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May 17, 2022

District News

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We are pleased to introduce the class of 2022. Left to Right Front Row Tranessa Hasbrouck, Carol Wright (December Grad), Layne Nichols, Kylee Bober, Ashlyn Anderson (December Grad), Morgan Swartwood, Chloe Harms. Left to Right Back Row Brooklyn Strohmyer, Nate Gillming, Gabe Trampe, Charles Gleason (December Grad), Carson Gruntorad, Skylar Gronewold, Erik Rojas, Brady Spotanski.

Wrapping up the Year...

Dear Families and Community Members,

Yesterday, the last day of school, we had our all school grill-out in the park. It was a great success and we had around 90 parents attend. The reason I love events like this is that it gives me a chance to connect with our students on a more casual level and also allows parents to get to know our staff. During lunch a parent asked me about the floor plans for the new elementary school. They were having trouble finding them on our website and that leads me to this letter. Below are the latest floor plans for the elementary along with a current rendering of the school from outside. As of today the site is almost done being prepared and footings will be poured sometime around June 1. Between now then we will have a construction fence put up around the entire site. We are still expecting structural steel to arrive in July.

Thanks everyone for a great year and please keep in touch.

Dr. Bret Schroder, Superintendent

Elm Creek Public Schools

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Elm Creek Elementary Groundbreaking

Principal's Notes

May 19, 2022

Hello Elementary Families,

Thank you so much for joining us on Friday for the Groundbreaking Event, Track and Field Day, and on Wednesday for Lunch in the Park! We are so proud of all of the students' accomplishments this year! Thank you for partnering with us and being a part of all of the successes! We hope you have a wonderful summer. There are a few spots left for our Summer School Activity Program this summer starting on Monday, June 6th. Please read below for more information.

MAP Family Report:

The MAP Family Report was mailed home this week. Please contact us if you have any questions or did not receive one..

Report Cards:

Report cards will be sent the week of May 23rd. Please contact Mrs. Shoff if you do not receive one by Friday, May 27th.

Thinking Ahead to Next Year:

-A postcard will be sent home around the beginning of August with your child’s teacher for the next school year. We will post on our facebook and send a message out when we mail them out!

Next year 4th, 5th and 6th graders will transition from teacher to teacher on the third floor as they receive instruction in all content areas. Fourth grade will still remain with Mrs. Bauer for a large portion of the day! We hope this continues to create collaboration on the third floor!

Upcoming Events:

Summer School Change:

Please read the letter regarding our change for our summer school program! There are still a few spots available! Summer school begins Monday, June 6th.


Love Blue, Live Gold!

Mrs. Williams

Good evening MS and HS families:

Here we are, the last few days of the school year. Thank you to all of the students, staff, and patrons for their support this school year. Our Graduation ceremony was well attended and brought honor to the 16 graduates of our ECHS Class of 2022.

Congratulations to our state track qualifiers:


Beau Knapp - 400 m Dash

Trent Watkins - 1600 m Run


Ashley Bauer - Long Jump, 200 m Dash, 400 m Dash

Halle Knapp - Triple Jump, 300 m hurdles

Jayda Schroder - Shot put and Discus

As we wrap up the school year, finals will be held on the schedule listed below. Parents are welcome to join their students at the park.


Tuesday, May 17

Period 1 - 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Period 3 - 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Grades 7-9 Lunch 11:00 - 11:30

Grades 10-11 Lunch 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Period 5 - 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Period 7 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Wednesday, May 18

Period 4 - 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Period 2 - 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Grades 7-9 Lunch 11:00 - 11:30 at the park

Grades 10-11 Lunch 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM at the park

Period 6 - 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Activities/Check out - 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM

During this time, computers will be turned in, fines and fees will need to be paid in the offices, lockers will be cleaned, and students will bring closure to the school year. All fines, fees, computers, equipment, and texts will need to be paid or turned in on Wednesday.

Have a wonderful week.

Mr. Spotanski

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Shed For Sale

Trimester three has finished up and that means another shed has been built by the Elm Creek Construction class and is ready to sell. This is a 10’ by 10’ clerestory shed that features 30 year limited warranty shingles, LP Smartside, (8) sliding windows, and a 36” steel door that includes a handle, deadbolt and keys. This will be selling (soon) on the upcoming auction through Adam Marshall and can be found on his website.

This year has come and gone. Students in the construction program have had the opportunity to explore the construction field with all three trimesters experiencing different aspects. All groups were able to experience the process of building a shed while others were able to get their hands on some drywall, flooring and even concrete. These kids have done a fantastic job. Even though this course may seem like all hands on, the kids were expected to know safety, procedures, and a large chunk of terminology related to the field of construction. I couldn’t be more proud of the students who received the opportunity to be in the class.

Of course, there were a few groups and individuals who helped to make this year a success. A big thanks and much appreciation to the following: Adam Marshall for the sales of our sheds. Ag Dryer for providing support, a forklift, and so much more, Jeff Meads and Morgan Fouts for transportation of shed #1, Firstier Bank for allowing us to use their lot, Cory Halliwell for donation of materials, and everyone else who may have contributed in some way or another. Without all of you, we could not have done what we did. We are blessed to have such great members in this community. From Mr. Bouc and all the students in construction, THANK YOU



2022-2023 Volleyball Coaching Staff Announced.

We are pleased to announce our Volleyball Coaches for the 2022-2023 School Year. Head Coach Linda Killion and Assistant Coach Jennifer Kotschwar. These ladies are great leaders and will be great support for the team! Love Blue. Live Gold.

Boy's Track Team

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Track State qualifiers—

Ashley Bauer - LJ, 200m, 400m
Halle Knapp - TJ, 300H
Jayda Schroeder- Shot, Disc
Beau Knapp- 400m
Trent Watkins - 1600m

Also the girls team finished the season as District Champions
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Girl's Track Team

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Elm Creek Golf

Districts were held on Monday May 16th in Franklin.

The Team Finished 3rd.

Nate Gilliming Qualified for State!

Great Season Golfers.

We will miss our all Senior Golfers

  • Nate Gillming
  • Brady Spotanski
  • Gabe Trampe
  • Skylar Gronewold
  • Avery Sindt

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Mission Statement

Elm Creek School District's mission is to... Educate all students based on high educational standards. Support a safe environment that welcomes diversity and mutual respect among adults and students. Prepare all students, in cooperation with staff, family and community, to be well-rounded contributing members of society.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Elm Creek Public School District hereby gives this statement of compliance and intends to comply with all state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination. This school district intends to take any necessary measures to assure compliance with such laws against any prohibited form of discrimination.

Elementary Students: Terah Williams, Principal, 230 East Calkins Ave., Elm Creek, NE 68836, (308) 856-4953, terah.williams@elmcreekschools.org

Secondary Students: Cory Spotanski, Principal, 230 East Calkins Ave., Elm Creek, NE 68836, (308) 856-4300, cory.spotanski@elmcreekschools.org

Employees and Others: Dr. Bret Schroder, Superintendent 230 East Calkins Ave., Elm Creek, NE 68836, (308) 856-4300, bret.schroder@elmcreekschools.org

Elm Creek Schools


Dr. Bret Schroder, Superintendent.

Cory Spotanski, Secondary Principal

Terah Williams, Elementary Principal

Newsletter Publisher

Chris Shoff

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