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Upcoming Events
9/10/2016
9/23/2016
10/5/2016
- Picture Day
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
10/22/2016
11/10/2016
- Picture "Retake" day
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
School Features
New Website!
New website is up and running click to check it out http://elmcreekschools.socs.net/
Elm Creek Wrestling Hall of Famers!
Congratulations to Elm Creek wrestling greats coach Dennis Daake and Morgan Meier on their induction into the Nebraska High School Wrestling Hall of Fame tonight! Great day to be a Buffalo!
Buffaloes Finish 10th at State Golf
Congratulations to Dillon Gillming on his 10th place finish at the Class D State Golf Championship. The trip to state was the first ever for the EC Golf team. Thank you to seniors Eli Ourada, Alec Bauer and Christopher Quintana, as they wrap up their high school careers as Elm Creek Buffaloes! State qualifying underclassman, Nate Fields will be returning next year to join Dillon and a host of other young talent on Coach Muma's squad.

The Elm Creek team finished in 10th place. For team results visit the following link.  If you click on an individual's name, you will be taken to their score for the tournament.  

http://www.ghintpp.com/nga/TPPOnlineScoring/ResultsStroke.aspx?id=492

 




Congratulations to Claire Cornell for winning a State Championship in the Class D Long Jump.  Claire jumped 17' 11.5".  
Congratulations EC Golfers!
Elm Creek qualified for the Class D State Golf Championships at Lake Maloney Golf Club on May 24-25.

Elm Creek, 379
Dillon Gillming (11), 91
Eli Ourada (12), 94
Nathaniel Fields (10), 94
Alec Bauer (12), 99
                                                          Christopher Quintana (12), 119
                                                          Coach: Mitch Muma

Listen to KRVN Sports Director Jayson Jorgenson's interview with Coach Muma:
http://krvn.com/regional-sports/audio-buffaloes-qualify-for-state-tournament/

 

Congratulations to all the students receiving awards today for your work in the classroom!
NCTA Diversified Ag certificate
Elm Creek Schools in cooperation with the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) are offering students the opportunity to earn a Diversified Ag certificate by taking dual credit college courses.  If you are interested in learning more about dual credit please visit NCTA by clicking on this link:
http://ncta.unl.edu/high-school-dual-credit
 
*courses we have scheduled to offer
 
Sophomore:
*Intro to Spreadsheets- fall (Sem. 1)
*Sales Communication - spring (Sem. 2)*Animal Management - spring (Sem. 2)

Junior:
Landscape Management - fall (Sem. 1)
Crop Science - fall (Sem. 1)
Natural Resourse management - spring (Sem. 2)
Landscape Plants 1 - spring (Sem. 2)

Senior:
Nutrition, Livestock - fall (Sem. 1)
*College Algebra - fall (Sem. 1) we offer this as a year-long course
Microeconomics - spring (Sem. 2)
Pesticide Certification or
Comercial Ag Carrier (CDL) - spring (Sem. 2)

In addition, we are offering these courses for college credit:

English Composition
Advance English Composition
Intro to Chemistry
Chemistry
US History 1887 - Present

 
Summer Program
This summer we are excited to offer all Elm Creek kindergarten through 6th grade students the opportunity to participate in our summer program!
 
Our summer sessions will begin on Monday through Thursday beginning on Monday, June 6th and ending on Thursday, June 30th.   The program will begin in the mornings at 8:30 AM and end at 11:30 AM. 
 
Each day will consist of a math lesson, a reading lesson and an explore class.  Explore classes will last one week, with students selecting a new class each week. 
 
The mission of our summer program is to provide a fun approach to improving math and reading skills, while also introducing students to activities geared toward piquing their curiosity in arts and crafts, music, science experiments, physical activities and learning games.  Please be aware that students will be scheduled into reading and math sessions based on what they will need to help them improve their skills and not necessarily by their grade level. 
 
We are aware of swim team practices and will accommodate students who need to leave for the swimming pool in order to get to their swimming workout. 
 
 Students who are scheduled to work with Mrs. Carlton or Mrs. Bouc will be able to do so as part of the summer program. 
 
If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
 
Twelve Buffs Qualify for State Track
Elm Creek had a very good day at the D-7 District Track Meet in Broken Bow on Wednesday, May 11.   Twelve athletes will be making the trip to Omaha on for the state meet on May 20-21, at Burke High School.  Qualifiers for the Buffaloes are:






Nicole Wiemers-800m
Kenzie Deyo-HJ
Claire Cornell-LJ, 100, 200, 400
Nate Bartling-shot
Tyrone Hubbard discus
Riley Nichols-3200m
Nolan Meier-800m
Dominic Johns-LJ
Jeffery West-4x100
LeShaun Thornabar-4x100
Jaydn Ford-4×100
Devon Walker-4x100
Elm Creek Girls' Track DISTRICT CHAMPS
1. Elm Creek, 93
2. Sandhills/Thedford, 86
3. Ansley-Litchfield, 82
4. Pleasanton, 75
5. South Loup, 44
6. Overton, 42
7. Twin Loup, 42
8. Anselmo-Merna, 34
9. Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, 26


Congrats! Elm Creek High, Class of 2016
National Honor Society Inductees
Congratulations to new Elm Creek High,  National Honor Society inductees: McKenzie Deyo, Azia Ourada, Claire Cornell, Taylor Goedert, Wyatt Hubbard, Austin Geis, and Dillon Gillming.

The National Honor Society (NHS) is a nationwide organization in the United States which may consist of many chapters in high schools. Selection may be based on four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The National Honor Society might require some sort of service to the community, school, or other organizations. The time spent working on these projects contributes towards the monthly service hour requirement. The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
 
State FCCLA!
EC FCCLA members Hannah Bartling, Alivia Stauffer, Whitney Bauer and Morgan Sindt were recognized at the Business & Recognition Session for completing Power of 1. Congrats on your accomplishment!
 

Here are the results from the NE FCCLA State STAR competition.

Hannah Carr was the top silver medalist in the Illustrated Talk Jr. event!

Allison Bauer, Lauren Moes, & Taylor Moes earned top gold medals and State Champions in the National Programs in Action Jr. event!

Audrey Worthing, Sydney Hubbard, & Anna Hoffman earned top gold medals and State Champions in the Advocacy Jr. event!

The Advocacy & National Programs in Action teams will compete at the National STAR competition in San Diego, California this July! The EC FCCLA chapter would like to thank all of you for your support!

Faith Places at State Speech!

Congratulations to Faith Gunderson on receiving 3rd place in poetry at state speech.  Faith performed a compilation of two poems: Scars/Letters to the New Boyfriend and Static Electricity.  Faith had an excellent final round in which three judges give scores to the contestants.  She received two first place scores and a sixth place.  We are all very proud of Faith!

im Gunderson (left) and Elm Cree
Jim Gunderson Honored

Lincoln, NE – Jim Gunderson of Elm Creek received the NSIAAA Outstanding Service Award at the Nebraska State Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NSIAAA) Banquet on Wednesday.   Gunderson has given 27 plus years of service to Elm Creek Public Schools. He taught physical science and chemistry. He was an assistant volleyball and basketball coach at Elm Creek Public Schools and volunteered to help run many events including football, basketball, and track.

Jim has kept girls and boys basketball book for a total of 35 years including many years as the official bookkeeper for the Fort Kearny Conference Basketball Tournament. Before coming to Elm Creek Jim also taught and coached in Wilsonville for 2 years and was assistant football coach, head basketball, and head track. Other Outstanding Service Award Winners: 2015-2016–Heath Kramer, Jim Gunderson, Tom Osterbuhr, Jerry Dahlgren, Rich Brodersen, Kristie Hayes, Craig Manley, Sheily Benben.

Nebraska Ag Conference
Several of Elm Creek's FFA members had the opportunity to attend the Governor's Ag Conference in Kearney on March 2. They had the honor of a special dinner guest: Governor Pete Ricketts!

Dining with the Governor are: Dillon Gillming, Riley Nichols, Dominic Johns, Sage Martin, Yesinia Perez, Nolan Meier and Isaac Anderson.
Sing Around Nebraska!
Sing Around Nebraska was on February 27.  This is an opportunity for singers in the 4th, 5th and 6th grades to participate in a choral setting with others who share their interest and love of music.  The students are picked through an audition process, then start practicing the music in January.  Then, on the day of the festival, they work with a guest clinician during the day, on the music they have been practicing.  At 4:00 in the afternoon there was concert put on for the public.
 
The reason it is called "Sing Around Nebraska" is because several sites around the state hosted this same event, singing the same songs, and then doing a concert.
 
The students from Elm Creek that participated this year are Avery Sindt, Jasimine Moore, Gabby Moore, Skylar Gronewold, Gabe Kimball, Tranessa Hasbrouk, Mary Worthing, Rylee Gutzwiller, Chloe Harms and Carol Wright.
Devon Wins Gold!
Congratulations to Devon Walker on winning the Class D, 145 lb State Championship.  Devon scored a 7-4 victory over Ryan Pelster from Elgin/Elgin Pope John.

Jeffrey West also finished the season with a state medal.  He earned 5th place in the 132 lb weight class with a victory over Seth Simants from Stapleton.

 
Elm Creek 2016 Football Schedule
Dates and Times subject to change.
Date Opponent Time
Aug. 26 @ Kenesaw 7:30pm
Sept. 2     Bertrand      7:30 pm
Sept. 9 @Nebraska Christian (Central City) TBD
Sept. 16    BYE  
Sept. 23    Ravenna (Homecoming) 7:00 pm
Sept. 30    Amherst      7:00 pm
Oct. 7    @Overton        7:00 pm
Oct. 14    Alma           7:00 pm
Oct. 21  @South Loup   7:00 pm
Thanks to 2014 EC Alumni!
2014 Elm Creek High graduates, Anna Ourada, Casey Sutherland, Zac Johnson and Sydney Martin came back to ECHS to visit with junior and senior class members about preparing for life after graduation.  Our graduates talked about a wide range of topics ranging from time management, to course requirements and money issues.  It was good to hear them offer advice on what they would have done differently in high school to prepare for college.  Suggestions included an increased focus on study habits, semester finals preparation and requiring personal finance.  We appreciate Anna, Casey, Sydney and Zac taking time to help improve our school and share their experiences with our future graduates!
How RED, WHITE and BLUE Are You?
The following article appeared in the Nebraska school Board Association newsletter.   It chronicles three Elm Creek students FCCLA project:

Three girls at the Elm Creek Public School are concerned that students in Nebraska are not as proficient in United States Civics as they could be. Sydney Hubbard, Anna Hoffman, and Audrey Worthing set out to test their theory by challenging a sample of more than 200 junior and senior students across Nebraska to take the same U.S. Citizenship test that immigrants are required to pass to gain citizenship status. Not surprisingly the average pass rate was a dismal 17%. As a result, this group of Elm Creekers are setting out to make a difference!

Sydney, Anna and Audrey have created a mobile website that schools can use as a resource to help students learn American and Nebraska civics. The website will randomly generate short 10 question citizenship quizzes. Questions were acquired from the test bank of 100 questions used for the U.S. Citizenship Test. Additionally, they have included questions pertaining specifically to Nebraska government and Nebraska history. The website has the ability to teach the students as well as print out individualized results for their teacher.

“We would like to invite schools to stop by our booth during the Classroom Showcase at the State Education Conference, Friday morning, to view our technology and pick up a QR code to hang in your school that will immediately link any smart phone or IPad to the website. Guests to our booth will also be invited to test their civics knowledge and earn raffle tickets to win, for your school, one of three U.S. flags which have been flown over our Nation’s Capital that have been donated by Congressman Adrian Smith!”
The girls are hopeful that Schools, School Boards and specifically Americanism Committees across
Nebraska will stop by and consider going back to their schools and challenge their students to pass the U.S. Citizenship test in order to pass their Government Class or even to graduate High School.

According to the girls ...
“Learning about our country and how our government works is an important responsibility of all of us who live in this amazing country!”
Riley Nichols Finishes Well!

Congratulations to Riley Nichols on a great race at state cross country on Friday.  He finished with a time of 18:32.9 which placed him 39th out of a 91 runners.  It was nice to see all the support for Riley and the cross country team.  Riley, a junior,  is one of the top 24 underclassman runners in class C. 

We would like to congratulate the entire cross country team.  This was the first year of our cooperative with Overton and we ran under the ECO banner.  It was enjoyable to watch students from both communities come together to compete.  A special "thank you" as well to coaches Derrick Pulliam and Tierra Bowie.
FFA Update
The Elm Creek FFA chapter has been busy the last month competing and hosting multiple events. 
 
On Saturday September 19th FFA members ordered their first official FFA jackets. These jackets will be worn at most FFA events and contests as part of Official Dress. If your student hasn't already ordered their FFA jackets please contact Ms. Ibach to set up a time to come and order a jacket. All members will need an FFA jacket. 
 
On September 22nd, twenty-seven FFA members traveled to Burwell to compete in the District VI Range Judging Contest. Participants were required to identify 24 range plants, identify 3 soil types, solve a stocking rate problem, and answer a 10 question test as part of the contest. Our students competed very well with a hand full of students placing in the top half of all participants. Some notable results include our top junior team placing 19th overall and our top senior team placing 13th overall. Thanks to Stan Ourada for allowing students to come practice for the contest in his pasture. 
 
Some upcoming events for the FFA chapter include: 
October 1st and 2nd: 1st Annual Labor Auction. The FFA chapter will be having a silent auction during the homecoming volleyball and football games this week. We will be selling 4 hours of students time in exchange for your donation to the FFA chapter. This will be our main fundraising event for the year, the funds raised will be used to pay for chapter events such as attending National and State Convention, paying for district contests, and hosting our year end awards banquet. We are excited to see everyone in the community for the homecoming events!
 
T-shirt sale: The FFA chapter has designed t-shirts that will be worn at FFA events. Parents and community members are also welcome to purchase an FFA t-shirt if interested. The proceeds from the sale will go directly toward the FFA chapter. If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt for $10 please go to https://ecffa15.itemorder.com
 
Thank you so much for your support with starting our Agriculture Education program! 
Elm Creek Booster Club
The Elm Creek Booster Club has formed and is looking for booster members.  Your membership helps to provide support and develop interest for all programs and activities that promote athletic excellence, sportsmanship, high school scholastic achievement, and the opportunity of higher education in the Elm Creek School District.  Your support is greatly appreciated! Please become a member of the Elm Creek Booster Club!

The Booster Club will support both athletics and fine arts programs. 

 
Notice of Non-Discrimination
The Elm Creek Public School District hereby gives this statement of compliance and intends to comply with all state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination.  This school district intends to take any necessary measures to assure compliance with such laws against any prohibited form of discrimination. 
 
The Elm Creek Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, color, religion, veteran status, national or ethnic origin, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, or other protected status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Students: Jason Sullivan, Principal, 230 East Calkins Ave., Elm Creek, NE 68836, (308) 856-4300, jason.sullivan@elmcreekschools.org 
Employees and Others: Dean Tickle, Superintendent, 230 East Calkins Ave., Elm Creek, NE 68836,
(308) 856-4300, dean.tickle@elmcreekschools.org

Complaints or concerns involving discrimination or needs for accommodation or access should be addressed to the appropriate Coordinator. For further information about anti-discrimination laws and regulations, or to file a complaint of discrimination with the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education (OCR), please contact OCR at 601 East 12th Street, Room 353, Kansas City, MO  64106, (800) 368-1019 (voice), Fax (816) 426-3686, (800) 537-7697 (telecommunications device for the deaf), or ocr.kansascity@ed.gov.

 
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