Wednesday, December 15, 2010

2010-11 Boyer Valley Basketball PICTURES

Here's a gallery where I will try to post pictures from 2010-2011 Boyer Valley basketball games. These are raw off of the camera, without any sprucing-up in photoshop or anything. Feel free to download them, order prints or use them in whatever slide shows you make at the end of the season.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sign Up for Digital Photography!

Talk to Mr. Marlin today and tell him you want to take Photography. If you can't fit it in 2nd hour, tell him you'd like to take it 7th hour.

Monday, December 13, 2010

IWCC Art Competition

Iowa Western Community College
2011 Juried Art Competition

CASH AWARDS – awards of $25, $50, or more

April 1-2, 2011
Entries / Inventories DUE
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
IWCC Arts Center
$5.00 per entry

All 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th grade students in Iowa & Nebraska are eligible to participate.  All work must be hand delivered and picked up on designated dates (No mail or van deliveries).  Only two-dimensional or three-dimensional entry categories may be submitted.  2D work must be matted, but not framed.  3D work must be 25 lbs. or less / assembled by entrant.  Each school must provide an inventory sheet identifying all entries and payment method.  No portfolios.

April 4, 2011
Pickup non-selected artwork
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
IWCC Art Center

April 9-15, 2011
Exhibit at IWCC Arts Center
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

April 15, 2011
Workshops / Program / Award Presentation
8:30 am -11:30 am
Workshops (Pre-registration required)

12:30pm – 2:00pm
Program / Award Presentation
Winners, other art students, faculty and parents are welcome
Presentation of awards
Take artwork home

Please contact Rob Walters at 712-388-7158 or
to register for workshop or if you have any questions.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Watercolor PaintingWa

Watercolor recreation of Gustave Courbet's self portrait, by Senior Lucas Neilson


Please follow the link above to order your 2010-11 yearbook

This year's Yearbook class is meeting their advertising goals, but we're way behind in new book sales. Please consider helping out by ordering your own copy of the Archive. Editor Austin Staley and the staff have been working hard all semester on this year's Archive. Their theme is "facebook."

For the second year in a row, the yearbook will be all-color. For at least the 10th year in a row we haven't raised the price from just $36.

If you'd rather not order online, you can print off an order form from the school website
Or ask me, or a yearbook staffer for an order form.

If you're the parent of a BV Student, please let me know you're ordering and I'll print a certificate for you that you can put in your kid's stockings for Christmas, letting them know that one of their gifts will be coming when these books arrive next August.

Pass this email along to any students or parents you think may be interested in ordering a yearbook too, especially Seniors.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sub Lesson Plans for Thr. Dec. 2

Home sick today

  1. Planning Period
  2. Web Design- Continue working on Tutorial 6 and/or Final Project Websites
  3. Painting- Finish Courbet paintings
  4. MS Art- No Art today 7th graders have PE, Thomas Zarate, Jarlin Arroyo, & Emily Thompson in Art room for study hall
  5. Yearbook- Please either work on layouts or identify names in image library on
  6. Drawing- Please finish, or correct/improve classmate profiles, or free-draw, or use time as study hall- no talking, no leaving the room, no non-Drawing students should be allowed in room from study halls (including Aaron Folk, who doens't have a 6th hour class)
  7. MS Cheer- No practice

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

DRAWING- Profile (Side Views)

DUE Monday Nov. 29-

  • Read pp. 178-180 in DRSB
  • Draw Sergent's "Mme. Pierre Gautreau" (pg.179) in your sketchbooks (enlarge to fill the page)
DUE (tentatively) at end of class Wed Dec. 1-
  • Read pp. 181-188 in DRSB
  • Follow directions to draw a profile (side view) of a classmate as realistically as possible

Monday, November 22, 2010

You need to be where you're supposed to be

Mr. Straight let the faculty know today that students need to be where they are scheduled to be, and he reminded us that students are not to be in any computer labs without adult supervision. I don't know if there have been problems with students from other classes too, or if the Art room is the only problem- but I need you to be where you're supposed to be, including during lunch, D.E.A.R., P.E. and study hall times.

If you need to ask me something about one of my classed or cheer, or if you need tutoring for a social studies class, you need to check in for attendance with your DEAR or Study Hall teacher first and get a pass to come seem me, and you can't just hang out to avoid being somewhere else. Sorry.

If you want advice or an adult to listen to stuff that's stressing you out, I certainly want to be available- before & after school, by email or facebook, but I'm afraid the Art Room and the Yearbook Lab can't just be your personal lounge. Thank you for understanding.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Talent Search Fri. Nov. 19

Mr. Marlin sent out this email today. If you're in Talent Search, these are the hours you'll have it tomorrow.

Here is the schedule for Talent Search this month.  High Schools Talent Search will be on Friday 19th & Middle Schools Talent Search will be on Monday 29th.  Below is a list of which students from which grades will be attending the Talent Search Meetings.  Please excuse them from your classes.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.  Thanks a lot!
High School Educational Talent Search Meeting
Friday, November 19, 2010
Please excuse the following students during the designated time to the conference room (unless otherwise announced) for their Talent Search meetings.  Thank you.
3rd Period – 10th Grade Participants: 
Megan Behrendt, Jacen Cable, Michael Christenson, Miranda Fouts, Sara Hansen, Brenda Pacheco, Taylor Poston, Renea Siemer, Ashley Thompson and Emmie Wood.
5th Period 9th Grade Participants: 
Brittany Bendixen, Holly Brock, Nicholas Johnson, Kayli Segebart and Lara Thompson.
6th Period 12th Grade Participants: 
Brianna Benjamin, Kaitlyn Bonsall, Stef Brink, Taryn Fouts, Cody Gaul, Tim Grote, Courtney Hast, Shelby Houston, Brittney Johnson, Victoria Kirk, Jessie Kroll, Lacey Kron, Taylor Nelson, Caitlin Nichols, Kelsey Stephens and Nick Sullivan.
7th Period 11th Grade Participants: 
Samantha Bonham, Makayla Carter, Holly Harriot, Cammey Hast, Nisha Hull, Danielle Jepsen, Melissa Kroll, Cole McAllister, Megan Mitchell, Kaylee Nelson, Arianna Pena Zarate and Kayla Sternberg.

Middle School - Educational Talent Search Meeting
Monday, November 29, 2010
Please excuse the following students during the designated time to the conference room (unless otherwise announced) for their Talent Search meetings.  Thank you.
5th Period –8th Grade Participants: 
Nathan Ambrose, Ann Bunten, Franklin Davis, Amy Klein, Katie Klein, Ashley Peterson, Melinda See, Kelsi Segebart and Jennifer Zehner
6th Period –7th grade Participants: 
Mali Bounsana, Joshua Brink, Catherine Dublinske, Kayla Grindle, Brooke Hast, Larissa Hollinger, Lara Laubscher, Candace Mefferd, Emily Thompson, Zach Vennink
7th Period –6th Grade Participants:
Michael Bendixen, Skye Grindle, Libby Monk, Shawn Freeman, Madison Hast


Good news Web Design and Yearbook students- Mr. Hinze, the new tech guy got all the computers on the East side of the to Graphics Lab to connect to the network and therefore the Web!!! So there shouldn't be anymore fighting over who gets a computer!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Webheads; Finishing out the Semester

Between health issues, Caitlin's Academy class, Nick's cattle business, Brianna's baby, and no doubt soon to be occasional inclement weather- we may not always be able to meet as regularly as I'd like, so I am going to post the remaining assignments here and expect you to be responsible for managing your time and responsibilities for this class.

I will distribute review sheets for the Final exam soon.

Tutorial 4; Designing a Web Page with Tables, pp. 174-231
This may be time consuming, but it is GREAT to know because it will help you have a lot more control over how your pages look. Essentially tables give you the power to lay out web pages like print pages!
Plan on having this test on Tuesday, November 23
Review the terms on pg.231(you  may even want to transcribe them into a notebook, since my quizzes are open-note, especially since we're bypassing powerpoint lectures/note taking)

  • 4.1 Quick Check questions 1-7 on page 187 DUE Thr 11/18
  • 4.2 Quick Check questions1-7 on page 209- DUE Fri 11/19
  • 4.3 Quick Check questions 1-6 on page 230- DUE Mon 11/22

Tutorial 6; Designing a Web Page with Tables, pp. 291-231
Forms allow you to make you pages interactive. This is how you can have your viewers send you information. Mind you, it is easier and more fun to use google docs to do this and then embed them into your pages, but as always, it's important that you know how to do it the hard way so that you can make the easy ways work even better!
Plan on having this test on Friday, December 10
Review the terms on pg.334
  • 6.1 Quick Check questions 1-8 on page 305 DUE Tue11/30
  • 6.2 Quick Check questions1-9 on page 323- DUE Thu12/2
  • 6.3 Quick Check questions 1-7 on page 333- DUE Mon 12/7

Final Developer Project

Begin Building Site (Due by or before Monday December 20
Initially, save in your subfolder. Eventually, may be published on the Web

  • 5 pages, including home, about, and contacts pages
  • Include external links, semantic links for navigation, anchors, and mailto link
  • Include one tabled layout
  • Include one form
  • Include at least one graphic
  • Should adhere to the site metaphor, font, color schemes chosen during planning process

OPTIONAL (Extra Credit) Tutorial 7; Working with CSS, pp. 347-422
This is essentially a whole other code, based on HTML. If you are discouraged by your test scores for other chapters, or worried about how well you'll do on the Final, you may want to do all or at least some of the work for this chapter. Besides, CSS is a skill that will be very useful for you in the future, if you decide to continue creating websites for fun or profit.

Must take optional online test by or before, December 21
Review the terms on pg.422
  • 7.1 Quick Check questions 1-7 on page 364 DUE by/before 12/22 
  • 7.2 Quick Check questions1-9 on page 394- DUE by/before 12/22 
  • 7.3 Quick Check questions 1-7 on page 421-22- DUE by/before 12/22

Yearbook; Fall Page Assignments

At least ONE page is due (including captions) by this Friday, Nov. 19
  • 048-049 Drill Team- Lacey
  • 054-055 HS Winter Cheer- Kayla
  • 058-059 Track- Kayla
  • 065 Talent Search/BV Cares- Taylor
  • 070 MS XC- Kayla
  • 072 MS Cheer- Lacey
  • 073 MS FB- Jacen
  • 074 MS StuCo- Ashley

Monday, November 1, 2010

DRAWING- Kids in the hall

This week, you're going to use the skills you've been learning about "sighting" angles and relationships, and using a "basic-unit" to record your perceptions as accurately as they could. 

Read the directions on pp. 152-153 in our textbook, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.
Prepare a page in y our 18x24 Newsprint pad by giving yourself a 2 inch margin, toning the format with a graphite stick, and including cross-hairs. Then, take a viewfinder and a drawing board and chose a hallway.

My expectation is that you will be silently drawing all class period, each Drawing Class all week. You will not be talking, loud, disruptive, wandering around, or engaging students from other classes or study hall. Responsible, Respectful and fun to be around. If Mr. Straight, or another teacher has to talk to you or loges a complain with me about you, you will receive an F on this assignment. I will try to circulate around all of you in order to offer help as much as I can. 

As always, I will be flexible on the deadline if enough of you need extra time- but for now, anticipate finishing on Friday, Nov. 5,  and Critiquing them in class on Monday, Nov. 8

By Ryan Schaben, 2007

Yearbook; Layout and Design

This week, I'd like to have you read pages 104-121 in your textbook. This is the most important stuff you'll learn this year in terms of actually creating pages in the yearbook- which you WILL FINALLY START DOING NEXT WEEK!!! (I know you're excited). I love this stuff, I've been doing this stuff since I was a sophomore in high school myself, so please, please try to listen and don't blow it off.

There are TONS that I can teach you- but I appreciate how you don't enjoy lectures and notes, so I will try to 1) make you responsible for most of the information yourself and 2) go through it at break-neck speed. All the more reason for you to pay attention.

Here's what we'll try to cover this week:

  • TUES 11/2- pp.104-109  Design 1
  • WED 11/3- pp. 110-115  Design 2, (possible mini-quiz over D1)
  • THUR 11/3- pp. 116-121  Design 3, (possible mini-quiz over D2)
  • FRI 11/4- QUIZ over all 3 Design sections

Most years I have students reverse-engineer a magazine layout, then draw their own, then use it to create a mock-up before setting them loose on yearbookavenue. If I were really going to equip you to be great designers, I'd also have you demonstrate your ability to create layouts in Word and InDesign as well as online- but, I may put that off until later in the quarter because I'm sure you'd rather get at the real deal.

Webheads; Back to the BIG book

A lot of Level III; Tutorial 3 (pp.107-161) in the HTML book may be review, because we covered it the last two weeks while we were working on your Client Site Proposals. Because of that, I think we can get through it a lot faster. Choosing colors, font families, and graphics are all a part of this "tutorial" (chapter).

Here's what I'm planning-
  • Quick Check 3.1, numbers 1-9  on page 131 due WED. 11/3
  • QC 3.2, 1-7 p.150 due THR. 11/4
  • QC 3.3, 1-6 p.160 due FRI. 11/5
  • Tutorial 3 Quiz on Monday 11/8
Meanwhile, we will also be creating a small website for a fictional amusement park called "Arcadium." I will put the files that you'll need into your folders on "\\Server1\web design." AND, lest you forget, you can begin building your own sites based on your Client Site Proposals too.

Webheads; Back to the BIG book

A lot of Level III; Tutorial 3 (pp.107-161) in the HTML book may be review, because we covered it the last two weeks while we were working on your Client Site Proposals. Because of that, I think we can get through it a lot faster. Choosing colors, font families, and graphics are all a part of this "tutorial" (chapter).

Here's what I'm planning-

  • Quick Check 3.1, numbers 1-9  on page 131 due WED. 11/3
  • QC 3.2, 1-7 p.150 due THR. 11/4
  • QC 3.3, 1-6 p.160 due FRI. 11/5
  • Tutorial 3 Quiz on Monday 11/8
Meanwhile, we will also be creating a small website for a fictional amusement park called "Arcadium." I will put the files that you'll need into your folders on "\\Server1\web design." AND, lest you forget, you can begin building your own sites based on your Client Site Proposals too.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

BB Cheer MTG

Anyone interested in coming out for Basketball Cheerleading- we will meet after school  in Mr. Mallory's room TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2. How soon we begin daily practices and when/if there are tryouts depends on turn out.

DRAWING- 2 sighting drawings in your sketchbook

Please read & follow the directions on pp 146-151
In your sketchbooks, using a viewfinder and a basic-unit, draw-

  • A doorway
  • the corner of a room, where the ceiling and 2 walls meet

YRBK- Grunt work assignments

Tagging people in pictures on yearbookavenue in the image gallery & Fixing levels and setting DPI to 300 in Photoshop:

  • Taylor- Volleyball
  • Jacen- Football
  • Kayla- Cheer
  • Ashley- Clubs & Homecoming
Unassigned, but still need to be done:
  • MSFB
  • MS Cheer
  • HS XC
  • MS XC
  • Drill
  • MS Volleyball

MS Art- Assignment

4 Uses of Art Self-Portraits

  1. COMPOSITIONAL- create a nonobjective image of yourself without words or a realistic picture of a face. Try using the elements/principles of Art to make an interesting design
  2. UTILITARIAN- design an abstract symbol or personal logo/brand/trademark for yourself.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Mr. Mallory will be attending conferences as a parent at Charter Oak-Ute on Tuesday night 10/27, but should be available at Boyer Valley after 6PM. Thursday. Mr. Mallory will be available for conferences at Boyer Valley all night on Thursday, 4:30-8PM

Friday, October 22, 2010

"Keep the Art Room Beautiful" ~Roy G. Biv

Help Save Paint Brushes

More Grunt Work; Tag names in yearbook pictures

Here's a Job that EVERYONE on Yearbook staff can work on next week (10/25-10/29)

Tag students in photos at

I know it can seem like a tedious task, but it's fairly easy and really important.

I've assigned this to everyone at ActionMethodOnline

This is a job you can do from home when you're sick, as long as you have an internet connection. If you're worried about your grades because of quiz scores or lack of book sales- this is a great way to make up for it.

Remember, lets me track how much each staffer has worked, so I can grade you by how many pictures you upload.

I said it before and I'll say it again- this is going to be the best Archive in years because you're one of the best staffs I've ever had.

Grunt Work

Here's a Job that EVERYONE on Yearbook staff can work on next week (10/25-10/29)

Process Photos from
\\Server1\archive\2010-11 Photos
in Photoshop- fix their levels and contrast

Then upload or re-upload to

I've assigned this to everyone at ActionMethodOnline lets me track how much each staffer has worked, so I can grade you by how many pictures you upload.

I know this is going to be the best Archive in years because you're one of the best staffs I've ever had.

Keep Selling Ads

Okay, I will back off of having everyone sell 20 ads. So far Austin is the top seller with 12 (even though he got left behind yesterday and couldn't sell). From now on, to get an A, you just have to sell 12 ads.
Click here to see how many you've sold so far.

There won't be any more Canvassing days. Bad weather is coming and the administration won't let me give you anymore days out of school. I was hoping you'd hit Denison really hard yesterday, but we have one ad from Earling, another from Defiance.

Our deadline for Ad Sales is November24- so keep selling every opportunity you have. We're at 84% of our $5K Goal. I know you can make it, don't give up now!

Please try to get people to order a yearbook

Please try to get people to order a yearbooks!

A= 9-10 book orders
B= 7-8
C= 5-6
D= 3-4

Basketball Cheer

Anyone interested in BB Cheerleading or Mascot- please let Coach Mallory know as soon as possible. Expect an announcement about tryouts in the next 2 weeks.


Order Your 2010-11 Yearbook now- Get an order form from Mr. Mallory or any Archive staffer, or order online. Just go to the school website, and look for the “Click Here. Buy your Yearbook!” button on the right-hand side.


SENIORS-  We need your pictures for the yearbook! Please turn them in to Mr.Mallory or Austin Staley ASAP. If we don’t get your picture,  you may not appear in the yearbook.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

No Touches, Please

If you're reading this on your iPod Touch or iPhone, please put it away. It's new technology, but an age-old problem. Students who play with personal devices in class are distracted, not to mention distracting. Please, it's good manners to leave it in  your pocket, your book bag, locker or at home.

As an Art teacher, I'm completely open to students listening to music on an MP3 player, unless...

  • It's too loud. If it's loud enough that others can hear it when you're ear buds are in- than you're probably doing serious damage to your ears.
  • You're sharing
  • You're scanning- just put it on shuffle and get back to work. If you're spending more time skipping though songs you don't like or trying to find just the right one- there's a problem.
  • You're surfing- believe it or not, I'm a big believer in technology, democracy, freedom, and communication. If you aunt died, you're family needs to let you know. If you forgot to feed the dog, your parents should be able to send you a text to chew you out. Some kids can't check their email or facebook at home- I get that. I'm not here to ruin your life, but when I'm trying to teach you, it is INSANELY RUDE to be searching google for the lyrics of some song you like or checking the price on accessories for your car. And if you're supposed to be working on an Art project, you may be able to work and listen- but you cannot work and watch or search or write at the same time. And you sure can't work or pay attention while you're gaming.
I appreciate that our campus is one big free wifi zone, but please do your personal and recreational use of personal network devices before and after school, between classes or at lunch- not during my class.

Thank you.

No Surfing, Please

Please do not use UltraSurf, or any other means of circumventing the school and AEA's security settings blocking prohibited sites like facebook.

Students in the Graphics Lab should be working on or one of Mr. Mallory's sites, not listening to music, watching videos, messaging with friends or loitering on social networking sites.

The administration can track the browser histories of every computer on campus if they want to. Do us both a favor and stay on task. Thank You.

YRBK- "Action Method"
Mr. Mallory is trying something new to help us get things done.
Action Method Online (AMO) is a simple, free web application that basically lets him create job tickets to let you know what needs to be done for the yearbook.

AMO says that "success comes down to identifying what needs to get done, who needs to do it, and then making it happen."
People often separate "personal" tasks from "professional" tasks (e.g. formal "to-do" lists at work, post-it notes on the refrigerator at home). But Action Steps are Action Steps, regardless of their context. interviewed hundreds of the most productive individuals and teams in the world, and have discovered best practices across industries for managing everyday projects. These best practices have informed the methodology and design of the Action Method.
Hopefully this will prove useful. Regardless, this is an example of the kinds of organization/time-management tools that professional business people use.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

DRAWING- Read about Sighting

  • Read pages 138-145 in DRSB and complete the Chapter 8 study guide
 DRSB Ch8 Study Guide.pdf

YRBK- Assignment on captions


  • Read pp. 74-77 in your book
  • Complete Activities 12.3 and 12.4 worksheets
  • Quiz Monday October 25 over caption writing
    (consider copying terms from 74-77 into your notes)

Web Work This Week

Wrapping-Up the Client Proposal Project


Site Graphics
1-3 DRM p.67
Consider creating some of the graphics you'll eventually use on the actual site in Photoshop
Layout Sketch
1-4 DRM p.69
Consider creating an account on to help you construct a mock-up. You could also use Word, Paint, Photoshop, or just draw one.
Quick Check Questions, Session 2.2
1-9 DRM p.69

Class time on Mon 10/25 & Wed 10/27 to compile & type all these steps onto your wiki page

Constitutes the final formal writing project
We will return to the HTML book in November, AND start work creating the page you just planned.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fwd: Mallory Sub Lessons Thurs Oct 14

1. Planning Period

2. Web Programming-
Students should read pages 57-58 in the Dreamweaver book and create a flowchart or site map for their proposed websites, following the directions found on page 58. Students may work ahead on their websites if they'd like to. has the all the information they need. They may want to "join" the wiki so that they could start transferring the work they've done already to their page on the wiki. They may also consider downloading and experimenting with KompoZer from
No Ultrasurf, no Facebook no Instant Messenger or email.

3. Painting-
This is the LAST day students may work on their large Georgia O'keefe style paintings. Most of them have a lot of work to do. Try to keep Wyatt and Dylan focused. Jimmy is done and may use the time to work on homework from other classes. It's important that they clean up well- no brushes or palates should be left in the sink (Dylan is pretty bad about this). 
Students may listen to ipods, but only if they have earphones, only one ipod per student (no sharing) no games and no videos. They should be working more than they are choosing songs.

4. MS Art-
7th graders have PE on Thursdays instead of Art, enjoy the peace and quiet

5. Yearbook-
Lacey, Kayla, Ashley, Taylor and Jacen should use their books and notes to complete the "Quiz 14" and "Quiz 15" worksheets- these are just practice quizzes for the real test which is tomorrow. Once they are finished, they may get on a computer and in their folders withing "\\Server1\archive" they will find pictured to re-touch in Photoshop. They need to correct for red-eye, remove blemishes, adjust contrast levels and color saturation. If they need help on this, Austin should be able to show them what they need to do. 
Austin and Christian should be working on layouts on
No Ultrasurf, no Facebook, no Instant Messenger or email- music is okay, but only if they have earphones and spend more time working than choosing songs.

6. Drawing-
This is the final day for working on their chair drawings. THERE ARE ALWAYS MORE THAT CAN BE DONE TO IMPROVE. Students should be working all hour- silently. These are done at the end of the hour, we will grade them tomorrow. If they genuinely cannot find more to do to improve their drawings, they should read chapter 8 in their textbook or may draw one of the plants in the windows in their sketchbook, using negative space.
Students may listen to ipods, but only if they have earphones, only one ipod per student (no sharing) no games and no videos. They should be working more than they are choosing songs.

7. MS Cheer-
No practice today, between season break. Thanks for covering me today, have a great afternoon.

Ted Mallory
Boyer Valley Community Schools
Challenging all students to meet their full potential 
Yearbook | Newsletter | Web Coordinator

School- 712-643-2258 Ext. 249
Cell- 712-269-5853

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mallory Sub Lesson; Web Programming

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My doctor's appt. is in Denison at 8 AM. So I should get back before 2nd hour is even over.

Web students should read pages 57-58 in the Dreamweaver Book and create a flow-chart for their Web sites, following the directions on page 58.

Nick and Caitlin may work on Independent Study Drawing & Painting when they're done. All of them may read ahead if they want to.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mallory Sub lessons Aug 25

2. Web Design-  Watch the videos on and use them to find the definitions of the terms on the worksheet (you may also try using the index of the textbook).

3. Painting- Experiment with the oil pastels, make at least 2 paintings, have one of them be a "self-portrait."

4. MS Art- Experiment with the oil pastels, make at least 2 paintings, have one of them be a "self-portrait." Sorry 7th graders, we'll get back to clay on Friday.

5. Yearbook- Please complete the "Quiz 23" as a worksheet- use the book to find the answers. When you're done, please get a copy of the 2009-10 yearbook and complete the "Activity 1.2" worksheet to the best of your ability- students may work together on this. Austin and Christian should do Activity 1.2 as well, although during the "quiz" they can work on other things.

6. Drawing- Please use today to A) Complete your 5 pre-instructional drawings that are due today, B) Complete the study-guide that is due Friday, C) read chapter 1 in the book, or D) free-draw in sketchbooks- please turn in sketchbooks (make a stack on the counter).

7. MS Cheer- Sorry, please go to volleyball or studyhall

Please announce that HS Cheer should meet with Kaitlyn Bonsall to go over as many cheers as they can

Ted Mallory
Boyer Valley Community Schools
Challenging all students to meet their full potential 
Yearbook | Newsletter | Web Coordinator

School- 712-643-2258 Ext. 249
Cell- 712-269-5853

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

2010 Yearbooks are HERE!

2009-10 Yearbooks are here already! If you didn't pre-order yours, you'd better get them while they last. See Mr. Mallory to get yours. Still just $36, same price for the last ten years! You can buy a yearbook at either of the school offices, or from Mr. Mallory.

The following students need to pick up their pre-paid yearbooks from Mr. Mallory as soon as possible (as of Wed. Aug. 18): Rachel Coenen, Jared Frazier, Nicholas & Claire Gambs, Jeremy Garrett, Mark Hanigan, Shelby Houston, Jacob Kepford, Amy Klein, Dillion Malone, Tiffany Melby, NIck Miller, Mallory Mitchell, Brian Steele, and Shannon Zehner.

It's never too late to reserve your copy of the 2010-11 Yearbook, see Mr. Mallory or any Yearbook staffer for an order form, order online, 

Yearbooks are expensive to produce. We appreciate the support of area businesses and service organizations. Click here if you'd like to print an advertising contract to buy an ad in the 2010-11 'Archive' Yearbook. Thank you!

Monday, August 16, 2010


I learned a lot at the Technology Integration & Instruction for the 21st Century Learner (TICL) conference at Buena Vista University this past summer. I came away from it will all kinds of ideas for how to make our Web Programming class more meaningful, more applicable, and maybe even a lot more fun!

If you like computers and using the Web, then this is the class for you! If you think you might be interested in studying Information Technologies (IT) in college or as a career- this is the class for you.

It's 3 credit hours- in fact, you can get college credit for it from Iowa Western Community College (IWCC)!

If you haven't got a 2nd hour class yet, or aren't so sure about the one you're signed up for- make sure to see Mr. Straight or Mr. Mallory ASAP when you come back to school this week!

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

What do teachers make?

I didn't write this, not sure who did- it was one of those email forwards that I usually delete. But, many of the teachers I've encountered this summer at workshops are struggling with morale already and school doesn't start until next week.

Besides the fact that 40 years ago most CEOs made 8 times what their employees did whereas today they make almost 800 times as much- for the last 10-20 years politicians and bureaucrats have been trying to impose a business philosophy onto public education. Students aren't products, test scores aren't dividends, and learning can't be standardized.

Sorry, didn't mean to get on a soap box, suffice to say that "it will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the Air Force has to have a bake sale to buy a bomber."

Here's the emailed story

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, "What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?" To stress his point he said to another guest; "You're a teacher, Bonnie . Be honest. What do you make?"

Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, "You want to know what I make? (She paused for a second, then began....)

"Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.
I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor winner.
I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't make them sit for 5 without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental.

You want to know what I make? (She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table):

I make kids wonder.
I make them question.
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.
I teach them how to write and then I make them write.
Keyboarding isn't everything.
I make them read, read, read and read some more.
I make them show all their work in math.
They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator.
I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know about English while preserving their unique cultural identity.
I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.
I make my students stand, placing their hand over their heart to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, One Nation Under God, because we live in the United States of America .
Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life.

(Bonnie paused one last time and then continued.) Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isn't everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant.

You want to know what I make?
What do you make Mr. CEO?

His jaw dropped; he went silent. 

Teachers, Aids, Associates, and Staff: Here's hoping that you all have a wonderful new school year! Remember, when it gets tough, remind yourself WHY you got into teaching in the first place. To make a difference. 

Everyone, feel free to cut and paste this into emails, or via twitter, facebook, etc. share this with as many teachers as you can- and as many CEOs as you want to.