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District News Update 2-3-12

February 03, 2012

This update includes district news and events, plus a summary of the February board of education meeting. Our new school alert system, School Messenger, has improved communication with parents. Automated phone calls, e-mail and text alerts were made February 2-3 to WHS parents when school activities were delayed or re-scheduled due to pending winter storm. In October 2011, there were 339 "hits" on the superintendent's district update. After utilizing the new messaging system to reach a wider audience, 820 "hits" were recorded for the Jan. 2, 2012 district update. 

Last month's district update stated that we are striving to make 2012 a great year. The following are only a few examples that illustrate that if the past month is any indication, we are off to an excellent start!

Student "News"

MS Geography Bee Winner (Aaron Turner)

MS Honor Band (Jacob Welling)

Nebraska Economics Challenge (See WHS January Newsletter for details) 2nd Place Team members were Emily Brumond, JR Gillaspie, Eric Herr, Brad Scheuler, and coach Mr. Harpster. 3rd place team members were Tyson Mooers, Jared Viets, and Alex Eliker.

WHS Wrestler Cal Werner Reaches 100 Career Wins (Article courtesy LJS)

WIS 4th Graders Publish Their Own Books (See photos of 4th graders in action)

Students honored Martin Luther King Jr. by learning more about him and his legacy. Mrs. Gotschall's Class

Eagle Elementary Student Council Members wrote their own newsletter! This combines languages arts, communication, and writing skills into a real life experience.

Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Bowling team for winning Districts this weekend! Also congratulations to the Boys Varsity Bowling for taking 2nd at Districts! Team members are: Paige Henke, Lizzie Dunavin, Megan Salmen, Olivia Wulbern, Brooke Ocshner, Sarah Campbell, Tristan Mentzer, Payton Johnson, Rich Black, Hunter Ehlers, William Fankhauser, Rob Fankhauser, Brett Pesek, Taylor Northup and Reed Johnson.

Congratulations to WHS student Emily Berry on her selection to the 2012 Young Lions All-Star Band!

Congratulations to WHS senior Riley Hoy on signing with the University of Nebraska – Kearney in Track and Field!

Congratulations to FFA and their performance at Districts. The Junior Parliamentary Procedure team (Caitlin Davis, Ashley Neujahr, Nicki Larsen, Trevor Spath, Abbie Applebee, Anna Wilkens, & Shelby Blake) qualified for State. Individual qualifiers were Trevor Spath, Creed Speaking and Abbie Applebee, Jr. Public Speaking. Alternates are Caitlin Davis, Natural Resources Speaking, Lynsey Erickson, Employment Skills, Senior Parliamentary Procedure (Olivia Frericks, Kyle Schuelke, Jake Schuelke, Aaron Ochsner, Shaylee Truax, Erica Petersen, and Andrew Neujahr) and Agricultural Demonstration (Liz Schriber & MaKenna Niemann).

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Students in every building can regularly be found having fun while learning. The climate in our school buildings has a direct impact on student learning and success...these photos and video tell the story:

Eagle Elementary Fifth Graders

Waverly Dance Team Hosts Clinic

Waverly High School You Tube Video displays a video montage of WHS. Thanks to Tricia Kuhn and the teachers for gathering the photos and creating a glimpse of life at WHS!

Waverly High School Activities Calendar - Latest information regarding events and schedule changes is available on-line.

February 2012 Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education met on February 2 at the district office. The meeting was moved from its regular first Monday of the month session to allow school board members to attend a conference in Kearney on Feb. 6-7.

During each monthly meeting a presentation is given. Mrs. Delanie McMillan, Direction of Special Education, provided information regarding the services provided to students and the mission statement that has been drafted by the Special Education staff. Click here to read the written report.

Written reports provided to the Board include:

Eagle Elementary Hamlow Elementary Waverly Intermediate School
Middle School High School Performance and Assessment Committee

Reports were given from the Building/Grounds/Transportation Committee and the Performance and Assessment committee, as well as individual reports from board members that attended the Legislative conference in Lincoln on January 23.  

The superintendent report included information regarding the Waverly Planning Commission meeting and the district's participation in the city of Waverly's Comprehensive Plan; proposed legislation for School District Accountability; proposed legislation to change the state school funding finance formula and move the certification date for state aid to May 1 (from March 1).

The Board took action to:

1. Approve a travel request from the Waverly High School Drama Department (summer 2012).

2. Approve continued participation in the Nebraska Joint Utilities Management Program. This is a consortium of school districts that provides natural gas to the district at the best possible rates.

3. Table a decision regarding the Athletic Training Services Contract until next month.

4. Recognized the Waverly Education Association as Faculty Bargaining Agent for 2013-14.

5. Approve the 2012-13 District Calendar. Two separate staff surveys were conducted (November and January) to identify how to maximize the allocation of instructional days.

6. Approve the 2011-12 Negotiated Agreement with the Waverly Transportation Association. 

The Board discussed:

1. Hiring a high school math teacher for 2012-13. Nebraska Department of Education will require three years of high school math (formerly two), which has created the need for additional course offerings. 

2. Waiting until kindergarten enrollment numbers are better known to determine if hiring an additional elementary teacher for 2012-13 will be needed.

3. Timeline for budget calendar for 2012-13. 

4. Consideration to hire Dr. Don Fritz as a consultant (FGR Group) to facilitate a district strategic planning process. Dr. Fritz has supported similar processes in other school districts to help gather information from district stakeholders to provide input to the board regarding future priorities.

The next regular monthly board meeting will be held Monday, March 5, 7:00 P.M.

If there are suggestions for future district updates, information you would like to know more about, or comments, please post your feedback or contact the district office. 

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District Update Feb. 3, 2012

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