Thank you to everyone who supported the Scholastic Book Fair this fall. We surpassed our goal of $1000. Which means more free books for our school. Winners of the decorate a boot or hat contest were: Rylan Lush and Marissa Anderson. Winners for the “Knots on a Counting Rope” were Reagan Johnson and Mya Myers.
The Wilcox-Hildreth High School Media Center is hosting a new pop-up exhibition from the National Archives titled The Bill of Rights and You, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document. It spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens, and looks at how Americans exercise the rights outlined in the amendments. The Bill of Rights and You invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document’s evolution. The exhibit will run through February. The public is encouraged to come and view the exhibit during the week with hours of 8:00-4:00. Please check in at the office.
The Bill of Rights and You is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and traveled by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES). This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Archives’ National Outreach Initiative to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The exhibition is presented in part by AT&T, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation. This exhibit is brought to you in collaboration with the Nebraska Humanities Council and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.
Correctly check out your books.
Always return books in a timely manner.
Keep the books and your hands clean.
Handle and turn pages carefully.
Use a bookmark.
Avoid getting the book wet.
Eat snacks before or after reading, not during.
Store the books in a safe consistent place out of reach of small children and pets.
Keep one book at school and take one home. That way you always have something to read.
If the book needs mending return to the library where special glue and tape can be used.
All books are arranged in a certain order. Keeping them that way helps you find them faster.
Remember the books are for the students and staff of the Wilcox-Hildreth School.
I would hope that all of you can think of someone who has “Made a Difference” in your life. How would you feel if you couldn’t name someone who has had a positive impact on your life or someone who made a difference in your life?
Dr. Kent Pekel, CEO of the Search Institute did a survey of 43 million school-age children. One of the questions asked if they could name an adult who had made a difference in their life. The results of that question were staggering. Here they are:
- 20 million of them said that a family member or relative had positively impacted them.
- 16 million of the students in the study could not name an adult who had positively impacted their life.
- 7 million said that their mentor in a TeamMates program had positively impacted them.
The result this is staggering as well as frightening is that 16 million, almost 1/3 of those completing the survey could not name an adult that had made a positive impact on their life. If we apply that same percentage to 33 1/3% to the 200 students in the Wilcox-Hildreth School system, that would mean that approximately 65 of our students would say that they have not had an adult positively impact their life. WE CAN AND MUST DO BETTER THAN THAT11
Become a TeamMates mentor and make a positive difference in the life of one of our students. Mentoring is a powerful and proven way to positively impact the life of a student. Here are some benefits of mentoring:
🙂 Mentors help keep kids in school
🙂 Students who meet regularly with mentors are 52% less likely to skip a day of school
🙂 Mentors help improve a young person’s self esteem
🙂 Youth who meet regularly with their mentor are 46% less likely to use illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking
🙂 About 40% of a teenager’s waking hours are spent without companionship or free time
🙂 The strongest mentor benefit and most consistent was a reduction in depressive symptoms. Considering the free time and lack of supervision noted above, this reduction in depressive symptoms is critical.
🙂 On the social and emotional development front, taking part in mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicated better with them.
Mentors should understand that they are not meant to replace a parent, guardian, or teacher. A mentor is not a disciplinarian or decision maker for a child. A mentor is part of a team of caring adults.
Call Donnette Johnson, TeamMates Coordinator at 478-5488 or 308-44–7178 and she will give you the information you will need to become a mentor. Step up and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!
High school students who want to keep up with the newest YA books coming out can check this website for suggestions.
Earlier this school year, Mrs. Stratman, WHPS Media Specialist, applied for a grant for up to $400 provided by the Republican Valley Library Service (RSVL) to be used to enhance the library program. When notified that our library was a grant recipient, Mrs. Stratman used the money to purchase a new updated floor globe for the Media Center at Wilcox. Since its arrival, students have enjoyed locating various places in the world that they read and study about.
Grades K-4 and 9-12
Located in Wilcox for the elementary & high school students and staff. Resources are available that support the school’s curriculum in print and electronic format. Media Specialist is available from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Located in Hildreth for the middle school students and staff. Again, resources are available that support the school’s curriculum in print and electronic format. Media specialist available from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
June Stratman, K-12 endorsed
Contact at either school or by email
K-4, 9-12 online card catalog 10.11.92.1
5-8 online card catalog 10.11.96.1
Sign in with AR username & password
If you are conducting research and need further resources we also have subscriptions available to WorldBookOnline and ProQuest as well as the ability to order materials using inter-library loan. Please contact Mrs. Stratman if you need to access these resources.
Other resources are available at the school sites.
The 2014 school year marked the beginning of a new TeamMates chapter at Wilcox-Hildreth Public School.
What is TeamMates?
The TeamMates Mentoring Program is a school-based one-to-one mentoring program that began in 1991. Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the TeamMates Mentoring Program in an effort to provide support and encouragement to school aged youth. The goal of the program is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. To reach this goal, youth meet one hour a per week with a caring adult who serves as a mentor. Mentors are volunteers from the community who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the life of a young person. Mentors support the strengths of the youth and help build a sense of hope, purpose and vision. The youth in the TeamMates program are called mentees.
What is the Mission of TeamMates?
The mission of the TeamMates Mentoring Program is to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring.
What are the core values of TeamMates?
Commitment to youth – TeamMates is committed to serving youth with compassion and respect.
Safety – The safety and protection of the mentee and mentor is first priority.
Integrity and Trust – TeamMates is committed to integrity and trust in all relationships.
Inclusion – TeamMates is committed to the inclusion of mentees and mentors from diverse backgrounds.
Wilcox-Hildreth TeamMates Board Members
|April Overholser||President||Pastor Craig Cedar||Board Member|
|Marilee Aspegren||Vice-President||Jeff Loschen||Board Member|
|Hana Mach||Secretary||Andrea Quadhamer||Board Member|
|Debbie Reiss||Treasurer||Kelly Sheen||Board Member|
|Donnette Johnson||Program Coordinator||Brian Konert||Board Member|