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  • Tech Tips Friday - December 14th

    Tech Tips

    Shout Outs this week:

    Hour of Code: K-12th students participated in the Hour of Code that happens in a week in December where students use their Computer Science skills that will help them be future ready.  K-6th graders coded dances, the popular ones of course were the Floss and Dabbing:). 7th-12th graders coded the Google Search engine. Some students even got to the point of animating their creation.  Jr. & Sr. High students learned how to operate the Ozobots, Sphero Balls, Ollie, Dash, Makey Makey, and Merge Cubes. Great Day Everyone! I want to give a huge Shout Out to teachers for participating and helping lead their groups.  A special Shout Out goes to Abby Sayers and Bri Wietfeld to running the shows at both buildings!  We have such great teachers!!




    Melissa’s 4th grade S.S. class used Ozobots to color code an Explorer journey throughout the United States.  Students also created a Google Slides presentation.



    Melissa’s 6th grade S.S. class used Thinglink to show  how different inventions in North America have evolved over the years.  The group used Thinglink to label parts and tell facts about snowmobiles on an original snowmobile compared to a current model of one.  https://www.thinglink.com/

    Kim (1st) & Kendra’s (K) classes Zoomed with Santa from the North Pole.  He had the kids’ letters and asked each student what they wanted for Christmas and referred to their lists to ask more questions.  It was so CUTE!!



    Kim’s 1st Graders coded without a computer Santa’s route to the candy cane.  There were a few obstacles in the way called Christmas trees:).


    Great “Brrrrr”..ight ideas everyone!!

    Tech Tip #1:

    https://www.noisli.com/:  Soothing noises that you can mix and match


    Tech Tip #2:

    http://bevansjoel.wixsite.com/travellingtales:  Global Story Partnership:  Sign up on a Google Form and be partnered with another school to create a story together.


    Tech Tip #3:

    https://www.xyzanews.com/junior-reporter-program/: Xyra is a news experience made just for elementary and middle school–aged children. Whether reading, watching, responding, or contributing, students get the opportunity to learn about the events that are occurring in the world right now. Xyza’s news stories cover politics, world events, entertainment, sports, arts, culture, science, technology, and more. Youth interested in becoming a news reporter can join the Junior Reporter program.


    P.S. Tech Tip:  Remember we can go on the ESU7 website and use the World Book Website for free with our students.  I recently just learned some features I was not aware of. If you would like me to walk you through it.  I would gladly do this!!


    Keep “Sliding” into the unknown world of technology with your students!!



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    Patriot Girls Drop First Game to Oakland-Craig

    The Lady Patriots are now 2-1 after three games. Their first loss came against Class C-2 #4 ranked Oakland-Craig on Tuesday, December 4. Frustrated about the previous loss, they then annihilated Winside on Thursday, December 6.


    Against Oakland-Craig, the JV girls started the night off on a sour note against the Knights. They battled hard, but lost with a score of 5-11 in two quarters.


    Once the JV games ended, the Varsity girls took the floor and played a long, hard game. The Patriots started off slow and were behind by eight points at the end of the first quarter. They narrowed the lead throughout the game, but still lost 29-42 to the undefeated Knights.


    "We dug ourselves an early hole falling behind Oakland-Craig in the first quarter, but put ourselves back into the game tying it at 16 a piece,” said girls head coach Matt Murren. “Our effort was there all night, we just need to continue to work on getting the ball in the hoop.”


    Senior Hannah Kasik led the team with 13 points and 4 rebounds in the loss.


    On December 6, the Patriots faced the Winside Wildcats in the first regular season home game of the year. Both levels definitely did not disappoint.


    JV kicked off the night strong with a win. The played hard and came out on top with a score of 49-8.


    The Varsity game was a similar story. At half time, the Lady Pats had held the Wildcats to only three points due to great defense and offensive intensity; the ending score was 64-5.


    The Patriots led a very balanced attack offensively, with 6 players scoring 8 points or more.


    “Against Winside, the girls came out with great energy on both ends of the court,” Murren said. “Defensively we were able to force some turnovers leading us into our offensive transition. We handled the basketball well and were able to spread the ball around for a lot of different looks. At the end of the game, we were able to hit 90% of our game goals which is a record for our program!"


    “We were definitely ready to come in and take the win against Oakland. Unfortunately, we played well but we just let them score too often,” said senior, Kaegan Held said. “We came off of this loss and wanted to get back on track. We did just that. We executed well against Winside and came out with the win. We are all excited to keep it rolling and have a great season!”


    Oakland-Craig Stats:


                  1      2     3     4    Final

    C-L       4   12   10 3      29

    O-C     12   10    9   11     42


    Individual Stats: (points, rebounds, assists, steals)

    Ashlynn Novotny--2, 3, 4, 1;  Hannah Kasik--13, 4, 1, 1; Beth Wiese--6, 8, 0, 0;  Kaegan Held--4, 5, 2, 3; Halee Steffensmeier--3, 4, 0, 0;  Paige Moore--1, 3, 0, 0; Alissa Kasik--0, 2, 0, 0


     Winside Stats:


          1      2     3     4    Final

    C-L          17   19   15  13     64

    Winside    0     0     2     3    5


    Individual Stats: (points, rebounds, assists, steals)

    Ashlynn Novotny--8, 7, 5, 5;  Hannah Kasik--10, 2, 0, 1; Kennedy Settje--2, 3, 0, 0;  Beth Wiese--4, 3, 0, 1; Kaegan Held--11, 2, 0, 1; Bailey Lemburg--0, 2, 0, 0;  Halee Steffensmeier--3, 1, 0, 3; Cassidy Hoffman--8, 2, 1, 2; Paige Moore--9, 4, 0, 0;  Alissa Kasik--9, 4, 2, 1


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    Sophomores Explore Career Opportunities

    The sophomores at Leigh High School have been taking major steps to further their occupational thoughts after graduating high school. The 13 of them have been traveling around the area to learn more about prospective careers. They participated in a career “Connecting the Dots” event at CCC, and they all job-shadowed at businesses in the area.


    They drove to Central Community College in Columbus for Connecting the Dots on Thursday, December 6. They spent the day there learning about careers that they are interested in and in break-out sessions. Leigh was one of six schools that attended the event. The others were Clarkson, Humphrey, Howells-Dodge, Humphrey St Francis, and Columbus Scotus.


    The first activity that they took part in was a simulation for after high school. The students broke into teams with people from the same career cluster and were given a scenario. There were many life-scenarios ranging from only having a GED to being accepted into a four-year college. They explored the options involved with each.  They met with representatives from CCC and UNL. They were then able to talk to employers from each career cluster.


    After lunch the group set out to break out sessions. In the first session, they learned about their best qualities and how these personality traits would impact them in their future careers. They then were given a tour of the campus and learned about the programs offered there. The last activity that they were involved in included tips on how to write a resume and what a good resume looked like.


    Mrs. Megan Hillen, who teaches the Exploratory Careers class at the high school said, “The sophomores have had a great opportunity to learn more about careers that interest them over the past week. The Connecting the Dots workshop, put on by Nebraska Extension, allowed students to meet with area professionals and college representatives in a live simulation. It was a great way for them to practice networking and employability skills.”


    Orion Hunt said, “The Connecting The Dots program that CCC held was a very educational trip for my class and I. We were all able to learn more about our future career interests and college interests. We all got to meet some experts within each career cluster. One that I remember the most is that I got to meet is the Sheriff of Platte County. All of the experts we met gave us insight of what to expect and how we can prepare for our possible future careers.”


    The following week, the sophomores spent the morning job-shadowing at various businesses to see what a typical day looks like.  All of the students went to different occupations and learned about that career. A van was driven to Norfolk with five students and another to Columbus with eight students.


    The sophomores went to the following places for three hours for their job shadows:


    Jose Aguirre--Radio Shack, Riana Grotelueschen--Norfolk Senior High School; Cassidy Hoffman--Hemmer, Langholz & Finley PC; Alicia Holmberg-- West Park Elementary School; Orion Hunt-- Columbus Police department Dispatch; Alissa Kasik-- Columbus Community Hospital Radiology Department; Layne Krutz-- Nebraska Game and Parks; Emily Loseke-- Marathon Press; Rylee Olson-- Northeast Nebraska Imaging; Madisyn Pelan-- Psychiatric Services Raith Regional Hospital ; Kyleigh Rayback-- Columbus Community Hospital OB-GYN Department; Kayden Schumacher--Linn Chiropractic; Trevor Zulkoski-- Nebraska Game and Parks;


    Sophomore Kyleigh Rayback said, “Job shadowing was eye-opening and slightly overwhelming, I wish we would have had more time to experience the whole shebang. I feel like everyone should have the opportunity to have this experience. It was different than I expected, but I am still very interested.”


    Mrs. Megan Hillen said, “Overall, our students had great experiences job shadowing - some students were able to confirm a career interest while others were able to determine that their choice might not be the best fit for them.”


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  • C Team Basketball Battles the Flyers

    The St. Francis Flyers C-Team basketball squad made the trip to Clarkson to compete against the Clarkson-Leigh Patriots on December 10th. Both teams from the girls’ game and the boys’ game put up a great fight.


    The night started off with the girls game. The Flyers came out with lots of energy and led the Patriots at half, 26-10. After coming out ready to fight back at halftime, the patriots slowly cut into the Flyers lead.


    They each battled back and forth continuously until the end of the game. The Clarkson-Leigh Patriots came out on top of the St. Francis Flyers and won with a final score of 32-29.


    Freshman, Makenna Held said “We came in ready to play offensively and defensively. Even though we were behind by 16 at halftime, we made a great comeback. Making our free throws really helped. All in all it was a great game and we all played together well.”


    Girls C-Team coach, Abby Sayers said, “Our St. Fran win really boosted the confidence of the C-team.  I was proud of them for playing with heart and coming back from being down 10-26 at halftime.  We outscored the opponent 23-3 in the second half and came out with a win. I'm excited to see what the rest of the season has in store for us!"


    After the girls game, the boys were up next.  Unfortunately, the Flyers again jumped to an early lead, leading the Patriots 20-1 at halftime.  


    The boys’ team could not mount a second-half comeback the way the girls did.  The final score of the boys’ game was 10-41.


    Freshman, Kanyon Held said, “I think we did a pretty good job of breaking the press that Sr. Francis put on us. If more of our shots would have fallen, it would have been a much closer game.”


    After the St. Francis matches, the girls’ C team record sits at 1-1, and the boys are 0-2.


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    Leigh Takes Third Place at State Play Production!

    After placing first at districts, the Leigh One-Act team had the opportunity to compete for a state title with their play “Phantom of the Playground.”


    The D2 State One-Act Play Production Championships were held in the Johnny Carson theatre at Norfolk High School on December 5. Leigh performed at 11:30 am. Leigh competed against five other schools: Loomis, Chambers, Shickley, McPherson County, and St. Edward. Leigh ended up finishing in third place out of the teams that were there.


    McPherson County placed first with their play “Dark Road” and St. Edward placed second with their play “Captain Bree and Her Lady Pirates.”


    Logan Becher, who played the “Phantom”, Holly Kuhr, who played “Christine”, and Kanyon Held, as “Raoul” all received Outstanding Actor/Actress awards.


    When asked how he felt about receiving an outstanding actor award, Logan Becher said, “Up until this year I always had numerous smaller parts each year, so getting an acting award my first year with a bigger part is a great feeling. It’s fun to see all of our hard pay off at the end of the season.”


    When asked about the season, director Kylie Holatz said, “This One Act season will be one to remember.  I am so proud of how hard the cast and crew worked this season.  It was so fun to watch especially seeing all of the growth from performance to performance.  This script was written by a fellow Nebraska high school coach, and it is a parody of “Phantom of the Opera”.


    “The cast and crew worked so hard.  These seniors will be missed greatly, but they also left a mark on the Leigh One Act program.  They were great leaders and left what you would call a legacy for the ones who will perform after them on the stage.  We had many younger actors step up this year and I am proud to say we had 46 members this season and we hope to see just as many next year. Thanks for all who have helped get this program to where it is today!  Great work everyone!!”


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    Leigh Students Participate in Nationwide “Hour of Code”

    Elementary and high school students at Leigh got the chance to try their hand at computer coding and using robots during the schoolwide “Hour of Code” event on December 7.


    Hour of Code is a national event that takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week that encourages schools to teach computer coding to students. The 2018 Computer Science Education Week was December 3-9, and students throughout the week learned different computer coding systems.


    High school students gathered in the gym to use interactive devices, such as Sphero Balls, Merge Cubes, Ozobots, Cue Robots, Makey Makey, and an Ollie. Each student was also able to create their own Google logo using a coding website.


    Sophomore Jose Aguirre hopes to pursue a career in computer science after high school.  He thought the experience was both informative and fun.


    “I think the event opened a lot of students’ eyes at the large number of career options there are in the computer science and coding field,” Aguirre said.  “It was a neat experience.”

    Technology Integrationist/Media Specialist Kylie Hollatz explained, “Coding is very important to include in our school system because many of the jobs in today’s world have some kind of coding in them. These jobs as of right now are not all filled. We want our students at Leigh to be future-ready. The elementary coded dance moves and the high school coded the Google search engine to go along with their Patriot Cup competitions. The coding hour was a success! I still see elementary students coding their dance to show others. Code.org is a free website for all to use, even adults.”

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    Leigh Eighth Graders Tour Area Colleges

    Even though they are only 14 years old, it is not too early for the eighth-grade students of Leigh High School to begin thinking about their futures.  


    On November 27, the Leigh 8th graders had the opportunity to visit two different college campuses in the same day: Northeast Community College in Norfolk and Wayne State College in Wayne.  


    Students were able to meet with college representatives, view the dorms of both campuses, and even eat lunch on campus.  


    They also learned about many different career options they can pursue with both a 2-year and a 4-year degree.  


    At Wayne State College, the trip even included a visit to the planetarium.


    Leigh High School guidance counselor Mrs. Karen Hillen, accompanied the eighth-grade students on the trip.


    The 8th grade college visit to Northeast Community College and Wayne State College was made available through a grant from the Nebraska Education Quest Foundation,” Hillen said.  “It was an excellent opportunity for the eighth-grade students to explore the difference between a 2-year community college and a 4-year state college and to learn about what they need to be doing now and in high school to prepare themselves for college and career options.”


    All of the students said they had a great time, and hope to know more about what college has to offer in the future.


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  • JH GBB Defeats Madison, Loses to Battle Creek

    The Junior High Basketball girls continue to compete and play good basketball teams. With their season starting awhile back, they’ve showed great improvement throughout the season so far.


    On December 3rd, the Clarkson-Leigh Patriot girls took on Battle Creek. Both teams have been having success so far this season, but they couldn’t quite pull this one off. They lost a close one against Battle Creek with a final score of 24-27.


    7th Grader Tanyn Larson said, “We played out hardest, but in the end, things just didn’t work out for us.”


    The girls changed a few things for the next game against the Madison Dragons on December 6 and ended up on top. The Patriots led a majority of the game and finished it out strong by taking home a win with the score of 24-16.


    8th Grader Kerstyn Held said, “Our game against Madison was awesome. We played really good offense and defense, and we were constantly hustling. We really had a great game as a team and we hope to keep this momentum going for our games next week.”


    Assistant Coach Melissa Brabec said, “We have a small, but mighty hard-working group of basketball players this year!  They have put a lot of determination and hard work into their fundamentals and basketball skills.”


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  • New Leigh Community Schools Mobile App

    Leigh Community Schools now has a mobile app and it's FREE to download!  Below are the links to the app or you can search Leigh Community Schools directly in your app store and download it from there.  Enjoy the new app!

    Android  |  iOS
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  • PATRIOT BOOSTER CLUB MEMBERS – Split-the-Pot Volunteers Needed!

    PATRIOT BOOSTER CLUB MEMBERS – Split-the-Pot Volunteers needed!


    December 13th – Senior Moms

    December 15th – Trish & Shelby Paprocki

    January 4th – East Butler (girls only)  -- Heather Held & Kristi Settje

    January 11th – HSF  --  open

    January 18th – LHNE  --  open

    February 5th – Beesons


    We need your help so we can continue to support the students through meals, state shirts, parent’s night, special requests, and scholarships!


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