Principal Notes 9.18.2015
We are fortunate at Johnson-Brock to be able to offer a wide variety of course options for our students. Traditionally, schools have always offered the “core” subjects of reading, writing, mathematics, history, and science. Coming off of the Industrial Revolution of the early 1900’s, a push began to bring more technical subjects into schools. Today, the field of Career and Technical Education (CTE) helps fulfill this goal. CTE courses aim to educate students in the areas of Business, Agriculture, Family and Consumer Science, and Industrial Arts, just to name a few. At Johnson-Brock, we offer a full curriculum of business, computer, and industrial arts courses; along with a few Agriculture courses through an agreement with JCC.
Over the past few years, we have been working with ESU 4 to begin connecting our classes with career academies. Career academies provide students with opportunities to learn more about potential careers through career-specific curriculum and other learning experiences. This year, our energy academy has had the opportunity to visit Green Energy, Inc. (Ethanol Plant in Shenandoah, IA; and will later visit Exelon Corp (Wind Farm in Rock Port, MO). These trips provide meaningful real-life learning opportunities for students! We hope to offer more of these courses and learning opportunities to students in the future.
Congratulations to Mrs. Lori Broady on her appointment to the board of the Nebraska State Council for Social Studies Board. The NSCSS is a state-wide organization of social studies teachers who are exemplary. They work together to provide workshops and conferences for all Nebraskan Social Studies teachers. This year, Mrs. Broady will be working on the next state-wide conference which will be held in Kearney in June. We are certainly proud of Mrs. Broady for this great accomplishment!
As you may have noticed, the number of extra-curricular activities over the past month has increased tremendously. We are having very successful football and volleyball seasons and our junior high athletes are gaining valuable experience. Many evenings, the elementary students are also participating in JBAC sports. In a small school like ours, students are pulled in many different directions. I would encourage all parents to remind their children how important their education is. Please help ensure that homework is being completed at a satisfactory level and students are getting enough rest. We want our students to be successful in all that they do both academically and athletically.