NCPS board discusses turf, snow removal, budget – Nebraska City News Press

If all goes according to plan, Nebraska City High School will host a special reception as part of its homecoming activities on Friday, October 7, to thank the Paul, John, Anton and Doris Wirth Foundation for their ongoing support of turfgrass projects at Pioneer Field.

The Nebraska City Public Schools Board of Education discussed the field turf project during the board’s regular meeting on Monday, September 12.

The current schedule calls for a crew from Sprinturf to arrive in Nebraska City on September 19 to replace the current turf, which was also partially paid for by the Wirth Foundation in 2008. The foundation also provided financial support for the reconstruction of the track around the track in 2012.

During the meeting, board members directed NCPS Superintendent Mark Fritch to create a Request for Quotes (RFQ) for snow removal services for the district, and he was also directed by the board to seek bids on projects involving cooling towers at Nebraska City High School, Nebraska City Middle School and Hayward Elementary School, which will be paid for with a combination of district construction funds and the district’s remaining federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds.

Prior to the regular September meeting, the board hosted a special budget hearing to review the proposed 2022-2023 district budget. The board will hold a special meeting at 18 on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the district office, 1700 14th Ave., to approve the district’s 2022-2023 budget. The district will also host a tax request hearing at the same special meeting.

The next regular NCPS board meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., Monday, October 10, at the District Office, 1700 14th Ave.

NCPS Principals’ Activity Reports Prior to the Nebraska City Public Schools monthly instructional meeting, each building principal and the middle and high school activity directors submit reports to the board. This year the Principals and Activity Leaders are using the following format: Guiding Principle 1: High Quality Instruction and Learning Expectations (GP 1) Guiding Principle 2: Culture, Engagement and Staff Effectiveness; Expectations, Development and Expertise (GP 2) Guiding Principle 3: Whole Child-Focused Learning; Curriculum, teaching, programmes, experience and approaches (GP 3) Guiding principle 4: Communication and stakeholder engagement; Communication, Engagement and Transparency (GP 4) Guiding Principle 5: District Resources: Budget, Facilities and Staff (GP 5)

Northside Elementary, Principal Brent Gaswick

Doctor 1: Nothing reported this month.

GP 2: The school year has got off to a good start and the students are adapting to the new routines. In the kindergarten, we have focused on transitions and collaboration. The effects of Headstart being without a teacher for a long period last year were evident.

GP 3: Teachers have completed the NWEA test and have identified the students who will require an IRiP plan for reading and will talk to parents at conferences about the extra support students will receive along with ways parents can help at home. As we get further into the science of reading, I feel that teachers will have a stronger understanding of how to differentiate the interventions for students and help them improve their reading skills.

GP 4: We are delighted to have Edge back in the building on Tuesday 13th September to read with the students and give them a book to take home.

GP 5: Nothing reported this month.

Hayward Elementary, Principal Scot Davis

GP 1: RTI response to intervention groups starting 9-19-22 / IRiP- Individual reading improvement plan starting 9-19-22

GP 2: 1st PJ was on 9-1-22 / HW Heroes- Addison Walker and Leira Womochil / Accountability is our Colonel Character Focus for September / Hallway Expectations is our Behavioral Focus

GP 3: Nothing reported this month.

GP 4: EDGE 3rd Grade Super Citizens- Johnny Appleseed / Parent Teacher Conferences are 9-14 and 9-15

GP 5: September Student enrolment: 3.= 102 / 4.= 91 / 5.= 91/ Total= 284

Nebraska City Middle School, Principal Ethan Pellatz

GP 1: Staff have been engaged in professional development so far this year during Pioneer Time. ELA and special education staff from the Middle School have been engaged in the Science of Reading. The rest of our staff has created, updated and revised pace maps, units of study and lesson plans to create vertical and horizontal alignment in each department.

GP 2: On Friday, September 2, MS conducted its first House Meetings/Pep Rally. Houses competed in three events with Morton House leading with 240 points. Steinhart was the defending champion from last year.

GP 3: Through collaboration with the After School Clubs, new eSports computers have found their way to the Middle School. These units will be used for an after school club, High School eSports competition and with our industrial technology program.

GP 4: On Wednesday, September 14th and Thursday, September 15th, Nebraska City Middle School will host parent/teacher conferences. We ask families to sign up for a time slot online using SignUp Genius. The schedule provides for windows from 3:30 – 7:30 Wednesday and 8:00 – 11:45 and 12:45 – 6:00 Thursday. Teleconferences or video calls are available for those who do not wish to participate in person.

GP 5: Our maintenance department has been busy updating the plumbing systems in the Middle School. We are in the process of replacing several compressor units inside the building. The cool air that now flows through some classrooms has brought smiles to staff and students.

Current Enrollment (September 8, 2022): 6th Grade: 98 Students / 7th Grade: 117 Students / 8th Grade: 114 Students / / Total Enrollment: 329 Students (+3 as of August 2022 Enrollment) Nebraska City Middle School Activities , Dean of Students Kaleb Walker GP 1 and 2: Nothing reported this month.

GP 3: Fall Activities Volleyball: The Junior Pioneer Volleyball team has 42 girls out for volleyball! With the work of the coaches, the Pioneers look forward to having a great season and have organized practices and teams so that every athlete gets the best possible experience. We love having so many athletes interested in being a part of Pioneer Volleyball! The games begin on September 13 against Plattsmouth in Nebraska City.

Football: The Junior Pioneer Football team has 44 players on the team. The team has been working hard and practicing a new system which they have welcomed! The team competes in two teams, an A and a B team. All scheduled matches will have both teams playing. The Junior Pioneers play Falls City in the season opener on Sept. 8 in Falls City.

Cross Country: The Middle School Cross Country team consists of Jayden Bailey, Julian Rodriguez, Lewis (Jack) Vasser, Rhys Reimers, Moo Law Eh, Faith Couch. With competitions already underway, the Junior Pioneer Cross Country team has made great strides (get it!?).

After School Clubs: Nebraska City Middle School is excited to begin our first after school quarter! We have many students who are interested in our clubs and are happy to offer the following activities: Swimming Club, Bowling Club, Diamond Painting Club, eGames Club, Fishing Club, Singing Club, Soccer Club, Pioneers to the Moon Club, 8th Grade Girls Weight Lifting, Homework Club and Hangout club. We are so grateful for our partnerships with local businesses and locations to help us provide great experiences for our students!

Doctors 4 and 5: Nothing reported this month.

Nebraska City High School, Principal Brian Hoover GP 1: Congratulations to Mrs. Lacey Glasford! Mrs. Glasford was named the 1st Congressional District Outstanding Social Studies Teacher Award by the Nebraska State Council for Social Studies.

NCHS currently has 32 dual enrollment students and 43 students enrolled in SENCAP programs.

The Private Economics class consists of 3 sections of 11th and 12th grade students and 1 section of 10th grade students. We have them planned this way because there are certain elements in the class (for example, Clifton Strengths) that 11th and 12th graders had during Career and Human Development.

GP 2: Mr. Thompson and Mr. Hoover met with Jen Madison and Lori Brody from ESU 4 and went through a collaborative training session on Friday, September 9 on Walkthrough Effectiveness.

Leadership Cadre class and Mr. McNeely does an excellent job of creating lessons for Freshmen. Counselors meet with Freshmen every Wednesday to discuss academic, social (going to games, cheering, etc.) or behavioral issues.

GP 3: The State Supreme Court will be at NCHS on November 2nd to argue a case for some of our students as well as other students from around the area. Auburn HS, Lourdes CC, Syracuse and Conestoga will also bring students Mission Fields Partnership – Beginning in September, Mission Fields came to present to the Student Council on the impact of substance use disorders (SUD) on family members. Feedback from the Student Council was very positive and they feel this will make a difference to the students at Nebraska City High School.

GP 4: Parent meetings are scheduled for September 14 and September 15.

Our NCHS Facebook page has had nearly 10,000 post interactions over the past month and has grown to over 1,700 followers.

Thanks to the PTO for working with the NCHS staff to create an excellent Back to School Bash and Pep Rally.

GP 5: Thank you to Mrs. Valenta’s class for their work beautifying NCHS! They have been pulling weeds, picking up trash and doing landscaping this past week and the grounds look great. Nebraska City High School Activities Assistant Principal/Activities Director Matt Thompson GP 1: Pioneer Football has faced some really tough challenges to this point in the season. Currently, the Pioneers are 0-2 with losses to Fort Calhoun and Roncalli. Despite setbacks on the field the numbers

of participants in the program remains high, and has actually grown over the last week with 4 more players on the team.

The Pioneer volleyball team is off to a good start this season. Currently, the Pioneers are 3-2 on the season. Highlights from the first five games include a third-place finish at the Plattsmouth tournament and a three-set sweep of future Trailblazer conference member Ashland-Greenwood.

Pioneer softball is also off to a great start with a 9-2 record. Those nine wins include runner-up finishes at Auburn and Milford and a tournament championship at the Omaha South tournament. The Pioneers have hit very well with a team average of .438.

Both boys and girls have competed well in the early part of their seasons. Mason Houghton has put his head on their efforts and has proven to be one of the best runners in Class B. Mason is not alone as Alex and JR Rico provide a very formidable top 3. The girls team has also competed very well to this point and has continued to improve in the early part of the season. Evie Madison has led the way for the Pioneers, while Alex Meyer, Malayna Madsen and Josslyn Crispin have added depth to their lineup.

The girls golf team has had 3 invitational matches and 1 triangular this year. All eight girls have been able to play a competitive round. They won the triangular and have placed 3rd, 4th and 5th in their invitational matches. Their home invite at Wildwood Golf Course will be on September 19th and a home dual will follow the next day on September 20th. They will also host districts on Oct. 3 at Table Creek Golf Course.

One Act will perform Our Place. Our Place is a short production that contains both dramatic and comedic scenes, showing how one place can be meaningful to so many people for many different reasons. Nearly 40 students expressed interest in acting or working with technology for the show. To accommodate the number of interested students, there will be a competition and a non-competitive version of the play.

The Science Club concluded their annual membership drive. The model used for membership efforts is similar to FCCLA with daily incentives. Science club currently has 13 members registered; 4 new members, 9 returning members.

The FFA recently took an officers trip to Burwell and started the Connecting Chapters program with the Farm Bureau. FFA members will also begin Area Range Judging on Wednesday.

Doctor 2 to 5: Nothing reported this month.

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