The Book Fair Is Here!

The Book Fair is here. Students will get to preview the books during their Library time this week. Sales will begin Thursday evening, Nov. 9th during our Cookies and Cocoa Open House. We have some special guests coming to read to students. Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles are invited to browse with their children and share a book or two; and be the early bird purchasers. Book Fair Sales will continue through the next week, November 13-16. Books may be purchased after school until 4:30.

Can’t make it to the school. NO PROBLEM. We have an online book fair as well. Just click on the following link: The Book Fair website include a larger selection of books from pre-school to adult, some gift items, even a few cookbooks. All items ordered from the Book Fair website will be shipped free of charge to the school.

There is also a Book Fair App. Pick up information about the app and a $5.00 off offer at the book fair.

NPPD MakerSpace

Chad Johnson, Senior Education Specialist for NPPD, was here on Monday, Oct 23rd, to give orientation tours to students and teachers on Nebraska Public Power District’s Mobile MakerSpace Lab. The NPPD Mobile MakerSpace Lab visited Hay Springs School for two weeks this month. The Lab is part of the Nebraska Public Power District’s Pathways to a Technical Future program and has been on loan to schools around the state for two years. The MakerSpace visits a limited number of schools each year and only one visit per school. The MakerSpace heads to Scottsbluff Middle School next.

The Lab includes four types of stations: Make it You, Make it New, Make it Do, and Make an Impact.

Make it DO stations includes a Robotics Innovation Lab, MakeyMakey and Rasberry PI Lab, and an Electronics Lab. What can you DO with the equipment at each station. Ideas involve logic, programming, and creation.

Make it NEW stations include Afinia H800 3D printer, Carvey 3D CNC machine, Engineering Workshop. Students can create new item or adapt designs from other sources.

Make an IMPACT stations include a Sensor Station and Smart Home Internet of Things. Students have experimented with a temperature sensor and a camera-IPad that creates pictures based on temperature.

Make it YOU includes a Cameo cutting machine and a Virtual Reality setup. Students have be making vinyl cutouts to decorate various items. After viewing several VR videos students can use the 360 degree camera to create their own VR video.

The MakerSpace is aimed at Middle-Level and High School students. However, upper elementary students had the opportunity to interact with some of the stations. Parents were invited to check out the MakerSpace during Parent-Teacher conferences.

SPRING BOOK FAIR to begin on Monday, March 14th

The Spring Book Fair will begin on Monday, March 14.  You can get a head start by checking out the online fair at
The online fair features an expanded selection of books.  Any books ordered from the online fair will be sent to the school free of change.

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Check out the book fair

Family Hour of Code, Tuesday, Dec. 8

Hay Springs School will be holding a Family Hour of Code on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 7 pm until 8 pm in the Main Floor Computer Lab.  This is a time for families to discover what their students are discovering.   There will be activities for all ages, both online and offline.

Hour of Code events are held during Computer Science Education Week.  During this week over 78,000 Hour of Code events will be held around the world.  Coding is accessible for everyone.  Students will be enjoying various coding activities during the week. Tuesday evening is a time for the rest of the family to see what it is all about. In addition to activities for all ages, we have also asked the Robotics group to setup and demonstrate their robots.

Don’t hesitate to join us.​

Come To Our Book Fair Oct. 19-27th

boxesYes, it is Book Fair time.  The online fair has been open since Wednesday and will be open until October 31st. Click here for the online fair. The online fair has a greater selection of books for all ages.  Purchases will be delivered FREE to the school.

These are some of the boxes of books just waiting for eager readers.  Stop by the library and see what wonders the boxes will reveal.

Picture Books!  I Survived stories — Captain Underpants — Dork Diaries — Minions  —  Skippyjon Jones  — Ever After High — Magic Tree House — Judy Moody — Pete the Cat  —  Fly Guy

Library News

Things are happening at the library – Dot Day (kindergarten and first grade), Author Visit – Buck Wilder (elementary grades), Book Fair (everyone)

Check them out on Mrs. Matthews home page.

Author Buck Wilder Presentation

Buck Wilder will be coming to Hay Springs

on September 22, 2015 for KG-5th Grades

He will have books for sale and to autograph.


Free Summer Audiobook Program

AudiobookSYNC is a free summer audiobook program for young adults. Starting again May 7th 2015, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or required summer reading title. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at

Spring Book Fair

The Spring Book Fair is fast approaching.  We will open the store in the library on Monday, March 16 after school.  Students will receive flyers about the books and view a preview video the week before the fair.   The video will also introduce some of the authors including Tammi Sauer who wrote Nugget & Fang about a shark and a minnow, and Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan.

Students will preview the fair on Monday and Tuesday during their library time.  However, sales will only be made after school hours.

We will again have the online book fair for those unable to attend the fair in person or just looking for a different selection.  The online fair will be available from Wednesday, March 11 until Tuesday, March 24. All orders from the online store will be shipped free of charge to the school. They will be shipped 7-10 days after March 24.  The online book fair can be found at


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.