Superintendent Briefing

February 2020

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A Note from Dr. Hanson, Superintendent

Hello NPPS Families and Supporters,

It is with great pride that I share the numerous events and activities happening in our district. Our top initiative, at this time, is Safety & Security Please remember your vote matters, be sure to return your mail-in ballot to the Lincoln County Election Commissioner on or before March 10, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

NPPS offers endless opportunities to be involved in academic and academic enrichment activities. We are proud of each Bulldog team, team member, and coach that qualified for state competitions this month. Help us congratulate our Cheer, Dance, Swimmers, and Wrestlers we recognize your hard work and accomplishments.

Additionally, we have several staff members who are nominated for extraordinary awards. One such distinction is Life Changer of The Year, nominee Brandy Buscher. We also have four staff members who are nominated for 2020 Women of Achievement awards Madonna Madsen, Jodi Howard, Molly Morales, and April Hodges; congratulations to each of you!

Follow us on social media to keep up with events and activities in real-time, and links can are below.

Best Regards,

Dr. Ron Hanson, Superintendent

North Platte Public Schools

Old Space, New Digs

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North Platte Public Schools Foundation

February Staff Member of the Month ~ Mr. Knight

The North Platte Public Schools Foundation in conjunction with North Platte Public Schools is excited to announce that we are honoring Spencer Knight as the NPPS Bulldog Staff member of the month for February. Spencer is the Systems Administrator for the Technology Department at North Platte Public Schools. Spencer began his career as a high school student tech in 2004. After furthering his education, he returned to NPPS full time in 2014.

Brian Tegtmeier Technology Director for North Platte Public Schools nominated Spencer for the award. “Spencer has a passion for both technology and education, which drives him to improve the technology experience and access for all of our students and staff.” Said Tegtmeier. The February business sponsor was Whitetail Screen Print and Cycle Sport. Monthly Sponsors give honorees a gift basket. The Foundation provides balloons and a gift card to the NPHS Bulldog Store and Prairie Friends and Flowers delivers a bouquet.

The North Platte Public Schools Foundation facilitates the program and takes nominations from principals and administration. Staff members are awarded monthly throughout the school year and will be recognized at Education After Hours in the spring. The Foundation is seeking Business Sponsors for the 2020-2021 school year.

Jodi Howard


Why Complete The 2020 Census

Filling out the 2020 Census is one easy way to provide resources for children and their communities for the next 10 years. The 2020 Census counts everyone living in the United States and its territories.

NPPS Safety & Security Initiative

RAPTOR Management System

I would first like to thank you for supporting the many NPPS educational and enrichment activities hosted on our campuses. Your participation in the educational process either as a student, family member, volunteer, or staff member is critical to ensuring the success of each person we serve as a district.

As many of you know, NPPS is working to make sure all entries are safe and secure at each campus. Currently, each school is using the RAPTOR Visitor Management system as visitors enter and exit the buildings. I want to remind you of the importance of both scanning in and out of the premises each time you enter and leave. Staff members, paras, administration, and visitors this includes scanning at both your home campus or while out visiting other NPPS locations. This system allows us to know who is in our schools, why they are visiting, as well as the duration of the visit. It also allows us to run reports for each campus and the district so that we know how many people are flowing through our buildings. Additionally, scanning in and out through the RAPTOR system will help us to identify who is on a campus in the event of an emergency such as a lockdown or lockout.

Again we thank you for your continued attention to the safety and security of the students, staff, families, and volunteers we serve. If I can answer any questions, please let me know.

Stuart Simpson

Executive Director of Finances, Facilities, & Operations

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Your Vote Matters!

North Platte Public Schools works at ensuring our buildings are safe, and we are developing relationships with our students. Working with our SRO, we have a secure protocol about safety and making sure our district staff and students understand the protocol. I am proud of all of our team and SRO on how we all work together to protect our students. The steering committee will continually update and modify our safety protocol in the coming months.

Safety and Security encompasses many items, and a cyber threat is just as much a safety risk as our students. We have many different types of data on our computers around the district. Our Technology Department is continually working to keep our network safe and secure.

How to be a successful student!!! By: Kharma H.

First of all, you need to have a positive mindset. In order to do that, you need good sleep, and you need to be in a good mood. If stressed, ask to take a break. Then when you have a positive mindset, go on with your day.

Second way...

Another way to be successful is to follow directions. If you follow directions, you will know what to do when given a task or an assignment. You, too, will learn from these tasks.

The Final way...

The last tip I'm gonna give you is to ask questions. The more questions you ask, the more knowledge you grow. You may be confused, say, on your math problem. Ask questions and learn more!

Now you know how to be a successful student. Keep trying, and don't give up!!!

Kharma H.

SODEXO - Food Services

KidsKlub - Keeping Busy While Exploring The World

February was a fun month for us at Kids Klub!

We partnered with the NPHS cast of West Side Story, directed by Mrs. Leah Purdy during our Mega Day on Monday, February 17th. The students from the cast took our mega day attendees on a tour backstage, played improvisational games with them, had fun in our photo booth, made craft puppets, and applied stage make-up to their faces.

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This is the fourth year in a row we have partnered with the musical cast from NPHS. Our students and staff absolutely LOVE this mega day! If you would like to take your children to see the show, here is a link to purchase tickets:

Purchase your West Side Story tickets by clicking here!

In February, Director Carrie Lienemann and Community Liaison Tina Smith attended the Beyond School Bells conference in Lincoln. During this trip, we were able to visit the historic Ferguson House, where we met with representatives from our State Capitol. It was a busy time for our Senators, and we were unable to see Senator Groene personally; however, he was given a welding project and key chain that our students made for him during our January Mega Day with Skills USA teachers and students. I have personally been in Senator Groene's office, and he proudly displays the welding projects we have made for him in past years as well.

If you are interested in registering your child for our Summer Academy, registration is Thurs. March 12th from 8 am to Noon at Lincoln Elementary. 200 W. 9th. If you have questions, please call the Kids Klub office: 308-696-3360.

Register HERE!

There is no March mega day so that staff may attend the National Afterschool Conference.

Thank you, everyone, for your continued support of our program.

Carrie Lienemann, Director

Senator Mike Groene holding a NP Bulldogs Sign.


Avoid the Phish

Recent cyber attacks in school districts across the country remind us we need to raise awareness among our staff, students, and families of common attacks through email. The resource below from is some practical advice for avoiding phishing emails.

NPPS Full-Dome Planetarium

Third-graders across the district visited the Mckinley Education Center to experience learning in the NPPS Full-Dome Planetarium. Students were able to view the movie “Cosmic Journey, A Solar System Adventure”, experience moon phases, constellations, and other heavenly bodies. Thank you to Technology Specialist Treva Uppal for giving our students an “Out of this World” experience.


Save The Date - RUNZA Either Location

Tuesday, April 7th, 12am-11:45pm

North Platte, NE, USA

Help support the NPPS TEAMMATES Chapter while enjoying RUNZA.

On April 7th 10% of sales will be donated to our chapter.

School Business Partners & Internship Program = Scholarship for NPHS Student

Great Plains Foot & Ankle Specialists joined the North Platte High School internship program during the first quarter of the 19-20 school year. After a discussion with Ron Wolfskill, the office manager, it was clear that Dr. Raska and the entire staff were very eager to assist in the advancement of the district's college and career readiness initiative. Plans were made to get started immediately. Right from the start, Brooke began learning and steadily became more comfortable with the tasks she was learning and genuinely enjoyed the friendly and helpful staff at Great Plains Foot & Ankle Specialists. As a result of her experience, she signed on to stay for a second term internship. After the second term, Ron contacted me to let me know that Dr. Raska would like to provide a scholarship to aid Brooke in reaching her full potential at the collegiate level. After a quick check for legality, it was set in motion. Brooke has been an amazing ambassador for North Platte High School, and Great Plains Foot & Ankle Specialists have been a model of program success. On behalf of North Platte High School, I am proud to thank Great Plains Foot & Ankle Specialists for the impact they are making on our students and the difference they are making in our community!
Left to right: Dr. Raska GPF&A, Brooke Intern, Adam Reed NPHS, Dr. Wray GPF&A
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AMS HAL Students work with NASA

Adams Middle School HAL students participated in an Emissions experience on Wednesday, February 12th. Emissions is an interactive program designed by NASA to encourage problem-solving in middle school students. Students interacted with NASA engineers via distance learning during the Emission experience.

Student teams Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie utilized their Chromebooks and a Polycom Internet Video Conferencing system to facilitate face-to-face interaction and problem solve with the mission specialist.

Mobile Food Pantry

March - Mobile Food Pantry

Tuesday, March 10th, 4pm

1220 West 2nd Street

North Platte, NE

A mobile pantry is a traveling food pantry that delivers food directly to families in need for a one-day distribution.

The goal is to provide food where there is a high need but limited resources.

The mobile pantry is available to you free of charge!

Date: March 10, 2020

Time: 4:00-Until food is gone!

Location: North Platte High School

1220 W. 2nd Street North Platte, NE 69101

Instructions: Please bring boxes or bags to carry food. Call 402-331-1213 with questions. Park in the main parking lot and use the west sidewalk and enter through south doors of high school.

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NPPS Mobile App

We are happy to share with our North Platte Public Schools community the release of our updated mobile app. The app is designed to get quick access to district and school information, news and events. You can access the new mobile app in both the Apple App Store and Google Play store. Simply search for "NPPSD" in either store. -- Brian Tegtmeier, Director of Technology.

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