Elementary musicians from Clearwater travelled to Wayne State College on Tuesday, March 5, to participate in the Middle School Music Festival.
The 5/6 band received a II (excellent) rating and the 4-6 choir received a I (superior) rating.
Small groups and solos also performed that day, including Lenora Kester, flute solo, I (superior); Lenora Kester and Shaylie Kester, flute duet, I (superior); Lenora Kester and Ella Bolling, flute/clarinet duet, I (superior); and Lenora Kester and Irelyn Bearinger, vocal duet, I (superior).
Clearwater Public Schools announced its second quarter and first semester honor rolls.
2nd Quarter Honor Roll: Seniors Chris Kester, Austin Pokorny, Taylor Sanne, Katie Stearns, juniors Kierra Bearinger, Taylor Rose Bolling, Tyler Hupp, sophomore Eli Thiele, freshmen Cassidy Bearinger, Emma Kerkman, Calissa Kester, 8th graders Emily Ahlers, Joe Ahlers, Madison Kester, Harper Klabenes, Bryna Umphress, 7th graders Julie Olivan and Jessy Thiele.
1st Semester Honor Roll: Senior Katie Stearns, juniors Kierra Bearinger, Lauren Behnk, Taylor Ann Bolling, Taylor Rose Bolling, Tyler Hupp, sophomores Morgan Erhardt, Rafe Grebin, Hunter Klabenes, Eli Thiele, freshmen Cassidy Bearinger, Calissa Kester, Dillon Moser, 8th graders Emily Ahlers, Joe Ahlers, Lena Bolling, Madison Kester, Harper Klabenes, Bryna Umphress, 7th graders Dylon Lueking and Jesse Thiele.
2nd Quarter Principal's Honor Roll: Seniors Zach King, Jacob Long, Julia Thiele, junior James Kester, sophomore Hunter Klabenes, freshmen Jacob Behnk, Dillon Moser, 8th graders Lena Bolling, Faith King, Alex Thiele, 7th graders Christian Behnk, Aislynn Kester, Adyson Mlnarik and Kelsey Schlecht.
1st Semester Principal's Honor Roll: Seniors Zach King, Jacob Long, Taylor Sanne, Julia Thiele, junior James Kester, freshman Jacob Behnk, 8th graders Faith King, Alex Thiele, 7th graders Christian Behnk, Aislynn Kester, Adyson Mlnarik and Kelsey Schlecht.
The Clearwater-Orchard TeamMates will be hosting a soup supper on Friday, Jan. 11 in honor of National Mentoring Month.
The meal will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. during the basketball games with Humphrey-Lindsay Holy Family in the Clearwater School Multipurpose Room.
The soup supper is a free will donation.
A concert will once again follow the Saturday performance of the Clearwater Rodeo.
According to the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce, singer Morgan Wallen with special guest Hardy will perform Saturday, June 29. The Jams Lee Band will open.
Wallen's biggest hit to date is "Up Down," featuring Florida Georgia Line. His latest single, "Whiskey Glasses" is currently in the top 40 on country radio.
Ticket information has not been released at this time.
Patrons were given a look last week into how a merger between Ewing and Clearwater could function thanks to a summary report on a feasibility study between the two schools.
Dr. Craig Pease and Dr. Bob Uhing spoke to both boards, along with Orchard, during last Wednesday’s joint board meeting between the three schools. Also at the meeting were representatives from First National Capital Markets, who discussed the process of a merger.
Clearwater and Ewing were described as complimentary school districts with similar land values and size, along with being “not an unreasonable distance for traveling back and forth on a good highway.”
The study showed elementary grades would be between 14-25 with enrollment expected to stay the same or slightly decrease through 2022-23. Total enrollment for the two schools in 2020-21 was predicted to be 280 students PK-12, which was said to be comparable to a district the size of Creighton.
As far as curriculum, the combination of the schools could allow for an expanded career pathways thanks to multiple staff positions in technical areas. It was pointed out that by offering SkillsUSA, which Clearwater currently does, and FFA, then the new district would meet Rule 47, which requires specific offerings.
To be more efficient as a new district, the feasibility study indicated the staff could decrease by eight full-time teachers if the two schools merged. A merger could save the two schools about $800,000, primarily due to the reduction of staff. The study recommended two sites, one for PK-6 and a second for 7-12.
The study indicated the predicted budget would require a necessary levy of .6103; however, Pease and Uhing said the levy would actually be higher than that since Clearwater’s data was from the Nebraska Unified District at one-third percentage. Ewing’s total levy is currently .733 while Clearwater’s was listed at .661.
Pease and Uhing are working on multiple feasibility studies for the three schools, along with Verdigre. The rest of the studies will be presented on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m. in Orchard. A snow date for that meeting was set for February 6.
Tobin Buchanan and Craig Jones of First National Capital Market also spoke to the boards about the financial aspect of constructing a new school through a bond. Buchanan said he didn’t feel comfortable estimating fees for their services since the process is still in the early stages.
When asked what is needed for a successful bond, Buchanan recommended having an construction manager, architect and financial firm. Clearwater board member Brian King said his school is looking for someone to take point, mediate and lead them through the project.
“We’re at this point where we don’t really know what to do,” King said.
After much discussion, including asking if First National Capital Markets would consider serving as consultants for the project, neither Buchanan nor Jones would commit, saying it was early in the project and discussion and they needed more time for discussions before suggesting a fee or even if they were interested.
Board members continued to ask questions about successful merger projects, and both men said they’d never seen a three-school merger reach a bond vote.
“More often than not, this phase fizzles and doesn’t get to the vote. Talks end here and never gets to the point to the vote,” Jones said.
More common, they said, was consolidation first with multiple buildings and constructing a new building at a later time.
Board members invited the representatives to attend the Jan. 30 meeting to hear the results of the other feasibility study, and they both agreed.
Ashley Stearns of Clearwater will be one of 58 graduates in the December 2018 graduating class at Bryan College of Health Sciences
Stearns will graduate will a Bachelor of Science in Nursing on Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Lincoln.
Nine will be graduating with a Master of Science in Nursing, thirty-nine with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and nine with a Bachelor of Science in Health Professions. Graduation commencement speaker is Eric Mooss, MHA, President of the Bryan Physician Network.
Bryan College of Health Sciences offers a Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice, Doctorate of Education, a Master of Science in Nursing degree, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Health Professions with majors in Healthcare Studies, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Cardiovascular Technology. Two areas of specialization in Cardiovascular Technology offered are Adult Cardiac Sonography and Vascular Sonography. Also offered are Graduate Certificate in Simulation Education, Post-Undergraduate Certificate in Healthcare Management, and Post-Masters of Science in Nursing Certificate with emphasis in Nursing Education or Nursing Leadership.
Clearwater 5th and 6th graders graduated from the D.A.R.E. program Monday, Nov. 5th under the guidance of Deputy John Shaver.
The graduates are (front row, left to right) Belinda Nunez, Kenzie Sanne, Ethan Kester, Shaylie Kester, Sydni McConnell, Ella Bolling, Kenna Brabec, Ethan Drury, (middle row) Matt Umphress, Irelyn Bearinger, Lenora Kester, (back row) Halle Lueking, Emma King, Caydence Schumacher, Ava Rittscher, Addisyn Fletcher, Keaton Thiele, Logan Kester, Bailey Ahlers, Mike Umphress and Raina Krebs.
Clearwater/Orchard actors earned seven outstanding actor awards at the Niobrara Valley Conference East One Act Tournament at Elgin Public on Tuesday.
Outstanding actor awards were presented to:
Queen - Jackie Olivan
Mindy - Nalleli Zermeno
Princess #2 - Sarai Mendoza
Captain - Cassidy Bearinger
Bo Peep - Avery Cheatum
Prince - Tommie Peed
Horace the Dino - Donaven Nolze
The cast performed "Bedtime Stories (As Told By Our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up)," under the direction of Sara Kesting and Emily Heithoff, for a fifth place finish.
The Clearwater community came together Monday morning to honor the community's local veterans at a special Veteran's Day program at Clearwater High School.
The event started with the veterans marching in, followed by the national anthem, performed by the CHS band, and the elementary students leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
Clearwater seniors spoke about the history of several different monuments and memorials, throughout the United States, built to honor veterans and their service.
Seniors Amy Thiele and Jacob Long shared their experiences at Cornhusker's Boys and Girls State this past summer and thanked the local legion for sponsoring their trips to Lincoln.
Finally, the Clearwater band performed God Bless America and the choir sang Proud to be an America, by Lee Greenwood.
The ceremony concluded with the band playing Taps and the local veterans marching out.
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