Two Hour Late Start on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

snowy_road_697Due to the blowing and drifting snow and extreme cold temperatures, Hay Springs Public School will have a two hour late start today, Wednesday, December 4th, 2013.  Stay tuned for further announcements.

State of the Schools Report

The State Board of Education and Nebraska Department of Education developed a state accountability system as required by state law 79-760.06. The State Board of Education adopted a system that is based on student scale scores within grades, buildings and districts. The system is intended to inform educators, parents, school board members, community members and policymakers about the learning progress of Nebraska schools and school districts.

Key Components of NePAS:
1)  Nebraska Performance Accountability System (NePAS), was effective for the first time during the 2012-2013 school year.

2) The basis of the new accountability system is NeSA statewide test results, which indicate student learning based on state standards developed to measure career and college readiness.

3) The state’s goal for students is that they will be college and career ready when they graduate so they have a successful work, military and/or college experience.

4) The purpose of NePAS is to inform policy makers, the public and school officials about school district performance.

5) The new accountability system provides information about the progress of districts by looking at state test scale scores in a category called STATUS as well as IMPROVEMENT and GROWTH.

6) NePAS ranks districts by the following grade level configurations:
-Elementary grade-level configuration (grades 3-5)
-Middle level grade-level configuration (grades 6-8)
-Secondary grade-level configuration (grades 9-12)
-District configuration (grades 3-12)

Graduation Rate – ranks districts by comparing the percentage of high school graduates.

What the rankings mean: There are 249 school districts in Nebraska.  The NePAS results rank school districts from 1 to 249 in reading, math, science, and writing.  For example if you ranked 2 on the writing test you were the second highest ranked of the 249 school districts in Nebraska. If you ranked 249 you were the lowest ranked school in Nebraska.

Hay Springs Schools scored well and were ranked quite high on this school district comparison.  See results below:

Grades 3-12 Reading Status
– Hay Springs Ranked 19 out of 249 school districts in Nebraska
– Up 16 rankings from the previous school year
– Hay Springs was the highest ranking school district of the Panhandle Schools

Grades 3-12 Math Status
– Hay Springs Schools ranked 76 out of 249 school districts in Nebraska
– Up 14 rankings from the previous school year
– Hay Springs was the sixth highest ranking school district of the Panhandle Schools

Grades 3-12 Science Status
– Hay Springs Schools ranked 42 out of 249 school districts in Nebraska
– Hay Springs was the third highest ranking school district of the Panhandle Schools

Grades 3-12 Writing Status
– Hay Springs Schools ranked 182 out of 249 school districts in Nebraska
– Up 14 ranks from the previous school year

Graduation Rate
– Hay Springs had a 100% high school graduation rate for the 2012-2013 school year.

Hay Springs Schools scored quite well on all NeSA tests.  When you compare all school districts in Nebraska from Omaha to Hay Springs our test scores and ranking were outstanding.  We are all proud of our student success, parent support, quality teaching, and the overall quality of the education provided in Hay Springs Public Schools.

If you would like additional information regarding the NeSA testing, NePAS ranking of school districts, or a comparison of other school districts stop by the office.  We would be glad to provide more specific information.

Link to the State of the Schools Report.

2013 Football Video

The video shown at the November 5th, 2013 pep rally of the 2013 Football season.

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Two Hour Late Start on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Snowy Road

Due to the blowing and drifting snow, Hay Springs Public School will have a two-hour late start today, Tuesday, November 5th, 2013.  Stay tuned for further announcements.

Two Hour Late Start on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Due to the icy road conditions, Hay Springs Public School will have a two-hour late start today, Tuesday, October 29th, 2013.  Stay tuned for further announcements.

International Dot Day

The first grade celebrated International Dot Day on Monday, September 15th, the kindergarten on Tuesday, September 16th.  International Dot Day was started by a teacher in Iowa in honor of the book, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.  We watched a video interview with the author describing how he was inspired to write the book.  Then he read the book.  Mr. Reynolds dedicated the book to his 7th grade math teacher who dared him to “make his mark.”  You can watch the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKKVDaHiM4E

After hearing the book each student made his own “dot” using a special page from http://www.thedotclub.org/ and Colormix.  When viewed with a special app the flat pictures become three-dimensional. You can get the app from Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Check out http://www.colarapp.com/ for coloring pages.

Here are a few of the finished “dots.”

The Week of Nostalgia

Starting on October 14 Hay Springs High School will be looking back as the faculty and students celebrate Homecoming. Monday morning will kick off the eventful week with 80’s day, coronation at 3:30, and the bonfire at 7pm. The Jr. High Volleyball Team will also be hosting Hemingford at 5 pm on Monday.

Tuesday will keep the festivities going with opposite sex day, a hot dog feed at 6:30 at Lister Sage, and blind volleyball also at Lister Sage. Jr. High volleyball and football will be traveling to Cody to compete this day as well.

Following opposite sex day is, redneck/western Wednesday. As always, Thursday will be hat and jersey day, with a pep rally will be held at 1 pm in downtown Hay Springs. The Hay Springs Lady Hawks volleyball game against the Crawford Rams begins at 3:30 pm. The football game will follow starting at 6:30. The Jr. High will have their homecoming dance on Friday. With the High School having their homecoming dance the next night following the Lady Hawks Panhandle Conference tournament in Sioux County.

No School on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Due to damage to the school from the storm on August 30th, 2013, school will be cancelled.  Stay tuned for further information as it becomes available.

Two Hour Late Start on Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Due to the blizzard-like conditions and poor visibility, Hay Springs Public School will have a two-hour late start today, Monday, April 22nd, 2013.  Stay tuned for further announcements.

2 Hour Late Start on Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Due to the bad weather, there will be a two hour late start for Hay Springs Public Schools today, Thursday, April 18th, 2013.