensie- need 3 teacher evals & parent permission
Jones, Vicki- Got it all in!
Lopez, Gilda- need one more teacher eval
Meggers, Sasha- need 2 more teacher evals & parent permission
Reetz, Ashley- need 3 teacher evals & parent permission

Football Cheerleaders- please turn in your (washed) uniform and if you have any other paraphernalia like duffel bags, megaphones, poms, or warm ups by this Friday, November 16

Junior High- Sorry, there was a delay at the screen-printers for our tee-shirts and it may be another week. Please wear whatever school spirit/purple you have for tomorrow's game. Thank you.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Word Game for Free Rice

A little vocab never hurt anybody!

Test yourself here

 For each word y0ou get right, they donate 10 grains of rice through the United Nations to help fight world hunger. 

This is also a great mind-challenge! Of course, if you want to help and learn more words thereby stretching your vocabulary- instead of flexing intellectual muscles you already have; open in a separate tab or window so you can cheat! Hey, you're still helping people.


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"The gospel is meant to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." ~Garrison Keillor

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


Varsity Cheer for Basketball:

  • Tryout practices 3:20-5 pm Mon Nov 12 & 3:00-4:30 pm Wed Nov 14
    (Mr. Mallory will be gone on Tuesday)
  • Cheer Tryouts Thursday, Nov. 15
  • Sign-up sheet outside room 219
  • Please pick up permission forms and Teacher recommendations from Coach Mallory Wed-Fri this week

Thursday, November 01, 2007


(Written after she found out she was dying from cancer).

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded
I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn! With my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, 'Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.' There would have been more 'I love you's'; more 'I'm sorry's.'
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and real ly see it.. live it and never give it back. STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!!
Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what
Instead; let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.
Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with, and what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally. I hope you have a blessed day.

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"The gospel is meant to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." ~Garrison Keillor