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5662194a9b309 Winter season pep rally at Waverly High School
Winter season pep rally at Waverly High School

District News Update 12-08-15

December 08, 2015

The first semester is almost over! There has been plenty of evidence of success regarding the excellence that is occurring in School District 145 - Waverly. This update includes a variety of information about students and events, Nebraska State Report Card, and a summary of the discussion and actions taken at the December Board of Education meeting.

Evidence of Learning and Student Success

The annual Community Care Drive is an opportunity for students and families to give back to their communities and to demonstrate service in action. The food pantries in our district rely on this drive to keep people fed throughout the year. Thank you to everyone that made a donation as all food items directly benefit the Eagle and Waverly food pantry. 

On November 23, Taryn Goodban was at the Commissioner's Recognition held at the State Capitol Rotunda. She was recognized for placing 2nd overall at FCCLA nationals this past summer.  The Commissioner's Recognition is for Student Excellence in Career Education. After the ceremony Taryn, her entire family, Mr. Ricenbaw (principal), and Mrs. Gregory (WHS teacher) went to the Governor's Mansion for a reception.

The cast and crew performed "It's a Wonderful Life" in front of a large audience at Waverly High School auditorium. 

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District 145 received the Governor's Health Award. WHS Nurse Josalynn Stauss displays the certificate along with the Lt. Governor and Special Education Director Delanie McMillan (left)
WHS student Taryn Goodban is honored for her success by Lt. Governor Foley (L) and Dept. of Education Commissioner Blomstedt (R) at the state capitol
Cast and Crew "It's a Wonderful Life"

Our school district was one of 43 Nebraska employers representing 28 communities  honored for developing and implementing successful workplace wellness programs. The Governor’s Wellness Award was created to recognize Nebraska employers who dedicate leadership, resources and time to wellness efforts in the workplace. Each applicant must provide information in the areas of leadership support, data collection, intervention strategies, communication planning, policy support, and evaluation and health outcomes. “Employers receiving this award are committed to employee health and well-being,” Gov. Pete Ricketts said.  “Worksite wellness programs positively affect the health and productivity of employees as well as the bottom line.  Most importantly, worksite wellness is an opportunity for Nebraskans to live healthy lives, improve quality of life and help grow a healthier Nebraska for the next generation.” 

Congratulations to WHS student Justin Hennessy Named Thursday Night Lights Scholar Athlete of the Year. Each year for teams that play in the Thursday Night spotlight football game televised by Fox 42 and cw15 a player from each team is eligible to qualify for the scholar Athlete of the Year and a chance to win a scholarship funded by IBEW and the Sinclair Broadcast Group. This season, in our week leading up to the Thursday night live broadcast game at Bennington, Justin Hennessy was chosen as the scholar athlete of the week for Waverly High School. On November 16th, we were informed that Justin was named the Thursday Night Lights Scholar Athlete of the Year!

A group of WHS students have been working on a Campus Beautification plan for the past year or so. They have been coordinating with Mrs. Spath and FFA, with Mr. Gregory and NHS, and other students who are interested in volunteering. The goal has been to clean up current landscaping areas, and begin to design and develop new possibilities. Justin Evertson from UNL has been gracious to work with this group. Mr. Evertson stated "I had a terrific time working with a bunch of great students planting trees around the high school. In about 2 hours, we were able to plant 18 trees at various locations around the building, with several planted in the open and wind-swept area of the south lawn near the parking lot. I was so impressed with the good attitude and hard work of the students. They dug holes, planted trees and hauled mulch. They got a little dirty, seemed to have a good time and none of them complained about the cold and the wind. It did my heart good!"

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Nebraska’s new accountability system results were released on December 4th by the Nebraska Department of Education. All public schools and districts were classified into one of four performance areas: Excellent, Great, Good, or Needs Improvement. District 145 – Waverly was classified among the “GREAT” school districts statewide. “Great” is the rating received by WHS, WMS, and Hamlow Elementary, while both Eagle and Waverly Intermediate School are rated “Good.” Click here to read full story

December 7, 2015 Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education met on December 7 at the district office.

During the meeting, a report was provided on construction progress plus the projects planned for the second phase of the bond issue. This is still in the planning stages. A written report covering Waverly High School Activities was provided by Mr. Brad McMillan. Click here for details. 

Committee reports were given by: Planning and Development - reported that personnel contract negotiations are making progress; Performance and Assessment - reported that courses at WHS are being considered for adjustment; Foundation for Education report provided by Jessica Zuniga (board member representative to the Foundation) - teacher grants awarded; individual board members reported on their attendance at the Nebraska Association of School Board conference. Waverly High School students made a presentation during the conference regarding student leadership.

A discussion regarding high school class rank occurred at the meeting. Last spring a conversation with the board started the discussion regarding the possibility of using a marked point, or 4.0, scale for the purpose of recognizing student academic achievement for class rank for high school students. Currently, board policy specifies that a valedictorian and salutatorian will be recognized as the top academic students, which is based upon a percentage grade. Click here to read the report. No action was taken at the meeting. After discussion, the policy committee was directed to bring a proposal to the board at a future meeting. Any change would require a revision to board policy, and policy changes require two separate readings before a change becomes effective. 

The Board took action to:

1. Accept the 2014-15 Fiscal Year Audit conducted by Romans, Wiemer and Associates. It was reported that receipts in the General Fund exceeded expenditures and the General Fund showed a net increase for the fiscal year, which ended August 31, 2015. The financial audit was submitted to the state of Nebraska for additional review.

2. Approve the second reading of board policy 5050 - Foreign Exchange Students. 

3. Approve a proposal from Creative Sites to install age appropriate playground equipment and surface at Eagle Elementary for the Early Childhood program. A fenced in area is required by the Nebraska Department of Education. Grant funding will be utilized for the project, which will be completed in the spring. 

4. Conducted the performance evaluation of Dr. Bill Heimann, superintendent, and approved extending the superintendent contract through June 30, 2018.

The board discussed the district's annual report, establishing board goals, using an E-meeting system, and upcoming meetings and activities. 

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