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Click to see more pictures of Ana in Robinson Crusoe

The Missoula Children’s Theatre, with Clancy School, presented Robinson Crusoe.  Or, more like a very loose, funny version of Robinson Crusoe.   The team comes in on a Monday, does auditions, and practices with the students Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  The students then perform two shows on Friday.  They always do a great job.  This year, Ana made the part as “Myrtle the Turtle.”  Last year, Ana was asked, the day before the performance, if she could play one of the leading supporting roles on their rendition of the “Little Mermaid.”  Click the picture to see lots more from Robinson Crusoe.

– John

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Ana participated in cross country this fall. She is all done with it now, and she really enjoyed it. Here are a few photos of her running in a meet.  Great job Ana!  Click a picture to see a larger view.

– John

Ana runs in a cross country meet. Ana runs in a cross country meet. P1060795

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Click the photo for a slide show.

Click the photo for a slide show.

Katie and Desire’ had their Eighth Grade Graduation on Thursday. The School put on a nice ceremony.  We are proud of bout Katie and Desire’ for their accomplishments.  And also, congratulations to Desire’ for winning a “Citizenship Award” for her school and civic contributions.  She also received a fourth place ribbon for the Einstein Award in her science class.  That means she was the fourth highest in the science class.  We are proud of you both and we love you!  Click the picture to the left to view a slide show.

Dad and Mom

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Supreme Technocrat's Crown Katie

Katie got a part in her school drama class play as the “Supreme Technocrat”. As part of her costume, she has to have a crown appropriate to the title.  Being a life long nerd, I decided she needed something more than the standard crown, she needed a Technocrat’s crown.  We rounded up a bunch of old Integrated Circuits and made a grand crown for the purpose.  Katie will make a “Fine” Supreme Technocrat.

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Click the picture to see the Clancy School Christmas Program and our other Christmas Photos.

Last night we went to Clancy School to watch the school’s Christmas program. All of the classes did a great job.  Desire’ was in a “Young Women’s Choir”, Ana sang with her class and also played the clarinet in the band.  Alia also sang with her class.  Carol helped the kindergarten class sing their songs.  They were so cute.

The program ended with a couple of  “All School” songs commemorating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  It was a GRAND finale!

After the program, the children were met with a larger than life Father Christmas.  Wow!  Be sure to see the photo of him!

See some somewhat fuzzy pictures, along with the rest of our 2008 Christmas photos HERE.

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Yesterday, I posted a nice article from the Helena Independent Record about Clancy School winning the Science Olympiad.  Here is another nice article from Jefferson County’s small weekly newspaper.  Again, great job Desire’ and Ana!  John

Clancy students experiment their way to success.

by Jefferson County Courier.

Clancy Middle School student Ryan Olsen studies his competitors bridges while awaiting his turn in the elevated bridge event Tuesday at the Montana Science Olympiad at Montana State University. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

Clancy Middle School student Ryan Olsen studies his competitors' bridges while awaiting his turn in the elevated bridge event Tuesday at the Montana Science Olympiad at Montana State University. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

by Melynda Harrison, MSU News Service

and Jan Anderson, editor

Airplanes made of wood and mylar glided through the air in Montana State University’s Brick Breeden Fieldhouse the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Tennis balls, hacky sacks and ping pong balls were launched toward targets from catapults, trebuchets and ballistas. Middle and high school students, along with teachers, coaches and parents, discussed technique and cheered after each launch.

Roughly 900 students from more than 30 junior high and high schools around the state, including students from Clancy School, competed in this year’s Montana Science Olympiad at MSU. A variety of contests that included building bridges and model airplanes, solving

crimes, identifying fossils and interpreting maps determined which teams earned a chance to compete at the national tournament held in Augusta, Georgia, in May.

Clancy’s team, coached by Ted Polette and Daryl Mikesell, took top honors in the junior high/middle school category for small schools, amassing 173 points.

Two Clancy seventh graders, Nick Burkland and Abbie Caldwell, earned top honors to be the state champions in the Road Scholar event. It is the first time since 2004 that the school has captured an individual state title in Science Olympiad.

Team members were eighth graders Desiré McDougall, Rebecca Wacker, Ryan Olsen and Kayla Anderson, seventh graders Stephen Murphy, Austin Lindsay, Abbie Caldwell, Nick Burkland and Rebecca Mixan, and sixth graders Janessa Williams, Ryan Seyler, Ana McDougall, Kirsten Marble, Jonah Elston, Serena McDaniels and Darcie Caldwell.

The Science Olympiad was hosted by MSU’s Math Science Resource Center. About

120 students, staff and faculty from departments across MSU helped put on the tournament, acting as scorers and judges for the Olympiad’s 15 events, which were held in five buildings on campus.

“The Olympiad was originally designed to promote science education and recognize outstanding junior high and high school science students; but it also provides students with the opportunity to travel and compete on a team that’s not necessarily related to sports,” said Olympiad state coordinator Lisa Daly, who also works at MSU’s Math Science Resource Center.

Caleb Matthew, a senior at Noxon High School, participated in the Science Olympiad for the fourth year, but it was his first year in the trajectory contest. He built a Greek ballista, a slingshot-like device that propelled a tennis ball toward a target.

“Building the project was the most fun,” Matthew said. “I also like being on campus, hanging out with friends and missing school.”

John Onofrey, a seventh grader at Noxon, participated in the elevated bridget contest. The task was to design and build the lightest bridge that met size specifications and could hold 15 kg (33 pounds) of weight.

Onofrey spent two weeks drafting and building the prototype of his bridge, which was able to hold the full weight.

“I learned that the design was fine, but that I needed to make it lighter. So, I cut off some unnecessary parts,” Onofrey explained.

Elisabeth Swanson, director of the Science Math Resource Center, said MSU hopes the Olympiad will connect Montana math and science-minded junior high and high school students with like-minded faculty, undergraduates and graduate students. Swanson also said the Olympiad helps the visiting students learn more about the study and research opportunities available at MSU.

Perhaps most importantly, the Olympiad publicly recognizes students who are good at math and science, she said. “It lets students, especially girls, know that being smart in math and science is nothing to hide. It’s something to be proud of,” Swanson said.

Clancy students experiment their way to success

Thursday, December 4, 2008

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This was in today’s paper. Desire’ attended the Science Olympiad on a team, and Ana attended as an alternate.  Great job girls, we are proud of you!

Clancy wins Science Olympiad for small schools

By Independent Record – 12/05/08

Chad Trettin IR staff photographer - Clancy Elementary students display their state championship trophies and some of their projects for the Science Olympiad.

Chad Trettin IR staff photographer - Clancy Elementary students display their state championship trophies and some of their projects for the Science Olympiad.

Clancy School middle school students captured first place for small schools at Montana State University’s annual Science Olympiad in November.

This was the fifth time the school has captured first place for small schools.

And the win was part of a sweep by Helena area schools of first place awards at the 24th annual Olympiad.

Helena High School took first place in the high school division and C.R. Anderson first in the middle school division.

From building catapults, bridges and gliders to testing their knowledge on astronomy and ecology — the Clancy School students excelled, garnering 173 points.

The Olympiad includes 15 different events, said Ted Polette, who teaches 8th grade science, chemistry and physics at Clancy. He’s taken a Clancy team to the event for the past 20 years.

Although Polette is also a sports coach at the school, the Science Olympiad “is the highlight of my school year, each year,” he said.

Assistant coach for the Clancy team, Daryl Mikesell, said the Olympiad gives students who are oriented toward science projects an opportunity to show their strengths. Mikesell assisted Polette with the coaching.

The event also gives students a chance to observe science students from around the state. Nearly 1,000 students participate.

“The future is bright with these students,” he said. “It’s electrifying.”


Event, team participants, place:

• Road Scholar, Abbie Caldwell and Nick Burkland, 1st

• Reach for the Stars, Desire’ McDougall and Kirsten Marble, 4th

• Fossils, Kirsten Marble and Darcie Caldwell, 4th

• Trajectory, Nick Burkland and Ryan Olsen, 6th

• Environmental Chemistry, Serena McDaniels and Kirsten Marble, 7th

• Amphibians and Reptiles, Stephen Murphy and Jennesa Williams, 8th

• Disease Detectives, Rebecca Mixan and Serena McDaniels, 8th

• Wright Stuff, Jonah Elston and Stephen Murphy, 9th

• Write it — Do it, Darcie Caldwell and Abbie Caldwell, 11th

• Dynamic Planet, Abbie Caldwell and Darcie Caldwell, 13th

• Experimental Design, Rebecca Wacker, Ryan Olsen and Desire McDougall, 15th

• Elevated Bridge, Ryan Olsen and Nick Burkland, 21st

• Ecology, Kayla Anderson Rebecca Wacker, 21st

• Pentathalon, Austin Lindsay, Ryan Seyler, Stephen Murphy, and Kayla Anderson, 21st

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