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School is out for the summer and the Phase 2 construction projects are in full swing. Periodic updates and photos will be posted to show what is being done.
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.
Congratulations to the Waverly High School Girls Track and Field Team for winning the 2016 Class B Track and Field Championship held at Omaha Burke stadium. The state meet started off strong with the WHS 400 meter relay team claiming gold for the second consecutive year. Their time of 48.97 seconds was only .02 seconds away from the class B record! They also ended the state meet with a victory in the 1600 meter relay to clinch the team title!
Ashley and Amanda Cook finished 1-2 in the 300 meter hurdles and finished third and fourth in the 100 meter hurdles at the state meet. Ashley Cook added a silver medal when she placed second in the 400 meter dash.
The victory is the first in Viking history for the girls track team. Head Coach Ken Adkisson's team had a fantastic season, and the boys track and field team added three gold medals at Burke Stadium in 2016 en route to a fifth place team finish.
WHS pole vaulter Isaiah Brown won a all-class gold after he cleared 15' in the pole vault. Austin Lowell claimed victory in the class B triple jump, and the boys 400 meter relay team joined the girls as state champs! The winning relay team consisted of Austin Lowell, Austin Gray, Brayden Dowding and Chase Keller.
Congratulations Viking athletes and coaches for a fantastic season!
The month of May is packed with school activities, events and recognition. We are finishing another fantastic school year and making the most of every day of learning available. The last day of school for students is May 17.
On May 4 Waverly High School held its annual Honors Convocation to recognize the numerous accomplishments of students. As Star Wars fans (and Mr. Blake TobyWanKenobi) stated "May the fourth be with you!" During national teacher week, it was fitting to recognize so many student achievements, as we have excellent teachers, coaches and activity sponsors that provide support and guidance to challenge our students to develop and utilize their talents.
One of our many valuable community partners is Horizon Bank. Each year they provide funding for our School Messenger system that allows us to send alert messages to students, staff, parents and patrons. During the past school year this program has continued to provide an efficient means to communicate. From August 2015 through April 2016, we successfully delivered 17,504 phone calls, 444,889 emails, and 195,247 text messages. By comparison, during our first year of implementation (2012-13) with School Messenger, we sent fewer than 110,000 emails, 52,500 text messages and 49,245 phone calls.
Our social media presence continues to grow, with 3,276 "likes" on our Facebook pages, which gives us an average reach for every post to reach thousands of viewers! Another program that continues to grow is electronic payments to our hot lunch program. The "E-Funds" service is provided at no extra cost to our district thanks to our membership in the Nebraska School Boards Association. End users pay a fee for transactions. The total number of transactions this year has grown to more than 2,700 deposits, which totals approximately $172,500 - or about 30% of total lunch revenues collected. This is nearly $50,000 more in electronic payments than last year.
The Waverly Education Association hosted their annual recognition event on May 4th to honor teachers retiring or those with 25 years of service. Teachers retiring at the conclusion of this school year are Jacque Kidder, Teri Lindquist, Gaye McCallum, Jean McGill, and Nancy Pietzyk. They have 149 years of combined service to the district, which equates to thousands of students impacted! Twenty-five year service awards were presented to Susie Lehr and Lori Koutecky. Thank you for the tremendous dedication to our school district!
On May 15 we celebrate the Class of 2016 during the Waverly High School Commencement ceremony. Another great group of individuals will move on to the next stage of their lives.
The student success acheived this year would not be possible without the cooperative efforts of students, staff, parents and community.
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