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54a45808da4a2 5th grade students from Waverly and Eagle experience their first Youth Frontiers retreat together at Eagle Elementary - thanks to the Foundation for Education
5th grade students from Waverly and Eagle experience their first Youth Frontiers retreat together at Eagle Elementary - thanks to the Foundation for Education

Celebrating 2014

With the school year already at the half-way point, it is time to look back at the past year before moving forward into 2015. Every year there are many great accomplishments by our students, and 2014 provided countless examples of excellence in District 145.  There are so many events and achievements that it is not possible to remember or recognize them all. I am proud of all our students and staff. With the fantastic partnership we have with parents and district patrons, 2015 brings more opportunities for the tradition of excellence to continue!

Every time I visit a school and have a chance to interact with students and staff, or attend a student activity it is a memorable event for me. There were several unique experiences that that were especially significant to me in 2014. These events were important to me because they gave me a chance to learn about the history of our district, and talk with people who have experienced our school district from the past and present.

  • Last spring a time capsule was dug up at Waverly Intermediate School, which was buried 30 years ago when it was our high school.
  • Last spring there was a dedication of the flag pole at Eagle Elementary that was made possible by a donation from the Caddy family, along with landscaping improvements supported by the Eagle PTE.
  • Last summer I was asked to give a tour at Waverly Intermediate School as part of a 50 year class reunion (class of 1964) for Waverly High School. There were many who attended and shared stories of their experiences, and also of the impact that WHS had on their lives.
  • Annual Veterans Day Ceremony - the tribute shared amongst veterans and students is a sobering reminder of the sacrifices made by the men and women in the military.
  • This fall the celebration of 85 years for our Waverly FFA chapter was incredible!


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54a45808da4a2Students are excited about the elementary art program added in 2014
Students are excited about the elementary art program added in 2014

The history and traditions in our district are shaped over a period of many years. I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the history of the organization and recognize the impact it has had on students.

Reading, writing, and arithmetic still occur every day in our schools. Many other subjects and curricula are part of the daily routine. A major component of public schools is teaching students to be a good person, a positive citizen, and someone who understands the value of helping others and giving back to the community.

Every classroom (grades K-12) exposed students to the characteristics of leadership, service, and scholarship in 2014. Students are given multiple opportunities to learn, and sometimes that learning came in the form of challenges or adversity. If you had the time to review all of the school newsletter articles, school Facebook posts and photos, websites, and newspaper clippings from 2014, you would be astounded at tremendous amount of accomplishments demonstrated by our students.

Just before the semester break, Waverly High School hosted an "Excellence Rally" to recognize student success. Click here to read a summary report of that event.

The Nebraska Department of Education, as mandated by the state and federal government, has implemented an accountability mechanism, primarily based on standardized tests and graduation rates. Although our district scores well, another barometer for our school district, and of all public schools, is the success found in our communities. District 145 is filled with adults who are alumni of WHS - or alumni of Nebraska's public schools, and our communities are thriving! When I spent time talking with people (at the previously mentioned 2014 events), it became apparent to me that District 145 graduates are thriving all over the country!


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54a45808da4a2Viking Power!
Viking Power!

The success of our students in 2015 and beyond depends upon the excellent learning environment and opportunities provided by District 145 staff, and the continued cooperation between District 145, parents and patrons! Thank you for a great 2014!

 

Celebrate 2014

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