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We have entered the crazy time where we all know the end is near. Quarter 4. Here we begin enrolling for next year's classes, testing: including NeSA for juniors, ACT, MAPS for freshmen and sophomores among a myriad of school activities, jobs, volunteering and more. The Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Applied Math and College Algebra classes have been working on a few topics and had the opportunity to seek advice from and additional person during the first two months, Miss Synek. Miss Synek was in our classroom for 8 weeks for her mathematics student teaching and is now student teaching in another discipline, history.
A quick snapshot into some of the recent and upcoming topics in classes:
Algebra 1 recently finished adding subtracting and multiplying polynomials and is now beginning the chapter on factoring. This week students made a video to explain the locker problem and posted their videos on a padlet wall.
Algebra 2 will be watching John Baylor the first half of April in preparation for ACT and NeSA. We just finished a chapter on exponential and logarithmic function and equations. I find this exciting as it allows us to solve problem with compound interest, carbon dating, temperature, medicine, population and much more. We are now beginning a chapter with more complex areas of probability and statistics.
Applied math is currently in an angles unit and has spent time with lines, circles and triangles and will move on to surface area and volume of 3-dimensional objects after John Baylor videos.
College Algebra is not currently discussing this topic, as we concluded that portion first semester. We just finished up a trigonometry portion as well with the exciting Law of Sines and Law of Cosines. These allow us to understand the triangle congruences of geometry and solve for missing parts of a triangles that are not only right triangles. We are beginning a statistics unit this week.
I am originally from Pierce, NE, but now I call Grand Island my home. I graduated from Central Community College in Columbus followed by Wayne State College. I just got married February 28th to Dan Leiser. He is from Grand Island and farms with his family. Dan is a Northwest High School graduate along with a UNL graduate. We have 2 dogs also known as our kids...Lily and Bandit.
My family is HUGE to say the least. I come from a blended family so total I have seven sisters and three brothers. I have 17 nieces and nephews. Like I said HUGE!
What I teach:
I have taught at Wood River for four years now. I teach 5th grade Reading and Social Studies. Never are two days the same in our classroom. It is always a great day!
What I am involved in:
I help with junior high volleyball and freshman girls basketball. I am the WRREA president this year. I am involved in our church by being a wedding coordinator. In the summertime, I enjoy working at Indianhead Golf Club in Grand Island.
Why I chose to teach:
I decided to teach when I was a junior/senior in high school. Our school let us go to the elementary to work in a classroom as an aid. I found my love of teaching by helping those kids and couldn't wait to start my journey on having my own classroom and helping my own students.
Classes I teach:
Photo Credit to Joyce Willoughby. Thanks, Joyce!!!
Leapin' Lizards! Wood River High School presents Annie, on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 at 7:00pm, at the Wood River Rural High School Performing Arts Center.
Inspired by the famous comic strip Little Orphan Annie, this heart-warming musical is the rags-to-riches story of plucky young Annie's journey from the hard-knock New York orphanage to the luxurious home of billionaire businessman Oliver Warbucks.
Annie will star junior, Alexis Stuzman. The evil Miss Hannigan will be played by, senior, Madeline Luehr. The cast will also feature senior, Andrew Denman, as Oliver Warbucks, senior, Kaitlyn Hermann, as Grace Ferrell, senior, Christopher Loy, as F.D.R., sophomore, Michael Fines, as Rooster, and sophomore, Elizabeth Gannon, as Lily. The Boylan Sisters include senior, Emily Ogden, junio,r Rachel Delley, junior, Jessica Rauert, junior, Macy Heise, and junior, Cierra Huxtable.
Additional cast members include senior, Kortni Burnett, as Sophie, senior, Jordyn Leffler, as Mrs. Greer, junior, Cierra Huxtable, as Mrs. Pugh, eighth grader, Connor Chapman, as Drake, and eighth grader, Elizabeth Duval as Annette.
Annie's orphans will be played by junior, Gina O'Neil, as Kate, sophomore, Haley Parlin, as Tessie, junior, Sloane Tiarks, as Pepper, freshman, Mariana Rodriguez, as Molly, eighth grader, Cydnee Huxtable as Duffy, and freshman, Rachel Cooper, as July.
Advanced tickets are available at the front office for $7.00 sold from March 1st to March 20th. Viewers with advanced tickets will be able to be seated at 6:25 p.m. General admission tickets also are available for $5.00 and are available at the door. General admission viewer seating is available at 6:45 p.m.
So, come out with your family, friends, and your neighbors to enjoy a great show and support your community! "The sun will come out tomorrow," but there might not be any tickets left, so get your tickets today!
Our class has had a very busy month so far. We started out the month with our Read Across America Week which is all Dr. Seuss themed. The kids had so much fun. We had a kick off assembly on Monday, Grinchest Green on Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Foxiest Socks on Thursday, and Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss on Friday.
We had our first Honor's Assembly after the 3rd quarter grades were all entered. I am so proud of all my students that got their awards. They were pretty happy too.
We also had a Reading Cafe on March 19th. This evening event is always so fun for the students and families. Students act like waiters and parents choose from a menu of books to crave their appetite:)
On March 20th we had Grandparents Day. This is an afternoon where the students grandparents come in to visit their grandchild's class. We had a kahoot quiz (which is an online trivia question game the kids play on ipads), we also interviewed our grandparents, and made family trees. This was topping off with an ice cream social. It was a fun afternoon.
Tomorrow both 4th grade classes will skype with Mrs. Eschliman's park ranger cousin at Yellowstone National Park to learn more about our topic in Science, rock formations. We have done a couple of these throughout the year with just my class. The kids always have tons of questions for Ranger Cara!
Our final NESA tests are coming up on April 21 & 22. Wish us luck on our final state tests of the year!
Finally my kids are really looked forward to our April 29th field trip to Lincoln along with may other fun event at the end of the year.
Browser hijacking is when your browser gets modified "without" your permission. When you go to a website, then sometimes a pop up will come up and say something like "Your java needs updated to view this video. Would you like to update it?" with a button beside it that says "update". When you click the update button it installs something, but it may not be Java. You may have just been hijacked. Common indicators that you have been hijacked is a different homepage, a different search engine and your computer runs really slow when your browser is open. If you aren't lucky enough to get those annoyances, you may get pop up after pop up or when you open a new tab, it will give you a number to call to get the software removed from your computer. No be fooled though. Even if you do pay them, they still won't take it off. To avoid this, if you need your java updated, for example, go to java.com or do a google search for the software that you are looking for. If you think that you may be hijacked, watch this video and it may help you out.
My wife, Deb, and I have been married for 32 years this April! Our family has been a huge part of our lives. We have three children, Aaron, Ellery, and Trey. The picture above left is our family at Christmas time. The couple to the left is our oldest son, Aaron, and his wife, Emily. They currently live in Manhattan, KS, where Aaron works as a production manager for Faith Roofing Company, and Emily is a grad assistant at Kansas State while working on her Masters degree in Music conducting. Emily will graduate in May and they will be moving to Nebraska City where Emily has accepted a band position beginning in the fall. The couple in the middle left is Ellery and her boyfriend, Logan. They are also the parents of the two little boys, Noah and Joseph (more about them later). Ellery works at the All Belong to Christ Daycare at the Lutheran Church in Cairo. The couple on the right of the picture is Trey and his girlfriend, Chelsea. Trey is a junior at Doane College where he is majoring in Sociology and singing in the Doane Choir, along with his part-time job at Pizza Hut. Deb and I have been blessed with our family.
Pride and Joy
I am very proud to be a grandpa! Deb and I have two grandsons, Noah (16 months) and Joseph (3 months). It has been a blast to watch them grow and develop their personalities. As you can see from the picture of Noah, he loves to be involved and grandma even has him helping her mix brownies. He loves to be where we are and tries to do the things we do. What a helper!?! As parents, we are so busy, I think at times we miss the small things. As grandparents, we can sit back and watch more and send the boys home when needed. Deb and I have discovered, however, there is a reason you have your children when you are young!
Besides working with kids on a daily basis, my biggest hobby is gardening and canning. I plant a vegetable garden every spring and can green beans, jalapenos, salsa, and tomato juice. We also can applesauce and peaches but not from our garden. Deb and I both love to garden and work in the yard so our rule is that Deb gets the flower beds and I get the vegetables. Come on Spring!