Hay Springs School will have No School tomorrow, Thursday, 2/23 due to forecasted heavy snow and high winds.

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!

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Tena Cook from Chadron State College wrote an article on the Family Math Night we have each year in cooperation with CSC students.  Several of our students/.families are featured in the pictures included with the article.

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, 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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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.

—Tena L. Cook, Marketing Coordinator

Hay Springs School rooting for our boys at state wrestling!

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Driver’s Education Class to be held at Chadron High School in May

Driver Education Class Registration Form

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Boys Basketball Subdistrict Bracket at Crawford 2/21/17

Boys Basketball Sub-district Bracket at Crawford 2/21/17

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HAWKS – State Wrestling, tomorrow 2/16

For those interested, tomorrow, Thursday 2/16 – State wrestling video will be up to view in the Old Auditorium, wrestling will begin at 8:30 am. Old Auditorium will also be open Friday and Saturday to watch state wrestlers. GO HAWKS!!

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National Honor Society Program

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Hawk Store is having a BLOW OUT SALE!!! Stop in get your Hawk Apparel!!

HURRY IN!!

Hawk Store is having a BLOW OUT SALE!!!

Stop in and get your Hawk apparel TODAY!

Open Late today until 5:45 pm

Tuesday – Thursday until 4:30 pm.

Pep Rally and State Wrestling send off will be Wednesday, 2/15 at 8:00 am.

Pep Rally and State Wrestling send off will be Wednesday, 2/15 at 8:00 am. 

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DISTRICT D-4 WRESTLING TOURNAMENT AT SUTHERLAND HIGH SCHOOL, FEB. 10-11TH- SCHEDULE

Friday, February 10th ● 12:15 PM- Scales open. Please do not arrive before 12:00 PM CST ● 12:30 PM- Seeding meeting in the library conducted by Mike Kvanvig ● 1:00 PM- Weigh-ins in accordance with NSAA rules ● 3:00 PM- First Round ● 4:30 PM- Championship Quarterfinal and Consolation First Round ● 6:30 PM- Consolation Second Round

 

Saturday, February 11th ● 8:00 AM- Scales open ● 8:30 AM- Weigh-ins in accordance with NSAA rules ● 10:00 AM- Championship Semi-Finals and Consolation Quarterfinals ● 12:30 PM- Break for lunch (30 minutes) ● 1:00 PM- Consolation Semi-Finals ● 2:45 PM- Parade of Champions ● 3:00 PM- Championship and Consolation Finals * All times are approximate. We will run the meet as quickly as possible and only take the necessary breaks.

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