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  ESU EDUCATOR      PROVIDING INNOVATION, LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE
                                                January 2010


               Spotlight On...Nicole Pritchard
Publisher:

 
ESU #1
Designer:

Sarah Elton   Our January spotlight falls on Nicole Pritchard,
               School Psychologist for ESU #1. Nicole is
               from Sioux City, where she graduated from
               North High School. She earned her B.S. in
               Psychology from the University of South
               Dakota and then continued her education at
               USD, graduating in May with her Educational
               Specialist degree in School Psychology.

               As an undergrad, Nicole worked as a residential
               counselor at the Boys and Girls Home in South         Left to Right: John Pritchard, Ralph Swain,
               Sioux City for about 2 ½ years. Last year, she           Nathan Swain, Jim Pritchard, Teresa
                                                                             Pritchard, Nicole, Alex Swain
               completed her school psychology internship at
               AEA 267 in Cedar Falls, IA. She is currently working in the Winnebago Public School district
               and says she is really enjoying her 1st year at ESU #1!

               Nicole says that she comes from a small family, as she is the only child of John and Teresa
               Pritchard. However, her family is about to expand, as this June she will be getting married to
               her long-time boyfriend, Alex Swain. Her hobbies include traveling, shopping, watching
               movies, and spending time with friends and family.

               When asked to relate one of the most memorable moments in her life, Nicole said, “A few
               years ago my mom won an all-inclusive trip to Universal Studios in Orlando. So my mom,
               dad, Alex, and I got to stay at the Hard Rock Resort, literally steps away from the theme park,
               and spend two days riding awesome rides and enjoying really good food. It was great to have
               a vacation with my family, but the best part may have been the ‘fast passes’ we had, which
               enabled us to skip the giant lines and ride anything without waiting!”

                                                                            Asked to share something that her

                  Inside This Issue
                                                                            coworkers might not know about her,
                                                                            Nicole said, “I love music and going to
                                                                            concerts - especially heavy metal and
                  January Happenings ..........................2            rock shows. A few bands that I have
                  Staff Notes ........................................3-5   seen include: Radiohead, The Black
                                                                            Keys, Rob Zombie, Lady Gaga, Red
                  Just for Fun ........................................6
                                                                            Hot Chili Peppers, KISS, NIN, Rage
                  Your Best You .....................................7      Against the Machine, Slipknot, New
                  Medical Update.....................................8      Kids on the Block, and 311.”
           January Happenings
                                                                                  Holidays




                                                          January
                                                                              and Observances
    Happy Birthday                                                         International Creativity Month
                                                                           National Be On Purpose Month

       Staci Fethkenher                    19th                            1st-7th: Celebration of Life Week
                                                                      2nd-8th: Someday We’ll Laugh About This Week
       Jim Gunsolley                       20th                        16th-22nd: Hunt For Happiness Week

       Bob Uhing                           20th                                    1st: New Years Day
                                                                                     4th: Trivia Day
       Karla Drotzman                      20th                                   4th: World Braille Day
                                                                      7th: I’m Not Going to Take It Anymore Day
       Angie Wortman                       26th                                  8th: Women’s Day
       Christy Jensen                      26th                       10th: National Clean Off Your Desk Day
                                                                            21st: National Hugging Day
       Angelina Fregoso                    28th                          24th: National Compliment Day
                                                                          27th: Holocaust Memorial Day
                                                                              29th: Freethinkers Day




          ESU #1 Calendar of Events
    Monday            Tuesday          Wednesday              Thursday             Friday             Saturday
3                 4 Chat with Pat/     5                  6                   7                   8
    Christmas     Alternative Assess                                           EDN Training           NLC Quality
     Break         9-3:30 (LLLC)                                              Team Leader Mtgs           9-1

10                11                   12                 13                  14                  15
                  NNNC (DL) 1-4        NDE (DL) 9-12                           Implement IEP
                                          PRT 3-5                              Goals in EC 10-2
                                       Level II Bus 6-9

17                18                   19                 20                  21                  22
     PST 8-4       Math/Reading        Principals Mtg      Advisory Bd         Math (Grades       Level I Bus 8-3
                  (Grades 3-6) 8-3      Level I 6-10      Superintendents      7-8 and 11) 8-3

24                25                   26                 27                  28                  29
                                                               Teacher             Teacher
                                                              Evaluation          Evaluation

31                1                    2                  3                   4                   5
1st Grade Cadre                            Art Teachers                        Team Leaders
      9-3                                                                         Meeting
                                                                 Mileage
Rate
                                                     ESU
#1
Business
and
Commuter
mileage
rate
will

                                                     increase
to
51¢
per
mile
effective
January
1,
2011.


                                                     You
will
want
to
download
the
new
form
for
use
in

                                                     submitting
your
monthly
expense
forms.

The

                                                     updated
form
can
be
downloaded
from
the
forms

                                                     page
on
the
ESU
#1
website.

 Thank you for the beautiful wreath that             Effective
January
1,
2011,
medical
mileage
will

                                                     increase
from
16.5
cents
per
mile
to
19
cents
per

you donated to the Festival of Trees. We             mile.
Mileage
is
an
eligible
expense
under
the
Flex

appreciate the support you give the music            Plan
if
the
primary
purpose
for
the
trip
is
medically

                                                     related.
In
order
to
claim
the
mileage
an

                program.                             Explanation
of
Benefit
or
other
type
of
invoice

                                                     must
accompany
the
Claim
Form
as

                                                     documentation
of
the
mileage
driven
and
date
of

             Thank you,                              service.

On
the
Claim
Form
mileage
should
be

     The Wakefield Music Boosters                    calculated
by
giving
the
miles
driven
multiplied
by

                                                     the
mileage
rate
and
dollar
amount
being
claimed.




                       Central Office Staff Duties
   As you may already know by now, Wendy Ellis has resigned her position at ESU #1.  She will be
   sorely missed and her absence will be felt! As a result, there will be a shift in duties for the
   Central Office staff as follows: 
         Inservice/Workshops ~ Julie
         Listserves ~ Julie
         E-mail accounts (student & teacher) ~ Julie
         Laptop computer inventory, updates and set-up ~ Joleen
         DL & Polycom ~ Julie & Sarah
         Mail ~ Joleen

   In addition, effective January 4th, all outgoing mail will need to be in the mailroom by 3:00
   pm. As we work through this period of adjustment and transition, we ask that you bear
   with us and as always, should you have any additional questions, please donʼt hesitate to
   contact any of the Central Office staff members.

   Thank you so much for your cooperation!
      ESU #1 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
The Educational Service Unit One Employee of the Year award is in honor of
Georgia McQuistan, who was an employee of ESU #1 from September 1978
through January 1987. She served as an outstanding Resource Teacher and
department coordinator during her nine years of service. Georgia had the
ability to bring out the best in people and recognize their contributions to
quality education. A familiar quotation in the field of education is “teaching
is to touch a life forever.” Georgia touched many lives and personified this
motto, as do the recipients of the Educational Service Unit One Employee of
the Year.
All ESU #1 employees are eligible, except past recipients, and are nominated
by their peers.


                    Past Recipients
  Sarah Elton        Wendy Consoli         Diane Keim         Rhonda Jindra
  2009-2010           2008-2009            2007-2008           2006-2007

 Cheri Matthews      Ron Lorenzen       Sandra Brudigan         Peg Roush
  2005-2006           2004-2005           2003-2004             2002-2003

  Larry Athey       Julia Slaymaker        Larry Clay        Joleen Gustafson
  2001-2002            2000-2001           1999-2000             1998-1999

  Jim Hopkins        Sandra Kuchta         Jackie Archer      Nancy Appletoft
   1997-1998          1996-1997             1995-1996           1994-1995

 Carol Sheldon       Tom Ketterling        Lisa Salmon          Vernae Luhr
  1993-1994            1992-1993            1991-1992            1990-1991

Dee Boeckenhauer      Mary Rohde            Kay Cattle          Syd Kruse
   1989-1990          1988-1989             1987-1988           1986-1987
          2010-11 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
               NOMINATION FORM
Your Name: __________________________________________________________________________


Employee you are nominating: ______________________________________________________



I feel that this person has done an outstanding job in his/her designated area
and he/she deserves recognition as Employee of the Year because:
_______________________________________________________________________________________

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                      Classified or certified employees are eligible.
    Presentation will be made at the All Staff In-service on February 19th, 2010.


              Please return no later than Friday, January    14,   2011 to:
              Stuart Clark, 211 Tenth Street, Wakefield NE         68784
                            or by email: sclark@esu1.org
Just for Fun
                                                        Best You
                                                  Y our
Succeed In The New Year With The Right Goals
Is this the year you’re going to lose that weight, finish that novel, or get that promotion? It can be.
January is the perfect time to re-examine and renew your goals. Here’s how get on track and stay
there:

Explore your motivation. How will achieving your goal make you happy, or satisfy your needs? Dig
deep. A promotion may mean more money, but what does that do for you? Other related rewards may
provide greater motivation to succeed.

Know what you really want. Don’t assume that losing weight will change your personality or make
you magnetically attractive to the opposite sex. Be realistic about the pros and cons of getting what
you think you want so you won’t be disappointed.

Focus on just one factor. Instead of a complete makeover, try to improve in one area at a time. Give
yourself enough time to make real, sustainable progress. You may not be able to change your
personality overnight, for example, but you can become a better listener over time. Then move on to
something else.

Hang out with the right people. Make connections with people who support your goals, but
challenge you to do more. Or who offer new insights and perspectives. You need to have inspiring
people around you.

Take risks. Don’t stay in your comfort zone. If your goals are really worthwhile, you’ll need to push
yourself to try new things. Accept that you’re going to feel uncomfortable, at least in the beginning,
but get into the habit of challenging yourself.

Take charge of your life. You don’t have to do what you’ve always done, or what everyone else
expects. Think about what you really want to achieve, and why. Question your assumptions. You don’t
have to necessarily reject everything in your life, but start with what’s really important to you and go
from there.



Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine
      how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
                                      —Carl Sandburg
                     Medical Update

            Why Eat Your Vegetables?
         Not Just To Get To Dessert Faster
Mother always said, “Eat your vegetables.” The problem is that too many of us
still aren’t listening to her. According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, only 26 percent of U.S. adults eat three or more servings of
vegetables a day, although current recommendations call for four to five
servings. The benefits are significant: Eating the right kind of vegetables in the
appropriate quantities can cut one’s risk of diabetes, heart disease, kidney
failure, and other serious illnesses.

What kinds of vegetables should you be eating? Well, all kinds, but here’s what
you’re getting:

• Fiber. Beans and other high-fiber vegetables fill the stomach, reducing your
cravings for more food while reducing cholesterol levels and improving
digestion and regularity.

• Potassium. Tomatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, and winter squash improve
blood pressure. They may also reduce the risk of kidney stones and bone loss.

• Vitamin A. Carrots, pumpkin, kale, collard greens, and other veggies enhance
the health of eyes and skin. Beta-carotene and other carotenoids cut one’s risk
of macular degeneration, cataracts, coronary artery disease, and stomach
cancer.

• Folates. Asparagus, black-eyed peas, spinach, and other folates consumed
during pregnancy help prevent birth defects, especially to the spinal cord, and
help the body form red blood cells.

				
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