Beef To School

Happy New Year!  We have done great with beef and pork this last year.  We are in need of 2 hogs and 2 beef to go to the processing plant by February 2nd, 2021.  If you have been approached by anyone, please let Greg Heiting or Shavona Henry know, or call the school at 308-638-4434 and speak with either Mr. Lechtenberg or Mr. Hagge.  Thank you!

Thank You To Our Community

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Elementary’s School Store Fundraiser. We were completely overwhelmed with the generosity of our community. Students were asked to share the fundraising information with family and friends via email. Anyone wanting to participate in the fundraiser could purchase items, magazines, or make a monetary donation to a specific classroom. Here are a few snapshots of some of the items we were able to purchase for our students to use in our classrooms.

Thanks again, The Elementary Teachers and Students

Breaking News!


At 5:25 pm on 03/15/2020 Panhandle Public Health was notified by the Nebraska Department of Health that Nebraska’s risk to exposure to COVID-19 has increased substantially. An emergency meeting of the Panhandle Public Health District Unified Command was held at 6:00 pm on March 15th, at that time the decision was made by the 21 schools in the ESU #13 region including HAY SPRINGS SCHOOLS, to NOT BE IN SESSION from March 16 to March 30th. Students are to remain home and practice social distancing.


Pollinator Garden

Back in November, we made a post talking about the 4th grade pollinator garden( Many of you mentioned that perhaps you would be able to donate some plants or flowers after “spring cleaning” your own flower gardens. The following message is from Mrs. Meeks(the 4th grade teacher):

My class is looking for donations from the community when they clean up their gardens this spring. We are working on a beautification of our school as well as making the front of our school a neat path for enjoying the outdoors. We are looking for all sorts of flowers that are good pollinators. Some for early spring, summer, and fall flowers. BUT we are also going to grow some flowers. IF we could find out who is willing to donate some extra flowers our way as well as what kind of flowers they are it would really help us plan our garden.
Thank you
Mrs. Meeks

Please call or email the school( if you would like to donate!

4-H News

Shooting Sports Practice

Shooting Sports practice for BB Gun and Air Rifle will start on October 7th. They practice from 3:30 to 7 depending on when the youth show up. During October through December, practice is held the first and third Mondays of the month. In January they will start practicing every month and start attending the Panhandle Best Shoots. Youth need to be registered for 4-H to participate. Parents need to sign waivers the first meeting. Please contact Bruce Salisbury or Donna and Kevin Jech for more information.

Baking Basics

The October Baking Basics will be held on November 1st. At this workshop youth will prepare for the colder weather while baking some delicious treats. The youth will continue to work on their sewing project for the year. The fee for this workshop is $10. Please register by October 28th by contacting Melissa Mracek at or (308) 327-2312. This event is open to anyone interested in baking and sewing projects.

Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop Offered in Chadron

Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for early October in Chadron. It will be held October 12-13 at the Dawes County Fairgrounds in Chadron. The deadline to register for the Chadron training is October 2nd by 5 pm.

Volunteers have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Four project areas will be offered at the Workshop – rifle, shotgun, pistol, and coordinator. The Coordinator certification being offered in Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports is for individuals who work with certified shooting sports leaders, 4-H club leaders for shooting sports projects, or 4-H volunteers managing shooting sports events/competitions.                           

The registration fee is $110.00 per person for initial certification and those individuals adding an additional discipline except for Apprentice Instructors. The registration fee for Apprentice Instructors is $90 for this workshop. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. The registration fee after October 2nd is $160. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Registration on Saturday runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

For more workshop information and registration link, go to  Or contact Nebraska Extension-Sheridan County Office at (308) 327-2312. Registration is available only online at the link provided in the brochure or they can register directly by clicking

Clover Bud Workshops

The Hay Springs Clover Bud workshops will be held on the third Thursday of the month starting on October 17th from 4 to 5 pm. Clover Bud members are youth between the ages of 5 and 7 as of January 1st, 2020. These youth will experience teamwork, social interaction, and decision making skills while participating in hands on activities. Upon participating in these workshops, youth will have Clover Bud projects to display at the 2020 Sheridan County Fair. To register your child for these FREE events please contact Erika Gaswick or the Nebraska Extension Sheridan County office at (308) 327-2312.

Superintendent’s Note

Wow, what a month, time really does fly when you are having fun. I want to thank everyone on the Hay Springs staff, Board of Education and the community of Hay Springs for making the first few weeks of school start so smoothly. As the first three weeks of classes near completion students and teachers are fully engaged in the teaching and the learning process. Administrative meetings have begun and the budgeting process for 2019-20 is well underway. The community of Hay Springs is blessed to have a very caring, qualified and dedicated staff. A quote I heard several years ago “Students do not CARE what you KNOW, until they KNOW that you CARE” is very applicable today more than ever. You can rest assured that the staff and the Board of Education and Administrative team at Hay Springs Public School truly cares about your students. We are here to provide the highest quality of education possible and are dedicated to continue to search for providing additional opportunities for student learning. The support of parents and patrons of the district always enhances the student learning process. Rural America is an excellent example of it taking a community to raise a child and the educational system in our small communities’ plays a huge role in the development of our youth into productive citizens of the future. Academic achievement and student involvement in inter and extra-curricular activities do not happen without the educational system and parents working together to support the entire process.

As we begin the 2019-20 school year I would like to highlight a few of the activities that have taken place in the first few weeks.

  • Teachers and students are continuing to make adjustments to our school environment as we begin our second year of the NPBIS (Nebraska Positive Behavior Intervention Support) program.
    • After staff members attended training with the Nebraska Department of Education this summer the PBIS Team has reviewed the successes of the program in its first year and worked with staff during in-service days to incorporate their input as we move forward.
    • One of the additional things that came out of their summer PBIS meeting was the inception of the idea that if teachers and to feel appreciated they should have a comfortable work space where positive relationship between staff members can develop and grow. That concept was further developed and the result has been the development of a student/staff media lounge area adjacent to the staff work room on the third floor where the textbook library had been housed. Text books have been moved to the classroom with some storage still available in the workroom. I would like to thank all staff and students that assisted in this process.
  • Hay Springs school hosted our first back to school pool party complete with a Bar-B-Que in the park and school classroom visits.
  • Student involvement in activities is began with great participation numbers in football and volleyball and a small number involved in cross country.
  • The Hawks start the football, volleyball and cross country season with Homecoming week activities this week. One of the week’s activities is our “Student SOAR Day“ where the 6th-12th grade students spent Wednesday afternoon completing school improvement activities under the direction of Mr. Hagge and the student council.
  • Additions to the curricula include Mr. Lechtenberg teaching two Agricultural Science classes which will allow us to get the Hay Springs FFA reinstated. This has brought a lot of excitement to the 19 students that are enrolled in Ag classes.
  • Continued upgrading of technology for students and staff to provide additional learning opportunities.
  • Continued use of the distance learning and online technology to provide additional opportunities to enhance student learning. We have students enrolled in Home Design and Housing, Spanish I & II and Art through the distance learning system.
  • One of the highlights of the 2018-19 was the start of our “Beef to Hot Lunch” program, thanks to the support of our local beef producers and businesses. This program will continue in 2019-20 so if you have an interest in supporting this program by the donation of a beef or in other ways please contact school office or any member of the Board of Education.
  • We will be continuing our ASP (After School Program) for Kdg -5th grade students

As we progress through the year know that your support and involvement in your student’s education is vitally important. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s academic performance or activity involvement, please remember to follow the appropriate chain of command. Initially contact those most closely involved as the first opportunity to get accurate information and create resolution to the problem. If after discussion with classroom teacher, coach or direct student supervisor you are not satisfied that there has been any resolution to the issue contact the individual supervising those individuals. If those initial contacts do not produce any acceptable results, please stop by the office or give me a call to discuss your concerns. I truly believe that all members of our staff make the best decisions possible to guide your students toward success in academics and activities. Together we are better than any one of us can be alone.

I am requesting your support as parents on the student’s arrival and pickup time at school for your students. Breakfast is served at 7:30 and supervision is provided for students eating at the time but the playground supervision does not take place until 7:45. If your students are not eating breakfast please do not deliver them to school prior to 7:45. The elementary instructional day is completed at 4:00 and students are dismissed at that time. We do not provide after school playground supervision so students should not remain on the playground or at school after 4:00 unless arrangements have been made with their classroom teachers.

Breakfast serving time for High school students is from 7:30 -7:50. Students wishing to eat breakfast at school need to arrive prior to 7:50 which will allow them to consume breakfast prior to instruction beginning at 8:00 am. All individuals must enter the building through the door by the office during the school day for security reasons.

Just a reminder that if your children accompany you to school activities or attend on their own please have a discussion with them prior to attendance that they should sit in the appropriate area and observe the game. Hay Springs staff will assist you in enforcing that process but your cooperation and the cooperation of your students is greatly appreciated. Staff members attending the game want to watch the performance of our students and not spend the evening patrolling students.

Your support is greatly appreciated.
Mr. Lechtenberg


Hay Springs Public School has entered its second year of NPBIS (Nebraska Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports). PBIS is a universal school plan to establish a POSITIVE culture in our school community for students and staff. Research has shown that positive interactions with students directly impact positive school culture. PBIS also gives us continuity! Every staff member is using the same language in regards to behavior, building unity within our school community!

During our staff workdays, we revisited the common areas and the behaviors associated with each of those behaviors. Each group took a specific area and took time to rework them a bit-keeping what worked well and making adjustments as needed. It was an opportunity for new staff members to learn the language and expectations as well as remind those who helped create them last year what was decided! Then as groups we figured out ways to teach these behaviors to the students of Hay Springs Public Schools. During these work days we always try to incorporate a little fun!

In October we will begin moving PBIS into individual classrooms. Of course the HSPS teaching staff has not waited for us to tell them to make positive interactions with students in their classrooms a priority, they often times do that naturally on their own! We will simply provide a framework and offer some tools for the classrooms and then let the teachers keep doing what they do best!

PBIS is always adding and changing the way we are doing things. Keep an eye out for new developments as they are happening!

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 4th quarter Super Pass winners:

Brayden Binger

Kaden Langford

Ava McKillip

James Scherbarth

Sam Hindman

Laney Smith

Ashley Tobiasson

Gabe Varvel

Lilly Dorhorst

Cooper Johnson

Kaylee Kaiser

Talan Smith

Dylan Young

Jarhett Anderson

Jordyn Anderson

Abigail Russell

Jaiden Anderson

Spencer Kadlecek

Kaleb Miller

Bailey Scherbarth

Chaz Twarling

Ruth West

Rylee Wolken

Katelin Agler

The Super Pass for 2019-2020 Quarter 1 changed a bit! Here are the requirements:

0 Ineligibility
1 or fewer Tardies
2 or fewer absences
0 office referrals
5 Hours of Community Service

Community Service forms can be picked up from Adriene in the office or Mrs. Heiting in the 1st grade classroom. Once a form is completed, make sure to turn it into Mrs. Heiting in the 1st grade classroom!

Students who meet these requirements will receive:

Middle Level

  1. 1 Free Tardy
  2. Drop lowest grade on a daily assignment
  3. Front of the Line for Lunch
  4. 1 free supervised period on campus (preapproved)
High School

  1. 1 Free Tardy
  2. Drop lowest grade on a daily assignment
  3. Thursday Hawk Nest Privileges (7:30-8:00)
  4. 2 Open Campus Lunches
  5. Free Half Day Off of School (pre-approved; responsible for all work missed)