Wauneta-Palisade Schools board meets for annual September meeting
The Wauneta-Palisade school board met for its annual September meeting Monday night. Third grade teacher Stephanie Malcolm was present to give the board a rundown on some of the summer conference she attended.
She attended Nebraska Department of Education’s (NDE) STEM Approach conference in North Platte. NDE STEM Approach emphasized collaborative school-based, work-based, family-based and community-based experiences as a context for helping students understand key competencies within science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Malcolm informed the board that the entire conference involved hands-on participation and learning. They visited Lake McConaughy in Ogallala and got a tour of the dam and the Gerald Gentleman Station outside of Sutherland.
“Not only was it good to fill our tool bag, but it was good to be in the place of a struggling student,” said Malcolm.
Superintendent Randy Geier noted that discipline referrals have been down, and enrollment numbers are up compared to last year.
Last year there was an estimated 242-248 students registered in PreK-12. This year there is an estimated 254 in PreK-12 which is the highest it has been in the last eight years.
Geier also noted that after looking at other area school enrollment numbers he thought Wauneta-Palisade was bucking the trend of a decrease in enrollment.
The school practiced various fire, lock down and tornado drills the first couple days of school to go over the necessary safety procedures.