April 25, 2017
9 to 12th grade parents,
On Friday, May 5, the 9th to 12th grade students will be attending the “Warriors of Purpose” presentation at the Oakland-Craig School.
“iors of ” are public figures and reality TV stars providing education and entertainment to end the stigma on Drug Addiction and Mental Health Disorders worldwide.
This presentation is being presented across the Midwest. For more info, search the web site.
The presentation is at 11:00 a.m. so buses would leave school at 10:40 and return by 12:30. All 9 to 12th grade will be attending unless you do not want your student to attend. Please sign at the bottom and return that to the school to indicate you do not want them to attend.
________________________________ is opting out of attending the presentation “Warriors Of Purpose” in Oakland on May 5, 2017.
Parent Signature Date
Congratulations to Brock Vetick for being named a finalist at the Nebraska Junior Academies of Science Fair on Thursday, April 20th at Nebraska Wesleyan University. In being named finalist, he will present his research at the American Junior Academies of Science in Austin, TX in Feb. 2018 where he will be inducted as a lifetime AJAS Fellow. Congratulations Brock. We are proud of you!"
By Sophia Henneman
Our most recent FBLA experience was attending the State Leadership Conferences (SLC),
which we do every year. The members who attend SLC can participate in tests, interviews,
speaking, or presenting. Some events the members must do prior to SLC. Presentation events
include public speaking, business sales presentation, client services, business ethics, and many
more. Test topics range from areas such as Accounting to new ones like Healthcare
Administration or Sports Management Marketing. All seniors participate in a job interview
FBLA is a club full of opportunities and is open to anyone in grades 9-12 who is interested.
Below are the results from this year’s State Leadership Conference. Members attending the
conference include: Joey O’Connor, Jon Christiansen, Tommy Fuston, Kelly Wakeley, Sophia
Henneman, Nicholas Ronnfeldt, Hunter Ferguson, Kisha Kraft, Dustin Burgett, and Benny
Joey O’Connor - Who’s Who in FBLA Award
Dustin Burgett, Benny Estrada, Thomas Fuston - 3rd Digital Video Production - earning a trip to
nationals in June
Kelly Wakeley and Sophia Henneman - 5th Publication Design
Kisha Kraft - 7th Accounting
Thomas Fuston - Honorable Mention Graphic Design
*The chapter received ribbons for participation in the following project:
Step Up 2Tech
March of Dimes
Lyons-Decatur Northeast FFA Excels at State Convention
--Honors, Awards, and Recognition earned
Twenty Six Lyons-Decatur Northeast FFA members participated in the 89th Nebraska State FFA Convention, learning, growing and competing. Throughout the convention titled “Transform,” members heard from exciting keynote speakers, participated in educational workshops, and competed against members from across the state in Career Development Events and Leadership Skills Events. Throughout these events, the chapter brought home many honors and awards and qualified for national competition.
Proficiency Awards recognize members’ efforts in their individual Supervised Agricultural Experience programs. Students complete local, district, and state reviews, and the top three in the state are named state finalists and complete and interview process at State FFA Convention. The Northeast FFA Chapter had ten applications reach the state finals, with four being named state champion. Bren Shatto in Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance—Placement, Brock Vetick in Agricultural Research-Plant Systems, Brent Miller in Diversified Agricultural Production, and Shelby Laird in Swine Production—Placement won their areas and will have the applications forwarded on to national competition. State Runner-ups included Brock Vetick in Agricultural Research-Integrated Systems and Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance—Placement, Brent Miller in Grain Production and Sheep Production, and Nick Ronnfeldt in Swine Production—Placement. Finishing third in the state was Layne Miller in Sheep Production.
The state level speaking events were also held. Brock Vetick broke his pool, and after the final round was named the State Runner Up in Employment Skills. The Conduct of Chapter Meetings team of Brayden Anderson, Bobbie Castle-Gosch, Devin Hegge, Skylar McMullin, Emma Nelson, Nick Tolle and Ella Whitaker came out of their pool and competed in the state finals. They finished as the 5th Gold in the competition.
The Ag Biotechnology team of Brock Vetick, Amelia Schlichting, Bren Shatto and Layne Miller placed fourth in the state. Individually, Brock was the third place individual while Bren and Amelia both earned red ribbons.
At state convention, only about the top 1/3 earn a ribbon, so one of any color is a great accomplishment. Amelia Schlichting placed 21st and earned a Purple ribbon in Natural Resources. The Meats Identification and Evaluation Team earned a blue ribbon with Layne Miller, Reid Preston, and Brandi Simonsne earning blue ribbons and Cassidy Farrens a red. The Agriscience team earned a red ribbon with Brayden Anderson earning a blue, and Bobbie Castle-Gosch and Devin Hegge white ribbons. In Ag Sales, Nick Ronnfeldt and Ryan Payton earned red ribbons, and Kassandra Preito earned a red in Food Science.
In addition to the ten state finalist proficiency applications, ten other applications also competed at the state level. Finishing in fourth, just out of finals were Lexie Bacon in Agricultural Sales, Reid Preston in Agricultural Research—Integrated Systems, and Brayden Anderson in Swine Production—Entrepreneurship. Placing 5th in the state were Brock Vetick in Ag Mechanics Design and Fabrication, Cassidy Farrens in Equine Science Entrepreneurship, Layne Miller in Grain Production and Wildlife Management. Earning a silver rating was Brandi Simonsen and earning bronzes were Kariden Briggs and Kailey Irwin.
Our chapter had students participate in the Nebraska FFA Agriscience Research Fair. Students conducted original research, reported their findings and created a display based on their findings, competing either as an individual or as a team. The students then were then interviewed at State FFA Convention about their project and learning. Brock Vetick in Plant Systems 5, Emma Nelson and Ella Whitaker in Food Products 4 and Cassidy Mentink and Kassandra Prieto in Food Products 6 were selected as the state winner and will be forwarded on to national competition.
One of the highlights every year is the conferring of the State FFA Degree, the highest degree the state can bestow upon a member. About 2% of the membership ever attain this degree, and our chapter had four members earn the degree this year. Members earning the State FFA Degree were Lexie Bacon, Bren Shatto, Brock Vetick and Kelly Wakeley.
From the State Degree Recipients, the top 24 recipients are named as State Star Finalists. The State Star awards are considered the highest award a member can earn from the State Association. Brock Vetick was a State Star Finalist in Agriscience. Through the application and interview process, the State Stars are selected. Through the process, Brock Vetick was named the State Star in Agriscience.
The final announcement of the convention brings us the selection of the 2017-18 Nebraska State FFA Officer Team. Through an intensive three day interview process in March, seven individuals are elected to serve as officers of the Nebraska FFA Association. Brock Vetick was named a 2017-18 Nebraska State FFA Vice President and will serve the over 7,000 Nebraska FFA members in the coming year. Brock becomes only the fifth member from our chapter to serve in this position.
Utilize the following link to view Shelby Laird's Talent Performance during the Seventh General Session of the Nebraska State FFA Convention: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
The Lyons-Decatur Northeast FFA Chapter also was recognized with the Governors Agricultural Awareness Award Sponsored by NIFA, Feed Nebraska Recognition and a top I Believe in the Future of Ag Chapter. Congratulations go to all who participated at State FFA Convention.
Is this your first day of school at LDNE?
Doors will be open at 7:50 a.m. Elementary students will report to their classrooms at 8:15 a.m. and secondary students will report to the gym at 8:15 a.m. Breakfast and hot lunch will be served. Regular day dismissal times are elementary at 3:30 p.m. and secondary at 3:43 p.m.
Door Security: During the school hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 P.M., all doors will be locked. The west entrance will have a buzzer to allow visitors to enter. All doors will be operational for emergency exiting in all buildings. The purpose of this procedure is to increase security measures for the Northeast School System. Your cooperation will be appreciated. All visitors to the school are required to sign in and sign out in the Superintendent’s office.
Breakfast & Hot Lunch Program: An excellent breakfast & hot lunch program will be offered daily. Menus will be published weekly in the Lyons-Mirror Sun and on our School website www.lyonsdecaturschool.org.Breakfast is served from 7:50-8:10 A.M. The new prices for breakfast are $1.85 for students and $2.50 for adults. The new lunch prices are; PreSchool $2.25, Grades K-5 $2.50; Grades 6-8 $2.65, Grades 9-12 $2.85, and adults $3.85. An afternoon milk is available to grades PreSchool thru 6th grade and the cost is .35 cents. Meals and milk tickets may be purchased at the Superintendent’s office. Free and Reduced Price School Meals Family Applications are available in the Superintendent’s office and on the school website
Transportation: Bus and van transportation will be utilized to transport students to and from Decatur. Pick up and Drop Off will be on the north side of the old Decatur school. It will leave Decatur at 7:35 a.m. sharp and return at 4:15 p.m. Two buses are provided. There will be a van to transport both AM and PM preschool students from the Decatur center. Preschool students are required to ride in a booster seat in the van. The AM van will transport students to the morning preschool session that runs from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM. This van will leave Decatur at 7:35 AM and will return at approximately 11:55 AM. The PM van will transport students to the afternoon preschool session that runs from Noon to 3:30 P.M. This van will leave Decatur at 11:30 A.M. and will return at approximately 3:50 P.M.
Parents driving their K-12 students to Decatur in the morning should drop their children off at the north set of doors to the old school building. If for some reason your child does not ride the after school bus to Decatur, contact the school office and they will let the bus driver know. Thank you.
Parents driving their children to Lyons in the morning should use Lincoln Street (the street between the school and the Ag building). This will be used as a ONE WAY east drop off lane. Drivers should enter Lincoln Street from 5th Street and exit on 6th Street. This street will also be available after school to pick up students using the same format, going east from 5th Street to 6th on Lincoln Street. Watch for children in the new cross walk on Lincoln Street during drop off and pickup. Do not use Lincoln Street between 8:15 A.M to 3:15 P.M.
Mileage: Parents should fill in the number of miles they live from the center in their ward, on the emergency form sent home with their children the first day of school. East ward to the Decatur Center and West Ward to the Lyons Center. These forms are to be returned within a week. Nebraska School Law: 79-611 states mileage will be paid for students in grades K-12. Mileage is not paid for preschool students