Tuesday, June 13, 2017

School Board meeting summary

The Bancroft-Rosalie Board of Education met Monday, June 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm
in Bancroft. Superintendent Cerny presented the May transportation report, continuing with Valedictorian/Salutatorian for two more years, ACT test scores, MAP test scores, Northeast Community College Early Entry financial report, and the BRLD cooperative committee meeting.
In old business the board gave final approval to the school Wellness policy.

In new business, the board reviewed the Food Service Program and approved Diane Davies as school auditor. First approval was given to new board policies Employee Fund Raising and Procurement Plan- Food Service. The board also approved amendments to board policies on Homeless, Part and full time employment, Computer Internet Safety and Acceptable Use, Law Enforcement, ESSA, and Purchasing.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Nielsen Education Center in West Point Partnership

At Noon today, several area entities met to sign the Memorandum of Understanding in support of the new Education facility planned for West Point, NE.

Clarence Mock and Jeff Baldwin on behalf of the Don Nielsen Foundation, pledged $1,000,000 for naming rights to the new "Nielsen Education center".

The Stalp Foundation pledged $500,000 for the facility.

This Memorandum was the result of a lot of work on the part of several people who share the vision for Career and Technical Education in Northeast Nebraska.

The Conceptual Plan for the facility was developed by Northeast Community College.

Friday, June 9, 2017

June School Board Agenda

Bancroft-Rosalie Community School
Regular Board of Education Meeting Agenda
Monday, June 12, 2017 --- 7:30 pm in Bancroft

1.   Call to Order
2.   Open Meetings Act
3.   Roll Call
4.   Read and approve the minutes of the May 8, 2017 Regular Board Meeting.
5.   Treasurer’s Report
      A. Approve the Bills
      B. Financial Review
6.   Review Agenda
7.   Public Hearing
8.   Administrator’s Reports:
      A. Superintendent’s Report
      B. Principal’s Report
      C. Board Committee Reports
           1. Negotiations                                                          5. Transportation.
           2. Citizenship/Instruction/ Americanism               6. Insurance.
           3. Personnel                                                              7. Reorganization
           4. Buildings and Grounds.                                      8. Pathways To Tomorrow
                                                                        June 19 7:00 pm West Point Board Building
9.   Old Business:
      A. Final Approval Policy 0580 School Wellness Plan

10. New Business:
      A. Annual review of Food Service program.
      B. Approve school auditor.
      C. First approval of New Board Policies
           301.8 Employee Fund-Raising
           742.4 Procurement Plan- Food Service
          742.5 Procurement Plan- Code of Conduct
      D. First approval of Amended Policies
           411.6   Homeless
           418      Full/Part time employment
           525.1   Computer- Internet Safety and Acceptable Use Policy
           664      Law Enforcement
           732.1   ESSA
           742      Purchasing Policies

11. Executive Session

12. Future Planning- Next scheduled meeting- Monday, July 10, 2017 in Bancroft.         

13. Adjournment.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Mwangaza Teacher Workshop in Tanzania June 26-30

I will be helping to facilitate a teacher workshop in Tanzania, East Africa during the week of June 26-30.
I will use my area of expertise, Science, as a tool and framework for teaching how to construct an effective lesson plan that engages students.  Since all high school instruction is (supposedly) in English, I will be teaching ELL techniques more than anything.  The methodology that most aligns with the Mwangaza plans is called SIOP (sheltered instruction). 

I will be paired with a Tanzanian teacher to teach one aspect of the SIOP model to the group of 30 or so participants.  There will be 4 Tanzanian teachers and 4 American’s working in the seminar room at the Mwangaza Centre in Arusha, Tanzania.

The Americans will be staying in the Mwangaza Guest House. It's got four bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, a sizable living room and dining room, and an adequate kitchen.  It's got plenty of running water (though the water heater is tiny and requires rationing if multiple people plan to shower), a gas stove and oven, and fairly reliable electricity (though it tends to go dark right when you're planning on sitting down for a meal).

There's no internet at the guest house, but there is wifi at the Mwangaza Centre, so I will be able to stay in contact with people during the trip. If anyone needs anything they can contact me using email.

All Tanzanians speak Kiswahili (the Swahili word for Swahili), and many speak English.