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ESU #1 Administrator Named

     The Board of Directors of Educational Service Unit #1 in Wakefield is pleased to announce that Dr. Bill Heimann has been selected as the next ESU #1 Administrator.
      Dr. Heimann is currently serving as superintendent of School District 145 in Waverly, Nebraska, and has been in that position since 2009. A native of Fremont he completed his doctoral work at the University of South Dakota. Dr. Heimann began his career as a social science teacher in the Randolph Public Schools and then served as both principal (1999-2007) and superintendent (2007-2009) of the Wakefield Community Schools. He and his wife, Jenny, have two children, Blake and Abby.      
     The board makes this selection from an exceptionally well-qualified group of candidates following a comprehensive search process. The board expresses their appreciation to the area administrators and ESU #1 employees who provided valuable input into the process.
     Dr. Heimann will assume the position of Administrator for ESU #1 effective July 1, 2017, succeeding Dr. Bob Uhing, who is retiring.
      Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Dr. Bill Heimann to the ESU #1 team!

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Counselor at Lewis & Clark earns statewide honor
     Rita Drieling, a school counselor at Lewis & Clark Elementary in South Sioux City, was recently named Nebraska’s 2016 Elementary School Counselor of the Year by the Nebraska School Counselor Association.
     Rita began her employment with South Sioux City Schools as a guidance counselor in August 2015. Prior to her joining the staff at Lewis & Clark, she was a certified staff member at Emerson-Hubbard Schools. During her 15 years with Emerson-Hubbard, she held roles as an elementary teacher (3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades), taught computer/keyboarding courses and was also the school counselor.
     Join us in congratulating Rita Drieling on this exciting recognition. Great work!

South Sioux City wins first state cross country title
     The South Sioux City boys cross county team won their first-ever Class B state championship recently in Kearney. Abdul Mohamed, Osman Geele and Zekariya Abdela brought home individual medals. Rounding out the championship team were Shaafici Mohamed, Mubarek Abdela and Basha Said. Join us in congratulating the athletes, coaches and fans on a job well done!

Crofton school named National Blue Ribbon School
     U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. announced today that Crofton Community School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. Crofton Community School is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor. Crofton was named a Exemplary High Performing School and was one of four Nebraska schools honored.
     “National Blue Ribbon Schools are proof that we can prepare every child for college and meaningful careers,” King said in a video message to honorees, “All of you — students, teachers and administrators — deserve our highest praise. You are shining examples for your communities, your state, and the nation.”
     National Blue Ribbon Schools are on education’s cutting edge, pioneering innovative educational practices from professional learning communities and project-based learning to social and emotional learning and positive behavior systems. Schools are nominated by the state department of education and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. Schools may be nominated as Exemplary High Performing — among the top schools in a state — or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing — schools making the fastest progress in the their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
     School officials will represent Crofton Community School at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., where they will hear from Secretary King and other esteemed educators, share best practices with each other, and celebrate their hard-won achievements.
     Join us in giving Crofton well-earned congratulations!

2016 Junior Academy of Sciences results announced
     Thirty-three junior high school students and 28 senior high school students from across the state recently competed in the Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences science fair. The 2016 science fair was held at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum in Ashland.
     These student delegates will present their scientific research, meet with internationally renowned scientists and collaborate with other young scientists.
     Marcella Jurotich of Wayne Community Schools was recognized in the senior division, grades 9-12. She will represent Nebraska at the American Junior Academy of Science annual meeting, which is held in conjunction with the National Association of Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science meetings, Feb. 15-19, 2017, in Boston.
     The following students area were recognized in the junior high school division, grades 6-8: Gunner Jorgensen, Wayne Community Schools; Cole Woodward, Allen Consolidated Schools; and Isaac Davis, Wayne Community Schools.
     Join us in congratulating all of these young people on a job well done!

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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