Superintendent Briefing

August 2019

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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. We are working to create and to improve our culture and ensure adults have the capacity to support student learning in collaboration with families, businesses, and community members.

Last spring, each of us was asked to complete the What Makes a Great School District? survey. The input from this survey became the driving force behind the district’s re-branding process. Overwhelming, the feedback from the survey revealed three thematic ideals: Communication, Connection, and Commitment. It is clear that all of us have a high degree of passion for wanting to make North Platte Public Schools a GREAT place for students, families, staff and patrons. The feedback revealed the ongoing desire to create a culture where learning can take place and success can result in an environment that is safe, supportive, and positive.

Making North Platte Public Schools GREAT calls for each of us to continue to work collaboratively and respectfully in a positive culture that is driven by passionate and committed people. This responsibility belongs to each of us. The new district brand will be featured at the “Back-to-School” event on August 13, 2019. A big thank you to Brandon Petersen, NPHS Business Instructor for creating the new North Platte Public Schools poster and to Brian Tegtmeier for creating the new North Platte Public Schools signature label.

Greatness occurs when all students are prepared to be productive, responsible citizens in schools that are safe, caring, and supportive. Students must know that the adults in the school care about them. When all of us are United in Respect and Destined for Greatness, our collective energy and passion will soar.

We have hired GREAT teachers and administrators for the 2019-2020 school year. They will be joining the GREAT staff we already have! Our Board of Education and our support staff continue to work diligently to support our efforts to accomplish our district’s purpose. Each of us has what it takes to motivate and challenge our students and our colleagues in creating one of the best school districts in Nebraska!

We must depend on one another to embrace our pursuit of GREATNESS. This will take communication, connection, and commitment from each of us to do the hard work that will cultivate our culture where GREATNESS is the norm. Our culture should energize one another, foster connected relationships, support teamwork, enable us to learn, empower us to grow, and provide opportunities for each of us to do our best.

Every one of us wants to be a member of a GREAT team. To be a great team, we must all dedicate time to building meaningful relationships grounded in COMMUNICATION, CONNECTION, AND COMMITMENT. Collectively, we ALL can do what it takes to make North Platte Schools GREAT!


Ron Hanson

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Theme: United in Respect – Destined for GREATNESS

Theme Song: The Five Stairsteps - O-o-h Child Lyrics

Superintendent Student Advisory Group selected the theme song

7:00 to 7:45 - Breakfast - NPHS

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 – 9:40 - Video

9:45 - 11:15 - Keynote Speaker – Eric Sheninger

11:20 – Handout Gifts

2019 - Back-to-School Activities

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Congratulations to the NPHS Boys Golf team! They are your 2019 Class B STATE CHAMPIONS! So proud of all the boys and coaches! #WTMB

What a great way to end the 2018-19 school year and to set our goals for a GREAT 2019-20 school year.

On behalf of North Platte Public School, we want to thank coaches Jim Orcutt and Matt Kaminski. For Coach Orcutt, it is ideal way to finish a great teaching and coaching career. Thank you to golfers Drew Phillips, Finn Lucas, Tanner Ruda, Jayden Jones, and Kasch Morrison for the performance at the state meet. Great kids...Great golfers...Great team!

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Skill USA National Champions - Congratulations!

Skills USA earned another National Championship in Opening & Closing ceremonies! Members are: Kainin Wilson, Mia Hilber-Hansmeier, Hannah Rosenof, Carli Fudge, Jes Crankshaw, Sarah Phares, Rebecca Ady.

Congratulations to Coach Livingston! She has coached 6 National Championships, 2 silver medals, and 2 bronze medal winning teams.

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NPHS Pacers placed 1st in Home Routine and had 6 All Americans.

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North Platte Public Schools Awards Staff Member of the Month for May 2019

The North Platte Public Schools Foundation in conjunction with North Platte Public Schools is excited to announce that Jami Allen was honored as the NPPS Bulldog Staff member of the month for May.

She teaches dual credit English and junior English at North Platte High School.

Jami is originally from Bartley, Nebraska, and graduated in 2000 from Twin Valley High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Language Arts Education 7-12 from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, followed by her Master of Arts in English from Fort Hays State University. She is currently pursuing her Educational Doctorate with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jami says, “The mission of our school is to prepare students to be career and college-ready; since my courses focus on effective communication on multiple levels (writing, speaking, and listening) they benefit students at any level with whatever course their lives might take. "I believe it is important students learn for understanding and to improve their quality of life as well as the lives of those around them.”

She was nominated by Scott Siegel, NPHS Principal who said that Jami is a school leader and goes the extra mile to help students learn.

Winners are rewarded with a gift basket, balloons and a gift card to the Bulldog store at NPHS provided by the Foundation as well as gifts from our monthly business sponsor and a flower bouquet from Prairie Friends and Flowers.

The North Platte Public Schools Foundation is facilitating the program and takes nominations from principals and administration. Staff members are awarded monthly throughout the school year and will be recognized at the end of the year Education After Hours. Business sponsors are being sought for the 2019-2020 school year. For more information, contact the North Platte Public Schools Foundation at 696-3325.

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

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A school improvement process is a systematic on-going process involving planning, implementation, evaluation and renewal of school improvement activities to meet local and statewide goals and priorities. All accredited schools in Nebraska must have a school improvement process in effect according to Rule 10-009.01. The process includes a periodic review by visiting educators who provide consultation to the local school/community for continued accomplishment of plans and a goals. In accordance with Rule 10-009.01B each school must have an external team visit at least once each five years.

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The External Team’s Final Report for North Platte Public Schools NE Frameworks Continuous Improvement Visit

NPPS District’s Notable Achievements (Commendations)

Well-functioning continuous improvement processes:

1. Governance & Leadership support of the District’s purpose & direction and strategic resource management in an efficient and effective manner.

2. The District provides an effective communication process that supports the purpose & direction at all levels of the organization and the community.

3. Community and Business Partners value the District’s purpose & direction and actively engage in opportunities to participant, collaborate, and invest in student growth & development.

NPPS District’s Growth Opportunities (Recommendations)

Suggestions for leading and guiding high impact continuous improvement in the coming year(s):

1. Intentionally & purposefully build certified staff capacity in using the I.D.E.A.L. CIP process to measure staff instructional impact to engage and grow students academically; utilizing quality feedback.

2. Support all students’ social, emotional, physical, and behavioral needs using the MTSS Model, SEL curricular and system offerings.

3. Continue to grow the College, Career, and Civic Readiness initiatives and opportunities at all levels of the system, K-12, to sustain programming in support of your purpose of preparing students to be productive, responsible citizens; And, your belief that ALL students can achieve.

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