Fire Prevention Week runs through Oct. 14, and Antelope County is proud to honor the volunteers with the Tilden Fire Department. Thank you for your dedication.
Members are: Chris Hansen, Kelli Fleetwood, Michelle McIntosh, Jeremy Poulsen. Middle Row: Matt Jensen, Stephanie Thompson, Allan Miller, Brandon Fulsaas. Back Row: Dean Thies, Mark Dietz, Aaron Sauserhere
Sharing kindness is the way of the Falcons, and the staff at Elkhorn Valley are making sure to recognize these acts of kindness.
Elkhorn Valley School Counselor, Carey Hahne told about how “Sharing Kindness Falcon Style” began. During her character education classes, Hahne and others discussed kindness and how to recognize students’ actions during school. As a group they talked about how being kind “fills other’s buckets,” and when an individual is kind, they don’t expect anything in return.
Hahne said, “When we throw out kindness, like a boomerang, it comes back to you.”
At Elkhorn Valley, the staff has taken the time to recognize student’s actions. This year, the school is trying to transform the idea of “going to the principal’s office” into a good thing. The goal is to have a way for Principal Darin Hahne and Superintendent Keith Leckron to have the chance to see students for the good they have done, not just focusing on the poor choices. This also gives the administration the chance to get more involved with the students, and see what is happening everyday. Recognizing the acts of kindness has given the school a better atmosphere.
“I love when I’ve brought down kids down for pictures, they don’t always know what act of kindness is being celebrated. Kids are just doing kind things, knowing it’s the right thing to do… and if they get “caught,” it’s just a bonus,” Hahne explained.
Elkhorn Valley homecoming court is (back row, from left) Dalton Smutny, Tyson Hanson, Kalen Dittrich, Brayden Effle, Dillon Stewart, and Shawn Klinetobe. (middle row, from left) Matty Boldt, Brianna Werner, Emily Stuckwisch, Kirstyn Evans, Delilah Sierra, and Katy Fleetwood. (front row, from left) Trigg Bennett and Reece Black.
Coronation will be Friday, September 29th.
A longtime member of the Northeast Community College Board of Governors has announced he is stepping down after 17-years. Dr. Don Oelsligle, Tilden, submitted his letter of resignation during the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday in Norfolk.
Oelsligle said he is proud of his time with the College.
“Looking back over the years, the most important task I was a part of was the selection of the college president. I was directly involved in the selection of Dr. (Bill) Path and Dr. (Michael) Chipps. These turned out to be excellent choices for the College with both men being outstanding leaders with visions for Northeast.”
Oelsligle has served on the Northeast Board of Governors, representing District I of Antelope, Garfield, Pierce and Wheeler counties in their entirety and portions of Boone, Cedar and Madison counties, since 2000. He has chaired a number of board committees and served as board chairperson in 2007. He was board vice-chairperson in 2006 and 2012. Oelsligle has also participated in the American Association of Community College Trustees and American Association of Community Colleges meetings in Washington, D.C., on behalf of Northeast.
Oelsligle was active in helping Northeast grow its three campuses and regional offices across northeast Nebraska during his time on the board, including work on a successful $3 million extended campus project in the city of O’Neill.
“It has been very satisfying to see the expansion of the regional facilities available through extended campuses in O’Neill, West Point and South Sioux City and new regional offices in Ainsworth and Hartington, as well as the development of partnerships with other educational institutions. This has allowed for additional access to higher education for those students who need to work while they continue their education.”
Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast president, said he has valued Oelsligle’s contributions to the board for the past 17-years.
“With his broad range of experiences, Dr. Oelsligle has brought his knowledge of education and the educational process to every board meeting. His vast experience as a researcher, educator, Peace Corps volunteer, manager, agri-businessman, and farmer has prepared him to function as an outstanding contributor to the board. Don’s ongoing dedication and passion for students is commendable and deeply valued.”
Oelsligle graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy/Business and a Master of Science degree in Soil Science. He earned a Ph.D. in Soil Fertility from Michigan State University.
Oelsligle has an extensive background in higher education where he served on the Crop and Soil Science Department Advisory Committee at UNL; coordinated the tropical soils regulation program at North Carolina State University; managed an ag marketing and development program in central and eastern Europe, was a
co-instructor of an irrigation course in Panama, and served as an advisor for an agriculture development and training program in Afghanistan.
Oelsligle has served as one of two representatives from Northeast on the Nebraska Community College Association (NCCA) Board of Directors, including a one-year term as board president in 2011. A successful
agri-businessman and producer, he was honored in 2012 with the NCCA’s Governor’s Award, which recognizes one community college board member annually.
An area of importance to Oelsligle and his wife has been Northeast’s continued expansion in global educational opportunities, which include the development of student exchange programs, an increase in the College’s international student population, articulation agreements with institutions in other countries and a new Center for Global Engagement.
“Jean and I have enjoyed seeing new opportunities develop for our students to take part in foreign educational experiences. It gives students a global perspective and a better sense of the importance of diplomacy and international relations. These are truly life changing experiences, not only for Northeast students, but for those they encounter.”
Oelsligle said it is gratifying to see a continued emphasis on student success at Northeast.
“Northeast has changed dramatically since I first attended college. The struggles that I went through as a college freshman probably would be fewer if what is currently offered at Northeast Community College would have been available to me. The personal attention to our students by faculty and staff truly make it a successful college experience for everyone.”
Oelsligle’s resignation is effective upon the appointment of his successor.
An Antelope County inmate was restrained Thursday along Highway 275 after he attemped to injure himself during transport.
Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore said he was transporting Joshua Bell, 23 of Orchard, from the Antelope County Law Enforcement Center late Thursday morning to the Madison County Jail when Bell began slamming his head against the cage in his pickup.
On the east edge of Tilden along Highway275, Moore pulled off the highway and removed Bell from his pickup and held him to the ground until backup arrived to assist in the transport.
“We had an inmate who was acting out at our facility, so we were transporting him for security reasons to Madison when he started banging his head in the cage of the pickup and wouldn’t stop,” Moore said. “There was no escape attempt. I took him out of the truck for his own protection to keep him from injuring his head.”
Moore continued, “The only reason he was out of the pickup was for his own protection from injuring himself.”
The call for assistance led to law enforcement from multiple agencies, including the Neligh Police Department and Nebraska State Patrol, responding.
Moore said Bell was handcuffed and shackled the entire time and never posed a threat to anyone else. Moore restrained him on the ground until backup arrived. Then they jointly transported Bell to Madison, he said.
Our teacher feature of the week is Rosemary Legate, preschool teacher at Elkhorn Valley School.
Where did you graduate from high school? What year? Pope John, 1982
What college did you attend? Briar Cliff College 1982-1984 Early Childhood Education Associates Degree, Northeast Community College 1995-1997 Associates Degree, Wayne State College 1997-1999 Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Concordia University, Portland, Or 2013-2014 Masters in Early Childhood/Curriculum.
What places have you taught? Elkhorn Valley (Tilden)
How many years have you taught? 18 years
What subject/class do you teach? Preschool
What is your favorite part of teaching? Watching the excitement of wanting to be in school and wanting to learn and I love watching them grow and blossom as they learn new things.
What are you most excited about for the 2017-18 school year? Learning new techniques and ways of teaching, which I will be able to implement into my classroom.
Do you have any extracurricular activities you are in charge of? I am one of the Title One Coordinators and am in charge of organizing and teaching Summer School.
What are your classroom goals for the year? This is the largest class I have ever had so I guess my goal is being able to help each and every one of them learn and grow.
What brought you to teach here? The job opening came about the summer after I graduated. I had done some subbing here at Elkhorn Valley so knew a little bit about the school. I was hired in June to be a part time teacher but 4 days before school started, I became a full time 1st grade teacher because there had been so many new students enrolling. The first few years I moved around a lot in both, rooms and grade levels, but have been teaching preschool for 12 years now.
Can you tell me a little bit about your family? I have been married to my husband, Roger for 30 years. We have 3 children, Tyler who is married to Melissa. They are both teachers at Pierce. They also have a beautiful daughter Joan Marie. Joanie is our one and only grandchild. Colby works for Wortman Concrete Pumping out of Norfolk and does small concrete jobs on the side. Sonya lives in Wayne and will be finishing up her elementary degree in the near future, but in the meantime is doing a lot of subbing.
What are your hobbies? I love to spend time with my family, especially with my granddaughter Joanie. I also like to bake pies.
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