Crofton girls three-peat; Wynot girls four-peat
Congratulations are in order for the Crofton and Wynot girls basketball teams! The Warriors pulled down their third-straight state championship with a win over Hastings St. Cecilia in Class C2. In Class D2, the Blue Devils made it four in a row with a championship win over Sterling. Congrats to all the students, coaches and athletes in Crofton and Wynot. Good work!
Area Class D wrestlers bring home the hardware
Schools in the ESU #1 area were well represented on the Class D medal stand at the 2014 Nebraska State Wrestling Championships in Omaha. Pender senior Jacob Sebade brought home his fourth-straight championship medal with a win in the 138-pound class, while classmate Mark Dunn earned his third-consecutive state medal with a win in the 126-pound class. Winside senior Caleb Lienemann earned first in the 220-pound class, while teammate Marcos Escalera, a sophomore, brought home the first-place hardware in the 132-pound class. Here’s to all of the wrestlers who worked hard this season!
South Sioux City principal earns national honor
Sheri Fillipi, principal at Covington Elementary in South Sioux City, has been named Nebraska’s National Distinguished Principal by the Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals. Fillipi, a Walthill High School graduate, has worked in the South Sioux City school system for 19 years. She and her husband, Kevin, live on a farm near Pender and have three children. A celebration honoring Fillipi is set for 2 p.m. on Friday, February 28, at Covington Elementary. All South Sioux City administrators and school board members; Covington staff, students and parents; and well as ESU #1 staff and various state education officials are invited to attend this event. Great job on the award!
Ponca High School guidance counselor recognized
Francine “Fran” Hassler has earned the Nebraska State College System Counseling Excellence Award. Fran has been the high school guidance counselor at Ponca High
School since 1995. Prior to that, she was a secondary home economics educator
at Ponca, which is also her high school alma mater. The Counseling Excellence Award was developed in 2005 by the Nebraska State College System Admissions and College Relations Council to honor high school guidance counselors for exemplary service and commitment to students. Kudos to Fran on her award!
Distance Learning a hybrid model in Nebraska
The 17 ESU administrators approved the
BlendED initiative in April. 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 SAFARI Montage roll-out, 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.