Fish Dissection

One of the highlights of the Trout in the Classroom program is dissecting trout. Last Thursday, fifth graders rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty while learning about the internal anatomy of a Rainbow Trout. They identified the major internal organs such as the heart, kidney, stomach, and intestines, while also getting a closer look at the gills and spherical lens that helps trout see in all directions.

Kindergarten Math

Kindergarten is CELEBRATING Math achievements! Kindergarten has been working on reading and working out story problems. We are all so proud of what we are accomplishing. So if you see a Kindergartner give them a high five! Also we have been enjoying some of the High School kids coming down and doing flashcards and reading with us! We love our older Hawks!

Hagen Foundation Scholarship Awarded

Congratulations to Hally Johnson on receiving the Hagan Foundation Scholarship! The Hagan scholarship is a national scholarship that provides up to $60,000 over 4 years, as well as the opportunity to apply for an additional $30,000 for graduate school. As a Hagan scholar, Hally will also have the chance to study abroad during her junior year of college! Way to go Hally!

NHS Induction Ceremony

The Hay Springs chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 7 new members on Wednesday. They are James Scherbarth, Gabrielle Twarling, Alexa Tonjes, Abigail Russell, Gage Mintken, Jordyn Anderson, and Lillian Dorshorst. Current members who conducted the ceremony are Mia Skinner, Samantha Toof, and Hally Johnson.

The National Honor Society is made up of 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who exhibit the four pillars of the society; Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. Students who have a 3.60 grade point average or above are asked to complete an application, and are then selected by a faculty council based on how well each applicant has demonstrated the four pillars throughout their high school careers.

Congratulations to our new members!

Student Joins Ag Tech Program

Gordon, NE – 21st Century Equipment welcomes Toby Scherbarth as part of the company’s Ag Tech training program in conjunction with John Deere.

Toby will be sponsored by 21st Century Equipment’s Gordon dealership. Toby is a senior at Hay Springs High School and is the son of TJ and Holly Scherbarth. He will attend school at Southeast Community College in Milford, NE.

“We’re proud to have Toby as part of our team,” said Jake Palmer. “We know he will be a great asset to 21st Century Equipment.”

The John Deere Ag Tech program is a unique alliance between John Deere, John Deere dealers and various 2-year colleges across the nation. Students will graduate from the program with an associate of applied science degree while also completing a cooperative work experience at a John Deere dealership.

Students gain knowledge on all aspects of John Deere products, including receiving their certifications in hydraulics, electrical and service advisor diagnostics software and developing a strong understanding of the current technologies that are available on John Deere equipment.

21st Century Equipment’s Ag Tech college program provides reimbursement for up to 100% of college tuition, books, fees, room and board, plus Snap-On tools and a toolbox.

For more information about the John Deere Ag Tech program, contact, or visit

Best Of The West

On January 25th, Hay Springs Public School students traveled to Chadron to compete in the sixth annual “Best of the West Business Invitational” sponsored by CSC and the Nebraska Council on Economic Education. We had 19 students competing in the event.

Business Calculations – 4th Abigail Russell
Business Communications – 5th Lillian Dorshorst
Intro to Business – 2nd Dylan Young, 5th Dylan Raymer
Intro to FBLA – 4th Julia Russell, 5th Dylan Young
Intro to Financial Mathematics – 2nd Lillian Dorshorst
Job Interview – 2nd Mia Skinner

Busy Kindergarteners

Kindergarten is exploding with excitement! We are adding, subtracting, working on our shapes (2D and 3D) as well as reading CVC(consonant vowel consonant) words and writing stories. Each week we study new spelling words and learn 3-5 new vocabulary words. So if you see a Kinder please ask them what they have been learning and be prepared to have a great conversation! Ms. Meeks is super proud of all of her Kinders!

First Grade Receives Grant To Study Food Sources

First grade applied for and was awarded a $100 grant through the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation to study where our food comes from and where it is produced in Nebraska. Our first lesson this week was about milk. We learned about a dairy farm and milking machines in Diller, Nebraska. Locally we also were fortunate to have community member Megan Reimann send us a video about how to care for and milk a dairy cow! She also sent us fresh cows milk. It was very interesting to see the difference between fresh milk and store bought!

We also used some of our grant money to buy the ingredients to make homemade ice cream in a bag! Our main reading story this week was “From Cows to You.” We are able to tie in our Agriculture in the Classroom activities to include reading and social studies content as well!

Our curriculum has 10 different food items raised and produced in Nebraska so be looking for more updates!