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 
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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!

Web sites, Wikis, Blogs, forms, Google Documents, Widgets, etc. etc. Learn how to create them, manage them, and use them!

Official IWCC course description; Fundamentals of Web Programming teaches how to create, design, publish, and maintain a web site. Students learn HTML, DHTML and CSS using web site creation software. Design considerations such as usability, download time and aesthetics are emphasized.

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.