Students from all across the area, including Neligh-Oakdale, Clearwater, Orchard and Verdigre, made their way to Neligh last week for some hands on scientific learning.
ESU 8 hosted an elementary science olympiad on Thursday and Friday at the Neligh Legion. The event was open to fourth through sixth graders and was designed to give the students a chance to explore science and work on open-based problems in a fun way.
“The olympiad is a chance to give elementary kids the opportunity to explore science, be scientists and work on some inquiry-based problems,” said Heidi Rethmeier of ESU 8. “This year we have new science standards, so this was also a good opportunity to introduce both students and teachers to those.”
In total, there were 108 kids that took part in the olympiad. 58 were part of the day on Thursday while the other 50 had their time in Neligh on Friday.
There were a number of events on the day. Grain bin chemistry was a course that talked about the various processes that can occur and cause explosions within bins. Sink or float was essentially a game of educated guessing, where the students were challenged to determine whether an object would sink or not based on its density in relation to the water’s density. Slow-motion science gave kids a chance to see scientific processes in slow-motion to get a better vision of the reactions occurring.
Duane and Diana (Carlson) Mlday are celebrating their 45th Anniversary. The couple was married on October 7, 1972 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Verdigre. They have been blessed with four children and eight grandchildren.
Please help them celebrate by sending a card to:
Duane and Diana Mlady
88068 536 Ave.
Bloomfield, NE 68718
The Verdigre Board of Education is scheduled to meet on October 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Verdigre High School Board Room. The public agenda is scheduled as follows:
1. Call Meeting to Order, Recognize Visitors, Review Nebraska Open Meetings Act, Review Public Participation Policy
2. Approve Agenda
3. Public Comment Period
4. Approve Minutes of September Meeting
5. Approve Treasurer Report
6. Approve Bills
7. Discuss and Take Any Action on Lunch Prices
8. Discuss and Take Any Action on the Beef in the Schools Initiative
9. Second/Third Grade Report
10. Discuss and Take Any Action on H.O.S.A. Program
11. Unified Update
12. Principal’s Report
13. Set Next Meeting Time and Date
This tentative agenda contains a list of subjects known at the time of its distribution. A copy of the agenda reflecting any changes will be available for public inspection in the school office during normal business hours. This agenda may be changed up to 24 hours before the scheduled commencement of the meeting.
The Verdigre Board of Education has approved a Public Participation Policy that will be enforced during our board meetings. The policy does allow the public to participate on agenda items, if he/she identifies the agenda item when the board president recognizes visitors.
On September 19, Verdigre, Clearwater and Orchard FFA members attended and competed at the District Dairy Judging Contest that took place in Hartington, NE. The students judged 5 different classes of heifers and cows used in the milking industry. Students receiving ribbons included a Blue Ribbon for Trey Sucha and Red Ribbons for Jace Miller, Allie Kotrous and Abby Frank.
A local physician assistant is returning home this month.
Antelope Memorial Hospital welcomes the addition of Angela Sucha, PA-C, to its medical staff this month. Originally from Verdigre, Sucha is a 2010 graduate of Verdigre High School. She attended Hastings College, graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Biology. She attended the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for one year, obtaining a certificate in Community Oriented Primary Care in 2015. She then completed a 26-month Physician Assistant Program at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas on July 28, 2017. After taking her boards, Angela became certified as a physician assistant on August 14th and began her career at AMH on September 5th.
“Returning to rural primary care was a big dream of mine,” said Sucha. “I’m truly honored to have the opportunity to serve the communities in this area.”
Angela and her husband, Nolan, currently reside in Verdigre and have plans to move to Clearwater later this month. Nolan is employed at Sonder Well Company in Verdigre and also farms with Angela’s father.
Angela’s parents are Kevin and Betty Boggs of rural Winnetoon. Kevin farms the family farm where they reside. Betty is the clerk magistrate at the Knox Co. Court Office. Angela has two sisters. Her older sister, Lianne Lawson, works at Antelope Memorial Hospital as a physical therapist. Lianne and her husband, Logan, reside in Neligh; he is employed at Antelope County News. Angela’s younger sister, Amanda, lives and works as a waitress in Stanton.
Angela’s hobbies include participating in sports – especially sand and court-volleyball. She also enjoys gardening, cooking and baking.
This fall, Sucha looks forward to providing medical care for patients of all ages at the AMH Family Practice Clinics. For an appointment, call (toll-free) 877.887.5440.
An Elgin man was arrested this week after an alleged theft of equipment that occurred in Knox County.
A probable cause affidavit issued in Antelope County on Thursday led to the arrest of Nathan Henn, 28, for the theft of a Blue Jet field ripper. The ripper was stolen from rural Verdigre in the spring of 2016.
According to the affidavit, Henn was working for another individual in the spring of 2016 when he agreed to help procure the ripper in exchange for eliminating debt that Henn owed to the man for back rent, vehicle insurance and to cover a bad check. The affidavit also stated that Henn took the man's tractor and returned the next day with the ripper.
The debt was approximately $4,000, and Henn was paid an additional $1,500 for the ripper. Henn then allegedly painted the ripper, in addition to repairing and moving the hazard lights.
The affidavit gives probable cause to believe that Henn committed theft by receiving stolen property.
He is currently being held at the Antelope County Law Enforcement Center on 10 percent of a $50,000 bond.
Courtesy of The Verdigre Eagle:
It's the dawn of a new era at Verdigre Public Schools, with the upcoming school year marking its first year of offering public preschool. Previously, the privately-funded Kids Corner Preschool had occupied a space on campus and provided these services, expertly administered by the now-retired Nan Kienow.
The NE Unified #1 District approved the opening of, and hiring for, Verdigre's Preschool, but it was also known that some small changes would need to be made as the preschool transitioned into the public sector. Accordingly, the school applied for a grant with the Nebraska Department of Education in February and was pleased to discover that it had been approved - in full - to the tune of $75,000.
According to Principal Chuck Kucera, grant funds will be used to remodel the preschool classroom, including: new carpet, tile, paint, furniture, instructional technologies (smart board, laptop, iPad, etc.), an update of the existing playground equipment as required by Nebraska's Rule 11 (which governs early education programs), salaries for the preschool teacher and para, as well as initial operating expenses (classroom supplies, snacks, utilities, etc.)
"We were excited to learn that our Unified District was awarded these funds to cover expenses related to the opening of the new Verdigre preschool," Kucera said. "We're looking forward to getting to know our preschool students and parents and welcoming them to campus in the fall!"
Taking the "preschool helm" this fall is Jenn Crosley, a 2017 Suma Cum Laude graduate of Wayne State College. She lives on a generations-old family farm outside of Niobrara with her husband and two daughters, Ella, 4, and Melanie, 7 months.
Jenn gained experience working at a Yankton daycare following her high school graduation in 2008, where she fell in love with helping children grow physically and mentally. She attended Northeast Community College at that time and earned a degree in Early Childhood. She and her husband moved to Niobrara in 2012 where she was given the opportunity in the Niobrara School District to be a part of the team who opened the doors of the Niobrara preschool.
She went back to school full time at Wayne State College in 2014, participating in Professional Development School, consisting of over 500 hours of classroom and hands-on experiences. Jenn taught under Lori Pierce at VPS following her spring graduation.
With a capacity of 15 students, the Verdigre Public School Preschool currently has about 11 students expected to enroll in the fall. The day will begin at 8:00 and go until noon, Monday through Thursday. Breakfast will be available. Bus transportation will be provided to school, but families will need to pick up their child. Applications are now being accepted, so if your child will be 4 by July 31, parents are encouraged to contact the school for an application, or register online at http://bit.ly/VerdigrePreschool.
"The new grant is going to be such a blessing to us as we build the program around the kids," said Crosley. "We will focus our learning around play, offering many hands-on experiences. We plan to take many walking field trips around town so be sure to be on the lookout for us!"