ESU NEWS PROVIDING INNOVATION, LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE
Issue #1 September 2006 Volume 2
Spotlight On...Jim Gunsolley
Jim Gunsolley joined ESU #1's ﬁsh bowl this summer as the
new Transition Specialist. Jim has many years of experience
in education. He received his undergraduate degree from
Morningside College in Sioux City. He received his Masters
Degree in Special Education and his Specialist Degree in Ed-
ucational Administration, both from the University of South
Jim's taught as an elementary teacher for one year in Win-
nebago and then spent three years as a special education
teacher at Woodrow Wilson Junior High in Sioux City. He
then began teaching special education at East High School in
Sioux City, where he spent many years teaching and serving
as a work experience coordinator. He also directed the night
school program for at-risk students. In addition to his new
position at ESU #1, Jim also serves on the Board of Educa- ESU #1 Transition
tion in South Sioux City. Specialist Jim
Jim is married and his wife, Linda, works at Harney Elemen-
tary in South Sioux City. They have one daughter and a great son-in-law, who is a principal
in an elementary school in Liberty, Missouri. The joy of Jim's life is his grandson, who is
two years old.
1 Jim's hobbies include driving his little red sports car with the top down on nice days. He
loves riding his Honda Goldwing motorcycle, despite a motorcycle accident in August of
2005 that resulted in a broken leg and three broken toes. (Jim was on his way to Sturgis at
2 the time of the accident.) Jim also appreciates special time with his family and he enjoys
working in the yard, traveling and reading. Jim is also a big supporter of his favorite foot-
ball team, the Nebraska Cornhuskers!
3 One of the most memorable moments in Jim's life occurred in 1980 when Ronald Reagan
was running for president. Jim was teaching at East High and was unable to attend a
speech that the future President Reagan was making at the Marina Inn in South Sioux
City. He did, however, make it in time to see President and Nancy Reagan getting ready to
get into their limo. President Reagan noticed him and took the time to come over and shake
Jim's hand. At that point, Jim decided that if President Reagan could take the time to do
that for him, then he would always take the time and treat everyone with all the dignity and
respect that they deserve.
A Jim is very excited to be working for ESU #1. He reports that before he ever thought
of applying for a position at ESU #1, he had heard many positive comments about
the ESU #1 team and he has found the praise to be justiﬁed. He said that he is,
"truly excited to be a part of such a great organization that works very hard to do
what is best for kids."
Calendar of Events
1 My E-Learning Acheivement Series 9:00 - 11:00
5 Word Training 4:30 - 7:00
6 Physical Ed and Technology (at LLLC) 8:30 - 12:00
7 Distance Learning for Emerson 6:00 - 8:30
September Birthdays 13 Dialogue Across Nebraska 6:30 - 9:00
14 Autism Meeting 10:00 - 12:00
Leah Merkwan September 1st 14 Safety Meeting 3:30 p.m.
14 Distance Learning for Emerson 6:00 - 8:30
Colleen Chase September 2nd 15 Coordinator's Meeting 1:30 p.m.
Nicole Bacan September 7th 18 APL Day One 8:30 - 3:00
18 Advanced Manilla (at LLLC) 9:00 - 3:00
Susan Lilienka mp September 8th 19 APL Day Two 8:30 - 3:00
19 Speech - Distance Learning 6:00 p.m.
Patricia Stuelpnagel September 9th 20 APL Day Three 8:30 - 3:00
Rebecca Goos September 11th 20 Movie Maker (at LLLC)
21 Planning Team Meeting 6:30 - 8:30
Patricia Kann September 18th 21 Distance Learning for Emerson 6:00 - 8:30
Carol McGuire September 21st 23 Podcasting (at LLLC) 9:00 - 3:30
25 NA Carl Perkins 10:00 - 2:00
Lisa Salmon September 29th 25 Carl Perkins 4:30 - 7:00
26 DIBELS - Day 1 9:00 - 3:00
26 Rethinking New Participants 4:30 - 6:30
SEPTEMBER HOLIDAYS 27
Walk-Through at ESU #1
Fall Media Workshop (at LLLC)
9:00 - 3:00
AND OBSERVANCES 28
Walk- Through at SSC
Distance Learning for Emerson
9:00 - 3:00
6:00 - 8:30
Baby Safety Month
Children's Good Manners Month
International People Skills Month
1-7: Internat'l Enthusiasm Week
5-9: Play Days
17-23: National Clean Hands Week
4th: Labor Day
5th: Be Late for Something Day
8th: International Literacy Day
10th: National Grandparents Day
11th: Remember Freedom Day
13th: International Chocolate Day
15th: Someday The Central Ofﬁce will be closed on
17th: Time's Up Day
24th: National Good Neighbor Day
Monday, September 4th, in obser-
vance of Labor Day
ESU #1 Family Fun Day
An ESU #1 Family Fun Day was held on Sunday, August 20th, 2006 at Ponca
State Park. About 24 staff members and their families attended, totaling
approximately 70 people. Thank you to all who attended and helped make
the day an enjoyable time to spend with colleagues and their families. We
hope to continue similar fun events in the future. Here are some photos
taken during the day's festivities.
A THANK YOU From Lisa
A big THANK YOU to the central ofﬁce staff (Wendy Ellis, Sarah Elton, Joleen Gus-
tafson, Diane Keim and Jenny Heimann) for helping make the Family Fun Day a
success. They spent a great deal of time making all of the necessary reservations,
planning games, compiling all of the prizes and seeing that all of the little details
were covered. I hope that all who attended enjoyed the day.
ESU #1 SPECIAL EDUCATION BILLING DATES
LEVEL I, III, ECSE (School age, Centerbase and ECSE SPED Programs)
#1 Cutoff Date 9/22/06
#2 Cutoff Date 12/8/06
#3 Cutoff Date 2/9/07
#4 Cutoff Date 5/18/07
Summer Cutoff Date 7/31/07
Staff required to submit service hours (ECSE Speech and Homebase, Audiology, etc.) are to mail the data to the
central ofﬁce on the cutoff date or next day (Saturday). Data is to be received by ESU #1 on the Monday fol-
lowing the cutoff date.
• All staff are to notify SPED Director, if, when, and how often summer services will be provided by 5/1/07.
• Additional staff contract days must be approved in advance and in writing by the Administrator.
ESU #1 SAFETY COMMITTEE
Safety Committee Meetings are set on the following Thursdays
beginning at 3:30 at the Central Ofﬁce in the Fish Bowl.
September 14th March 22nd
December 14th May 10th
Committee members are: Stuart Clark, Bob Uhing, Cheri Matthews, Myrna Wacker-Tuttle, Ari-
anne Conley, Kim Neemeyer and Joleen Gustafson.
Tower also has a safety committee which meets from 3:00 to 3:30 on the following dates:
September 12th February 13th
October 17th March 13th
November 7th April 17th
ESU #1 Employees:
Beginning October 13th, we will be offering direct deposit of your expense
checks (mileage/professional development, etc.). If you are interested in this
method of reimbursement, please complete the enclosed authorization form
(on the reverse side of this page) and return it to me by September 28th. You
may sign up for this service at any time but please be aware that it may take
two to three weeks to become effective.
As the form indicates, if you are depositing your expense check into the same
account as your payroll check, you do not need to include a voided check.
Like payroll, we have the capability of e-mailing your expense check deposit
slip. If you are not already having your payroll deposit slips e-mailed to you
and would like to do so, please contact me and an authorization form will be
sent to you for completion.
The bank listed (Nebraska State Bank) on the form is the one that will initiate
the transfer of funds to your bank; therefore, the name should not be changed
to your bank’s name. Also, the reason for the authorization of a credit or debit
is in the event that an error was made in the amount of the pay you were to
receive vs. the amount that was transferred. This simply authorizes ESU #1
to correct any error found through the use of a debit or credit, whichever the
case may be.
I would like to encourage you to take advantage of this service as it eliminates
any mail delays that may be experienced. Please contact me with any ques-
tions you may have.
Congratulations to the following ESU #1 em-
2006-07 NSEA OFFICERS ployees for their years of dedicated service.
President Sara Jaixen
Vice-President Jessica Fischer
Secretary Wendy Consoli
Treasurer Lynn Sullivan Kim Barge 5 Years
Laurie Smith 5 Years
Rebecca Goos 5 Years
Negotiation Committee: Sara Jaixen 5 Years
Lynn Sullivan LaVonne Carson 5 Years
Ron Lorenzen Bob Uhing 10 Years
Carol Olson-Conrad Wendy Consoli 15 Years
Myrna Wacker-Tuttle 25 Years
Sandy Brudigan 25 Years
Vernae Luhr Selma Addison 30 Years
Chris Salmon 30 Years
Peg Roush 35 Years
Tossing and Turning?
If you notice your television screen isn't the only one in the neighborhood ﬂickering through the early
morning hours, don't be surprised. More than 35 million Americans suffer from long-lasting insom-
nia, and 20 to 30 million more may be tosssing and turning occasionally. According to the National
Center on Sleep Disorders Research, insomnia can show up as difﬁculty falling asleep, waking up
frequently during the night, waking up too early, or experiencing unrefreshing sleep.
For people with occasional insomnia, the cause is often stress, environmental noise, a drug side effect
or jetlag or other sleep/wake problems. Depression, kidney disease, heart failure, asthma, restless leg
syndrome, Parkinson's disease, sleep apnea, hyperthyroidism and arthritis may cause chronic insom-
nia. Misuse of caffeine, alcohol or other substances can also play a role,
as can chronic stress.
Insomnia can lead to a host of physical and emotional effects. "Lack of
sleep can cause memory and mood problems, and may affect immune
function, which could lead to an increased incidence of infection and
illnesses," says Bob Rappaport, M.D., a drug reviewer for the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA). If you're among the sleepless, talk to your
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