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After School Club Kicks off for second semester

The BCS “After School Club”  kicked off for the second semester last Monday, Jan. 27.  In this second session of the year, the students will be focusing on problem-solving and social skills. To improve these skills, students participating will get to play interactive games that require strategy and advanced thinking.  

In the past, only students in grades 4-6 who met criteria based on testing scores were nominated for the “After School Club”.  For the spring semester, the club instructors Sheila Philips and Shauna Wilken wanted to give these advanced learning skills opportunities to any student that wanted to participate.  The club will run in three four-week sessions; one for fourth graders, one for fifth graders, and one for sixth graders. Fifth graders are tentatively set to start their four weeks on February 24 and sixth graders on March 23.  Permission slips will be sent home soon for those two groups.

On Monday, twelve fourth graders were divided into groups and had opportunities to play checkers, Yahtzee, Mancala, Blokus, and Otrio. These students will continue for three more weeks with new games being introduced throughout the session. 

ShelbY Schoene wins NETA award

The Nebraska Educational Technology Association, an organization that helps teachers expand technology into the educational setting, hosts student technology contests each year. Contests are offered at different grade levels in five specific categories including audio, infographic, interactive media, still image, and video. Students from across the state enter projects for the contest.

This year Shelby Schoene, a current sixth grade student at Bertrand Community School, was the winner of the Infographic category in the 3-5 grade division for the current school year.

Shelby completed her project on “The History of the First English Colonies” last year while in fifth grade with Mrs. Katie Holland. Unfortunately, the deadline for the submission of the contest had passed, so Mrs. Holland submitted the project along with 2 others (Thunder Nelson and Waylon Olesen) for this year’s contest. Last week, Shelby and Mrs. Holland were notified that she had won her division. NETA organizers indicated that Shelby’s award would be sent out within the next few weeks.

Mrs. Holland integrates a variety of technology apps/websites into her social studies curriculum. With this particular assignment, students were challenged with the task of creating an infographic that would demonstrate their knowledge of the first English colonies. A website called Visme was used to create their project. They were able use their textbooks and watch a youtube video that Mrs. Holland made using Powerpoint and Screencast-o-Matic to help review the lesson after it was taught in class.

Shelby’s winning entry can be viewed at the following site. Please take a moment to view this awesome project! https://neta.submittable.com/gallery/a2ca339e-b852-458f-81eb-18d2e0e42cec/14836869/

Trout in the classroom

Trout in the Classroom Project
Trout in the Classroom Project

The 5th grade class is eagerly expecting the arrival of 200 Rainbow Trout eggs from the Nebraska Game and Parks this week.  Approximately 100 schools statewide take part in the Trout in the Classroom program through the Nebraska Game and Parks.  This hands-on program gives students the opportunity to learn how to care for a cold water species and watch them grow from eggs to fingerlings.  Students keep weekly journals of the fish to document their growth and to monitor for any potential problems.  Students also learn about conservation and the various species of fish found in Nebraska.  This project runs from January to May.  The 5th graders will attend the Fort Kearny Expo in May where the fish will be released into the trout ponds. 

National Public Service Award Received by Bertrand Teacher

The 2019 “I Love My Librarian Award” given by the American Library Association was awarded to a Nebraska School Librarian for the first time ever.  Stephanie Dannehl was one of ten recipients from all over the United States to receive this prestigious award.  She was selected from a pool of 1,974 nominees working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries.

Mrs. Dannehl has been the Media Center librarian and Technology Integration Specialist at Bertrand Community School for the past six years.  In that time she has been instrumental in assisting teachers in learning to use technology, strategies, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) principles within classrooms. She also guides students in STEM enrichment opportunities during after-school club activities and within classrooms assisting teachers in developing student skills.

Mrs. Dannehl has helped make these opportunities possible by acquiring cutting-edge technologies.  She has opportunities to attend conferences all over the United States several times a year to learn about the newest innovations available.  Over the past few years, she has been able to add to student learning with HoloLens devices that allow students to learn through virtual reality using holographic images.  A 3D printer and recently, a Hypervsn holographic display, have been added to the list of high tech devices housed in the Bertrand Community School Media Center.

The award winners are given a $5000 cash prize and will be presented with a plaque on January 25 at a ceremony in Philadelphia.  The event will be streamed live via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AmericanLibraryAssociation/.

Elementary students receive honors

Elementary Reading Award Winners
Elementary Reading Award Winners

The Elementary Honors Program was held on Monday, May 13 prior to the Elementary Field Day. Elementary students were honored for academic successes.

For reading, the top three students in each class who accumulated the most points from reading books and taking tests during this school year were recognized. The recipients are listed below by grade:

Top Point Earner Most Improved
1 st Grade – Sadie Nelson Morgan Tate
2 nd Grade Bailey Vinzant Wyatt Hueftle
3 rd Grade Ivy Nelson Hunter Nelson
4 th Grade Payton Way Yulissa Lopez
5 th Grade August Nelson Nena Escobar Salas
6 th Grade Aislin Kidder Tipton Bieker


1000 Point Club Garrett Scholz also won a trophy for reading over a 1000 points in AR during his elementary school years –   First through Sixth Grade.