Friday, December 30, 2016

Exeter-Milligan Sixth Grade Class

Gabe Jindra gets some help from his teacher Treven Cerveny on a Goosechase review app on his Ipad.

Teamwork is the theme in this small classroom of sixth graders at Exeter-Milligan.

Above – The sixth graders intently work on the Goosechase app on their Ipad’s which is helping them review for a social studies test.
Below – Gabe Jindra and Chase Vnoucek (right) work together on their Ipads.

Above – Exeter-Milligan sixth grade teacher Treven Cerveny helps one of his students Cade Kresak review for a social studies test.
Below - Olivea (front) and Jozie work on their iPads.

Above – The Exeter-Milligan sixth graders from the left are Jozie Kanode, Olivea Swanson, Marcus Krupicka, Cade Kresak, Gabe Jindra, Chase Vnoucek and Sophia Gilliam.
Below – Exeter-Milligan sixth graders pictured around their classroom door from the left:  Gabe Jindra, Chase Vnoucek, Teacher Treven Cerveny, Cade Kresak, Marcus Krupicka, Olivea Swanson, Sophia Gilliam and Jozie Kanode

Exeter-Milligan sixth graders are a small but mighty group under the tutelage of first year teacher Treven Cerveny.

There are only seven students in the class but Cerveny sees this as a distinct advantage for this group, “I have a lot of one-on-one time with my students.  This allows me to get to know each student as an individual.  In turn I am able to help enhance student’s strengths and improve some of their weaknesses.

While teaching the basics Cerveny is hoping to prepare this group for next year’s big change in their lives, junior high.  He is focusing on responsibility and organization in his classroom, “As the year continues to move on I will require the students to become more and more independent so that they are ready for the next level.  They need to understand that they will be required to do much more for themselves next year so it is crucial that they start to get in the habit of being independent and hard-working now.”

Of course, fun is still a part of the classroom as the sixth graders have enjoyed some classroom celebrations along with some educational games.  Cerveny has enjoyed this fun group, “They all have their own unique personalities and interests which is very cool to see.”

As a first year teacher he has enjoyed this group noting that they have helped make his experience a great one so far.  He is also enjoying his introductory year, “It is great to work with a group that is so tight-knit and willing to help each other out.  The other teachers and administrators have helped me to develop as a teacher already.”

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Exeter-Milligan Senior High Choir

Exeter-Milligan Senior High Choir from the left Katie Skinner, Ashley Benorden, Anna Bettu, Haylee Sheffield, and Caitlin Murphy.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Exeter Community Guide Page 15 and 16

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Cub Scout Happenings

Bear Cub Scout Ronnie Babula with the sign he made for the Cub Scout Carnival

Exeter Cub Scouts have been busy at their meetings.  They had a carnival and have also made Christmas cards for veterans in nursing homes along with making some decorations to take to a local care center.

Above – Tiger Cubs Deacon Erdkamp (left) and Richard Hickman (right) make holiday decorations to take to a local care center.

Tiger Cubs Deacon Erdkamp (left) and Richard Hickman (right) play one of the games at the carnival the scouts held. Below Ronnie Babula runs one of the carnival games.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Obituary for Tess E. Moor

Obituary for Tess E. Moor

Theressa Ellen “Tess” Moor was born to Joseph and Anna (Haffey) Hays on April 22, 1932, on the family farm near Edison, Nebraska, and she passed away on December 20, 2016, in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the age of 84 years, 7 months and 28 days. Tess was the last of ten children born in the family.

Tess, as she was affectionately known by all, attended country school through the sixth grade and then enrolled in school in Edison, where she graduated with the class of 1949. Following graduation, she was employed with Farmers & Merchants Bank in Edison. She then went to Lincoln for employment with Union Insurance Company. In 1955 she was united in marriage to Max Becker. This union ended 17 days later when Max tragically lost his life in a well drilling accident. She remained in Exeter following his death before returning to her former employment in Lincoln. She then took a position with First National Bank in Exeter. She was united in marriage to Duane Moor of Exeter in May of 1958, and to this union three children were born: Denice, Brenda, and Brian. Duane passed away April 24, 1999.

Tess was a member of the Exeter American Legion Auxiliary Post 218 for 58 years and was active in St Stephen’s Altar Society. She enjoyed helping her neighbors as needed. She very much enjoyed her family and family reunions. The highlight of her life was her two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

For being a transplant, Tess embodied Exeter. She was a staple in the community, and you couldn’t think of one without the other. She will be missed.

Tess was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Max and Duane; 5 sisters; 3 brothers; and 1 nephew.

She leaves to mourn her passing daughters Denice Kovanda and husband Glenn of Milligan and Brenda Moor of Riverton, Wyoming; son Brian “Stub” Moor of Exeter; grandchildren Abby Vollmer and husband Chris of Hickman, and Clayton Kovanda and wife Alyssa of Geneva, Nebraska; great grandchildren Ava & Paige Vollmer and Ulysses Kovanda; her sister Mick of Elwood; and a host of relatives and friends.

A Funeral Mass for Tess was held on Friday, December 23, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Exeter. Father Steve Thomlison was the Celebrant. Agnes Anderson accompanied the congregation and Jessica Ruhl was the cantor. Congregational hymns included “Be Not Afraid,” “Ave Maria,” “Gift Of Finest Wheat,” and “On Eagles’ Wings.” Abby Vollmer also sang “Let There Be Peace On Earth” accompanied by Agnes Anderson.

Pallbearers for the service included Clayton Kovanda, Christopher Vollmer, Kurt Oates, Myron Dawson, Jamie Hays, and Danny Hays. Honorary bearers included Paige Vollmer, Ava Vollmer, and Ulysses Kovanda. Interment was held in the Exeter Cemetery following the Funeral Mass. Memorials are directed to the St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Exeter American Legion, or the Exeter Fire & Rescue. Farmer Funeral Home of Exeter conducted the services. Online condolences may be left at www.farmerandsonfuneralhome.

Exeter Community Guide Page 13 and 14

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Exeter-Milligan Update: View From the Front Office

by Exeter-Milligan Superintendent, Paul Sheffield

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…”  Hard to believe it is that time of the year already.  It’s also the time of year to look back and give thanks for what we have and to lend a helping hand to those who are not as fortunate as we.
            During this time of the year, we all need to step back and take a look at our lives.  Are we happy with what we have?  Are we grateful for the blessings we have been given?  Or are we wishing our lives away, wishing we had more money, more things, more time?  Much too often we look at what others have and wish we had that too.  We probably need to do just the opposite.  We should celebrate what we DO have!  If we spend our time always looking somewhere else and wishing we had what they have, we never truly see what we have ourselves.  We never celebrate our uniqueness, our own accomplishments, our own treasures.  The grass always looks greener on the other side, but once you get there, it’s usually no different (or at times even worse) than what you already had.             
            Many of you may be aware, but we are looking into our options for volleyball for the 2017 season. It is very possible we will have only eight (8) volleyball players. Each of the options we have discussed has pros and cons.  Outlined below are the options being considered:
Option 1 – Stay on our own and take a chance with no injuries, etc
                        Pro’s – everyone would have the opportunity to play, still be in Crossroads
                        Conference, maintain our own program

                        Con’s – 1 or 2 injuries away from a rough season, difficult to practice/emulate
game situations, younger players possibly put into a situation not ready for

Option 2 – Co-op with a Friend
                        Pro’s – possible to field a full team including a JV and varsity

Con’s –playing time for E-M students not guaranteed, not guaranteed to be in the Crossroads Conference, working out co-op specifics (practice, games, colors, etc), may have less participate due to the co-op

             Option 3 – Co-op with Fillmore Central
                         Pro’s – field a full team (JV and Varsity), already have a working relationship due
                         to softball co-op

                         Con’s – playing time for E-M students not guaranteed, will not be in the
                         Crossroads Conference, working out co-op specifics (practice, games, colors, etc),
                          may have less participate due to the co-op

This will be discussed (with a possible decision) at the January school board meeting. We value
input, so please feel free to contact a board member or myself about which option you believe
would be the best for our students. We always need to keep our options open for other
opportunities that may come our way – our dance card is always open. The focus needs to be on
the success of the students and the opportunities that can be provided. The common goal must
be to provide the best opportunities for the students of Exeter-Milligan. Sometimes, those
opportunities may not be readily available here.

Change is never easy. Having a routine and keeping things the status quo is safe – we
know what to expect. On the other hand, could there be something that we miss when we don’t
venture out? My inspiration for this article has been my in-laws. Ten years ago this past week,
they made a huge change in their lives and stepped out of their comfort zone – they moved from
Minnesota to Arizona. They had lived in the same community for over 45 years (and in only two
houses during that time). Leaving what they had always known was a HUGE step for them. Not
once in ten years have they ever regretted this decision. If they could take this giant leap, can’t
we all take a small one?

Take a little time this holiday season to celebrate the blessings each of us has been given.
Celebrating life’s little successes along the way is something we should cherish. If we go
through life wishing all the time, how will we ever know if our wishes came true? Just a little
food for thought – have a safe and happy holiday season. ENJOY!