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Randolph, Creighton among winners at state golf

Randolph’s golf team of Mason Stubbs, Andrew Schnoor, Cade Linville, Logan Nordhues and Katie Fye brought home 1st place in the recent boys Class D state golf tournament, and the Creighton team of Chase Largen, Cole Wetzler, Connor Baldwin, Brady Brockhaus and Alec Zimmerer earned 3rd. In individual scoring, Andrew Schnoor of Randolph brought home a 2nd-place medal. Congratulations to all the athletes, coaches, parents and fans. Kudos!

Area schools make showing at state track and field
Some area schools earned medals at the recent state track and field tournament. In boys Class A, Alex Borchers of South Sioux City earned 1st place in the 300m hurdles and 3rd in the 110m hurdles. The South Sioux 1600m relay team of Nikolas Torticill, Ayotomiwa Adesina, Jose Maldonado and Alex Borchers earned 3rd. In boys Class D, Austin Hegge of Wausa earned 1st-place finishes in the 100m and 200m dashes, and a 3rd-place medal in the long jump. Walthill’s Orion Lamotte earned 3rd place in the 1600m run. In girls Class B, Wayne’s 400m relay team of Rachel Rauner, Kylie Hammer, Tarah Stegemann and Cassandra Heier brought home a 3rd-place finish. In girls Class C, Crofton’s team earned a 1st-place overall finish. Marian Wortmann of Crofton earned 2nd in the discus and shot put. Monica Arens of Crofton finished 3rd in the shot put. In the high jump, Shelby Roth of Emerson-Hubbard-Pender eared 2nd, and Audra Corbit of Laurel-Concord Coleridge finished 3rd. Crofton’s 3200m relay team of Quinn Wragge, Monica Arens, Allison Arens and Kelsey Sanger finished 1st. In the 3200m run, Haley Arens of Crofton earned a 3rd-place medal. Quinn Wragge of Crofton finished 2nd in the 800m run. The Hartington-Newcastle 400m relay team of Camarie Stratman, Sophie Noecker, Savannah Scoville and Samantha Huss finsihed 1st. Crofton’s Allison Arens finished 1st in the 1600m run and Ellie Arduser of Laurel-Concord Coleridge finished 3rd in the 200m dash. In girls Class D, Wynot’s team earned a 2nd-place overall finish. Wynot’s 3200m relay team of Cortney Arkfeld, Jenna Heine, Holly Lauer and Skylar Arkfeld earned 1st place. Courney Arkfeld of Wynot finished 1st in the 400m dash and 2nd in the 800m run. Wynot’s 1600m relay team of Jenna Heine, Carissa Kuchta, Skylar Arkfeld and Cortney Arkfeld finished in 2nd place. Congrats to all the participants, coaches and fans. Nice work!

South Sioux City history teacher selected for honor
Join us in congratulating Nicholas Kleve from Lewis & Clark Elementary on his being selected and honored as Nebraska’s History Teacher of the Year. Kleve has taught for 12 years at three different South Sioux City schools. He is in the running for the National History Teacher award, which will be announced this fall. Kudos, Mr. Kleve, and good luck on the national award!

Wausa recognized for career education efforts
Wausa Public School has been selected as a 2015 recipient of a Nebraska Career Education (NCE) Outstanding Career Education Program award. This award is based on the outstanding career education programming Wausa provides to its students. Way to go, Wausa!

Crofton principal receives top honor in Region 3
Todd Strom, Crofton High School principal and newly hired South Sioux City Schools assistant superintendent, has been voted by his colleagues as the Nebraska Council of School Administrators Region 3 Distinguished Principal for 2014-15. Region 3 voting members include the school administrators of the following counties: Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Madison, Pierce, Platte, Rock, Stanton, Thurston and Wayne. Please join us in congratulating Todd Strom on this well-deserved achievement.

Distance Learning a hybrid model in Nebraska
The 17 ESU administrators approved the BlendED initiative in April 2013. The BlendED initiative is a modern version of barn raising as technologists from across the state have committed time and work to boosting the use of technology as a tool to positively impact teaching and learning in our state. Check out the ESUCC’s Distance Learning year-end report to find out more about the BlendED initiative — as well as LOR and LDAP efforts, Network Nebraska, video conferencing for desktop and mobile devices and much more.

Using Data to Guide Action for School Improvement
“Using Data to Guide Action for School Improvement” was a collaborative project between the Nebraska Department of Education, the Nebraska ESU Coordinating Council and North Central Comprehensive Center. A Data Guidebook and Facilitators’ Guide were generated from this project and piloted by three northeast Nebraska schools — Niobrara, South Sioux City and Walthill.


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