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February 2016 Principal/Activities Director Newsletter Report 7-12 Principal Wow! What a blizzard! This month a lot of time and effort focused on our NESA state writing assessment for 8th and 11th grade students. Like a lot of other people, I don’t believe that high stakes testing is the end all, be all, that should be used to judge the effectiveness of a school district, but it is a piece of data that many people use to judge schools. As a competitive person it is important to me, and hopefully our community, that we perform as well as we can on state assessments. It is my understanding that our students put forth an outstanding effort and I am anticipating an increase in our overall percentage of students that receive a proficient score. Thank you to our students and staff for the emphasis and effort placed on this assessment! Our second Parent-Teacher conferences are February 11th, we are anticipating an awesome turnout. Cameron Sonnefeld has resigned his position as 7-12 Science Teacher for the district. I would like to thank Cameron for all that he has done for Litchfield Public Schools during his time here and wish him the best of luck in the future! Cherie Kluender has resigned from her positions as K-12 Guidance Counselor, PK-6 Principal, and Special Education Director. I would like to thank Cherie for all that she has done for Litchfield Public Schools during her time here and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors! Cherie has served the district well in a variety of roles and will be missed. PK-12 Activities Director We are posting the weekly schedule of events to the homepage of the school website. It is hard to believe that we are already preparing for district competitions. Best of luck to all our athletes as they prepare to compete for the opportunity to go to the state tournament! District wrestling is taking place in Cambridge on February 12th & 13th, the Spartans appear to be in good shape to land a few state qualifiers. Look for updated schedules and brackets for district basketball on the NSAA home page We will post all postseason information on our website as well. Speech season is underway and our participants are working hard on fine tuning their speeches for the judges. Look for real-time information about Ansley-Litchfield activities on Facebook, Twitter, and for live streaming of events on “the cube” We are excited to announce that Ansley-Litchfield will be the host school for the D-7 District Track meet at Broken Bow on Wednesday May 11th. We will be in need of volunteers to help run the meet. If you are willing to volunteer, please contact me. The 2016-17 football schedules have been released and are posted on the NSAA website and our website as well. It's a great day to be a SPARTAN! 9