Daily Announcements for Monday, October 8, 2018

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General Announcements @FMHighSchool:

  • Congratulations to Dominick Shafer.  Your name was drawn in the LMC Reading Promotion.  Go to the library and see Ms. Puga or Ms. Bowen to choose your prize.
  • Sophomores: Jostens will be holding a class meeting on Friday at 10:30 AM in the MPR to discuss class ring orders.
  • School picture retakes will be next Wednesday.  If you need a picture order form you can pick one up in the main office.

FMHS Activities @Bloodhounds_AD:

  • Good luck to the volleyball teams tonight against Holy Trinity in the Hound Dome.  Matches start at 5:30 PM.
  • Best of luck to the JV football team this evening against Washington.  Kickoff is at 6:00 PM.


  • The new Bloodhound Tutoring Club will start today from 3:30-4:30 in the library. Get help from upperclassmen on homework, writing a research paper, or finishing a project in a quiet environment.  If you have any questions feel free to email Max Slater at ma_slater322@students.fmcsd.org.
  • There will be an all member GSA meeting at 3:30 PM this evening in room 202.

Volunteer Hours Available:

  • The FMMS PTO is looking for 15-20 student volunteers for their Fall Fest.  The date will be Friday, 11/2/18.  Time will be from 3:30 to 8:30 PM.  The location will be FMMS.  The type of work will be working games, monitoring inflatable jump houses, and assisting in setup and take-down.  If interested, please contact ktzspeer@hotmail.com.
  • Fort Madison Middle School is in need of individuals who would be willing to assist younger students in their academic needs.  You can receive service hours, or credits if the assistance fits into your schedule without affecting your graduation requirements.  Please contact Mr. Dirth at todd.dirth@fmcsd.org with any questions.

Happy Birthday:

  • Happy birthday to Katelyn Cook, Marissa Gasaway, and Ms. Martha Sanford.

Lunch Menu:

  • Spaghetti; green beans; pears; milk.

Word of the Day:

  • Farcical – verb [far-sick-ul]
    • Of, or resembling a farce; broadly or extravagantly humorous.  As in: The morning was a farcical tangle of events.

This Day in History: 1871 – Flames spark in the Chicago barn of Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, igniting a two-day blaze that kills between 200 and 300 people, destroys 17, 450 buildings, leaves 100,000 people homeless, and causes an estimated $200 million ($3 billion in 2018 dollars) in damages.

Fact of the Day:  Chicago in 1871 was particularly vulnerable to fire with its wooden buildings, streets, and sidewalks.  The city averaged two fires per day during the year of the Great Fire.  Despite the Great Fire’s devastation, much of Chicago’s physical infrastructure, including its water, sewage, and transportation systems, remained intact.  In the 20 years after the fire, Chicago’s population grew by nearly 900%.  Today, Chicago’s population ranks third in US cities, perhaps all due to a barn fire in 1871.

Strange, but True:  The deadliest fire on record in the United States also occurred in Chicago in 1903.  More than 600 people died, in part because there were no exit signs and no emergency lighting.  Other tragic factors that increased the death toll were ornamental doors that looked like exits (but weren’t), and stairways that were blocked with iron gates during performances to keep people with cheap tickets from taking more expensive seats.

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