The Clearwater-Orchard Educator's Association (OCEA) put together "survival kits" for their students as they kick off the second semester.
Grades Kindergarten through 6th grade were given the kits which included items most requested by the teachers. Items requested the most were PE shoes, gloves, hates, socks, ponytails and a few more necessities.
It’s that time of the year again for the Clearwater and Orchard CloseUp group’s Work-A-Day For Pay Auction.
The juniors from the schools will be participating in an auction as a fundraiser for their senior CloseUp trip. The auction will give individuals the opportunity to bid on the students individually as well as in two-three person groups.
The highest bidder will get an eight hour day of work from the student or group. All donations will go towards the cost of the trip.
This year’s auction will take place in Clearwater on January 23 following the basketball games.
Clearwater recognized their outstanding students in their second quarter and first semester honor roll.
Students named to the second quarter principal’s honor roll included: (seventh) Emily Ahlers, Lena Bolling, and Alex Thiele; (eighth) Jacob Behnk and Dillon Moser; (ninth) Eli Thiele; (eleventh) Zach King, Jacob Long, Taylor Sanne, Katie Stearns, and Julia Thiele; (twelfth) Haley Blecher, Brooklynn Chipps, Allison Kerkman, and Andrew Steskal.
First semester principal’s honor roll students were: (seventh) Faith King and Alex Thiele; (eighth) Jacob Behnk and Dillon Moser; (ninth) Eli Thiele; (eleventh) Zach King, Jacob Long, Taylor Sanne, and Julia Thiele; (twelfth) Haley Blecher, Brooklynn Chipps, Allison Kerkman, and Andrew Steskal.
Students earning second quarter honor roll were: (seventh) Joe Ahlers, Colby Hupp, Madison Kester, Faith King, Harper Klabenes, Kellen Mlnarik, and Bryna Umphress; (eighth) Cassidy Bearinger, Calissa Kester, and Colton Thiele; (ninth) Rafe Grebin and Hunter Klabenes; (tenth) Kierra Bearinger, Lauren Behnk, Taylor Ann Bolling, Tyler Hupp, James Kester, and Perla Roman; (eleventh) Chris Kester, Grace Rittscher and Clay Thiele; (twelfth) Caleb Krebs, Liam Odell and Travis Rudloff.
First semester honor rolls students included: (seventh) Emily Ahlers, Joe Ahler, Lena Bolling, Colby Hupp, Madison Kester, and Harper Klabenes; (eighth) Cassidy Bearinger and Calissa Kester; (ninth) Rafe Grebin and Hunter Klabenes; (tenth) Kierra Bearinger, Lauren Behnk, Taylor Ann Bolling, Taylor Rose Bolling, Tyler Hupp and James Kester; (eleventh) Chris Kester, Grace Rittscher, Codey Snider, Katie Stearns and Clay Thiele; (twelfth) Liam Odell and Travis Rudloff.
It may not be rodeo season quite yet, but the Clearwater Rodeo is ready to rope in another year of a weekend of fun and entertainment.
The Clearwater Chamber of Commerce has announced Dylan Scott as the headline of entertainment for the 2018 Clearwater Rodeo. Scott will hit the stage on Saturday, June 23 at 10 p.m. Opening for Scott will be the James Lee Band beginning at 9 p.m.
Scott is recognized for his well-known songs, "My Girl," "Crazy Over Me," and "Hooked."
Tickets will be $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.
A for sale sign can be seen at the front of Jo’s Market in Clearwater as the community rallies together to keep a grocery store in town.
Listing her business for sale online in September, Joan Allemang has decided to step away after 14 years of dedication. But finding a buyer has been something the store has struggled to see.
Understanding the importance of a grocery store in the small town, many of the community leaders have taken the responsibility to revive the store. Sandy Kester, an agent at Taylor Realty, was contacted to look at various steps to keep the store alive, which led to discussion of a community-ownership option that many surrounding small towns have utilized.
After successfully supporting the Petersburg, Lindsay Holy Family, and Newman Grove grocery stores, the community reached out to Larry Temme of Petersburg.
Leaders said Temme agreed to help the store move into community ownership. With Temme lending a hand to the town, inspections began to determine what steps they would need to take next. After much discussion, one word stuck out more evidently than others — funding.
It was obvious to the community that finding the funds for the project would be the biggest issue they would have to face. But with the small town support, funds have become one of the easiest factors.
The project has seen nearly 100 pledges from community families, and even from those across Nebraska simply donating to the town where their family roots began.
The Clearwater Chamber of Commerce donated a building for the store to move into which can be found on Highway west of the HiWay Mart. This move will give the store the opportunity for more space with a larger, more-accessible location.
With sufficient funds, the project was also able to make purchases of updated shelving, compressors and coolers thanks to even more community donations.
After learning an Omaha grocery store was selling out, the community leaders knew they had to cease the opportunity and began soliciting for more donations.
Organizers said they met on a Sunday and decided to begin calling businesses in the area in hopes to bring in enough funds to fill the new store. By the following Wednesday, the community had raised $55,000, just enough to supply the store with proper shelving, compressors, and coolers.
Community leaders said donations are continuing to roll in as the project sees more and more shareholders, as well as donations being accepted through CORE.
The Nebraska Unified District 1 focused on their school improvements with a presentation from teachers Bonnie Mitchell and Liz Fuchtman on their recent advancements.
At the beginning of the school year, the Clearwater school implemented “The Coding Club.” Meeting every Monday, this club gives students the ability to grow.
So, what is coding? Answering this question, Mitchell explained that code is a set of instructions put in the correct order to complete a task. With coding, students are able to use their problem-solving skills, logic and creativity giving them a foundation for success in the 21st century.
The Clearwater Coding Club is a member of an international code club that includes over 10,000 club in 125 countries. Within this club, students are able to better their communication skills, vocabulary and still have fun while collaborating with the other schools.
Among challenges the club has accomplished were coding music, creating virtual realities, creating video games, and coding robots to complete science and geometry tasks.
“I think it’s just super important that kids have that experience. It’s something that I am really passionate about. I love sharing what I have, and just seeing their faces when they come into coding club,” Mitchell said.
Along with this presentation, the board discussed the school safety reports, superintendent evaluation, and certified staff negotiated agreements and plan to use each of these as a tool to improve the district.
The next meeting date is set to January 15 in Orchard at 7 p.m.
Editor's Note: Video of the meeting is at the end of the story. The video is broken into three parts. All devices offer different volume levels, so we suggest using ear buds or headphones to best hear the video.
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The three-school merger’s on-again, off-again relationship appears to be back on despite more board members questioning what the next steps should be.
Wednesday’s nearly three-hour meeting in Clearwater included passed motions, a failed motion and a rescinded motion. While approvals eventually did happen, at one point in the meeting, Neligh-Oakdale voted to move on in merger plans without Ewing.
About a dozen people attended the meeting, besides the board members and administrators from the three schools.
After talks on hiring a curriculum consultant, Ewing voted against the hiring 2-4. Pete Funk made the motion to hire the consultant with Jason Schindler seconding. In a turn of events, Funk, Schindler, Jeremy Wagner and Tim Larson all voted against the hiring. Ed Nordby and Mark Ramold were the lone Ewing members to vote in favor.
Members from both Neligh-Oakdale and Clearwater boards were visibly stunned as they looked at each other but sat silently until Clearwater President Amy Thiele broke the silence by asking “the elephant in the room” question.
“So, you don’t want to hire either one? So, does that mean that Ewing does not want to go forward at this point and time? What are your intentions from here? What are you thinking? Do you want to get more proposals from people?” she asked.
But Ewing members remained silent.
Thiele continued to ask Ewing board members several more times for explanation, but no one spoke. Even Ramold told his board, “I’m open to any comments.”
Considering both Clearwater and Neligh-Oakdale had approved the hiring, the boards questioned how to move forward. Neligh-Oakdale’s Ryan Koinzan then suggested merger talks continue with just Neligh-Oakdale and Clearwater.
“If Ewing is not interested in this consulting agreement with Dr. Uhing and Dr. Pease, and they have indicated that and have had no verbal comments,” he said. “I would make a motion, so there is no need of Neligh and Clearwater and Ewing to be part of the study. And I would make a motion for Dr. Uhing and Dr. Pease to look into this — the schools of Neligh-Oakdale and Clearwater.”
Cory Furstenau seconded Koinzan’s motion, which passed unanimously. With tension rising between the boards, a brief recess was called.
After the meeting reconvened, Ramold asked his fellow board members from Ewing to reconsider pulling out of talks and revote. Just like before, Funk made the motion to hire the consultant with Schindler seconding. This time around, the vote passed 4-2 with Larson and Schindler casting the votes against.
Schindler and Larson both said they voted against the hiring of curriculum consultants Dr. Craig Pease and Dr. Bob Uhing because they wanted more answers before spending tax dollars. Schindler said he felt the public would be against the merger at this point.
“I guess my only thoughts with this is if this was put before our public tonight, it wouldn’t pass. It’s just wasting money,” Schindler said. “We don’t have enough answers yet. I know that’s what we’re working to do. I haven’t talked to a lot of patrons who are for this at all and there are a handful that might be, but the majority are not.
Larson said he voted no was because he was unsure of what the information provided would entail. He explained that although the other proposal costs more, he believes looking more into it might promise that the board was getting the best information based on how much they would be paying.
“Beyond these guys, what would it cost? To find that step, and the next step? Would that be another extra $40,000? I really need some more information to make a good decision,” Larson said.
Neligh-Oakdale then rescinded its motion to move on without Ewing.
With a curriculum consultant now hired, the boards moved onto the construction phase of merger talks. Clearwater unanimously was in favor of the request for proposal (RFP) from design firm services.
But Ewing and Neligh-Oakdale both faced differing opinions amongst board members. Ewing approved the RFP 5-1 while Neligh-Oakdale’s passed 4-2.
During discussions for design firm services, Koinzan compared the merger talks to “old fashioned” dating and suggested talks needed to slow down.
“We’ve had some controversy. And give us some time to digest this. I’m kind of old fashioned. I like to take things slow. Make good decisions. And right now, I’m trying to decide as a board member if I wanna go on a date or not. And I’ve got some people telling me, that want to go on a date with me, what the color of carpet is going to be. And I’d just like to slow down a little bit,” Koinzan said.
Despite much concern from both Koinzan and Furstenau, Neligh-Oakdale and Clearwater Presidents David Wright and Amy Thiele reassured the two that they were simply reaching out for requests and that a decision on a proposal was not immediately necessary.
The meeting adjourned at 9:41 p.m. The next three-board meeting will be in Ewing at an unknown date and time.
Clearwater High School is taking its turn at hosting a blood drive.
On Friday, December 15, the school will host a Red Cross Blood Drive from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to give now to help keep the blood supply stable during the holidays.
To schedule your appointment, call the school office at 402-485-2505 or the Red Cross at 1-800-RedCross.
The Old Fashioned Christmas in Clearwater is always a good way to get into the giving spirit, but this year is extra special.
This year, the Clearwater community and chamber of commerce will accept donations for the family of Sydney Loofe as they continue to search for her. Checks can be made payable to the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce, who will in turn right one large check to the family.
The donations will be accepted from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the multi-purpose room in the school. For more info, contact Sherry Snodgrass or Linda Hankla.
Zombies walked the stage on Tuesday for Clearwater-Orchard's performance at districts.
At the C2-4 district one act competition, Clearwater-Orchard put on a show with their performance of "10 Ways To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse." After all the scores were tallied at the end of the day, it was announced that O-C took home seventh place.
James Kester, Allison Kerkman, Ira Lampert and Nalleli Zermeno were all recognized as outstanding performers on the day.