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Five WMS students earn 2022-23 WHS Patriots Pen awards

Johnston/Kuhl/Beasley/Elder/Maxson honored for their patriotic essays

The Patriot's Pen Program is a nationwide VFW -sponsored youth essay competition that gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. More than 84,000 students participated . . .

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Former astronaut brings space to community, encourages students to dream big

Duane "Digger" Carey helps kick off District's new "Space in the Community" program

"I would like to thank Dr. Josh Snyder, Superintendent Brandon Lavely, the Wahoo Foundation and directors Eric Gottschalk and Bill Reece, Astronaut Digger Carey, the Space Foundation crew and everyone else that came . . .

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WMS StuCo raises over $1,300 for Saunders County Lost Pets!

Fundraising effort yields impressive student response

The Wahoo Middle School Student Council just wrapped up a fundraiser for Saunders County Lost Pets , and the results are impressive! WMS students raised a total of $1,319.80 for this local organization! The WMS StuCo . . .

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Wahoo Middle School earns NE Dept. of Education's CTE program award!

School honored for its excellence in career and technical education programming

Wahoo Middle School was recently named Nebraska Career and Technical Education ( CTE ) Outstanding Middle School Program of 2020! This award recognized Wahoo Middle School for outstanding achievements in its career education . . .

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WMS StuCo members manage successful donation drive for Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha

Students deliver $500 and over 1,000 donated items to cancer patients and their families

When dealing with cancer, inspiration and encouragement from others can have a big impact on a patient’s outlook on life, and the source of that inspiration and encouragement can come from anywhere: family, community members, religious . . .

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African missionary featured in middle school assembly

Tim Wright shares his knowledge and experiences from 32-year mission in Mali

Tim Wright, a visiting missionary, shared the geography, culture, and daily life of the people of Mali, Africa. Tim’s life experiences in a country so far away, yet close to Timbuktu, captivated Wahoo Middle School students on . . .

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WMS Student Council visits residents of South Haven

Students initiate opportunity to spend quality time with local elderly

The Wahoo Middle School Student Council recently traveled to South Haven to provide an enjoyable experience for their residents. We brought 11 students total, a mix of officers and representatives, and did an art project. The . . .

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Solo artist Todd Green featured in Oct. 16 'Live from Wahoo' assemblies

International musician takes students on around-the-world tour with 30+ instruments

LIVE FROM WAHOO! International Music . . . 30+ Instruments . . . One Solo Artist . . . TODD GREEN Monday, October 16, 2017   ||   WPS Performance-Learning Center Elementary . . .

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Barnes shares Christmas cheer

WMS 7th grader Sydney Barnes coordinates toy drive & Christmas party for Head Start students

This article was posted on the Wahoo Newspaper website on Fri., Dec. 23, 2016, and has been re-posted here with permission. Please click HERE to view the original article. For one area teenager, spreading holiday cheer meant . . .

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The voters have spoken! New WMS Student Council Officers announced

A week of campaigning and speeches ends with a student election

Starting on September 19, the candidates for this school year’s student council started working hard putting up posters and giving out stickers trying to win everyone's votes. Campaigners came to school early in the morning . . .

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WMS 8th graders honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with good deeds in community

Students canvass area nursing homes, day cares, and businesses to lend a helping hand on MLK, Jr. Day

“Everybody can be great . . . because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by . . .

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Class of 2020 quilt complete & on display

Students contribute their own square to class keepsake

Last year during the final weeks of our seventh grade year, Mrs. Walker's students each designed and sewed a square that represented their personality. The project involved first teaching the class how to sew and make it look decent. . . .

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MS/HS students share 'Poems in Their Pockets'

Co-op assignment encourages fellowship & poetry appreciation

Wahoo Middle School Language Arts Teachers Andi Mann and Kjirsten Abkes, along with Wahoo High School Language Arts Teacher Larry Fangman, had their students get together on Thursday, April 30, and share their “ Poems in Their Pockets . . .

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17 WMS students attend 2015 Youth Writing Festival at Elkhorn South

Annual event sponsored by the Nebraska Writing Project

Seventeen students from Wahoo Middle School attended the 2015 Youth Writing Festival at Elkhorn South High School on March 21. They set out looking for something to do on a Saturday, but they got much more! Upon arriving in Elkhorn, they . . .

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Wahoo Middle School attends concert at Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha

Students inspired by 'Black Violin' performance

The halls at Wahoo Middle School were quiet on Monday, April 13. All students and staff went to Omaha for a 10:30 a.m. concert by the group Black Violin at the Holland Performing Arts Center . The lead performers were Wilner "Wil . . .

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WMS 8th graders honor Martin Luther King, Jr. through community service

Students spend MLK Day carrying out mission of civil rights leader

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" --Martin Luther King, Jr. On January 19, Wahoo Middle School eighth graders spent their morning serving the community, in honor . . .

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WMS 'HAL' students visit two local museums

Students embrace opportunity to enhance knowledge of African American contributions to WWII

Wahoo Middle School HAL (High Ability Learners) students recently completed a learning unit about African American contributions to WWII by traveling to the Strategic Air and Space Museum (SAC) in Ashland, and the Great Plains Black . . .

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New 6th graders leave their mark

Students paint/sign ceiling tiles to symbolize their role in building positive school culture

Wahoo Middle School 6th grade students recently painted their hands and placed them on ceiling tiles in the school to demonstrate their commitment to school learning.  Teachers and students ventured out to the school's blacktop . . .

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WMS implements 'Green Dot' anti-bullying program

Students commemorate national 'Stand for the Silent' campaign

On Wednesday, April 16, Wahoo Middle School students completed their semester-long Green Dot anti-bullying program training.  The program is focused on identifying negative behaviors that impact classroom learning, and the . . .

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6th graders practice random acts of kindness

RAK's used to encourage good citizenship

Wahoo Middle School sixth grade students have performed several Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) over the past several weeks. For each RAK, the students tied a small ribbon on a wreath. The random acts of kindness had to be meaningful and . . .

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New Wahoo Middle School logo revealed

Bonine's design chosen from nearly 30 student entries

Current Wahoo Middle School 8th grade students were challenged to create a new middle school logo during 3rd quarter. Students were then told that the logo would appear on future middle school letterhead, web articles and other places . . .

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WMS students take a chance for Alex

Kuester & Foster organize fundraiser for Divis family

Wahoo Middle School 6th grade students Jasmine Kuester and Rachel Foster recently heard about Alex Divis' battle with cancer.  Divis, a student at St. Wenceslaus in Wahoo, continues to battle T-cell lymphoma. The girls knew that . . .

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Wahoo Middle School Pulls Together for NeSA Testing!

Teams of Students Move 23,000-lb Semi 90 Feet!

Henry Ford once said, "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."   That quote was never more clear than on April 5, 2013 at Wahoo Middle School.   Students and . . .

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Wahoo 8th Grader Name NE National Geographic Bee Semifinalist

Tate Peterson Earns Honor for Second Straight Year!

Wahoo Middle School student Tate Peterson has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2013 Nebraska National Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.   . . .

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WMS Students Attend Feb. Sportsmanship Pep Rally

Event Highlighted with Speeches by Tom Osborne & other Notable Nebraskans

On February 5, 190 Wahoo Middle School students attended the first ever Sportsmanship Pep Rally held at Waverly High School.  The hour and a half event was hosted by the University of Nebraska athletic department and the Nebraska . . .

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EduTyping Comes to Wahoo Middle School

Students Learn Life Skill through Self-Paced Program

Wahoo Middle School is excited to present the 6th and 7th grade classes with a unique learning opportunity. Our school is partnering with a company called B.E. Publishing to allow those students to participate in an online typing experience . . .

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Middle School 'HOPE' Group Visits Saunders House

Students/Residents Share in Christmas Activities

On Saturday, Dec. 15, members of the Middle School HOPE (Helping Others Protect Everyone) for Teens Asset club volunteered time as part of their Empowering Youth Campaign.  Group members met at Saunders House at 9:00 a.m. to . . .

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Hope for Haiti

Bruce Speaks to 7th/8th Graders on Haiti's Struggles & Humanitarian Efforts

On September 19 and 28, Amy Bruce came to Wahoo Middle School with a presentation for the seventh and eighth graders about Haiti.   Bruce has a non-profit organization called “The Root Cause.” She visits Haiti two to six times a . . .

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WMS Pulls Together for a Great Opening Day!

Students Off and Running Toward Achieving District's 90% Reading Proficiency Goal

Wahoo Middle School students opened the 2012-2013 school year on a positive note on Wednesday, August 15.   After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, 8th grade student Carissa Koranda sang the National Anthem before the entire . . .

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Peterson Takes 5th in 2012 State Geographic Bee!

WMS 7th Grader Competes with the Top 100 in Nebraska

CONGRATULATIONS Tate Peterson for finishing in 5th place in 2012 State Geographic Bee, held on Saturday, March 30 on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha! The annual event is organized by the National Geographic Society. . . .

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Yahoo for Wahoo Middle School!

So often we discount young people as being selfish or living in their own little world, but let me tell you about some very special future leaders. On their own a trio of young men from Wahoo Middle School chose to do a coat drive for Open . . .

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WMS 7th Graders Reconstruct Famous Italian Landmark in Hallway

Students Create Leaning Tower of Pisa with Shoeboxes

The Leaning Tower of Pisa at Wahoo Middle School?! Yes, we do have the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the Middle School, but not the famous structure in Italy. Wahoo Middle School seventh graders are learning about Southern Europe . . .

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Beyond the Folklore of Piracy

8th Graders Learn True History of Pirates

Aye matey, Wahoo Middle School had a visitor! On Friday, Oct. 21, Mike Dunn, a custodian at Wahoo Elementary School and an avid historian, spent time teaching Wahoo Middle School 8th graders about the true life of a pirate.   . . .

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WMS 8th Graders Weigh In on 'Three Cups of Tea' Controversy

Students Take a Stance on Recent Media-Exposed Conflicts

Eighth grade students in Mrs. Becky Stark's 8th grade language arts classes recently finished reading Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen.   The book recounts the journey of Mortensen as he survived a failed climb . . .

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7th Grade Reading Students Participate in Civil Rights Movement Videoconference

Live Program Serves as Introduction to Novel Unit

Recently, in Ms. Russ’s 7th grade Reading class, the students had a videoconference with Nicole Kempskie from the Paley Center for Media in New York City.   In this videoconference, the seventh graders learned about the Civil . . .

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Wahoo Middle School Shuts Off the Lights Jan. 14 for Day-Long Trek to Omaha to Celebrate the Arts

Students/Staff Enjoy Naturally Seven Performance & Joslyn Visit

On January 14, ALL 200 Wahoo Middle School students traveled to two of Omaha’s finest venues for the arts: The Holland Performing Arts Center and the Josyln Art Museum. The field trip started out with a performance at the Holland, one of . . .

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2nd Quarter 8th Grade Industrial Tech Students Race CO2 Cars

Brigham/Pestal Take 1st/2nd

The 2nd quarter 8th grade Industrial Tech students recently competed their metric 500 race to qualify two cars for the all school championships in May.   The top car in the class was #311 by Kylee Brigham with a time of 1.230 . . .

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Middle Schoolers Join in Season of Giving

Hrdlicka Leads Local Fundraising Effort

A group of Wahoo Middle School 8th graders recently helped ring bells at a local Wahoo store and raised a little extra cash for donating along the way.   One particular student learned a whole lot more about the power of giving. . . .

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7th Graders Visit Zoo

Students Apply Knowledge from Animal Behavior Unit

On a recent beautiful autumn day, the 7th graders went to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. This field trip was an extension of what they had been studying in Science class. The animal unit mainly focused on animal behavior. Each group had a . . .

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Middle School Students Share School Supplies with Poverty-Stricken Countries around the World

Students Fill over 40 School Kits for Lutheran World Relief

Every day in 35 countries around the globe, Lutheran World Relief works to combat poverty.   Wahoo Middle School students have been helping Lutheran World Relief for the past three years by collecting school supplies each fall. This . . .

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Two WMS 7th Graders Create Powerful PSA to Fight Bullying

Anderson & Brigham Do Their Part to Help Make a Difference

Joelle Anderson and Bailey Brigham are two seventh graders who are spreading an important message through a public service announcement (PSA) video: bullying hurts. The PSA assignment corresponds with a unit taught by WMS Social . . .

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Wahoo Middle Schooler Puts Compassion into Action

Brent Tenopir Spearheads Dental Supply Campaign for Haiti Earthquake Relief

"I want to help." Armed with a list of ideas and a heart full of compassion, Wahoo Middle School 8th grader Brent Tenopir eagerly jumped into the recent Haiti relief efforts.   After expressing to a WMS classroom teacher . . .

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Soles4Souls Shoe Drive

8th Grade Unity Council Gathers 850 Pairs of Shoes for Haiti Earthquake Victims

The 8th grade Unity Council recently organized a shoe drive for the Haiti earthquake victims.   This event was held from January 18-29 in the elementary and middle schools. By the end of the drive, the Unity Council had packed 54 . . .

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Langemeier & Zetocka Take 1st/2nd Place in 2nd Quarter Metric 500 Race

Cars Created in 8th Grade Industrial Tech Class

Congratulations to Josh Langemeier and Brandon Zetocka on their 1st and 2nd place finishes in the 2nd quarter Metric 500!  The two cars, created in the 8th grade industrial tech class, recorded the two fastest times so far this . . .

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WMS 6th Grader Crowned 2010 Saunders County Spelling Bee Champion

Congratulations Elise!

Congratulations Elise McIlhaney for winning the 5th/6th grade division of the 2010 Saunders County Spelling Bee, held on Friday, January 22 in Mead.

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Wahoo 8th Graders Use Community Service to Celebrate Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

67 Students Combed the Community in Project's 3rd Year

"Everybody can be great . . . because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace; A soul generated by love." . . .

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Wahoo Middle School Participates in National Geographic's Geography Bee

8th Grader Zetocka Wins Local Round; Hopes to Advance to State Competition

Fox Sports broadcaster and Super Bowl quarterback Terry Bradshaw once said, “When Brian told me he grew up in New Mexico, I told him I thought it was cool that people from other countries played football. He corrected me on my geography and . . .

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T-Shirt Fundraiser Pays Off!

Lindstrom & WMS Student Body Present $6,000 Check to Russ Family

Need advice on how to help a friend in need? Look no further than Wahoo Middle School. As previously posted on this web site, a November 5, 2009 Fremont Tribune article highlighted the efforts of WMS 8th grader Kirk Lindstrom, who . . .

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New Middle School Dance Team Completes First Season

Girls Perform During 4 Athletic Events

The middle school dance team completed its first official “season,” and it was a huge success. The team, made up of 13 6th through 8th graders, performed at two middle school boys basketball games and two varsity boys games. The . . .

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Middle School Students Raise $576 for Local VFW Christmas Drive

Smith Leads Charge to Aid Area Families in Need

WMS 8th grader Andrew Smith had a vision. He wanted to find a way to put a toy into the hands of children who might not otherwise get one this Christmas. He knew that he would need funding and he knew that he could count on his classmates . . .

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WMS Student Helps Friend with Special T-Shirts

Fundraiser Developed for KJ Russ Following Spinal Surgeries

A student at Wahoo Middle School came up with a unique way to help out a friend. Kirk Lindstrom, an eighth-grader at the school, designed T-shirts in support of fellow eighth-grader KJ Russ. KJ had three surgeries last month in . . .

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Students Support Students

WMS Students Donate over 500 Pounds of School Supplies to Less Fortunate Children in Third-World Nations

"The adventure of life is to learn. The opportunity of life is to serve."  This quote, by Willam Arthur Ward, captures the essence of a service project recently completed by the students at Wahoo Middle . . .

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Carsten Brothers Checkmate Competition at St. Cecelia Chess Tournament

WMS Students Trevor and Trey Carstens continued their habit of placing high at scholastic chess tournaments with a strong showing at the St. Celelia Chess Tournament. Trey finished second and Trevor placed third at the May 9 competition in . . .

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WMS 8th Grader Courtney Jones Initiates Pennies for Pooches Campaign

Middle Schoolers Raise $320 for Local Pet Rescue

Children and animals – they go hand in hand. So when Wahoo Middle School 8th grader Courtney Jones proposed that her classmates help her raise money for a local pet shelter, she met with an overwhelmingly positive response from them. In a . . .

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Wahoo Middle School Chess Club Wins First Trophy at Omaha Tournament

Seventh Grade Team Takes Second at Morton Magnet Tournament

The Wahoo Middle School Chess Club gave Wahoo its first middle school chess trophy by taking second place at the Morton Magnet Tournament in Omaha on March 14. Wahoo placed second in the junior high division, which consisted of . . .

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Buol Boxes His Way to Regionals

WMS Student Has Been Boxing Since Age 7

Wahoo Middle School 7th grader Alfonso Buol isn’t shy when asked why he loves boxing: “It is fun knowing that you can fight and it’s legal.”  Buol quickly added that the sport he has been a part of for the last four years . . .

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Wahoo Middle School Students Demonstrate "Cool to Care" Attitude

School-wide Service Project Gathers School Supplies for Impoverished Foreign Countries

On Wednesday, October 1, Wahoo Middle School students met in an assembly to celebrate the results of their first school-wide service project of the 2008-2009 school year.  In a little less than two weeks, the students joined . . .

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Visiting Penguins Introduce New "COOL TO CARE!!!" Theme to WMS Students

The Wahoo Middle School had two special visitors at school on Wednesday. The special visitors, two penguins named Ice & Cube, visited the classrooms to pick up special goal sheets as filled out by the students. Each student was asked . . .

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Wahoo Middle Schoolers Head Into Summer with Thoughts of Service

Students End Year with Good Deeds

Students at Wahoo Middle School were focused on serving others as they head into the summer break.  Each homeroom class in the school recently completed a community service project to aid many in the area.  Projects . . .

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WMS "Service Before Self" Award Earned by Olivia Morales and Autumn Gerrish

Monthly Award Developed by 8th Grade Unity Council

The 8th Grade Unity Council has come up with a Service Before Self Award for the entire 8th grade class.   This is a student-nominated award.   Any student can request another student for good service.   It can be . . .

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Wahoo Middle School Students Have a "Day On"

Students Honor Martin Luther King Jr. through Community Service

Wahoo Middle School eighth graders had a “Day On” for Martin Luther King’s birthday last Monday, January 21. They learned about life in the time of the Civil Rights Movement and about Dr. King. They also did volunteer community service . . .

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Wahoo Middle School Students Practice the Spirit of Giving

Students Raise Funds for Von Maur Victims & Families

Getting into the spirit of holiday giving was easy for eighth graders Rachel Urban and Dayna Gulliksen. Knowing who needed a gift was also simple: the victims and families affected by the recent Von Maur shootings in Omaha. So the two . . .

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Introducing the 8th Grade Unity Council

The 8th grade teachers have come together to create an 8th grade “Unity Council”.   Our job is to help unify the school, boost school pride, stop bullying, and create positive leadership in everyone.    . . .

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Middle School Summer Camp More Than Just Fun and Games

CHI and Ad Astra Camps Focus on Academics and Social Interaction

While some kids spend their summers at the swimming pool, on family vacations or making money at summer jobs, many students take off for camp. This past summer, eleven middle school students attended Central Honors Institute (CHI) . . .

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There Are Heroes, and "She-roes", Among Us

"How Important It Is for Us to Recognize and Celebrate Our Heroes and She-roes!" --Maya Angelou

It’s true! Kids CAN be heroes and on October 18, seventh graders gathered in Fremont for the Bullying Prevention Leadership Conference to learn how to take a stand against bullying. During the conference, students learned the . . .

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