Mrs. Loudon has settled in to Mrs. Sochor's room and has begun teaching agricultural education in Wood River! This department was closed in 1989, and is the first time that a female has taught ag. ed. in Wood River. Classes that are offered this year are: Heads Up Ag., Food Science, Nutrition Science, Natural Resources, Biotechnology, Plant Science, and Exploratory Agriculture for the 8th grade class. It will be an exciting year full of firsts and newness!
There are certain things in life that are just pleasant to a person each year...the smell of fresh cut hay, the sight of autumn leaves that have turned colors, a newborn calf frolicking in the pasture, and the faces of students walking through the door the first day of school. Most are happy, a few are sad, but some are downright scared.
Imagine ruling over a building full of elementary students for the past year, and now as a 6th grader, you have to walk into the high school. You went from being the BIG kid, to now you're a short, skinny kid practically overnight. Well, I was happy to greet and rescue a few of those scared 6th graders the first morning of school on Thursday and escort them to the safety of their teacher!
The only sad face I saw the first morning at the elementary school was of a little blonde headed girl who was told she had to sit by a boy for the opening assembly. What a TERRIBLE way to start off the new school year! Thank goodness some things never change.
The elementary building received some attention over the summer to maintain and beautify the facility. The roof was replaced over the cafeteria and one wing of classrooms. It was completed just in time for the rains we recently received.
Floor tile in the elementary cafeteria and hallways was replaced with an attractive epoxy covering, and the walls were painted white with a sharp purple accent stripe. Wood River Elementary looks great for the new school year, and you are encouraged to stop by and let Mr. Roth show you around. I think you'll like what you see!
As we begin the 2015-2016 school year, I want to thank the patrons of the Wood River Rural Schools for providing such a quality school for the students and staff to attend each day. As I drove from the west this morning to the stop sign at Highway 11, I paused to admire the beautiful campus and the day before me. It is a great time to live in Wood River, Nebraska.
I'm Becca Moore and I have been working here in Wood River officially since 2010 (but Wood River was one of the schools I served in my prior job from 2008-2010). I love it here!
I teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to students who are in grades 6-12 and it is really exciting to me to witness a student who has worked so hard and finally starts understanding the language. They're eyes light up when they realize that they've understood something in English and that is a great moment for me as a teacher.
I also teach Character Education to students in grades 1-7 and do school counseling at the Elementary School and do small groups at the Middle School/High School. I love being able to teach kids what respect looks like and hopefully show them how they can learn the pro-social skills they need to be successful as adults. One of the things I love most about Wood River is that I get to meet these students when they are young and follow them through their whole educational careers. It's exciting to watch them blossom and see who they become.
I am originally from York, NE and my parents still live there. I have an older sister who lives in Omaha with her husband and baby, an older brother who just moved from Grand Island to Rock Island, Illinois (boo!) with his wife and their four kids, and a little brother who recently moved to Van Nuys, California.
I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a K-12 endorsement in ESL, a master's degree in special education, and I am currently working on a dual master's degree in school counseling and clinical mental health counseling.
When I'm not working or taking classes, I love to travel around the US. Flying freaks me out (thanks to a movie called "Miracle Landing" circa 1989), but I'm learning to overcome my fears so I can see new places. I also love riding my horse (though she's retired now) and spending time camping and being outdoors.