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I look forward to the coming of fall and the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. Fall is a great time: kids back in a steady routine, cooler temps, harvest time and fall sports.
We look forward to a great year at school and our staff will be eager to begin 2016-17. We welcome back all staff and welcome a new preschool teacher, Ms. Delaney Rees. Please make her feel welcome at home at D-O.
We continue to work on facility upgrades to insure we can move into the future and maintain and improve the buildings we have. This summer carpet updates were completed, a new drive at the HS was poured and we opened a fitness center at the high school. I believe these continued improvements are necessary for us to move into the future and continue to better ourselves as a school district. To be relevant in the future small communities need to continually look to improve and be attractive places to live.
We are very proud of our students' achievements at school. The success is to be shared by all stakeholders. I firmly believe what makes our system so strong is the relationship between teachers, students, parents, administration, Board and community. There will always be bumps in the road. When they are, such issues need to be handled appropriately.
Thanks to everyone for the role they fulfill for our school. As on any good team , all roles are not the same, but all are important. Everyone that works at school serves as part of a quality education for our students. We are fortunate that our kids are able to go to school at Diller-Odell and offer the variety of activities that we do. Be thankful for all of the positive attributes that go with living in quality rural areas. If you don't feel fortunate, watch the news.
We all need to make the most of our time and continue to make our small part of the world a better place for everyone. If you are standing still, you are not improving.
I am looking forward to a terrific 2016-17. I think our students and our staff have great things ahead of us this year!
Mike Meyerle, Superintendent
The educational, extra-curricular, and community based opportunities I experienced during my time at Diller-Odell High School were truly exceptional. The ability to participate in various activities, and the lifelong friendships I developed during my years there, make me grateful for my small town education.
Coming into the district in the 7th grade, my twin sister, Dawn, and I were so very fortunate to become part of a class which excelled academically. We were pushed not only by the wonderful staff and advanced curriculum offered at Diller-Odell High School, but also by a healthy academic competition with our peers. As I continue to learn more about the educational processes of various districts throughout Nebraska as well as the United States, I have come to truly appreciate the unique opportunity we had as students at Diller-Odell Public Schools. In our graduating class of 29 students, five of us scored a 30 or above on the ACT college entrance exam (with 36 being the highest score). That is an unheard of 17% of our class, which is outstanding for any public or private school. In addition, several of us went on to earn academic scholarships to continue our post-secondary educations.
Upon graduation from Diller-Odell High School in 2003, I attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) on a Regents full academic scholarship, majoring in Business Management. Following graduation from UNK, I worked in Omaha, Nebraska in the fields of Banking and Insurance for several years. Realizing my interest in the field of education, I returned to school and earned a second Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education, and began teaching at Omaha Burke High School. I obtained my Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Wayne State College, and moved into an administrative role as a Dean of Students at Omaha Burke High School. I recently accepted the position of Principal at Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha. My husband, Chad, is from Madison, Nebraska and also attended UNK. He works as an Underwriting Consultant for Mutual of Omaha Insurance. We live outside of Bennington, Nebraska with our two year old son, Barrett.
Currently, I am working on my Doctorate in Education Administration, with a Superintendent Endorsement, from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. My thesis revolves around the amazing educational opportunities I received at Diller-Odell High School, as I examine the benefits of relationship building and a small town education model on student achievement, versus an urban educational setting. The relationships the students of Diller-Odell have with their teachers are amazing. I know this experience is not unique to me, as evidenced by the numerous alumni who have reached out and continued to keep in touch with my own father, Mr. Rick Wallinger, who taught in the district for over 35 years. It is these relationships with teachers and peers, and the ongoing support of the towns for their schools, which really sets Diller-Odell apart, and makes me proud to be an alumnus.
If you have questions about bus routes, please contact the office at 402-766-4210 and we will put you in touch with the driver. All of the buses do converge at the elementary school in the morning and the afternoon. If you are new to our district, below is a brief description of where our buses run.
Marlene Wolken-North of Diller and to the Northwest (Harbine) part of the district.
George Rempel-South of Diller and to the southwest (Steele City) part of the district.
Bill Behrends/Rick Wallinger-The central part of the district south of Diller, west of Odell and north of Odell.
Ron Rickstrew- The central part of the district north of Diller and Odell, and the northeast part of the district.
Carol Clark-East of Odell and the southeast part of the district (Barneston).
My name is Sydney Schroeder. I graduated high school from Fairbury High School. I decided to continue my education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney majoring in Elementary Education, as well as minoring in Special Education. I knew I wanted to be a teacher at a very young age. When I wasn’t in school I loved to spend my time working at daycares, gaining experience with different aged children. In my spare time I love going to movies and reading books. I am also a huge fan of ice cream. I think I probably have ice cream at least 4 times a week! I am so excited I get to finish up my Elementary Education degree student teaching at Diller-Odell Elementary.
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