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    Intro To Ag Gets In The Spirit

    The Intro To Ag class taught by Mr. J. Ference spent a day preparing holiday arrangements under the tutelage of representatives of the Florette in Ord.  Happy Holidays!


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    Chants Bring Home Runner-Up Plaque at Wood River

    Eight Wrestlers Earn Medals


    The Ord High wrestling team ended up in 2nd place at the Wood River wrestling invite last Friday.  The difference between first and second place was a single point.  There were 17 teams in the tournament.  Team scoring went as follows: Aquinas Catholic-201, Ord-200, Sutton-140, Amherst-123, Kearney Catholic-93, Hershey-92.5, Wood River-90, Gibbon-71, St. Paul-68, Superior-64, Doniphan/Trumbull-60.5, Kenesaw-53, Shelton-44, Ansley/Litchfield-42, Friend-20.5, GICC-16, St. Cecilia-9.  


        Ord had eight wrestlers medal at the tournament.  First Place Finishers were Colton Rowse at 113 pounds and Ethan Gabriel at 195 pounds.  Miguel Alvarado was the 2nd place finisher at 132 pounds losing a close 5-4 decision to state qualifier Lane Brown of Gibbon.  Third place finishers for the Chants were Talon Petska at 120, Garret Kluthe at 145, and Jacob Lech at 182.  Finishing in fourth place was Jesse Ulrich at 170 pounds who was in probably the toughest weight class of the tournament and CJ Hoevet at 285 pounds.  


        Each Ord wrestler was able to help gain valuable team points by winning matches.  At 126 pounds Kaden Boyce went 3-2.  Quintin Behnk was 2-2 on the day at 138.  At 152 Clayton Shoemaker went 3-2 in a tough weight class.  Brett Koch went 2-2 at 160 pounds and Alex Flessner won a match wrestling up at 220 pounds.  “We have had a great start to the season and are proving that we are a competitive team”, said Coach Justin Swedburg.  “Everyone contributed to the overall success this weekend.  Although we ended up in 2nd place, I felt like as an entire team we improved from last week”.  The Chants will be on the road again this weekend for the Valentine Invite.  

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    Chants Upend Stars

    The Chants bounced back after a tough opening weekend and defeated the number 10 C-1 Kearney Catholic Stars. The game started with a 5-0 run by the Stars which lead to a 12-7 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. The 2nd quarter would belong to the Chants and the Chants would take a three point lead into halftime. In the 3rd quarter the Stars would respond and take a seven point lead at one point before the Chants were able to trim the lead to five before the end of the 4th quarter. The 4th quarter featured the chants gradually chipping away at the Stars lead. With about a minute to go the teams were tied till Garrett Bundy sank two free throws to give the Chants a lead they would not give back. Reggie McKenney sealed the deal for Chants with two free throws with three seconds left to give the Chants the 47-42 victory. The Chants were led by Bundy with 14 points. McKenney added 10 in winning effort. Hayden Grint posted 12 points and six rebounds for the Chants. “We got some good performances on offense but I was really happy with our defense for the most part.” Coach Gates said. “We got a few big steals, deflections and rebounds from Austin Knapp, Nate Wells, and Harrison Benton.” Coach Gates said. This Chants will travel to former conference foe Adams Central on friday and then host Centura on Saturday.

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    All Lou-Platte Conference Volleyball

    Several Ord volleyball players were named to the Lou-Platte All-Conference team in 2017.  They are: left to right:  Reilly Peetz, Susie Vavra, Ali Smith, Delani Fahey, and Cali Lech.  

    Lou-Platte All Conference List

    Ord Volleyball Honors 2017

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    Show Choir on NET

    If the walls could talk in the Ord Music Department, they would say, “Wow, there is some beautiful music making going on!”  This is a week of final preparation for the annual Christmas Concert.  It will be held on Sunday, December 17th at 2:00 in the Vintage Gym.  All students involved with music will be performing!  This includes: High School Band, Ord Singers, 18th Street Show Choir and the Junior High Band and Chorus.  There will also be several featured solos throughout the concert.  There will be a free will donation at the door to help defray expenses.

    The concert begins with a spectacular opening and continues to the end with the annual Christmas Sing-a-long .  It includes familiar and new Christmas favorites.  “Jingle All the Way” is the theme of this concert and many of the groups are including a “bell song.” Ms. Mindy Smith, Ord High School Music Director comments, “This theme is not only in reference to the songs but as a reminder to for all to truly make this a season of happiness.  So many times, I have been so busy at the holidays, I looked back on December and marveled….where did Christmas go?”  You may not even know many students participating, but you will know some of these tunes and it may be just the event you need to truly experience the season.

    This concert is sure to be a highlight of your holiday season.  The students and staff of the Ord Music Department would like to invite you to be part of the festivities.


    18TH Street Show Choir performs for NET television

    Every year part of the tradition of Christmas is to listen to the beautiful sounds of the season.  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, many people tune in to a program called “Holiday Harmonies.”  It is where NET television station invites school groups of all varieties to tape eight minutes of Christmas music.

    This will be the third year 18th Street Singers, Ord High School’s Show Choir, will be performing for this program.  They are looking forward to the event of traveling to Grand Island, dressing in their show choir finery, watching the camera crew work their magic and performing their best to be seen on Christmas Eve.  This 33-member group will also be performing at the Christmas Concert, December 17th.

    Sponsors for Holiday Harmonies include Arby’s/Trotters and the Grocery Kart.  The show choir truly appreciates their support for this educational experience!  Make sure you tune it!


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    Ord One-Act End Of The Year Recap


    The 2017 Ord Drama team went in a new direction this year by attempting to do a play that was adapted from a film. That film was Moulin Rouge by Baz Luhrmann. “Choosing to do a film was a difficult decision to make” said Coach Ben Lansman. “We knew there is a fine line between the theatre and Hollywood – but felt this was a story we wanted to bring to life. Even though Moulin Rouge is a little bit risqué for high school, we thought we could tame it down for the story we wanted to tell. What we truly loved about the movie was the music – and thought if we could make that come to life – the love story would follow.” Lansman adapted the play, “A Love that will last Forever,” himself and rearranged the characters to match the high school group he was working with. But the music and pulling off the entire project was a different story.

    “I knew that we had to have someone helping musically and additional hands to pull off such a large production. That started with my assistant Ashley Trampe. She helped me brainstorm with the storyline, songs, and characters. She also helped come up with hairstyles and basically was in charge of hair for the entire show. That may seem insignificant, but it took 3-4 hours every time we performed. We had 4-5 different hair styles that the ladies used and each had to be tailored to that student. It was quite an accomplishment. I also asked Karlee Severance to help with music. Karlee was a former student who was living back in Ord and is an accomplished musician. She rearranged all the musical selections and organized all our choral practices. In addition she worked with soloists and duets as needed. The biggest need was having her communicate with her sister Kora who served as a character and the pianist on stage. This a huge challenge for Kora because the pace and volume of the piece rested on her. But she stepped up to the plate and did a tremendous job. However without Karlee’s hard work early on – we couldn’t have accomplished this musical. I also asked Alex Pinell, another former alumni, to help us with directing. Not only did he help with this, he was instrumental behind the scenes. When there was a problem – he was there. When we had to work late – he was there. He was a tremendous asset to myself when I needed an extra hand. Lastly, Brian Wamberg our new art teacher, served as another volunteer. He helped paint/design our set in the final stages and worked late hours trying to make sure the set was ready for performance each night. He also helped us with directing, sponsoring, and driving. I can’t explain how exciting it was to have another member of the high school staff helping out. It made our jobs so much easier!”

    The Chants started their season at the Loup City Festival of Plays on Nov. 3 where they placed 4th out of 8 teams. Recognized for Best Supporting Actor was Kyler Peetz and for outstanding acting: Delani Fahey, Hayden Grint, Rebecca Fischer, and Richele Masin. Next was the Ord Chanticleer Drama Festival on Nov. 6 eleven teams attended, though no team competition took place. Recognized for outstanding male actor in Ord’s play was Tim White, and Nia McClure was outstanding female actor. Lydia Hill, Kyler Peetz, Lauren Collins, Delani Fahey, Rebecca Fischer, Madeline Winchell, and Richele Masin were all recognized for outstanding acting. On Nov. 12 the team held their annual dinner theater in the vintage gymnasium. For the first time, the Chants held a matinee performance at 4pm in addition to the later evening performance. The event was catered by Jubilee Catering Co. and all seniors on the team were honored for their years of service along with their parents. Approximately 300 people attended the event. On Nov. 18 the Chants traveled to Minden and their new auditorium for their festival, where they received second place out of 7 schools behind Gothenburg. Recognized for outstanding acting was: Trevor Vancura (filling in for Kyler in the lead role), Tim White, Kora Severance, Rebecca Fischer, Delani Fahey, Nia McClure, and Madeline Winchell. “What was great about this performance was how we had to replace Kyler and Richele who were at all-state choir. In addition district bowling took 4 others out of the competition, making it very difficult to perform. But the kids adapted well and had a great performance!” The LouPlatte Conference Tournament was Nov. 20 and is always tough competition. The team placed 3rd behind Loup City and Ravenna with very close scores. Recognized for outstanding acting was: Barrett Boden, Delani Fahey, Rebecca Fischer, Zach Flessner, Lydia Hill, Nia McClure, Kyler Peetz, Kora Severance, Tim White, and Madeline Winchell. After a community performance on Nov. 27 at the school, the Chants had districts at Holdrege. In the end, they came in as the runner up team behind Ravenna, with a close finish. Recognized for outstanding acting was: Lydia Hill, Kyler Peetz, Becca Fischer, Tim White, Delani Fahey, and Richele Masin. They had a tremendous season and should be proud of their efforts!

    I honestly don’t really feel like we had our absolute best performance this season. It was still lingering out there just beyond our grasp. It was such a complex play with so many people that it was a difficult goal to attain. But that comes down to one person to blame – and that is me. I knew this was a crazy idea in my head, but communicating that to them is difficult. There are many years where you don’t get that “perfect” performance. Districts was great – it just wasn’t “the one”. But the group definitely was pumped up and ready. Our most challenging competition would have been Minden. Our male lead Kyler and supporting actress Richele were out to all-state choir, four of our male supporting roles were at district bowling, two chorus members gone for FCCLA, 4 tech members missing due to other obligations, one was out for discipline, and one sick. Despite all of that – we filled the roles and found a way to adapt and overcome. It was a fun day! It also became a comedy, oddly enough.

    As far as individual performances go, I should point out a few. Kora Severance had to do a ton of work at home getting ready for the music. She had to overcome technical difficulties, human difficulties, etc. to do her role. And she found a way to bring her character to life on stage, both in action and vocally. That was fun to watch with her musical talents – we couldn’t have done it without her. Also Tim White did a tremendous job all season long. Not only did he develop his character (the villain) well all year, he also was a huge part of our tech before we started. He helped build and maintain the set all season long. He was there from August to December whenever I needed him, day and night. I was very proud of Tim and how much he has grown from freshman year. Also I should mention Delani Fahey and Lydia Hill. They brought their characters to life so vividly – that it was hard to ignore them on stage. Judges consistently pointed them out in critiques and to me personally. I knew giving them these tough characters to play would be a challenge, but they embraced it 100% and did amazing. I will miss Delani on stage in the years to come – her smile and energy is irreplaceable. Megan Skibinski as our head stage manager/student director was instrumental in getting this show ready. She does so much behind the scenes and worked well with all the coaches – it takes a certain person to do this well. I will miss having that calm confidence by my side in the years to come. Also Lauren Collins doing our choreography was unbelievable this season. I couldn’t have done it without her. She made great personal sacrifices to take on this role – and I appreciate that so much! Hopefully this helps springboard her into the future with her college experiences in dance!

    I can’t thank everyone enough for this season and will probably forget a ton of you, but here it goes. Our team captains: Lauren Collins, Jenna Hagstrom, Maddie Winchell, Zach Flessner, and Megan Skibinski were amazing and great leaders all season! Shelly Boyce did costume alterations/designing that looked fantastic. Brian Magiera designed/built our set so that we always had a moving/effective set that looked like a million bucks. Without his help – this play doesn’t happen. The OHFAB boosters were amazing as always with their support. The Hagstroms organized the concession stand and helped other parents pull off a great fundraiser at our home festival. The Quiz designed our beautiful shirts and jackets – which we are always complimented on! I also need to thank the bus drivers, custodians, staff, secretaries, Mr. Trampe, and other administration at Ord High for helping us do what we do. It is a true team effort and you all support us so much! Thank You!!!

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  • Ord Students Continue Tradition of Academic Excellence

    Ord Public Schools 2017 State of The Schools Report

    Ord Public Schools along with the rest of the 244 public schools in the state, received their 2016-17 NeSA scores for review in November, 2017.  NeSA stands for Nebraska State Accountability, and the current Nebraska statewide assessment system.


    Ord Students scored particularly well in the areas of math and science, where NeSA Standards were consistent with the previous years.   All grade levels tested, scored well in these two content areas.  Particular highlights were Ord fifth and seventh graders scoring at 98%  and 85% meeting or exceeding state math standards.  Science standards are assessed in fifth and eighth grade where 90% and 79% met or exceeded those proficiency levels respectively.


    New Assessments were created in NESA-ELA  (Nebraska-English Language Arts) College and Career Ready Standards and NeSA ACT Data.  This is a new baseline in Nebraska for these standards. The bar in Nebraska has been raised and across the country it is clear that creating expectations for success beyond high school relies on a set of high expectations related to College and Career Readiness.


    Ord Public Schools along with the NDE (Nebraska Department of Education) will not be comparing the new ELA results from the 2016-2017 assessments with the NeSA-Reading data.  NDE encourages school personnel to also avoid connecting the two years of data; NDE will not post any comparative data on the Nebraska Education Profile Comparing the data for 2017 ELA scores to 2016 Reading scores, stating that it is misleading in many ways.  The two sets of data would be a comparison of apples to oranges. Whereas the NeSA-ELA was aligned to College and Career Ready standards, NeSA-Math and NeSA-Science were not. However, they will be aligned in future state assessments. The next step will be for our staff to learn and teach  those college and career ready standards in order to prepare our students for success.


    This was also the first year the state used ACT scores as the benchmark for 11th grade students. Preliminary Statewide results show 54% of students were scored as "on track" or above in English Language Arts, 51% in Math, and 55% in Science. Ord High School Juniors tested well above state average at 56% “on track”/benchmark ACT in English Language Arts; with 70% in mathematics  and 68% science “on track”/benchmark.


    “No single test can determine student success or failure because so many intangibles go into the testing day.  Our intent is to continually focus on those concepts and areas in which our scores were not as strong and challenge our students to achieve at their potential.  In general, our staff is continually gauging student success on a daily basis and providing a top notch curriculum. The staff at Ord Public Schools exemplifies the tradition of Academic Excellence, and will adapt to the challenge and  evolution of the  NDE changes in college and career readiness.” said Superintendent Jason Alexander.


    Individual student NeSA and ACT  results have been sent to parents with a letter explaining the scores.


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  • Happy Holidays From Media Center

    Happy Holidays!


    Ord Junior-Senior High students are greeted by the scenes of the season when they enter the media center.  Mrs. Hruza and Mrs. Orent collaborated to create a Christmas tree made from books.


    A tree made of books versus a book made from a tree.  Clever....



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    Hagge Named Believer and Achiever

    LINCOLN – U.S. Bank® and the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) are proud to announce the 2017-2018 Believers and Achievers. Believers & Achievers is a state-wide program designed by U.S. Bank and the NSAA to give recognition to Nebraska’s future leaders. Madilyn Hagge of Ord High School in Ord, NE is one of those recognized. 
    Beginning in October 2017 and continuing through March 2018, 48 Nebraska high school seniors will be honored as Believers & Achievers. From those 48 finalists, eight will receive $500 scholarships from U.S. Bank® to the college or university of their choice at a scholarship banquet to be held on April 29, 2018.   
    These students will be recognized at NSAA State Championships throughout the  
    2017-18 activities year and on bi-monthly posters sent to all NSAA member schools and U.S. Bank® branches throughout the state.
    All of the students nominated for the Believers & Achievers awards program represent the very best of Nebraska’s high schools.

    2017-18 NSAA/U.S. Bank® Believers & Achievers

    Amber Hollister, Adams Central
    Dani Carter, Alliance
    Abigail Thomas, Auburn
    Mary Opheim, Bennington
    Riley Johnson, Bertrand
    Jack Linders, Bridgeport
    Akela Dramse, Cornerstone Christian
    Natalie Boyd, Dundy County-Stratton
    Sara Wertenberger, Falls City Sacred Heart Sarah Qualsett, Fremont
    Sheridan Blanco, Gering
    Darin Archibald, Gordon-Rushville
    Ali Bartels, Gothenburg
    Allie Knobbe, Guardian Angels Central Catholic Anna Reifenrath, Hartington Cedar Catholic Emma Arthur, Hastings St. Cecilia
    Kyle Ott, Heartland
    Courtney Hrnchir, Hitchcock County
    Anabelle Sanko, Holdrege
    Dustin Ternus, Humphrey St. Francis Margaret Safarik, Hyannis
    Aleisha McDonald, Johnson County Central Annie Trettel, Kearney Catholic
    Alex Heier, Kenesaw
    Holden Christen, Lewiston
    Kaylie Hill, Lincoln Northeast
    Bryson Williams, Lincoln Southeast
    Brock Wiese, Lindsay Holy Family
    Quinten Vasa, Lourdes Central Catholic

    Sheldon Johnsen, Medicine Valley
    Jori Peters, Mitchell
    Brandon Grachek, North Platte
    Jenna Mu, Omaha Brownell-Talbot
    Witney Stanley, Omaha Central
    Barbara Barrientos, Omaha South
    Madilyn Hagge, Ord
    Megan Helmberger, Papillion-LaVista
    Taylor Skiles, Ralston
    Brandon Unverferth, Raymond Central Morgan Nibbe, Red Cloud
    Megan Erickson, Rock County
    Dakota Empfield, Scottsbluff
    Nicole Swartzendruber, Shickley
    Sophie Swanson, South Sioux City
    Claire Everitt, St. Mary's
    Emma Bjork, Syracuse
    Emmalee Pommer, Wakefield
    Gabrielle Luehr, Wood River

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    Each year, in October, nearly 3,000 of the best high school musicians in the state audition for the Nebraska All-State Band, Chorus, Jazz Band and Orchestra which are sponsored by the Nebraska Music Education Association. Selection as a member of one of these groups is one of the highest music honors attainable in Nebraska. Ms. Linda Johnson, Chair of Choral Affairs for the Nebraska Music Education Association, is pleased to announce that Senior Kyler Peetz and Junior Richele Masin, students at Ord High School, participated in this prestigious select choir.


    They were among the 440 students selected to be a part of the 2017 All-State Chorus. Guest conductor for the group was Dr. Kristina Caswell MacMullen, Assistant Professor of Conducting and Choral Activities at Ohio State University. The chorus rehearsed Thursday, November 16th through Saturday, November 18th on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, the host site of the 2017 NMEA Conference/Clinic. A final public concert was held on Saturday, November 18th at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.


    Richele had the distinct honor of attending All-State last year, making it 2 years for this honor. This was Kyler’s first year in All-State. Ord High School Music Director, Mindy Smith, is a member of Nebraska Music Education Association and attended the conference.  She comments that both students worked very hard to achieve this awesome musical experience!  



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