The Parent Child Center (PCC) and SENCA Head Start have partnered to provide high-quality early childhood services for decades to the districts' young children. This partnership is an effective collaboration where PCC provides preschool education services and Head Start provides support and education services for families. As a part of this collaboration, SENCA Head Start is able to provide classroom support for teacher and children through CLASS observations, children development and health screenings, health and safety supplies, and classroom supplies. Recently, SENCA Head Start worked with Angie Embretson to identify much needed classroom supplies and materials aimed at enhancing the learning experience for all PCC children. Classroom supplies purchased include learning manipulatives, outdoor toys and storage, dramatic play furniture, sand toys, and other supplies to support social/emotional, language, and cognitive development.
A few Juniors from Falls City High School were given the opportunity to compete in the Nebraska state National History Day competition. The competition was to take place in Lincoln, at Southeast Community College. Unfortunately, due to weather, the Juniors representing Falls City were unable to attend the competition. Falls City high school is known for its can do attitude, and this event was no different. Instead of attending the competition, Falls City hosted its own competition. The event was complete with judges from Southeast Community College, as well as our very own Mr. Dunkhas.
Competitors were given the opportunity to do a group project, solo project, or solo paper. Competing for Falls City were Hunter Arnold, Zach Beaver, Kade Bredemeier, Brynna Bruxellas, Jackson Findlay, Cydney Forsyth, Trey McAfee, Maggie McNeely, Braden Oliver, Caden Simon, Alexis Sutton, Helen Walker and Samantha Wissman.
Helen Walker was awarded First place for her project on the challenger disaster. Walker said that she “enjoyed learning about the engineering, and makeup of the spaceship.” Walker also noted that she enjoyed getting judges feedback on the project. Walker will now represent Falls City at the state National History Day competition on April 6th in Lincoln.
Other students winning recognition by the three judges in attendance were: Maggie McNeely, Trey McAfee, and Hunter Arnold for their presentation on the Salem Witch Trials. All three members said that they enjoyed working with each other, working as a team, and researching their topic. Kade Bredemeier was also recognized as a runner-up finisher with his project on the movie 12 Years A Slave. Kade said that he enjoyed interpreting the movie into a paper, and that he was surprised at how different the movie and book were. Jackson Findlay was recognized as the third-place finisher in the competition for his essay on John and Robert Kennedy. Findlay noted how he learned how narrow a victory Kennedy had over Nixon in the Presidential election.
Even though the weather got in the way of competing against other schools, the Falls City College American History class showed that patience is a virtue. While the wait was frustrating at first, all is well that ends well. Falls City was represented with class in the event. As Hunter Arnold stated, “It was great to be a part of the group, and work together.”
By: Josh McCampbell
Falls City Social Sciences Teacher
On March 3rd, 2019, the Falls City FFA Chapter volunteered at the local toy show. Members helped set up tables the night before and ran concessions all day on Sunday. Then on Sunday, March 10th, 2019, they had their annual pancake feed and labor auction. Members made pancakes, eggs, and sausage for potential buyers while they waited for the auction to begin. At the labor auction each member is auctioned off to do eight hours of work for the buyer. The proceeds from the auction typically go to hotels and other costs at state convention, for the students that qualified for state. The auction helps us greatly and we thank everyone who came out to support us and donated, it is greatly appreciated.
-Laney Feek, Reporter
Photo: All members who took part in the pancake feed and were auctioned off to help raise money for state.
Back Row: Seth Brewer, Thomas Fields, Austin Simon, Tyler Uhri, Hunter Arnold, Franklin Fields, Keldon Campbell, Dylan Frederick, Cole Kirkendall, Jack Findlay.
Front Row: Gracie Frederick, Kiley Nutt, Makayla Mason, Brylee Gilkerson, Gwen Olberding, Raymond Feek, Courtney McClintock, Jenny Rider, Eliza Kuker, Erin Brewer, Justin Brewer, and David Kuker.
On February 27th, 2019, the Falls City FFA Chapter took a welding team to our district welding contest. Students were put into different sections based on what type of welding they were participating with; along with demonstrating by making welds they also took a test. Hunter Arnold, Mick Craine, and Seth Brewer qualified for state with their team and will be attending State Convention in April. Other members who participated included: Braydon Frederick and Tyler Uhri. Then on March 5th, 2019, the Falls City FFA Chapter attended CDE's. Students participated in Ag Mechanics, Ag Sales, Vet Science, Livestock Management, and Agronomy. One of our Ag Mechanics teams qualified for state; including Seth Brewer, Keldon Campbell, Cole Kirkendall, and Braydon Frederick. Our livestock Management teams placed fifth and eleventh; our first team consisted of Gwen Olberding, Laney Feek, Tyler Uhri, David Kuker, and Austin Simon. The second team was composed of Brylee Gilkerson, Makayla Mason, Eliza Kuker, Courtney McClintock, and Justin Brewer. The Agronomy team, which placed third and is going on to state, consisted of Erin Brewer, Seth Brewer, Dylan Frederick, and Franklin Fields. Our Vet Science team placed fourth, that team was made up of Gwen Olberding, Laney Feek, Tyler Uhri, and David Kuker. Finally, our Ag Sales team placed third, so Gracie Frederick, Dylan Frederick, Jack Findlay, and Franklin Fields will all be attending State Convention. On a side note, our Falls City FFA Chapter will have their annual banquet April 13th, 2019.
-Laney Feek, Reporter
Photo 1: All members who participated in CDE events.
Photo 2: All members that participated in the welding competition; left to right: Tyler Uhri, Mick Craine, Hunter Arnold, Braydon Frederick, and Seth Brewer.
On Tuesday, March 12th, 14 new members were inducted into the Falls City Chapter of the National Honor Society. The program began with an introduction and history of National Honor Society led by the principal and National Honor Society sponsor, Mr. Gale Dunkhas. The four qualities embraced by the National Honor Society are Scholarship, Leadership, Character, and Service. The four qualities were described by the current National Honor Society officers. 2016 officers are MaKayla Nagengast; president, Cade Schawang; vice-president, Hailey Buchner; secretary, and Franklin Fields; treasurer. The induction pledge was then recited and certificates were distributed. The National Honor Society officers served cake and punch to the new members and their families following the induction. Thank you to everyone who has supported and mentored these students.
New Members Pictured L to R: Thayer Armbruster, Braden Oliver, Laney Feek, Jack Findlay, Samantha Wissmann, Mazey McCullough, Hunter Arnold, Kailyn Frederick, Seth Brewer, Maggie McNeely, Hannah Clary, Keldon Campbell, Helen Walker, Michelle Beer.
2019 Officers L to R: Franklin Fields, Hailey Buchner, MaKayla Nagengast, Cade Schawang.
The staff and administration of Falls City High School have announced the selections for February High School Students of the Month. The honors go to the following students:
Upperclassmen- Jacob Joy, a senior, is the son of Ray and Pam Joy. Jennifer Rider, a senior, is the daughter of Glenn Rider.
Underclassmen- Raymond Feek, a freshman, is the son of Keith Feek and Ginger Feek. Tessa Gilfillan, a sophomore, is the daughter of Mark and Ashley Gilfillan.
The students were nominated by high school staff and are being recognized for being innovative, responsible, resilient, and resourceful. Each of the students was praised in nomination comments for “academic excellence, going above and beyond what was asked of them, their helpfulness, and their leadership, and serving as excellent role models for their peers,” according to high school principal Gale Dunkhas.
Pictured L to R: Jacob Joy, Jennifer Rider, Tessa Gilfillan, Raymond Feek
Read Across America was celebrated at North School February 25 through March 1. During this week, 23 parents and community members came in and read their favorite children’s book to the students. We would like to thank all those volunteers who came in to read!
Students and staff dressed up for the week to celebrate reading. Each day was coordinated with one of Dr. Seuss’s books. The kindergarten class was invited to the Peru State College campus to see four theatrical presentations of Seuss.