Nebraska Public School Advantage News

Nebraska Public School Advantage News

By Tyler Dahlgren If you’re reading this, it means the Holiday Season has come and gone, and you’re geared up for another semester with recharged batteries and a few new pairs of snazzy dress socks, colorful ties or whatever wardrobe booster stocked your stuffing. As I’m writing this, Thanksgiving is a few days away, because that’s how deadlines work, and, in between the deep-fried Turkey, mashed...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Part One: At the Table Around a conference table in North Platte, three professionals in the field of education gathered to share a story they frankly didn’t even know existed to tell. It’s a story of community, collaboration and a partnership that functions because of what is at its core: Kids. Around here, it’s always been about kids. And though they line the interstate and...Read More
By T yler Dahlgren Each fall, science teacher Gary Brown gives his eighth-grade students at Waverly Middle School a set of paramaters, assists them in finding an idea, and sets them loose. For the next 10 weeks, students freely explore the science behind a proposed solution. The eighth-graders, some partnered up and some working solo, creatively craft their projects, meeting a myriad of deadlines...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren There’s 30 miles between Sutherland and North Platte, a stretch Brandy Buscher travels every day. Eastbound to work in the big town each morning. And westward towards home in the small town each night. Thirty miles, to decompress from the day, in thirty minutes. On some days, that’s all she does. She enjoys the calmness. And, on some days, the really tough and heavy ones, she...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Matt Mason stood on The Tassel Performing Arts Center’s stage Thursday morning and recited his Pushcart Prize-winning poem “Notes for My Daughter Against Chasing Storms”. Before long, the auditorium was filled with laughter--and Mason’s infectious energy. The author of two full-length books of poetry, Mason is no stranger to the Holdrege area. From 2000-2007, he was an...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Another Tuesday is winding down at Crete Elementary. The clocks on the wall are inching towards three and there's a buzz rising in classrooms throughout the building. These kids are excited, and (plot twist!) not for the ringing of the day’s final bell. At 3 p.m., the school secretary makes her weekly reminder over the intercom. “Don’t forget, tonight is Tucked in Tuesdays.”...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren As efforts to thrust awareness of mental health out of the darkness and into the light continue to surge across the state, events like ESU 1’s Northeast Nebraska Parent Information Night, or P.I.E., will continue to carry more and more weight. On Tuesday night, families of students from Knox County (and beyond) gathered in the gymnasium of Creighton Community Schools for the...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Matthew Mills wants to change lives someday. He wants to engineer prosthetics and, as the treasurer of King Science & Technology Magnet’s Future Health Professionals (HOSA) chapter, he’s well on his way. And, actually, because of his school’s Health Career Academy (HCA), Matthew is even a pace (or two, or three) ahead of schedule. “Originally, I just knew I wanted to be an...Read More
"What would we do without our ESUs?!" NCSA Ambassador Dr. Cinde Wendell, herself a retired school superintendent, posed the question on Twitter after taking in the EDventurous Regional Professional Learning Community (PLC) day-long event in Hershey on October 14, the second of three sessions offered by ESU 16 throughout the school year. Professional learning, especially for educators,...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Just outside of St. Paul Elementary’s “Recovery Room”, on a billboard used for announcements encased in glass, there’s a message on display for all the school's students to see. “Mental health is something I’m very passionate about, and I would say our high school principal is also passionate about the mental well-being of our students,” said Elementary Principal Sara Paider. “...Read More

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