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  • Cyclones Drop 1, Win 2

    The Highway 91 Cyclones successfully won two of their three softball matches during the week of September 4.


    The Cyclones began their week on September 5, playing South Sioux City on the Cardinals’ home field. The Cyclones blew the Cardinals out of the water, with a score of 12-1, claiming a victory.


    After having a day to recuperate, they were back on the field for a triangular in West Point on Thursday, September 7.


    Highway 91 faced their first opponent, West Point/Beemer, on the Cadets’ field. The teams were neck and neck up until the sixth inning, where the Cyclones finished the final inning with five batters reaching home plate. Highway 91 brought in another win, defeating West Point/Beemer 11-7.


    The Cyclones played their final game of the week shortly after their first victory at the West Point field.


    The Twin River softball team took the early lead, outscoring Highway 91 3-0 in the first inning. Though the Cyclones cut the Titans’ lead to just one in the fourth inning, it wasn’t enough, and Twin River finished out the game winning, 6-2.


    Looking back at the week, assistant coach Megan Hillen said, “The successful trip to South Sioux City early in the week provided our team with the boost of confidence needed for our varsity triangular on Thursday. While we faced good competition versus Twin River, we were able to regain our confidence and earn a win against a good West Point-Beemer team.”


    The Cyclones have a record of 6-12 after the games.


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  • FFA Students Attend Husker Harvest Days

    As an annual tradition, the students from the Leigh-Clarkson FFA Chapter make the road trip to Grand Island, Nebraska to experience Husker Harvest Days.


    This year, Husker Harvest Days was September 12-14. The FFA Chapter went on the second day, Wednesday, September 13th. The chapter consisted of 37 members, including 8 freshman, 9 sophomores, 13 juniors, and 7 seniors.  


    While students were there, they were required to locate vendors specific to what they have been learning, have a conversation about their product or products, and obtain a vendor signature. Some of these booths may have been Mycogen or Big Iron.


    FFA Advisor Mrs. Brandy Held said, “Husker Harvest Days provides students participating in agricultural classes the unique opportunity to take the information they have learned in the classroom and see how it is used in the agricultural industry. Allowing students to participate in events like Husker Harvest Days engages students in hands-on learning while also working on their communication skills. I felt the day was a success, and I am fortunate to work with a great group of students who take pride in themselves and their community.”


    Junior Holly Kuhr said, "Husker Harvest Days was a fun and educational trip where we could see the new inventions in agriculture. This also allowed us to physically experience what all goes on in agriculture today."


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  • JV Volleyball Undefeated at Wisner-Pilger Tourney

    The annual Wisner-Pilger JV volleyball tournament was held on Saturday, September 9.  Clarkson-Leigh had two teams competing, the JV and C team.   16 total teams competed in the round-robin pool play tournament.


    18 girls attended along with Coach Wietfeld and Coach Heimann.


    Coach Heimann thought the day was a success for all levels:


    “I thought the girls made great strides on Saturday as a team. I thought our intensity increased not only from those on the floor, but the bench as well. That is important because then everyone just feeds off of one another, and it makes then very fun to watch.”


    The JV team went undefeated on the day, and the C team went 1-2.  


    The JV team started off the day knocking off Allen.  Their second game was against Homer, and they again came out with a win.  


    Their JV’s final game was against Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur, who they had just lost to earlier in the week.  This time, they came out ready to play, and won in two sets!


    The C team beat Madison in their opening match.  Next, they lost in 2 sets to Wisner-Pilger.  Finally, they finished the day with a nailbiter against Guardian Angels Central Catholic.  Unfortunately, they lost in 3 sets.  


    Reagan Settje, a sophomore at Leigh, said, “ The tournament went great. I feel like we did a lot of good things, but there is still plenty to work on. We played really good as a team and were able to leave with some wins on both levels.

    JV Game Stats:

    Clarkson-Leigh vs. Allen

    Set 1:  C-L- 25 Allen- 13      

    Set 2:  C-L- 25 Allen- 12

    (kills, stuff blocks, ace serves)

    Bailey Lemburg—0, 0, 3;  Kayden Schumacher—5, 0, 3; Brittney Urbanek—4, 0, 2; Kim Stodola—5, 0, 3;  Reagan Settje—1, 0, 3;   Cassidy Hoffman—1, 1, 1

    Clarkson- Leigh vs. Homer

    Set 1:  C-L- 25 Homer- 20

    Set 2:  C-L- 25 Homer- 16

    (kills, stuff blocks, ace serves)

    Kayden Schumacher- 2, 2, 2;  Brittney Urbanek—3 ,0, 3;  Kim Stodola—2, 3, 2;  Cassie Brabec—2, 2, 3; Cassidy Hoffman--5, 0, 3

    Clarkson- Leigh vs. BRLD

    Set 1: C-L- 25 BRLD- 20

    Set 2: C-L- 25 BRLD- 16


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  • Patriots Down the Trojans

    The Patriot volleyball team headed to Snyder on Tuesday, September 12 with an aggressive mentality and hopes of bringing home a great win.


    And win is exactly what they did at all levels.  


    The JV team started the charge and swept the Trojans in two sets.


    The Varsity then followed and took them in three sets with scores of 25-16, 25-18, and 25-17.


    “We didn’t play like we wanted to,” junior Kaegan Held said.  “We had a slow start and we let them have too many points each set. Fortunately, we got them in three and it was still a good win!”


    Held set her team up well, finishing the night with 31 set assists.  The Patriots led a very balanced attack with junior, Hannah Kasik, leading the team with 9 kills. Junior Paige Moore contributed 7, and senior Sydney Folken had 8 kills and 2 blocks.  Junior, Halee Steffensmeier recorded 18 digs.


    Assistant coach, Breanna Wietfeld stated, “Tuesday night’s game allowed both levels to have the opportunity to focus in on their roles for the team—as we say ‘do their job’. We took this match and worked on being consistent players and supporting one another. It was great to see both teams go home with wins.”


    The Patriots current varsity record is 3-1.

    Clarkson-Leigh v. Scribner-Snyder

    Set 1    Set 2     Set 3

    Clarkson-Leigh             25          25         25

    Scribner-Snyder           16          18         17

    Individual Stats

    (kills, blocks, digs, assists, ace serves)

    Kaegan Held - 3, 0, 11, 31, 1;  Halee Steffensmeier - 0, 0, 18, 1, 2;  Hannah Kasik - 9, 0, 10, 0, 2;  Paige Moore - 8, 1, 0, 0, 0;  Holly Kuhr - 0, 0, 6, 0, 0;  Beth Wiese - 6, 0, 8, 0, 0;

    Sara McEvoy - 1, 0, 4, 1, 1;  Sydney Folken - 7, 1, 1, 0, 0;  Ashlynn Novotny - 2, 0, 0, 1, 0


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    JH Volleyball Tourney a Success For the Patriots

    The Clarkson-Leigh junior high volleyball “A-Team” defeated numerous other teams to win the Clarkson-Leigh Patriot JH Volleyball Tourney!

    The annual tournament was held in Clarkson on September 9.

    The Clarkson-Leigh A and B Teams both competed.  The B Team started off the day by playing Howells-Dodge in pool play. They lost this match in two sets, but competed hard. Next, the B Team played their final pool play game against Humphrey-Lindsay and also lost in two sets.

    To start the tournament, the B team had to play Stanton right away, but unfortunately lost again in two sets. 7th Grader, Jessica Hoffman said, “Even though we lost, I think we are off to a good start this season. It was fun getting to know how all the other teams played.”

    Although the B Team competed and played hard, the Clarkson-Leigh A Team was successful the entire day. They started off pool play against Stanton. The A Team beat them in two sets and won the match.

    Next, they faced Humphrey St. Francis in their final pool play match, defeating the Flyers in two sets also.

    This win put the Patriots in the championship game, competing against Humphrey-Lindsay. The A Team started off well by beating Humphrey in the first set. In the second set, the Patriots struggled and Humphrey-Lindsay came out on top. Since the two teams split sets, the match went into a third decisive set.

    The Patriots pushed through and won the set closely, with a score of 16-14. 8th Grader, Makenna Held said, “It was a tough tournament with lots of good teams, some of which we will play later in the season. We all worked hard and played as a team. The first place win was a great start to our season.”


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    Another New Staff Member: Meet Mrs. Hastreiter


    As the first week of the 2017-18 school year began, the elementary students and staff were introduced to a new paraprofessional, Mrs. Jamie Hastreiter! She will be assisting students and teachers in elementary classes this year.

    Mrs. Hastreiter grew up on a farm by Clarkson and graduated from Clarkson High School. She then took classes online after being out of school for several years and eventually graduated in 2015. She currently has a diploma in Administrative Assisting.

    Mrs. Hastreiter has been married for 10 years to Steve Hastreiter. Steve farms full time and also works at Reigle Cattle Company by Madison. They have two daughters who both attend Leigh Elementary. Rebecca is 9 and is in third grade, and Caitlyn is 3 and is in preschool. Mrs. Hastreiter and her family live on a farm just north of Creston.

    “My first impression of Leigh has been great,” Mrs. Hastreiter said.  “Everyone is so welcoming. I am most excited about this year because I get to meet new people and meet a lot of new kids.”

    When Mrs. Hastreiter is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, supporting Nebraska football, and, of course, the Patriots!

    All staff and students are excited to have Mrs. Hastreiter in the building!

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    Elementary Celebrates Grandparents’ Day

    As the saying goes, “God couldn’t be everywhere, so he created grandparents.”

    On Friday, September 8, the Leigh Elementary School students set aside time to honor their grandparents in observance of Grandparents’ Day.  Grandparents of all students gathered at the elementary to enjoy activities, snacks, and time spent with their grandchildren.  

    Fifth grade teacher Mrs. Briana Wietfeld said, “I look forward to Grandparent’s Day every year. I love that our school celebrates this day with inviting our grandparents to school.”

    This year’s school-wide theme at the elementary is about each person being special, or “There’s Only One You.” This provided the theme for the Grandparents’ Day activities.

    The program started at 2:30 in the afternoon.  The Kindergarten through sixth grade opened the day with the song “No One Like You.”

    Following the song, Mrs. Cindy Settje, third grade teacher, played piano for a game of “Name that Tune.” The grandparents had to guess what song was being played.

    The 6th graders then read the book, “Only One You.” The activities ended with the song, “Do, Re, Mi,” sang once again by the K-6 students.

    After the singing and games, the grandparents enjoyed cookies with their grandchildren.

    The students could then take their grandparents to see their classroom after the snack.

    “We had such a great turnout and the students loved seeing their grandparents and showing them around their school and classroom,” Wietfeld added.


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  • Important Upcoming Dates

    Parents, Staff Members, and Students,

    Below are important dates to mark on your calendar for the month of September.

    September 20:

    There will be a 2pm early dismissal.

    Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held in the evening at the Elementary school.  Elementary school Conferences should be scheduled with the teacher and JR/SR runs from 5:00-8:30 pm.

    September 22:

    There will be a 1pm early dismissal.

    September 27:

    Teacher in-service day so there will be NO SCHOOL.



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    New Face of the School District

    Leigh Schools Welcome Mrs. Stephanie Petersen, New Superintendent

    As we embark on the 2017-2018 school year, we welcome new students and new faculty. The biggest and most exciting change this year comes as we welcome Mrs. Stephanie Petersen, the new PK-6 principal and PK-12 superintendent.

    Mrs. Petersen holds a bachelor’s degree from Dana College, a Master’s of Science in Education from Wayne State College, and a Specialist Degree in Education from Wayne State College.  

    Mrs. Petersen is originally from York, Nebraska.  She began her career in education by teaching K-12 music in Coleridge, NE, and then Dunlap, Iowa.  

    She began her administrative career in Laurel, where she was elementary principal for 18 years.  

    She then became the PK-3 Principal/Superintendent at Creighton Community Schools in Creighton, NE.  

    Mrs. Petersen is very excited to bring her experience to her new position at Leigh Community Schools.  

    “We enjoy living in small towns, and we loved raising our children in a small school,” Mrs. Petersen said.  “While interviewing at Leigh, I could see the passion in the staff and board members.  Everyone wants to work together to meet the needs of all students, and that is the kind of school I want to be a part of!”

    Mrs. Petersen has many goals for the district.  

    “I want to continue the strong educational tradition Leigh has built,” Mrs. Petersen said.  “We have many graduates returning to Leigh to raise their children, and that is the best compliment of all for the district!  I am looking forward to working with the school board as we set goals for the future.  The administrative team and teachers will also continue to work with our school improvement process and set goals for the upcoming years.”

    Mrs. Petersen has been married to her husband, Scott, for 32 years.  They currently reside in Clarkson as they await the completion of the house they are building in Leigh.  They have two children, Sadie and Tyler.  Sadie attends UNK, and Tyler lives with his wife in Laurel.   

    In her free time, Mrs. Petersen enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.  Her favorite place to visit is Hawaii, and she is already currently her next trip there.  

    We wish all the best to Mrs. Petersen in her first year as the leader of the Leigh school district!



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    High School Welcomes Four New Students

    When walking down the halls of Leigh High School, one might notice a few new faces this year. Four to be exact. The new students’ names are Dynaha, Vincent, Shelbie, and Abygail.

    Vincent DeBord is a seventh grader. He previously lived in Kearney and attended Kearney Middle School. His favorite subject is computers, and he loves playing video games. His favorite thing about Leigh so far is that it has many different classes and you stay with the same people all day. He is the son of Erin and Christopher. He currently lives with his mother, while his three siblings live with his father in Aurora. His siblings are Quinten, 3, Ryan, 7, and James, 9.

    Abygail Coudeyras also joins the seventh grade class this year. She is from Humboldt, Nebraska and her last school was H.T.R.S. Public Schools. One of her hobbies is reading and her favorite subject is social studies. Her parent’s names are Mandy and Gerald Coudeyras. Her siblings are Elijah, 9, Shelbie, 15, and Jordyn, 18.

    Dynaha Nelson is a freshman this year.  She lives in Stanton and previously attended Stanton Public School.  Her favorite hobby is drawing, and her favorite subject is art. Her parents’ names are Jill and Don Nelson. She has three siblings, Jordan, 25, Nelli, 20, and Joe, 18.          

    Shelbie Coudeyras is a sophomore this year. Like her younger sister, Abygail, she is from Humboldt, Nebraska, and her last school was H.T.R.S. She says she really doesn’t have a favorite subject, but in her free time she loves to fish. Her parent’s names are Gerald, or JR, and Mandy. She has three siblings. Jordyn, 18, Abby, 12, and Elijah, 9.

    We welcome these four new students to Leigh High School and wish them the best this school year!

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