Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Monsanto $10,000 check presentation

Chris Shiller, Monsanto representative, presented Bancroft-Rosalie Elementary School with a check for $10,000 last night before the varsity volleyball with Pender. In attendance were local farmers Rich Freiberg and Lavern Logeman with Samantha Logeman. Farmers nominated the school for the Monsanto America's Farmers Grow Rural Education. The picture includes Isabella Bonneau and Ella Bridges holding projects produced in the "Makerspace" that the funds were used towards.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Student Surveys

There are two student surveys that we are asking students to participate in next week. Parents have the right to deny their students participation in either survey.
Participation forms will be handed out at parent-Teacher Conferences.

#1. The Gallup Student Poll, a web-based survey for students in grades 5 through 12 that measures three variables: hope for the future, engagement with school and wellbeing. (Visit the Gallup Student Poll homepage at for more information.)
Our school will receive a composite score on hope, engagement and wellbeing for our students, which can inform our school’s programming and initiatives to help ensure success for every student in the future. 
#2. The 2016 Nebraska Risk and Protective Factor Student Survey, for grades 8, 10, and 12. This survey is anonymous, and asks questions about risky behaviors such as, bullying, and alcohol and drug use. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Assistant Cook position opening

Assistant Cook
Bancroft-Rosalie School is seeking applications for an Assistant Cook. This position will involve food preparation, serving and cleaning . Hours will be 9:00 am- 2:00 pm (5 hours) each day that school is in session.

Interested persons can apply at the Bancroft-Rosalie School office in Bancroft, NE.

Previous applicants please let us know if you are still interested in a kitchen staff position.

Nebraska Loves Public Schools - New You Tube video

BRLD 5th and 6th grade football

The BRLD Wolverines finished the season with an intra-squad scrimmage Thursday night. The 6th grade ended the season 0-4 and the 5th grade team finished 1-4.

Conference Volleyball Tournament

BRLD plays at 9:15 am vs Scribner-Snyder

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

School Board Meeting Report

The Bancroft-Rosalie School Board of Education met Monday October 10 at 7:30 pm. 

Superintendent Cerny reported on the success of the Rosetta Stone program for advanced foreign language students. Some students will be able to complete more than two semesters of foreign language credit during the school year.

The Band will be taking a trip during the summer of 2018. An itinerary and pricing for a 4 day trip to Nashville was presented to the board, with a price quote of $867 per person.

 The Pathways 2 Tomorrow consortium is looking at forming a Joint Public Agency in order to sustain the program after grant funding ends. The JPA would allow school districts to designate levy authority to the ESU to fund the program.

Dr. Cerny will be attending the INaCOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning) Conference in San Antonio October 26-28. He is submitting a State Innovation Grant application to the Nebraska Department of Education for $75,000 each year for three years to incorporate more Competency Based and Blended Learning principles into the Bancroft-Rosalie School curriculum. The first year would be in science and involves identifying the critical concepts to be taught at each level, determining the on-line and print resources that would be used to teach each concept to mastery, and developing an assessment that will measure mastery of each concept. The mastery system is already in place for elementary reading, english and math, but the alignment of on-line resources (IXL, for example) needs to take place in years two and three of the grant.

 The School will be partnering with the Neihardt Historic Site on a Community Forestry Project. The project will be part of a Lower Elkhorn NRD project to remove two dead trees on the Neihardt site and plant up to 10 new trees. The design will be developed with the assistance of Lower Elkhorn NRD Forester Pam Bergstrom.

 In new business, the school board reviewed the school insurance program and the transportation program.

The board approved the Bancroft-Rosalie Education Association as the exclusive bargaining agent for teachers for 2018-19. Mike Nottlemann will contact the BREA to begin the teacher negotiations process at the beginning of November.

 The school board approved a Bancroft-Rosalie junior high wrestling to begin after Christmas. Mr. Sovde will coach the team and he has 4-5 students interested in competing. The season will run during the third quarter, between junior high basketball and track seasons. The board approved the waiver of the fine arts requirement for 5 students that have schedule conflicts.