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New School Year, New People

Addie Hartman

September 05, 2018


With the new school year in full swing, the new teachers have become adjusted to the schedule and have been getting to know all of the students. This school year, the Silver Lake school district has welcomed 5 new teachers and staff members.

Mr. Cumpston has received a warm welcome and is now the new superintendent. He grew up in Lexington, NE where he went to Lexington High School. After high school, he attended Hastings College and now lives in Hastings. Because of his knowledge and wisdom, Mr. Cumpston was asked his best piece of advice: “Be involved in activities, get to know others, and always take full advantage of ALL opportunities.” Although he doesn't get much student interaction within his job, he states that he will try his hardest to be intentional to try to get to know all students while balancing learning new information like doing state reports and revising the budget. Along with Mr. Cumpston, his son, Tyler, is also new to the district and is a great new addition to the high school football team. While cheering on the Mustangs, Mr. Cumpston will also be keeping up the Nebraska Huskers as they take on their comeback season!! So far, all students and staff can agree that they have enjoyed talking with him and he never fails to have a smile on his face.

With intentions to improve the Silver Lake music program, Mr. Morrison has taken over the role as the K-12 music teacher and band instructor. He grew up in Lincoln, went to high school at Lincoln North Star, and then attend college at the University of Nebraska Kearney. Along with a passion for music, he also enjoys spending his time watching food shows including Guy's’ Grocery Games, Beat Bobby Flay, or any show with Gordon Ramsay. Mr. Morrison was asked what he would be famous for if he were ever to become famous and he replied with: Most food shows watched in a row, without eating. This school year he is most looking forward to seeing improvement from the start to the end and helping each and every student grow.

Taking over the 7-12 history classes is Mr. Knehans who was raised and went to high school in Red Cloud. After high school he attended Hastings College, so he is quite used to the area. In his spare time, he enjoys going on runs, playing games, going to the lake, watching the Huskers, playing the guitar, and hanging out with his family. Hoping to make an impact at Silver Lake, his best piece of advice is to never waste the ability you were born with to change someone’s life.

Coming to us all the way from Spain is the new Spanish teacher, Mrs. Moreno. Moving to a new community, especially one in a different country can be challenging she said that because everyone is so nice, helpful, and welcoming that it has been a smooth transition and is excited to see what the next year in America brings to her! With the American and European school systems being so different, Mrs. Moreno has had to get used to a different teaching style as the high school students in Spain only attend school in the mornings. She even attended her first American football game and cheered on the Mustangs at their first game of the season. She exclaimed that it was such a great experience. We are so excited to see what the future in America looks like for and to see all of her accomplishments here at Silver Lake.

Along with these 3 new additions, the district has also welcomed a new therapeutic support, Megan, who will come every Monday to the elementary in the morning and the high school in the afternoons, and the new speech pathologist at the elementary, Mr. Jordon Messersmith.

The district would like to give a huge warm welcome to all new teachers, students, and staff.

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