Friday, February 16, 2018

Superintendent Briefing - February 16, 2018

Greatness(whatever that means to the individual) often starts by asking questions first and finding solutions second.  Curiosity is crucial to our students, they should leave school more curious than when they started.

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  sharing the greatness occurring in you school.  



Message from School Resource Officer Johnson:
In light of recent events, the North Platte Police Department (NPPD) and the North Platte Public School District (NPPSD) received inquiries pertaining to our community’s response to a school shooting or active shooter.  School safety is paramount to the NPPD and NPPSD.  Both NPPD and NPPSD staff have been trained on Standard Response Protocol.  Students of NPPSD also went through this training and signs of how to respond to a crisis are posted in hallways and classrooms. We continue to work on improving school safety and work with several outside agencies to assist with this ongoing process. We as a community all have a responsibility to keep our students safe, if you see or hear something that is concerning or you have concerns about your own child we ask that you don’t hesitate to contact the NPPD and the NPPSD.  In the following weeks we will be reviewing procedures with staff and we will offer a time for parents to learn about Standard Response Protocol for themselves and ask questions.  Your support in this endeavor is greatly appreciated.

I have attached the sign that is posted throughout all schools within the district for transparency.  You may also learn more information about the Standard Response Protocol by visiting their website at www.iloveuguys.org



Congratulations! 



A great school has a building principal that earns the respect of students, parents, and staff with a clear purpose, high expectation, and the knack to help others succeed.





    NPHS Journalism Team     Creating Greatness


North Platte High School senior Bryce Lee and sophomore Anam Vaziri ranked superior in the 2018 Journalism Educators Association's Winter contest.    Overall, NPHS Journalism received 18 awards ranging from superior to honorable mention.  The contest is considered a predictor of success for the NSAA state journalism contest.


Award
Name
Category
Superior
Anam Vaziri
Editorial Writing
Superior
Bryce Lee
Advertising
Excellent
Emma Downey
Editorial Cartooning
Excellent
Josie Koubek
Newspaper Sports Feature
Excellent
Princess Saguban
Graphic Design/Infographic
Excellent
Quincey Epley
Newspaper Layout
Excellent
Thomas Hoatson
Newspaper Sports Feature
Excellent
Thomas Hoatson
Headline Writing & Design
Honorable Mention
Anam Vaziri
Feature Writing
Honorable Mention
Emilee Gibson
Yearbook Theme Copy Writing
Honorable Mention
Haley McKain
Feature Writing
Honorable mention
Jake Reed
Entertainment Review Writing
Honorable Mention
Kaylyn Casassa
Yearbook Feature Writing
Honorable Mention
North Platte High School
Yearbook Theme Development
Honorable Mention
Princess Saguban
Sports/Action Photography
Honorable Mention
Quincey Epley
Editorial Writing
Honorable Mention
Quincey Epley
Newspaper Sports Newswriting
Honorable mention
Thomas Hoatson
Entertainment Review Writing

A great school understands that many factors go into helping a child become a productive responsible citizen, and there is no way one assessment a year can measure success or failure.  NP Staff understand what it takes for students to succeed and be prepared for the next phase of life.  The NPHS Journalism class is a great example of preparing our students to be productive, responsible citizens.  Keep up the great work!



Good Luck to NPHS Wrestling Team
Congratulations to the following student-athletes for qualifying for the State Wrestling Tournament in Omaha this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Jaylan Ruffin - 106 Ib. weight class
 Darian Diaz - 113 Ib. weight class
 Jordan Barber - 120 Ib. weight class 
 Jayson Scott - 126 Ib. weight class 
 Gavyn Brauer - 138 Ib. weight class
Cash Arensdorf - 145 Ib. weight class
 Braiden Ruffin - 170 Ib. weight class


NPHS Graduate 
"Guiding Light to Greatness"
The North Platte Public Schools Board of Education took a look into the future with the introduction of Kathleen Cullinan as the agriculture, food and natural resource program instructor at Monday’s meeting.
Vikki Carlson, director of secondary teaching and learning, stated all decisions regarding the NPPSD Career and College Initiative are based on the district's core values and purpose.  “The initiative is a big deal for us,” Carlson said. “Kathleen (Cullinan) is a North Platte High School graduate who is going to breathe some life into our new agriculture, food and natural resources program.”  The purpose of North Platte Public Schools, Carlson said, is to prepare students to be productive, responsible citizens in a safe, caring, supportive learning environment. “This is our guiding light, it’s our guiding principle whenever we’re taking into consideration programming and programming development,” Carlson said.
Creating Great Opportunities 
NPHS Students

 NP Telegraph
“Internships provide students with a variety of opportunities,” Carlson said. “It is a stepping stone in personal development for career planning for our North Platte High School students.”
Katy Hansen, a senior at NPHS, worked as an intern with the district’s pediatric physical therapy team.  “I did an internship with Danielle Aman, who is with the early childhood program,” Hansen said. “What she does is in-home visits within the school district, kindergarten through 12th grade.” Hansen said she did a one-day job-shadow with Aman during her junior year, which sparked her interest in the field and led to the internship during the fall semester of her senior year.  “Doing this internship really took my interest (higher) and now I have a passion for this career field,” Hansen said.  “Doing the hands-on stuff, I can’t even describe it, but it was one of the most amazing educational experiences I have ever had.”
Bryce Harvey, who is a junior, spent his internship working with Jody Howard, director of the NPPS Foundation. “The cool thing about working with Jody (Howard) is that she is awesome,” Harvey said. “It was good because I was able to do a wide realm of different things.” He said he did online work as well as going out to solicit donations and doing grant forms.
Carlson said Harvey is encouraged to apply for another internship his senior year to follow up on his experience this year.










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