Congratulation to Madeline for placing 2nd in Natural Resource Speaking at the District 5 Leadership Development events yesterday in York. She will compete in the state event in April. Other results of the day include:
Jadyn - 5th in Employment Skills
Ashtyn - 5th in Cooperative Speaking
Kate - Blue in Creed Speaking
Skylar - Blue in Junior Speaking
Senior Parliamentary Procedure - Blue
Junior Parliamentary Procedure - 3rd and 1st alternate to state
Great job, Griffins!
APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH
The Circle of Friends group members are
They are available for $10 each
$3 extra for 2X, add $4 for 3X & 4X
Available in blue or black.
Diller-Odell Schools printed on the sleeve
Contact any member to order by February 5th.
Questions please contact Mrs. Sutton at the High School.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! #bekind
On Wednesday, January 15th, Student Council members gathered in the high school’s library to share their ideas with community leaders. This event was a culmination of many months of work. The students first began the process when they met with Craig Schroeder at the beginning of the school year. Mr. Schroeder represented Heartland Center for Leadership Development. The organization chose Diller-Odell because surveys had shown that over half of students there would consider returning to the community after high school. This was well over the state-wide average.
A few weeks after this initial gathering, the students met with town leaders to discuss the needs of both Diller and Odell. First, they took a bus over to Diller, learning about the history of the town from Beth Roelfs. They took a tour of the park and were informed of the current plans for improvement. Mrs. Roelfs challenged students to come up with a new plan for the basketball courts and surrounding areas. After finishing up in the park, the bus made it’s way back to the Odell Public Library. Once there, Catherine Renshaw and Joyce Kostal gave the pupils a brief history of Odell. Student Council then trekked down Mainstreet to the future location of the library. Mrs. Kostal tasked members with finding new ideas to incorporate into the plan for the library. The students headed back to the high school and got down to work. They split into four groups, with two working on the Diller Park Project and two working on ideas for the Odell Public Library. After making posters and doing mock presentations, the students were ready to share their ideas with the communities.
On Wednesday, community leaders, county volunteers, and members of Growing Gage Communities gathered in the high school library to see what the kids had to say. News Channel Nebraska and the Daily Sun both came to interview the young volunteers. The Student Council members shared their ideas and discussed improvements with various town planners. By the end of the gathering, both parties were excited about possibilities for the future of both projects. In the coming months, students hope to keep an open dialogue with the communities, and bring the ideas they shared to life.
We are excited to offer families, in our communities, a wonderful educational opportunity for their children! Little Griffins Preschool located at the elementary building offers a high quality educational environment where children age 4 on or before July 31st of the calendar year, can learn and grow in a variety of ways. We offer an all-day preschool program on Mondays through Thursdays from 8:10 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
Family interaction and involvement is essential to an early childhood education program. The goal of our preschool program is to create a learning environment that includes you, the parent/guardian of the preschool child. Mrs. Kostal will conduct two home visits per year with each family. The initial meeting will include an assessment of the child’s strengths. Goals will be set for the child following the initial parent meeting. The second home visit will be during the second semester. This home visit will include transition information for next year’s program or to kindergarten. Diller-Odell Public Schools will share resources with parents and relay information about developmental stages and growth of your child.
Diller-Odell Public School’s has chosen the Teaching Strategies Gold for our early childhood education assessment tool. It is comprehensive in design, which will aid the teachers in creating age-appropriate themes. This assessment system describes what kind of experiences a preschool should provide, how to work with children at different developmental levels, and how to involve families in the program to ensure they are developing age appropriately.
The Little Griffins Preschool will offer enrollment to children according to the following tuition guidelines (Sliding Fee Scale):
Program Tuition (per month August through May)
Special Education (IEP): No Cost
Free Meal Program Eligibility: No Cost
Reduced Meal Program Eligibility: $55.00/per month
Full Pay Meal Program Eligibility: $110.00/per month
Annual tuition is to be made in nine payments of $110 for Full Pay Meal Program eligibility. The first payment is due on or before August 15th and covers tuition for August and May combined. Subsequent payments are to be paid on the first of each month beginning September 1st. Other tuition payment options include advance quarterly, semester and annual payments. Failure to remit payment for program tuition will result in discontinued enrollment.
The Little Griffins Preschool will provide nutritionally-balanced meals for participating children. Children participating in the programs will have the opportunity to be served a full family-style meal during daily programming. All children will be offered a daily snack, as well. If participation is chosen, the following are meal program costs:
Meal Program (4 days per week)
Free Meal Eligibility: No Cost
Reduced Meal Eligibility: $0.30(Breakfast) and $0.40 (Lunch)
Full Pay Eligibility: $1.75(Breakfast) and $2.50 (Lunch)
Monthly or periodic deposits into your child’s lunch account are recommended.
Please return enclosed forms to Little Griffins Preschool, PO Box 8, 315 Smith Street, Diller, NE 68342. Forms can also be given to Dawn at the Elementary office in Diller. For your child to attend preschool, please include a copy of your child’s current immunization records and birth certificate, which will be due prior to the start of preschool in the fall.
Families will be notified of formal acceptance once applications have been received. Handbook and policy information will be presented to the families prior to the start of preschool.
The Speech Team competed at their first meet of the year Jan. 11th in Fairbury.
At the meet, seven events brought home medals.
Individual Event Medalists
Melina: First Place-Extemporaneous Speaking, 4th Place-Oral Interpretation of Serious Prose
Kate: First Place-Novice Informative Speaking
Allison: Third Place-Oral Interpretation of Humorous Prose
Samantha: 5th Place-Oral Interpretation of Humorous Prose
Team Event Medalists
Melina, Connor, Michelle, Jadyn and Korey: 3rd Place-Oral Interpretation of Drama
Allison, Kate, Jason and Abby: 6th Place-Oral Interpretation of Drama
Also competing for the Griffins were:
Madeline: Extemporaneous Speaking, Informative Speaking
Alisyn: Oral Interpretation of Serious Prose
Ashtyn: Oral Interpretation of Poetry, Persuasive Speaking
Adrien: Oral Interpretation of Poetry
Michelle and Madison: Duet Acting
Connor and Jadyn: Duet Acting
Samantha: Entertainment Speaking
Melina won the coveted team award, The Golden Rooster. She is the first Griffin to be entered in and medaled in three events. Good work, Melina!
Congratulations to everyone who competed! The team will compete at Deshler next Saturday.
The Basketball games against FCSH have been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 11th.
No students are allowed in the buildings without adult supervision.
Failure to follow this direction will result in suspension from activities or school.
If anyone wants the baffles that were used for noise reduction in the HS cafeteria, please contact Mr Meyerle. They had to be taken down per directive of the Fire Marshall.