Superintendent Briefing

March 2021

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A Note from Dr. Hanson, Superintendent

Nebraska Teacher Appreciation Day

Dear, Teachers, Friends, & Families:

March second is Nebraska Teacher Appreciation Day. Please join us in celebrating our teachers.


Teachers,

On behalf of the Board of Education and the administrative team, we want to take a moment to thank you and tell you how much we appreciate your hard work and dedication. Teachers are the pillar of this district. You are the reason for our students’ success, and it is your dedication to the profession and our students that make you so important. You understand what it takes for students to succeed and be prepared for the next phase of life. You help create schools to educate and prepare each student for today and the needs of tomorrow.

North Platte Public Schools is a great school district, and a massive part of this is because of you. You are making a difference, through public education, in every student’s life by educating them so he or she can accomplish whatever he or she may choose to do in life. You are truly remarkable and continue to influence our district, community, and State in the most extraordinary way possible – education for the next generation.

I know how hard you work, and I thank each and every one of you for everything you do to create a better future. We are better together, and together we accomplish great things.

WE ARE NPPS!

Sincerely,

Dr. Ron Hanson, Superintendent

North Platte Public Schools

February Bulldogs Of The Month

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Caught Being Great

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February 2021 Caught Being Great Staff

NEW - Download Now!

Campus Parent and Campus Student

Campus Parent and Campus Student put school information at your fingertips with real-time access to announcements, assignments, attendance, grades, schedules, and more. In this video, you will learn how to get started with Campus Parent and Campus Student.


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CAMPUS PARENT

Parents, say hello to your sidekick.

Parent engagement has a direct correlation to student success. Students with engaged parents are more likely to have higher self-esteem, lower absenteeism and earn high grades or test scores. So what are you waiting for? Log into Campus Parent and get engaged today!


PARENT FAVORITES:

Accessing student grades
Give that praise and encouragement for that A or B they studied hard for!

Review attendance and absences
Get real-time notifications if your student is absent.

Seeing assignments due or upcoming exams
YES, you can finally know what your student is studying!

Notifications for School/District Announcements
Never miss a big event again!

Lunchroom information
Is student making healthy choices? Fueling the body, fuels the mind.

Connect Today
Campus Parent can be accessed on the web (login information is received from your district), using the Campus Parent mobile app, or through Amazon Alexa if it's available to your district (Learn more about Alexa).


CAMPUS STUDENT

Students, say hello to your new best friend.

Juggling academics, social life, sports, and extracurricular activities can be overwhelming. Campus Student helps you manage everything with 24/7 access to real-time information.


STUDENT FAVORITES:

Real-time notifications!
Grade notifications are sent immediately after they are entered.

Never miss an upcoming assignment
Access to assignments that are due (or missing), 24/7.

School/District Announcements
Know when prom tickets go on sale or when school is closed for a snow day!

Easy-to-use schedule
A new semester brings new classes. Knowing where to go from the palm of your hand.

Connect Today
Campus Student can be accessed on the web (login information is received from your district) or using the Campus Student mobile app.


DOWNLOAD YOUR MOBILE APP TODAY!


Campus Parent

To download Campus Parent mobile app, visit the App Store or Google Play and search Campus Parent or click on the direct link below. Campus Parent users can also enable the Infinite Campus Alexa skill, if available in your district (Learn more about Alexa).

Alexa terms and conditions.


Campus Student

To download Campus Student mobile app, visit the App Store or Google Play and search Campus Student or click on the direct link below.

Discontinuing PayPam

North Platte Public Schools will implement the Infinite Campus Lunch system for the Fall of 2021. PayPams access will be discontinued on May 18, 2021. Your student lunch account balances will be transferred from the current lunch system to the new Campus Parent Portal system at the end of this school year.


If you do not already have a Campus Parent Portal account created, please follow the directions above. The Campus Parent Portal will also be required for families who apply for free and reduced lunch.


During the month of March, you will receive an email from the school district with a link to activate your Parent Portal account. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to WelcomeCenter@nppsd.org for assistance.


Thank You,

Brian Tegtmeier

Technology Director

North Platte Public Schools

Mark Your Calendar


March

2nd Teacher Recognition Day

8th Start of 4th Quarter

11th No School Elementary/ Madison ONLY - P/T Conferences

12th No School - Elementary and Madison P/TConferences/ No School Adams and High School - Secondary Trade

15th No School-Holiday

16th No School - Professional Learning

New Website & App Available This March!


April

1st 12:00 Dismissal Adams ONLY Parent/ Teacher Conferences - Adams (7th-8th)

2nd No School-Holiday

5th No School-Holiday

6th No School - Professional Learning

8th Parent/ Teacher Conferences - High School


May

9th Graduation

18th End of 4th Quarter - Students LastDay

19th No School - Professional Learning

20th-24th Possible Snow Day Make-up days

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From Teaching & Learning

Testing and How You Can Support Your Student

NSCAS General Summative Assessment for Grades 3–8

NSCAS General Summative ACT for Grade 11

NSCAS Alternate Summative Assessment for Grades 3-8,11

ELPA 21 for Grades K-12 English Learners

Nebraska’s Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS), pronounced “en-skass,” is a statewide assessment system that supports Nebraska’s holistic view of students. The assessment system provides valuable information to educators and parents as they prepare students for success in postsecondary education, career, and civic life.

The NSCAS General Summative Assessment is administered annually in the spring for grades 3-8 and for Grade 11. The NSCAS Alternate assessment is also administered for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The ELPA 21 summative assessment is administered to all English learner students in grades K-12.

The spring testing window for all NSCAS assessments will begin on March 22, 2021, and will conclude on May 7th, 2021. The ELPA 21 window began on February 8th, 2021, and will conclude on March 19, 2021.

Students in grades 3-8 whether in attendance or in remote learning will be required to participate in the NSCAS assessment. More information for remote learners will be shared in the coming weeks by the student’s building administrator and will be posted on the district website. If families have inquiries regarding state testing they may contact their student’s building administrator.

Students in grade 11 whether in attendance or in remote learning will be required to participate in the NSCAS ACT assessment. More information for remote learners will be shared in the coming weeks by the student’s building administrator and will be posted on the district website. If families have inquiries regarding state testing they may contact their student’s building administrator.

Families may also contact Vikki Carlson, Director of Secondary Teaching & Learning and District Assessment Coordinator for further inquiry at 308.535.7100.


2021 NSCAS General & Alternate Summative Grades 3-8, 11

March 22–May 7, 2021

2021 NSCAS ACT Summative Grade 11

March 23, 2021

ELPA 21 Summative Grades K-12

February 8-March 19, 2021


Tips for a Successful Testing Experience

1. Encourage your student to visit with their teacher if they have questions about the assessment prior to testing.

2. Encourage your student to get a good night’s rest the night before the assessment 3. Encourage your student to have breakfast at home or at school the morning of the assessment.

4. Encourage your student to relax during test-taking time.

5. Encourage your student to do their best!

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NPHS Musical

After losing their live performances of last year’s musical to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NPHS Music Department is PROUD to present “Ranked: A New Musical”! Rehearsals are underway for the Nebraska premiere of this new musical, written by Kyle Holmes and David Taylor Gomez and premiered at Granite Bay High School in March of 2019. Debuting just weeks after the College Admissions Scandal took the nation by storm, Ranked tells the story of a dystopian world where competition reaches new heights as publicized academic excellence defines each student's worth. In the face of an intense and perverse culture of performance, Lily must come to grips with her place in the status quo as she watches friends and enemies alike destroy themselves and each other to score their way to the top of academic leaderboards. When an impossible lie is discovered, the fate of these students' futures hangs in the balance.


This musical will feature many students who are no stranger to the stage, including: Carly Purdy as Lily, Caedmon Hoaglund as John, Faith Miller as Alexis, Jonah San Miguel as Ryan, Baylee Steele as Jordan and Annie von Kampen as Sydney. In addition, the cast includes about 35 other roles that will show off the talent at NPHS!


Ranked is set to take the stage March 19-21, 2021. Ticket sales will begin March 1st at www.showtix4u.com. As things evolve with the pandemic, we will follow guidance from our health department about spectator capacity for our performances. Follow us on Twitter at @MusicalNphs, on our Facebook page titled “Ranked: A New Musical presented by NPHS”, or our Instagram page at ‘bulldogmusical’ to keep up with what it is like to rehearse in the middle of a pandemic and for important ticket information!


Kids Klub

Good news!!


At this time, planning Summer Kids Klub is moving forward for 2021.


In an effort to honor those who registered for last summer, we will be contacting those families first to see if they are interested in keeping their spot.


We will then move to the summer of 2020 waiting list and take students from that list if anyone gives up their spot.


At that point, if there are still spots available, we will open them up on a first-come, first-serve basis. Details will follow if this occurs.


We felt this was the fairest approach in handling summer registration this year.


We will begin making those phone calls on March 11 & 12.


Thank you for your patience with us.


Carrie Lienemann, Director

Legislative Update

Mr. Altig, Mr. Simpson, and I continuously monitor bills that could directly affect school operations. Currently, 24 bills are being considered for education or educational funding. One high-interest bill to the district is LB 288 - Change dates related to certification and distribution of state aid to schools.


For more information about this and other legislative bills visit http://news.legislature.ne.gov/edu/

ENROLL NOW!

Pullbub Preschool and Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. Visit nppsd.org to learn more!



Please contact Connie at the District welcome center with any registration or enrollment questions at welcomecenter@nppsd.org or (308) 696-3310.

Nurses Notes

Lost or need to access your Covid immunization information- Log on to NESIIS- Nebraska state immunization registry to access your immunization information. Print a copy if needed, for example with current international travel demands.

Parents may also access immunization records for their children. All you need is your date of birth and social security number to access the records.


Website is: NESIIS immunization registry

COVID-19: Vaccinating the community - Nebraska Medicine

[Video Q&A] COVID-19: vaccinating the community

March - Mobile Food Pantry

Tuesday, March 2nd, 1pm

1220 West 2nd Street

North Platte, NE

Mobile Food Pantry

North Platte High School

1220 West 2nd Street

Tuesday, March 2, 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 Food Bank of the Heartland. 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. DO NOT PARK YOUR CAR for any reason, the boxes will be placed in your trunk or an open window.

Return To School ~ Plan, Playbooks & Resources

Click here to visit our website for more information about return to school and resources!

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

Talking to Children about COVID-19

Families across the country are adapting to the evolving changes in daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In The Media

Eagle Communications to Live Stream All NPHS Games

Just wanted to give you all a heads up (in case you were unaware) Eagle Communications, The Voice of the Dawgs, with Sports Director Kyle LaBoria and News Director Scott Carlson is video streaming ALL of the North Platte High School games this year.


To View The Schedule or Stream Visit: https://northplattepost.com/category/live-streams

Connect With Us

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.

NPPS Mobile App

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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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.