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.
The Elementary Quiz Bowl earned third place in the quiz bowl at Franklin on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Ten teams participated in the meet. Viking participants included Ryker Schroeder, Christopher Hock, Payton Way, Brayden Evans, Rylan Renken, Drake Olesen, Creston Wagner, Addie Andersen, Shelby Schoene, August Nelsen.
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.
The Bertrand basketball and volleyball programs plan to host basketball and volleyball camps for athletes this summer.
Drake Beranek will be teaching basketball skills to elementary and junior high students at the Bertrand High School gymnasium June 12-13. Junior High and High School students entering grades 7-12 will be offered sessions in the mornings, and elementary age students entering grades 3-6 will be offered sessions in the afternoons from 1 pm to 4 pm. The cost of these camps is $40.
On July 10-12, volleyball instruction will be offered in the mornings from 9:00-11:30 by Bertrand High School coaches and team members. Students entering grades 3-8 are eligible to attend. The cost of the camp is $30. The deadline in order to receive a free t-shirt is June 10. T-shirts for either camp cannot be guaranteed after the deadlines.
Flyers for both camps are attached below.
A bake raffle benefit for Collin Stephen has been scheduled for this Friday, February 3, 2017 at the boys and girls basketball games with Medicine Valley. Collin was diagnosed with Gitelman Syndrom last year. He is now have difficulties with his pancreas. Proceeds will go to help off-set medical expenses incurred by his family.
Raffle tickets to win a Traeger Grill will also be sold on Friday night. The drawing for the grill will be held on February 19th at the community-wide benefit at the Community Building.
October 10th-14th was Fire Prevention week at BHS for the elementary kids. During that week, the students learned about how to stay safe around a fire and how to not play with matches to start a fire. The fire department handed out stickers, pencils, and suckers to kids in 1st-3rd grade.
On Friday October 14th, the fire department put on an assembly for 1st-3rd graders to teach them about fire safety. They showed the kids what a smoke detector sounds like, and what it means if it’s going off. Devin Benson modeled their bunker gear to show the kids what they look like, and to not be afraid of them.
“I hope they learn the hazards a fire can cause and when to take safety precautions,” says EMT Jessica Evans. “We want them to yell for help so it can help us locate them if they were ever in a structure fire.”
by Brooke Peterson