Friday, April 13, 2018

Superintendent Briefing April 13, 2018



We have some great activities occurring throughout the district.  As we continue to strive to make NPPSD a great school district, it will be important to work collectively in achieving greatness.  Anytime you have greatness occurring at your school, please share so we build upon each other’s strengths.  Thank you for the great work!  


Creating Greatness
Lake Elementary

Congratulations to Harmoni Wagner, Kindergarten Teacher, Lake Elementary being recognized as the Staff Member of the Month.   The Teacher/Staff of the Month Recognition Program is designed to recognize outstanding teachers and support staff for their contributions to the North Platte School District. 

Previous Staff of the Month Recipients
2018
February:       Janette Kammerer, Music Teacher, Washington Elementary
January:         Dale Hall, PE Teacher, Adams MS
December:     Connie Thompson, Administrative Assistant NPHS
2017
November:     Jami Tatman & Katie McClain, 4th Grade Teachers - Eisenhower
October:         Bobbi Isom, 6th Grade Teacher - Madison MS
September:    Lynnette Powers, 1st Grade Teacher - Lincoln
May:                Autumn Ball, Kindergarten - McDonald Elementary
                        Kelli Spurling EL Instructor
April:               Danesa Fleck, Kindergarten - Washington Elementary
                        John Shultz - Maintenance
March:            Brandon Petersen, Business Teacher - NPHS
                        Brandy Buscher, Coordinator of Student Services


Carrie Lienemann
Creating Greatness


STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES GRANTS
FOR COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS

Afterschool and summer programs will soon be available at four new sites in Omaha and Scottsbluff. Federal grant funds for 21st Century Community Learning Centers were awarded to support programs serving students attending schools with high needs. During non-school hours, these programs offer hands-on learning and activities to improve overall student success, increase student social benefits and positive behavioral changes, and increase active and meaningful family and community engagement.
In addition, 13 quality programs at schools across the state will continue to receive federal grants for 21st Century Community Learning Center programs. These grants are available for five years. The programs and grants are:

             North Platte Public Schools’ program at Buffalo Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School and Washington Elementary School received a $105,250 federal grant.

Over the past 15 years, the Nebraska Department of Education has awarded federal grants for students at more than 130 different sites in over 30 Nebraska communities. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is funded under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended.



Bully-Proof Your Classroom
In recent years, focus has shifted from physical violence to verbal violence and bullying.  Bullying is a crisis affecting schools throughout the U.S. and it is important as educators to say “no” to bullying from day one. Take a proactive approach against bullying by engaging students in team-building activities, responding instantly to hurtful behavior and involving principals and parents wen appropriate.


Develop Resources for Depressed or Stressed Students

Many instances of violence in schools involve students who previously have shown signs of depression or other stress. Make counseling services readily available for students and know when a student should be referred for emotional and/or mental help. The U.S. Department of Health Services has an extensive resource center for educators regarding student mental health.

http://www.nppsf.org/
http://www.nppsf.org/education-after-hours





Dan Koehler 
McDonald Elementary 
Staff Person of the Year




Tara Foster
Lake Maloney Elementary
K-6 Teacher of the Year





Lane Swedberg 
Madison Middle School
6-12 Teacher of the Year




Greg Fruhwirth
Washington Elementary
Administrator of the Year







COLONEL JEFF BUCK (CLASS OF 1987) 

OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE MILITARY


MR. JOE STAROSKA
 (CLASS OF 1992)

OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN BUSINESS AND SERVICE TO THE NORTH PLATTE COMMUNITY





















Friday, April 6, 2018

Superintendent Briefing April 6, 2018


We have some great activities occurring throughout the district.  As we continue to strive to make NPPSD a great school district, it will be important to work collectively in achieving greatness.  Anytime you have greatness occurring at your school, please share so we build upon each other’s strengths.  Thank you for the great work!  


Great Things Happening at NPHS

NPHS FFA Officers


Pictured left to right:
Tom Moss (Sentinel), Maceyn Howard (Reporter), Jadelyn Beyer (Treasurer), Katie Wagner (Historian), Grant Wilke (President), Emily Ady (Secretary), Katrina Webster (Vice President) and Corey Parsons (Parliamentarian).



 NPPSD
Project Search Program
Creating GREATNESS





NPHS Journalism
Great Success

Congratulations to the following North Platte High journalism students for qualifying for the NSAA State Journalism competition to be held on April 23 in Norfolk.  The students will have an hour to compete in a live contest in their category against other Class A students from around the state.  The top six receive a medal.

Thomas Hoatson (senior): Photo Illustration, Advertising & Headline writing
Quincey Epley (junior): Column writing
Bryce Lee (senior): Advertising
Haley McKain (senior): Editorial writing, News writing
Avery Munson (junior): Column writing, Headline writing
Anam Vaziri (sophomore): Editorial writing
Ainsley Nichols (junior): Headline writing
Gracia Lantis (sophomore): News writing





Adam’s Middle School

A.N.N. [Adams News Network] 


1.     They believe they are growing.
2. They feel like they are making a difference.
3. They have a strong sense of purpose.
4. They have a strong sense of autonomy.
5. They share and connect with other passionate educators.
6. They know when to set aside the work to rest, renew, and recharge.





     North Platte Public Schools has taken a hard stance on safety in our district. The largest issue we are dealing with is staff propping doors open. 

    As the Chair of the Safety and Security Steering Committee we expect all third parties to comply with this request. 

    Please do not prop doors open or stick a towel in a door, this jeopardizes the security of our buildings.

   Thank You
   Stuart Simpson













Thursday, March 29, 2018

Superintendent Briefing March 30, 2018


We have some great activities occurring throughout the district.  As we continue to strive to make NPPSD a great school district, it will be important to work collectively in achieving greatness.  Anytime you have greatness occurring at your school, please share so we build upon each other’s strengths.  Thank you for the great work! 


NPPSD
                         Creating GREATNESS 





April 4, 2018
 Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
&
School Librarian Day
 Creating Greatness in our schools!!

Thank you for all the hard work and great experiences you provide each and every day to the students and staff.  




Students Should Be Taught Not to Talk to Strangers: It is important that the students are taught the importance of not talking to strangers.

Students Bags Should Be Searched from Time to Time to Prevent Them from Bringing in Dangerous Weapons into the School: This is so that they do not bring in dangerous weapons that can endanger the lives of students.
School Safety Committees should be Setup in Schools to Review Security Practices from Time to Time: A security panel should be put in schools and then the findings and solutions that are determined should be reviewed from time to time
Get Involved. Talk with the principal about what you can do to increase school safety, such as organizing parents to form a neighborhood watch before and after school. Sometimes parent groups are highly successful in making improvements in traffic safety during drop off and pick up times.



Stories are the fuel for innovation.  If you want to help people embrace a new narrative, the best way is to create that new narrative is together. What is the story of your school?
What is GREAT about your school?


https://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/3586
















Friday, March 16, 2018

Superintendent Briefing March 16, 2018


We have some great activities occurring throughout the district.  As we continue to strive to make NPPSD a great school district, it will be important to work collectively in achieving greatness.  Anytime you have greatness occurring at your school, please share so we build upon each other’s strengths.  Thank you for the great work!  



The NPPSF awards committee has selected the following NPPS  staff as the recipients of the 2018 staff member of the year awards to be presented at Education After Hours along with the 2018 Distinguished Alumni recipients.  

K-5 Teacher of the Year
Tara Foster
6-12 Teacher of the Year
Lane Swedburg
Staff person of year
Dan Koehler
Administrator of the year
Greg Fruhwirth



GREAT OPPORTUNITIES

NPHS Academy

Drake Berry put together a little video promoting the various pathways in computer science and digital design.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJFX-tHak3k&feature=youtu.be





A Showcase of Greatness
The Hunchback of Notre Dame

 



NPHS Speech Team
Congratulations to the following NPHS students for qualifying for the NSAA State Speech Championships on Thursday, March 22nd, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney:

Ally Hasenauer - Entertainment Speaking
Jakob French - Entertainment Speaking
Kinzey Cooper - Humorous Prose
Katie Ackerman and Emily Dennery - Duet Acting

Good Luck to all the students and Mr. Cooper!





       Congratulations 
      NPHS Students


Leela Keck - 4th - Athletic Training
Leela Keck - 3rd - Health OCC
Keifer Smith - 1st - Welding
Colton Ogden - 4th - Welding
Tanner Carr - 3rd - Automotive/Diesel
John Patterson - 4th - Automotive/Diesel

Kyle Mull - 6th - Automotive/ Diesel

    












School Safety Committee Teams should be meeting on a regular basis to review the school's safety protocol and ensure safety procedures are being implemented with  conformity. 






Good Afternoon,
My name is Courtney Fegter and I work with the North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau.  You are receiving this email because I would appreciate your help to distribute our Event survey to get feedback from locals on events in North Platte. 

Over the past month, we have been conducting focus groups to get honest feedback, thoughts and feelings from locals about events in the area, but this survey will allow us to reach a larger audience.  Please take a moment and send this link to your employees and help us better meet the needs of the people of North Platte. 

Data collection will end on April 15th.  After that date, we will combine all data collected from the surveys and the focus groups and will distribute them to you (and anyone who wants them).  Surveys are anonymous and no one will be identifiable from their input.  We hope this encourages more honest and open information.       
Thank you again for your willingness to participate.  

It is greatly appreciated,
Courtney

Courtney Fegter|Sports Marketing & Event Specialist

North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau


WHAT: Nebraska Loves Public Schools – a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting public education through film – will host a live community forum of its documentary film, Standing Up to Poverty in North Platte, NE on March 28th.  This will be broadcast live on News Channel Nebraska TV and streamed live on www.ncnsportsnow.com


EVENT DETAILS: North Platte, NE |7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28th
North Platte High School Performing Arts Center
Free to the public










Superintendent Briefing April 13, 2018

We have some great activities occurring throughout the district.  As we continue to strive to make NPPSD a great school district, it w...