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  • 1. Looking ahead with Passion, Persistence and Innovation
  • 2. Congratulations to everyone for an outstanding year!!!
  • 3. Academics:
    Scottsbluff High School:
    Am. Mathematics Competition Exam Awards
    Two levels of Exam Each Year –
    AMC 10 (9th-10th grade) & AMC 12 (11th-12th grade)
    Tyler Mickey – AMC 10 Winner – Pin
    Sara Frederick AMC 12 Winner – Pin
    CSC Scholastic Contest Winners 2011 –
    Advanced Mathematics – Eli Mummert
    Business Information Systems – John Haslam
    Business Mathematics – Mat Deannen (Home School)
    Construction Technology – Jarres Plummer
    Girl’s State delegate: Gabrielle Carlin
    National Merit Finalists:
    Sara Frederick, Maddie Parsley, Karin Shedd
    Scottsbluff High School placed 7th in Class A at UNL State Math Contest 2010.
    Top 50 math students in the state on the Probe 1 exam: Kyle Hertig
    5 person team:
    Kyle Hertig
    Giles Hovseth
    Simon Deng
    Eli Mummert
    Sara Frederick
  • 4. Greater Nebraska DECA Conference
    • The following are the Overall winners from Scottsbluff DECA in each area. Scottsbluff DECA had 18 winners out of the 33 places.
    • 5. Accounting Applications 3rd Place – Aimee Trumbull
    • 6. Accounting Applications 2nd Place – Lindsey Comings
    • 7. Apparel & Accessories 3rd Place – Maria Torres
    • 8. Automotive Services 3rd Place – Ben Wiebe
    • 9. Automotive Services 2nd Place – Gage Soto
    • 10. Food Marketing 3rd Place – Taylor Ziegler
    • 11. Food Marketing 1st Place – Giles Hovseth
    • 12. Marketing Management 2nd Place – John Haslam
    • 13. Restaurant and Food Service Management 3rd Place – BekaBewley
    • 14. Restaurant and Food Service Management 2nd Place – Paige Steinle
    • 15. Retail Merchandising 2nd Place – Marcie Sindt
    • 16. Retail Merchandising 1st Place – Hattie Guzman
    • 17. Hotel and Lodging Management 3rd Place – Kyle Hertig
    • 18. Hotel and Lodging Management 2nd Place – Sam Harvey
    • 19. Business Services Marketing 2nd Place – Jay Grote - Tie
    • 20. Business Services Marketing 2nd Place – Katie Rueb - Tie
    • 21. Sports and Entertainment Marketing 3rd Place – Tyler Patrick
    • 22. Quick Serve Restaurant Management 1st Place – Michael Klein
  • Nebraska State DECA Career Development Conference
    Scottsbluff DECA enjoyed an outstanding year, winning in fifteen events and qualifying thirty-six members for the International Conference in Orlando. The top 3 winners and their events are as follows:
    1st Place – Marcie Sindt, Hattie Guzman, Madeline Hoslcher International Business Plan
    1st Place – Jon Michael BurmeisterPrinciples of Business Management
    1st Place – Jay GroteProfessional Sales Event
    1st Place – Sam Harvey & Kyle HertigHospitality Services Team Event
    1st Place – Taylor Ziegler Principles of Marketing
    2nd Place – John Haslam, Sam Harvey, Grant Lacey Internet Marketing Business Plan
    2nd Place – Julie Burbach, Danni Becker, Chandler Brill Financial Literacy Promotion Project
    2nd Place – Gladys Orona, Amanda Mentzel, Daniela Duarte Buying & Merchandising Operations
    2nd Place – Brannon Pierce, McKenna Pieper, Taylor Counter Business Operations Research
    2nd Place – John HaslamBusiness Services Marketing
    2nd Place – Allie Brisco, Jessica Schluter, Gabrielle Carlin Hospitality Operations Research
    2nd Place – Paige Steinle, Ben WiebeAdvertising Campaign
    2nd Place – Aimee Trumbull, Russell Morgan, Abby Zach Entrepreneurship Promotion Project
    3rd Place – Ashleigh Smith Apparel & Accessories Marketing
    3rd Place – Taylor Strong, Rebekah BewleyBusiness Law and Ethics
    Nebraska DECA Scholarship Winners – Hattie Guzman, Meghan Pritchard and John Haslam
  • 23. 4th Place – Tyler Patrick, MakaylaWestphal, Avery Montanez Financial Operations Research
    4th Place – Mickey Marez, Shane Weyrich, Breanna Winkler Sports & Entertainment Research
    4th Place – Michael Klein, Sheila Cloud, Morgan Yost Public Relations Project
    4th Place – Megan Pritchard, Bernie Urrea, Margaret Baker Creative Marketing Project
    4th Place – SidnieStabnow, Connor Koeteman Entrepreneurship Written Event
    4th Place – Hattie Guzman, Marci SindtMarketing Communications Team
    4th Place – Nate Goodwin, Kyle Hertig, Taylor Ziegler Buying & Merchandising Operations
    4th Place – Megan Gealy Principles of Finance
    4th Place – Aimee Trumbull Accounting Applications
    4th Place – Ashley PikeMarketing
    5th Place – Lindsey Comings, Lexi Brown, Kasey KampbellLearn and Earn Project
    5th Place – Abby Benson Principles of Business Management
    6th Place – Mattea Schmidt Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
    6th Place – Brannon Pierce Sports and Entertainment Marketing
    7th Place – Margaret Baker Food Marketing
    7th Place – Daniela Duarte Hotel and Lodging Management
    7th Place – Margaret Baker Food Marketing
    7th Place – Allie Brisco Retail Merchandising
    8th Place – Connor Koeteman Retail Merchandising
    8th Place – Jessica Schluter Restaurant and Food Service
    8th Place – Megan Patrick Principles of Business Management
    8th Place – Lindsey Cominng Accounting Applications
  • 24. International DECA Career Development Conference Top 10 in the Nation
    John Haslam, Sam Harvey, Grant LaceyInternet Marketing Plan
    Jay GroteProfessional Selling Event Top 20 in the Nation – National Finalist
    Taylor Ziegler Principles of Marketing
    Award of Excellence - Top 10% in the Nation Paige Steinle, Ben WiebeAdvertisingCampaign
    Brannon Pierce, McKenna Pieper, Taylor CounterBusiness Operations Research
    Taylor Strong, Rebekah Bewley, Business Law and Ethics Team Event
    Ashleigh Smith Apparel and Accessories
    Russell Morgan, Aimee TrumbulEntrepreneurship Participating Event
    Danielle Becker, Julie Burbach, Chandler Brill Financial LiteracyPromotionProject
    Sam Harvey, Kyle HertigHospitality Services Team Event
    Allie Brisco, Jessica Schluter Hospitality Tourism Research Event
    Mickey Marez, Shane Weyrich, Breanna Winkler Sports & Entertainment Research Event
    Lincoln Heights Elementary:
    Mrs. Blehm’s Kindergarten class reached their reading goal of reading 700 books from January to May with their Home Reading Program.
    Bluffs Middle School:
    8th Grade Quiz Bowl Team places 4th in its first ever Quiz Bowl Competition
  • 25.  
    Scottsbluff High School:
    District Champions – SHS Wrestling, SHS Football, SHS Bowling, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball
    State Wrestling Champions: Colton Adams, Tyler Nation, Willie Schwartzkopf
    State Wrestling Qualifiers (District Placers) – Colton Adams (Dist. Champ), Terrence Hessler (3rd Dist.), Tyler Nation (Dist. Champ), Chris Brening (4th Dist.), Jed Weis (4th Dist.), Willie Schwartzkopf (Dist Champ), KolbyAulick (3rd Dist.), Avery Montanez (Dist Champ)
    TEAM 5th at State Wrestling: SHS Wrestling
    Most Pins in a Season (School Record): Colton Adams – 29 pins
    Drill Team:
    SHS Drill Team – Class A/B State Champions - High Kick Division
    Seniors – Danni Becker
    Chandler Brill
    Julie Burbach
    Amanda Mentzel
    Maria Torres
    Juniors – Abby Benson
    Ali Chain
    Rachel Clemens
    Alexis Cook
    Maggie Hopp
    Macy Martischewsky
    Katie Rueb
    Kelsey York
  • 26. Bowling:
    Bowling Individual District Champion: Liz LeMaitre
    State Bowling results – Boys 5th
    Brandon White 5th
    State Bowling results - Girls 6th
    Cross Country:
    First team Cross Country: Allie Brisco and Aubree Worden
    Girls Swimming State Champion – Taylor Counter – first female SeaCat state champion!
    GNAC 1st Place Team – Girls Swimming/Diving
    Maddie Schmidt – 2nd Place Diving Taylor Counter - 1st 200 IM & 100 Breast
    2nd - 200 Medely Relay - Counter, Lacy Koeppen, Triniti counter, Karin Shedd
    2nd – 400 Free Style – Taylor Counter, Triniti Counter, Bittany Walker, Karin Shedd
    2nd Place – Karin Shedd – 200 IM
    1st Place (Surprise) – Lacy Koeppen, Molly Buedie, Krissa Lewandowski, Brittany Walker
    Boys Swimming
    KykleHertig 1st Place – 200 IM
    Jarod Kerr – 2nd place – 100 Free Style
    2nd Place 400 Free Style relay – Kerr, Hertig Jon Wiebe and Austin Groskopf
    Additional State Qualifiers on both the boys and girls after this meet.
  • 27. Selected as Wendy’s Restaurants’ Heisman school winners: Sam Harvey and Hattie Guzman
    2-time Gatorade Award winner, Face in the Crowd in Sports Illustrated: Aubree Worden; she signed with Florida St. on February 3rd.
    Arts, Music, Drama and Speech:
    Choralaires– 2nd Place finish Class B Viking Cup ,Show Choir Competition – Omaha
    District Music Contest – April 19, 2011
    Choir – Superior Outstanding Ratings
    Acappella Choir
    27th Street Singers
    Superior Ratings – Vocal Solos
    Breanna Stewart
    Karenna Booth
    Terrance Lake
     Outstanding Performance Award – Karenna Booth
    Class A Speech
    Derrick Goss – 6th Entertainment Speaking
    Sara Frederick – 3rd Serious Prose
    Nick Roussel – Serious Prose – State Champion
    Nick Roussel and Tyler Webber – Duet Acting – State Champion
  • 28. SHS Speakers finished third behind Lincoln East and Millard North for sweepstakes.
    Nick Roussel and Tyler Webber – selected for NET’s television production: Nebraska School Activities Association Championships: Best of the Best.
    Tyler Webber – earned National Forensic League’s Degree of Premiere Distinction – highest student degree given in the honor society
    Band & Orchestra District Music Contest
    Chad Nagasawa – Tuba Solo
    Emily Still – Coronet/Trumpet Solo
    Allison Stricker – Soprano Clarinet Solo
    Ashlee Pilkington - Coronet/Trumpet Solo
    Aubrey Taylor – Oboe Solo
    Josh Pilkington – Snare Drum & Xylophone
    Nebraska Young Artist Award – (Piano) – Rachel Clemens
    Oregon Trail Honor Band:
    Michael Miller – Trumpet
    Joshua Pilkington – Percussion
    Lindsey Schanaman – Flute
    Allison Stricker – Clarinet
    Aubrey Taylor - Oboe
  • 29. High Plains Festival: Chadron Honor Band
    Charles Belford – Euphonium
    YadiraGurrola – Flute
    Brooke Kama – Trumpet
    Chad Nagasawa – Tuba
    Ashlee Pilkington – Trumpet
    Joshua Pilkington – Percussion
    Lindsey Schanaman – Flute
    Emily Still - Trumpet
    Allison Stricker – Clarinet
    Kyle Weitzel - Bari Saxophone
    Festival Band:
    Austin Kniss, Trombone
    Aubrey Taylor, Oboe
    49thannual Hastings College Honor Band:
    Aubrey Taylor (Oboe).
    The Hastings College Honor Band is one of the longest running festivals in the state of Nebraska. Only 65 instrumentalists were selected from across the state to take part in this year’s honor band.
    Hastings Honor Choir:
    Jessica Schluter
    Megan Patrick
    Hastings Honor Choir – only 80 students selected statewide
    University of Nebraska – Omaha Honors Orchestra: 
    Ammon Burmeister, Rachel Clemens, Andrew Holsinger, Hannah Kaiser, TessiKlemm, Whitney Kuxhausen, and Michael Wright.
  • 30. Broadway in the Bluffs Fundraiser
    3 year all state, honor choir:
    Jessica Schluter 
    Sam Harvey
    Bluffs Middle School
    BMS 8th Grade Band Wins 'Music in the Parks' Festival in Arvada, CO
    The band received a superior rating from both judges
    First Place Trophy for Class A
    Best Overall Junior High/Middle School Concert Band
    Esprit de Corps Trophy
    Heather Haberman
    NASA & National Oceanic and Atmospheric Assoc. - Fellowship awards:
    Shelby Aaberg
    Awarded a fellowship by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln - just one of 24 teachers from Nebraska to receive a $50,000 dollar fellowship to further his education.
    Future Careers:
    FFA State Winners – National Qualifiers
    37 Students competed from SHS
    Sr. Livestock Judging 1st Place –
    Kenny Williams, Kyra Baldwin, Alyssa Shuey and Ashley Pike
    Junior Parliamentary Pro Team – Silver Medal
    Senior Parliamentary-Pro Team – Silver Medal
    Ag Demonstration Team – Gold Medal
    Morgan Yost & Brayden Auer
  • 31. Co-op Speaking – Gold Medal – Charity Burkey
    Junior Public Speaking – Silver Medal
    Range Judging Teams qualifying for State Competition
    Senior Team – Austin Groskopf, Ashley Pike, Kyra Baldwin, Hayley Clark
    Junior Team – Tevyn Baldwin, Zack Perlinger & Katey Meyers
    Ag Mechanics Team – State Qualifier
    Kenny Willman, Kyle Meininger, Ben Fulkand Chris Hartsuiker
    NSAA - State Journalism Qualifiers – Lincoln
    Abby Benson, Charity Burkey, Gabrielle Carlin, Taylor Counter, Victoria Bravo, Kelsey Empfield, MaddieHolscher, Ethan Hughes, Michael Miller, Russell Morgan, Maddy Parsley, Karin Shedd, Casey Sigrist & Scout Wilson.
    Scottsbluff High School received the runner-up trophy in Class A2 at the state championships.
    In addition a Congratulations to Karin Shedd who has been named the Nebraska Student Journalist of the Year. We believe this is the first winner of this award in the history of Scottsbluff High School.
    Selected as a candidate for the RHOP medical program to Chadron State: Hattie Guzman
    RHOP alternates: Shane Weyrich and Idaly Espinoza
  • 32. Community Service: 
    Eagle Scouts:
    Terrance Lake
    Lane Laucomer
    SHS Student Body raised $2,165 for “Pennies for Patients”!
    KiraBowhay donated half of her market swine earnings to a girl that has cancer
    Westmoor Elementary
    Westmoor students raised $2226.52 for Jump Rope for Heart
    Grant Lacey Junior
    Seth Rohrer Junior
    Justin Becerra Junior
    Sam Harvey Senior
    Mike Klein Senior
    Tyler Patrick Senior
    Brannon Pierce Senior
    Megan Gealy
    Kelcie Menghini
    Taylor Muzzey
    Morgan Yost
    Gillian Harkins
    Aimee Trumbull
    Casey Sigrist
    Seth Rohrer
    Trevor Morgan
    Mike Klein
    Sam Harvey
    Tyler Patrick
    Brannon Pierce
    Maci Stouffer
    Cheryl Salazar
  • 34. What Amazing Work!!!
  • 35. Content Area Curriculum Teams
    Language Arts
  • 36. Language Arts
    Chairs: Todd Menghini, Carolyn Escamilia and Trudy Schnell
    Robyn Hoxworth
    Crystal Sandberg
    Cindy Hald
    Marsha Green
    Rachel Larsen
    Jill walker
    Hollie Williams
    Julie Landers
    Gina Cannon
    Katie Malm
    Tammy Sessions
    Lori Blehm
    Stacy Moore
    Anne Radford
  • 37. Mathematics
    Chairs: Shana Dick and Andrea Schlothauer
    Chad Larsen
    Nan Kissler
    Cinndy Plummer
    Seanna Wright
    Drew Rische
    Lori Weidaman
    Yvonne Lease
    Mary Rische
    Cal Dixon
    Amanda Cochran
  • 38. Science
    Chairs: Jeremy Behnke, Pete Gomez
    Brad Wright
    Jim Bogus
    Lonnie Scholthauer
    Vicki Schmitt
    Marilyn Klein Fisher
    David Griess
    Judson Hall
    Merry Witzki
    Erin Shaddick
    Cindy Downey
  • 39. Why are we doing all this?
  • 40. The years fly by and so much changes…And, we can’t remain the same.
  • 41.
  • 42. Stuck…
    Schools that are “high performing” are not necessarily high performing for all the children they serve. In fact, some schools whose overall scores look fairly good are downright stuck – low performing and not improving, or even losing ground – for some groups of students.
    - The Education Trust, April, 2011
  • 43. Stuck schools serve disproportionate numbers of low-income and minority students…(and) run the risk of overlooking huge numbers of (these) students… who are not getting the education they need.
    - The Education Trust, April, 2011
  • 44. To ensure all students get the educational opportunities they deserve, we must begin by maintaining a lasersharpfocus on the performance of all groups of students at all schools.
    - The Education Trust, April, 2011
  • 45. Key Findings of “Stuck Schools: A Framework for Identifying Schools Where Students Need Change—Now!”
    “Most high-performing schools are leaving low-income and minority students behind…”
    “It’s critical to have the same high expectations for all students, regardless of their race or family income.”
    - The Education Trust, April, 2011
  • 46.
  • 47. State Enrollment trends
    Between 1995 and 2010 in the state's public schools, all racial and ethnic minorities increased:
    Hispanic students: 284 percent, from 10,972 to 42,123.
    Black students: 43 percent, from 16,480 to 23,585.
    Asian and Pacific Islander students: 81 percent, from 3,553, to 6,426.
    Native students: 39 percent, from 3,672 to 5,116.
    - NDE data as reported in Fremont Tribune, March 7, 2011
  • 48. 107 more of our tested Hispanic children would be proficient readers if Hispanics achieved at the same proficiency rate as white children(of just those NeSA tested)
    Hispanic 54.3%
    White 74.03%
  • 49. 122 more of our tested children of poverty would be proficient readers if they achieved at the same rate as other children(of just those NeSA tested)
    Low–income 55.19%
    Not low income 77.69%
  • 50. 126 more of our tested Hispanic+low income children would be proficient readers if they achieved at the same rate as others(of just those NeSA tested)
    Both Hispanic/Low-Income 51.72%
    Neither White/ low-income 80.88%
  • 51. Bottom line
    Of the 1422 students taking the NeSA test (grades 3-8 and 11)…
    Only 502 are neither non-white nor poor – that’s just 35%.
    Our traditional “majority” is truly our “minority”
  • 52. Extended over our entire K-12 population…
    Almost 2000 of our children – 2 of 3 – are either non-white or qualify for free and reduced lunch or both
    If they just achieved at the same level as the others, we’d have over 200 more kids who could read proficiently.
  • 53. With everyone working as hard as they can, the system – our school system – has a clear role and a clear obligation to help you.
  • 54. Systems can drive us crazy
  • 55. …or bring security.
  • 56. Systems can be stubborn…
    Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.
    - Nietzsche
  • 57. …or responsive.
  • 58. Systems can be blind…
  • 59. …or reinforce our vision.
  • 60. Systems can be oppressive…
  • 61. …or they can be empowering.
  • 62. Systems should never…
    Stifle growth
    Limit potential
    Compromise culture
    Deter us from reaching our goals
  • 63. Systems should always…
    Foster growth
    Inspire potential
    Reinforce culture
    Support goals
  • 64. So our work together can be…
  • 65. Systemic school-level reform includes…
    standards for what is to be learned,
    curricula based on those standards,
    aligned student assessments,
    relevant inservice and preservice teacher education,
    school site autonomy and restructuring,
    supportive services from districts and states,
    public and professional support.
    - National Science Foundation, 2010
  • 66.
  • 67. Step 1 – Plan
    Identify an opportunity for improvement and plan a change by:
    • Defining the system.
    • Assessing the current situation.
    • Analyzing causes.
    • Creating an improvement theory.
    Step 2 – Do
    Try out the improvement theory.
    Step 3 – Study
    Study the results.
    Step 4 – Act
    Standardize the improvements and plan for continuous improvement.
  • 68. "Teachers will accept the responsibility for school and student success if teachers can control what matters for school and student success".
    Education|Evolving, 2011
  • 69. “If teachers in one building agree on ‘what’ students should learn and teachers in another school decide on ‘what’ students should learn, then vertical alignment within the school district will be virtually nonexistent.”
    - Rick DuFour, 2005
  • 70. Hence…
    the need for that system…
    the need for systemic, coordinated work.
  • 71. Just imagine if we all decide
  • 72. Just imagine if we all decide together
  • 73. “If teachers are going to evolve in their practice, they need access to suitable curricula and extensive, high-quality professional development over time to help them use it…
  • 74. …Just like students, they need to be actively involved in their own learning with opportunities to work together and talk about what they are doing…
  • 75. …Let us recognize this, and give teachers…the training, time and resources they need to succeed.”
    Chicago Tribune, 2001
  • 76. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
    - Henry Ford
  • 77. Today’s school conversations
    8:45 – 9:45      MS and HS (here)
    10:00 – 10:45  Lake Minatare and Lincoln Heights (@LH)
    11:00 – 11:45  @ Roosevelt
    1:15 – 2:00      @ Westmoor
    2:15 – 3:00      @ Longfellow
    Curriculum and Instruction Support Team
    Directors: Mike Mason and Sandy Porter,
    K-12 Content Area Specialists: Shana Dick, Sheryl Harvey , Marilyn Klein-Fisher
    Elem. Reading Coaches/Title Teachers: Marsha Green, Robin Hoxworth, Crystal Sandburg, Trudy Schnell, Brad Wright
  • 78. Looking ahead with Passion, Persistence and Innovation