Bird Banding

Fourth graders attended the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies presentation on bird banding. While we were there we saw the nets the birds fly into, banding of the birds, weighing of the birds, and we got to hold a felt bird that was a model of a real bird. Students also got to use binoculars and bird books to identify birds and play a bird survival game. We found out that only around 30% of birds that migrate make it to their destination.

Egg Drop Challenge

Fifth graders participated in an egg drop challenge to help them learn about the practices of science and how to think like a scientist. After asking questions, they had 30 minutes to design and build a model with the available materials that would protect an egg in a drop. We tested the models and, afterwards, analyzed the data to think about how they would revise their initial models to make them better.

Class Supply List 2022-2023

Hay Springs Public School Class Supply List for the 2022-2023 School Year


Pre-K AM & PM

  • 1 regular backpack, labeled with student’s name
  • Extra change of clothing (labeled)
  • 1-75 count container of Clorox Wipes
  • 1 composition notebook (labeled)

Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade

  • $25 – paid to Hay Springs Public Schools; due on the first day school
  • Backpack, labeled with student’s name
  • Water Bottle that closes (labeled)
  • Gym shoes with non-marking soles (labeled)
  • 1 box of Kleenex (do not label)
  • 1 – 75 count container of Clorox Wipes (do not label)
  • Kindergarten Only – Extra set of clothing (labeled)
  • 1st through 5th Grade – Ear buds or headphones (labeled)

Pre-K & Elementary Notice

  • Label all supplies (except those marked as do not label) with student’s name in permanent marker.
  • Send supplies on the first day of school.
  • Please do not purchase items unless indicated.
  • 25$ owed to Hay Springs School due the first day of school for supplies.

6th-8th Grade

  • 2 – 2” 3 ring binder
  • Pens (red, black, blue)
  • Pencils
  • 2 ~ Notebook
  • Headphones
  • 2 ~ Graph Paper notebook
  • Simple Calculator
  • Highlighters (blue, green, yellow, pink)
  • 2 ~ 3×5 packs of note cards
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Ruler
  • Physical education classes require gym shoes, gym clothes, and gym bag

9th-12th Grade

  • Calculator (T1-83)
  • Compass
  • Lined Notebooks
  • Graph Paper notebook
  • Binder (2” or larger) 3 ring
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Markers (8 count think or thin)
  • Markers (Black extra fine sharpie)
  • Protractor
  • Ruler
  • Geometry – Bound book of notecards
  • Physical Education Classes – gym shoes, gym clothes, and gym bag

Trout Dissection

Fifth graders kicked off our Monday morning with a trout dissection! Students worked in groups to identify the external and internal anatomy of the trout. Everyone’s favorite part is squeezing the sphere-shaped lens out of the eye!

First Grade Butterfly Release

Today the first grade class released 18 butterflies. The class has watched their butterflies metamorphosize from caterpillars. Mrs. Marie Nelson and Mrs. Melissa Mracek from our county extension office have visited with us over the past few weeks. They taught us many things about the life cycle of the butterfly and the parts of a butterfly. If you see any painted lady butterflies flying around town, they might be ours!

Trout In The Classroom Field Trip

Fifth graders traveled to Chadron State Park for their Trout in the Classroom field trip. We started off the cool, wet day with some fishing in the pond. We got our hands dirty baiting our hooks and caught several bluegill and a couple smallmouth bass. We even had one student catch his very first fish ever! Next we released our trout. We received these trout eggs in January from Nebraska Game and Parks, and raised them in our classroom fish tank. Students were a little sad to say goodbye. Finally we went on the hunt for aquatic macroinvertebrates aka water bugs. Macroinvertebrates are helpful in determining water quality. The damselfly nymphs and dragonfly nymphs are indicators of potentially good water quality.

Second Grade Camp-In

Second grade had “Camp Learn A Lot” this week. We brought in tents, sleeping bags, flashlights and a campfire! We read so many camping books under the “stars”, learned and wrote about how to eat a worm, wrote and shared spooky campfire stories, read maps and made maps, constellations, bees and how they make honey, and we had a couple special readers come to camp! Turns out, learning can be fun!

5th Grade Science

Fifth graders have been busy learning about molecules! We have been exploring what causes different types of molecules to dissolve. To further understand, we first investigated the attraction between molecules of the same kind. We placed drops of water on a penny then did the same with oil to see which liquid would gather the most drops. We observed that water molecules held together better than oil molecules.

Next, we tested different emulsifiers to see which would keep two liquids, water and oil, from separating to create a stable mixture. After testing flour, cornstarch, and lecithin, we found that lecithin is the best emulsifier to keep oil and water mixed.