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502a4fd926cbf Kindergarten students (Class of 2025) learn routines the first week of school.
Students are working hard on their first day!
Kindergarten students (Class of 2025) learn routines the first week of school.

District News Update 8-20-12

Photos, NeSA, New Lunch Regulations, Pledge of Allegiance

The school year is off to a fantastic start, thanks to the collective efforts of our students, staff, and parents! Students in every building are adjusting to the school routines, getting acquainted with teachers and staff. Children are making new friends and becoming reacquainted with each other. 

This update contains information about NeSA tests, federal regulations for breakfast and lunch, and the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Click below to view photos from Waverly Middle School.

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Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA)

On Tuesday, August 21 the Nebraska Department of Education will make available test scores from the previous school year.

Last spring, 3rd-8th and 11th grade students participated in the Nebraska State Accountability Tests (NeSA).  It was the third year for the statewide reading test (NeSA-R), the second year for math (NeSA-M). The first year for science (NeSA-S) test was conducted in grades 5, 8, and 11. Writing test (NeSA-W) information was released last spring.

This is a one-time test of student performance. Parents will receive their child’s “Individual Student Report," which will be sent home with students on August 24. More detailed information regarding public schools in Nebraska will be available in the State of Schools Report released to the public by NDE in November.  

The best source of information for any individual child regarding the academic performance is the classroom teacher. Our plan for continual school improvement is dependent upon teacher-led and/or teacher involved processes. Each building in our district will be reviewing NeSA data during School Improvement Process activities. 

Regarding the NeSA scores in our district, our average scale score at each building was comparable to, or above the state average. The vast majority of our students meet or exceed the state proficiency expectations. Although NeSA information is important, it will not become our focus, nor will we draw conclusions from just the NeSA data. Please remember, this is only one test, and doesn’t reflect all of the learning that takes place. Our staff that has made a "Commitment to Excellence" to provide the best possible educational opportunities for all students. We are pleased with the results, but we are not satisfied. We will focus on the positive results and continue to strive to get better.  

Information is available on NDE’s website starting August 21:  http://www.education.ne.gov


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502a4fd926cbfStudents get started on another year of learning!
Second grade class poses for a picture.
Students get started on another year of learning!

Federal breakfast and lunch regulations are being implemented this year. Parents and students may notice changes in the lunch menu this year. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Phillip Steffen, Food Service Director. His office is located at Waverly Middle School. 

Improving child nutrition is the focal point of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA).

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 directed USDA to update the NSLP’s meal pattern and nutrition standards based on the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The new meal pattern goes into effect at the beginning of SY 2012-13, and increases the availability of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in the school menu. New dietary specifications set specific calorie limits to ensure age-appropriate meals for grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. 

Other meal enhancements include gradual reductions in the sodium content of the meals (sodium targets must be reached by SY 2014-15, SY 2017-18 and SY 2022-23). While school lunches must meet Federal meal requirements, decisions about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared are made by local school food authorities.

Our focus this year is to reduce calories and sodium intake in our breakfast and lunch program.  Also provide more whole grain products for breakfast and lunch.  Our breakfast and lunch menus with look different from last year. Our menus will follow regulated USDA new meal pattern requirement guidelines. We will be serving more variety of fruits and vegetables, more whole grain products while working to reduce sodium content.

Changes of the following:

Breakfast menus - focus on low calorie, high nutrition breakfast.

Lunch - All lunches must include at least one serving of fruit or vegetable to qualify for a complete lunch.

Waverly Middle School:

Breakfast menus - focus on low calorie, high nutrition breakfast.  Ala carte breakfast items will be sold in addition to our breakfast menu.

Lunch - All lunches must include at least one serving of fruit or vegetable or 1 serving of both to qualify as a complete lunch.  Any lunches not meeting requirements with be charged as ala carte items.

The food service director will meet with student council every month for feedback from the students. New ideas and suggestions are always welcome.

Waverly High School:

Breakfast menus - focus on low calorie, high nutrition breakfast.  Ala carte breakfast items will be sold in addition to our breakfast menu.

Lunch - All lunches must include at least one serving of fruit or vegetable or 1 serving of both to qualify as a complete lunch.  Any lunches not meeting requirements with be charged as ala carte items.

Students will be able to choose daily from our Entree menu or students can choose a hot sandwich in place of the day's Entree (ex. hamburger, chicken sandwich, grilled cheese, etc.)

We will be incorporating new products in the service area throughout the year. The food service director will meet with student council every month for feedback from the students. New ideas and suggestions are always welcome.

Our Food service staff will be in the kitchen to answer and staff or student questions.  We will also be informing the students and helping them during breakfast and lunch with the new meal pattern.


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A crane prepares to remove a cooling unit from the roof of Waverly Intermediate School on Saturday, August 18.

Pledge of Allegiance

The State Board of Education voted last week to approve changes to Rule 10 (Accreditation). These changes include a provision requiring recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance each school day. The exact language of the revised rule states:

Each public school district shall require each such district's schools to establish a period of time during the school day, when a majority of pupils is scheduled to be present, during which pupils will be led in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in the presence of the flag of the United States of America, in grades kindergarten through twelve. Pupil participation in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance shall be voluntary. Pupils not participating in the recitation of the Pledge shall be permitted to silently stand or remain seated, but shall be required to respect the rights of those pupils electing to participate.


The revisions to Rule 10 are now awaiting approval by the Attorney General and, finally, the Governor. It is anticipated that both the Attorney General and Governor will sign off on the proposed language.

Students have always been reciting the pledge in grades K-5; the middle school has implemented the daily pledge, and WHS will determine the best way to implement as well.

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District Update August 20, 2012

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