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5820dbb4969fd Grandparent and special VIP visitors spent time at Hamlow Elementary Nov 4 2016
Grandparent and special VIP visitors spent time at Hamlow Elementary Nov 4 2016

District News Update 11-08-16

November is a time to give thanks, celebrate success, and prepare for the future. Before long, the Thanksgiving holiday will be upon us. It is a time to look back on the year, as well as our local, state, and national history to consider all of the people who have made our communities a great place to be.

Recently, Eagle Elementary and Hamlow Elementary held their annual Grandparent/VIP event. This brought hundreds of people into our schools to spend time with students and staff. It is a great opportunity for our teachers to learn more about students and their families, as well as a time for generations to reminisce and share about their educational experiences. Veteran's Day will be celebrated this week. We will have ceremonies in our schools that help our students gain a better understanding of the freedoms we enjoy due to the sacrifices of those who serve, or have served our country.

Election day is an opportunity for citizens to engage in the democratic process. We are fortunate to have a system that allows us to examine issues and engage in dialogue about addressing our challenges at the local, state, and national level. Our students are learning that the integrity of any person elected to represent us is just as important and the candidate's ideas for making our government better. There is a lot of hope and optimism for our future, and one only has to visit one of our schools to observe that great things are happening. 

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5820dbb4969fdYouth Frontiers Retreat held at WMS for all 7th graders
Youth Frontiers Retreat held at Eagle Elementary School for all 5th graders
Youth Frontiers Retreat held at WMS for all 7th graders

A group of Waverly High School 9th grade students visited the Waverly Care Center last week to talk with residents, while other 9th grade students volunteered at the People's City Mission. On that same morning, WHS seniors were encouraged to take college visits, job shadow an adult, or take the ASVAB, while WHS juniors engaged in preparation for the ACT (required test for all 11th graders this year) and they learned about financial literacy. Sophomores took the pre-ACT and freshman worked on their personal learning plans along with the other service/career activities. The 5th grade students gathered together at Eagle Elementary for the Youth Frontiers Kindness retreat, and the 7th grade students had their YF Courage Retreat at WMS. At each of these sessions, WHS students helped facilitate the conversations with the younger students. The Foundation for Education sponsored these day long retreats, investing thousands of dollars to support our students. Leadership and service is a regular occurrence in our schools. During Red Ribbon week, students pledged to make good choices, and refrain from using harmful substances. 

We are fortunate to have the support of our communities. Your help allows us to focus on academic achievement, as well as emphasizing the development of personal skills and characteristics that makes each student unique. What we talk about in schools is just as important as how we talk about things. Learning, and growth, will not occur without taking some risks, or making a few mistakes. It's through this process that we establish the future that we want for our students. 

November 7, 2016 Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education met on November 7 at the District Office.

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5820dbb4969fdWHS students visit Waverly Care Center
WHS 9th grade student group visited Bryan East hospital
Elementary students dress up during Red RIbbon week to demonstrate a commitment to being drug free.
WHS students visit Waverly Care Center

The board received an update about Waverly High School ReVISION grant from principal Ryan Ricenbaw and WHS teachers Mark Robles and Erin Konecky. They shared the personal learning plans and process that is being implemented at WHS with this year's 9th grade students. A written report from WMS principal Ross Ricenbaw stated there were changes this year to the way we identify students for advanced math courses. This has resulted in 34% of 6th grade students taking an advanced math course in 6th grade, and additional students have moved to an advanced math course in 7th or 8th grade. When these students move to Waverly High School, they will have the option to take the differentiated geometry course because they will complete Algebra as 8th graders. Click here to read the report.  A written report from Scott Blum, Director of Learning, outlined the ReVISION progress, as well as provided details for Adaptive Schools training, plus work that is occurring to create a WHS Graduate profile. This will support the purpose and direction to provide a personalized learning experience for every student. Click here for details.

Additional reports were given about the progress on construction projects, as well changes to the Nebraska Department of Education annual report which is necessary to meet the new federal education requirements.  Click here to view details, information, and actions at the board meeting.

The Board took action to:

1. Approve several board policies for first reading. 

2. Approve the recognition of the Waverly Education Association as the exclusive bargaining agent for faculty. 

3. Set limits to option enrollment for students during the 2017-18 school year. 

The board conducted a self-assessment, and before adjourning the meeting, discussed upcoming activities. The next regular meeting will be December 5 at the district office in Waverly.

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