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One-act casts prove themselves class acts at state
Some area schools brought home honors in state one-act play production recently. Wausa’s “No Where to Hide” in D1 and Hartington-Newcastle’s “Evil Dead: The Musical” in C1earned first-place finishes. Laurel-Concord-Coleridge earned second in C2 with “Once Upon a Matress.” Congratulations to all the students and folks involved in putting on such successful productions!

Area students honored at State Capitol in Lincoln
Some area students and advisers were recognized during a Nov. 17 ceremony at the Nebraska State Capitol. Students who received first-, second-, third-place or finalist awards during national leadership and skills competitions were honored. FFA award winners Travis Poppe and the Natural Resources Team of Crofton High School were honored. Also recognized were FCCLA award winners Hannah Smith, Katie Nelson, Tiffany Patrick, Khristina Stevens, Dominique Cook and Sarah Smith, as was HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) award winner Shane Asher, all of Creighton High School. They’ve earned hearty congratulations on all their hard work.

Crofton girls earn ninth-straight cross country title
Congratulations are in order for the Crofton Warriors. The girls brought home their ninth-straight Class D cross country title Friday, matching the state record of consecutive titles held by Lincoln Southeast. It was the Crofton girls’ 18th state title. Congrats to coaches Jason and Jayne Arens and all the athletes and fans at Crofton. Good work!

ESU #1 staff developers earn recognition from NDE
The four staff developers at Educational Service Unit #1 were recently recognized for their efforts and dedication in improving the lives of Native American youth and families in Nebraska. During the Oct. 6 Native American Symposium at Wayne State College, Kellen Conroy, Chris Good, Amy Hill and Rhonda Jindra were presented with plaques and quilts from NDE, recognizing each as a 2014 Friend of American Indian Education award winner. Congratulations!
From left: Rhonda Jindra, Amy Hill, Chris Good and Kellen Conroy pose with their plaques and quilts. The quilts were made by Bonnie Little Dog. (Thanks to Mary Ann Losh for sharing the pic.)

Randolph Elem named National Blue Ribbon School
Randolph Elementary School was one of just 337 schools in the nation recognized recently as a National Blue Ribbon School. The schools were recognized for their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among groups of students. The U. S. Department of Education will honor the award-winning schools at a recognition ceremony Nov. 10 and 11 in Washington, D.C. Well done, Randolph!

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 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.


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