Nebraska Public School Advantage News

Nebraska Public School Advantage News

By Tyler Dahlgren It’s somebody’s birthday, and the door to an elementary classroom at Overton Public School swings open. Students grow wide-eyed in anticipation as the principal enters and locates the birthday boy or girl. This happens nearly every day, but, for the kids (and for the principal) the routine never gets old. Their eyes dart from the principal to their teacher before they zone in on...Read More
The Grant Sometimes, tiptoeing around the obvious truth is hardly worth the trouble. So, when it comes to middle school keyboarding, Stanton Community Schools Technology Coordinator Rick Spotanski comes clean. “It’s relatively boring,” he admits. “You sit and you type.” His other courses, Digital Media and PC Maintenance and Repair, are anything but mundane. Keyboarding, however, for as important...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren One by one, York Elementary School students filed into their gymnasium and sat cross-legged on the court until there wasn’t an open spot to be found. They giggled and they whispered. There was an obvious attempt being made to maintain order. Obvious, and quite valiant for such a large congregation of grade-schoolers I might add. They looked for their principal, smiled and waved...Read More
South Central Unified School District's sparkling new career pathway facility grabs the attention of passersby on Highway 14. Especially at night, when LED lights illuminate the Fairfield structure's tall windows, casting a prominent light that can be seen from miles away. "We asked ourselves, 'How can we do a better job of making sure our students have all the opportunities that kids in urban...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Cedar Rapids Tucker Tejkl is in first year as principal of Riverside High School in Cedar Rapids, a district he fell in love with when interviewing for its family feel. As a new administrator, Tejkl is feeling his way through his inaugural school year, immersing himself in Riverside’s infectious culture while learning the ins and outs of the job, a process which has been easier...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren I was somewhere in Boone County, on my way to do a two-stop story assignment in Cedar Rapids and Spalding, home of Riverside Public Schools, when I rolled on by a one-room country schoolhouse. Say what you will about the snow and the havoc it has wreaked on the school year, but winter weather makes for wonderful scenery. I wish I would have pulled over and taken a photo. It...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Nearly 550 educators from Southeast Nebraska assembled on Peru State’s campus last Monday for ESU 4’s Engaging Educators Conference, taking advantage of a one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity. This year’s event was bigger and better than ever thanks to a new venue and a lineup of more than 85 breakout sessions covering pertinent classroom matters ranging from...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren The front office of a middle school, as Rochelle Johnson puts it, is a land of adventure. It’s a daily rat race, says Waverly superintendent Dr. Cory Worrell. An eight-hour dash to the final bell that, if it weren’t for Johnson, Sharon Claussen and Carrie Morgan, might very well stray from the course. “They just do an excellent job for us,” said Worrell. “They are all very...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Chapter 1: The Bulldogger High schools are a lively place, vibrant with a full spectrum of emotion. Joy, achievement and triumph. Sadness, failure and defeat. It happens every day. In every school. The school newspaper is responsible for capturing the pulse of its student body. The voice of a school, and a window into its hallways, student publications operate much like real...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Lori Holmstedt’s enchiladas are held in high regard. Paxton Consolidated Schools Principal Sheri Chittenden guesses most families in the community that have ran into distress have received a comforting pan of deliciousness. “It’s nothing special, it really isn’t,” Holmstedt said. “I give the recipe to anyone who wants it. It’s very easy, quick to make for a school or church...Read More

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