On Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11 the Quinter High School Theatre Program will be performing the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The production starts at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Cast members consist of seniors Rebekah Kitch, Mikayla Bailey, and Abram Caasi; sophomores Abby Herl and Kasen Ostmeyer; along with freshman Collin Thielen along with various chorus members. The play is directed by Mrs. Julinne Samuelson and Mr. Scott Crist.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a musical containing the favorite group of children, The Peanuts Gang. The play is a mixture of well-known stories along with fresh songs. Watch the gang wrestle with new situations, such as Charlie dealing with a new crush, Sally and Snoopy hunting for rabbits, Linus dancing with his blanket, and the cast singing for Beethoven's birthday, “We’re a Good Community.”
There will be a free will donation accepted at the door each night to help offset the cost of the production.
The Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals (KASSP) is proud to recognize Toby Countryman, Quinter Jr/Sr High School, as the KASSP Area V High School Principal of the Year honoree.
KASSP is an organization of over 375 secondary school principals from across the state of Kansas. Countryman was nominated and selected by peer principals. Candidates are evaluated on their school leadership, school improvement, dedication, professionalism, and service to students.
Congratulations are extended from the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals to Toby Countryman.
This award will be presented on Wednesday, November 8 at the Kansas Principals Conference Awards Reception in Wichita.
Throughout the month of October the Quinter Elementary third grade class taught by Mrs. Marcia Leon with Student Teacher Ms. Hannah Albin, and Mrs. Katie Blackwill got into the fall them, learning all about pumpkins. Pumpkins became the central focus through many subjects in their class and culminated with a trip to the Cottage Lane Pumpkin Patch. Third grade students also started on multiplication, and writing cursive letters.
As a large part of their unit on pumpkins, the third grade class traveled to the Cottage Lane Pumpkin Patch on Wednesday, October 25. The students were shown around the farm by the owner and operator, Miss Donna. They learned about many varieties of pumpkins and their properties. The students also learned about gourds and how people dry them for decorations and jewelry. The pumpkin patch also offered a slide and two corn mazes that the students took advantage of. The pumpkin patch also allowed the kids to pick a pumpkin and take it home so they could make pumpkin pie for their families. Following the trip to the pumpkin patch, the students loaded up and traveled into Ellis to eat lunch at the city park and to look at the Train Museum.
“We loved watching the miniature goats frolicking in their pen. We also liked looking at the rabbits, chickens, dog, and goose on the farm,” commented Mrs. Leon.
The pumpkin theme also expanded into the classroom throughout October. The third graders met with Amy Lorenzen from the Extension Office who taught the students how to make pumpkin bars. Another activity the students completed during October was their Character Pumpkin. The students, with the help of their parents, decorated a pumpkin of a storybook character, then the students displayed it in the hallway for all to see. Another project that takes place is carving pumpkins with FFA pals.
“Each year I amazed at the creativity of the families and the great ideas they come up with!” commented Mrs. Leon.
While the kids are learning outside the classroom they are also learning inside the classroom as well. The students have included seasonally activities with several of their core subjects. In science Mrs. Leon is helping the students grow pumpkin seeds. In reading the students are building a paper pumpkin patch out of all the students AR tests they take. They have a pumpkin patch for nonfiction and fiction books. In math the students are to multiply while also finishing their lowercase cursive letters.
“My favorite part of the month of October was when we got to carve pumpkins with our FFA pals. I also really enjoy math and learning how to multiply by twos and fours,” commented Jaden Harvey.
With all the crazy and exciting events that have taken place throughout the month of October, Mrs.Leon couldn’t have done it without the help of Miss Hannah Ablin. Miss Ablin is a student teacher in Mrs. Leon’s class. Miss Ablin is watching and learning from Mrs. Leon. Miss Albin assists Mrs. Leon with several of the classroom activities while preparing to take over teaching responsibilities. One of the activities introduced daily from Miss Albin is the Reader’s Theatre.
On Thursday, November 2, the Quinter Junior High boys’ basketball team traveled to Atwood to face the Rawlins Co. Buffaloes to open their season. The Bulldogs went 2-0 on the night, winning both the A and B team games.
In the first quarter of the B-team game, the Bulldogs put seven points up on the board, but allowed the Buffaloes to score 13. In the second quarter, the Bulldog’s offense put up six points on the board while holding off the Buffaloes and allowing just four points, making the score 13-18 at the half. In the third quarter, the Bulldog’s offense scored 11 points, with nine from Preston Havlas. Meanwhile their defense held the Buffaloes to two points, allowing the Bulldogs to take the lead. In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs held their lead, scoring 12 points. The Bulldog defense allowed the Buffaloes to score 12, but the Bulldogs held their lead, winning the game 36-32. Havlas led in scoring with 15, followed by Braden Polifka with nine, and Ryan Ludowese with seven.
In the first quarter of the A-team game, the Bulldog’s offense had a strong start to the game putting up 20 points on the board, while their defense held the Buffaloes to seven points. In the second quarter, the Bulldog’s offense struggled to get shots to fall scoring just two points. The Bulldog defense allowed the Buffaloes to put up 15 points on the board, making the score 22-22 at the half. In the third quarter, the Bulldog’s offense scored nine points, while their defense held the Buffaloes to five points. In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs extended their lead, scoring 17 points. The Bulldog defense allowed the Buffaloes to score two, making the final score 48-28. Jaden Boone led in scoring with 21, followed by Bradley Riedel with 15.
“I think overall we played really well, especially offensively. I think we need to pick up the intensity on the defensive end,” commented Riedel.
The junior high boy’s basketball team will travel Dighton to face the Hornets on Thursday, November 9. The games will begin at 4:30 p.m., beginning with the B-team boys. The A-team boys will follow the A-team girls.
Seniors Rebekah Kitch and Abria Fisher pose in front of the Kansas Honor Scholar banner. Kitch and Fisher were recognized by the Kansas University’s Alumni Association for their academic achievements as a part of their Honors program on Tuesday, October 24. KU recognizes students who rank in the top 10% of their high school classes. “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and a huge honor,” commented Fisher.
Peyton Havlas and Brittney Walt pose for a picture after being named to the Northwest Kansas League All-League Volleyball Teams. Havlas was a first team selection while Walt received honorable mention. Havlas led the Bulldogs in kills and blocks while Walt led the team in assists for the season. “It was a huge honor to be selected for this team. It was also a huge feeling to know that all my hard work paid off. I couldn’t I could not have done it without the amazing support from my family and teammates,” added Havlas.
Seven members of the Quinter Kansas Association for Youth Club attended the Area IV Kansas Association for Youth Regional Conference on Thursday, November 2 at Phillipsburg. The board members include seniors Peyton Havlas, Kylie Crist, and Mikayla Bailey. Juniors were Evie Gruenbacher, Andrea Charles, Codi Kentner, and Kourtney Davidson; they were sponsored by Mrs. Allison Polifka.
Quinter’s club received a Gold Award, recognizing their student leadership and service to their school, community, nation, and world for the 2016-2017 school year.
KAY is a character-building, leadership training program directed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. This nationally acclaimed organization provides students an opportunity to learn to assume their citizenship responsibilities and to enrich their personalities through well organized programs. These programs emphasize four areas of service: school, community, nation, and world.
The theme for the 2017 Regional Conference was “Set Sail...Lead-Yer-Ship!” This conference affords opportunities for student leaders and sponsors from neighboring clubs to share successes and challenges, as well as exchange ideas. Sessions in leadership training and organizational skills are also offered. These conferences inspire delegates to return to their clubs to challenge their local members.
“This is the first time I have attended a KAY Regional Conference and I had a lot of fun. I loved all the Leadership Labs we attended to help build leaders,” commented Bailey.
Quinter Elementary sixth grader, Dashiell Brown was honored as one of the three northwest Kansas winners in the Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) 2017 Put the Brakes on Fatalities poster contest. The goal of this contest is to young kids to start thinking about vehicle safety.
Over 1,000 kids across Kansas ages 5 to 13 participated in the contest. Brown was the winner of the 11-13 year old age group. The winners of this contest were awarded with a new bike and helmet.
Kansas State Trooper Todd Heilman presented Brown with his new bike and helmet. Heilman also took the opportunity to speak to the QES fifth and sixth grade students about promoting safety in vehicles as well as the growing problem of traffic accidents on Kansas roads.
“It was cool to be recognized for my poster I made, and I really like the bike I won,” commented Brown.
Quinter High School junior Jonathan Jacka improved his cross country personal best by over a minute from the past two weeks. Jacka competed at the State Cross Country Meet in Wamego on Saturday, October 28.
Jacka finished the 3.1 mile race in 19:38.8. His previous best occured at the Regional Meet in Tribune the week before with a time of 19:55.63. Overall he placed 55th out of 91 total runners.
Jacka and teammate Abram Caasi attended the meet along with Coach Ed Mense. To prepare, they walked the course at the Wamego Country Club. Friday the group arrived in Wamego, participated in a short practice, followed by dinner. After dinner, they relaxed before the race day be enjoying some laser tag.
“This week we prepared specifically for Wamego. He ran some of his best times this week, so to me mentally I was thinking he might actually PR if the weather and everything cooperated,” commented Coach Mense. “I am very proud of him.”
On Thursday, October 30 the Quinter High School Science Human Anatomy & Physiology class, taught by Mr. Steve Nicholson, traveled to Colby to participate in the KUMC Night at the Lab competition. The students participating included Abria Fisher, Selena Gorsky, Abram Caasi, Abby Herl, Taylor Chessmore, and Leah Richardson.
The A&P class was able to take three teams to compete in Night at the Lab. Each team shared a tri fold board and a three minute oral presentation on their assigned topic surrounding orthopedic sports medicine with the judges.
“All of the teams did a terrific job presenting their topics and made the decision by the judge very challenging. Most importantly the teams had the opportunity to gain some in depth knowledge about orthopedic medicine as a part of their curriculum in Human Anatomy & Physiology,” commented Mr. Nicholson.
Taylor Chessmore and Lea Richardson were announced as the regional winner for their presentation on Rotator Cuff Injuries. They will travel to KUMC in Kansas City in late November to participate in the state competition against five other regional winners.
OvernightPartly cloudy, with a low around 43. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
FridayMostly sunny, with a high near 74. Breezy, with a west wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
Friday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 34. North wind 5 to 10 mph.