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Nebraska Digital Citizenship Symposium

The 2014 Nebraska K-12 Digital Citizenship Symposium will be held on Tuesday, October 14th at three locations throughout the state.  The increased use of mobile devices and social media in the last several years has caused a dramatic change in the way people communicate and the way students interact with each other.  How can we use this change to affect students and encourage them to become a leader worth following?

Participants at the Digital Citizenship Symposium will consist of district teams comprosed of an administrator, teacher, parent, technology coordinator and two students (maximum of six members) who will attend one of the three sites.  The symposium will offer several breakout sessions for each diverse group with a culminating activity bringing district teams together to discuss, share and develop their own district vision statement regarding digital citizenship policies.  

National and state speakers will set the stage for group discussions.  Lead by facilitators, each group will share perceptions, knowledge, and insights as they consider various legal issues, resources, and responsibilities they have in order to become leaders in the digital world.

Speakers will include Karen Haase, H & S School Law, of Lincoln, Nebraska; Ashley Berry, Teen Anti-Bullying Advocate from Littleton, Colorado; Bill Price, Nebraska State Patrol, Norfolk, Nebraska.  Representing Burwell Public Schools will be Principal Dave Owen, Paula Warner, Dana Plugge, Ronda Weber, Damon Svoboda, and Molly Mares.



Watch "Dig Pink" Night Live via High School Cube

Fans and patrons of Burwell Public Schools and Lady Longhorn Volleyball can watch the varsity game against Elgin Public/Pope John on Tuesday, October 21st beginning at 7 pm.  It is "Dig Pink" night for breast cancer awareness as well as Senior Parent's Night.  A new LIVE stream titled "Burwell Lady Longhorns vs. Elgin Pope John/Public Volleyball" has been added to the Burwell Junior Senior High School Girls Volleyball Cube by Ronda Weber, a Media Director at Burwell Junior Senior High School. The broadcast is scheduled to start on 10/21 at 7p CDT.

Watch this event on the High School Cube mobile app or at http://www.highschoolcube.com/event/burwell-lady-longhorns-vs-elgin-pope-john-public-v-375644. And make sure the entire Burwell Junior Senior community knows about the event - share this link with everyone!

Happy Cubing!

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Burwell FFA Chapter wins State Titles at the Nebraska State Range Judging Contest

On September 25th, fifteen Burwell FFA members attended the State Range Judging contest held near Curtis, Nebraska.  Over 400 FFA members from across the state took part in the contest.  Burwell FFA members which attended the contest were, Clayton Sukstorf, Tristan Dearmont, Sarah Gumb, Ty Chaffin, Ali Stout, Lane Jensen, Breanna Dawe, Jacey Jensen, Tressa Reiner, Tori Huffman, Logan Simpson, Weston Svoboda, Trent Marshall, Carlee Archibeque and Colby Mitchell.

A Range Judging Contest consists of students identifying 24 plants and specific growth characteristics for each plant.  These plants used for the contest are from a list of 175 common range plants found in our state.  Students also complete a ranch map to determine stocking rates and proper range management practices during the event.  Another aspect of the contest consists of students identifying three specific Range Sites based on soil types, climate, and geographic location.  Once the range sites are determined, range condition scores are calculated for each site based off of the plants present.  Forage utilization is also estimated for each of the sites.  A ten question test is also administered with questions pertaining to range and forage management during the contest.

Individually in the Senior Division Clayton Sukstorf finished 3rd the state, Ali Stout - 4th, Ty Chaffin - 10th and Breanna Dawe 19th.  Individually in the Junior Division Logan Simpson finished 3rd in the State, Tressa Reiner- 11th, Tori Huffman 13th.  Also finishing in the top 25% of all competitors and receiving Green Ribbons were Jacey Jensen – 27th, and Weston Svoboda  - 50th .

The exceptional effort of these students paid off as the team results were announced.  The Senior Team of Ali Stout, Ty Chaffin, Breanna Dawe and Lane Jensen along with the Junior team of Logan Simpson, Tressa Reiner, Tori Huffman, and Trent Marshall both finished as the 2014 Nebraska State Range Judging Champion Teams.

Burwell FFA Advisor, Phil Simpson also earned top honors in the Professional Division of the State Range Judging contest.

 Burwell FFA Advisor Phil Simpson said “I am extremely proud of how the students did at the State Range Judging Contest.  Range judging is a very involved contest in which students have to exhibit a great deal of knowledge in several aspects of Range Management.  This was a special day, one that will be hard to top.   It is very difficult to win one division of the State Range contest and we were lucky enough to come home being champions in three divisions this year.  The Burwell community should be extremely proud of these students.” 

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