basketball1Hay Springs Youth Basketball is open to Boys and Girls in grades 3rd through 6th. Registration is open now through October 28, 2014. Practice is set to begin in November. Games will be played in December and January. Coach Varvel will be returning this season. We are in need of a couple more parents to volunteer to coach as well.

2014 Basketball Registration

You may drop your completed registration off at the school office or mail to:

HSYP – Basketball
PO BOX 280
Hay Springs, NE 69347

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What Parents Need to Know about Enterovirus D68

Children with asthma
are particularly at risk
for severe symptoms
from EV-D68 infection.

Every year, millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses that can cause coughing,
sneezing, and fever. This year, the enterovirus that is most commonly causing respiratory illness in
children across the country is enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68). Parents should learn more about EV-D68
so that they can help keep their children from getting and spreading the virus.

Infections with enteroviruses are usually common in the United
States during summer and fall. This year, beginning in mid-August,
states started seeing more children in hospitals with severe
respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. Since then, CDC and states have
been doing more testing, and have found that EV-D68 is making
people sick in almost all states. Most of the cases have been among
children. EV-D68 is not new, but it hasn’t been as common in the
past. While this has been a big year for EV-D68 infections, CDC
expects the number of cases to taper off by late fall.

Children are at higher risk for EV-D68
Infants, children, and teenagers are at higher risk than adults for
getting infected and sick with enteroviruses like EV-D68. That’s
because they have not been exposed to these types of viruses before,
and they do not yet have immunity (protection) built up to fight the
disease. If your child has asthma, he or she may be at greater risk for
severe respiratory illness from EV-D68.

Know the signs of symptoms of EV-D68
EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.

Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough,
and body and muscle aches.

Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing.
Call your child’s doctor if he or she is having difficulty breathing, if
you feel you are unable to control their symptoms, or if symptoms
are getting worse. If your child develops severe illness, he or she may
need to be hospitalized.

Help protect your family from EV-D68
To help avoid getting and spreading EV-D68, parents and children should always follow basic steps to
stay healthy.

Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Washing hands correctly is the most important
thing you can do to stay healthy.

Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils, with people who are sick.

Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children out of school.

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HS VB (PANCO) on Saturday, 10/18 is located in Crawford instead of Edgemont. We play the 2nd game at 10:00 am. GOOD LUCK LADY HAWKS!

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The Online Book Fair opened Wednesday, Oct. 15.  Checkout the selections for the whole family.  Many items are available through the Online Fair that are not available at our in-school fair.  The online fair will be open until Nov. 4. Orders will be shipped free to the school about one week later. Click on BOOKFAIR to take you there.

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Newsweek Magazine recently recognized the top 500 high schools in the Nation. Hay Springs High School was named one of Newsweek’s “Americas Top High Schools” in 2014.  There were only three high schools in Nebraska that were selected for this honor.

Hay Springs High School was ranked 133 out of the 500 top high schools. The other two schools were Burwell, Nebraska, which ranked 479 and Chadron, Nebraska, ranked 433. It’s nice to see two Panhandle schools on this list.

While we are proud of this recognition and have a right to brag, most importantly this recognition is another indicator that shows that we continue to provide a high quality education for our children.  If you factor in this National recognition ranking with the Nebraska State Assessment rankings, our ACT test scores, high school graduation rate (100%) and a host of other indicators, it’s clear that Hay Springs Public Schools is not only one of the best schools in Nebraska but now recognized as one of the best schools in the Nation. This is quite an accomplishment for a small, rural, Western Nebraska, school.

I’ve been asked over the last few years how have we accomplished such academic success. Our response is simple; our students work hard, we have a quality professional staff, parents are engaged with their children, our school board is supportive, and we have a community that supports education and its school. This is a winning combination!

The link to the Newsweek article is listed below.

Quience Reeves, Martie Switzer, Sossity Blanks, Tonya Gibbons, Katherine Nielson, Brad Bounous, Tami Galyen, Doug Gaspers, Sharon Persons, Jessica Mae Anderson, Samantha Clark, Shawna Wiepen, Marci Rockey, Sarah Russell, Carissa McDonald, Morgan Meier, Lesa M Merrill, Kari Roberts, Linda Raymer liked this post

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Position: Superintendent/K-5 or 6-12 Principal

Hay Springs Public School is a Class 3 rural school district in the northwest corner of Nebraska. The school district consists of a K-5 elementary school and a 6-12 secondary school. The school runs a state approved preschool program. The school district operates on a four-day school week.

The School Board is seeking a superintendent/K-5 or 6-12 principal. Consideration would also be given to applicants that are able to obtain a provisional superintendent certification. The outgoing superintendent is available as a resource and for budget preparation assistance.

Applicants must submit a letter of application, resume, copy of college transcripts, superintendent certificate and the online application. Application materials can be obtained at Position begins July 1, 2015. For additional information call 308-638-4434. This position will be open until filled.

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Last week the Hay Springs Hawks traveled to Oshkosh to take on the Garden County Eagles. The Hawks’ offense got started off slow at the start of the game, ending with only 1 touchdown in the first half. The Eagles Scored on the Hawks multiple times, before the Hawk’s defense stiffened up, and stopped the eagles. The Hawks ended the game with only 8 points, while the Eagles scored 72. Chris Ray said, “We had a tough game, and couldn’t really get our offense going. The defense stepped up toward the end of the game, and didn’t allow the Eagles to score too many more points. We plan to work hard this next coming week, and prepare for our next game against Leyton.”

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Hero. Strong. Courageous. Brave. Honorable. These are just a few of many words that we used to describe firemen. This week (Fire Safety Week) our preschool class received a visit from two of our local firefighters. Matt Anderson and Everett Langford took time out of their busy schedules to teach the afternoon preschool class all about fire safety. We learned how to Stop, Drop and Roll, how to check a door if it is hot, how to crawl out of a burning building and even how to call for help if we are in an emergency. The firemen let us try on their turnout gear and let us try and lift their air tanks….boy are those heavy!! Our favorite part was riding on the fire truck around town. Matt even turned on the siren for us! Throughout the rest of the week you could find us dressing up and pretending to be firemen and help rescue each other. If you happened to walk through the halls this week you may have even heard us making the fire whistle sound!

We want to send a shout out to all of the local firemen who help keep us safe in an emergency. Your dedication and sacrifice for others is truly amazing. Thank you for all that you do!

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PreK News – 10.9.14

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The following are the Homecoming Court

Whitney Heiting                     Jordan Encinia
Cydney Jancik                       Seth Nowak
Kate Roberts                          Chris Ray
Jennifer Scherbarth                Levi Ray
Escorts will be
Katrena Ryan                          Austin Reed
Brooklyn Morrill                       Jake Johnson
Tanna Badje                            Garrett Weyers
Emma Roberts                        Wesley Tlustos
Final Voting will take place on Monday Morning before school in Mrs. Houser’s classroom.

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