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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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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.

Annual ESU13 Meridian Christmas Concert
A larger crowd enjoyed another outstanding Christmas Concert by the ESU13 Meridian students and staff.

As always the highlight of the concert is the bell choir.

The choir is under the direction of Peggy Coulter.
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.
ESU13 Job Coach Training
Led by ESU13 Transition Coordinator Pam Brezenski....Job coaches from schools in ESU 13 attended a training on communicating within their field.

The event was held on October 20th at the Harms Technology Center in Scottsbluff
Importance of childhood eye screenings stressed during Head Start screenings
In a recent article, the Scottsbluff Star Herald highlighted the importance vision screenings for youth.
These screenings are done regularly at area Head Start centers, now a part of the ESU13 system.
State Patrol shows VALTS students the ropes
Great article in the Scottsbluff Star Herald on a cooperative effort between ESU13's VALTS program and the Nebraska State Patrol.
Area Students take over the Wildcat Hills Nature Center
Students from Bayard, Bridgeport, Community Christian, Gering, Minatare, Mitchell ,and  Morrill enjoyed a visit to the Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area during “Branch Out”.  Presentations on forest firefighting, tree identification, and tree usage by man and animals were given by employees of Wildcat Hills, North Platte NRD, Riverside Discovery Center, Scottsbluff National Monument, and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.  Students also planted trees and created a journal entry about the landmark SNAG tree in the front yard.

Amanda Filipi and students act out the functions of a tree.

Jana Schwartz of the UNL Extension Service works with students on tree identification.

NPS Ranger Lesley Gaunt discusses forest firefighting skills.

Roy Lyles and students celebrate their tree planting.
ESU13 Receives Governor's Wellness Award
Governor's Excellence in Wellness Award
Governor Pete Ricketts announced this year’s recipients of the Governor’s Wellness Award.  A total of 43 Nebraska employers representing 28 communities are being honored for developing and implementing successful workplace wellness programs.

Locally, Box Butte General Hospital, Cirrus House, Educational Service Unit #13, and Western Nebraska Community College were named award recipients.

“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.”

Awards will be presented to this year’s winners at three separate award ceremonies during the months of September and October. The award ceremonies will be held in Gering on September 22, Kearney on September 24 and in Lincoln on October 20.

The Governor’s Wellness Award was created eight years ago to recognize Nebraska employers who dedicate leadership, resources and time to wellness efforts in the workplace.  The Governor’s Wellness award process is a rigorous one.  Each applicant must provide information in the areas of leadership support, data collection, intervention strategies, communication planning, policy support, and evaluation and health outcomes.

New Teacher Support Cadre
ESU #13 is offering a series to support new teachers in their first three years of teaching during the 2015-2016 school year.   We are hoping to create a networking and collaboration system for new teachers in different districts. Topics will include: Survival 101, engagement strategies, Nebraska Department of Education state standards/assessment, what is my role in at an IEP meeting, behavioral techniques, technology and many more. Over 50 teachers attended the opening session this month.

ACES Behavior Initiative continues.............
ACES teams are focusing on improving outcomes for students by providing behavioral supports. Today we are learning about motivating the unmotivated, the impact of poverty, and de-escalation. This is year 3 of this initiative.Teams met for the first time this month.
ESU13 Reading Institute
52 teachers, paraprofessionals and principals from seven districts are engaged in reading instruction. Let's have a great school year.
ESU13 Host Para Training
Para Training 101! 145 paraprofessionals from 18 districts excited to start off a great school year.

Hay Springs Annual Data Retreat
ESU13's Julie Downing facilitating the annual Hay Springs data retreat!!

Mexican Teachers Helping ESU13 Summer Migrant Programs
Two Mexican teachers are working in the Panhandle, teaching students, learning about Nebraska and making friends.
The Binational Teacher Exchange Program in Nebraska has brought 13 teachers to Nebraska this year to teach at various Migrant Education Program sites. Nebraska is one of 13 states that participates each year.
Marissa Ibarra Trejo and Luis Cárdenas Gámez have been experiencing Nebraska since May 14, teaching in several school districts and seeing the sights on the weekends.
You can read the full article in the Scottsbluff Star Herald.

According to ESU13 Migrant Director Kiowa Rogers students in the migrant programs are getting a wide variety of experiences.

In the pictures above you'll see students making guacamole at Bayard Elementary, singing "La Bamba at Gordon - Rushville Middle School, working with polymers at our North Platte Summer Science Camp, taking a virtual field trip at Gordon Elementary, and middle school student leader assisting at Roosevelt.
The ESU 13 Migrant Education Program currently has six summer programs for our students: Lincoln Elementary in Gering, Bayard Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary in Scottsbluff,  Student Leadership/work experience as a bi-national teacher assistant for Bluffs Middle School students,  North Platte, and Gordon - Rushville.

Busy Spring for ESU13 Meridian School
The ESU13 Meridian School Adopt-A-School partner, the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center truly made an impact on this program this past year with many wonderful activities. One activity that involved many different partnerships was building a number of planting boxes for the Meridian playground. Materials were donated by Aulick's TLC, Carr-Trumbull Lumber and UNL.

Also in May, to recognize and remember Raul Garcia, a Meridian student who passed away during the school year, Amy Seiler from the Nebraska Forest Service, planted a memorial tree in the ESU13 landscape.

Raul's parents, along with Meridian staff and students were on hand to assist in the planting. A special marker has been placed at the base of the tree.

Educational Service Unit #13 Awarded $2.8 M Head Start Grant
Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Scotts Bluff, Morrill, Kimball, Garden, Cheyenne and Deuel counties will be administered through Educational Service Unit #13.  On April 8, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) officially notified ESU #13 of its successful application for the $2.8 million program. The award includes Head Start and Early Head Start services to nearly 350 children annually in the counties.
“Head Start and Early Head Start programs have been important to children and families in the Panhandle for many years,” said Dr. Jeff West. “ESU #13 is pleased to be able to fill the important role of working with parents and schools in maintaining this resource.”
In September 2014, a funding opportunity announcement was posted by ACF.  In early November, Head Start Partners, including the schools in Bayard, Minatare, Scottsbluff, Morrill and Mitchell and Volunteers of America along with the Panhandle Public Health District and Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska unanimously agreed to request that ESU 13 apply for the grant.  The group then worked quickly to hire a grant writer and submit an application by mid-November.
“We anticipate continuing an employment relationship with many of the current staff,” Dr. West stated.  “These people have a long term commitment to Head Start, and important relationships with parents and children.”
“The success of the ESU $#13 application was clearly due to the collaborative efforts of so many in this region.” stated Dr. Jeff West, Administrator. “The collaboration continues as Sarah Ochoa, former Head Start Director at CAPWN has agreed to consult with us as we transition this program,” West concluded.
“I am pleased to be able to work with the ESU to help launch this new phase of Head Start,” said Ochoa. “To me the most important part is the impact we can all have on the lives of children and families. The partners in the Panhandle continue to demonstrate that same commitment” 

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