Flat Stanley

Second Graders read the book Flat Stanley written by Jeff Brown. He was a young boy who was flattened by a bulletin board. He was so flat that he could mail himself in a letter all around and he had great adventures.

Second Grade wanted to make their own Flat Stanleys and mail them around the United States to see what kind of adventures they could have. Our Flat Stanleys brought back pictures, information, souvenirs, treats and even T-shirts for the whole class!

We learned through Flat Stanley about location, traditions and different cultures in our country. Students presented their information to the class and we colored all the states that our Flat Stanleys had visited on our maps!

Oregon Trail Honor Band

Four Hay Springs high school music students participated in The Oregon Trail Honor Band held in Gering, NE on Monday, January 8th. Students spent the day rehearsing and then put on a concert that evening.

In honor of the events 10th year the founder and director, Dr. jay Gilbert from Doane University, composed two selections which the band premiered at the concert.

7th Grade Mousetrap Car Tournament

The Mousetrap Car Tournament champion was Hally Johnson, followed by Toby Scherbarth in second place, and Mia Skinner coming in third. The object of the lesson was for students each to create a vehicle that was solely powered by an unmodified mousetrap. The vehicle was to be no longer than 18 inches and no wider than 10 inches. Students were encouraged to decorate their vehicles but the mousetrap couldn’t be decorated or altered in anyway. Students were able to earn points based on how closely they followed the project guidelines; those winning the tournament earned extra credit.

6th Grader Reader’s Theater

During December the sixth graders practiced on three different Reader’s Theater Plays: “Christmas Truce”, “Reindeer Names”, and “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”. On Tuesday, we performed the plays “Christmas Truce” and “Reindeer Names” for the elementary students.

The “Christmas Truce” is a play set during World War I. A group of German and Britain soldiers agreed to a truce. They decided that there would be no shooting over Christmas. During the truce they exchanged items. The British soldiers were writing letters describing the truce to their families back home. Next we performed “Reindeer Names” by Kathryn Reedy. “Reindeer Names” is a play about how Santa’s Reindeer got their names.

Wednesday, we performed “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss. The Grinch was played by Jordyn Anderson. This play was about a Grinch who tried to steal Christmas but did not succeed. The Grinch realized that Christmas is about giving not just receiving and about the people who we celebrate Christmas with.

We would like to thank the classes who attended and everyone who helped make our plays a success. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

by Alexa, Ava, Gabby, Abbey, Anthony, Gage, Jarhett, Noah K, Noah Y, Taden, & Jordyn

Student Council Sponsors Food Drive

HSPS got into the spirit of the season this week when students and teachers donated food items to the Good Neighbor of Hay Springs. The group was challenged to bring as many items as possible. Classes were competing against one another for a 2-hour early release for Thursday before break. Teachers were promised to get a one-hour late start for their next staff in-service. Seventh graders took high honors and will enjoy an early out; teachers also made their goal and will be rewarded at the next teacher in-service. The Good Neighbor is always in need of items, especially during this time of year. Mrs. Marx and students rallied together and loaded the goods into the suburban and took a trip to the Good Neighbor where more volunteers waited to start putting holiday baskets together for needy families. What a difference a little time and effort can make in the lives of so many. Happy holidays to all from all of us at HSPS!

Polar Express

On Monday, December 18th, the 1st, 2nd & 3rd graders took the audience for a ride on the Polar Express for their Christmas concert. Afterward, there were cookies and hot chocolate in the cafeteria with a visit from Santa himself!

 

Flu Season has Arrived

Wyoming is reporting statewide flu activity and Nebraska is still at local but could be changing quickly according to Panhandle Public Health District. 

Flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. You have the power to protect yourself and your family this season with these three actions to fight flu.

  1. Get a flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. As long a flu viruses are circulating, it is not too late to get vaccinated!
  2. Take everyday actions to stop the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often with soap and water. If you become sick, limit your contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. If you get the flu, medicine, called antiviral drugs, can be used to treat flu illness. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.

 

UPDATED – Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament Bracket, December 21st-22nd

Updated – 2017 Harrison Holiday Tournament

Personal Finance Challenge

Hay Springs High School Students competed in the Fall Finance Challenge!

The Finance Challenge is sponsored by the Nebraska Council on Economic Education. The challenge promotes budgeting and general financial literacy in a competitive environment.

We had two teams that competed in the Fall Finance challenge which is a computerized test where students compete against other Nebraska teams. Hay Springs teams competed against 385 other high school teams. Our Accounting 1 team which was comprised of Kaelob Marx, Mattie Johnson, Erin Kadlecek and Payton Schoenhals placed second place winning $20 each. Our second team Personal Finance 1 was comprised of Sam Kearns, Addie Regier, and Thomas Scherbarth and they ranked 92nd in the High School Division.

Students will also compete in the Spring competition in late March. If the students are in the top five in the region they will advance to the regional competition and then on to the National Competition.

Hay Springs School Board Vacancy

Hay Springs Public School

Notice of School Board Vacancy

The Hay Springs Public School at their December Board of Education meeting on December 11, 2017 took action to declare a vacancy on the Board of Education. The Hay Springs Schools Board of Education has experienced a vacancy on the Board of Education as a result of the death of Board Member Mike Hunzeker. In accordance with state law, the Board will begin the process of appointing an individual to complete the remainder of Mr. Hunzeker’s term on the board which will continue until December 31st 2020.

The Hay Springs Board of Education is encouraging community members to consider this volunteer position in support of public education and the students of Hay Springs Public Schools.  Applications will be available December 12th 2017, at the office of the Superintendent located at 407 N Baker St. PO Box 280, Hay Springs NE.  Qualified applicants must be a registered voter and a resident of the Hay Springs School District.

The Board will interview applicants during the regular January board meeting on January 8th at 6:30 PM.  The board will make the appointment of a candidate to the Board of Education, following the interviews.  The newly appointed board member will take the oath of office at the January Board meeting, and begin his term of service to the school district at that time.

Application Deadline:  January 4th, 2018 at 5:00 P.M.

If you have questions about this position of service, please call Mr. Lechtenberg at the school office 3008-638-4434 or on his cell at 402-340-0849. Interested individuals may access an application at the superintendent’s office, on the school website at hshawks.com or submit a letter of application to: Russell Lechtenberg, Superintendent, Hay Springs Public School, 407 N Baker Street, PO Box 280, Hay Springs, Nebraska 69347-0280.

Application for the Board of Education