Teachers and administrators from the ESU 11 area gathered on April 17 to continue to learn how to implement MTSS. School teams gathered and organized various sources of data and then held conversations to determine if their core program is effective. They then held conversations to determine next steps for MTSS implementation. NDE MTSS Consultants Jane Byers and Mary Jo McElhose were the facilitators for the day.
Eustis-Farnam artwork is currently on display at ESU 11.
On April 1, 2019 Educational Service Unit #11 sponsored the opportunity for area counselors to participate in a networking process that occurs four times each year. Staff Development Director Kate Hatch organized the counselors’ day. During the morning of this particular meeting, Brian Deakin from BD came in to talk about the Central Nebraska Manufacturing Project. Diana Watson from Central Community College provided information about the Holdrege Career Fair. Dr. Marissa Fye from UNK presented information on mental health, cutting, and self-care. In the afternoon, ESU 11 Technology Curriculum Consultant Jody Bauer shared free resources that schools can access to promote digital citizenship by utilizing CommonSense Media. In addition, she also discussed some apps that kids are using that counselors and school officials should be aware of.
The 28th Annual Invention Convention hosted by Educational Service Unit #11 of Holdrege, and organized by Janelle Jack, Gifted Education Coordinator, was held Thursday, March 21, 2019, at the Nebraska Prairie Museum in Holdrege. 146 inventors in Grades 3rd-7th participated. Participating schools included: Alma, Bertrand, Cambridge, Franklin, Holdrege, and Minden.
Students were first judged in their grade level which was divided into groups called “Inventor’s Circles”. There were 15 different Inventor’s Circles which each had a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner. The judges then picked an overall winner for each Grade Level (3rd – 7th). Each student is given one vote for the Harold Warp Memorial Inventor’s Choice Award.
On March 21, 2019, ESUs 10 and 11 hosted a workshop for music teachers. Dr. Artie Almeida, nationally known author and music educator from Florida, was the instructor for the day. During the course of the day, participants learned innovative lessons and ideas involving singing, moving, guided listening, percussion, behavior management, children’s literature and music theory for the K-6 classroom.