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The most obvious change was the addition of 4 big flatscreen monitors. Also the entire video system was replaced with state of the art high definition video conferencing hardware. Grant dollars were also used to start a partnership with the two national monuments in the ESU13 service area.....Scotts Bluff National Monument and Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. Both monuments will receive a mobile video conference system that will allow them to deliver virtual field trip experiences to our school districts.
Senator Harms was one of the guest speakers at the Panhandle Principal Symposium held Friday, June 6. He discussed the future challenges for our area and leadership characteristics. Sally Barrett from Nebraska Loves Public Schools also previewed their video on Readiness for Kindergarten and provided opportunities for schools and districts to be involved in future videos and blogs.
Principals were able to share ongoing initiatives at their schools and collaborate on the responsibilities of leadership. Networking with other principals from our area helped to build on relationships in our panhandle community and create some time for reflection on the daily work of administrators.
There will be some new faces next year at VALTS. Brenda Smith and Beth Still will be moving on to new jobs. Brenda will be taking a counseling position at Scottsbluff High School. Beth will be working in a new technology coordinator position in Gering Public Schools. Between the two of them, they have dedicated 16 years to our program and have greatly helped to enrich the lives of the students. We appreciate everything they have done and we wish them the best on their new positions.
The three best things about teaching? June, July, and August.
That joke could lead people to believe that teachers do not work during the summer. Those of us in the field know that this is far from true.
Sure, summer is the time when teachers aren’t teaching (if you don’t count summer school). They are definitely still in the classroom. Now they get to be the students. Whether they are working on advanced degrees, acquiring professional growth hours for advancement in salary, meeting certification requirements, or just wanting to learn, teachers and administrators in our area are participating in a multitude of professional learning opportunities.
Having been out of “school” for only a of couple days, twenty-three teachers and principals from six districts spent two days learning strategies to help their students improve their writing. A few days later, another twenty-one teachers and administrators from ten districts practiced and evaluated data from a screening, diagnostic, and progress monitoring assessment. June started and so did the math class. More than a dozen participants from throughout the Panhandle are building their content knowledge.
ESU #13 has a variety of professional learning opportunities scheduled for the remainder of the month. Whether you are looking to learn more about science, leadership, math, student engagement, school systems in Mexico, behavior systems, or education we may have something for you.
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The Dawes County Museum, ESU13 and northern panhandle schools partnered again this year to bring the Historical School to third and fourth graders. Vicki Kotschwar is the school Marm in the 1880's setting.
Students practice spelling, orthography (Handwriting), math and reading. They also enjoy a lunch in a pail and get to dress the part if they wish.
Chadron Intermediate students were enthusiastic about the experience and one said, "It is fun to pretend you are in history." Students from several surrounding area schools plan to attend the Historical School this week.
Congratulations to the LifeLink Graduates of 2014
At Western Nebraska Community College
Brady, Preston, Cory, Ryan, Patrick and Levi
We are very proud of your accomplishments!
On April 2, 2014, The Western Region Youth First Transition Conference was held on the campus of Western Nebraska Community College. 332 persons from twenty school districts participated in the event, which was the 7th annual.
Full Conference Details are at The Conference Blog:
These lovely ladies completed all the training and assignments of the Six Part course, “Using the iPad To Promote Student Independence, Productivity, Inclusion and Communication.” The virtual trainer was Marsha Threlkeld, from the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (WISE). The Onsite Trainers and monitors were Janine Barber and Craig Hicks from ESU # 13.