Student Documentary Individual Projects

Recently in Video Production class, the students put the finishing touches on independent films they developed as a side project over the past few months. Some of  them wanted to share their work. The growth these students have made this year is evident. Please screen these videos and congratulate Marc, Dustin and John  when you see them.

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Move That Bus!!!

The School Rental House is almost COMPLETE! The shop classes have been working on one of the school’s rental houses throughout the school year, and are almost finished. Mr. Badje’s Shop classes painted the walls, put in new carpeting and redid the floors. They also added some new counters in the kitchen and in the bathroom they put in a new shower and sink. They also put in some windows. Mr. Badje and his classes have been working very hard this school year and the proof is in the pictures!

Early Development Network

Nebraska is a national leader in providing early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities. Thousands of children and their families have benefited from the state’s early intervention program, known as the Early Development Network.

How can the Early Development Network help?
The Early Development Network provides services and supports that are designed based on the needs of children birth to age three and their families with the belief that parents know what is best for their families. These services are designed to act on what families think is important for their child and family. Friendly, supportive people who listen to and respect families staff the Network. These people can connect families with other families who have had similar experiences.

The goal of the Early Development Network is to provide coordinated services for Nebraska families as conveniently as possible. The program helps families to understand their child’s disability and provides assistance in dealing with situations that interfere with the child’s development. Families may choose a particular service or all services. Families also may refuse services at any time.

How do I find out if a child is eligible?
The Early Development Network serves children from birth to age three and their families. A child is eligible for Early Development Network services if he or she is not developing typically, or has been diagnosed with a health condition that will affect his or her development.  Identifying such delays or disabilities usually involves both the family and a team of professionals.

If there are concerns that a child is behind in his or her development, people are encouraged to call the Chadron office at 1-308-747-2405 or 1-800-717-1231. Referrals are taken year-round from anyone with concerns, including parents, childcare providers, and others who have obtained the permission of the parents.

Contact for More Information or for Information on Local Efforts:
Autumn Calkins
Western Community Health Resources
821 Morehead Street
Chadron, NE  69337
1-800-717-1231  or 308-747-2405

Elders’ Wisdom 2012 Video Available

The 2012 Elders’ Wisdom Program video is now available! It’s just over 54 minutes long and in addition to the evening’s programming, it includes the original documentaries and Nebraska video. Click on either link below to view – no account needed. Sign up to Vimeo – it’s free and easy – to download a video to your computer for offline viewing or burning to a DVD.

High Resolution Video (208 MB)
http://vimeo.com/39834624

Low Resolution Video (For Slower Internet Connections – 32 MB)
http://vimeo.com/39834812

Thank You, Hay Springs!

Mr. and Mrs. Janes want to thank the students, staff, administration and community members whose contributions made this Elders’ Wisdom program such a memorable evening. Special thanks to the Video Production students who proved that only with challenge comes greatness. We are most grateful to the Elders, Donna and Don, whose amazing stories and wisdom inspire us all.

Mr. and Mrs. Janes

Click here for a copy of the Elders’ Wisdom program.

Elders’ Wisdom 2012

A HAY SPRINGS, NEBRASKA COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
This Year’s Honorees:
Mrs. Donna Sipp & Mr. Don Peters
Thursday, March 29
5:30 p.m. — Soup Supper in Cafeteria
7:00 p.m.— Program in Auditorium
Cookies and Coffee to follow in cafeteria

Click to view flyer

School Play to be Announced

It’s that exciting time of year when the Drama Department is making the final decisions on what play to perform for the All-School Play!  By the end of January we will have the decision made.  Last week I met with the students to discuss what type of play they wanted to do.  The students informed me that they would like to do either a murder mystery or a comedy, or better yet a comedic murder mystery.  I tried to persuade them to do a classical piece like Taming of the Shrew or Twelfth Night, but I think I gave them enough Shakespeare in the One Act play of Romeo & Beatrice and Toto, too this year.  Next time we meet I will have narrowed the search down to three plays and the students will be the deciding factor.  Keep on the look out for what exciting piece we will be performing, and to see if the students won with the murder mystery or if I won with the classical!

State of the School Report

We continue to hear the rumor that Hay Springs Public School is closing.  Let me make it very clear:

HAY SPRINGS PUBLIC SCHOOL IS NOT CLOSING!

Financially:  We have paid off all operational loans, have adequate month-to-month funds to pay bills, and have increased our ending cash balance the last three years.  Many cost saving strategies have been implemented.  We are fiscally solvent.

Academically: We are one of the top performing schools in the Panhandle and State.  We perform well above the State average on the Nebraska State Assessment and the ACT.  We score at or towards the top of every academic measurement.

Facilities: We continue to improve school district facilities. We put walls in the elementary school, new handicapped doors on the main entrance and lunchroom, replaced concrete as needed, replaced the roof on the High School, and we have addressed other deferred maintenance.

Staff: Across the board we have outstanding teachers and support staff.  They come early, stay late, and work on the weekends.  Our employees are dedicated to helping our students be successful. Every student receives individual assistance if needed.  Every teacher, paraprofessional, secretary, cook, custodian, and bus driver focuses on what’s best for our students.

Students: Our students are exceptional, work hard, and care about learning.  They are taking responsibility for their own learning.  On top of that they are involved in multiple activities.  Without exception we are seeing improvement on our assessment tests.

Parents: Our parents are supportive and want their children to receive the best education possible. We get 100% attendance at our parent/teacher conferences.

We would ask that if you hear this rumor you contact the school and I will personally contact the person who is making these false statements.  Be proud and supportive of your school, students, and staff.  They are the future of Hay Springs.

Stephen Pummel
Superintendent of Schools

Student Attendance Improved

Thanks to all parents for supporting the school to improve student attendance.   So far this school year we have a 96.97% (Almost 97%) attendance rate.  This is up from 94.42% during the 2009-2010 school year.  That’s a great improvement!

Parents be aware, the Department of Education is monitoring all students’ attendance.  We are required monthly to turn in student absences.  Your child’s attendance is monitored along with their State Assessment scores. It’s imperative you send your child to school everyday.

There is a direct correlation between attendance and student success.  Students that have excellent attendance are more successful in school.  Along with that Colleges and potential employers receive attendance information and use that to determine acceptance into college, special programs, or a job.

We would ask parents to assist with the following.

  1. Schedule appointments after school or on Friday whenever possible.
  2. If your child is not running a fever, throwing up, or obviously sick, send them to school.  Often students want to stay home when they have a big test or project due.
  3. Perhaps most important, make certain your child has a regular bedtime.  Plenty of sleep will make it easier to get your child up in the morning for school.
  4. Middle and High School students are notorious for using their cell phones, texting, or using their computer well into the late evening and early morning hours.  An easy solution would be take the cell phone at bedtime and if possible turn the wireless Internet off when kids go to bed.
  5. Monitor the school calendar and schedule vacations and trips when school is not in session.  With the four-day school week students need to be in school everyday.

When your child is ill or has to miss school remember to call the office and report them as sick.

Basketball & Wrestling Parent’s Night

February 9th, 2012

Hawks vs. Crawford Basketball Games 3pm

Wrestlers and basketball players will be announced between the Boys’ JV and Girls’ Varsity basketball games. Parents need to line up in the back hallway of Lister immediately following the end of the Boys’ JV game. After parents are announced, the warm-up for Girls’ Varsity will begin.