Saturday, April 30, 2016

Senator Deb Fischer to Host Community Coffee in Geneva

Fischer to Host Community Coffees Across Nebraska

WASHINGTONU.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) announced today she will hold several community coffees across Nebraska on Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 4, 2016. 

These community coffees serve as convenient opportunities for local Nebraskans to hear updates on Senator Fischer’s work and speak with her in a more informal setting. Members of the media are welcome to attend.

Fischer’s May community coffees will take place in the following areas: North Platte, Kearney, Hastings, Geneva, and Crete.

Geneva Community Coffee - Wednesday, May 4th
VFW Post 7102
1018 G Street
Geneva, NE 68361
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST

Friday, April 29, 2016

Exeter-Milligan Update: Junior High School Math

Pictured are Mr. Jackson Krejci's Junior High Math students working on review questions, which emphasizes adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying fractions.  The students have also used their writing skills to explain how fractions can be used in school and how their parents would use them at their daily job.

From left to right: Clint Oldehoeft, Blake Meyer, Cammie Harrison, and Jackson Beethe. 


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Exeter-Milligan Update: Digital Media

 Titus Petersen, Natalie Meyer, Kayden Hale and Preston Carr working on their ipads with Braxton Saatmann and Wilfred Kallhoff in the background.

AJ Mueller, and Cheyenne Krupicka with Kaylie Schlueter in the background, working on the iPads.
K-6 Digital Media at Exeter-Milligan Public Schools
by Lisa Soukup, Media Specialist

During library time each grade is learning about digital media. The students use iPads daily in their classes. Grades 3-6 are using laptops as well and learning how to keyboard correctly. Teaching the students the right way to use the technology is one of our main goals. Kids can be anonymous online so we want our students to be safe and smart when using the Internet.

The 6th grade have learned about doing better searches online by using exact keywords. Scams and Schemes were interesting topics for them as they learned how to spot a scam. Cyberbullying was this month's topic and they have learned how to be an upstander instead of a bystander. Our last topic is a creator’s rights. We will talk about creating an original song and their copyright for the song. We will also talk about giving credit to anything that is not their work.

The 5th grade have been just as busy with topics of talking safely online, being a good digital citizen, privacy rules and cyberbullying. They learned how to recognize some of the key similarities and differences between in-person bullying and cyberbullying and identified strategies for dealing responsibly with cyberbullying. The last unit we will tackle is stereotypes. Students will evaluate online media messages that convey gender stereotypes and why gender stereotypes can sometimes be limiting.

In the 4th grade curriculum, they have worked with creating strong passwords and what one actually looks like. They learned how to be a good digital citizen and identifying spam when we see it. A very difficult concept we have been working with is citing our sources we use according to the MLA standards for research. It is good to start young having students cite where they take information off the Internet. Too often they use information from the Internet and do not give credit to the creator. Students were able to follow the examples and create a MLA citation for a professional website. The last unit we will work with is how pictures can be altered digitally for advertising promotions and how it can affect our self-image.

Personal and private information was the first topic the 3rd Grade learned and how private information should not be given out online. The students also learned what they should do if they get a mean message online. Keywords is the topic we just finished and the students realized the importance of what words they use to find information. Synonyms and alternative words and phrases were a couple ways they searched to find their information. Plagiarism is our last unit and the students will be able to explain how giving credit is a sign of respect for people’s work.

Kindergarteners have been learning that when you are on the Internet, there are safe sites to go to and that an adult needs to be with them when they are on the Internet. They are also learning how to search for pictures using the alphabet. The first grade has been talking about ways to stay safe online including asking before they get on the Internet. They are also learning that any information you put online leaves a digital footprint about you and how you want your digital footprint to look. In the second grade, they have been working with passwords and what components make up a powerful password. Their online community is being discussed, who should make up that community now and how that will change as they get older.

Our students are connected to the world outside our little community and keeping them safe is our main concern whether they are on the Internet or in a school bus.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Exeter-Milligan Update: 4th Grade News

4th Grade News by Shelli Mueller

This spring the Exeter-Milligan 4th grade students had the privilege to have Alice Holtz from the soybean board of Nebraska come to Milligan to teach us all about how soybeans affect our lives. From growing soybeans to all the uses of soybeans, it is an amazing crop from A to Z.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Exeter-Milligan Update: Quiz Bowl Champions

8th Grade Quiz Bowl Champions

With a timely press of the buzzer, the 8th Grade Junior High Quiz Bowl team pulled ahead to win the Thayer Central JH Quiz Bowl on February 22, 2016. This was their second (back-to-back) win as they were also champions the same Quiz Bowl in 2015.

Quiz bowls challenge students to think fast, and share their archived knowledge of math, science, history, geography literature, English grammar, and current events. This can be frustrating, as well as rewarding. After a question is read, each team has 10 seconds to “buzz in” and give the correct answer. If the answer is wrong, the opposing team will have another 10 seconds to answer.  The frustration of buzzing in too late, or giving the wrong answer, is often forgotten in the thrill of answering ahead of the opposing team – especially when both teams are tied.

2016 Quiz Bowl Team (pictured L-R) – Front: Jaiden Papik, Kayla Geiger, Anna Sluka, Caitlin Murphy, Daisy Kanode, and Georgia Meyer. Back: Nick Hayek, Max Zeleny, Eli Johnson, Ryan Sharp, and Caleb Horne.