Ponca High School guidance counselor earns award
Francine “Fran” Hassler has earned the Nebraska State College System Counseling Excellence Award. Fran has been the high school guidance counselor at Ponca High
School since 1995. Prior to that, she was a secondary home economics educator
at Ponca, which is also her high school alma mater. The Counseling Excellence Award was developed in 2005 by the Nebraska State College System Admissions and College Relations Council to honor high school guidance counselors for exemplary service and commitment to students. Kudos to Fran on her award!
ESU #1 has nine employees at Blue Ribbon School
Wakefield Elementary School is a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School. Nine ESU #1 employees work at Wakefield. They are Cathy Schroeder, speech/language pathologist; Micaela Hight, preschool teacher; Angelina Fregoso, paraeducator; Pam Peters, preschool teacher; Kim Barge, paraeducator; Karen Wall, school psychologist; Kim Halle, speech/language pathologist; Daisy Armendaroz, paraeducator; and Karen Wirth, paraeducator. Thanks for all your efforts and congratulations!
Crofton teams pull off sweep at state cross country
Congratulations to Crofton on their boy-girl sweep at the Class D state cross country meet in Kearney. It’s the eighth consecutive team title for the girls and the first for the boys since 1991. The win was Crofton’s first boy-girl sweep of state cross country titles since 1985, when they were Class C. Great job, Warriors!
Wayne High earns 2nd-place hardware at Hastings
There were a lot of ups and downs — and extra innings — for the Blue Devils on their championship softball run. The Wayne team tangled with Bishop Neumann in the Class C championship game recently. The Blue Devils fell to the Cavaliers 10-6 and brought home second-place honors and a 29-9 record. Wayne should be proud of their accomplishment. Way to go!
Distance Learning a hybrid model in Nebraska
The 17 ESU administrators approved the
BlendED initiative in April. 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.