Staff and students of District OR1 will engage in a battle for CHANGE. We posit that the loose change in our houses and pockets can positively affect CHANGE to our Nebraska families devastated by the recent floods. Please, send your coins (dollars also accepted) with your student. The Change Challenge Drive will last from Wednesday, March 20th to Tuesday, April 2nd. All proceeds will benefit Flood Victims of Nebraska. The winning grade level will earn a pizza party.
Bennet Elementary Caring Project has been completed for the 2019 school year! This year the team picked a wonderful charity to support. The Bennet Caring Team gathered donations for the Capital Humane Society during the weeks of February 18th – March 1st. The 6th grade Student Council students used over two weeks of recesses for the project. They planned a pep rally to kick off the weeks, and they gathered and counted all the donations daily. Our school goal was to gather 400 items. We counted over 100 donated items on the first day! The caring Team and our school were very excited! By the end of week one we reached over 400 items donated. That did not stop the Bennet families; our donations kept coming. Our grand total was over 750 items and $380.00 donated. Donation items included pet food, animal toys, little critter supplies, cleaning supplies and other items.
On March 5th, the 6th Grade Student Council loaded a bus with all of the donations and headed to the Capital Humane Society. After loading all donations using the floor and seats, we had a total of 10 seats left to take the students. At CHS, we unloaded the donations, had an educational lesson, toured the building and asked questions of the director. This project was a huge undertaking for our 6th grade Caring Team. Thank you to all of our District OR 1 families that helped make it a huge success! Bennet Elementary students and families can make a difference.
Social Skills Dance
By: Taytum Stutzman
This year students who participate in the Life Skills classroom were invited to a dance held in Nebraska City at the school for the blind. The main focus of the dance is to encourage students to meet new people in a safe and comfortable environment. This year’s theme was St. Patrick’s Day with green shamrocks, decorations, and even food. There were 8 total Palmyra students who attended the dance.
When we first arrived, some of the students were nervous as they had not been to this school or dance before. We took some quick pictures and then they were shown around the area to help them acclimate. Many of the students who had been before were eager to get on the dance floor and bust a move! Some of the students who had not been before were nervous and hung back, but it did not take them long to want to get involved. Soon they had different students coming up and wanting to meet and join the people in their group. It was great to see some of the students who had been there before reconnecting with friends they had met the year prior. All of the students were more than happy to meet and dance with new friends. As the dance began to come to an end many of the students were sad to leave what seemed so soon. They hugged and said their farewells to their new and old friends and we headed back to Palmyra.
This dance was such a great experience! Many of the students who had been there before had more confidence this year and were initiating conversations with new people. It was also great to see the students who had not been before come out of the comfort zone and dance along with new and different people. It is amazing to see students who normally have difficulties interacting with their peers get the opportunity to come out of their shell and feel safe and confident.
We at District OR1 work to insure our students have meaningful, safe experiences when engaging with technology. As part of our communication effort, we will share resources for parents on targeted topics regarding Internet safety. Although the attached are third-party documents, they do a nice job giving an overview of topics.
Betrayal, the individual versus the greater good, the power of speech, fate versus free will, the connection between love and violence, and the power or true love…these are just a few of the themes that the 9th and 10th graders are exploring this quarter through the words and poetry of William Shakespeare.
The 9th grade English class is investigating the power of love with Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Through discussion of dramatic devices such as monologues, soliloquies, and asides, foil characters and tragic heroes with tragic flaws, dramatic irony, and literary devices such as metaphor, simile, and personification, the students explore the world of drama in a new way. Romeo and Juliet ask their audiences to consider the ways in which good and evil, love and hatred, “grace and rude-will,” exist together in our human nature. Romeo’s tragic flaw, his impulsive nature, reminds us to make our decisions, “wisely and slow,” for “they stumble that run fast.” The wise and practical friar tells the lovers that they must get a handle on their passion for one another, for "These violent delights have violent ends... like fire and powder which as they kiss consume." Instead he suggests they "love moderately. Long love doth so." With romance, action, family drama, loyalty among friends, death, and comic relief, this play has something for everyone, and the students are finding the excitement exhilarating.
The 10th grade is in a whole different world, exploring ancient Rome in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. After defeating his rivals, Caesar prepares to take complete power of Rome. Little does he know, a group of conspirators is planning his demise in order to prevent him from turning the Roman Republic into a Roman Empire. In shock that even his friend Brutus would betray him, Caesar is stabbed 23 times on the floor of the senate, unknowingly starting a war that threatens to tear Rome in two. Shakespeare uses this historical story to explore humanity in a different way, portraying the internal conflict and complex relationships of the characters. The students are furthering their knowledge of Shakespeare's language, and seeing another side of his plays with this political drama featuring murder, betrayal, war, and loyalty.
Scientists and psychologists have conducted studies in which they find elevated levels of brain activity in students while reading Shakespeare. His manipulation of the English language leads us to think deeply about the meaning of his words, which have clearly made an influential impact on even our modern language.
It is estimated that Shakespeare added around 1500 new words to the English language. Whenever we use our mind’s eye, to find method in someone’s madness, as they eat us out of house and home, because we thought they had a heart of gold and a spotless reputation but we were actually living in a fool's paradise; whenever we decide that discretion is the better part of valour or detect something in the wind; whenever we remark that brevity is the soul of wit, that love is blind or caution someone that all that glistens is not gold or advise someone to be neither a lender nor a borrower; from the salad days of youth, through the pomp and circumstance of marriage to the sea change of retirement, until we exclaim what the dickens!, accept the unkindest cut of all, and shuffle off this mortal coil, we are speaking Shakespeare’s language.
--Ross Farrelly, "Why Study Shakespeare," Sydney's Child, 2003
Shakespeare does more than make us examine our language. He also makes us explore themes and characters that require us to search the depths of our souls to answer. His stories give our students a means through which to gain life lessons and a deeper understanding of human nature. His characters, though centuries old, are universal, and the students connect to them in the most enlightening ways. It may be difficult for the students, especially at first, but the benefits outweigh the challenges in the end. So even if the students see reading Shakespeare as madness, “Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.” ― ,
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Our District Code is: 1795
Our District Name is: Palmyra District OR-1
Palmyra High School teacher Rebecca Gill-Rose was honored with 10/11 News' Golden Apple Award. Mrs. Gill-Rose has been inspiring Palmyra students for the past 23 years with Spanish instruction. Moreover, Mrs. Gill-Rose adds to the success of District OR1 students through her technology integration practices, 8 to Great mentoring, and her overall modeling of personal and professional growth.
See the story of Mrs. Gill-Rose's award at the following address: