Superintendent Briefing

Reflections of September and Expectations of October 2020

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A Note from Dr. Hanson, Superintendent

Hello NPPS Families,

Dear North Platte Families,

We are approaching the end of Week #7, and by all accounts, we are off to a successful start on our journey to reopen and keep open our schools. Our success is attributed to the cooperation of our families, the commitment of our staff, and the resilience of our students. We have experienced only minor glitches, which were addressed immediately. We will continue to refine and update our Return to School Plans based on guidance for the Public Health Department, Nebraska Schools Activities Association, Commissioner of Education, and the Governor.


Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like the flu, this fall and winter are more critical than ever. To help schools, businesses, and travelers learn about strategies for preventing the flu, the CDC provides the following resources for each group. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/school-business/index.html


We ask that you continue to do your part by checking your child’s temperature each morning and monitoring your child daily for symptoms of COVID-19. We also ask that you keep your child home if they exhibit any signs of illness. Students are required to wear face coverings on school buses and throughout the school day. We do have a supply of extra face coverings on hand. Please refer to our website: https://www.nppsd.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/Students%20%26%20Parents%7CCOVID-19%20Resources for additional information. We continue to rely on our partnership to keep our entire school community safe and make our school year a success for all.


Additionally, we are continuously working directly with the West Central District Health Department – Public Health Command Center weekly to ensure we continue implementing best practices for health and safety. In the event, any health concerns exist within our school community; we will communicate the necessary information swiftly and through multiple platforms. In these circumstances, we believe clarity and responsiveness will be of the utmost importance.


As of today, we do not foresee any significant changes to our school schedule coming in the near future. We will continue to assess the situation keeping health and safety as our number one priority. If and when adjustments need to be made, we will provide as much advance notice as possible.


Thank you again for your support in the successful reopening of the greatest school district in Nebraska! As a community, let’s keep up the great teamwork to maintain a safe learning environment for our students and staff.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ron Hanson, Superintendent

North Platte Public Schools

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Featured Students And Staff Of The Month

Finance, Facilities, and Operations

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Library & Media Updates

Did You Know?

Bookface involves strategically lining up your face or another body part alongside a book cover that features a matching body part so that there appears a melding of life and art. Librarians and other book lovers post these photos weekly on visual apps like Instagram, using the caption #BookfaceFriday.

Information provided by ~ Shauna Harvey NPHS Media Para

Online Book Fair, October 12-27

A little bit about the book fair:



  • Quality, ultra-readable books! Our partner for this online book fair is Junior Library Guild. JLG is an elite book-selection service that until now has only been available to librarians. Over 40,000 new books for children and young adults are published annually and JLG only selects the top 3% for its collection. So, you KNOW these books are going to be good!
  • Safe & cash-free shopping! With health concerns and social-distancing requirements, this online fair is the perfect way for families to build their at-home libraries from the safety of their homes. That means, no need to worry about cash transactions OR germs!
  • Direct-to-home delivery! Every purchase from our online book fair will be delivered straight to the shopper’s door. And any purchases from staff wish lists will be shipped directly to their classrooms. Easy peasy!
  • Affordable selections! Most books in our online fair will be hardcover, first-edition books with library-quality binding. Prices start as low as $5/book—and shipping is FREE for all orders over $30.

Teachers will be able to create wish lists to create classroom libraries and our libraries will receive a percentage of every book fair purchase so we can also purchase more books for our students and staff.


Here's a quick video: https://youtu.be/-zTW-vYKkkw (English) https://youtu.be/0LJD_xE_nsU (Spanish).


Click the Blue Buttons Below to begin shopping.


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Sky Seery | NPHS Media Specialist

Sometimes, Change is Good
Feelin" Groovy Madison

Welcome to our JLG@Home Book Fair! Shop hundreds of fun, engaging, and affordable books that will keep your kids reading and learning. JLG is now offering books to families and delivering them to you at home!

Feelin Groovy Adams

Welcome to our JLG@Home Book Fair! Shop hundreds of fun, engaging, and affordable books that will keep your kids reading and learning. JLG is now offering books to families and delivering them to you at home!

Fall for Books @ NPHS

Welcome to our JLG@Home Book Fair! Shop hundreds of fun, engaging, and affordable books that will keep your kids reading and learning. JLG is now offering books to families and delivering them to you at home!

Presented by benefitting

North Platte Public Schools Foundation

Mark your calendar September 29 & 30


NPPSF is hosting a “Dine Out to Donate” in place of Change Wars and the Backyard BBQ on September 29th and 30th. We will be concluding with FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY on October 2nd at NPHS.

The process is simple--you bring in a flyer, enjoy a meal dining in or take out at participating restaurants. In return, the restaurant will donate a portion of the proceeds to NPPSF to benefit the students and teachers of the North Platte Public Schools District. All of the proceeds will support NPPSF’s many programs, including REACH Grant.


Support your favorite school by voting at nppsf.org

THE TOP THREE NPPS SCHOOLS WITH THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF PARTICIPATION BASED ON STUDENT POPULATION WILL WIN 1st= $500, 2nd=$200 3rd=$100. BE SURE TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SCHOOL AFTER YOU DINE OUT OR TAKE OUT!




Grab lunch or dinner Friday, October 2nd, from 11-8 pm located at NPHS Parking lot. Come cheer on the Bulldogs vs. Creighton Prep.

Please share it with your friends and family! Please respect social distancing and wear masks (except for eating, of course).



A portion of the proceeds will benefit NPPSF. Thank you for your support!

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

Kids Klub

Welcome back Kids Klub staff and students!

Welcome back to Kids Klub! We are so happy to have your kiddos back in our program.


Thank you to everyone who is waiting patiently on our waiting list and for Mega Day information. At this time, we still plan to re-evaluate in December.


Within our programs we have been getting homework assistance up and running, we have individual supplies for each student, and our staff has been working diligently to maintain our sanitary standards. We continue to wear face coverings and appreciate how understanding you and your students are being with our new regulations. Your grace with us has not gone unnoticed.


A new partnership with a local therapist, Angela Bear, has been implemented with assistance from Brandy Buscher, our Student Services Director.


We are very excited to offer this SEL (Social & Emotional Learning) program at our four Title schools.


We are also working to roll out some new club-based programming as well as working on a new opportunity to assist our community with a playground design & build in one of our local parks. Stay tuned for more information on that soon. We are very excited about this one!


Thank you again for your continued support of our program.


Carrie Lienemann, Kids Klub Director

Mobile Food Pantry

October - Mobile Food Pantry

Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 1pm

1220 West 2nd Street

North Platte, NE

Mobile Food Pantry

North Platte High School

1220 West 2nd Street

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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.

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.

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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

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