Superintendent Briefing

December 2021

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A Note from Dr. Hanson, Superintendent

Happy Holidays

Dear Students, Staff, and Parents/Guardians,

The 2021-22 school year is well underway, and we’re off to a great start. December is an excellent time to reflect on the past year and begin thinking about the new year. As we embark on a new term, our focus is to reflect upon and continue to build upon the successful first term we’ve just accomplished while striving to make 2022 even better. We will continue to focus on the individual needs of each student and staff member. This focus will include their academic needs as well as their social and emotional needs.

As we reflect on all this year has brought us as a district and community, I hope that you find pride in how well our students, teachers, staff, and administration have done. We are NPPS, and with that, we bring success to all we do. We have completed 21 months in a global pandemic with individuals and teams who have competed at state and national levels. We have maintained a low absentee rate and started a few new programs (Sixpence and Family Literacy). For more information about either of these programs visit, or contact the Student Services Department at 308-696-3301.

We look forward to enrolling new kindergarten and preschool students in NPPS starting December 13, 2021. For more enrollment information, see the information below or connect with Connie in the Welcome Center at

We know this would not be possible without the ongoing support of our families, school board, and community. During this season, you are the shining stars that continue to help us push forward to greatness.

Happy Holidays and Thank you for all you do!


Ron Hanson, NPPS


Bulldogs Of The Month

November 2021 BullDogs of The Month
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Open December 13, 2021

Existing Students

Existing family with students currently enrolled in NPPSD with a parent portal account may register their student(s) by:

  1. Logging into an active Parent Portal account from a laptop or desktop computer.

  2. On the left column, click on "More" then click on Online Registration.

New Students

If you are new to North Platte Public School District or do not yet have a Parent Portal account, you may register your student(s) by:

  1. Using a laptop or desktop computer to access the Registration link.

Required Documents for ALL NPPS Students:

If you can not upload these during the online registration process, complete the registration online and submit. You can then bring these documents to the District Welcome Center (301 West F Street) or email them to, at your earliest convenience. Registration will not be complete until all documents are turned in.

  1. Certified Birth Certificate

  2. Current Immunization Records

  3. Proof of address (a utility bill or lease/ purchase agreement)

*Students currently enrolled in NPPS Preschool do not need to complete an online registration form for Kindergarten enrollment.

Those students will be automatically enrolled in their resident boundary school. If siblings already attend a non-resident boundary school, you will need to complete a Request to Attend (RTA), so they may attend with their siblings.

Request to Attend

Open January 15th to February 15th of each year.

Click Here to complete the request to attend form.

If you have questions about this, please contact Connie at the Welcome Center at 308-696-3310.

ESSER Funding

As a reminder, North Platte Public Schools has submitted an application for ESSER Funds. We will continue to update information about the process for receiving these funds and how they will be spent on our website at

Library & Media Resources

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Kids Klub

Kids Klub

Kids Klub has been busy this month!

We decorated the Lincoln County Historical Museum schoolhouse, and we prepared our Who House for viewing again this year at Cody Park. Go check them out as you drive around town and look at all the beautiful holiday decorations.

Our November Mega Day was hosted by Sodexo, who prepared a sit-down Thanksgiving feast for us. The 5th-grade students served our dinner and dessert and assisted with set up and tear down. What a wonderful day it was!

As we wind down the year, please know how much each of you means to us. We appreciate each and every one of you!

Thank you again for continuing to support our wonderful program.

Carrie & The Kids Klub Staff

APP & Tech Tips

What Parents Need to Know About Netflix

Netflix is a subscription-based streaming service that allows users to watch TV shows and movies on any internet-enabled device that supports the software, such as smart TVs, phones and tablets. The pandemic saw a surge in children consuming on-demand content as many families relaxed their screen-time rules. Netflix’s diverse range of programming caters for all age groups – so it’s important for parents to recognise the potential risks of children using the service and the measures to help their child enjoy a safe streaming experience.

In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as screen addiction, inappropriate content and hacking attempts.

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Teaching & Learning

NSCAS Growth: Measures to Support Learning and Instruction

The Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) was developed to support the connection between curriculum, instruction, and assessment. It includes formative, interim, and summative (proficiency) measures, with the recognition that educators need different types of data to inform teaching and learning


The goal from day one has been to make assessment more useful in the classroom, so the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) has been working with Nebraska districts to increase the instructional relevance of summative data and reduce the challenges teachers and students face in managing both interim and summative tests.

As part of this effort, Nebraska is transitioning to NSCAS Growth, an adaptive, through-year assessment for grades 3–8 in English language arts and mathematics that produces instructionally-relevant information and also measures proficiency to increase testing efficiency and utility of assessment results.

In the 2021–22 school year, Nebraska districts will have the opportunity to pilot NSCAS Growth in the winter term and all Nebraska districts will administer NSCAS Growth in the spring. North Platte Public School District will participate in the NSCAS Growth Winter Pilot on December 7th and December 8th in grades 3-8.

Timeline for NSCAS Growth Transition:

2021–2022: Nebraska districts will administer MAP Growth in the fall and will have the opportunity to participate in an NSCAS Growth pilot in the winter. In the spring, all districts will administer NSCAS Growth in lieu of the NSCAS General Summative test. As this is a transition year, districts may still wish to administer MAP Growth in the winter and spring terms.

2022–2023: NSCAS Growth will be fully operational. All Nebraska districts will administer NSCAS Growth in the fall, winter, and spring.

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Join Our Team

We Are Hiring!

Are you looking for a position with NPPS? If so, please visit to see a list of available positions.

Sodexo Is Also Hiring~

Sodexo @ NPPSD

Are you looking for a family-friendly schedule that offers competitive pay, insurance, and 401K? Sodexo Nutrition Department is looking to hire part-time, and sub positions for the upcoming school year.

Make an Impact in a student’s Life

  • Part-time and sub positions available

  • Excellent schedule – no weekends or evenings

  • Opportunity for advancement

  • Competitive pay

Sodexo is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran employer

Sodexo is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran employer. Sodexo is committed to upholding the spirit and principles of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the 1998 amendment to the Act. If, due to a disability, you require a reasonable accommodation to navigate this site and/or complete the online application process, please contact for assistance.


North Platte Public Schools and Gaggle have joined in a partnership to keep our students safe when they use Google Workspace for Education. Gaggle safety management combines technology with expert Safety Representatives, who review content 24/7 to assure students are safe. Gaggle identifies inappropriate words, phrases, and images in Gmail, Google Drive, and web searches. Trained professionals then apply consistent, district-approved policies for positive intervention, alerting building administration if there is an imminent threat to a student.

In short, Gaggle identifies three types of incidents: (1) User Violations, (2) Questionable Content (QCON), and (3) Possible Student Situations (PSS). Students are emailed directly about “User Violation” offenses stating that what they are doing, saying, or sending is inappropriate. School administration are directly emailed for the other two incident types, Questionable Content (QCON) and Possible Student Situations (PSS), and can investigate and respond to incidents as appropriate.


Learn why kids participate in viral social media challenges and how you can help them make responsible decisions. Help Kids Navigate Viral Social Media Stunts

ChromeBook Care

As the weather turns colder we want to remind our students to remember to bring their computers inside from the car at night to charge. Extreme cold temperatures can cause issues such as decreased battery life, damage to the LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Screen, or short circuit due to condensation when the system is powered on and warms up too quickly from a cold state. If you do forget your Chromebook outside the best thing to do is not use it right away. Bring it inside and let it gradually warm up before charging and using it.


Security awareness is for everyone. NPPS has partnered with KnowBe4 for security awareness training for our students & their families - To get started, click on this link, then enter the password: homecourse

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Emergency BroadBand Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Go to for more information to see if you qualify and how to enroll.

Emergency Broadband Benefit - What Is It and How Does It Work


Look to the Sky

Look to the Sky at the Fox Theatre in North Platte this Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 pm. The filmmaker, Brett Culp, was the Town Hall speaker in North Platte recently. The film is about ordinary kids doing extraordinary things and finding the hero within themselves. I think it will be an inspiring experience for children of any age and their families. A preview of the movie can be seen at The tickets are only $5, and our concession stand will be open.

All of the proceeds go toward the Canteen Room Construction project.

Look to the Sky

Explores the power of hope while encouraging viewers to find the superhero within themselves. Weaving together the stories of 10 inspiring young people, Look to the Sky is a touching journey into what is possible for the world and for our own lives.

Pacer Dance Camp

The NPHS Pacers are having a dance camp on Saturday, Dec. 11th, for Kindergarten - 5th graders.

Scan the QR Code below or email, Coach Audri Pelton,

Funds will go towards us attending the state dance in February.

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NPPS Mobile Food Pantry

December - Mobile Food Pantry & Project Connect

Tuesday, Dec. 14th, 1pm

1220 West 2nd Street

North Platte, NE

Mobile Food Pantry & Project Connect

North Platte High School

1220 West 2nd Street

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

1:00 pm – Until Food is Gone

This is an OPEN AIR, DRIVE THRU Distribution. Patrons will drive their car through a line, and volunteers will bring the boxed food to the car. Free of charge. 325 Households will be served on a first come first serve basis. The Food Pantry is sponsored by the Food Bank of the Heartland.

Please start the line OUTSIDE of the school parking lot next to the tennis courts. DO NOT COME INTO THE PARKING LOT PRIOR TO THE SEMI UNLOADING THE DISTRIBUTION ITEMS.

If you are in the parking lot prior to the gates opening we will ask you to move your vehicle. When the mobile distribution begins, cars can drive up to the gate by the Northeast corner of the football field. Patrons will drive through the alley between the football field and the high school building, exiting on West A Street. Use only the entrance closest to the tennis courts to avoid congestion as students leave after school. While waiting for the distribution to begin you need to follow all traffic laws. Do not block driveways or streets for any reason. Safety is our number one concern and we do not want anyone to get hurt.

Future Dates:

Tuesday, Dec 14, 2021

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022

Tuesday, Feb 8, 2022

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2022

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2022

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2022

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2022

Mentoring and Business Partnerships

Learn More About Becoming A School Business Partner

The School Business Partnership Program enhances learning by connecting students and teachers to business partners resulting in learning experiences that are authentic and relevant in order to better prepare students for the future.

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December 6, 2021 Board of Education Meeting

When: December 6, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m.

View the webinar at,

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COVID-19 Resources

Click for the up-to-date NPPS COVID-19 Guidelines & Survey

Nebraska Family Helpline (888) 866-8660

Any problem. Any time. Raising kids is hard. The Nebraska Family Helpline is here to help. It is OK to ask for advice. Resources for parents & families available 24/7 (888) 866-8660

Non-Discrimination Statement

Visit this link to view the NPPS Non-Discrimination Statement

Title IX Policies

Visit this link to view the NPPS Title IX Policies.

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