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5522e076cab94 Waverly Intermediate School student shares during the 2015 Grandparent/V.I.P. Day
Grandparents share time with Waverly Intermediate School students
Waverly Intermediate School student shares during the 2015 Grandparent/V.I.P. Day

District News Update April 7, 2015

Spring has arrived! School District 145 is entering the final stretch for the 2014-15 school year. The flurry of activities and events includes opportunities to continue student learning, NeSA (state mandated testing), field trips, school activities, and community service projects!

Waverly High School students Emily Clarke, Britni Kucera and Amanda Jordon are organizing a Food Drive for an English project. They are learning about social issues, but instead of just reading, writing, or speaking about the topic, students are taking action too. This group is doing their part to end hunger. Please help them out by donating to the local food bank (non-perishable items). Items can be dropped off at Lovegrove's in Waverly or the grocery store in Eagle. The drive is from April 1st through the 15th. They are one of many student groups involved in supporting our communities.

Recently our high school advanced placement biology students utilized the new Wi-Fi microscopes to determine the relative time a cell spends in each portion of the cell cycle. Click here to see photos. This equipment was made possible through one of the many classroom grants provided by the District 145 Foundation for Education! Generous support from individuals and community businesses/organizations provides enhanced student opportunities. Mark your calendars to participate in the FFE golf tournament on May 28 or click here to learn more about the tournament and the Foundation for Education.

Last week was "World Autism Day." Students at Waverly Intermediate School received a special visit from 10/11 News in Lincoln to recognize our school, staff, and students for the "Circle of Friends." The story aired last week, click here to view it in case you missed it! This is only one of many ways that our students are staff work together throughout the school year to do our best to provide every student with a safe and supportive learning environment.

We are working to start a new early childhood program at Eagle Elementary for the 2015-16 school year. If you, or someone you know, is interested in completing an application for a child who will be age 3 or 4, contact Eagle Elementary, or click here for more information.

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5522e076cab94Students enjoy themselves at the annual PTE Fun Night at Eagle Elementary
Students enjoy themselves at the annual PTE Fun Night at Eagle Elementary

Kindergarten Round-Up was held in March and we again expect a sizeable number of kindergartners for next school year. Option enrollment applications, for students who do not live in our district but want to attend District 145, have been processed for next year as well. If you, or someone you know, is interested in having their child attend District 145 but has not yet made application, please contact the school building or call our central office at 402-786-2321. 

Congratulations to:

Waverly High School students that competed at the University of Nebraska Lincoln Economics Challenge. We had 15 students qualify (out of over 800 students around the state) for this opportunity. In the Adam Smith Division (AP/Honors) WHS finished 6th. The 5 teams in front of us were all full-year, AP courses at Class A schools. We have Honors for 1/2 year at WHS. In the David Ricardo Division (survey course) we finished 10th, 9th and 2nd! Second place was honored with medals, a trophy, and cash prizes. The 2nd place team consisted of Seth Howe, Philip Faughn, Austin Loveless, and Tony Trausch.

The cast and crew at the Waverly High School Drama Department for the excellent production "Almost Maine."

Riley Westerholt for finishing 7th in Class B Poetry at the Nebraska State Speech Championships!

The Eastern Midlands Conference Academic All-Conference selections for Waverly High School are:  Boddy Sawyer, Trevor Spath, and Justin Hennessy were the Wrestling nominees. Samantha Hart, Madeline Miller, Madison Neuhalfen, McKenna Rogers, Sarah Schuelke, Ashley Cook, Amanda Cook, Mikenzie Delgado, and Kelsey Doran represented the Girls Basketball Team.  Grant McGill, Conner Stutheit, Andrew Miesbach, Jacob Schneider, and Ben Warner were named to the All-Conference Academic Team for Boys Basketball. Representing Speech was Christine Cooper and Emily Weissling.

The NSAA Academic All-State Award Winners for Winter Activities were selected -  representing Waverly in Speech was Nathan Becker and Christine Cooper; for wrestling, Justin Hennessey and Trevor Spath; for boys and girls basketball Andrew Miesbach, Jacob Schneider, Ashley Cook and Mikenzie Delgado.

Mr. Scott Blum, District 145 Director of Learning, for his selection to present at the national conference for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, held in March 2015.

Board of Education April Meeting

The Board of Education met on Monday, April 6 at Eagle Elementary. During each monthly meeting a presentation is given. Mrs. Delanie McMillan, Special Education Director, presented information regarding the programs and services provided in our district.

I (superintendent) reported on the Teammates Mentoring Program that will be implemented next school year for middle/high school students. A special thanks to Mrs. Sarah Harms for leading this process and teachers Mrs. Christy Scott and Mrs. Mallory Gregory, who will serve as building coordinators. If you are interested in supporting this program to help students, please contact us for additional information. I also reported that the two new school busses have been purchased and have been delivered to for use in our transportation fleet.

Prior to the regular April meeting, board members met with representatives from DLR Group to discuss summer projects that will be part of the bond issue projects. The remodeling of Eagle Elementary, including the 1974 portion of the school was reviewed. The roof replacement at Waverly High School, and the EIFS at both Eagle and WHS are on the project list for the summer. The addition of fiber optic cabling in Waverly was also discussed. The timeline presented by DLR is to begin accepting bids for the projects in April, and board consideration to approve the construction bids would occur in May with work scheduled for summer.

A public hearing was held for public comment regarding amending the 2014-15 budget for the purpose of amending the Special Building Fund budget to reflect the sale of general obligation bonds. No visitors commented during the public hearing.

Committee reports were given and specific recommendations were given during action items listed on the meeting agenda. Member Cheryl Landon reported on her attendance at the National School Boards Association Conference held in Nashville, Tennessee.

The board took action to:

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5522e076cab94WHS Band Instructor Mr. Rohlfs presents the new uniforms to the Board of Education at the April 6 meeting.
WHS Band Instructor Mr. Rohlfs presents the new uniforms to the Board of Education at the April 6 meeting.

1. Accept the resignations of staff members, including several teacher retirements effective at the conclusion of the school year.

2. Approve out of state travel for students. 

3. Approve the Waverly Community Pre-School contract for 2015-16.

4. Approve the expansion of the elementary art program for 2015-16. 

5. Declare a list of techology items as surplus.

6. Approve the expenditure of nearly $105,000 to purchase high school band uniforms.

7. Approve the second reading for board policies 3100, 3105, 3106, 3110, 5002.

8. Approve the first reading for board policies 5021, 5023, 4320.

9. Approve an employment contract with George Schere as the 2015-16 Waverly Middle School assistant principal.

A presentation was made regarding a school community group that is interested in raising funds for the purpose of installing field turf at Viking Stadium. The board took no action on this presentation and it was understood that the costs for this project would need to be generated through donations.

Before adjourning the meeting, the board discussed upcoming committee meetings and training opportunities. 

The next monthly board meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 4, starting at 7:00p.m.

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