No Friday School for Hay Springs School tomorrow, Friday 2/24 because of the continued snow reports. Stay Safe!
Hay Springs Schools will have No School tomorrow Thursday, February 23rd, due to forecasted heavy snow and high winds. Travel is not advised. Stay safe and warm!
Chadron State College students, from left, Amanda Einspahr of McCook, Nebraska, and Lauren Moller of Alliance, Nebraska, teach Reese Varvel and her mother, Raime Varvel, during the 2014 Hay Springs Family Math Night. (Courtesy photo)
Chadron State College students Katie O’Boyle of Gering, Nebraska, left, and Bailey Broderick of Rapid CIty, South Dakota, right, play square dance with Olivia Dahlgren during Family Math Night in Hay Springs, Nebraska, in 2014. (Courtesy photo)
Dayton Young participates in a fishing game at Family Math Night in Hay Springs, Nebraska in 2013. (Courtesy photo)
Dr. Beth Wentworth, professor of math at Chadron State College, right, plays a game with Jaron Dahlgren at the Hay Springs Family Math Night in November 2016. (Courtesy photo)
Sarah Russell, left, and her daughter, Julia, at Family Math Night in Hay Springs, Nebraska, in 2013. (Courtesy photo)
Chadron State College students from left, Tate Acton of Mitchell, Nebraska, and Rachel Swamy of North Bend, Washington, help Laney Smith at the 2013 Family Math Night in Hay Springs. (Courtesy photo)
CHADRON – For six years, Dr. Beth Wentworth and elementary and middle school math education majors at Chadron State College have been reaching out to area youth in an effort to help build their math skills.
In 2010, Wentworth, a professor in the Mathematical Sciences department, proposed a collaborative math outreach program to Dr. Margaret Crouse, the former dean of education.
“I laid out the benefits I saw for both our students and the children at Chadron Public Schools. Dr. Crouse offered some suggested changes to the program and I resubmitted it,” Wentworth said.
From there, Wentworth met with Dr. Caroline Winchester, superintendent of Chadron Public Schools (CPS) to offer the services of CSC students to the school district, both after school and during the day.
Lorna Eliason, director of the Chadron After School Program, said the district is fortunate Wentworth’s vision brought to life the dream two young teachers and CSC alumni, Tyler Bartlett and Siobhana McEwen, had mentioned to her years earlier: CSC students helping K-8 students master math.
“Our students are the winners. We are so grateful for CSC. The experience is also an eye-opener for the CSC math tutors. It gives them a real edge in the job market. They are wonderful people and good educators to begin with and then this experience helps them move ahead of other candidates for full time teaching positions when the graduate,” Eliason said.
As the CSC tutors teach new concepts, they are learning as much as the CPS students, according to Eliason.
“They discover how to apply what they are learning in Beth’s classes in a real-life setting to help students of different abilities and some with disabilities,” Eliason said.
Dane McConnell of Lodgepole, Nebraska, said before Wentworth’s class he was unsure of the teaching path he wanted to pursue.
“I am thankful for Dr. Wentworth’s enthusiasm toward math and the students. Her enthusiasm toward math and students really helped me solidify my goals of being a math teacher,” McConnell said.
About 30 volunteers and 24 paid staff comprise the After School math tutor cadre. Last year, the volunteers alone logged over 630 hours in the program, according to Eliason. In addition, some CSC students who are not available for the After School Program work with CPS children during the school day. Three current CSC students are site coordinators, responsible for running two of the programs, Eliason said.
“We could not do this valuable one-on-one work with our staff. Their (CSC students) presence is invaluable. Our kids love to see the CSC students walk in the door,” Eliason said.
The feeling is mutual for McConnell.
“I always get excited when I walk into a classroom and see a bunch of kids. I love interacting with them and discussing schoolwork. I am extremely thankful that the students are getting just as much out of the program as me and my classmates are,” McConnell said.
In 2013, Wentworth expanded the program to K-6 pupils and their families at Hay Springs, Nebraska, and Oelrichs, South Dakota, through an annual Family Math Night activity at each site.
The CSC math students enrolled in Math for the Elementary Teacher (MATH 235) and Math for the Elementary Teacher II (MATH 238) work in groups of three to design and prepare age-appropriate activities, create game boards and game pieces, sometimes using candy for manipulatives, objects designed so a learner can perceive some mathematical concept with it.
One of the games, square dance, is a combination of Twister and hop scotch. Large squares created with tape on the gymnasium floor resemble a giant calculator. CSC students call out numbers that are intended to be either added, subtracted, multiplied or divided. The elementary children are expected to jump on the first two numbers, mentally calculate the answer and then jump on the number that completes the equation.
A few of the many games include swatting the answer to a verbal math problem with a fly swatter. Another involves running around bases similar to baseball and one for younger children features fishing the answer out of a pond with a magnetic fishing pole.
“The activities continually evolve. The students contribute to the continual improvement process by providing feedback and suggestions for next year,” Wentworth said. “It’s really nice when the whole family attends.”
The Family Math Nights are planned late in the semester so CSC students have a firm grasp on the concepts they are teaching.
Jessie Anderson, a fifth grade Hay Springs teacher, said the event gives families the opportunity to interact with mathematics in a fun, stress-free way.
“We always have a wonderful turn-out. The CSC students consistently do a fantastic job of creating games that are accessible to students from pre-school to middle school. I appreciate Dr. Wentworth’s dedication to continuing this partnership,” Anderson said.
CSC students benefit from the experience in numerous ways, according to Wentworth.
“They come back to campus ready to share their observations about the effectiveness of their activities and ranking each one for its age appropriateness. Also, they are open to trying other new and different teaching strategies,” Wentworth said. “It’s important for the pre-service teachers to know they don’t just dispense knowledge. They help the children figure out the problems and find the answer themselves.”
Coaching, mentoring, facilitating and cheerleading are the roles Wentworth wants to see the CSC students fulfilling.
McConnell said his first experience with Family Math Night in 2016 was fun and exciting.
“The event brings children out of the textbook and makes teaching and learning so much more enjoyable. There was so much creativity and thought put into these games. I love that I can also bounce off ideas from one classmate to another and use these games when I’m a teacher. Just from one night of games, I have multiple ideas for my classroom,” McConnell said.
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Pep Rally and State Wrestling send off will be Wednesday, 2/15 at 8:00 am.
Due to the slick roads Hay Springs Schools will have a 2 hour late start this morning 2/1/17. Take your time and drive safe!!
If interested in any of the open positions, please refer to employment tab on the website to fill out required applications
- (Posted: 1/26/17) Hay Springs Public School is accepting applications for part-time custodian/kitchen aide. This position is approximately 32 hours per week. If interested, please complete the employment application and criminal history request forms below. Contact for position: Jason Cline
- (Posted: 1/26/17) Hay Springs Public School is accepting applications for as needed activity bus drivers. If interested, please complete the employment application and criminal history request forms below. (Current CDL or school bus permit is beneficial) Contact for position: Jason Cline
Let’s make Leukemia Disappear!
Dress up week
January 23 – January 26
Monday: Be a hero Hat*** Day
Donate a dollar to your first hour teacher, and you can wear your hat all day
Tuesday: Team up against Leukemia
Wear your favorite team jersey (and hat*** if you pay another dollar to your first hour teacher!)
Wear your favorite jersey for $1.00, add a hat for another $1.00
Wednesday: Dress up to Dress down Leukemia!!
Girls, here is another chance to wear those prom dresses! Boys, slacks, shirt and tie!! Elementary: dresses and slacks with nice shirt and tie!!!
Dress up for a $1.00
Thursday: No more sleeping on it, Let’s make Leukemia Disappear
Wear pajamas to school for a $1.00
***Want to wear your hat all week? Pay your first hour teacher $5.00 on Monday and you can wear it all week!!
STAFF: Want to wear jeans all week? It will cost you $5.00!