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Chadron Site
Crites Hall
Chadron State College
Chadron, NE 69337
Phone: (308) 432-6495
Scottsbluff Site
4215 Avenue I
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Phone: (308) 635-3696
FAX: (308) 635-0680
Office Hours: 7:30-4:30

Sidney Site
1114 Toledo Street
Sidney, NE 69162
Phone: (308) 254-4677
FAX: (308) 254-5371

Office Hours: 7:30-4:30
Educational Service Unit #13...
Striving to achieve educational excellence for all learners
through strong partnerships, service, and leadership.

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ESU13 New Addition
ESU13 building addition taking shape! Getting the brickwork going on the outside and the sheetrock is going up inside.
Expected to be done in September.

ESU 13 Summer Migrant Program
The ESU13 Migrant Department is hosting Bi-national teacher Rocio Sanchez, who is a chemistry teacher in Mexico, for the next couple of months. She will be assisting in a number of summer migrant student programs.

This week she led a group of migrant students at Gering in an experiment with vinegar, baking soda, and balloons. Hypotheses were abundant and it was quite a hit! This makes all our hard work in the summer worthwhile!

6th Graders 'Rock" the Monument
On May 10 & 11, ESU13 and the Scotts Bluff National Monument teamed up to host many area 6th graders.

The Scotts Bluff National Monument is the backdrop for the sixth grade students as they learn a number of aspects of earth science.  While there theyexplored the exposed layers of the earth and learned how this area of Nebraska was developed and how it has changed over time.  Geologists, park rangers, and naturalists were able to share their expertise.

Students participated in many activities during their visit:
  • Study of Erosion
  • Paleontology
  • Geologic Time line
  • The Geology of the Scotts Bluff National Monument
  • Ground Water Pollution
  • Rocks, Fossils, and Gems
New Addition taking Shape at ESU13
Construction has started at the main offices of ESU13 in Scottsbluff of a new office addition. Work is progressing as the concrete pad has now been poured.And the steel shell is being erected.

This addition will add 15 much needed offices to ESU13. The addition of the Head Start Program this past year has created some growing pains and the need to temporarily move our ESU13 Central Office staff to offices at the UNL Panhandle Station.

This project will allow ESU13 all Scottsbluff staff to be housed on the same complex. The construction should be completed sometime in the Fall.

Rusch Contractors of Scottsbluff are the general contractors for the project. The project will also improve the security system for the entire ESU13 Scottsbluff complex.
Panhandle Students gather Awards at State Science Contest
The Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences State Science Competition was held Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at the Strategic Air & Space Museum at Ashland, NE. Students were selected from the six regional fairs from across Nebraska to participate in this State competition.  ESU 13 and the Area Health Education Center supported and sponsored the regional state fair that selected finalists from our area who were able to attend the State NJAS Competition. The State competition brought brilliant young minds together with students and teachers from Nebraska to compete for and win various awards, establish new collaboration for future research, and make a host of new friends.  Twenty-nine junior high and twenty-five senior high projects competed in this competition.  Over 150 students, parents, and judges participated.
The fair was designed to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Nebraska by providing incentives for students to apply creativity and critical thought to solutions of science, technology, engineering and mathematical problems.  It offered an opportunity for students to meet, exchange ideas, and discuss career possibilities with scientists and engineers from universities and industries. Students developed a scientific research project, wrote an abstract of the project, and gave an oral presentation.  Students won many special awards.
Panhandle Regional NJAS and AHEC Finalists
National Junior Academy of Sciences Awards  Panhandle Region
9-12 division 
Jacob Horstman  1st place  -  Hemingford
Brittany Thomas was 2nd    -  Hemingford
6-8 division
1st Bryson Darveau -Alliance
2nd Jillian Ehlers -Leyton
3rd  Courtney Cox  - Alliance
4th Alexah Fort - Sidney
5th  Megan Ernest - Leyton
Area Health Education Center Finalists*
Kara Barnhart -  Garden County
Ben Bashtovoi – Sidney
Alexah Fort – Sidney
Isabella Middleton-Alliance
Cassidee Murray- Leyton
*The  AHEC finalists received invitations to attend the Univeristy of Nebraska Medical Center’s  State Science Meet June 9-11 in Omaha.  
The NJAS State Fair judges selected twelve outstanding junior high projects and fourteen students to be finalists.  The Panhandle student receiving a NJAS plaque was:
State NJAS Finalist
6-8 division
Jillian Ehlers-Leyton
Congratulations to all the students for their interest and initiative.
ESU13 Hosts Resume Writing Training
The ESU 13 Transition Program partnered with NE VR and NE Department of Labor to present a resume writing class to students in ESU 13.

Students from Scottsbluff High School, Minatare High School and Morrill High School participated in person and through distance learning. 
Congratulations to our March VALTS Graduates!
The ESU13 Alternative program, VALTS, located at the Harms Center at WNCC in Scottsbluff, had 7 new graduates at the end of the 3rd quarter.
ESU13 Awarded Early Childhood Grant
In a huge collaborative effort, three ESU 13 school districts (Chadron, Gering, and Sidney) were awarded funds through a regional application for the Sixpence Child Care Partnership grants.  In total, the amount will be $675,000 for the first year and an additional $600,000 per year for a minimum of 3 years.  
These opportunities were made available through legislative funds given to Sixpence who matched those funds with endowment dollars, and then put forward and RFP to school districts willing to start programs to improve child care experiences for at-risk Infants and Toddlers.
The Panhandle has been working with the Buffett Early Childhood Institute to create a system for children in the early childhood years of Birth to age 9.  The Panhandle team made up of ESU 13 Superintendents and the EC partners from the Panhandle Partnership Systems of Care: 0-8 felt that an application for these child care partnership grants could be a first step in our attempt at creating that system.  But to create a systems approach it didn’t make sense to have one school district apply, we decided to apply for 3 grants where each would serve as a consortium for the sub-regions of the Panhandle (North, Central, South).  We also sent the applications in with the understanding that it would be 3 grants awarded to the Panhandle or we didn’t want any of the money as it was that important to us have an impact on the Panhandle as a whole.  Apparently they liked that proposal!
The grant has multi-level goals:  Increased quality in Child Care Programs (CCP), Workforce Development for CC staff, improved experiences for Infants and Toddlers with greater access to quality programs at a reduced rate for those qualifying, and improved family connections and protective factors.
In the end 9 school districts are involved with 16 partnering child care programs.  ESU 13 as the contracted provider will hire a Program Coordinator with 3 Coach Mentors and a part-time Services Coordinator.  These staff will help child care programs work through the Step Up to Quality improvement process in order to have all 16 programs at a minimum of Step 3 by the end of the 3 year cycle. 
It is the hope of the grant committee that as programs reach their goal of a Step 3 or higher, new CCP will chose to participate in the work along with more school districts joining the consortiums.  
ESU13 Sidney hosts Virtual Field Trip
ESU13 Sidney hosted a group of high school sophomores on March 7th during the annual career day. The students enjoyed a virtual field trip connection with Mark "Reido" Reid a radio DJ for Hits 106 in Kearney, Nebraska.

Mark, an Australian native, was "on air" during his visit with the students and shared the types of skills and training needed to be successful in the broadcast field.

Area Students Participate in Local Science Fair
Twenty-seven students from area schools participated in the Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences and the Area Health Education Center Regional Fair on Wednesday, March 2.

Lisa Myles, ESU 13 staff developer, and Wendy Wells, Education Coordinator for the Area Health Education Center supported and sponsored the event. Students enjoyed their interviews with the judges, interactive time with other participants, and blood pressure and heart rate lessons with the UNMC nursing student.

The finalists for the NJAS fair will compete in April at the state fair and the AHEC finalists will compete with other state finalists for the opportunity to attend a science camp in Lincoln.
National Junior Academy of Sciences Awards
9-12 division 
Jacob Horstman  1st place  -  Hemingford
Brittany Thomas was 2nd    -  Hemingford
6-8 division
1st Bryson Darveau -Alliance
2nd Jillian Ehlers -Leyton
3rd  Courtney Cox  - Alliance
4th Alexah Fort - Sidney
5th  Megan Ernest - Leyton
Area Health Education Center Finalists
Kara Barnhart -  Garden County
Alexah Fort - Sidney
Ben Bashtovoi - Sidney
Bayard Schools Library expands offerings with E-Books

Students attending Bayard Public Schools now have access to a rich collection of electronic books as a result of the school district receiving a Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

The grant provides the opportunity for the school district to purchase membership in the digital school library association administered by Educational Service Unit 2 in Fremont, Nebraska in partnership with Educational Service Unit 13 in Scottsbluff. Students can check books out from this electronic library on devices such as a iPad, Kindle Fire, computer, or smart phone.

Additionally, the same grant has allowed the school to purchase several Kindle PaperWhite devices which can be used to read a wide variety of books provided through the school library. Students can check out one of these electronic book readers if they have the proper parental permission forms signed and on file in the school library.

Nebraska Excels at Deaf Ed Quiz Bowl Competition
Congratulations to the Nebraska Deaf Ed Regional Programs Quiz Bowl team that recently took 3rd place in the Midwest Regional competition.  Their only loss was to the defending regional champs (6 of the past 8 years), who took first again this year (Indiana School for the Deaf).  
This was the second year with a Nebraska team, but the first year competing live against other teams. Last year's regional competition was scheduled to be in Kentucky, but a snowstorm in Kentucky canceled the live competition.

In the photo above, front row, left to right:
Morgan Dickey, Junior Lincoln East High School
Rachel Hoyer, Senior Mercy High in Omaha
Ryker McSorley, Senior Burke High in Omaha
Tyler Wilson, Senior Alliance High

Back row, left to right:
Dr. Alan Hurwitz, President of Gallaudet University in Washington, DC
Mike Brummer, Coach – Metro Regional Program
Sara Peterson, Coach – Central/Western Regional Program
Sheri Cook, Director Midwest Regional Outreach Program for Gallaudet University

The Nebraska Regional Programs were established in 1997 when Nebraska announced the closure of the Nebraska School for the Deaf in Omaha.  This program was developed to support the concept of regional programs and cooperative relationships with the school districts, educational service units and consortium of school districts in order to:
  • Maximize resources in providing programs and services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing;
  • Provide a network of support and services that will serve as the state infrastructure to link programs together and assist in the enhancement of a child’s educational program;
  • Contain costs now in order to assure future funding;
  • Provide continued support to quality educational programs, which may include center-based options;
  • Reinforce the belief that children who are deaf or hard of hearing benefit from education with hearing and deaf or hard of hearing peers;
  • Continue state leadership and support for a full continuum of placement options for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
An Evening Out with Migrant Parents
On December 1, a group of migrant parents from Scottsbluff, Bridgeport, and North Platte met in person and via Zoom videoconferencing to discuss homework and what parents can do to help their children.

Students and parents worked together, reading the US Department of Education's guidelines, summarizing and discussing the different sections of the document, and sharing personal tips of their own for homework success.

Gordon Elementary Butteryfly Tree
     The 3rd grade class at Gordon Elementary School created the Butterfly Tree as a memorial for the fallen soldiers of the Nebraska.  Each butterfly represents a soldier from Nebraska that lost his or her life in combat since 2003.  

     The idea for the Butterfly Tree came from Kids Thank A Veteran (  The Children's National Butterfly Tree Memorial is only display at Arlington National cemetery.  Studens and educators across the nation helped create the official tree back in 2009.

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