Summer Camp 2015 Planning Under Way

Dear Potential Camp Leader,
During the 2014 Summer school we had over 70 students attend our 12 camps. These camps provided students the opportunity to learn new skills, socialize with other kids, and get to know the volunteers in the community.
This year our Summer “Fun” Camps are planned for June 1st through the 25th. We are continuing with our expanded schedule by incorporating full day and half day camps. You may also choose whether you want a 1 day, 2 day, 3 day, or a 4 day as well as AM, PM, or All Day camps.
We hope that you will consider teaching/leading a camp for us this summer. We are beginning the scheduling process for the 2015 “fun” camps and are excited to hear from you. Attached is a camp planning sheet. Please contact Shannon Langford (shannon.langford@hshawks.com) or Kim Marx (kim.marx@hshawks.com) with any questions you may have.
Again, thank you for considering volunteering your time to teach a camp. We look forward to working with you.
Sincerely yours,
Stephen Pummel
Superintendent of Schools

Summer Camp Worksheet 2015

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Sixth Grade Book Trailers

bookwormLooking for a new book to read? Check out these book trailers by the sixth grade for some new ideas. The sixth graders used Movie Maker, Creative Commons or Public Domain images, and Creative Commons music to make their trailers. Click on each link below to watch the trailer!

Camp, Counting By 7s, Divergent, Famous Last Words, Joey Pigza, Joey Pigza(again!), Joey Pigza(last one!), Joey Pigza(another one?!?!), The Cay, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas(again!), The Hunger Games, The Little Vampire Book 2, and Warrior Cats: Into the Wild.

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Video Production Class PSA Contest

The Hay Springs Video Production Class has made a Public Service Announcement video and entered it into the Nebraska “Click It, Don’t Risk It PSA Video Contest.” We are asking you to get on Twitter and YouTube to vote on our entry. This contest is a great opportunity for Nebraska high school students to create a :30 second public service announcement (PSA) to creatively express their views on seat belts and why they are important.  Four winners will be chosen, one from each class (Class A, B,C,D) – each winner will receive $2,000, and their PSA will run at a local movie theater in or near its community!  So, go to YouTube and “Like” our video, use the #CIDRI2015 and the #HSHSVideo hashtags on Twitter, and be sure to like and share this post on Facebook.

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Elementary HAL Presentations

In September elementary HAL(High Ability Learners) students were challenged to discover or investigate one of their passions and then reflect and share their learning with others. This idea, adapted from the search-engine, Google, promotes the thinking that if you allow people to work on something that interests them, productivity will increase. Students needed to make their project “Product Focused”, meaning at the end of the semester, they had to have made something that was a completed product. Throughout the first semester, students diligently worked on their Passion Projects. The students all did an amazing job, and I am so proud of each of them. On January 20th, students presented their finished products to their families.

 

 

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Enrichment Opportunities

Student and Adult enrichment opportunities are often available from several different schools or other entities. Please find this information under the new Counselor’s Desk page.

Counselor’s Desk

HSPS Recognized Legislative Resolution

Hay Springs Public Schools was just notified that Senator Al Davis presented this Legislative Resolution to the One Hundred Fourth Legislature recently.  The Legislative Resolution recognizes Hay Springs Public Schools for their academic gains and successes.  Please take the time to read the resolution and the accomplishments that were recognized.

Hay Springs Public Schools is proud of the improvement and success we have obtained over the last five years.  The overall success can be attributed directly to the students, parents, staff, community, and Board of Education.   By working as a team, supporting each other, and recognizing the importance, value, and how an excellent education will benefit the students in the community we have managed to provide an excellent education for all of our students.

Please share the attached link to the Legislative Resolution with friends and family.  This is an accomplishment that few schools receive.

Legislative Resolution

 

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Senior Class Students & Parents

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Gordon-Rushville High School will be hosting an EducationQuest Financial Aid Program on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm.  Financial aid and the FAFSA will be discussed at this meeting.  Every student who attends or has a parent attend will be entered for a chance to win a $500 scholarship.

For an overview video of the FAFSA process click on the following link:  StudentAid.gov/resources#how-fill-out-fafsa-video

For other financial aid resources visit: EducationQuest.org or StudentAid.gov/resources

EducationQuest can also be reached at 800-303-3745

Elementary Science Night

Hay Springs Elementary collaborated with Chadron State College to host the first annual Family Science Night on November 20th.   This fun-filled evening featured a structured environment for families to explore, experiment, and talk about science.  Hands-on educational, activities were planned and organized by Chadron State pre-service elementary students for families to investigate different science concepts.  Elementary students got their hands dirty making an edible soil profile, observed a chemical reaction while making elephant toothpaste, created a model of the different levels of the ocean, and constructed a marshmallow, straw, and toothpick structure that would survive an earthquake.

Thank you to everyone who helped with and participated in Family Science Night as it takes everyone to make these events a success!  It was exciting to see such a great turnout!  We hope you all had a great night and that we can make Family Science Night an annual event.

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Scholarship Listings


Scholarship information is available on the website.  It is updated as scholarship information comes in.  Please check back often by clicking on the big green button to the left labelled “Scholarships”.

Newsweek Magazine Recognizes Hay Springs School

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.

http://www.newsweek.com/high-schools/americas-top-schools-2014

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