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5543dfacb2320 High Ability Learner fourth graders across the district presented their projects at Eagle Elementary
5th Grade High Ability Learner projects displayed at Eagle Elementary
High Ability Learner fourth graders across the district presented their projects at Eagle Elementary

District News Update 5-05-15

As the end of the school year rapidly approaches, there is a renewed focus to meet the goals established at the start of the year. Students spend only 1100 hours in  school each year, and by comparison they will spend over 2000 hours at home in the summer months before the next school year begins. Despite the limited amount of time students are in classrooms, there is a tremendous amount of research that connects education to future success a student will have as an adult. In the past few weeks, there has been ample evidence in District 145 that our students are on the fast track to future success. 

On April 30, two Waverly Middle School teachers, Ms. Chree Hopkins and Mrs. Ann Vrana, and three students, Averie Lambrecht, Sean Hummel, and Sydney Schernikau traveled to the Century Link Center in Omaha for the Nebraska Educational Technology Conference. They demonstrated a project they completed in conjunction with the 8th grade literacy class. Click here to learn more.

For those who attended the Honors Convocation at Waverly High School at the end of April, it is apparent that students are taking full advantage of the opportunities provided. Our high school staff are an integral part of student success. The accomplishments are far too great to compile a comprehensive list here. Waverly High School student Hunter Rodenslaben was featured on Lance's Journal at 10/11 News for his inspiration and huge following on Twitter Athlete Nation, the WHS Slam Poetry team had another great season, our WHS vocal and instrumental district music groups earned top ratings (again), and there were state champions and national qualifiers in FCCLA, state champions and national qualifiers in FFA, and national qualifiers in FBLA!! Those are only a few examples of recent success. 

Students in the high ability learner program displayed their talents and interests during an open house at Eagle Elementary for grades 4 and 5, while HAL projects for middle school students were presented in Waverly. Many field trips are occuring this spring to provide students additional, educational learning experiences that enhance the classroom. Each activity creates a memory that forever connects the student with District 145! 

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5543dfacb23205th Grade Drama Day at Waverly High School
Parent-Teacher Organization Fun Night held at Hamlow Elementary included games, activities, and a fun run/walk event.
5th Grade Drama Day at Waverly High School

Each student in our school district has unique talents and interests, and we are fortunate to be trusted by parents as partners to nurture the development of every student. According to the parent survey conducted in 2015, there is a great deal of support for our school district. We have a tremendous staff that works hard to help every child. Each day we have an opportunity to make our schools better, and the parent feedback will help us celebrate what we are doing well, and identify how we can continue to improve. To view the 2015 parent survey results - click here to access the related article. 

Registration is in progress for the Early Childhood program at Eagle Elementary. Click here for more information and for a registration form. 

Remember there is an early dismissal for students on May 6 to allow time for teacher in-service. The last day of school is Friday, May 22 and students will attend a half-day in the morning. Staggered dismissal times are necessary to accommodate district provided transportation. 

There is still time to register for the Foundation for Education golf tournament and family fun event to be held on May 28. 

Board of Education May Meeting Highlights

The Board of Education met on Monday, May 4. During each monthly meeting a presentation is given. Mr. Lucas Bingham, Technology Director, presented information regarding the technology and services provided in our district. A special thank you was mentioned for Horizon Bank for providing financial support by paying the cost of our School Messenger District Alert system. During the past school year this program has continued to provide an efficient means to communicate with parents, students, and staff. From August 2014 through April 2015, we successfully delivered 24,341 phone calls; 206,373 emails; and 169,965 text messages through this system.

I (superintendent) reported on the 2015 parent survey results. I also reported on proposed legislation, as well as the STANCE meeting where Governor Ricketts addressed STANCE school superintendents. 

Committee reports were given and specific recommendations were given during action items listed on the meeting agenda. Member Jessica Zuniga reported on her attendance at the Foundation for Education meeting.

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5543dfacb2320Eagle and Waverly Elementary school 4th graders spent the day at Camp Creek experiencing Nebraska history.
Eagle and Waverly Elementary school 4th graders spent the day at Camp Creek experiencing Nebraska history.

The board took action to:

1. Approve the hiring of teachers for next school year and accept a donation of tools from Lincoln Truck Center for the high school Industrial Technology program.

2. Approve out of state travel for students. 

3. Approve the purchase of a pick-up truck as a district maintenance vehicle, at the state contracted amount not to exceed $29,000.

4. Approve offering health insurance to qualified employees effective September 1, 2015, as required by the federal Affordable Care Act

5. Declare several vehicles as surplus.

6. Approve the purchase of curriculum materials for the Health Sciences in an amount not to exceed $23,000. There are approximately 100 high school students that have signed up for the new course offerings for next school year. The new resource materials includes a digital, online access to resource materials for every student.

7. Approve the second reading for Board Policies 5021, 5023, 4320.

8. Approve the first reading for Board Policies 2000, 2020, 2300, 2400.

9. Approve the conditional list of Waverly High School graduates, pending completion of all district and state educational requirements.

Discussion was held:

A. Regarding the presentation at the April meeting by a school community group interested in raising funds for the purpose of installing synthetic turf at Viking Stadium. The board identified a need for additional information prior to making a decision whether or not to support this project.

B. About board policy 5028 – Valedictorian and Salutatorian and student recognition at commencement. Information was provided to consider a marked point (4.0 scale) system for recognizing the top academic students. The policy committee will continue to gather information. 

C. About the process used to determine compensation for classified staff. 

D. About the District 145 Staff Survey and how board members will review the results once the survey is completed. 

Before adjourning the meeting, the board discussed upcoming committee meetings, and selected dates for special meetings to review bids related to construction projects for the bond issue, and training opportunities. 

The next monthly board meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 1, starting at 7:00p.m.

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District News Update May 2015

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