News and Announcements

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Now Hiring! Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

Educational Service Unit 9, Hastings NE, is seeking a full time Licensed Mental Health Practitioner for the 2018-2019 school year.  Current licensure/certification is required. Selected candidate will provide itinerant services to school districts and be part of a collaborative special education team for ESU 9.  Services may include counseling and developing specific behavior plans to assist […]

Chess Tournament

March 23, 2018 9:00 – 1:30 Location: Central Community College Participants: 3rd- 9th grade students Have a chess club at your school?  Do you have want to challenge your students?  This is also a great way to add to your high ability program- getting together with students from other districts. Come join us for a […]

January 11th Scratch Programming & Robotics Workshop Postponed

Due the upcoming severe weather forecast, the Scratch Programing & Robotics workshop scheduled for January 11, 2018 has been postponed. We are in the process of rescheduling this event and will update all registered participants as soon as the new date has been finalized.

Jan Hughes Retirement

When Dr. Tom Osborne announced his retirement in 1997 after twenty five years as the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team, a sports writer from Texas wrote that things in Nebraska will never, ever, ever be the same. It turns out he knew what he was talking about. Things have changed, but people […]

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2017 Teaching & Learning Conference Program Now Available!

The schedule for the October 23, 2017 Teaching & Learning Conference is now available! Click here to view the schedule at a glance. Download the conference program with detailed breakout session descriptions. All information can be found on the TLC Website: Registration Deadline: October 16, 2017

Student Art Exhibit Open House

The Student Art Exhibit Open House was held on September 11 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Sixty-two area students have artwork displayed throughout the ESU 9 main office. Teachers submit the art to ESU PD Staff in May and then we have it framed and displayed throughout the building for two years. Students and their […]

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2017 Great Plains Summit Presenters

What do these people have in common? Kasey Bell Stacy Behmer Peter Henrie Lisa Highfill Chrystal Hoe Chad Kafka Donnie Percey Christine Pinto Henry Thiele John Unruh-Friesen Yes! They are Google experts! These professionals are featured presenters at the 2017 Great Plains Summit (GPS). For more information about these presenters, visit the 2017 GPS presenters’ page Also […]

Invention Convention Results

The annual ESU 9 Invention Convention was held on April 27, 2017 at North Shore Church. Approximately 86 students from Hastings Public Schools, Superior, Sandy Creek, Adams Central, and York participated in this event. Division I (1st-3rd Grade) Results: 1st – Johnny Pughes, HPS Hawthorne – E-Z Feeder 2nd –  Dayne Clark, Superior – Port […]

Chess Tournament Results

The annual ESU 9 Chess Tournament was held on March 31, 2017 at Central Community College. Approximately 71 students from AC Wallace, HPS Alcott, HPS Hawthorne, HPS Longfellow, Sandy Creek and New Hope Baptist Church participated in this event. Division I (3rd-4th Grade) Results: 1st – Kane Piersee, Alcott 2nd – Jacob Petr, Sandy Creek  […]

Top of Line Award

Lori Hodson, Sarah Modlin and Regan Miller, Early Childhood Education Specialists at Adams County Early Learning Center, have nominated drivers Kim Johnson and Rick Pennington for the Top of the Line Award.  The nomination category is Empower – recognition in this area relates to investing in individuals and could include recognition of how people are […]

2017 Great Plains Summit

ESU 9, ESU 6 and Lincoln Public Schools are excited announce the presenter line-up for the Great Plains Summit! Visit for more information.

Harvard Team 1 Wins Junior High Quiz Bowl

Junior High Quiz Bowl was held on February 9, 2017. 28 area teams participated in this academic competition. 1st Place – Harvard 1: Taylor Schwenk, Ashley Nierman, Ethan Piper, Daniel Carpenter, Kenzie Derr, Grace Eastin and Mackenzie Wagner. Coach: Amy Trimble. 2nd Place – Kenesaw: Madi Kennedy, Trey Kennedy, Drake Olson, Liam Parker, Cassidy Gallagher, […]

Doniphan-Trumbull Green team Wins High School Quiz Bowl

High School Quiz Bowl was held on February 8, 2017. 34 area teams competed in this academic competition. 1st Place – Doniphan-Trumbull Green: Tom Pfeiffer, Carson Wiltfong, Trey Sterner, Jon Askey, Carsyn Poppe and Zoey Ballard. Coach: Lisa Lemek 2nd Place – Hastings High 3: Sam Johnson, Alex Ceperly, Kaila Avent, Riley Nelson, Kai Anderson, […]

Superior Elementary Wins Elementary Quiz Bowl

Elementary Quiz Bowl was held on February 7, 2017. 45 teams participated in this event. 1st Place – Superior: Dereck Kirchhoff, Parker Murphy, Tru Edwards, Jacob Meyer, Tanner Theis, John Franssen, Mikah Gay, Lilly Edwards and Carsyn Koenig. Coach: Elaine Miller. 2nd Place – St. Cecilia: Grant Rossow, Jude Rutt, Keegan Lindauer, Isaac Herman, Aiden […]

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Love Your Public Schools

ESU 9 staff honored Nebraska Public Schools today (January 25) by wearing their “I love Nebraska Schools” t-shirt or by wearing something red. Check out the I love Nebraska Schools website:

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Board Members Recognized
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18+ and ESU 9 Staff Community Service Project
Elementary Science Olympiad

Go for Launch!  Elementary Science Olympiad was beta tested this November 23rd in Sutton with 5th and 6th graders. Students participated in four sessions that involved inquiry, design, measurement, and teamwork. The sessions included such titles as “Catapults,” “Straw Challenge,” “Estimania,” and “Write It, Do It.” This Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) experience began […] E-Mail Account Changes

The change to the new ESU 9 web site has created some more specific requirements in configuring and checking e-mail accounts.  The web-based mail system is now located only at  Additionally, if you had configured a client or mobile device to check and send e-mail through the server, the server name must now be specifically […]

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TLC Conference Highlights

Approximately 250 area educators attended the Teaching & Learning Conference (TLC) on October 24, 2016 at Adams Central Jr-Sr High. Keynote speaker Jack Berckemeyer provided several humorous, entertaining and though-provoking messages throughout the day. Many participants commented that he was the best keynote speaker they have ever heard! Adams Central, Blue Hill, Red Cloud, Silver […]

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ESU 9’s New Look!

Welcome to the newly designed ESU 9 website! Take a moment to check out all of the new features. Upcoming events can be found on the Featured Events tab and information regarding each department can be found under Services. Be sure to follow us on Facebook (Professional Development Department – Educational Service Unit 9 and […]

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Celebrating 50 Years!

Welcome to Educational Service Unit 9 where our mission statement is to Educate, Empower and Inspire Lifelong Learners. The 2016-17 school year represents another exciting time, and it also represents ESU 9’s 50th Anniversary. ESU 9 has always been dedicated to assisting its area schools, administrators, students and parents. Since ESU 9’s inception, it has […]