Superintendent Briefing

August 2018

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Welcome Back!!

WELCOME BACK! We are excited to welcome you to what will be a great school year at North Platte Public Schools. We hope you enjoyed the summer months with your families and friends.

The North Platte Public School District is working collectively to become a great school district. It is a district that collaborates to create and improve an effective integrated district-wide system to ensure adults have the capacity to support students and learning in collaboration with family, businesses, and community members.

Greatness occurs when all students are prepared to be productive, responsible citizens in a safe, caring, and supportive learning environment. We (the district) have 13 years to accomplish this purpose - every year, every day matters! The NPPSD staff value teamwork, hard work, collaboration, respect, trust, loyalty, honesty, integrity and student success. These values are unique to NPPSD so each of us need to model and reinforce the things that are going to distinguish us as a school district. What makes North Platte School District GREAT?

We have hired some great teachers and administrators to go along with the great ones we already have. We have a Board of Education and support staff who work diligently to support our efforts to accomplish our district’s purpose. We have what it takes to motivate and challenge our students and staff to become one of the best school districts in Nebraska.

We are creating a culture that is unique and we need to do the hard work to cultivate that unique culture of greatness. We can’t mandate our culture. We can’t force our staff to work in a certain way. But we can set up the environment through organizational design by honoring our values as well as reinforcing and recognizing staff and students who model our values. Creating a positive working culture will cultivate the kind of culture that we want. We will do what it takes to make North Platte School District great!

You’re Invited! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend our Districtwide Welcome Back Kickoff event on Tuesday, August 14, from 7:30 to 11:15 a.m. at NPHS Performing Arts Center. All NPPSD employees are invited to attend this fun, Districtwide event, so we can kick off the new school year feeling supported, enthusiastic and focused on achieving greatness. I will give an overview of the district highlights and vision for the future. The keynote speaker, Jon Gordon, will help set the direction for ‘what makes great teams great.’

Thank you for all you do in making North Platte School District a great place to work and learn. Let’s have a great year.

Ron Hanson


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Back-to-School Event

Tuesday, Aug. 14th, 7-11:30am

North Platte High School - Performing Arts Center

Theme: Greatness

Theme Song: The Greatest Showman

7:00 to 7:45 - Continental Breakfast

7:45 – 8:00 a.m. – Assemble in the PAC

8:00 - 8:30 - Swing Choir - National Anthem

8:30 - 9:30 - Dr. Hanson

● Introductions

● Jodi Howard, NPPS Foundation Director

● NPPSD Highlights

9:30 -11:00 - Keynote Speaker – Jon Gordon

· Positive Cultures – Positive Teams

11:00 - 11:20 - Closing - Video

11:20 – Handout Gifts

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Best Selling Author and Keynote Speaker

Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of 16 books including 6 best-sellers: The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, You Win in the Locker Room First, The Power of Positive Leadership and The Power of a Positive Team. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Los Angeles Dodgers, The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Dell, Publix, Southwest Airlines, LA Clippers, Miami Heat, Pittsburgh Pirates, BB&T Bank, Clemson Football, Northwestern Mutual, Bayer, West Point Academy and more.

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.