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CSM teaches kids safe online behavior Libich certified by Common Sense Media Dudley Elementary teacher Kara Libich has been teaching digital citizenship, using Common Sense Media, for the past three years but was certified by the organization just last year. Common Sense Media is an online resource for teachers, parents and politicians aimed at helping kids succeed in an increasingly technology-driven world. For teachers like Libich, the program offers lesson plans and online tools that help kids understand what it means and looks like to act responsibly online. To be certified, one must teach five lessons at one grade level or three lessons in two different classes. Libich easily surpassed those marks, teaching six lessons in four different grades. “They have a really great curriculum all set up,” Libich said. Libich teaches one digital citizenship lesson per month in her keyboarding classes for kids in grades three through six. The third and fourth grade lessons deal primarily with manners, cyberbullying and determining which information is appropriate to share, according to Libich. Fifth- and sixth-grade classes discuss issues like proper social media use, identifying phishing scams and properly using copyrighted material. While teaching third and fourth graders about cyberbullying and the like may seem premature to some, Libich has seen elementary students gradually become more active online. “Kids are already out there doing this stuff,” Libich said. “They’re already texting, they already have Facebook, they already tweet. They’re already doing these things, so we need to be a little proactive, I guess, and teach them how to use those things correctly.” Libich didn’t grow up with the Internet at her fingertips and admitted that it can be hard for her to keep up with the latest social media craze. Thankfully, there’s a resource for that, she said. “It’s kind of hard for me to keep up with everything new but that’s something where Common Sense Media (helps). They’re always updating,” Libich said. “Their lessons change a little bit year after year.” Libich also mentioned that her fifth- and sixth-grade students are good about sharing their favorite new apps with the teacher. To this point, elementary students have done a good job of practicing digital citizenship school officials said. The school has not received any serious reports of harmful behavior online, according to Libich and elementary principals James Widdifield and Allison Jonas. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 308-537-3636 Read the Full Story
Court-issued protection orders help keep abusers away Brown: Important for anyone in violent situation. To advocates working at the Parent-Child Center in Lexington, protection orders are necessary. Read the Full Story
Auto equipment donated CLASS Will BENEFIT: Auto mechanics students at Gothenburg High School received two four-cyclinder GM engines and an engine stand from Southeast Community College Thursday. Pony Express Chevrolet and Cornwell Tools, of Gothenburg, also donated an engine stand. Read the Full Story
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Gold medalist didn’t set sights on bobsled

Curt Tomasevicz, who grew up in the tiny town of Shelby, said he didn’t grow up wanting to be a bobsledder. “I liked sledding but it was on a saucer behind the back of a four-wheeler,”...

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Langley qualifies for national speech meet

Five Swedes compete in finals rounds at Spearfish, SD, tourney Swede junior Drake Langley and Gothenburg High School speech coach Dan Jensen will pack their suitcases in June for a trip to Dallas, TX. There,...

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Tops in science

PROJECTS PLACE: Three Gothenburg junior high students and their science projects placed at an annual science fair at North Platte Community College last Thursday in the middle school category. Winners...

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Borchardt bullies Cozad in C1-10 final

After splitting two games earlier in the season, the C1-10 final between Gothenburg and Cozad would end one team’s season. Swede senior Tanner Borchardt ensured his team’s season would not...

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Opinions

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Let me get this straight: Congress, elected by and representing the citizens of the United States, passes the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which legislates the amount of renewable fuel in our nation’s...

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I have known Matt Williams and his family for 48 years, coming to Gothenburg to be associated with them at the Gothenburg State Bank. Matt’s dedication to Gothenburg and Dawson County does not come...

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Floating in uncharted space

 “If I can let you go as trees let go/...Lose what I lose to keep what I can keep,/The strong root still alive under the snow,/Love will endure—if I can let you go.”—May Sarton  During...

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Sports

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Clement carries Swedes past Minden

Quick ball movement and unselfish play led to easy buckets for Gothenburg throughout its 60-36 win in the opening game of the C1-10 subdistrict played Feb. 24 at Lexington. The team play resulted in four...

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GHS Sports Schedule 2014-2015

BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL Dec. 1—at Eustis-Farnam Jamboree, 7:30 Dec. 4—at Lexington, W 53-41 Dec. 5—HERSHEY, W 64-44 Dec. 11—SOUTHERN VALLEY W 59-38 Dec. 13—Perkins Co....

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Gothenburg falls short against Crusaders

Gothenburg’s basketball season ended on Monday night with a 53-47 loss to fourth-ranked Grand Island Central Catholic at Kearney High School. Gothenburg center Tanner Borchardt and GICC big man...

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Whippets end Swedes’ season

Gothenburg’s girls basketball season ended in anticlimactic fashion with a 55-28 defeat to Minden, which entered the game with a 22-1 record and was the top-ranked team in C-1. Minden sophomore...

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Brady Happenings

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Crowned Eagles

Brady seniors Trevor Mann and Naomi Schaub were named Sweetheart Dance king and queen during the dance at Brady High School on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14).

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Brady loses 72-40 in district final in Cambridge Brady needed to upset top-ranked and undefeated Dundy County-Stratton if the Eagles had any hope of playing in the state tournament. The Eagles played...

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Brady boys fall in subdistrict final

Loss a surprise to Eagles coach. Brady boys basketball coach Dave Jacobs felt like anything could happen going into the boys D1-11 district tournament, but even he couldn’t believe how the Eagles’...

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Agribusiness

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By Annie Bohling Nebraska News Service LINCOLN—Testimony at a public hearing Feb. 24 was equally divided on a bill that would change the way livestock cruelty cases are investigated and penalized. Legislative...

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Farmers now have until March 31 to update yields and reallocate base acres. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net...

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Record number of grain entrapment deaths in 2014. LINCOLN, NEB – With on-farm grain storage on the rise—and a record number of grain engulfment deaths across the nation last year—agricultural...

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