Nebraska Public School Advantage News

Nebraska Public School Advantage News

By Tyler Dahlgren The call came through some time around three in the morning, abruptly snapping Davin Brunswick, at the time a sophomore at McCook High School, out of a deep sleep. When the phone rings in the middle of the night, the news on the other end is rarely good. One of his peers, in a state of panic, did indeed present the dazed and groggy Brunswick with an emergency. “They had...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren You see the lights first. Travelling west along Highway 2, approaching the outskirts of Lincoln on a Friday night, there they stand, tall and bright, illuminating a white water tower with "Palmyra" painted in red. Beneath those Friday night lights, the Palmyra Panthers battle their way to a 25-22 win, the first of many in the beautiful new stadium. If you roll down the windows,...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren The Program What do you ask a man who’s heard them all? Forty minutes. Face to face in his quaint office at the TeamMates headquarters off of 68th and O. Without shaping a narrative. Without boring your idol. Without him having a clue who you are. And, thanks to a Keurig malfunction, without coffee. Well, you better ask him something. And so, after the nerves calmed down a bit,...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Forecasters called for an eventful winter, but nobody foresaw a bomb cyclone. There were predictions of a snowy season, sure. But a bomb cyclone? The harsh, late-round uppercut from winter coupled with an extreme drop in air pressure triggered historic flooding and record-setting snowfall. Consequently, as school leaders across the state kept the safety of their students and...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Earlier this summer, Bennington Public Schools Reading Summer School Director Alison Evangelisti would make her rounds on Thursdays. With a roll of stickers reading “I Earned 2 Free Books This Week”, Evangelisti would visit each classroom and marvel at the number of students proudly pinning their badges of perfect attendance on tank tops and other summer garb. "All of the kids,...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren For many Sizzlin’ Summer Campers, it happens just like that . In the middle of a new experience in an unfamiliar setting, the campers push a boundary or take a chance, and, in the snap of a finger, their confidence grows and their so-called “limits” fade. Audrey Graves doesn’t let these moments fly under the radar. The Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Dr. Melissa Poloncic went through the list of families in the DC West school district severely impacted by the flood, and made phone call after phone call. The Google Form had been compiled by her staff, extensive and detailing the urgent need of food, clothing, transportation and household goods. One by one, the superintendent dialed and waited for a voice on the other end of...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Part 1: North Bend The superintendent walks through the central office doors, out into the commons and down a walkway leading to Tiger Arena. School’s out for the summer, but North Bend Central’s hallways still buzz with energy as teachers shore up end-of-the-year odds and ends and next week’s state track participants come in and out of the building. “What are you guys doing...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Her first year as an administrator in Nebraska reaffirmed to Dr. Evelyn Browne why she made the rather uncommon move from a district she was very fond of in New Jersey to the foothills of a favorite vacation spot in the western-most part of the Heartland. “For the last eight or nine years, my husband and I have visited the Sandhills, and the rural lifestyle was something we were...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren You’re never done learning, and you’re never done doing. Or, at least, you shouldn’t be. Curtis Childers preaches it to his students at Ainsworth Elementary every day. The second-year principal reiterates his message to the school’s teaching staff. It’s an important one, after all. “I tell our teachers they need to model that behavior and strive to be continuous, life-long...Read More

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