Daily Announcements for Thursday, March 23, 2017

General Announcements @FMHighSchool:

  • The student government is hosting a dance on Friday, 3/31/17 from 8:00 to 10:00 PM.  The admission is $3, but if you dress in neon the admission will be discounted to $2.  Additionally, if you bring a nonperishable food item, your admission will be discounted to $1.  The dance is for FMHS students only.  No guests, please.  The student government is also looking for six to seven chaperones.  If you know of anyone who would be willing to chaperone, please see Ms. Jones in the main office.
  • Any Freshman, Sophomore or Junior who would like to run for an officer for their class should  please see Ms. Harter in the guidance office, or Ms. Jones in the front office on or  before  Friday, 3/31/17.   Positions available are class presidents, vice presidents, and treasurers.  Juniors may also seek election for student body positions.
  • Applications have been opened for the construction, welding, and 12 Plus programs for next school year.  Students should check their emails or pick up an application in the counseling office if you are interested.  Applications are due in the counseling office by Monday, 4/3/17 if a student will be considered for one of these  programs.

Activities @FMHSActivities:

  • Bloodhound cheerleading tryouts are fast approaching!  Try-out practices will occur on Monday, 3/27/17, and Tuesday, 3/28/17 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.  Try-outs will be at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, 3/28/17.

College Visits:

  • Southeastern Community College (SCC) will have a representative here during B lunch today.  If you would like to learn more about SCC please stop by their table at that time.

Volunteer Hours Available:

  • The City of Fort Madison is looking for volunteers to help maintain the city’s parks and cemeteries, specifically in mowing grass in April and May.  If you are interested please see Ms. Hayler in the main office.
  • The FMHS kitchen is looking for volunteers to help with the service of food from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM daily.  If you are interested, please see Ms. Hayler in the main office.
  • The West Point Community Club is looking for volunteers to help clean up the roadside on Saturday, 4/1/17.  Students interested in gaining volunteer hours or who just want to help can meet William Wuard at the shelter house in West Point Park at 9:00 AM.  Gloves and bags will be provided.
  • Student volunteers are needed for the elementary school carnival on Saturday, 4/8/17.  Please see Mr. Ehlers in room 314 if you are interested in helping out.

Happy UN-Birthday! (Celebrating Summer Birthdays)

  • Happy un-birthday to Marlee Klesner and Amber Redmond (July 22).

Lunch Menu:

  • Burrito or enchilada;
  • Refried beans and/or corn;
  • Blueberries and/or Mandarin oranges.

Word of the Day:  Vernacular – adjective [vur-nah-cue-lur]

  • The normal spoken form of a language.  As in:
    • The vernacular slang “for real” is a proclamation of honesty.

This Day in History:  1839 – the initials “O.K.” are first published in the Boston Morning Post.  Meant as an abbreviation for “oll korrect,” a popular slang misspelling of “all correct” at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans.

Fact of the Day:  During the 830s, it was a common practice among younger, educated circles to intentionally misspell words and then abbreviate them as use them as slang in their writings to one another.  Just as teens today have their own slang (“LOL”, “ROFL”), the “in crowd” of the 1830s had a whole host of slang terms they abbreviated.  “O.K” was one of them.

Quote of the Day:

Did You Know?   The low frequency call of a humpback whale is the loudest noise made by a living creature and can be heard from 500 miles away.

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