Oakland-Craig School Closed, No Speech Meet or Field Trip, PT Conferences WILL be Held


OAKLAND CRAIG PUBLIC SCHOOLS – OAKLAND,NE  
Closed Wednesday – NO Speech meet or Field Trip, PT conferences WILL be held as planned.

Oakland-Craig Schools Closed


Oakland-Craig Schools closed tomorrow.

Oakland-Craig School Closed


Oakland-Craig School is closed tomorrow in anticipation of inclement weather. Stay safe at home all! 

Oakland-Craig School Late Start


Oakland-Craig Schools will start two hours late today due to weather.

Oakland-Craig School Closed


Oakland-Craig School is closed today due to the weather.

Consolidation Options Being Discussed


By Brandon Lavaley, Tekamah-Herman Superintendent

In March, the Board of Education hired Jerry McCall, with Education Consulting Services, and his decades of experience to assist board members in narrowing a focus to improve our facilities for our students. Through the work with Jerry, the recommendation was made to pursue a consolidated effort first and gauge the interest of other school districts, specifically Oakland-Craig and Lyons-Decatur Northeast. Since reaching out to those districts, it has been relatively quiet over the past several months. Lyons-Decatur Northeast indicated that they were not interested in further conversations at this time, stating that they had a relationship with Bancroft-Rosalie for activities with which they were pleased. Oakland-Craig expressed some interest, but felt they needed to evaluate all of their options.

Last week, committee representatives from Tekamah-Herman, Oakland-Craig, and Jerry McCall met to further discuss the potential of a consolidated effort between the two districts. The specific items discussed, in general terms, were the internal organization of grade levels in a proposed district, the potential site of a new high school, and the size of the building being to be built. These conversations are preliminary, with both Boards seeking additional definitive data from Education Consulting Services before making a commitment.

The committees asked for further clarification from Mr. McCall on potential educational programming for the proposed district and ideas of participation from Northeast Community College with career education and certification opportunities in a district of the proposed size. The committees are supportive of doing what is in the best interest of students. If education can be enhanced and facilities improved through consolidation, Tekamah-Herman representatives would certainly be interested in such an effort. The facility issues in our district are not improving and must be addressed in the near future. The Board members are attempting to make the best decision possible to address as many needs as possible.

The Board of Education at Tekamah-Herman wishes to be as transparent as possible with any potential election for the use of tax dollars. The members have spent countless hours interviewing, researching, and evaluating options. While this isn’t the only option available for the district, this is clearly the best option that must be investigated to its fullest, in the minds of the Board and representatives hired to guide the Board. Please feel free to communicate with your representatives about this and future issues.

Brandon Lavaley, Tekamah-Herman Superintendent

Brandon Lavaley, Tekamah-Herman Superintendent

Penke Starts Ninth Year Teaching at O-C


 

Kylie Penke in her newly arranged and decorated room at O-C. Photo courtesy of Kylie Penke.

Kylie Penke in her newly arranged and decorated room at O-C. Photo courtesy of Kylie Penke.

“We have really great kids at O-C and that makes my job rewarding,” stated Kylie Penke, a teacher at Oakland-Craig Schools. “I also think we have rock-star administrators, faculty and staff that make this a great school for everyone!”

Kylie is beginning her ninth year teaching at Oakland-Craig. She teaches biology, advanced biology, intro to agriculture, plant science, animal science and ag business in grades 9-12.

She has been busy the last few days in preparation of the first day of school, tomorrow. “There are more changes than usual this year due to the elementary renovation being complete and several teachers being on the move in the high school as well,” Kylie said.

She has a new room and has been working at getting it ready for the new school year. “I am really excited to have more space and storage to properly accommodate teaching science and ag,” Kylie stated.

Education is ever evolving, and providing students with the best education possible is important to teachers. “I have been revising the syllabi to reflect some of the new technologies and policies that I will be using in hopes of keeping parents more in the loop of what is going on in class,” Kylie said. “I have also spent some time working with professors at UNL’s College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources on a new Plant Science course that will mirror a current college course.” Students have the option to take an on-line version of this class. “It will be offered through the Advanced Scholars Program for college credit,” Kylie stated.

Kylie’s inspiration to become a teacher came while working with students during her year of service as a Nebraska FFA State Officer. “I discovered I really enjoyed working with high school students and being with them nearly every day presents an amazing opportunity to have a positive impact on their lives,” Kylie said.

She also thought she had a lot that she could teach students about school and life. “Turns out, they are constantly teaching me!” Kylie stated.

Teaching for nine years, Kylie has had many memorable moments. “Helping students excel in class, athletics and life who have truly worked hard to accomplish their goals is wonderful, Kylie said. “I could name several kids from all walks of life whom accomplish some pretty amazing feats and their satisfaction is priceless.”

Not only is Kylie entering her ninth year of teaching, this will also be her ninth year coaching cross country. “Cross Country has been so positive for myself and the runners. I couldn’t imagine life without it,” Kylie stated. “I am especially excited for the 2014 season because I think this is going to be a very big year with all of the talent and hard work I have already witnessed.”

Kylie doesn’t just coach cross country, she runs too. “Although I never catch the kids, I do run during most practices. It started as a selfish way to stay in shape, but I have learned that the kids really appreciate me “suffering” with them,” Kylie said. “It motivates them to do more. I guess if these old bones can do it, they should be able to do it too!”

Kylie and her husband, Jason, are the parents of two boys. Tate is five and Tye is three. “Tate is pumped about starting kindergarten and Tye is excited about the cool toilet he gets to sit on at preschool,” Kylie stated. Her and Jason will be hands on, assisting the boys with homework. “We will be doing plenty of reading in the evenings,” Kylie said.

To those considering the education field, Kylie has some advice to share. “I can’t count on two hands how many people have told me they wish they would have become a teacher,” Kylie stated. “The summers are wonderful, but most teachers are still working/teaching/coaching throughout the break so hopefully you have other reasons for going into education. It is an extremely rewarding field that is very family friendly. There truly is no other job I would rather have!”

 

Oakland and Craig Boys and Girls State Delegates


2014 Oakland and Craig Boys and Girls State Delegates.Back Row- left to right Cameron Kiner (Craig) Bryce Uhing (Oakland) Ted Maline (Oakland)    Front Row- Left to Right Heather Riedy (Oakland) Angela Weisbrook (Craig). Photo Courtesy of Oakland-Craig School.

2014 Oakland and Craig Boys and Girls State Delegates.Back Row- left to right
Cameron Kiner (Craig)
Bryce Uhing (Oakland)
Ted Maline (Oakland)
Front Row- Left to Right
Heather Riedy (Oakland)
Angela Weisbrook (Craig).
Photo Courtesy of Oakland-Craig School.

Oakland-Craig Against Cancer


The Oakland-Craig Student Council has put together a Relay For Life Team to walk in the Burt County Relay on June 20th at the Lyons-Decatur Northeast track from 6:00 p.m. until midnight. They have been running a money drive contest, Coins for a Cure, to see which teacher will get a pie in their face. The results were revealed on Wed., April 16th at the Oakland-Craig Elementary Gymnasium. Each teacher had a bucket in their classroom to place coins in. They raised a total of $300. “The Oakland-Craig Agains

O-C Student Council members:  right to left Seniors Heath Stromquist Emily Weitzenkamp  Juniors Ashleigh Carr Joel Johnson Cameron Kiner Josh King Heather Riedy Bryce Uhing  Sophomores Cole Mitchell James Moseman Brianne Peterson Conner Thiele. Photo Credit/ Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

O-C Student Council members: right to left
Seniors
Heath Stromquist
Emily Weitzenkamp
Juniors
Ashleigh Carr
Joel Johnson
Cameron Kiner
Josh King
Heather Riedy
Bryce Uhing
Sophomores
Cole Mitchell
James Moseman
Brianne Peterson
Conner Thiele. Photo Credit/ Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

O-C Student Council: Seniors Faith Gatewood Shelby Hinman Kameron Shelley Heath Stromquist Emily Weitzenkamp   Juniors Ashleigh Carr Joel Johnson Cameron Kiner Josh King Heather Riedy Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

O-C Student Council: Seniors
Faith Gatewood
Shelby Hinman
Kameron Shelley
Heath Stromquist
Emily Weitzenkamp
Juniors
Ashleigh Carr
Joel Johnson
Cameron Kiner
Josh King
Heather Riedy
Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Student Council and Teachers: from Left to right  People standing: Hannah Brudigam (in white coat) Conner Thiele Joel Johnson Heath Stromquist Cole Mitchell Emily Weitzenkamp Brianne Peterson Shelby Hinman Cameron Kiner James Moseman Jesse Wallerstedt People in the chairs Sandy Pearson Mike Selk Bonnie Kreikemeier Tara Miller Aaron Meyer Thomas Glinski Nicco Salvador Kris Reinert Elyce Josephson Chris Long Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Student Council and Teachers: from Left to right
People standing:
Hannah Brudigam (in white coat)
Conner Thiele
Joel Johnson
Heath Stromquist
Cole Mitchell
Emily Weitzenkamp
Brianne Peterson
Shelby Hinman
Cameron Kiner
James Moseman
Jesse Wallerstedt
People in the chairs
Sandy Pearson
Mike Selk
Bonnie Kreikemeier
Tara Miller
Aaron Meyer
Thomas Glinski
Nicco Salvador
Kris Reinert
Elyce Josephson
Chris Long
Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

from Left to right  People standing: Hannah Brudigam (in white coat) Conner Thiele Joel Johnson Heath Stromquist Cole Mitchell Emily Weitzenkamp Brianne Peterson Shelby Hinman Cameron Kiner James Moseman Jesse Wallerstedt People in the chairs Sandy Pearson Mike Selk Bonnie Kreikemeier Tara Miller Aaron Meyer Thomas Glinski Nicco Salvador Kris Reinert Elyce Josephson Chris Long Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

from Left to right
People standing:
Hannah Brudigam (in white coat)
Conner Thiele
Joel Johnson
Heath Stromquist
Cole Mitchell
Emily Weitzenkamp
Brianne Peterson
Shelby Hinman
Cameron Kiner
James Moseman
Jesse Wallerstedt
People in the chairs
Sandy Pearson
Mike Selk
Bonnie Kreikemeier
Tara Miller
Aaron Meyer
Thomas Glinski
Nicco Salvador
Kris Reinert
Elyce Josephson
Chris Long
Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Pie in the face time: Student Council members had fun putting a pie in the face of Annie Magnusson, Sandy Pearson, Mile Selk and Bonnie Kreikemeier. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Pie in the face time: Student Council members had fun putting a pie in the face of Annie Magnusson, Sandy Pearson, Mile Selk and Bonnie Kreikemeier. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

More pies in the face: OC teachers: Aaron Meyer Thomas Glinski Nicco Salvador Kris Reinert Elyce Josephson Chris Long Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

More pies in the face: OC teachers: Aaron Meyer
Thomas Glinski
Nicco Salvador
Kris Reinert
Elyce Josephson
Chris Long
Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

t Cancer Team has raised $1235 so far, including a $200 anonymous donation if all of the teachers agreed to get a pie in the face,” stated Oakland-Craig Guidance Counselor Annie Magnusson.

Oakland-Craig Guidance Counselor Annie Magnusson begins the Oakland-Craig Against Cancer program at O-C School. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Oakland-Craig Guidance Counselor Annie Magnusson begins the Oakland-Craig Against Cancer program at O-C School. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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