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Area wrestlers bring home hardware from state
Congratulations are in order for all of the wrestlers who competed in the state tournament in Omaha recently. Some of the athletes from the ESU #1 area who brought home medals are: Sean Holgate of South Sioux City, 170 pounds, 3rd place in Class A; Caleb Thomas of Wakefield, 160 pounds, 2nd place in Class C; Nick Gonzalez of Wakefield, 136 pounds, 3rd place in Class C; Garret Zimmerer of Creighton, 120 pounds, 1st in Class D; Dylan Loberg of Randolph, 195 pounds, 1st in Class D; Drew Loberg of Randolph, 138 pounds, 2nd place in Class D; Colby Erickson of Winside, 126 pounds, 3rd place in Class D; Marcus Escalera of Winside, 132 pounds, 3rd place in Class D.

Myrna Wacker Tuttle named Employee of the Year
Join us in congratulating Myrna Wacker Tuttle on being named ESU #1 Employee of the Year. She’s been with the unit since 1981 and has earned this well-deserved honor! Myrna has been described as the glue that holds the place together and the face of Tower School. ESU #1 is happy to award this year’s Employee of the Year to Myrna Wacker Tuttle. http://www.esu1.org/EOTY.html

One-act casts prove themselves class acts at state
Some area schools brought home honors in state one-act play production recently. Wausa’s “No Where to Hide” in D1 and Hartington-Newcastle’s “Evil Dead: The Musical” in C1earned first-place finishes. Laurel-Concord-Coleridge earned second in C2 with “Once Upon a Mattress.” Congratulations to all the students and folks involved in putting on such successful productions!

Area students honored at State Capitol in Lincoln
Some area students and advisers were recognized during a Nov. 17 ceremony at the Nebraska State Capitol. Students who received first-, second-, third-place or finalist awards during national leadership and skills competitions were honored. FFA award winners Travis Poppe and the Natural Resources Team of Crofton High School were honored. Also recognized were FCCLA award winners Hannah Smith, Katie Nelson, Tiffany Patrick, Khristina Stevens, Dominique Cook and Sarah Smith, as was HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) award winner Shane Asher, all of Creighton High School. They’ve earned hearty congratulations on all their hard work.

Crofton girls earn ninth-straight cross country title
Congratulations are in order for the Crofton Warriors. The girls brought home their ninth-straight Class D cross country title, matching the state record of consecutive titles held by Lincoln Southeast. It was the Crofton girls’ 18th state title. Congrats to coaches Jason and Jayne Arens and all the athletes and fans at Crofton. Good work!

ESU #1 staff developers earn recognition from NDE
The four staff developers at Educational Service Unit #1 were recently recognized for their efforts and dedication in improving the lives of Native American youth and families in Nebraska. During the Oct. 6 Native American Symposium at Wayne State College, Kellen Conroy, Chris Good, Amy Hill and Rhonda Jindra were presented with plaques and quilts from NDE, recognizing each as a 2014 Friend of American Indian Education award winner. Congratulations!
From left: Rhonda Jindra, Amy Hill, Chris Good and Kellen Conroy pose with their plaques and quilts. The quilts were made by Bonnie Little Dog. (Thanks to Mary Ann Losh for sharing the pic.)

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 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.

 

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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.

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