October 1, 2018
Positive Team Create Positive Cultures
Behind every great team is a strong culture; great leadership; and passionate, committed people.
Team culture is the written and unwritten rules that say how a team communicates, connects, thinks, works, and acts.
To create your culture, you must identify what you stand for and what you want to be known for.
Identify what you stand for: Greatness
What do you want to be known for? Greatness
When you know what you want to be, you can create your culture to become it.
NPHS Superintendent Student Advisory Team
NPHS has students who like what they do each day and are motivated to achieve their goals. All the NP schools have students who have different abilities, needs, and ambitions. The NP schools have an involved staff and students who work together to push themselves to be the best they can be. The NP schools embrace the conviction that all students can succeed.--- Dr. Ron Hanson, Superintendent
NPHS Internship Program
Fourteen students are currently working on internship work experiences.
One completed a ride along with the Sheriff's Office and he experienced "running code" (lights/sirens) and watched someone be arrested. The deputy involved did a great job explaining everything with the student during the experience.
Another watched two trainees at the Sheriff's Office go through Taser training. Again, the supervisors did a great job explaining all parts of this process. Amy Sabatka, Careers Teacher/Internship Facilitator, North Platte High School
Congratulation to Kyle Kingston – Staff Member of the Month
We have a huge influence on our culture and the culture we are creating by what we think, say and do every day. 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 who model our values.
Greatness occurs when we work collectively as a team. We build positive relationships based on mutual respect, trust, loyalty, honesty, and integrity. We work hard continuously to accomplish our purpose of preparing students to be productive responsible citizens in schools that are safe, caring and supportive – every day – every year matters. Great things happen when a team makes culture their top priority.--- Dr. Ron Hanson, Superintendent
Kids Klub - Rough Riders Horse Club
Kids Klub took 60 Rough Riders Horse Club students from Lincoln & Buffalo to the MPCC rodeo on 9/14. They had behind the scenes access to the cowboys and cowgirls, had dinner with the rodeo queens and have been taking horse riding lessons at Dusty Trails the past six weeks.-- Carrie Lienemann, Director of Kids Klub
North Platte Public Schools Safety Steering Committee met at the end of August to start the new school year. The committee is continuously identifying safety measures that schools are implementing to ensure safety around the district in collaboration with building principals, staff and students. One safety measure being implemented is all individuals must sign in and out as they enter and leave a building. The district is working diligently to install a electronic sign-in system for more efficient operations. To ensure transparency to all patrons, we are working with the District Leadership Team and building administrators on a communication plan. The safety committee wants to make sure we have a clear purpose and direction regarding the overall safety on all school campuses.-- Stuart Simpson, Executive Director of Finance, Facilities and Operations.
NPPSD Custodial and Maintenance Staff
On September 10th - Custodial/Maintenance staff continued education on staff relations and building relationships to be a better team. --Lori Coburn, Director of Custodial Services.
The MTSS framework provides a data-based problem-solving and decision making process which is practiced across all levels of the educational system for all students. The NPPSD MTSS google site was rolled out to staff in September. Our MTSS website is a tool to be utilized as a resource to support ALL students' physical, intellectual, social, and emotional growth. This is a great resource for all high performing Professional Learning Teams.
Members of the district Teaching and Learning team attended the NeMTSS Summit 2018 in Lincoln at the end of August. This conference provided us with valuable information to keep moving the district forward in further development of this system. On Friday of this conference, Peggy, Vikki, and Denise presented during the Nebraska Schools Spotlight. They shared with other schools how far we have come in one year in this process. Below is a timeline that was shared during the presentation. -- NPPSD's Teaching and Learning Team
Evidence of Greatness
Chris Simants worked to re-configure the arrangement of the circulation desk at Madison this summer so the space would allow better interaction with the students. The circulation desk used to be off in the corner of the library but with Chris Simants' vision and hard work, the Madison Media Center now has a much better layout. Also thanks to Kelly Anderson (Technology) for relocating circulation computer equipment. -- Brian Tegtmeier, Director Technology Department.
Brian Jahnke, NPPSD Adaptive PE teacher
North Platte Public School is proud to announce that Brian Jahnke, NPPSD Adaptive PE teacher, has been selected to receive the Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award from the Nebraska Society for Health and Physical Education (SHAPE).
He will be recognized at the SHAPE Nebraska Awards Celebration during the SHAPE NE Fall Conference, Monday, November 5, 2018 in Lincoln. -- Dr. Tami Eshleman, Associate Superintendent
Mr. John Byrn, Assistant Principal at North Platte High School
Mr. John Byrn, Assistant Principal at North Platte High School, has started High-Five Fridays. He is out at 7:20 a.m. by the flagpole making sure everyone gets a high-five coming into school. Theodore Roosevelt said it best, "People don't care how much you KNOW until they now how much you CARE."
We are here for one another and for our students. Thank you for all that you do for our students, staff, and community.-- Dr. Tami Eshleman, Associate Superintendent
NPPSD Student Services Update
Last week a student at Eisenhower Elementary earned enough good behavior points to pick a reward. He choose to have lunch with School Resource Officer Johnson. They had a blast and even learned the anatomy of an acorn. ---Brandy Buscher, Student Services Coordinator
NPPSD & Sodexo Partnership
Lunch services at Lincoln Elementary - sloppy joes, mac and cheese and kidables. Great location, great set up, and great service! Thank you.-- Stuart Simpson, Executive Director of Finance, Facilities and Operations