Nebraska Public School Advantage News

Nebraska Public School Advantage News

By Tyler Dahlgren For seniors in the Class of 2020, reality hits in waves. It’s April now, a month and some change until graduation, and they’re missing out on what was supposed to be a countdown filled with memories. Take today, for example. Fullerton senior Gracie Knopik should be among the thousands of students swarming the streets of Lincoln for the State FFA Convention. Instead, she’s trying...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Fifteen minutes on dirt roads. Through the countryside and Nebraska’s Panhandle, into a town called Chappell. Sometimes, Catie Koenen’s commute to Creek Valley Schools, where she’s been a student since kindergarten, takes a little bit longer. Twenty minutes on some days. Twenty-five on others. But the drive has always been worth it, the destination well worth the distance. “I’ve...Read More
We tell your stories. Inside these stories lives the transformational power of public education. Every page of this journey nearly four years in the making comes alive with each moment of student success we’re lucky enough to witness. This story’s heart beats with each obstacle hurdled and with each barrier barreled over. For you, the teacher or the principal or the child, such moments are...Read More
15 January 2020: Bertrand, NE Create, Solve, Innovate: Collaboratively Developed, ESU 11 Lab Sets Students Up For the Future Welcome to Stephanie Dannehl’s library at Bertrand Community School, where, contrary to the cliché, you’re not supposed to be able to hear a pin drop. Especially when ESU 11’s CSI Lab is in town. “This is what I’ve always wanted the library to be, not some quiet, shushed...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Located right off of Sorensen Parkway on the western edge of campus, Metropolitan Community College’s Institute for the Culinary Arts is easy to find. The site of Thursday’s ProStart State Culinary Competition, high school chefs from near and far gathered on the second floor of Building 22 to put their skills on display in front of a panel of judges and fans. Those with a...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Welcome to Atkinson, a town surrounded by scenery on the northeastern edge of the Nebraska Sandhills. Home to West Holt Public School, the 2019 state range judging champions in both junior and senior divisions. A school district with a Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter so large that an out-of-town-event can turn its building into a ghost-town. Welcome to Cattle Country,...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren It’s amazing the difference 22 minutes can make. Half the length of a regular period, carved into a mid-morning slot from 9:46 to 10:08 four days each week, Swede Foundations is advancing academic progress and enriching school culture at Gothenburg Public Schools. The program, in just its third year, is doing so while strengthening existing relationships, and paving the way for...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren More than 1,300 educators gathered at four separate sites on Monday for ESU 13’s Mid-Winter Conference, a wintertime tradition in The Panhandle for the last 34 years. An engaging and impressive list of presenters were pulled in from across the state and the country and covered a timely directory of topics, specifically assembled by event organizers in response to feedback...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren The high-schooler walked hand-in-hand with the kindergartner through their school’s gymnasium in Chappell, a small town in the Nebraska Panhandle. Heartwarming moments like these are growing more common at Creek Valley Public Schools, since the implementation of “Storm Families”, an innovative mentorship model that is binding the entire district. Tessa Fraass, Creek Valley's K-...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Though 18 years in the making, the story of Jen McNally’s career really starts anew each morning. As coordinator for ESU 5’s Mental Health Program, which was piloted ahead of the 2017-18 school year, no two days ever look quite the same for McNally, a psychotherapist herself whose comprehensive approach to mental wellness in the school setting centers on the foundation of self-...Read More

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