The 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies students at Ainsworth Community Schools collected items at the school’s Veterans’ Day program to be donated to the Grand Island Veterans’ Home. The Grand Island Veterans' Home, originally known as the Nebraska Soldiers and Sailors Home, opened in 1887 and was the first Veterans' home in Nebraska. Items that were donated this year include food items, toiletries, magazines and books, cd’s, playing cards, toiletries, etc. These items, along with posters and Veterans’ Day decorations created by Ainsworth Community School’s students, were presented to our local Veterans Service Officer, Judy Walters by 7th and 8th grade class officers. Judy will transport the items to the Grand Island Veterans’ Home.
The Ainsworth Mock Trial team began 2017 competition with victories over the Valentine team during the past two weeks.
On November 1, Ainsworth represented the plaintiff and Valentine, the defendant in a trial in the Rock County Courthouse. Ainsworth won by unanimous decision. On November 8 in the Brown County Courthouse, the teams switched sides, and again, Ainsworth won by a unanimous decision.
This year’s civil case involves an assault charge via electronic device by one college student, Bentley VanderFeller, against another, Jesse Kimball. VanderFeller is accused of sending a video to Kimball that caused him to have an epileptic seizure.
Members of the Ainsworth Mock Trial team are Seniors Cassidy Gilliland, Marley Murphy, and Kayla Witt; Junior Sam Wilkins; Sophomores Coy Carson, Ethan Christensen, and Raven Stewart; and Freshmen Cody Kronhofman and Brandt Murphy.
The next competition between Valentine and Ainsworth will be held in the Cherry County Courthouse on Thursday, November 16, with the trial commencing at 1:30pm.
Educational Service Unit #17 (ESU17) recently held its 2nd Annual Art Competition for area schools. This year’s theme was “Nebraska Landmarks”. Two students from each grade level from each school were submitted to the ESU for judging. Two elementary students and two middle school students from Ainsworth Community Schools were chosen as winners.
Willa F., Third Grade, and Chris F., Fourth Grade, were winners in their divisions. From the Middle School, June I. and Adriana L. were 6th and 7th grade winners respectively.
Their art will be displayed at the downtown Ainsworth office (207 N Main Street) for a calendar year. Students also received a $15 iTunes gift card.
Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. This years Book Fair theme is Wild West Book Fair. The fair will be held November 13th-17th in the McAndrew Elementary Library. When you come to the fair please enter from the east side of the school off the playground.
Hours for the Book Fair
Monday & Wednesday 3:30-6:00
Tuesday & Thursday 3:30-8:00
If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at the link below. Our Online Fair is available from November 8th to November 21st. All books ordered online will be delivered free of charge to the school, you will be contacted when your books arrive. These orders will also benefit the school.
We will also have the Classroom Wishlist program available. Purchase a book for your child’s classroom or a gift certificate for the teachers. A well-stocked classroom library provides all students with easy access to books and encourages independent reading. Please attend the Book Fair and consider making a donation to your child’s classroom.
The Book Fair will have books for all ages (preschool through adult best sellers) and is open to the entire community. All purchases made at the Book Fair will benefit our school and help us to make purchases for our own library. We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!
The 2nd Quarter 7th grade Art students went to Kearney on Thursday, November 2nd to tour the MONA (Museum of Nebraska Art). They viewed several special exhibits: "Nebraska: The Natural World" which is an exhibit of art work that shows the wildlife that has inhabited Nebraska; "Nebraska Now" an installation by Omaha artist Sarah Rowe, that addresses issues of self-identity and exploitation of natural resources; and an exhibit titled "Nebraska: Its land, Its People", this exhibit explored through photographs, paintings, sculptures, etc. the richness and diversity of the state's land and its people.
Once a month, McAndrew Elementary students and staff gather in the hallway for an all-school assembly. At the assembly, we recognize everyone who had birthdays during that month. We also honor students who received recognition during that month from an outstanding effort in the classroom, from a kind act, or for the achievement of a personal goal. All these student names are entered into a drawing. During McAndrew’s assembly this month, three names were drawn, and those three lucky students received a gift certificate to Scholastic for a free book. Our winners this month were Nathan F., Mickal C., & Jodie D. Congratulations!
Mrs. Nilson also stopped by to lead the students in a few spooky Halloween songs. The 4th graders got to use their Boom Whackers, singing the song, “Skin and Bones”.