Nebraska Public School Advantage News

Nebraska Public School Advantage News

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
By Tyler Dahlgren For one day, St. Paul's football field transformed into a grade-schooler's play day paradise as students and staff celebrated the school year under some highly-anticipated sun at the school's "Healthy Summer Days" program on Wednesday. The event originated 11 years ago under P.E. teacher Nancy Harrington, who retired last year, as a way to instill healthy habits in kids headed...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Mileigh Krebs is sharp as a tack. Some fifth-graders at Hemingford Elementary School figured out long ago that, when there’s a question, Mileigh usually knows her way to the answer. So, during testing time, with their pencils hovering just above their worksheets, some of those fifth-graders would wait. They’d wait for Chad Bell, Mileigh’s para-educator, to finish relaying the...Read More
Their classmates filled the stands and lined each side of the track, holding signs high into the spring air and cheering as loudly as they could. On the Ashland-Greenwood track, the competitors wore brightly-colored shirts and waited for the sound of the starter gun with looks of determination. After crossing the finish line, and, in most cases, even before, those focused expressions gave way to...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren When Tiffany Tharp’s students graduate, she hopes they take with them fond memories of their experiences at Nebraska City High School. Last Wednesday, with an enthusiastic student body packed tight in the school’s auditorium, the Special Education/Life Skills teacher watched her students speak about the importance of autism awareness and became overwhelmed with gratitude. This...Read More

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