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February is Black History Month

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.   Check back every day to read about the achievements of African Americans throughout history.

Nat “King” Cole

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Nat “King” Cole was an American musician and composer from Montgomery, Alabama.  A jazz pianist, he played Los Angeles nightclubs and in 1938 formed the original King Cole Trio. Later he turned to singing and became internationally popular for his smooth, velvety voice and broodingly romantic hits, such as “Unforgettable” and “Mona Lisa.” He was one of the first African-American artists to star in a radio show (1948–49), and in 1956 he became the first African American to host a network television show.


Spartan Boys Basketball Sub-districts



Ainsworth Speech Meet

Two West Boyd students placed at the Ainsworth Speech Meet on Saturday, February 18th.  Rebecca Hiatt received 2nd place in Extemp, and Joseph Hiatt received 4th place in Persuasive.  Way to go!!


Freshman Clothing Class Project


The Freshman Clothing Class are working on making quilts for Lincoln Quilts for Kids, a non profit organization that makes and donates quilts to children in hospitals throughout Nebraska.


Preschool Igloo Project

It’s finally done!  The preschoolers have been collecting milk and water jugs since before Christmas to construct an igloo they could crawl into.  They collected 305 jugs and the teachers used a glue gun and lots of glue to make it!  The perfect place for it is the Library Center.  The children and teachers can crawl inside it and read books during their Discovery Time during preschool.

The preschoolers had extra jugs to use for an additional recycling project.  Since Valentine’s Day was just around the corner, the children made love bugs for their Valentine boxes!



West Boyd Speech

A big shout out goes out to the West Boyd OID Team of Joseph Hiatt, Lane Carson, Layne Swanson, Kelli Mashino, and Lexie Lowery on their fourth place medals at the West Holt Speech Meet!  Also, congratulations to Lexi Lowery on her first place medal in Poetry!  WAY TO GO!!


100 Days of School

The Kindergarden class celebrated the 100th day of school with fun and food!

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gotrGirls in 3rd-6th grade at West Boyd and Lynch Schools are encouraged to join this after school program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.  We are in our 6th year serving Boyd County!

The North Central District Health Department has secured a grant for all girls of Boyd County to defray tuition.  Each girl can register online for only $20.00, which is far less than many schools in Nebraska and the national average.

Girls on the Run (GOTR) will start on Tuesday, February 28th.  We will meet after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays (when school is in session) from 4:00-5:15 pm at the attendance center in Spencer.  Each parent/guardian will be responsible for transportation to/from.

The regional 5K will be held in O’Neill on Sunday, April 30th.  We want to give every girl a chance to celebrate achieving her goal and cheer her teammates on!  Each girl will need a Run Buddy to accompany her on the course.  What a fun way to motivate and support your GOTR girl!  Registration for the 5K will open in early March.

If you have additional questions or need assistance registering, feel free to contact Jacky Hoffman at 589-1019, 402-580-4184 or e-mail jmhoffman1997@hotmail.com.

Visit the website to register online – www.GOTRNebraska.org

Girls on the Run is so much fun!


2nd Quarter and 1st Semester Honor Rolls

Check out the list of West Boyd students who made the honor rolls for the 2nd Quarter and the 1st Semester!



 Influenza A and B

It is that time of year when sickness is everywhere it seems.  Please keep in mind if you see kiddos that are looking tired, droopy, and like they could possibly have a fever, please have their temperature evaluated.  Influenza A and B are both going around at the moment, and fever is definitely a sign of this.  Remember, influenza is not the stomach flu, but rather, the respiratory illness.  The sooner we get these kids out of the classroom, the less likely they will share with their friends.  Lysol wipes to desks and door handles would be a good thing to implement for a few months.  Here are the signs and symptoms of Influenza given by the CDC:
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
    *Fever* or feeling feverish/chills.
    *Sore throat.
    *Runny or stuffy nose.
    *Muscle or body aches.
    *Fatigue (tiredness)
    *Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.


Random Acts of Kindness

Throughout the year, the West Boyd 7th and 8th grade classes will be working to promote kindness. You may see JH students showing kindness in the community in the following weeks.
JH studebe-kindnts will also be promoting kindness at school. The 7th grade students have put posters around school captioned “Greet Whom You Meet”.   Outside of Mr. Carlson’s classroom,  the 8th graders have designed a wall where students and staff can write about random acts of kindness that were done to them or acts they have witnessed.

JH students hope that you will spread kindness to everyone you meet throughout your day. One kind word can change someone’s entire day.


2017 Winter Ball Royalty

The 2017 Winter Ball was held on Saturday, January 7th.  This years prince and princess were Kane Swanson and Rebecca Hiatt.  This years King and Queen were Matthew Haun and Alyssa Ludwig.  Congrats to the 2017 Winter Ball Royalty!!



The Industrial Tech and Art classes teamed up to fix and prevent damages to a part of the school building.  In the east stairway going up to the library, some damage had been done to the wall above the stairs.  The two classes decided to work together and take pride in their school by adding this sign to the wall.  Well done!!



Thankful Turkey Books

The first graders made thankful turkey books out of paper sacks. They then read them to the fourth graders.

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First Quarter Honor Roll


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Veterans Day Program

WWII Veterans


Four of the thirteen WWII Veterans in Boyd County graced us with their presence today at West Boyd.  It is an honor to be able to thank these men for their service.


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Elementary Breakfast with the Veterans


The West Boyd Elementary was decorated and ready for Veterans Day!  Many of the students were able to celebrate by having breakfast with their favorite Veteran.


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Chilla the Chinchilla

The 1st grade class earned a visit from Chilla, Mrs. Johnson’s chinchilla.  They earned the visit for respectful behavior in the lunch room.  Keep up the good work!


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 Elementary Guests!

A big thanks goes out to Scott Nicolaus and the Butte Fire Department and Ambulance Crew!  Scott presented the trucks and went over some safety rules and procedures with the students.


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1st Grade Pumpkin Painting

The 1st graders got a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather AND paint their pumpkins!  DOUBLE WHAMMY!


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Thought of the day:  Try, I must!

Yoda (aka Mrs. Ebsen) appeared at morning lesson. She was discussing the Ideas portion on the career map, which is where George Lucas, the filmmaker of Star Wars would be.  Movies and characters don’t just happen. Lots of work goes into them.


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3rd Grade Community Projects

The West Boyd Third Graders have been busy!  They have been building their own little communities using household items.  Enjoy the slideshow of their work!

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 3rd Grade Community Project

The third graders are working on their community projects this week.  The can use anything they want for building materials, and it can be any kind of community.  It has to have a place to live, a place that sells good, a place that provides a service, and also some form of rules or law.  Can’t wait to see the finished projects!


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 Congratulations to Rebecca Hiatt and Kelli Mashino.

The are the West Boyd representatives for the NSAA US Bank Believer and Achiever Awards!

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Homecoming Parade

West Boyd and Lynch Band


Kindergarten and 1st Grade


2nd and 3rd Grade


4th, 5th, and 6th Grade


7th and 8th Grade


Freshmen and Sophomores


Juniors and Seniors


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Spartan Spirit Day!

5th and 6th Grade


7th and 8th Grade


Freshmen and Sophomores


Juniors and Seniors


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Thursday is Pajama Day!



6th Grade


8th Grade










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Wednesday is full of Punks!

Elementary Punks!





5th Grade Punks


6th Grade Punks


7th Grade Punks


8th Grade Punks




Freshman Punks


Sophomore Punks


Junior Punks


Senior Punks


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Tuesday is Western Day!


Freshman and Sophomores


7th and 8th Grade


5th and 6th Grade


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2016 Homecoming Coronation

The Homecoming Coronation was held at the baseball field on Monday, September 19th, following the Annual Fireman’s Weinie Roast.  This years Homecoming queen and king are Morgan and Ridge. Congrats!!


Queen Morgan and King Ridge


Canditates Rebecca and Kolton, and Saige and Matthew


Freshman attendants: Joseph & Hannah    Sophomore attendants: Garrett & Ashley

Junior attendants: Kelsey & Justin

Lighting of the BC


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Homecoming Clown/Circus Day

Middle School/High School




Elementary Teachers


Middle School / High School



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PBiS Thoughts of the Week


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Mrs. Kersch attends the NATM Conference

Mrs. Kersch thoroughly enjoyed the NATM (Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics) conference Friday.  There were  3 keynote speakers.  Dan Meyer https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_meyer_math_curriculum_makeover mrs-kerschlanguage=en Eli Lubberhoff https://www.desmos.com/team and the president of NCTM, Matt Larson  https://www.nctm.org/About/President,-Board-and-Committees/Matthew-R_-Larson,-President/.  Eli sat at the same table at lunch as Mrs Kersch, so she thought it was pretty cool to get to talk with him personally.  Shout out to Megan Goesch-Bird.  Eli thought it was pretty awesome that Megan had introduced West Boyd to Desmos.

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Sheriff Visits the 1st Grade

Sheriff Wrede visited the 1st grade on Friday, September 9th to talk to them about safety.


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ACT Prep

Juniors and Seniors, it is definately getting close to the time you need to be preparing for the ACT’s.  Here is a short video of some tips, tricks, and strategiesn for taking, and acing the ACT!

10 ACT Prep Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Skyrocket your ACT Score

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1st Grade Science Project

First graders were testing their square shaped bubble wand made out of straws and string. They discovered no matter what shape the wands are you will have a circular bubble.  They had a blast being scientists!!!!

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 Kindergarteners are working hard on their writing journals.

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3rd Grade Marshmallow Project

Last week the West Boyd 3rd graders were told to try to suspend the most mallows using 5 straws, 5′ of string, 10 toothpicks, and 10 rubber bands.  Judging by the pictures, it looks like they had a lot of fun with this project!


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Boyd County Spartans Football Scrimmage

The Boyd County Spartans held a scrimmage on Thursday, August 18th on the field in Butte.  We were lucky enough to have a camera there to get some shots!


Occasionally a stray BC Cross Country runner shows up for football practice too!


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First day of the 2016-17 School Year is under wraps!

On August 17th, 2017 the doors of West Boyd opened to students once again.  It was great to see the students return, and meet the new students.  The students were greeted by the new Superintendent, Mr. Nelson, as well as the new MS/HS Principal, Mr. Koch.  They also went through bus evacuation drills and met with their class sponsors to choose their class officers.  Now that the dust has settled again, the students seem ready to settle in and start another great school year.

Hustle and Bustle of the First Day!


Bus Evacuation Drills


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Back to School Pool Party was a Great Success!

The Back-to-School Pool Party was a great way, once again, to kick off the new school year.  Students and staff enjoyed hot dogs, chips, cookies, and drinks before they moved on to the real fun.  The Sheriff’s department gave a nice K-9 demo for the kids to enjoy. There was a lot of balloon launching, with the occasional water balloon fight breaking out!  The pool was full all night as KBRX provided music and prizes.  The students participated in diving board competitions that included best dive, biggest splash, and best jump.  Thank you to everyone who pitched in to help make this night a success!!

Click on the links below for some fun pool party videos and check out some fun pictures from the pool party!!

Chicken Dance!

Dancing Divers!

Hokey Pokey!

Pool Side Dancing!

Law Enforcement Balloon Fight!