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Get signed up for the NNNC Summer Tech Institute

NNNC’s STI event will be at Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk on May 27-28, 2015. Keynote speaker will be Tony Vincent. Tony started teaching 5th grade in Omaha 15 years ago. Knowing that students were motivated to see their work on the web, Tony first had students write their book reviews on Amazon.com. He left regular teaching to become an independent consultant in 2006. Currently based in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tony has worked with teachers and students from around the world.

More than 80 presentations and workshops will be offered for teachers of all grade and skill levels at STI. Door prizes will be a Chromebook and conference registration vouchers. Cost to attend the NNNC Summer Tech Institute is $30 for pre-registration and $40 at the door. Visit www.esu1.org/STI to register or the STI site for more information.

Students earn recognition at FBLA competition
The Nebraska Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently named students who won state competitive events at the 53rd annual State Leadership Conference in Omaha. More than 2,500 students and advisers from 135 Nebraska schools attended the conference, with students competing in more than 70 chapter, team and individual events. Students placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the competitive events qualified to compete at the national conference in Chicago on June 29-July 2. Area students who qualified are: Accounting II: Jordan Burns of Wausa High School, 3rd place. Business Presentation: Tori Claussen, Sam Hennings, Claire Vanness of Wausa High School, 2nd place. Desktop Publishing: Mary Johnson and Jessah Molina of Wausa High School, 1st place. Help Desk: Connor Cross of Laurel-Concord Coleridge High School, 1st place. Public Service Announcement: Danielle Gilliland, Megan Muller, Alejandra Orona of Wakefield High School, 3rd place. Sales Presentation: Connor Cross of Laurel-Concord Coleridge High School, 3rd place. Spreadsheet Applications: Jordan Burns of Wausa High School, 3rd place. Congratulations to the kids, advisers and schools!

Area students earn awards at state speech contest
Area schools were well represented at the recent state speech contest in Kearney. Finishing in the top 3 were: CLASS D-2: Oral Interpretation of Drama Wynot team of Ian Folkers, Austin Lange, Hannah Lauer, Keenan Wieseler, Tristan Wieseler 3rd place. CLASS D-1: Extemporaneous Speaking Breanna Lemke-Elznic, Winside 2nd place; Poetry Interpretation Jessah Molina, Wausa 2nd place; Informative Speaking Samantha Hennings, Wausa 3rd place; Persuasive Speaking Samantha Hennings, Wausa 2nd place; Humorous Interpretation Taylor Anson, Winside 2nd place; Duet Acting Jessah Molina & Christian Wilken, Wausa 1st place; Oral Interpretation of Drama Wausa team of Brice Barney, Blake Bloomquist, Darren Nissen, Claire Vanness, Christian Wilken 1st place; Wausa team of Luc Bloomquist, Jordan Burns, Regan Hennings, Aidan Kleinschmit, Ryan Kumm 2nd place; Team Sweepstakes Wausa, 1st place; Winside, 3rd place. CLASS C-2: Poetry Interpretation Lauren Brickett, Ponca 3rd place; Duet Acting Tyler Koch & Cole Steffen, Crofton 1st place; Oral Interpretation of Drama Crofton team of Cory Augustin, Tyler Koch, Brooke Lancaster, Mark Lange, Cole Steffen 1st place; Team Sweepstakes Crofton, 2nd place. CLASS C-1: Informative Speaking Savannah Scoville, Hartington-Newcastle 2nd place; Persuasive Speaking Elizabeth Rembert, Hartington CC 3rd place; Serious Interpretation Hannah Rembert, Hartington CC 3rd place; Humorous Interpretation Griffon Kalin, Hartingotn-Newcastle 1st place; Duet Acting Hannah Flaugh & Griffon Kalin, Hartington-Newcatle 2nd place; Oral Interpretation of Drama Hartington-Newcastle team of Chase Dendinger, Tanner Fischer, Hannah Flaugh, Derek Jueden, Kolby Jueden 2nd place. CLASS B: Duet Acting Olivia Ficke-Anderson & Jack Tyson, Wayne 3rd place. Congrats to all the staff and students who work so hard to make this happen!

Homer school honored for efforts on closing the gap
The Homer Community School District was recently recognized for their efforts at closing the achievement gap on state tests and sustaining that closure over time. Homer was honored in Kearney by the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association and received a $1,000 award. Homer Community School District made the greatest progress in closing the achievement gap and sustaining the closure over time out of all rural Nebraska schools qualifying for the study. “We have tremendously talented students and dedicated teachers and staff members,” said Dr. Cheryll Malcom, superintendent at Homer. “This type of success can only happen when students, parents and educators work together to make learning a priority for all students.” Kudos to all the staff and students at Homer

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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