ESU 13 Migrant Education News

Serving children and youth in agriculture. February 2016

Welcome, Tyson Schmunk, Youth Advocate!

Tyson Schmunk is our new Youth Advocate. This is a new position created in response to the needs of our high school students and out of school youth. Tyson works with out of school youth to reconnect them with high school credit accrual or GED programs, help set long term and short term goals, and help them stay on track for high school or GED completion. He also works with high school students, assisting them with career goals, short term goals for success in high school, and provides homework help, organizational tips, and study strategies. Another exciting part of Tyson's job is organizing Youth Leadership trips for teens to conferences, college visits, and summer programs. If you are a school counselor or administrator, or parent of a teen, you will be hearing from Tyson about some exciting summer opportunities coming up! You can contact Tyson at (308) 308-765-2417 or We look forward to seeing greater success with our high school students and out of school youth through Tyson's work!

Parent Volunteer

A migrant parent in Gering has volunteered to help our program! Isabel assists with our Parent Advisory Meetings, and also put in many hours this month cutting, folding, and stapling bilingual books to give out to our students. Many thanks, Isabel!

After School Tutoring Includes Homework Help

In addition to helping students improve their math and reading skills through personalized lessons on Moby Max, we also offer homework help at our Scottsbluff Roosevelt and Bluffs Middle School sites and our Gordon-Rushville Middle School and Gordon Elementary sites. Keeping up with homework helps our students be more successful in school as well as work towards independence in keeping track of which assignments need to be completed and taking responsibility for bringing the work and getting it done. Our tutors assist them through the process.

Parent Advisory Committee Meeting - Drug Awareness

On January 5, a group of migrant parents from Scottsbluff, Gering, and North Platte met in person and via Zoom videoconferencing for a presentation on Drug Awareness by Officer Chuck Elley. Officer Elley shared new trends in drugs, how drugs can be "disguised" to look like food or candy, the effects of drug use on teens, and signs for parents to look for to help their teens stay away from drugs.

Our next parent meeting will be March 1 on Nutrition in the home presented by Erin Kampbell from the UNL Extension Office. These are topics that our parents selected in last year's needs assessment survey.

Bi-National Teachers are Coming!

We have submitted our application for two bi-national teachers from Mexico. The teachers will be working with students in many schools across western Nebraska from May 16 through June 30. We look forward to welcoming new teachers this year, as they are always a popular addition to the summer programs in our schools!

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.