Do a quick Google search of Facebook firings, and you will garner 20 million results, in less than a minute. Many people have been fired due to their inappropriate interactions on social media (posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc…) Facebook is one of the first places employers search when hiring potential employees. Colleges are even looking, before they offer scholarships. Research indicates that 1 in 10 people have been dismissed from their jobs, because of their social media posts. In an effort to teach our students to be successful digital citizens, we have incorporated THINK Thursdays. THINK is an acronym that stands for...
Before students post anything to the internet, we want to make sure that THINK applies. Every Thursday, at the Middle/High School, we spend at least 15 minutes teaching students about the importance of proper online conduct. Mrs. Hirchert, our Technology Integration Specialist, designs lessons including anything from online bullying to intentionally being kind. As even adults, leaders, and politicians have made very poor online decisions; we want to be proactive and give our students the best opportunity to be successful. Look for future THINK Thursday topics in upcoming articles in the E-Newsletter. - Terry Zessin Middle/High School Principal
Perfect timing for using our skills in our everyday lives. As families search for those perfect purchases and take advantage of all the sales during December, seventh and eighth grade students have been busy learning how to change decimals to fractions and percents, fractions to percents and decimals, and percents to decimals and fractions. In addition to shopping examples, we also have studied percentages of increase and decrease as well as how interest works. Students realize that interest will be a part of their lives. Whether it be borrowing money to attend college, buying a house or vehicle, or better yet investing their hard earned money, they will be working with interest.
Right along with the older students the sixth grade class is working with fractions and decimals. We are working on turning fractions into decimals and decimals into fractions. Right now we are just finishing a chapter that adds to what they already know about fractions. We will be starting our unit that will deal more with fractions and how we can connect these to our daily lives when we come back from break.
It is also that time of the year as students begin to study for their semester tests. The slide show above shows some of the activities such as, marker boards, games, and group collaboration that is going on at all grades, as we work on preparing students for those tests.
The months have flown by and Christmas is nearly upon us! I’m not sure who is more excited, the teachers or the kids, about the holiday break. Several of the kids at Wood River Elementary told me this morning what they wanted Santa Claus to bring them this year. I never tire of seeing the smile on a child’s face as they anticipate what might happen on Christmas morning!
The first half of the school year has been very positive and exciting for me. I’m in my first year as Superintendent of the Wood River Rural Schools and I couldn’t be more pleased with the experience. Our school and community compliment one another in providing a well rounded education for the students. Members of the community want to impact the city’s future by facilitating quality growth and meeting needs for the future. Likewise, the members of our Board of Education work each month to lead the school in a direction that will prepare our students for success. It won’t be long until our students are the leaders of the community.
Our hope with the new format of the newsletter is to provide current information to our patrons, families, and alumni of the school. Spotlights will regularly be posted about students, staff, Board of Education members, programs, etc. Wonderful things happen in Wood River throughout the year and we hope to share those happenings with you. Please check out the school on Facebook, Twitter, and our website and learn more of what’s going on at the school.
Name: Jon Kuecker
Hometown: Kearney, NE
High School: Kearney High School
College: University of Nebraska at Kearney
Recently Visited Alaska For a Fishing Trip
Taking Care of Your School Issued iPad
As winter approaches and the temperatures drop, I would like to remind students to take their iPads inside with them at all times. The cold temperatures will minimize battery and can adversely affect the inner workings of the iPad.
All Wood River middle and high school students were provided an iPad air, a case, charger, and a screen protector at the beginning of the school year. These items belong to the school and care needs to be taken when using them. Please keep food and drink away from the iPad and clean the screen with a cleaning cloth regularly. Make sure all cords are kept in working order. If the screen protector has become damaged please see Mr. Sheeks so he can document all breakage.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Hirchert or Mr. Sheeks
Several teachers have classes set up within Quizlet. That means the vocabulary word lists are already created for your student and he or she can begin studying the flashcards, playing the games, and taking the practice quizzes. If you would like to know more about what Quizlet offers, check out the video below.
For the past 16 years I have been attending meetings of the Wood River Rural Schools Board of Education. I started as a member of the Wood River Elementary Board for four years, and then moved to the High School Board for the past twelve years. I was elected President of the Board of Education for the last four years.
During this time I have seen many changes in our school, which included the transition of the Junior High into a Middle School, the consolidation of Wood River Rural Schools into one district, and the addition of the new gymnasium, theater, and wellness center. It has been a great pleasure to be a part of the growth in our schools.
My wife Shelly, our four children and I all graduated from the Wood River school system. I graduated from Wood River in 1982, Shelly in 1981, our daughter Many in 2003, our sons Drew in 2005, Luke in 2011, and Lance in 2012.
Wood River is fortunate to have some of the best teachers and administration to work with. My wish is for the community and school to continue to grow. Having our quality school system is a solid starting block for the growth of our community. After all, the children in Wood River are the building blocks for our future.
I have built many friendships with people while being on the Board of Education and appreciate the bond we have created while working together. I will be attending my last Board of Education meeting this month, but I plan on continuing to be involved and volunteering at the school.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the district for the past sixteen years as a member of this organization. Wood River Rural Schools are something of which to be very proud!
This last Tuesday, December 2 the Wood River One Act team finished their season at Districts, traveling to Cross County where they finished on a high note. The play received the highest rank it could- a superior. We also received five outstanding actress awards. Those awards went to Matty Luehr, Jordyn Leffler, Kaylee Reimers, Sloane Tiarks and Jessica Rauert. “The kids did a great job. I felt it was their best performance of the year. I’ll miss them. They were a great group to work with.”
The One Act team began their season at Ord with the Chanticleer Festival. Here the judges spend extra time critiquing the team instead of ranking them. It’s a good place and time to get some quality feedback. Two judges spent 30 minutes talking to each actor and actress about what they could do to better themselves. Although there was no ranking of the plays, outstanding actor and actress awards were given to each team and Wood River had five. Those five were Matty Luehr, Jordyn Leffler, Sloane Tiarks, Eric Winfield and Kaylee Reimers. We were given some good comments, many regarding the set which our art department was so generous to paint for us. “The set was truly amazing. Mrs. Wiseman and the art students put a ton of work into it and we got nothing but oohs and ahs all season long.”
After performing for the Wood River community on November 17, the One Act took their talents to the Conference meet at Ravenna on November 24. “This meet is always so competitive. The judges always tell us how this conference is the toughest in the state and it is.” Although we didn’t come away a winner, we did do very well. We walked away with five outstanding actor and actress awards. Those awards were won by Matty Luehr, Jordyn Leffler, Kaylee Reimers, Sloane Tiarks, and Dakota Schroll. ‘The kids did a good job. We still can improve but we stepped it up from where we were at Ord.” The play itself received a superior rank, which is the highest rank a judge can give.
“I really enjoyed this year. The kids were so workable and wanted to do well. I will miss the times I had with all of them. For the seniors I will miss you and wish you all the best. For the rest, tear it up next year and be the role models for the new kids on the block.”
“Since this is my last play, I do want to take this opportunity to say thank you- to the community, the parents and the kids I’ve had the pleasure to work with these last twelve years. It has been my pleasure and I’ve built some wonderful relationships with all of you. I have been so blessed. I only hope and pray that I have touched some lives in a positive way.”
A group of Wood River Spanish students will be traveling with Mrs. Rohrich to experience the language, culture, food, rainforest, and beaches of Puerto Rico. The trip is scheduled for May 29-June 2. Students who have completed at least 1 year of Spanish are eligible.
It is not too late to join us!
Check out the itinerary by clicking on the picture below, and contact Mrs. Rohrich if you are interested.
This is an amazing opportunity to explore the world outside of Nebraska, with a safe, structured, educational travel company. Instead of a present, maybe this year you should give someone an experience of a lifetime!
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