Awards Programs


The academic/activity awards program for Grades 6-12 is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, 2012 in the High School Auditorium. The order of events is below:

5:30 pm: Pot Luck Meal in Cafeteria*

7:00 pm: Awards Program in Auditorium

*Security First Bank will provide the meat. All families participating in the meal need to bring two covered dishes with serving pieces (side, salad, or dessert). Families can drop food off in the cafeteria anytime after 5:00 pm. Students need to be accompanied by their parents. Remember to take your dishes home after the Awards Program.

Families are welcome to go directly to the auditorium at 7:00 pm for the Awards Program, if you do not wish to attend the pot luck dinner.



The elementary awards program is scheduled for Thursday, May 24th, following the Field Day events. It will be held in the school cafeteria. After the awards program, students will return to class for final dismissal.


Prom 2012

The 2012 Prom will be held in the old gym on May 5th.   The banquet and dinner will begin at 5:00 p.m. Pictures will begin at 6:30 p.m.  The Grand March will be held in the gym beginning at 8:30.  The doors will open to the public at 8:15 p.m. to attend the Grand March and parent dance ONLY.  All public, including parents, are asked to leave immediately following the parent dance so that the students can enjoy spending the evening with their classmates and friends.

Notice of Prom Eligibility: This is a reminder to parents and students that only students in grades 9-12 are eligible to attend prom.  In addition 9th & 10th grade students must be eligible the week of April 30th in order to attend prom.


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)

Low Resolution Video (For Slower Internet Connections – 32 MB)

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Music Notes

The final 9 weeks!  Where has the time gone?

For parents of 4th, 5th, 6th , 7th or 8th graders; you should still be hearing instruments being practiced.  The 4th graders are expected to practice 30 minutes a week on their recorders; the 5th-8th graders are to be practicing 60 minutes a week on their instrument.  Please remember that beginning band meets on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:15-4:45.  This rehearsal is open to any band students, it counts as 6th-8th graders practice times if they choose to come!

A BIG thank you to everyone who supported our Deli International fund raiser.  You should be enjoying your products by now!  Look for us to be selling again in February of 2013!

District Music Contest will be held in Alliance on Wednesday, April 18th.  This will involve the Swing Choir, Concert Choir and Concert Band.  The concert band will consist of 7th-9th grade students.  6th grade band students will not be attending.  I have not received a schedule and will do my best to communicate that with you once I have it.

We will be holding Swing Choir auditions on May 22nd at 6:30 pm.  This audition will be open to 8th-11th grade students.  There will be swing choir camps on May 1st, 8th & 15th from 7:15-7:50 am, where students will learn a dance combination and a section of a song.  A panel audition will be held on May 22nd beginning at 6:30pm.  Further details will be provided at a later date.


Murder by the Book

The All-School Play is underway! This year’s production is called Murder by the Book by Craig Sodaro. This murder mystery will be captivating as our 10 talented actors portray famous authors as their secret identities!  Will the murderer be caught and will The Raven Society live to see another year to grant the famous Smoking Gun Award?!?!  To find out please plan to attend the performances of Murder by the Book.


Thursday, April 26 at 2:30PM (School Performance)

Friday, April 27th at 7:00PM

Saturday, April 28th at 7:00PM

Sunday, April 29th matinee at 2:00PM


It will be a show you won’t want to miss!

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.

Beginning a New Chapter: FCA

A Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) booster club was recently organized in the Hay Springs school and community.  The mission of FCA is to present to athletes and coaches and all whom they influence the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.  The booster club has four areas of influence and they are campus, coaches, community and camps.  We are very excited to announce that we have started a campus huddle on Mondays during the junior high and high school lunch hours.  Mr. Badje is leading the huddle as we dive into several areas including the Gospel and Doing Sports God’s Way.

We also have scholarship funds for summer camps available to Hay Springs junior high and high school students who may want to attend one of the following camps.

June 12th-15th – Nebraska FCA Distance Running Camp – Scottsbluff

June 19th-23rd – Black Hills Sports Camp – Spearfish

July 6th-8th – Max Out Sports Camp – Grand Island

Please contact Mr. Badje or myself at (308)320-4445 if you are interested in attending one of these camps.

Finally, I wanted to mention that we had an official kick-off event on Thursday, March 15th that included an encouraging devotion from Mr. Devin Davis from Chadron, pizza and a very fun and exhausting game of dodge-ball.  We are planning to have additional fun nights on Monday, April 30th, beginning after sports practices and one on Monday, May 21st tentatively set to begin at 4:30pm.  If anyone has any questions in regards to FCA please don’t hesitate to give me a call.

God Bless,

Jim Varvel


End of the Year Reflection

Can you believe that another year is coming to a close?  We are in the fourth quarter of the school year and High School graduation is less than two months away.  This will be our last newsletter of this school year.

The end of the school year is always a great time to reflect on our successes and recognize those employees that make Hay Springs Public Schools an outstanding school district.

TEACHERS: There is only one group to thank for the high quality education provided to the students of Hay Springs Public Schools – Teachers.  This dedicated group of educators teaches our students everyday, stays after school to assist students, and volunteer to serve on committees and sponsor activities.  They work long hours and weekends checking papers and planning the next day’s activity.  Please take the time to thank one of our professional staff members.

SUPPORT STAFF: We couldn’t function day to day without our support staff.  Paraprofessionals, secretaries, and technology coordinator.  They keep us organized, work with our students, and take care of all of our many needs.  They often work behind the scene to complete their jobs with little fanfare.  We appreciate what they do for us.

FOOD SERVICE: Often food service is judged by the number of complaints we receive. We receive no complaints, only praise! We serve an excellent homemade meal, students can get seconds, and no one leaves the lunchroom hungry.  We welcome parents and the community to come eat lunch with us.  Donna and Susan do a great job.

MAINTENANCE/CUSTODIAL: Our maintenance and custodial employees put in long hours cleaning our buildings, cleaning up after activities, keeping our grounds and football field looking good and addressing continued maintenance and repairs.  They are here from early morning to late evenings and often on the weekends.  Thanks for all you do.

TRANSPORTATION: Driving to school activities is part of life in the Panhandle.  No matter what athletic, academic, or fine art activity we attend we have to drive a long distance.  That’s life in rural Nebraska.  We appreciate our route and activity drivers for getting our children to and from activities safely.

EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS: Coaches, class sponsors, play directors, music directors, ticket takers, clock keepers, concession stand workers, and the list goes on and on.  Most people don’t understand that when you have an extracurricular activity it’s more than just turning on the lights.  Without these individuals to assist with extracurricular activities we would have few student activities.  Thanks to all of you for volunteering.

SUBSTITUTES TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF: People become ill, need to be gone for personal reasons, and are absent for student activities.  When employees are gone we hire a substitute.  No other school employee gets called at 6:00 am to report to work at 8:00 am.  We appreciate their willingness to answer our early morning phone calls and sound reasonably awake and cheery.

SCHOOL BOARD:  The School Board is ultimately responsible for the overall functioning of the school district.  This School Board is exceptional.  They have aggressively focused on quality learning, improved test scores, financial stability, improved facilities and develop school district policies that reflect the community’s beliefs and values.  They volunteer their time, listen to parents and community patrons, and attend many school events.  Thank a School Board Member when you see them.

We appreciate every employee and volunteer.  Our success academically, our excellent fine arts programs and the quality of our athletic programs are the result of our excellent employees.  Please take the time to thank one of our outstanding employees when you see them.


Elementary Pop Tab Contest

Last year, the elementary collected 81 pounds of pop tabs.  The fourth grade class found that it takes approximately 1000 pop tabs to make a pound, which would make our total pop tabs collected about 81,000 pop tabs! That’s a lot of pop!

IF the elementary as a whole can collect more than 81 pounds of pop tabs THIS year, we will have a PIZZA PARTY for the WHOLE ELEMENTARY!!!

Please have all pop tabs turned in by Monday, May 14th. Stay tuned for the grand total…


Kindergarten Roundup

Mrs. Olson will be holding Kindergarten registration Friday, April 13, 2012 from 8:15 am to 11:30 am in the Kindergarten room. A child must be 5 by July 31st to register. Please bring a copy of your child’s state certified birth certificate, social security number, and immunization record. The 2012 Kindergarten will visit school Thursday, April 19th from 8:00 to 11:00. If you are unable to attend registration, please contact the school at 638-4434.