If you have had a chance to ask our Juniors how school is going, they might have told you the good news about state testing this year. Instead of taking the NeSA tests in writing, reading, math and science, they will now take the ACT. The ACT is the most commonly used college entrance exam. It is a about a 4 hour assessment made up of multiple tests in English, Reading, Math, Science and Writing. In the past, students in their junior or senior year would have to pay $42.50 to take the ACT on a Saturday in Grand Island. Now, because of the change in the law, the 11th graders across the state will be able to take the ACT at their own school, during the day, at no expense to them. They will also be able to send the results to colleges that they are interested in attending. Our teachers have been preparing the students to take the ACT between April 19th and May 3rd. Prior to taking the test, the juniors will be taking the popular John Baylor prep course. The teachers will also have access to the ACT Online Prep to aide in preparing the students. We look forward to the challenge of having all of our students take the ACT this school year. If you have any questions at all about the ACT, state testing or anything at all please feel free to contact Mr. Zessin at the high school 583-2249.
Hi everyone! I'm Sarah Maginnis and am the new resource teacher at WRRSD. I LOVE being a part of Wood River and am ambitious to see what the year brings!! You will find me in room 130 Monday through Friday teaching math and language arts.
Some things about me:
I grew up in Odell, NE (a town of 300 south of Beatrice on the Kansas boarder)
I graduated from UNK last year with a degree in high school special education and elementary special education.
I'm from a family of 5 and we name all of our cars, which I reference in the classroom often.
Math was my favorite subject in school.
I am passionate for Autism Speaks and the Alzheimer's Association and love coordinating fundraisers for the foundations!
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I am very close with my siblings, so they have the honor of being in my "Featured Teacher" post. I am looking forward to meeting you!
In honor of Veteran's Day, the fifth grade class prepared some facts and poems to read at the Veteran's Day program. Each student also colored part of a box that they stacked together to create an American flag. They worked very hard on this and were excited to share with all the veterans that came to our program. Good job 5th graders!
The Wood River High School Volleyball team had a total of 19 players this year. The Lady Eagles off-season training began in June with strength training three mornings a week. Players also participated in a weekly team league held at Wood River on Tuesday evenings and at GISH on Thursday evenings. The JV and Varsity teams played in two team camps at Aurora and Ord. The Varsity was also a part of the Kearney Team Camp. Wood River held their own elementary volleyball camp for girls entering grades 1st-8th grade. This was a great opportunity for the high school players to mentor and teach the Little Eagles.
The regular season kicked off on September 1st. The Varsity team concluded their season with a 10-19 record. The JV went 5-5 with the Freshman team earning one win and two losses during their season. The Eagles would like to thank the community and school for their support at our home and away matches.
Every single player improved their skills through hard work, dedication and teamwork. The program looks to continue to improve and we are already looking forward to another season. Go Lady Eagles!
Hi, my name is Kinsley Forbes, and I am 17 years old. I have one full brother, Koltyn; two step brothers, Evan and Ayden; and a half sister, Mara. Throughout high school, I have participated in FBLA, HOSA, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, and Freshmen 7. I also have played volleyball all four years of my high school career, and I've earned a letter three of those four years. After graduation, I am going to attend the University of Nebraska - Lincoln to major in something in the medical field. Although I am not 100% positive, some of my interests are nursing, physical therapy, and pediatrics. I am excited to see where my future takes me.
My name is Lizzy Gannon, and I am a senior at Wood River. I was involved in volleyball all four years of high school. I was also involved in various music organizations, such as choir and show choir. I also participated and had leads in two school musicals: Annie and The Sound of Music. I auditioned for UNK Honor Choir which consists of the Festival Choir, the Women's Choir, and the Honor Choir. I was fortunate enough to be selected for the Honor Choir and hope to be selected again this year. I am involved in many organizations such as FBLA, Spanish Club, Letter Club, Student Council, and I am a freshman 7 leader. I am also president of Spanish Club and Letter Club. I am also very focused on my academics, and I have made the honor roll every semester. For college, I plan to attend a four year university in Nebraska and pursue a career in elementary education.
On Thursday October 27th, 34 FBLA members participated in the annual Halloween for the Hungry. Every year, students go door to door asking for food items to be given to the local food pantry. The students loved helping out with this project, knowing that they are helping out people in our community. After we were done, pizza was served to the hardworking students. We would like to thank everyone who donated this year.