Nebraska Public School Advantage News

Nebraska Public School Advantage News

By Tyler Dahlgren After 16 years spent working in Omaha Public Schools, Jack Bangert came home to Falls City with a clear idea of the culture he planned to foster at his new school. That’s not unique for principals entering a new district. Bangert’s model, however, is quite unique. In all the right ways. “Any principal, when they take a job, they want to create a culture,” Bangert, now in his...Read More
School districts throughout Nebraska plunged headfirst into an unprecedented pandemic in March of 2020. The world as we knew it was tipped upside down, but through it all, schools stood strong. Schools weathered the storm by showing remarkable flexibility, adaptability and, perhaps above all, courage. They were shoved, abruptly and without notice, into a world of impossibilities and used...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Out of a year unlike any before it came an unbelievable number of inspiring, uplifting and heartwarming stories unlike any before them. There's no way around it, 2020 was tough. Most reading this would likely be fine without running that one back, but we would be remiss not to reminisce on the remarkable things that took place in public schools across Nebraska in the face of the...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren While sitting in class one day not too long ago, eighth-grader Dayna Sharp’s mind wandered where minds often wander this time of year. “I was thinking about Christmas trees,” Dayna said. “I know, it’s kind of odd.” She thought of the holiday season and the cheer we’re so used to spreading as the calendar turns to December and Christmas music starts to take over radio waves. She...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Kearney’s One-Act team learned over the course of a peculiar 2020 season to appreciate each and every opportunity to grace a stage. Their path to performance was, after all, cluttered with obstacles. Quarantines and illnesses that sporadically separated cast and crew, and periods of time where it became uncertain if the curtain would again draw. On the first night of December,...Read More
News Release Scottsbluff, NE. – Educational Service Unit 13 (ESU 13) recently opened the doors of its new Panhandle Beginnings Day Treatment Center, located at the Carpenter Center, 116 Terry Boulevard, Gering, NE. ESU 13, with funding from Sherwood Foundation Grant, completed construction of the Day Treatment center in August 2020. On Nov. 5th, ESU 13 received notice that it was awarded a $5,500...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Not a whole lot rattles Jeff Schwartz at his day job. Considering he’s the principal of Axtell Community School, a PK-12 building, that’s saying something. Where does Schwartz’s resolve come from? Well, ask him about his night job. “It’s kind of funny,” he tells co-workers who compliment his calm composure. “I leave my regular job and go to a place where fans yell at me, and I...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren For the better part of eight months now, Seward students have rolled with the pandemic’s punches. “They’ve been resilient, as I think kids all across the state have been,” said Seward High School Vice Principal Jill Johnson. “They go with the flow. They know that wearing masks and social distancing when possible is what helps the health department in keeping us here.” Students...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren The library at Seward Elementary School beams with the same color and creativity that fill the pages of all the books packed into the shelves lining the room’s walls. Traditional October spooky sights, spiders and bats and cobwebs, dance below the ceiling and the cover of Dav Pilkey’s Halloween hit The Hallo-Wiener is displayed on the Smartboard sitting in “The Pit”. The way...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren The story behind how Aurora junior Elena Kuehner became involved in band is altogether simple and symbolic. Elena’s mother had a flute, and, even as a young kid, she had her sights set on one day playing said flute. The rest, as they say, is history. Elena is a junior drum major and plays, you guessed it, the flute in her school’s tradition-rich marching band. Prophecy fulfilled...Read More

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