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November 2016: Phase 2 construction projects are wrapped up except for a few items that are being addressed as part of the final punch list. The surface under the playground equipment at Hamlow Elementary had to be redone last month and the rubber surface fall zone was installed. Students have been enjoying the full use of the playground area. Secure entrances and the upgraded video surveillance systems are operating. The entrances at WHS are finished. Furniture at Waverly High School media center and two pod areas have been installed, along with new office furniture at Hamlow Elementary. Details of the Phase 3 planning for Waverly Intermediate School upgrades are in progress.
August 2016: As of August 2, the south parking lot at WHS is close to 90% complete. Concrete has been poured in Viking Stadium and the only remaining location to pour is the segment from Amberly Road to the MS entrance. Then the concrete needs to cure, get sealed and striping will be added. Carpet has been installed at WHS in classrooms, pod areas, media center, offices, music rooms and auditorium. New doors have been installed in the HS science rooms and storage areas have been added where some of the student lockers were removed in the pod areas. Security camera installation is nearing completion and network cabling is closer to completion. Exterior doors at WHS are in the process of being replaced and the exterior entrance areas at the north and south entrances have been painted. The HS Band room is still awaiting arrival of new storage cabinets but flooring has been replaced. Flooring is nearing completion at Hamlow Elementary, lighting upgrades are nearly complete, the gym and stage floor has been replaced, and classroom wall coverings are installed. The administrative office has been painted and a restroom is being remodeled for ADA accessibility. The student restrooms have new lights, tile walls and flooring are being installed and new fixtures are being set. Lighting in the restrooms has been replaced. Flooring in the art room has been replaced and network cabling is still being installed, along with security cameras. The playground concrete has been poured and we are waiting for the rubber playground surface until temperatures are cool enough for several days (under 90 degrees) to install the material.
Hamlow Elementary asphalt playground has been removed and replaced by concrete. The surface under the playground equipment is ready for concrete to be poured after excavation of dirt and about a foot of woodchips that had been under the playground equipment. There will be a new rubber surface. The gym and stage floor has been removed, four sets of student restrooms have been demolished, administrative office area flooring and windows have been removed, tack wall surfaces in classrooms have been removed, and the classroom space used by the Waverly Community Pre-School has been completely demolished. From this demolition there are signs of new plumbing, new lighting, fresh coat of paint in the gym, and preparations to put all of these spaces back into order.
The network cabling installation at Eagle Elementary, Hamlow Elementary, W.I.S. and WHS is nearing completion. By the end of the July we will be installing new servers, switches, and other hardware to bring the network back to life.
May 2016: Waverly High School parking lot and Viking stadium asphalt and concrete removal started in the middle of May and is progressing. WHS furniture has been removed from classrooms, carpet is being removed, and some computer equipment has been moved to WMS. Network cabling is being pulled out of the ceilings to make way for new network cabling that will greatly increase the network bandwidth. Hamlow Elementary playground asphalt has been removed. Fixtures in restrooms at Hamlow Elementary have been removed and block walls are being demolished. Floor tile at Hamlow has been removed from the stage as well as gym floor in preparation for new flooring. Click here for construction update article from May 4, 2016 regarding project details.
On September 26-28, an external accreditation team visited School District 145 - Waverly as part of our accreditation process. AdvancED is the global leader in providing continuous improvement and accreditation services to over 32,000 institutions serving 20 million students worldwide. Visit the AdvancED website to learn more.
According to AdvancED: "We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. While our expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, AdvancED is far from a typical accrediting agency. Our goal isn’t to certify that schools are good enough. Rather, our commitment is to help schools improve. That’s why the AdvancED Standards for Quality require each school to be reviewed in a way that is appropriate to its mission and purpose.
These Standards are research-based, comprehensive quality statements that describe conditions and factors that contribute to a quality educational experience and operational effectiveness. Our research confirms our beliefs that every school requires:
The five-person team spent three days interviewing teachers, staff, students, administrators, school board members, and parents gathering evidence to determine district accreditation. Team members visited each school building and in addition to the interviews, they also conducted classroom observations.
AdvancED assigned the members of the team. District-wide accreditation requires that two members of the team (including the chair) are from outside of Nebraska. Ms. Karen Flora, from Indiana, led the team. Other team members included vice-chair Ms. Kate Damgaard (Papillion-LaVista Public Schools), Dr. JoAnn Stevens (Arizona), Dr. Brad Conner (Nebraska Department of Education), and Mr. Jason Sutter (Kearney Public Schools).
They presented the "exit" report to all district staff at Waverly High School auditorium on Wednesday, September 28. A full report will be provided to the district at a later date. The team shared many positives from their visit.
Commendations were given for a focus on implementation of the District's Essential Student Outcomes, the use of teaming for curricular processes, having classroom environments with a strong culture of inclusion and positive reinforcement, and a student transition plan to assist students in their educational journey. It was also stated that visionary leadership permeates the system at all levels, innovation and collaboration are realized system-wide when teams are given time and permission to try new ideas, and there is a sense of community as relationships are fostered at all levels of the system and with stakeholders. Other themes included a wise use of resources, an updated technology infrastructure, well maintained and clean schools and social/emotional support programs to focus on the whole child.
As part of any continuous improvement process, required actions will be identified as part of the written report which will be provided in the near future. Items that must be addressed over the next two years, with a follow-up report submitted to AdvancED to verify completion of these actions will be given as part of the official report.
The Quality Assurance Review Team has determined that District 145 ‐Waverly must act on the following:
1. Define a comprehensive assessment system with multiple measures that will generate information on student achievement and progress.
To view the report as shared by the external team, Click here. On slide #22, the overall ratings for each standard are reported. The team made the recommendation for district accreditation, which will be submitted to the Nebraska Department of Education.
A special thanks to the school improvement teams and principals at each school. Mr. Scott Blum, Director of Learning, has provided leadership throughout this process. The accreditation process validates the educational opportunities already in place, and provides us additional direction as we continue to strive for ways to improve.
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