ESU 13 Migrant Education News

Serving children and youth in agriculture, April 2015

Cody-Kilgore Wins Math Competition!

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Tutor Susan Johnson and students, Cheyenne and Faith, celebrate

Students at Cody-Kilgore, under the supervision of their tutor, Susan Johnson, won our Moby Max Math Competition! The competition was a month long effort to improve math scores by completing as many problems correctly on Moby Max as possible. Six teams - Bayard, Cody-Kilgore, Gordon-Rushville, North Platte, Scottsbluff Roosevelt, and Scottsbluff Bluffs Middle School, competed against each other for the highest average number of correct problems per student. There were 40 participating students who answered a total of 3,523 math questions correctly during the contest! Cody-Kilgore won with an average of 201 correct problems per student! Our highest individual student score was 233 problems correct at Roosevelt Elementary in Scottsbluff. Individual students who performed the highest were named "MVPs" at their local sites. Cody-Kilgore students celebrated with popcorn and a movie on March 23. We are now starting "The Language Game," a month-long contest for the highest average number of language questions correct per student. The contest closes April 10. We look forward to lots of language learning and crowning the language champions!

Valentine Senior Overcomes Challenges to Graduate

Annie's Story

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

Fifteen high school students, along with four ESU 13 Migrant Program staff, attended the University of Kearney's Multicultural Unity Conference on April 15. The trip included a campus visit at UNK and a field trip to the Archway Museum. This year's participating students were from Bridgeport, Gering, Gordon, Kimball, North Platte, Ogallala, Scottsbluff, and South Platte school districts.

Summer 2015 Opportunities

Summer School is coming!

This summer, we will be hosting two bi-national teachers from Mexico to introduce our students to the culture, language, and history of Mexico using hands on, interactive lessons. The teachers will also be incorporating reading and math skills into their lessons to make the learning even more effective. We are currently working on plans to have bi-national teachers at Bayard, Bridgeport, Gering, Gordon-Rushville, North Platte, and Scottsbluff. We will also have the teachers travel to other districts for one day sessions when they are available. We hope to bring the bi-national teachers to as many students as possible. We will share exact dates, times, and locations when those details are finalized. We look forward to a great summer!

Summer school locations and dates will be:

Scottsbluff -

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

North Platte

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

April will be the last set of packets sent to students in the program for the 2014-2015 year. This year, we sent Scholastic math, science, and reading magazines for grades 1-8, Teen Ink Magazines for grades 9-12, and preschool magazines and books for our younger students. We will continue monthly educational resource packets for the 2015-2016 year in September, 2015. Each month, we have given out approximately 270 packets each month to students in school, and about 70 to pre-school students. We have heard lots of good feedback from students, parents, and school staff. I want to personally thank Desira Martin for putting together and labeling each packet each month. Also a big thank you to Rosie Cobos, Jaymie Hilliard and Rhonda Case for delivering them to schools, and all of our wonderful school secretaries for getting the packets to our students. If you have any suggestions for next year's packets, let us know. Thank you! - Mrs. Rogers

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.