After creating a sports co-op with Clearwater and Ewing, one of main items of discussion at the Orchard Advisory Board meeting on Monday night was the purchase of new uniforms.
Stephanie Cleveland spoke about the uniform decision before the board, giving an example of the school her kids were a part of in New York that had a similar merger situation, explaining that what those schools did was use the uniforms from both schools, with one sport using one school’s uniforms and a different sport using the other schools, until the merger was set firmly in place. The kids then came up with and voted on a new mascot and colors.
“The kids didn’t care. They just wanted to play,” Cleveland said.
It was discussed to have the kids involved in making the decision regarding a new mascot and colors before purchasing the uniforms, possibly having the kids vote on the final decision before taking it to the boards for approval.
Various options on paying for the uniforms were also discussed, including each school paying for one-third of the uniforms. Principal Cathy Cooper was hesitant about one school paying for all the uniforms as well as using fundraising to purchase the uniforms because of the flood relief efforts happening across the state.
“I don’t think fundraising would be in good taste right now,” Cooper said.
After discussion on purchasing new uniforms, the motion made was for the administration to proceed with new mascot, colors and new uniforms. Deanna voted nay, all others were in favor of the motion.
Extra duty contract assignments were also presented to the board. Assignments are as follows:
OC & OCE Sports Extra-Duty Assignments 2019-20:
High School Coaches: Football, Jeff Shabram; Asst. Football, Dan Roeber; Asst. Football, Jared Nolze; Asst. Football Volunteer, Aaron Schleusener; Volleyball, Suz Funk; Asst. Volleyball, Sierra Summers; Asst. Volleyball, Kray Funk; Cross Country, Jaimie Turpin; Boys’ Basketball, Brett Kaczor; Asst. Boys’ Basketball, Jarrod Long; Asst. Boys’ Basketball, Scott Young; Girls’ Basketball, Greg Appleby; Asst. Girls’ Basketball, Scott Leisy; Asst. Girls’ Basketball, Jackson Median; Wrestling, Dan Roeber; Asst. Wrestling, Paul Kester; Asst. Wrestling, Anthony Kester; Asst. Wrestling, Mike Zeggers; Golf, Bill Tabbert; Asst. Golf (if needed), Scott Leisy; Girls’ Track, Shannon Schumacher; Asst. Girls’ Track, Jeff Shabram; Boys’ Track, Jackson Medina; Asst. Boys’ Track, Dan Miller.
Junior High Coaches: Football, Mike Odell, Darin Wickersham and Matt Maxwell; Volleyball, yet to fill, KristinVandenberg and Rachael Cheatum (volunteer); Boys’ Basketball, Austin Twibell and Tyson Schutt; Girls’ Basketball, Lila Wondercheck and Morgan Buckendahl; Track, Karley Jackson, Karri Hickey, yet to fill and Kari Heiss (part-time volunteer).
OC Activity Extra-Duty Assignments:
Activity Sponsors: One-Act, Sarah Kesting and Mackenzie McClellan; Head Speech, Katie Schneider; Asst. Speech, Kristin Johnston; Yearbook, Katie Stepp; Close-Up, Dan Roeber; FFA, Jessy Hilkemeier.
Orchard Extra-Duty Assignments:
Activity Sponsors: Student Council, Shannon Schumacher (assisted by Denise Meyer when needed); National Honor Society, Denise Meyer; Vocal/Instrumental Music, Emily Heithoff; HS Quiz Bowl, Jim Schutt; JH Quiz Bowl, Jim Schutt.
Class Sponsors: Senior, Jim Schutt; Junior/Prom, Kalee Michaelson; Sophomore, Carrie Williamson; Freshmen, Jeff Shabram; Junior High, Lisa Cook.
Other: Activities Director, Jim Schutt; SAT, Cheryl Schwager, Cathy Cooper, Angela Tagel and Denise Meyer; 504, Cheryl Schwager; Skills USA, Carrie Williamson; Orchard Concessions, Joan Maple; Elementary Coordinator, Angela Tagel.
Clearwater Extra-Duty Assignments:
Activity Sponsors: Student Council, Shannon Schumacher; OC One-Act, Sarah Kesting; OC Head Speech, Katie Schneider; OC Asst. Speech, Kristin Johnston; National Honor Society, Kendra Shrader; Vocal/Instrumental Music, Sarah Kesting; HS Quiz Bowl, Connie Cronin; JH Quiz Bowl, Connie Cronin; OC Yearbook, Katie Stepp; OC Close-Up, Dan Roeber.
Class Sponsors: Senior, Dan Roeber; Junior/Prom, Bonnie Mitchell; Sophomore, Mike Odell; Freshmen, Laurel Miller; Junior High, yet to fill.
Other: Activities Director, Shelly Mlnarik; SAT, Shelly Mlnarik, Bonnie Mitchell, Deb Neumann, Kendra Shrader and Mike Sanne; 504, yet to fill; Skills USA, Mike Odell; Clearwater Concessions, Carla Jacob; Elementary Coordinator, Deb Neumann.
Cleveland was also present at the meeting to present a check to the board from Dusty’s Valentine’s Day flower sale. Dusty’s donated a total of $800 to Orchard’s Beef in Schools program.
“That should be a thank you to the community, too, because they’re the ones buying the flowers, so a lot of that came from the community,” Cleveland said. “This is the fourth year we’ve done it and that’s where we decided to put it this year.”
Another item of discussion was allowing the Nebraska Lawdawgs to rent out Orchard’s football field for home games this summer.
“I’d only worry about the summer work that’s going on because a lot of the time, everything in here is out of commission,” Cooper said.
Cooper also explained that the Orchard Advisory Board can’t make the decision alone because the field is shared with the town. The board decided to take the discussion to the city board.
Other discussion at the meeting included state testing days, Boy’s State representatives and make-up days. The next advisory board meeting will be May 6 at 5 p.m.
Orchard will have two new faces in the building for the 2019-2020 school year and one staffing change.
Mackenzie McClellan will be the new kindergarten teacher and Angela Tagel, the current kindergarten teacher, will be moving to the 5th and 6th grade position. Jessy Hilkemeier will be the new vocational ag instructor.
McClellan currently teaches at Elgin Public School. Hilkemeier currently works at the Antelope County News and previously taught at Madison Public School.
The Orchard Fire and Rescues, along with Orchard Public School, will be conducting a test of the severe weather warning system in Orchard Thursday at 10 a.m.
The whistle will sound as if a tornado had been spotted.
This is a good time for businesses, along with residents, to be sure their emergency plans are complete. These plans should include a best area to take cover, a small portable radio, a flashlight with good batteries, food and water and to check on elderly and disabled neighbors if they need assistance.
The signal for a a tornado or threatening weather id a steady three minute blast. After the test, the all clear signal of the same steady tine will sound for a minute.
The test will take approximately 10-20 minutes. The test will not be done if threatening weather is in the area.
3rd Quarter Principal’s Honor Roll includes 7th grader Aubrey Jackson; 8th graders Hadley Cheatum, Levi Cronk, Gunnar Shabram and Trevor Thomson; 9th grader Madison Melcher; 10th graders Avery Cheatum and Kaci Wickersham; 11th grader Chance Boelter; and 12th graders Blake Hoke, Erin Schwager, Julian Tuttle and Ryan Wilhelm.
3rd Quarter Honor Roll includes 7th graders Ashley Melcher and Amor Zermeno; 8th grader Savanna Ferris; 9th graders Mason Hoke and Lizett Marino; 10th graders Taelyn Switzer and Larissa Thomson; 11th graders Gage Clifton and Houston Marino; and 12th graders Jaccob Bennett, JoCee Johnston, Anthony Marino, Holly Schacht and Nalleli Zermeno.
The Orchard Young Men's Club (OYMC), a non-profit status organization, has a vision to build a new community center to replace the old Legion building which was recently torn down.
The 50 year Class of 1969 is offering a challenge to the other graduating classes of Orchard High School to make a donation. In memory of classmates Gary Stauffer, Merlyn Maple, George Waterman, Gloria Shaw and Donna Kopecky, the Class of 1969 is donating $1,969 toward a new community center, matching their graduation year. The class is challenging other classes to follow their lead.
Donation checks should be payable to Orchard Young Men's Club. Checks will be presented to the OYMC at the alumni banquet in May.
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