The 2019-20 school year has been quite eventful for the PE classes. We were able to start the year in the gym learning some of our basic stretches and warm-up routines to prevent injury. We were then pushed outdoors when we heard the exciting news that we were replacing the gym floor here at Bennet Elementary! While we were outdoors we did numerous activities from relays to kickball. During that time, we also experienced some unfavorable weather, which pushed us indoors. During those times several classes were able to learn about personal hygiene as well as nutrition (what we should and shouldn’t be eating/drinking). After about 5 weeks being outdoors, the students were very excited to get back inside to the brand new gym floor! Now that we are back inside, we will be working on more advanced activities like throwing and catching.
This fall, second graders had an opportunity, along with the Otoe County Extension Office to do a mini-unit on the Butterfly life cycle. The Extension Office came to Bennet Elementary three times to do activities with the students. They had the opportunity to learn the stages of the life cycle, the parts of a butterfly, and then each classroom got 5 painted lady caterpillars to care for! We were able to observe them eat, multiply in size, wrap themselves in a chrysalises, and hatch into a beautiful butterfly! The students loved letting them go into the trees behind the school on release day! We can’t wait to do it again next year!
The halls of Bennet Elementary were full of excitement as students dressed as their favorite scientists, favorite animals, or favorite television stars. When we threw in some superheros and supervillians, we had a PARTY. Below is the 2019 version of the annual parade of costumes at Bennet Elementary. Note: this share is connected to Facebook.
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Monday, September 9, 2019
By Tyler Dahlgren
You see the lights first.
Travelling west along Highway 2, approaching the outskirts of Lincoln on a Friday night, there they stand, tall and bright, illuminating a white water tower with "Palmyra" painted in red. Beneath those Friday night lights, the Palmyra Panthers battle their way to a 25-22 win, the first of many in the beautiful new stadium.
If you roll down the windows, you can hear the cheers echo through a refreshing September breeze. The pads popping and the whistles blowing. Fans from the Palmyra and Bennet communities, which together make up District OR-1 Schools, fill the new stands and leave very few open spots. In the midst of all the excitement, they almost have to pinch themselves to make sure this is all real.
This complex, a historic gift from the Olson Foundation, has Palmyra buzzing on this Friday night, but at first, it rendered the district speechless.
"This gift is recognized as perhaps the largest to a school district and village in Nebraska history," District OR-1 superintendent Rob Hanger said of the $5.4 million donation, which will additionally fund the construction of a new baseball field, a competition track, walking trail and renovations to the town's softball facility. "It has provided a tremendous boost to the communities of Bennet and Palmyra and will serve the school and communities for years to come."
The Olson Foundation was founded in 1993 by the late Dr. Leland and Dorothy Olson. For the past two decades, the foundation has served local needs in the Omaha and Seattle areas by focusing on grants in education, family, health and wellness, and the environment. Dr. Leland Olson was born in Palmyra in 1920, and, following the death of his father, had decided to leave school to run the family's hardware store.
Palmyra's high school principal and the town mayor at the time devised a plan with Leland's mother which would allow her son to stay in school and attend college. Leland did so, earning a full Regents Scholarship to UNL, where he studied literature before moving on to the University of Nebraska Medical Center and, eventually, his own practice, Midwest OB GYN in Omaha.
The present-day gift to Leland's hometown and high school alma-mater is a result of that investment Palmyra's educational and community leaders made in a young man over 80 years ago.
"We are proud to support the people of Palmyra," Dr. David L. Olson, President of the Olson Foundation, said in a news release when the gift was given last year. "The village helped foster the educational growth of our father."
Nemaha Valley Contruction worked dilligently to have the football stadium ready for the August 30th opener. Hanger said students, staff and the community had been at a "feverish pitch of excitement" for the unveiling of the complex. If these comments on NPSA's recent Facebook post are an indicator, the stadium is as awesome as they had imagined.
Below, you will find a link of a short video narrated by Mr. Johnson, high school principal, outlining progress on District OR1's new sports complex.
District OR1 Sports Complex (July 1, 2019)
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Our District Code is: 1795
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