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RealCare babies a valuable resource, learning tool
Last year, ESU #1 upgraded its RealCare Baby simulators. The RealCare babies provide students with skills necessary for effective parenting. The 10 RealCare simulators are once again available for checkout during 2015-16, with both genders and a variety of ethnicities represented. To ensure all participating districts are familiar with ESU #1 guidelines, please visit our ESU #1 RealCare Baby web page for additional info at http://www.esu1.org/RealCareBaby.html. Due to our significant investment in the RealCare Baby simulators, all participating districts are required to sign the District Information and Letter of Agreement document each year. Both a district administrator and a participating staff member (for example, FCS teacher) will sign the document. Once the signed document is on file at ESU #1 and a checkout schedule has been arranged with Julie Rose, districts can make arrangements to pick up RealCare babies at ESU #1. Julie Rose’s contact information is jrose@esu1.org or (402) 287-2061. It is our hope that the RealCare babies will be a valuable resource for your district and a powerful learning tool for your students.

Professional learning to enhance ELA instruction
The Nebraska Department of Education will soon begin releasing 13 pre-recorded webinars for teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, ESU staff and teacher educators. The overall goal of this professional learning experience is to equip teachers with teaching strategies that support student mastery of the Nebraska English Language Arts (ELA) Standards across all disciplines at the secondary level. Three foundation webinars will be available in August, and these webinars will explore the concepts of instructional models, formative assessment, and monitoring and adjusting during instruction. Following the foundational webinars, nine strategy webinars will be released throughout the 2015-16 school year. In addition to the webinars, a supplementary guide offering additional support will be provided for each webinar. The webinars and supplementary guides will be located at HERE. Click HERE for additional information.

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 finished 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!

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.


What’s New
September staff newsletter
Fall 2015 Northern ELC newsletter
August board meeting minutes
New school calendars
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ESU #1 Tech Help Desk
ESU #1 employees facing computer problems may now utilize our new Help Desk feature to submit a request for assistance and/or service. Click HERE to visit the ESU #1 Help Desk.

Virtual Training Library
ESU #1 is excited to introduce our new Virtual Training Library! The virtual library will include a collection of instructional and informational videos for reference. Videos will be continually added, so be sure to visit often. Check out the Virtual Training Library, and also visit the ESU #1 YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/NebraskaESU1.

Email Account Request
If you would like to request an ESU #1 email account, please download and complete the Internet Application Form. Completed forms can be returned to Julie at jrose@esu1.org or via fax at (402) 287-2065. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Julie at the Central Office at (402) 287-2061.

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