Winterblahs! That is what the Spirit Squad calls the week leading up to the Winter Ball dance. January gets to be long, but it is anything, but blah. Students, especially in activities, are crazy busy. The 8th graders and Juniors are preparing for the state writing exam to take place the first week in February. As a school, we have traditionally done OUTSTANDING on the Statewide writing exam. We have also done superb on the Nebraska State Accountability Assessments in Math, Reading and Science as well. Please take a look at how the Middle/High School did last year, compared to the rest of the state.
Many different activities and events take place at the middle/high school everyday.
reVISION is a process that we recently were awarded a grant to participate in. The process involves analyzing our Career Tech curriculum and comparing it to regional, state, and national employment trends. The process is facilitated by the Nebraska Department of Education. The main ideas is to prepare students for High Skill, High Wage and High Demand jobs. On February11th from 2pm to 4pm we will be hosting a collaborative meeting with regional employers, teachers, school board members and parents to gain insight on possible program options. If you have questions about reVISION, or any other Middle/High School program, please contact Mr. Zessin.
On January 5th the staff at Wood River Rural Schools participated in a work shop by Tony Vincent. Tony taught us several ways to use our iPads in our classrooms. That same week our classroom decided to make our own 30 Hands projects and post them on Padlet. We have a lot of fun with iPads in our classroom and many students consider using them their favorite school activity.
Nathan and I married in 2002. In 2003, I accepted a 4th grade teaching position at Wood River Elementary and we moved to town that winter. In 2009, I made the switch to 2nd grade. Nathan has an Actuary Science Degree and began working at Region III in Kearney in 2001. We have three kids. Johnny is 8 years old and is in 3rd grade at WRES. He keeps us busy participating in any sport he is old enough to play, CCD, and Student Council. He has been a part of the Wood River Wrestling Club since he was 3 years old. Anna is 5 (6 next week) and in Kindergarten at WRES. She enjoys being a part of Just For Kix dancing, Tball, and summer camps. Emme is 2 years old, but she is still our baby. She goes to Jane Wagoner’s Daycare here in Wood River. We often wonder what we would have ever done without Jane and Dennis Wagoner. They are so much more than childcare providers to us. My grandma Micki Lowry and several of my aunts/cousins live in the Grand Island/Doniphan area and we enjoy having them close. Harley is our family dog and you can catch her chasing cars (from her leash/chain) on Green Street.
MY EXTENDED FAMILY
Like many others, my family means the world to me. My parents and both of my sisters live back home in Ord, Ne. My mom is a school nurse and my dad is a fertilizer manager and farmer. Both of my sisters are pretty amazing! My older sister is a dentist and owner of Complete Family Dentistry in Ord and my little sister works at The Valley County Hospital. My Uncle Tom and his family also live back home. He is important because he taught me how to tie my shoes at a very young age!!! Any schoolteacher will tell you how helpful that is!!
I feel so blessed to have found a home here at WRES. The people that I work with are not only my co-workers, but they are also my friends. I have truly enjoyed my last 12 years of teaching. I always have to remind my students on the last day of school that they can’t forget me because I will NEVER forget them.
The week begins with Power School Scan Monday. Every student visits with their prime time teacher and receives hints as to how to improve their grades as well as praise for their successes.
Think Thursdays are spent informing the students of technology updates in addition to learning about safety on the Internet. Students are reminded to THINK before posting remembering that it should be true, helpful, inspiring, necessary and kind.
Since prime times are a combination of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade youth; the rest of the days are used for a variety of activities that help build skills and camaraderie. January’s focus has been on board games and other games. These games are fun besides offering fantastic learning opportunities both educational and social -- skills such as communicating with each other, collaborating, sharing, waiting turns, and just enjoying time with friends. It is also important to note that life skills are demonstrated since luck can change quickly -- for the better or the worse. But keep in the game and don’t give up.
Finally, board games provide the opportunity to sharpen the mind for quick decision- making, identifying patterns, and reasoning logically. So enjoy some board games and reap the rewards!
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