News and Announcements

Summer Workshop Update

ESU 9 is excited to share our updated summer workshop schedule! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to offer some of our larger events. However, we will be having some opportunities available via Zoom. Here is the link to the online summer update flyer: Please contact any member of the Professional Learning Department if […]

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ESU 9 Infographic

Check out the new ESU 9 infographic!

Junior High Quiz Bowl Results

Junior High Quiz Bowl was held on February 6, 2020 at North Shore Church. 27 area team participated in this event. 1st Place – Giltner Coach: Stasia Most; Students: Kylon Jurgens, Hailey Eastman, Marshall Humphrey, Chase Kaczor, Wyatt Bartunek, Sophie Faltys, Logan McKay 2nd Place – St. Cecilia Coach: Marilyn Zysset; Students: Thomas Thomas, Emily […]

High School Quiz Bowl Results

High School Quiz Bowl was held on February 5, 2020 at North Shore Church. 34 area teams participated in this event. 1st Place: Hastings High 1 Coach: Faye Friesen; Students: Carter Wenburg, Christine Jongertham, Landon Power, Mary Ferrone, Oliver Dunbar, Tagg Pershing, Kevin Pham, Hannah Tunks, Meredith Brandt 2nd Place: St. Cecilia Blue Coach: Thera […]

Elementary Quiz Bowl Results

Elementary Quiz Bowl was held on February 4, 2020 at North Shore Church. 42 area teams participated in this event. 1st Place – Kenesaw Coach: Tessa Kuehn; Students: Kami Kennedy, Helen Keiser, Sylvia Schneider, Adam Denkert, Kendri Petersen, Brylee Petersen, Mackenna Edmondson, Morgen Kauk 2nd Place – Sutton Red Coach: Justine Anderson; Students: Keith Kliewer, […]

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Learning Opportunities at ESU 9…

August is packed full of learning opportunities at ESU 9. Please visit our event registration site for a listing of upcoming events and to register:  

Invention Convention Results

Invention Convention was held on May 2, 2019 at North Shore Church. Awards were given to winners in each division. Division I (2nd Grade) 1st Place – Willa Kleeb, Longfellow – Shower Coozy 2nd Place – Maren Johnson, Hawthorne -Wheel Chair Slide 3rd Place – KateKrueger & KennedyLubken, AdamsCentral – Fantastic Plastic Accessories! Innovation Award […]

Chess Tournament Results

ESU 9’s annual Chess Tournament was held on March 22, 2019 at Central Community College. It was a fun day with 104 area students! These are the winners from each division: Division 1 (3rd Grade): 1st Place: John Skalka, Sandy Creek 2nd Place: Caleb Schukei, Longfellow 3rd Place: Jude Johnson, Adams Central Division 2 (4th Grade): 1st Place: Kaden […]

Top of the Line at ESU 9 Award

Tim Kalvelage was nominated for the Top of the Line Award by Dr. Kraig Lofquist, Administrator, and Gary Needham, Director of Technology, in the category of “Inspire.” Recognition in this area relates to new, creative, and innovative ideas that go above and beyond regular responsibilities or duties. This is what Kraig had to say: “Tim is a dedicated employee who […]

Junior High Quiz Bowl Results

Junior High Quiz Bowl was held on February 7, 2019 at North Shore Church. 1st Place: Aurora Coach: Stephani Kittle; Students: Carsen,Jacob, Dylan, Talon, Caitlyn, Ethan, Sam, Ryan 2nd Place: Hastings Middle School Orange Coaches: Raleigh White & Karen Valdes; Students: Ben, Blake, Braydon, Cadence, Joe, Keaton, Demitri, Victor 3rd Place: Adams Central Red Coach: […]

High School Quiz Bowl Results

High School Quiz Bowl was held on February 6, 2019 at North Shore Church. Both Hastings and Aurora will represent ESU 9 at the State Competition in April 1st Place: Hastings High 2 Coach: Faye Friesen; Students: Carter, Christine, Landon, Kevin, Oliver, Mary, Tagg, Grant, Hannah 2nd Place: Hastings High 1 Coach: Faye Friesen; Students: Isaiah, […]

Elementary Quiz Bowl Results

Elementary Quiz Bowl was held at North Shore Church on February 5, 2019. 1st Place: Kenesaw Coach: Tessa Kuehn; Students: Madyson, Chase, Sam, Avery, Bentley, Sylvia, Kami, Kendri 2nd Place: St. Cecilia Coach: Megan Fago; Students: Emily, Josiah, Sam, Matthew, Colten, John, Lindsey, Brynn 3rd Place: HPS Watson 1 Coaches: Deb Vorderstrasse & Laura Furrow; […]

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Holiday Gift Giving

Every year during the holidays ESU 9 gives to a charitable organization. This year our staff in partnership with the Nebraska Early Development Network (EDN) focused on families in our region that could use extra support during the holiday season. Service coordinators at EDN met and created a list of families that could use extra […]

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Teaching & Learning Conference Schedule Now Available!

The 2018 TLC schedule can be found at: under the schedule page. You can also download a copy of the program by clicking here. Paper copies of the program will be available when you check-in on Monday, October 22nd.  

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ESU 9 Welcomes New Staff
Interim Director of Special Services

Mr. Joe Haney Educational Service Unit 9 is pleased to announce it has hired Mr. Joe Haney to be its Interim Director of Special Serivces. Mr. Haney has a wealth of experience working in education with students from birth to 21 years of age. He has a degree in Deaf Education, knows sign language, holds […]

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ESU 9 Infographic Now Available!

ESU 9’s new Infographic is now available! Click here to view/download.

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 […]