ESU 13 Migrant Education News
Serving children and youth in agriculture, April 2015
Cody-Kilgore Wins Math Competition!
Tutor Susan Johnson and students, Cheyenne and Faith, celebrate
Valentine Senior Overcomes Challenges to Graduate
Annie Smidt, a senior at Valentine High School, has overcome more challenges than most high school students on her pathway to graduation. Through her school career, Annie has lived in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and Nebraska. Despite the family's many moves, Annie was determined to graduate from Valentine High School, no matter what she had to do to make that happen. Annie is a child of a single mother. During the middle of 2013, Annie's mother entered a rehabilitation center in Pennsylvania for substance abuse. For the next year, Annie was the guardian of her younger brother. They continued to live in the family home in Valentine on their own. Annie made sure that her brother went to school, did his homework, and remained a good student. Annie has worked three jobs to support herself and her brother. She has also started her own cow herd by buying orphan bucket calves and raised them to adulthood to start a cattle herd. Hard work and pride in her work keeps her motivated.
Although her brother has now moved to rejoin their mother, Annie has remained in Valentine alone, determined to graduate from high school. She said that seeing her mother struggle with addiction convinced her to work hard and finish school so that she could create the life she dreams of. Annie thanks her grandfather, who has been beside her, pushing her forward since she has been living on her own, and Mr. Nolett, her ag teacher for helping her with her animals. This May, she will walk across the stage and reap the rewards of her hard work. Annie will complete online classes through Mid-Plains Community College and plans to major in sonography and radiology. She would like to work with both people and animals. She will also continue competing in rodeos doing break away and barrel racing.
Annie's advice to other struggling high school students or students who have dropped out of high school is, "It's not worth it. Even though it's tough, I'm proof right here that you can do it!"
High School Students Attend Cultural Unity Day
Summer 2015 Opportunities
Summer School is coming!
Summer school locations and dates will be:
Roosevelt Elementary: June 1-25 (Mondays - Thursdays). 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. A bi-national teacher will provide enrichment activities in the afternoons.
Bluffs Middle School Regular Summer School: June 1-25 (Mondays - Thursdays). 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.) * We will not have a bi-national teacher at the middle school this year. Students who attend Bluffs Middle School and would like to attend the bi-national classes at Roosevelt may apply to be a bi-national teacher assistant.
ESU 13 - July 6 - 24, 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Migrant Summer School for grades K-5
WNCC - July 13-30, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Discovery Lab Science Program for migrant students entering 6th grade or higher
Gordon-Rushville Middle School: May 18 & 19 - bi-national teachers do do activities with all students
Gordon Elementary - June 1 - 18 (Mondays - Thursdays) 9:00 - 12:00 for all students.
12:30 - 3:00 for migrant students only. Migrant students are encouraged to attend both the morning and afternoon sessions.
Lincoln Elementary: Migrant summer school 6:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., Regular summer school 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on the following dates: May 27, 28 & 29, June 1-4, June 8-11, June 15-18
Lincoln Elementary - June 29 - July 2 - Binational Teacher to be at Kids Klub in the afternoons. Migrant students are encouraged to attend.
Middle/High School ESL classes for migrant students - to be announced
Bayard Elementary - May 26 - June 16 (no school June 8)
To be announced
This concludes our 2014-2015 School Packets
ESU 13 Migrant Education Program
The ESU 13 Migrant Education Program is a Title 1, Part C program under the Nebraska Department of Education. The mission of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that migrant children fully benefit from the same free public education provided to other children. To achieve this, the MEP supports educational programs for migrant children to help reduce the educational disruptions and other problems that result from repeated moves.