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Pender school earns national Blue Ribbon honor
     Pender Elementary School was one of 342 schools recently recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2017.
     “National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the honorees. “You are visionaries, innovators and leaders. You have much to teach us: Some of you personalize student learning, others engage parents and communities in the work and life of your local schools and still others develop strong and forward-thinking leaders from among your teaching staff.”
     The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.
     This coveted award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
     Now in its 35th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,500 schools. On Nov. 6-7, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with these honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
      Pender was one of four schools in Nebraska to make the list for 2017. The others are Calvert Elementary in Auburn and Omaha schools Dundee Elementary School and Paddock Road Elementary School. Just 22 Nebraska schools have earned the honor since 1982.
     Pender was nominated by the Nebraska Department of Education for its exemplary scores on NeSA assessments during the 2015-16 school year in grades 3-6.
     Pender qualified as an “Exemplary High Performing School,” which are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
     Join us in congratulating all involved in this impressive achievement. Kudos!

South Sioux City educator named teacher of year
     Michelle Helt, a third grade teacher at Cardinal Elementary School in South Sioux City, was named Nebraska 2018 Teacher of the Year today during a surprise award presentation recently. Nebraska Commissioner of Education Matt Blomstedt presented the award.
      Helt has spent her entire career at Cardinal Elementary. She began in 2002 as a resource and Title I reading teacher at both Cardinal Elementary and St. Michael’s Catholic School. She then served as an ESL and resource teacher for one year at Cardinal Elementary before becoming a third grade teacher, which she has taught since 2004. In addition to her classroom experience, Helt is also on the school improvement team, the South Sioux City Professional Development Committee, and is a mentor for practicum students from area colleges. Helt was also a founding member of the South Sioux City District Curriculum Council.
      Helt wrote in her Teacher of the Year application that teaching and learning are synonymous and she learns something new every day. She said she hopes her teaching style encourages her students to do the same. 
      “My commitment to the profession of teaching has never wavered. I have always known teaching to be my calling and passion in life,” Helt wrote. “I feel my greatest accomplishment in education is consistently creating a positive, encouraging learning environment that allows all students to be successful and active participants in their education. Two important factors in helping students reach their potential is helping students understand the ‘why’ behind every standard and student involvement.”
      Helt is a 15-year veteran teacher who earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Buena Vista University and a Master’s Degree from Wayne State College.
     Helt will participate in the National Teacher of the Year competition later this year.
     Please join us in congratulating Michelle Helt and Cardinal Elementary School. Way to go!

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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