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7/25/14 > SBPS Now Offering Online Free and Reduced Meals Application

 SBPS Now Offering Online Free and Reduced Meals Application

Parents of Scottsbluff Public Schools students can now apply for free and reduced meals online. The new online application form is available at www.sbps.net/freereduced .  This is a quick, secure and confidential way for families to complete the form at your convenience.  Here are some things to know: 

·   Applications must be completed by an adult living in the same household as the student, you will need the Gross Income of all members of your household, the last four numbers of your social security number and/or the household's Master Case Number if the household qualifies for SNAP, TANF or FDPIR.

·   If you start an online application and are unable to finish it, you can save the application and resume filling it out within 30 days. 

·   Paper forms will still be sent home and printable forms are also available on our website and can be returned to the school.

·   Scottsbluff Public Schools will process the online application in the same way paper applications are processed, you will be informed by mail if your student is approved for free or reduced meals.

·   Free/Reduced meal applications are also used when calculating state and federal funding levels and in grant applications.  It is important that all families fill out an application whether the student chooses to eat meals in the cafeteria or not. 

 

7/25/14 > Time to get ready for the 2014-15 School Year!



Time to get ready for the 2014-15 School Year!



The first day of school is August 14th for most grade but some start days and times vary.  Check with your local school if you are not sure.



School Hours:



Back to School






























SCHOOLS START AND END TIMES


Bluffs Middle School  7:45 AM 3:02 PM

High School  7:50 AM 3:20 PM

Longfellow 7:50 AM 3:15 PM

Lincoln Heights  7:55 AM 3:20 PM

Westmoor  8:00 AM 3:25 PM

Roosevelt and Lake Minatare 8:05 AM 3:30 PM

 




Physicals:



Before a student enters Scottsbluff Public Schools for the first time, enters kindergarten, or seventh grade, they must have a completed physical examination by a doctor. Student athletes must also have a physical examination done by a doctor every year in order to participate in athletics. Here is a link to the current 
physical form 
. For additional information, visit our enrollment requirements list by 
clicking here 
.






School Breakfast and Lunch:



Prices for the 2014-2015 School Year are as follows:



Breakfast:


















Elementary

$1.50

 Secondary

 $1.75

Reduced

$0.30

Lunch:


















Elementary

$2.50

 Secondary

 $2.75

Reduced

$0.40

Adults:










All meals

$3.25


 NEW THIS YEAR!  You can now apply online for free/reduced meals 
here
.



Breakfast and lunch menus are available on our homepage under additional resources.













Supply Lists:




Lake Minatare Elementary




Lincoln Heights Elementary




Longfellow Elementary




Roosevelt Elementary English




Roosevelt Elementary Spanish




Westmoor Elementary




Bluffs Middle School







AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM




The After School Program will start on the first day of school.  Applications are available at your child's school building and all paperwork must be completed before the student will be able to attend.  Rates for the After School Program are as follows:



$3.00 per hour each child for the time the child is in the program



$2.00 per hour each child for the time the child is in the program for reduced lunch students





We hope you have a great summer and look forward to seeing you August 14th.  Visit your school building's home page for more information.

7/25/14 > BMS Fall Sport Parent Meeting
BMS Fall Sport Parent Meeting

The Bluffs Middle School Fall Sport Parent meeting has been set for Thursday August 7th at the Bluffs Middle School Gym. The meeting will begin at 6 PM and all parents and students in grades 7 and 8 that are planning to participate in football, volleyball and cross country are asked to be in attendance. Parents and athletes will be able to meet their coaches, complete necessary paperwork and purchase activity passes. Cross Country will begin August 15th, Football on August 18th, and Volleyball on August 25th.
5/06/14 > Scottsbluff Public Schools has now added the CodeRED network to its communication tools
Scottsbluff Public Schools has now added the CodeRED network to its communication tools

Scottsbluff Public School will now be utilizing the CodeRED Notification System to notify members of the public in the event of an emergency. This will be in addition to the other forms of notification already being used. The District will send its first CodeRED notification during its annual districtwide emergency response drill the afternoon of Tuesday, May 6. Any business or individual can sign up for Code Red notifications by visiting the following website https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/920D00D45BFE . This service is free of charge. For more information on CodeRED visit the Region 22 Emergency Management Website http://www.scottsbluffcounty.org/emergency-management/emergency-management.html
5/02/14 > SHS Sports Awards Program
The Scottsbluff High School Sports Awards Program will be held on Friday,
May 9th at 6:30 PM in the high school auditorium.

Special recognition of athletic achievements will be made at this program. Awards will include three-sport participants as well as 3-sport letter winners, the Outstanding Senior Athletes, Outstanding Fine Arts students awards, Western Conference Scholar Athletes, 2014 winners of the Conner-Madden Scholarship and other scholarships.

Participating in three sports during the school year requires extra dedication and hard work and SHS would like to honor those students who made that commitment by presenting them with certificates and t-shirts. Medals will be
awarded to 3-sport letter winners. The lifter of the year and other academic awards will be presented.

Please plan to join us in recognizing the efforts of our student athletes.
4/29/14 > SBPS Orchestra Concert to be held Tuesday, May 6th
Scottsbluff Schools orchestra program will be having their spring concert at the Midwest Theater Tuesday May 6th at 7PM. It is called “Just Fiddlin’ Around”

Tickets are on sale for $5 --and 12 and under are FREE.

All of SBPS orchestra will be performing at this event.

There are 39-- 5th graders in the program, 28—6th,7th and 8th graders, and 13 high school students this year. There is also a group of 4th graders and two kindergarteners that will be in the show.

In total there will be about 90 students perfoming. This is an increase of about 60 students since three years ago.

Each group will be playing several pieces alone, and then we will also do a combined number with the 5-8 grade, and one combined piece with the 6-8 grade.
4/28/14 > SBPS Beginning Band Informational Meeting
Scottsbluff Public Schools is currently in the process of recruiting students for the Beginning Band program. Any student who is enrolled in the 5th or 6th Grade for the 2014-2015 school year and is interested in getting involved in Beginning Band should attend an informational meeting on Friday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Bluffs Middle School Cafetorium (Please enter the Middle School through the West Activity Entrance).

If you cannot attend the meeting or have questions regarding the Beginning Band program, please contact Mr. Michael Koch at Bluffs Middle School (635-6287) or by e-mail at mkoch@sbps.net for more information.
3/18/14 > Lake Minatare Community Meetings
Community members are invited to participate in three public meetings to discuss the District’s recent facility assessment and the specific issues regarding Lake Minatare’s building. The meetings will be held at Lake Minatare School on Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. or Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. or Friday, March 28 at 8:00 a.m. All meetings will be at Lake Minatare School.
Please RSVP to Cheryl Rose at crose@sbps.net or 308-783-1134 at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. We seek to balance the attendance at each meeting to a “conversational size group.” If numbers exceed 15-20 people per session, we will schedule additional times.

A very brief summary of the findings regarding Lake Minatare School include:
1. Immediate needs (within next year): Replacement of the school boiler and associated asbestos abatement at a total cost of approximately $150,000. Electrical repairs and necessary replacement of the fire alarm system at a cost of approximately $23,500.
2. Within the next five years: Replacement of entire mechanical system at an approximate cost of $750,000.
3. Additionally, electrical upgrades are recommended as is the replacement of the roof in a 5-10 year span at a cost of approximately $500,000.
4. The renovation of classrooms or bathrooms or the reconfiguring of instructional or otherwise usable office space or any remodeling or improvements to the interior of the building are not included in the above numbers. The estimated cost of those improvements for the building is estimated to be approximately $700,000 based on “per square foot” estimates in today’s dollars.

With the potential of one million plus dollars just to address the mechanical and electrical elements of the school and at least another half a million dollars to give the facility a much needed renovation, we are clearly facing some difficult decisions.

The Board of Education and district leadership are looking forward to dialog with the community to help us develop a course of action that makes sense for both our Lake Minatare families and our school district as a whole. Superintendent Rick Myles, Lake Minatare Principal Frances Burkhalter, a representative from the Board of Education and a member of the District Facilities Team will be present at all meetings. The District will be seeking volunteers (particularly those with younger children) to participate on an ongoing task force to continue the conversation beyond these three initial meetings.
2/17/14 > 10th Annual Western Nebraska Middle Level Instrumental Music Contest
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Site: Scottsbluff Senior High School
Contest Director/Host: Michael A. Koch, Director of BMS Bands

The Tenth Annual Western Nebraska Middle Level Instrumental Music Contest will be held on Saturday, February 22nd at Scottsbluff Senior High School in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Area schools participating in the contest this year are: Alliance Middle School, Bayard Junior High, Bluffs Middle School (Band and Orchestra), Bridgeport Junior High, and Gering Junior High.

Contest Director/Host, Michael A. Koch, has scheduled over 190 solos/small ensembles and 9 large ensembles for this years’ event. The solos will take place at Scottsbluff Senior High School from 7:30 a.m. to noon with the large ensembles taking the SHS Auditorium stage beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The judges for this years’ contest will be Stacey Bean (Kearney, Nebraska), Duane Johnson (Hastings, Nebraska), Steven J. Miller (Cheyenne, WY), Michael Stephens (Chadron, Nebraska), and Jan Wymore (Kearney, Nebraska). We are confident that they will make this event a very positive learning experience for all involved. The judges will have time to talk to each soloist and large ensemble and will offer encouragement and advice to help them improve as players. Our hope is that this early contest experience will give the students more confidence to try out for an Honor Band or to take a solo to District Music Contest as they progress through their school music programs.

The Middle Level Contest is open to the public. Please be aware, however, that the solo rooms are small. (Seating 10-15 people plus the judge and the soloist) We also ask that audience members follow appropriate performance etiquette while in attendance so that we might give these young musicians the very best experience possible. We know that you will be proud of their accomplishments.

A complete list of the contest results will be available following the contest.
2/12/14 > SHS Seniors Andrew Bartow and Brendan Taedter selected as National Merit Finalists
SHS Seniors Andrew Bartow and Brendan Taedter selected as National Merit Finalists

Scottsbluff High School is proud to announce that Seniors Andrew Bartow and Brendan Taedter have been selected as Finalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Bartow is the son of Mark Bartow and Taedter is the son of Richard and Corenne Taedter.

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (psat/nmsqt®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. 15,000 finalists have been named.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2014 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 291,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

For more information visit www.nationalmerit.org or contact Scottsbluff High School.
12/17/13 > Scottsbluff High School Students selected for Hastings Honor Choir
Scottsbluff High School Students selected for Hastings Honor Choir

Congratulations to SHS students Breanna Stewart, Kim Ward, Hannah Kaiser, Ethan Kosmicki & Tyler Wolf who were selected to participate in the 44th Annual Nebraska Honor Choir. The Choir is held February 6-8 at Hastings College under the direction of Fritz Mountford. These students were selected by audition from a pool of nearly 400 auditions from students across the state. For more information about the Hastings Honor Choir visit http://www.hastings.edu/majors-programs/undergraduate-majors/music-department/events-outreach/nebraska-high-school-honor-band-choir-orchestra
12/12/13 > SHS Vocal Music Christmas Concert and Live Auction
The Scottsbluff High School Vocal Music Department under the direction of Mr. Brad Ronne will present the Vocal Music Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 17th at 7:00 PM. Accompanying the groups will be Barb Becker. Scottsbluff Freshman Chorus, All School Choir and the select Acappella Choir will be singing holiday music. SHS alumni will also be invited to join the 200 voice choral union in singing “Silent Night” and the “Hallelujah Chorus”.
A live auction will be held for the opportunity to conduct the 200 voice choir in singing the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Steve Flower will be the auctioneer of the conductor’s baton. All proceeds from this auction will go to help send SHS singers to New York City next June to perform at Carnegie Hall. Come participate in this exciting and fun evening!
10/28/13 > SHS Students selected for NMEA All State Band

 SHS Students selected for NMEA All State Band

Each year, approximately 3000 of the best high school musicians in the state audition for the Nebraska All-State Band, Chorus, Jazz Band and Orchestra which are sponsored by the Nebraska Music Educators Association. Selection as a member of one of these groups is one of the highest musical honors attainable in Nebraska. Mr. Nathan LeFeber, Chair of Band Affairs for the Nebraska Music Educators Association, is pleased to announce that Kayla Schanaman, Clarinet; Matthew Mickey, Trombone; and Cooper Buchhammer, Tuba will be among the 155 students selected to be a part of the 2013 All-State Band. Guest conductor for the group will be David R. Holsinger - Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee. He is the inaugural conductor of the Lee Wind Ensemble and teaches composition and conducting. The band will rehearse Thursday, November 21st through Saturday, November 23rd on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, the host site of the 2013 NMEA Conference/Clinic. A final public concert will be held on Saturday, November 23rd at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.

10/28/13 > Old West Choir Fest
The Scottsbluff High School Vocal department in conjunction with Bluffs Broadcasting will be hosting Old West Weekend ChoirFest this coming Saturday, November 2. The event will begin at 8:00 am in Scottsbluff auditorium. The competition will feature middle school show choirs from Bayard, Alliance Middle School and Scottsbluff. High School show choirs from Bayard, Kimball, Sidney, Mitchell, Chase County (Imperial), Chadron, Alliance, Gering, and Rangeview (Aurora, CO). Daytime competition runs from 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM with the “Best of the Fest” finals beginning at 7 PM. Finals will be based on top scoring groups and judge’s selection from the daytime performances.

The 27th St. Singers and Choralaires from Scottsbluff High School will be performing exhibition performances as well. 27th St. Singers will perform at 3:30 and Choralaires will perform at 8:45 PM.

There will be concessions available all day as well as event T Shirts. Tickets to the event are $8 for adults, $6 for school age students and free for pre-school. Admission is available at the door and covers entry into the day and evening performances. All proceeds from this event go to the Scottsbluff Vocal Music Department.


Schedule of Events

JR. HIGH DIVISION
8:15 AM Bayard Jr. High Show Choir
8:30 AM Alliance Middle School – Dynamics
8:45 AM Scottsbluff – BMS Show Choir

DIVISION 2-A
10:45 AM Bayard High -Magic Rhythm (Prep Group)
11:00 AM Kimball High -Crimson & Cream Singers
11:15 AM Bayard High -21st Century Singers

LUNCH BREAK 11:30 - 12:45 PM

DIVISION 3-A
1:00 PM Sidney Singers
1:15 PM Mitchell First Edition
1:30 PM Chase County “9th Street Singers”
1:45 PM Chadron Cardinal Singers

DIVISION 4-A
200 PM Alliance High School “Velocity” (Women’s group)
2:15 PM Alliance High School “Harmonics”
2:30 PM Gering High School “Harmony”

2:45 PM BREAK

DIVISION 5-A
3:00 PM Rangeview High School “Rhapsody” (Women’s Group)
3:15 PM Rangeview High School "The Chromatics"
*3:30 PM Scottsbluff – 27th St. Singers

DAYTIME AWARDS 3:45 PM

BEST OF THE FEST BEGINS AT 7:00 PM
7:00 PM Best of the Fest GROUP #1
7:15 PM Best of the Fest GROUP #2
7:30 PM Best of the Fest GROUP #3
7:45 PM Best of the Fest GROUP #4
8:00 PM Best of the Fest GROUP #5
8:15 PM Best of the Fest GROUP #6
8:30 PM Best of the Fest GROUP #7
*8:45 PM Scottsbluff – Choralaires
9:00 PM Best of the Fest Awards
* Exhibition Group Only
10/18/13 > Bluffs Middle School Krispy Kreme Fundraiser
Bluffs Middle School Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

For more information contact:
Bluffs Middle School 635-6270

Bluffs Middle School is holding its annual Krispy Kreme Fundraiser. BMS Students are taking orders now until Monday, November 4th. The money raised will fund special events and Encouragement Day activities for students. Last year students sold a record 3088 dozen doughnuts and are hoping to break the record with this year’s sale. Doughnut orders will be available for pick up at Bluffs Middle School on Saturday, November 9th from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Doughnuts are $8 per dozen, and must be paid for in advance (checks payable to Bluffs Middle School). Contact Bluffs Middle School at 635-6270 to place an order.
10/18/13 > Michael Koch selected as NMEA Music Educator of the Year
Michael Koch selected as NMEA Music Educator of the Year

For information contact Bluffs Middle School 308-635-6270

Bluffs Middle School is proud to announce that Band Director Michael Koch has been selected as the Nebraska Music Educators’ Association Outstanding Music Educator of the Year. The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor an NMEA member for excellence in music education who has completed at least seven years of teaching. Recipients of the NMEA Music Educator of the Year award should epitomize every facet of excellence in music teaching in Nebraska. Only one award is given each year. Mr. Koch will be inducted at the annual NMEA awards and recognition banquet Friday, November 22nd.

Michael A. Koch is currently in his twenty-sixth year in the classroom and his sixteenth year as Director of Bands at Bluffs Middle School in Scottsbluff, NE. He directs the 5th Grade Beginning Band program, the 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Concert Bands, the Middle School Jazz Band, the Middle School Percussion, Brass, and Woodwind Ensembles, the Middle School Marching Band and assists with the High School Marching and Concert Bands.

Bluffs Middle School 8th Grade Bands, under the direction of Mr. Koch, have been selected to perform as guest band for the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association Convention (2000), as guest band for the Nebraska Music Educators Association Convention (2002), were asked to perform as a "demonstration band" for the Nebraska Music Educators Association Convention (2005 & 2013), and have received Superior Ratings and Best Overall Jr. High/Middle School Band Awards at the "Music In The Parks" Festivals of Music in Denver, Colorado. Members of the 7th & 8th Grade Bands have performed in concert with the "Dallas Brass" (2009) and the "Presidio Brass" (2012), and the 7th & 8th Grade Brass Ensemble was selected to perform at "Music Education Week at the Capitol" (2012).
10/09/13 > Booster Club Soup Supper for Parent Teacher Conferences
The SHS booster club is going to be serving chili, potato soup, cinnamon rolls and drinks in the SHS commons area the night of Tuesday, October 22, 4:30 - 7:30, for parent/teacher conferences. The cost is $3 for elementary students and all teachers, and $5 for BMS/HS students and adults.
10/04/13 > Cancellations 10/4/2013
Activity Cancellations as of 1:00 PM 10/4/2013

SHS band will not travel to the UW Marching Invite this Saturday

SHS Tennis will not travel to GNAC on Saturday

SHS middle school volleyball will not travel to Torrington on Saturday

BMS volleyball at Torrington on Saturday has been cancelled

Cross Country at Chadron on Saturday has been rescheduled to Monday, 10/7/13 at 1:00 pm
9/20/13 > HELP US ADDRESS SUBSTITUTE TEACHER SHORTAGE
SBPS is looking for Substitute Teachers

For information contact Scottsbluff Public Schools 308-635-6200

HELP US ADDRESS SUBSTITUTE TEACHER SHORTAGE
Scottsbluff Schools is experiencing a severe shortage of substitute teachers and is beginning a community-wide appeal soliciting interested and qualified individuals to submit applications. Please share this need across the community to help us find qualified applicants. Interested individuals should visit the SBPS District office at 1722 First Avenue in Scottsbluff to complete a packet.
There are many benefits to being a substitute teacher. Substitute teaching can offer:
• A flexible schedule and the ability for a teacher to make a short term commitment to teaching assignments
• Substitute teaching can help you decide whether to pursue further education, and in which subject area. Trying out different opportunities can help you identify your strengths and decide on a professional focus.
• If you’re retired from full-time teaching or another career, substitute teaching allows you to keep busy, stay involved in a profession, and continue earning some income.
• Substitute teaching provides you with practical experience in the classroom. You can learn and experiment with different types of teaching styles and classroom environments
For certificated applicants, The State Substitute Teaching certificate is available and is valid for five years and authorizes teaching in any subject at any level with unlimited number of days of teaching.
A Local Substitute Teaching Certificate is also available to those without teaching certificates. It is valid for three years and is limited to 45 days of teaching in any school year. This type of certificate is valid for teaching only in the school system requesting the issuance. This certificate requires a minimum of 60 semester credit hours of college coursework with at least one course in professional Education and one course or narrative in Human Relations Training. A temporary certificate valid for six months will be issued if this course requirement has not been met.
Substitute teachers are paid $95 a day with wages increasing incrementally based on length of assignment.
9/11/13 > SHS Announces Two National Merit Semifinalists
Scottsbluff High School announces two National Merit Semifinalists
For information call: 308-635-6230

Scottsbluff High School is proud to announce that Andrew Bartow and Brendan Taedter have been selected as Semi- Finalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Bartow is the son of Mark and Jaqueline Bartow and Taedter is the son of Richard and Corenne Taedter.

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (psat/nmsqt®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2014 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 300,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

For more information visit www.nationalmerit.org or contact Scottsbluff High School.
9/10/13 > Sophmore Football Game Cancelled
Today's Sophmore Football Game @ Cheyenne South has been cancelled.
9/09/13 > Scottsbluff High School receives $80,000 reVISION Grant
Scottsbluff High School receives $80,000 reVISION Grant

The Nebraska Department of Education has awarded a reVISION Grant to Scottsbluff High School in the amount of $80,000 for career and technical education. reVISION provides Nebraska schools with the opportunity to analyze and transform their current career education systems in order to improve their ability to educate a qualified workforce that meets industry needs. Working in collaboration with postsecondary education and regional workforce/economic development leaders, the reVISION process links career education, school administrators, school counselors, and industry professionals. The reVISION process is a strategic approach for schools to analyze their current career education system and make plans, as needed, for adjustments.

Scottsbluff High School partnered with over fifty community members to create a Community Advisory Council for Career and Technical Education. Community members met with teachers and administrators to identify local and regional workforce and economic development priorities and to analyze SHS’s current CTE programming. Based on that input, and with the help of the reVISION funding, Scottsbluff High School will be expanding Dual Credit offerings through a continued partnership with Western Nebraska Community College, offer expanded arts and technology programming including possible STEM offerings and in future school years offer a Health Services Career Pathway for students.

Four projects will be funded with the proceeds from the reVISION grant. The first project is based on recruiting, counseling, and strengthening interest at lower grade levels. Bluffs Middle School will implement a Career Success class and SHS will begin implementing 9 week career enrichment classes. The second project focuses on dual enrollment for capstone courses in Information Technology and Arts, A/V and Communications. SHS will create dual credit classes in the areas of Web Design, Digital Media, and Information Technology Applications 2. The third project will increase construction trade offerings such as dual credit Principles of Construction and Advanced Construction classes, and possible Skills USA program and STEM offerings to expand interest in engineering and architecture. The final project is the creation of a Health Sciences pathway and possible other career pathways to follow.

For more information on the reVISION plan visit: http://www.education.ne.gov/nce/revision.html
9/05/13 > Important Information for Parents of SBPS Students
Scottsbluff Public Schools would like to make all parents aware of a recent incident that has taken place at one of our elementary schools and a report being investigated at another. A parent reported to Longfellow administration that a man in a car was honking and waving at students as they were walking to school. The parent approached the vehicle and asked the driver what he was doing and the driver indicated he just wanted to wave at students as they came to school. Another event may have also occurred during dismissal at Roosevelt elementary and that report is currently being confirmed. Local law enforcement was notified of both incidents.

The description of the car at Longfellow is a 1990 (est.) Pontiac Bonneville light brown/gold with Nebraska license plates (no number was recorded). The description of the driver is an older man, perhaps in his late sixties or early seventies, with white hair. The event at Roosevelt is unconfirmed.

Neither incident presented any confirmed threat to children and this information is intended to ensure that you have accurate information and that no rumors or unnecessary worry is spread.

Staff will continue to take extreme precautionary measures during dismissal and arrival times and, as always, we will continue to be vigilant in our supervision and observation of students at all times. Scottsbluff Police will also provide an additional presence. Other area schools officials are also being notified. This information has also been distributed to families of all students in the District.

Your children’s safety is our number one priority and we appreciate parents being observant and on the lookout as well. Please contact the office of your child’s school with any questions or concerns you may have.
8/12/13 > Scottsbluff Public Schools to offer Emergency Text Message Communication
Scottsbluff Public Schools to offer Emergency Text Message Communication

For information contact Scottsbluff Public Schools at 308-635-6200

Scottsbluff Public Schools understands the importance of fast effective communication to parents and students in the event of an emergency such as inclement weather. Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year parents will be able to receive emergency text alerts through our Infinite Campus Messenger.

On the first day of school all families will receive a form in order to sign up for the text messaging service. Forms can also be picked up in the office of any neighborhood school. Parents will need to complete the form and return it to your local neighborhood school. Text message alerts will only be sent in the event of an emergency or unscheduled school closing or cancellation and only to registered numbers.

For more information contact your neighborhood school or the Scottsbluff Public Schools District Office at 308-635-6200.
8/12/13 > SHS Yearbooks Now Available
The 2013 Scottsbluff High School yearbooks have arrived and may be picked up this week, Aug. 13-16, in the journalism room, 130, or the main office at the high school. Any outstanding balances must be paid before the books will be distributed.
8/05/13 > Shelby Aaberg named State Finalist for PAEMST 2013
Shelby Aaberg named State Finalist for PAEMST 2013
For More information contact: Scottsbluff High School 308-635-6230

Scottsbluff High School Math Teacher Shelby Aaberg has been named a finalist for the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the Nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. The awards are given annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The 2013 awardees chosen will be teachers teaching 7th through 12th grades.

“Mr. Aaberg’s selection as one of just two Nebraska state-level finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Mathematics is a huge honor for Shelby, as an individual, as well as for Scottsbluff High School and for our entire community,” said Scottsbluff Public Schools Superintendent Rick Myles. “Anyone who knows Shelby understands how well deserved this is and we extend our best wishes to him as he awaits notification regarding his selection as a national-level awardee. Shelby demonstrates excellence and dedication in all he does and his selection confirms what we see from him every single day.”

Should the National Science Foundation select Aaberg as Nebraska’s national representative, he would receive a citation signed by the President of the United States, a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities. More information on the program can be found here: www.paemst.org.
7/08/13 > Summer Band Begins July 22nd
Summer Band Begins July 22nd

The Scottsbluff Public Schools Summer Band Program will begin on Monday, July 22nd. This program is strongly encouraged for all Scottsbluff Public School Band students who will be entering the 5th grade through the 8th grade during the 2013-2014 school year. This program is designed to help beginning band students get off to a strong start for the school year and to help the other students to get in shape and be prepared for the school year to begin. If any students have misplaced or forgot to send in your summer band registration form, it is NOT TOO LATE! You may still register for the Scottsbluff Summer Band Program ... just send in the completed form or bring it with you on the first day (July 22). Information about the Summer Band Program can be found on the Bluffs Middle School Band web page (www.sbps.net/bmsbands) or for more information, please contact Mr. Michael A. Koch at 632-2852 or by e-mail at mkoch@sbps.net
7/03/13 > Back to School

Time to get ready for the 2013-14 School Year!

This year, all schools will be on the same schedule with August 16th being the first day for ALL students. Here are some items to help you prepare for the first day of school.

School Hours:

Back to School

SCHOOLS START AND END TIMES
Bluffs Middle School   7:45 AM 3:02 PM
High School   7:50 AM  3:20 PM
Longfellow 7:50 AM  3:15 PM
Lincoln Heights   7:55 AM  3:20 PM
Westmoor   8:00 AM  3:25 PM
Roosevelt and Lake Minatare 8:05 AM 3:30 PM

 

Physicals:

Before a student enters Scottsbluff Public Schools for the first time, enters kindergarten, or seventh grade, they must have a completed physical examination by a doctor. Student athletes must also have a physical examination done by a doctor every year in order to participate in athletics. Here is a link to the current physical form . For additional information, visit our enrollment requirements list by clicking here .

School Breakfast and Lunch:

Prices for the 2012-2013 School Year are as follows:

Breakfast:

Elementary $1.50
 Secondary  $1.75
Reduced $0.30

 

Lunch:

Elementary $2.50
 Secondary  $2.75
Reduced $0.40

 

Adults:

All meals $3.25

 

Breakfast and lunch menus are available on our homepage under additional resources.

Supply Lists:

Lake Minatare Elementary

Lincoln Heights Elementary

Longfellow Elementary

Roosevelt Elementary English

Roosevelt Elementary Spanish

Westmoor Elementary

Bluffs Middle School

Afterschool Program:

The Afterschool Program will start on August 16. Applications are available at your child's school building or the Administration Office and all paperwork must be completed before the student will be able to attend. Rates for the Afterschool Program are as follows:

$3.00 per hour for each child

$2.00 per hour for each child for reduced lunch students

We hope you have a great summer and look forward to seeing you August 16th.

5/07/13 > Bluffs Middle School Teacher selected to attend workshop at Kennedy Space Center
Bluffs Middle School Teacher selected to attend workshop at Kennedy Space Center

For information contact Bluffs Middle School 308-635-6270

The NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium has selected Jon Amundsen to attend a new Teacher Training Program called Out of This World. Amundsen, who teaches Science at Bluffs Middle School, was selected as one of ten Nebraska teachers to travel to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for three days of educator training delivered by the NASA Education Department at Kennedy. The selected participants will be the Charter group of Nebraska Education Space Ambassadors (NESA). The Ambassadors will be eligible for dedicated mini-grant funding and stipends to return to Nebraska and deliver the content at workshops, to other educators in their school, to after school time providers, and in other informal education settings. The NASA Nebraska Space Grant

Amundsen will attend the workshop at Kennedy Space Center from July 23-25, 2013. For more information on the program visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/centers/kennedy/home/index.html.
4/15/13 > M. Frances Burkhalter selected at Principal of Lake Minatare School and Scottsbluff Bear Cub Preschool
M. Frances Burkhalter selected at Principal of Lake Minatare School and Scottsbluff Bear Cub Preschool

For information contact Scottsbluff Public Schools at (308) 635-6200

M. Frances Burkhalter of Lexington has been selected as Principal of Lake Minatare Elementary and the Scottsbluff Bear Cub Preschool. Burkhalter has a M.A. in Elementary education with an emphasis on Reading from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and an M.A. in Elementary Administration also from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She has taught in the Lexington Public School district for thirteen years also serving as Interim Principal at Sandoz Elementary School. Ms. Burkhalter will replace Karen Johnson who is retiring at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. The SBPS Board of Education is slated to approve the hire of Burkhalter at tonight’s regular meeting.
4/09/13 > Preschool Registration Cancelled
Preschool registration scheduled for 4/9 from 4-7 has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 11 from 4-7.
4/09/13 > NO SCHOOL 4/10/2013
There will be NO SCHOOL Wednesday, April 10th for all schools throughout the District.
4/08/13 > Lincoln Heights K Music Program rescheduled
The Lincoln Heights Kindergarten Music Program scheduled for Tuesday, April 9th has been rescheduled to Monday, April 15th at 6:30 PM.
4/03/13 > Dr. Doris Ellison selected as Principal of Roosevelt Elementary School
Dr. Doris Ellison of Soldotna, Alaska has been selected as Principal of Roosevelt Elementary School. Dr. Ellison has a Ph.D. in Education from Capella University and a M.Ed. in Bilingual/Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University. She has served as Director of Elementary Education and K-12 Curriculum for Kenai Peninsula School District for the past six years. Dr. Ellison will replace Galen Nighswonger who is retiring at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. The SBPS Board of Education is slated to approve the hire of Dr. Ellison at their next regular meeting.

For information contact Scottsbluff Public Schools at (308) 635-6200
3/25/13 > SHS Presents “Look to the Stars” A night of Astronomy
SHS Presents “Look to the Stars” A night of Astronomy

For information contact Karen Harshbarger at 308-635-6230

The public is invited to attend “Look to the Stars” A night of Astronomy featuring Kevin Manning. This event will take place at the SHS auditorium on April 30 at 7:00 p.m. Kevin is a retired astrophysicist who has worked as a consultant with NASA, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory launched on the space shuttle with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and other ground based observatories. Following Kevin’s presentation, a powerful telescope will be set up at SHS for viewing the moon, rings of Saturn and other beautiful objects in the night sky, weather permitting. Advance tickets are available from the high school office at the price of $10 each (this presentation is for ages 10 to adult). Tickets will also be available at the door. This event is hosted by the SHS Science Club sponsored by Jim Bogus and the high school library. Please refer to Mr. Manning’s website, www.lookuptothestars.com for further details about his program.
3/25/13 > Tickets on Sale March 26 for Bye Bye Birdie
Scottsbluff High School will be presenting Bye Bye Birdie April 11-13 at 7:00 P.M. It is the
first time this 50’s rock classic has been performed on the SHS stage. This is a very funny and well known
production with a definite Scottsbluff High School flair! It chronicles the story of a record producer and
his girlfriend as they send an Elvis-like character off to war.

Opening night on April 11th will be “Back to the 50’s Night” for the audience. We are encouraging audience members to dress in 1950’s attire.

Tickets for the production go on sale beginning March 26 from 4:00 to 6:30 PM in front of the high school office. All seats are reserved and they are $9 each.
3/08/13 > State DECA - Conference March 14-16
Over nine hundred fifty students from 27 DECA Chapters will compete at the Nebraska State Career Development Conference in Lincoln March 14-16, 2013. Scottsbluff DECA will have 85 members attending the conference to be held at the Cornhusker Hotel. Students will compete both individually or in teams in a variety of events from the following career areas. These events require students to complete a 100 question comprehensive academic test and two role plays.

Individual Events Team Events
Accounting Applications Business Law and Ethics
Apparel & Accessories Hospitality Services Marketing
Automotive Services Buying and Merchandising
Food Marketing Travel & Tourism Marketing
Business Services Marketing Sports & Entertainment Marketing
Marketing Management Marketing Communications
Retail Merchandising Financial Services Marketing
Sports and Entertainment
Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Full Serve Restaurant Management
Business Finance
Human Resource Management
Hotel and Lodging Management
Professional Sales Event

Principles of Business Administration Events
Principles of Business Management
Principles of Finance
Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
Principles of Marketing

Senior DECA members will also compete with their written marketing research projects conducted for local Scottsbluff businesses, as well as entrepreneurship and chapter projects. These projects include:

Marketing Research Projects
Business Services Operations Research
Buying and Merchandising Operations Research
Finance Operations Research
Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research
Sports and Entertainment Operations Research


Chapter Projects
Creative Marketing Research
Public Relations Campaign
Learn & Earn Project
Financial Literacy Promotion Project
Entrepreneurship Promotion Project

Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Marketing Representative Events
International Marketing
Entrepreneurship Participating – Franchise Event
Entrepreneurship Innovation Event
Entrepreneurship
Advertising Campaign
Fashion Merchandising

Students who place in the top three in an event qualify for International DECA Career Development Conference to be held in Anaheim, CA April 24-April 28, 2013.
2/25/13 > Western NE Middle Level Music Contest Results
Instrumental music students from Alliance, Bayard, Bluffs Middle School, Bridgeport, Chadron and Gering participated in the 9th Annual Western Nebraska Middle Level Music Contest on Saturday, February 23.
Judges, Nathan Beutler (Sidney High School - Sidney, NE), Gary Hall (LCCC - Cheyenne, WY), Nathaniel Johnson (WNCC - Scottsbluff, NE), Sidney Shuler (CSC - Chadron, NE), and Michael Stephens (CSC - Chadron, NE) were asked to offer encouragement and advice to help the young musicians improve as players.
In this type of contest, players are judged on several criteria: Articulation, Balance/Blend, Dynamics, Interpretation/Style, Intonation, Literature, Note Accuracy, Phrasing, Posture, Rhythm, Technique, Tempo, and Tone Quality as well as Appearance, Behavior, and Stage Presence.
The judges use the following scale:
• Division I - SUPERIOR
• Division II - EXCELLENT
• Division III - GOOD
• Division IV - FAIR
• Division V - Unprepared Participant
The Final Results for the
2013 Western Nebraska Middle Level Music Contest
were as follows:
Alliance Middle School (Alliance, NE)
Directors: Dave Rischling and Laura Mangas
Solo Ratings
24 - SUPERIOR Ratings 13 - EXCELLENT Ratings 1 - GOOD
7th Grade Concert Band - EXCELLENT Rating
8th Grade Concert Band – SUPERIOR Rating
Bayard Junior High (Bayard, NE)
Director: Doug Babic
Solo Ratings
4 - SUPERIOR Ratings 2 - EXCELLENT Ratings
Bluffs Middle School Band (Scottsbluff, NE)
Director: Michael A. Koch
Solo/Small Ensemble Ratings
65 - SUPERIOR Ratings 22 - EXCELLENT Ratings
Brass Ensemble - SUPERIOR Rating
Percussion Ensemble - SUPERIOR Rating
Woodwind Ensemble - SUPERIOR Rating
6th Grade Concert Band - SUPERIOR Rating
7th Grade Concert Band - SUPERIOR Rating
8th Grade Concert Band - SUPERIOR Rating
Bluffs Middle School Orchestra (Scottsbluff, NE)
Director: Ashley Hillman
Solo Ratings
2 - SUPERIOR Ratings 1 - EXCELLENT Rating
6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Orchestra - EXCELLENT Rating
Bridgeport Junior High (Bridgeport, NE)
Director: Joe Jensen
Solo Ratings
1 - SUPERIOR Rating 1 – EXCELLENT Rating
Chadron Middle School (Chadron, NE)
Director: Joe Rischling
Solo Ratings
10 - SUPERIOR Rating 7 – EXCELLENT Rating
Gering Junior High (Gering, NE)
Directors: Randy Raines and Misty Curtis
Solo Ratings
13 - SUPERIOR Ratings 6 – EXCELLENT Ratings
7th Grade Concert Band - SUPERIOR Rating
8th Grade Concert Band - EXCELLENT Rating

The Western part of Nebraska is fortunate to have many terrific young musicians. Their work in and out of the rehearsal is always a source of PRIDE in the panhandle.
2/13/13 > Allison Stricker selected as National Merit Semifinalist
Stricker selected as National Merit Semifinalist

Scottsbluff High School is proud to announce that Senior Allison A. Stricker has been selected as a Semi- Finalist in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Stricker is the daughter of Randy and Martha Stricker of Scottsbluff.

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (psat/nmsqt®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2013 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 291,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

For more information visit www.nationalmerit.org or contact Scottsbluff High School.
1/22/13 > Action Against Hunger - Key Club Benefit Concert

Action Against Hunger - Key Club Benefit Concert

 

Key Club is sponsoring a Benefit Concert to raise money for Action Against Hunger. We would like to get the high school and community involved in these efforts.

 

Action Against Hunger | ACF International is an organization that saves the lives of malnourished children and provides communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. ACF runs life-saving programs in over 40 countries benefiting around five million people each year.

 

The concert will be on February 5th at 7:00 pm, in the SHS Auditorium. Admission will be $4 per person.

 

We would like to raise at least $500 from the proceeds of the concert toward Action Against Hunger.

 

We would like to represent the talent of Scottsbluff High School students and the community in this concert. If interested in performing, vocal, dance, instrumental, and speech performances will be accepted, up to 5 minutes in length.

 

If you would like to perform, please email Rachel Carlin ( scarlin64_7@hotmail.com) or Aubrey Taylor ( taylor2915@gmail.com) with your name and a description of what you like to perform. The deadline for entries is January 30.

1/16/13 > National Geographic Traveling Map of Europe Visits Lake Minatare School
National Geographic Traveling Map of Europe Visits Lake Minatare School

Lake Minatare students have departed on the ultimate international field trip — no passports needed — with one of the world’s largest maps of Europe. The National Geographic Traveling Map of Europe, measuring 26 feet by 26 feet, will enable students to embark on a mock tour of the world’s second smallest continent, while learning about its rich history and diverse geography. Designed for grades K-8, the map will be on loan to Lake Minatare from January 15-18 through National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps program, managed by National Geographic Live, the public programming division of the National Geographic Society.

Lake Minatare teachers Trudy Schnell and Vicki Klein learned about the map when attending Geographic Educators of Nebraska (GEON) workshops last summer. By attending the workshops, the teachers became eligible for a grant to cover the expenses of shipping the map to Lake Minatare.

The vibrant vinyl map will guide students through lessons and fun activities related to Europe’s climate, natural resources, famous landmarks, demographics and more. Teachers are provided with a trunk of accessories designed to enhance the lessons and encourage student engagement in content-rich games suitable for various age groups and class sizes.

To learn more about the Giant Traveling Maps project, for borrowing information or to download map activities, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/giantmaps.
1/16/13 > Register Now for Preschool
SCOTTSBLUFF BEARCUB PRESCHOOL

Do you have a child who turned 3 or 4 before July 31, 2012?

We have moved into our new classrooms! We have immediate openings for 3 & 4 year olds!

To register, pick up a packet at Scottsbluff Schools District Office - 1722 First Avenue

What to bring: Certified birth certificate, immunization records

The Scottsbluff Public Schools preschool program is designed to help to lay the foundation for academics, social interaction skills, as well as build self-esteem and self confidence in a child and prepare them for Kindergarten. Thanks to a $125,000 received from a Nebraska Early Childhood Education Grant the preschool is now expanding to serve more students. The Scottsbluff Bear Cub Preschool is has immediate openings for students and preschool registration for the 2013-2014 school year will be held in the spring. The program provides an outstanding developmentally appropriate environment for preschoolers as well as a strong foundation for kindergarten. All teachers are certified in Early Childhood and participate in continuing education. The curriculum guides academic instruction and allows for individualized skill support.

Contact for fees & questions: Karen or Cheryl 783-1134
1/16/13 > FFA January Contest Results
The Scottsbluff FFA chapter had 19 members compete in Career Development Events (CDE) contests including Agricultural Sales, Livestock Management, Welding and Floriculture. The contest was held on Wednesday, January 9th at the Harms Center and WNCC. The Agricultural Sales team included Tevyn Baldwin, Chrissy Peters, Sam McQuistan and Katey Myers. The team received 2nd with a blue ribbon. Tevyn Baldwin received 1st place purple along with Chrissy peters with a blue ribbon and Sam McQuistan received a Red ribbon. The Livestock Management team consisted of Brayden Auer, Taylor Russell, Colton Flower, Joseph Huffman, Bailey Imel, and Austin Kniss. They competed in six different management categories including beef, receiving 5th place in sheep, swine and dairy, receiving 3rd with a red ribbon in equine, and receiving 1st with a purple ribbon in Poultry. Also competing was the Welding team of Levi Shope, Jarrett Rattliff, and Jordan Todd. The team finished 3rd place receiving a blue ribbon. Levi Shope was 1st place with a purple ribbon in Arc welding, Jarrett Rattliff was 4th receiving a red ribbon in oxyacetylene welding, and Jordan Todd finished 5th with a white ribbon in Mig welding. The Floriculture team received 4th place and consisted of team members Morgan Lease, receiving a red ribbon, Vanessa Avalos receiving a white ribbon, Jocelyn Bruner, Jaime Carlson, Bodee Thompson and Kasssidy Jenkins. All four teams that competed earned a spot to compete at the State FFA CDE competitions held in Lincoln Nebraska on April 3rd through the 6th, 2013.
1/11/13 > Subscribe to the SBPS Insider

Are you interested in issues pertaining to Scottsbluff Public Schools?  Subscribe to the SBPS Insider.  The Insider is an email newsletter to promote communication with members of the community and to provide information about important issues in education across the district.  See the archive of issues  or subscribe to receive the most up to date information on the happenings of Scottsbluff Public Schools either in your inbox or on your mobile device.

1/11/13 > CHOICES Community Meeting
Community Informational Meeting

Wednesday, January 16

11:30am to 1pm

Platte Valley Companies Community Room

1212 Circle Drive

CHOICES is a new program of Scottsbluff High School beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. The Mission of CHOICES is to help students become critical thinkers possessing the tools to positively contribute to their communities and to the world. Choices will offer Scottsbluff High School students a smaller thematic environment with integrated curriculum driven by student interest that is relevant, real-world and project based. Members of the community are invited to attend an informational luncheon to learn more about the program and opportunities for community partnership. Lunch is provided. For more information or to RSVP please contact Cynthia Rue, Program Coordinator at 719-465-1972 or crue@sbps.net.
11/29/12 > Superintendent's Breakfast
Scottsbluff Public Schools Superintendent’s Breakfast with Rick Myles
Thursday, November 29th
7:00-8:00 AM
Longfellow Elementary Library
For information or to RSVP contact Melissa Price at 635-6225 or mprice@sbps.net

Interested in learning more about Scottsbluff Public Schools? Join us at Longfellow Elementary on Thursday, November 29 from 7-8 AM for a presentation from Superintendent Rick Myles followed by a question and answer session. This event is free and open to any interested members of the community. Seating is limited and breakfast will be provided so please RSVP by Wednesday, November 28 to Melissa Price at 635-6225 or mprice@sbps.net .
11/15/12 > District DECA Results

The Greater Nebraska DECA Conference was held at in Scottsbluff at the Monument Mall.  Over two hundred and eighty students from Scottsbluff, Hastings, Kearney and Gering, NE and Gillette, Laramie and Cheyenne, WY competed.  The conference was a great success, due in large part to the contributions of 50 local business and community leaders who served as judges for the conference.  Students were required to take a written test and participate in a judged role play. The scores of the two are added together to determine the top three places in each marketing area.  The thirteen marketing areas in which the students competed are:

 

n  Accounting Applications

n  Automotive Services

n  Apparel and Accessories Marketing

n  Business Finance

n  Business Services Marketing

n  Food Marketing

n  Human Resource Management

n  Marketing Management

n  Retail Merchandising

n  Quick Serve Restaurant Management

n  Restaurant and Food  Management

n  Hotel and Lodging Management

n  Sports and Entertainment Marketing

 

The following are the Overall winners from Scottsbluff DECA in each area.  Scottsbluff DECA had 18 overall winners.

 

Accounting Applications 3rd Place - Ali Green

Accounting Applications 1st Place - Michael Hadden

Automotive Services 1st Place - Logan Woodward

Business Finance 3rd Place - Tyler Mickey

Business Finance 2nd Place - Lauren Miller

Business Finance 1st Place - Tyler McCarthy

Business Services Marketing  2nd Place - Traver Pettijohn

Food Marketing 3rd Place - Ethan Kosmicki

Human Resource Management 3rd Place - Daniel Schaub

Quick Serve Restaurant Management 3rd Place - Micah Holloway

Quick Serve Restaurant Management 2nd Place - Sarah Hall

Quick Serve Restaurant Management 1st Place - Aubry Taylor

Restaurant and Food Service Management 1st   - Aubri Nedella

Restaurant and Food Service Management 3rd   - Shalee Rosenberry

Retail Merchandising 3rd Place - BriAnn Straub

Retail Merchandising 2nd Place - Jon Wiebe

Retail Merchandising 1st Place - Logan Williams

Sports and Entertainment 3rd - Randy Wentz

11/14/12 > SHS Students Selected for NMEA All-State Chorus

The Following Scottsbluff High School Students were selected for the Nebraska Music Educators' Association All-State Chorus directed by Craig Arnold - Artistic Director and Chairman, Manhattan Concert Productions; and Conductor, Manhattan Concert Chorale, New York:

Shane Petersen

Adam Harris

Tyler Mickey

Michael Wright

Ethan Kosmicki

Mahalah Booth

Hannah Kaiser

Katie Taylor

Breanna Stewart

Kim Ward

Megan Pilkington

Malachi Belford

Jake Hrasky

Aaron Aguallo

Tyler Wolf

The choir rehearsed Wednesday, November 14th through Friday, November 16th on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, the host site of the 2012 NMEA Conference/Clinic. A final public concert was be held on Friday, November 16th at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.

11/14/12 > SHS Journalism Department receives NHSPA Cornhusker Awards
SHS Journalism Department receives NHSPA Cornhusker Awards

For more information contact:
Scottsbluff High School - 635-6230

The Scottsbluff High School newspaper The Echoes and yearbook the Bluff have been honored with the prestigious Cornhusker Award from the Nebraska High School Press Association. Cornhusker awards are the highest awards for publication excellence given by the NHSPA. Scottsbluff High School and Lincoln East were the only Class A2 schools (enrollment 500-1099) to receive a Cornhusker for both the newspaper and yearbook. This is the third in a row that SHS has accomplished that feat. “We were thrilled to have both our yearbook and newspaper from last year to be named Cornhusker winners,” SHS Publication’s Adviser Terry Pitkin said. “The standards that must be met to earn a Cornhusker are very stringent and it’s a real testimony to all of the hard work both staff put forth last year. We were also very excited to learn we were one of only two Class A2 schools to win a Cornhusker for both yearbook and newspaper. We are definitely in some elite company.”

The NHSPA is an organization exclusively for secondary school publications - yearbooks, newspapers, magazines, broadcast programs, and online publications that provides resources to help high schools improve their publications including journalism camps and clinics, contests, and a publication critique service. All winning state programs including the 2010-2011 Echoes and 2011 Bluff were recognized at the Nebraska High School Press Association Fall Convention on Monday, Oct. 17 at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Schools earning this honor were chosen by independent publication judges after judging all submitting publications within a specific classification system. For more information or a complete list of winners, visit http://nhspaonline.org/wordpress/?p=110.
11/12/12 > Bluffs Middle School 21st Annual Canned Food Drive
Bluffs Middle School 21st Annual Canned Food Drive

For more information contact:
Bluffs Middle School – 308-635-6270

The Bluffs Middle School 21st Annual Canned Food Drive will be held November 12th – 16th . Last year's total was 5,172 cans and we hope to surpass that number this year! Students are encouraged to enlist the help of their neighbors, family or friends, but not to go to strangers' homes. We encourage all of you to get in the spirit of the holidays and help those who are less fortunate. Any grade level that collects 1000 cans of food or more will receive an award. On November 20th students will take the collected food to the St. Agnes food pantry which distributes food to needy people of all denominations in our community. Soda, potato chips and perishable foods cannot be accepted but any other canned or boxed perishable food items will be appreciated. Contact BMS if you would like to make a donation.
10/30/12 > SHS Students Selected for All-State Band
SHS Students Selected for 2012 NMEA-All State Band

For information contact Frank Ibero 635-6230

Mr.Andrew Johnson, Chair of Band Affairs for the Nebraska Music Educators Association, is pleased to announce that Scottsbluff High School Students Kayla Schanaman on Clarinet, and Marissa Yonts on Clarinet will be among the 155 students selected to be a part of the 2012 All-State Band. Each year, approximately 3000 of the best high school musicians in the state audition for the Nebraska All-State Band, Chorus, Jazz Band and Orchestra which are sponsored by the Nebraska Music Educators Association. Selection as a member of one of these groups is one of the highest musical honors attainable in Nebraska. Guest conductor for the group will be Jack Stamp – Professor of Music, Chairperson of the Music Department and Director of Band Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The band will rehearse Wednesday, November 14th through Friday, November 16th on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, the host site of the 2011 NMEA Conference/Clinic. A final public concert will be held on Friday, November 16th at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.
10/22/12 > “Keep BMS Beautiful” Tree Planting Day - 10/30/2012
Bluffs Middle School has received a grant for ten trees from the Nebraska Community Forest Council Free Trees Program. These trees consist of 4 Bur Oak, 2 English Oak, 2 American Elm, and 2 Linden and will be planted between the sidewalk and 23rd street at BMS. Students from Mrs. Behnke’s and Mr. Snocker’s 8th Grade Science classes along with adult volunteers will be planting these trees on Tuesday October 30th at 1:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, we will reschedule in early November. Amy Seiler, Community Forester for the Nebraska Forest Service, will provide information on the proper planting techniques and care for the trees. For more information on the Nebraska Community Forest Council Free Trees Program visit http://www.nfs.unl.edu/CommunityForestry/CFCouncil.asp .
10/19/12 > SHS Speech Team hosts Scottsbluff Public Schools School Board Candidate Forum
SHS Speech Team hosts Scottsbluff Public Schools School Board Candidate Forum

For information contact Scottsbluff High School 308-635-6230

The Scottsbluff High School Speech Team will be hosting a Scottsbluff Public Schools District #32 School Board Candidate Forum on Thursday, November 1st at 7:00 PM at the Scottsbluff High School Meeting Room. All four candidates vying for the three available positions will be in attendance. Members of the public are welcome to attend. This will be a town hall style forum with members of the Speech Team asking prepared questions that each candidate will have equal time to answer. Due to time constraints, members of the public will not be able to ask additional questions or address the candidates. For information contact Kara Rada, SHS Speech Coach at 308-635-6230 or 308 631-6881.
10/17/12 > BMS Krispy Kreme Sale
For more information contact:

Bluffs Middle School 635-6270

Bluffs Middle School is holding its annual Krispy Kreme Fundraiser. BMS Students are taking orders now until Monday, November 5th. The money raised will fund special events and Encouragement Day activities for students. Last year students sold a record 2410 dozen doughnuts and are hoping to break the record with this year’s sale. Doughnut orders will be available for pick up at Bluffs Middle School on Saturday, November 10th from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Doughnuts are $8 per dozen, and must be paid for in advance (checks payable to Bluffs Middle School). Contact Bluffs Middle School at 635-6270 to place an order.
10/17/12 > Youth Motivational Speaker Laymon Hicks to present for SBPS Students
Youth Motivational Speaker Laymon Hicks to visit Scottsbluff Public Schools

For information contact Bluffs Middle School 308-635-6270

On Wednesday, October 24th Youth Motivational Speaker Laymon Hicks will be speaking to students at Scottsbluff High School and Bluffs Middle School. As one of the leading Youth Motivational Speakers in the country, Laymon shares his passion and empowers his audiences to believe in their dreams. From “Get up! Get out! Go get it!” From knowing “You Can!” From knowing ““Failure is not fatal!” Laymon’s message of motivation from within is clear and compelling.
Laymon, who went from troubled youth to graduating high school with a 4.0 grade point average, attended Florida State University, attaining both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, was Student Body President, has authored four inspirational books for students, has appeared as an on-air motivational expert for the #1 Nationally Syndicated Talk Show, Maury, offered keynote addresses and workshops at more than 100 schools and student conferences for over 50,000 young people.

His schedule on the 24th is as follows:
• 5th graders 9:30 – 10:30 at the SHS Auditorium
• High School students 10:45 – 11:55 at the SHS Auditorium
• BMS students 1:30 – 2:30 at the BMS gym

Members of the media are welcome to attend any of the presentations. For more information on Laymon Hicks visit http://www.laymonhicks.com/. Thank you to Glenda Ehler and the Bluffs Middle School Counseling Department for making these presentations possible.
10/09/12 > SHS Softball Complex Improvement Meeting - 10/15/12

SHS Softball Complex Improvement Meeting

For more information contact SHS Activities Office 308-635-6235

There will be a meeting on Monday, October 15th at 6:30 pm in the Scottsbluff High School Meeting Room to propose and discuss possible improvements to the high school softball fields.  Barry Swansen of Baker and Associates will have preliminary concepts of improvements to the high school softball fields available.  School Administration will be there to answer questions. 

10/08/12 > BMS Unity Day - 10/10/2012

 

 

Bluffs Middle School Students to celebrate Unity Day on Wednesday, October 10th

 

With cyber-bullying, and "bullycide" receiving national media attention, Bluffs Middle School students, staff and administration are taking a proactive approach in creating a caring community at BMS. Bluffs Middle School will be celebrating its annual Unity Day on Wednesday, October 10th.

 

Make it orange, and make it end - Students are asked to wear orange as a way to unite against bullying at BMS.  Students who wear Orange will have their names entered into a drawing to win prizes.

 

In addition to Unity Day, the Bluffs Middle School Counseling staff provides ongoing bullying awareness and prevention information and activities for students throughout the school year including classroom discussions and presentations and its annual "Mix it Up" day.

10/05/12 > BMS Winter Sports Meeting
Bluffs Middle School Winter Sports Informational Meeting

For information contact Bluffs Middle School 308-635-6270

There will be a Winter Sports Informational Parent Meeting Monday, October 15th at 6:30 PM at the Bluffs Middle School gym. This meeting is for all 7th and 8th graders planning on participating in Girls or Boys Basketball, or Wrestling and their parent/guardian. As a reminder, all students participating in sports must have a completed physical examination prior to participating. Physical forms are available on the Scottsbluff Public Schools website at www.sbps.net/activities .
10/01/12 > DECA Drive One 4UR School

TAKE THE WHEEL WITH FORD:  Fremont Motors and local community to raise as much as $6,000 for the Scottsbluff High School DECA Program

-Exciting test-drive fundraising event will generate much-needed money for Scottsbluff DECA, helping students in the local community.

Scottsbluff, Nebraska - across the United States, there are vital arts, academic, career education and sports programs that are being cut annually due to growing budgetary constraints and lack of funding. Today's youth are missing out on extremely valuable opportunities to expand their knowledge and diversify their interests, as well as the chance to have a little fun! Fremont Motors wants to keep these opportunities available for our local students and Scottsbluff High School.

Fremont Motors is bringing Ford Motor Company's Drive One 4UR School program to the Scottsbluff community in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for Scottsbluff High School. For every person who takes the wheel and test-drives a new Ford vehicle at Scottsbluff Public Schools Administration Building parking lot, 2601 Broadway, on October 6th, Fremont Motors and Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the Scottsbluff High School DECA Program. The funds will help pay for the trips to State and National DECA conferences in the spring.

"We know funding for school programs is hard to come by, and we want to do our part to help make sure these programs remain available," said Mr. Phil Brooker the General Manager of Fremont Motor Scottsbluff, "we're excited to raise money for the Scottsbluff High School DECA Program."

The event, which will be held from 9am to 2pm, will feature the many vehicles from Ford's impressive line-up. "Whether you are looking to test out our larger vehicles, like the Explorer of F-150, or are more interested in a smaller sedan, like the Focus, we will be able to put you behind the wheel of your favorite Ford vehicle" said Mr. Phil Brooker. Dealership staff on site will be able to assist with all Ford vehicles and provide additional information about each vehicle available to test-drive.

Since the start of Ford's Drive One 4 UR School program in 2007, more than $7 million in donations have been generated for high schools nationwide.

To participate in this exciting event and get behind the wheel of your favorite Ford vehicle, please visit SBPS Administration parking lot, 2601 Broadway, next to Bearcat Stadium,  between 9 am and 2pm on October 6th.  Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver's license.

9/28/12 > SHS Student Terrisita Klemm wins Statewide Essay Contest

SHS Student Terrisita Klemm wins Statewide Essay Contest

For information contact Scottsbluff High School 308-635-6230

Scottsbluff High School Junior Terrisita Klemm has been chosen as the first place winner in the 6th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest sponsored by the State of Nebraska Latino American Commission. The contest topic was An Inspiration Leader that Promotes Hispanics and their culture: A Champion! The judges received 192 essay submissions statewide and were inspired by Klemm's story on Mrs. Pat Sulu.

Terrisita will receive a congratulatory letter in the mail and an invitation to be recognized by the First Lady Sally Ganem on October 5, 2012 at the State Capitol in Lincoln, NE and read her winning essay at the 6th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month State Commemoration to an audience made up of students, educators, city leaders, community leaders and government representatives.

For more information on the contest or the Hispanic Heritage Month Commemoration visit http://www.latinoac.nebraska.gov/.

9/14/12 > SHS Senior Allison Stricker named National Merit Semifinalist

SHS Senior Allison Stricker named National Merit Semifinalist

For information call: 308-635-6230


Scottsbluff High School is proud to announce that Senior Allison A. Stricker has been selected as a Semi- Finalist in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  Stricker is the daughter of Randy and Martha Stricker of Scottsbluff.
 
About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (psat/nmsqt®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.  The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. 

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2013 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 291,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

For more information visit www.nationalmerit.org or contact Scottsbluff High School.

9/01/12 > SHS Drill Team Selling Bearcat Pride Apparel
The SHS Drill Team is selling Bearcat Pride Apparel until September 26th. See attached order for for details.

8/21/12 > SHS Tennis Court Dedication and Free Tennis Clinic
The dedication of the new Scottsbluff High School Tennis Courts will be held Saturday, September 1, at 8:30 AM prior to the Scottsbluff Boys Tennis Invitational. The tennis courts are located on the north side of the SHS campus. SHS tennis players and coaches, the West Nebraska Tennis Association and school officials will be on hand to thank the community donors who made the project possible.

In addition to the dedication, the West Nebraska Tennis Association will be hosting a Free Tennis Clinic Monday September 3, from 3-5 PM at the SHS Tennis Courts. This USTA Free Tennis Play Day and Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play™ event is open to all ages and tennis skill levels including beginners. Scottsbluff High School tennis players and coaches will teach fundamentals and information will be available about youth tennis, middle school and high school tennis, as well as adult tennis opportunities available in the area. Free USTA Youth memberships will be available for children ten and younger. Participants need to wear non marking tennis shoes and bring a racquet and water bottle. For more information on the clinic contact Kristin Wiebe at 308-672-3923
8/20/12 > Bluffs Middle School Students to attend special showing of Bully at the Midwest Theater
Bluffs Middle School Students to attend special showing of Bully at the Midwest Theater

For information contact Bluffs Middle School 308-635-6270

On Tuesday, August 28th at 1:00 PM Bluffs Middle School students will attend a special showing of the film Bully at the Midwest Theater. Bully takes a frank, head-on look at the bullying epidemic happening in America's middle and high schools by profiling several young victims. In telling their stories and others, Bully explores the full range of bullying's impact on kids, their families, and their communities. More than anything, it encourages teens to make a difference -- to stand up against bullying instead of standing by.

Thank you to Jim and Ruth Kozal, AJ and Kim Magana, and the BMS Student Council for making this possible.
8/16/12 > All In-Town Schools in Lockout as of 10:48 AM 8/16
Thursday August 16 - All IN TOWN Schools are in LOCKOUT and elementary schools are having indoor recesses at this time. The Lockout is due to an escaped fugitive from Lincoln, NE being spotted in the Scottsbluff area. This individual is not considered armed or dangerous however, the schools are in Lockout as a precaution. We will update this site as the status of this situation changes.

For more information on school Lockout procedures visit our Safety/Security page.
8/07/12 > SHS Yearbooks Now Available
Scottsbluff High School Yearbooks Now Available
Tuesday, August 7th
For information call (308) 635-6230

The Scottsbluff High School yearbooks have arrived and may be picked up at the main office between August 7-15. Once school starts August 16th, they may be picked up during school hours in the journalism room (130).
7/31/12 > SBPS District Advisory Council
Scottsbluff Public Schools to host first District Advisory Council Meeting

For information contact SBPS Administration Office 635-6200

Scottsbluff has a long tradition of excellence in its schools and the involvement and support of the community has been an essential component of that success. In an effort to ensure that community dialog is consistently recognized, SBPS is working to establish a Scottsbluff Public Schools District Advisory Council.
The purpose of the Advisory Council will be to have a diverse group of people from all around our community meet and discuss issues facing the District and hopefully contribute a variety of perspectives and experiences. Agenda items will be generated by both council members and school district staff and leadership focusing on a common mission of serving the needs of all students. Members for this initial meeting have been selected based on recommendations from school staff and administration, Board of Education members and other interested members of the community.

The Council’s first meeting is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, August 7 at 6:00 in the Scottsbluff High School meeting room. The agenda for this meeting will include organization of the council, its membership and purpose, meeting dates and times, and a discussion about enhancing two way dialog with our community.

Additional members are welcome. For more information or to become involved with the District Advisory Council, local citizens are encouraged to contact the Scottsbluff Public Schools Administration Office at 635-6200 no later than the morning of August 7.
7/25/12 > Scottsbluff Bear Cub Preschool Registration
Scottsbluff Schools Preschool Registration

Monday, August 6th

4-6PM

Preschool (under the east stadium) 2512 2nd Avenue

For information call 308-783-1134



The Scottsbluff Public Schools preschool program is designed to help to lay the foundation for academics, social interaction skills, as well as build self -esteem and self -confidence in a child and prepare them for Kindergarten.

This registration is for those who have not already signed up for preschool. Children must be 4 years old now. You will be asked to complete an enrollment sheet and sign up for the morning (8:15 - 11:15) or afternoon (12:15 - 3:15) session. Other documents needed include; a state certified birth certificate (with a raised seal), a physician completed physical, and current immunization records. These documents are required prior to the first day of school, but can be brought to the registration if you have them available.

This year the program will be expanding and will be able to service more students, the facility will be renovated and program offerings expanded. The program fee has also been adjusted to make the program more affordable. The program fee for the 2012-2013 school year will be $35.00 per month for students who meet free lunch income guidelines, $90.00 per month for students who meet reduced lunch guidelines and $165.00 per month for all other students. This scale is including the snack fee. There are no additional fees or costs.

For questions or more information contact Karen Johnson at 783-1134.
7/25/12 > Welcome Back to School
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL

This year all schools will be on the same schedule with August 16th being the first day for ALL students. Here are some items to help you prepare for the first day of school:

SCHOOL HOURS:

School Start Dismissal

Elementary Schools 8:05 AM 3:30 PM

Bluffs Middle School 7:50 AM 3:07 PM

Scottsbluff High School 7:55 AM 3:20 PM

PHYSICALS:

Before a student enters Scottsbluff Public Schools for the first time, enters kindergarten, or seventh grade, they must have a completed physical examination by a doctor. Student athletes must also have a physical examination done by a doctor every year in order to participate in athletics. Physical forms and additional information on enrollment requirements are available here.

SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH:

Prices for the 2012-2013 School Year are as follows:

Breakfast:

All grades $1.50

Reduced $0.40



Lunch:

All grades $2.50

Reduced $0.40



Adult:

All meals $3.25



Breakfast and lunch menus are available on this site once school starts.

SUPPLY LISTS

Supply lists are available here and at participating local retailers. Choose your school building and grade level to determine the correct list.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

The After School Program will start on the first day of school. Applications are available at your child’s school building and all paperwork must be completed before the student will be able to attend. Rates for the After School Program are as follows:

$3.00 per hour each child for the time the child is in the program

$2.00 per hour each child for the time the child is in the program for reduced lunch students

We hope you had a great summer and look forward to seeing you August 16th.
6/18/12 > SHS's Siske named NBCA Coach of the Year
Siske named NBCA Coach of the Year

For more information contact: Scottsbluff High School 308-635-6230

Scottsbluff High School Boys Basketball Coach Tony Siske has been named 2012 Coach of the Year by the Nebraska Basketball Coaches Association. The NBCA's purpose is to foster the development of the basketball coaches and to band together for that and other purposes that promote the game of basketball in the state of Nebraska. The NBCA Player and Coach of the Year are chosen by a vote of the Nebraska Basketball Coaches Association members each year. For more information and prior winners visit the NBDA/NBCA website at http://www.nbda.net/awards.html .
6/12/12 > Scottsbluff Public Schools Tennis Court Project Complete
Scottsbluff Public Schools Tennis Court Project Complete

Construction of the four new tennis courts at Scottsbluff High School is now completed! The new post tension concrete surface court system is designed to increase longevity and resists settling and structural cracks common to tennis courts. The advantages of this construction greatly reduce annual and long-term maintenance costs when compared to conventionally reinforced concrete or old technology asphalt courts. In addition to the post tension surface, the courts have been constructed to USTA standards including 4’ wide gates for ADA access, wind protection and striping for junior players soon to be added.

Construction of the new tennis courts was made possible through the fundraising efforts of Scottsbluff Booster Club/Racquet for Recreation, who received grants from the Missouri Valley USTA, National USTA and local contributions totaling $150,000.

The following summer instruction and league activities will be available this summer at the new courts:

Instruction:

FCA Tennis Clinic
Who: Students entering 9th – 12th grade or any college player
What: One-Day Clinic with Hastings College Head Coach Comron Yazdgerdi
When: July 20
Registration: nebraskafca.org or call Nate Lewis 308-672-6953
Cost: $30 for the day

League Play:
Who: Middle and High School students (being on the tennis team is not a requirement)
What: Singles and Doubles Play plus some drills and games
When: Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Contact: Either show up on Thursday evening or call Brooke Brown at 308-672-2327 or
Megan Brown at 308-631-4898
Cost: $10 per family (if there are 2 or more siblings participating, the cost is just $10)


Everyone is reminded that these courts are for tennis ONLY! No skate boarding, no roller blading, no roller skates, no bicycles. PLEASE – wear only non-marking tennis shoes. (Running shoes typically leave marks.)

An “official” grand opening for the new courts will most likely be scheduled around Labor Day weekend.
5/30/12 > Results of the International DECA Career Development Conference

Twenty six students from the Scottsbluff DECA Chapter qualified for and attended the International DECA Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City, April 28-May 2, 2012. In order to attend Nationals a student must place in the top three in their respective event at the Nebraska State DECA Conference.  This was another successful year for members of the Scottsbluff DECA Chapter, with many members receiving national awards of excellence, and one national top ten place winner.  With between 180-250 of the best and brightest students in each competitive event, placing in the top 10%, or top ten is an outstanding accomplishment. 

 

Over 15,000 DECA members from all fifty states, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Mexico attended the conference, competing in thirty-seven different events and contests.  The following are the results for the Scottsbluff DECA Chapter from the International Career Development Conference. 

 

Top 10 in the Nation

Kelcie Menghini and Ashley Pike     International Business Plan

 

Award of Excellence - Top 10% in the Nation

Nanessa Reyes, Kira Winters, Claire Hughes  Buying & Merchandising Operations Research

Macy Martischewsky, Connor Wilbur    Entrepreneurship Promotion Project

Alexis Cook, Kelsey York, Brandon Krichau Finance Operation Research 

Megan Miller, Jon Wiebe Sports and Entertainment Operations Research

Jed Weis, Morgan Yost, Kolby Aulick    International Business Plan

Casey Sigrist  Principles of Business Management

Aubri Nedella Restaurant and Food Service Management  

Emily Butler Business Operations Research

 

For further information please contact Mr. Derek Deaver at 635-6230, 765-1417 or ddeaver@sbps.net.

5/29/12 > 2012 Scottsbluff NeSA Writing Scores

The Scottsbluff Public Schools District received preliminary scores from the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) last week for the 2012 Nebraska State Accountability Writing Assessment (NeSA). The NeSA tests are developed specifically for Nebraska.  Since 2004, the Nebraska statewide writing assessment has been annually administered in grades 4, 8, and 11. At all three grades, Scottsbluff students scored above the state average on the writing assessments this year.

 

On the grade 4 NeSA Writing, students responded to a  narrative writing The writing prompt was developed by NDE to measure composition  of writing as specified in the writing content standards. The grade 4 test was administered in two independent sessions on two consecutive days. Each session was 40 minutes, unless a student's IEP or 504 Plan required additional time.

 

A new writing assessment process for 8th and 11th grade students began with the 2012 administration. The changes in the process this year make it impossible to make comparisons to previous years' results. The 2012 administration was based on more rigorous, college and career ready standards that place greater emphasis on the components of writing. The students' writings were also evaluated using a newly revised rubric, weighted in the four domains of writing.  Students in grade 8 responded to a descriptive writing prompt and students in grade 11 responded to a persuasive prompt. The majority of students were administered the test online in one session rather two sessions as done in the past.

Student proficiency levels by school, grade and state are as follows:

 

 

Lake Minatare

Lincoln Heights

Longfellow

Roosevelt

Westmoor

DIST.

STATE

BMS

STATE

SHS

STATE

Grade 4

100%

91%

100%

100%

98%

98%

92%

 

 

 

 

Grade 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

83%

63%

 

 

Grade 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

67%

62%

 

 

 

"We are pleased with the results on this year's writing assessments. Our teachers have worked very hard to ensure that our students are effective writers.  We have implemented a new writing program at the elementary level this year and it seems to be working well. We have new learning guides in place which really help teachers focus on the skills our students need to be successful.  We still have areas we need to work on as we adjust to the changes in the new assessment process and expectations. " said Mike Mason, SBPS Director of Curriculum.

 

Individual student score reports are expected to be available in August and will be sent with all other NeSA testing reports to families at that time.

 

5/25/12 > Scottsbluff Public Schools to Expand Classroom Space through a gift to the Scottsbluff Public Schools Foundation
Scottsbluff Public Schools to Expand Classroom Space through a gift to the Scottsbluff Public Schools Foundation Board of Education Presentation May 7, 2012

 

· The building located at 1722 1st Avenue is valued at $325,000 and is being donated by Mr. and Mrs. Roger and Connie Frank and family of Scottsbluff. 

 

· In order to support the District's planned expansion of its preschool program and the creation of Scottsbluff Schools own Alternative High School program , Mr. and Mrs. Frank have chosen to donate both the building and adjacent parking lot to the school district

 

· If approved by the Board of Education at their July regular meeting, necessary renovations will begin on the building to prepare it to house the district employees currently located at the Central Administration office at 2601 Broadway and the district's curriculum and training center located in the East Stadium Building. 

 

· This vacated administrative space will be used to house an expanded SBPS Preschool Program from two classrooms to the potential of four and to provide teachers and students with a much improved learning facility.

 

· The vacated East Stadium area will house an SBPS alternative high school for students interested in a smaller and more flexible structure.This facility is adjacent to the Agricultural and Construction Trades facilities immediately across the street from Scottsbluff High School. This alternative program is intended to provide high school students with opportunities to remain within the district system and benefit from all other SBPS resources and programming. High school staff will spend the coming eighteen months visiting other such schools around the region and developing a program that will be specifically suited to interested Scottsbluff students. The program, as planned, would open in time for the 2013-14 school year.

 

· Focused attention on quality educational practices that will increase graduation rates and student achievement,is the District's priority. Since being identified on Nebraska's PLAS List (Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools) last year, efforts to improve upon past years results have led to a rigorous emphasis upon curriculum and academic standards.

 

· With our students displaying increasingly diverse needs , the school district recognizes the importance of providing additional supports and opportunities to all of our students.

 

· Expanding early childhood education and providing options for our high school students are key components of Scottsbluff Public Schools' Strategic Plan.

 

"This donation will give us additional classroom space to enhance education opportunities for all children.  The generosity of Roger and Connie Frank will enable our school district to accomplish far more than we could have otherwise even considered", said SBPS Superintendent Rick Myles.

5/24/12 > Thank You Leadership Scotts Bluff Hoops for Heroes!

The Scotts Bluff Public Schools Foundation and all SBPS staff would like to thank Leadership Scotts Bluff and all who planned, sponsored and participated in the Hoops for Heroes event benefitting area teachers.  Scotts Bluff Public Schools received a check for $8043.28 from the event.  Pictured below are Kristy Petersen, her sons Hunter and Jaxon, Phil Brooker from the Scottsbluff Public Schools Foundation and Superintendent Rick Myles.

5/03/12 > National Science Center Mobile Discovery Center to visit Bluffs Middle School

National Science Center Mobile Discovery Center to visit Bluffs Middle School

 For information contact Bluffs Middle School 308-635-6270

Discovering the wonders of science and math comes in many forms and can be accomplished in a variety of ways. When the National Science Discovery Center (MDC) van visits Bluffs Middle School, students and teachers alike will be excitement of hands-on science. The schedule for each grade is as follows:

8th Grade - Friday, May 18th

7th Grade - Monday, May 21st

6th Grade - Tuesday, May 22nd

Housed in an 18-wheeler van and staffed by U.S. Army military and Department of Army civilian personnel, MDC van presentations show young people that studying science, technology and math can be exciting and fun as well as essential to their future. A 50-minute MDC presentation consists of hands-on, interactive science demonstrations. Normally 6 sessions are conducted each day, and each session accommodates from 35-40 students.

Mobile Discovery Center programs are made possible by a partnership between the U.S. Army and the National Science Center. To find out more about the programs and services offered by the National Science Center and its mission to excite America's youth about math, science and technology, visit the National Science Center website at: www.NationalScienceCenter.org.

4/30/12 > SBPS Retirement Open House
Scottsbluff Public Schools Retirement Open House
Wednesday, May 9
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Scottsbluff High School Meeting Room – 313 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff
For information call 308-635-6200

Scottsbluff Public Schools will be hosting an open house on May 9 to honor staff that will be retiring at the conclusion of the school year. The open house will be held from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the Scottsbluff High School meeting room. The staff that will be honored include:

Sharon Bird
7 Years of Service

Vernon Bourlier
17 Years of Service

Gina Cannon
32 Years of Service

Lee Chalupa
9 Years of Service

Constance Daniels
46 Years of Service

Larry Davis
13 Years of Service

Lee Dick
14 Years of Service

Cindy Downey
33 Years of Service

Edward Hagerman
31 Years of Service

Betty Kanzler
21 Years of Service

Gloria Louch
7 Years of Service

Carol Markheim
28 Years of Service

Carlene Reuter
8 Years of Service

Marilyn Schwarzkopf
27 Years of Service

Mary Trenkle
18 Years of Service

Merry Witzki
9 Years of Service
4/27/12 > SHS Community Garden Day - May 5, 2012
Garden Prep Day at Scottsbluff High School

For Immediate Release
April 27, 2012
Contacts: Heather Haberman, SHS Science teacher, hhaberman@sbps.net
Suzanne Myers, SHS Family and Consumer Science teacher, smyers@sbps.net
Phone: 630-6235

Scottsbluff- Grab a pair of garden gloves and head to Scottsbluff High School on Saturday May, 5th at 9:00 AM for a Garden Preparation Day. Students, staff and community volunteers are needed to assist with preparing the soil in the vegetable garden, transplanting perennials, beautification and construction of raised beds. No experience is necessary to participate and SHS will furnish many of the necessary garden tools. Power equipment will be needed for the construction of the raised beds. For more details about the event please call Suzanne or Heather at 308-630-6235.
4/26/12 > Dave Pauli named new Assistant Principal/Activities Director at Scottsbluff High School
Dave Pauli has been offered the Assistant Principal/Activities Director position at Scottsbluff High School and has accepted the position. "We are excited to have Dave as part of our administrative team and school community." said Mike Halley, Scottsbluff High School Principal.
4/25/12 > Bluffs MIddle School Activity Fair - May 18th
BMS Activity Fair
Friday, May 18th
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Bluffs Middle School Cafetorium
For information call 308-635-6283


Bluffs Middle School would like to extend an invitation to any group or organization offering summer programming for youth, to participate in an Activity Fair at BMS. The Fair will be held in the BMS cafetorium Friday, May 18, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Space will be available for groups to display information about their programs and to answer questions. Approximately 650 students will be participating. This year we are inviting parents to attend also. For additional information and to reserve a table contact one of the BMS counselors at 635-6283 or by e-mail.

Sharon Walker swalker@sbps.net
Colleen Hoff choff@sbps.net
Glenda Ehler gehler@sbps.net
4/11/12 > SHS State FFA Results
State FFA Results

On Wednesday March 28, 28 Scottsbluff FFA members and advisors began the trip to the State FFA Convention in Lincoln. The members were able to go because they qualified in district contests that had occurred throughout the previous months. The members had been studying materials for contests such as Floriculture, Livestock Management, and Ag Mechanics. The Ag Mechanics team left Tuesday afternoon to compete on Wednesday morning in Grand Island. The first contest on Wednesday afternoon that members had to compete in was Senior Parliamentary Procedure. The Marketing Plan team also competed that evening. The next day was filled with numerous contests and the chance to attend the First Session with the state officers or leadership workshops. Members had the chance to listen to key note speakers such as Teresa Scanlan. Throughout the day, news came on how teams that had already competed had done. That evening was the first session at the Pershing Center. During this session, advisor Bob Pedulla was presented the Gary Scharf Helping Hand Award for his dedication to his students and the chapter .

Friday was filled with more sessions and leadership workshops. Many members had the chance to watch the Parli Pro team as they competed in the finals for the first time in 13 years. The Career Development Awards were held that evening at the Cornhusker Hotel. The Marketing Plan team of Ashley Pike, Kelcie Menghini, and Morgan Yost received white. The Welding team of Hunter Bollman, Kyle Meininger, and Chris Hartsuiker placed second. Individually, Bollman placed first in Oxy-acetylene, Hartsuiker placed third in Arc Welding, and Meininger received a red. The Floriculture team was made up of Taylor Strong, Sarah Poynter, and Morgan Lease. Strong placed tenth.
In Ag Sales, Menghini and Pike received red. In Ag Mechanics, Hartsuiker received blue, Meininger received red, and Jordan Todd received white. The Junior Livestock Evaluation team of Jaime Carlson, Emily Garl, Bailey Imel, and Carson Wurdeman received blue. Individually, Wurdeman received purple, Carlson received white, and Imel received white.

The Senior Livestock Evaluation team of Colton Flower, Joe Huffman, Taylor Russell, and Denum Santero received red. Individually, Flower and Russell received blue. The Meats Evaluation team of Alexis Aragon, Katie Pendrey, Jarrett Ratliff, and Levi Shope received red. Individually, Ratliff received red, Aragon, Pendrey, and Shope received white. The Livestock Management team of Alexis Aragon, Tevyn Baldwin, Colton Flower, Joe Huffman, Taylor Russell, and Denum Santero did not ribbon.

Later that evening, the Leadership Skills Awards were held at the Pershing Center. Tevyn Baldwin received bronze for her speech about Sainfoin in Senior Public Speaking. The Senior Parli Pro team of Ashley Pike, Tevyn Baldwin, Taylor Russell, Chrissy Peters, Alexis Aragon, and Katey Myers received a gold plaque as the team placed in the top eight.
3/27/12 > SHS State DECA Results

Over nine hundred fifty students from 32 DECA Chapters competed at the Nebraska State Career Development Conference in Lincoln March 15-17, 2012. Eighty students from the Scottsbluff DECA Chapter qualified to attend the conference. The conference was held at the Cornhusker Hotel. Students competed in a variety of events from written tests and judged role plays to written marketing research projects, advertising campaigns, entrepreneurship projects as well as team management decision making competitions. Students who placed in the top three in an event qualified for International DECA Career Development Conference to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 28-May 2, 2012.

Scottsbluff DECA enjoyed another outstanding year, winning in thirteen events and qualifying 28 members for the International Conference in Salt Lake City. The top 3 winners and their events are as follows:

2nd Place - Kelcie Meghini, Ashley Pike International Business Plan

2nd Place - Nanessa Reyes, Kira Winters, Claire Hughes Buying & Merchandising Operations Research

2nd Place - Macy Martischewsky, Connor Wilbur Entrepreneurship Promotion Project

2nd Place - Megan Gealy Business Finance Services

2nd Place - Alexis Cook, Kelsey York, Brandon Krichau Finance Operation Research

2nd Place - Megan Miller, Michael Miller, Jon Wiebe Sports and Entertainment Operations Research

3rd Place - Megan Miller Business Finance Services

3rd Place - Katie Rueb, Tyler Nation, Seth Rohrer Financial Literacy Promotion Project

3rd Place - Jed Weis, Morgan Yost, Kolby Aulick International Business Plan

3rd Place - Casey Sigrist Principles of Business Management

3rd Place - Grant Lacey Sports and Entertainment Marketing

3rd Place - Aubri Nedella Restaurant and Food Service Management

3rd Place - Taylor Ross Entrepreneurship Participating - Independent Business Nebraska DECA Scholarship Winners - Abby Benson, Megan Gealy, and Grant Lacey

The following DECA members placed in the top 8, with several qualifing for Nationals when others could not attend.

John Tolomeo Principles of Marketing

Kelcie Menghini Human Resource Management

Jeslynn Kearney, Briana Vallejo, Andrew Holloway Public Relations Project

Megan Gealy, Abby Benson, Grant Lacey Creative Marketing Project

Hannah Thornton, Ali Chain, Tyler Mickey Buying & Merchandising Operations Research

Lauren E. Miller Principles of Finance

Randy Wentz Principles of Finance

Michael Hadden Accounting Applications

Ashley Pike Food Marketing

Taylor Strong, Taylor Muzzey Learn and Earn Project

Tyler Mickey Principles of Business Management

Megan DeMaranville Principles of Hospitality & Tourism

Emily Butler Business Operations Research

Cierra Herrmann, Ryan Meister, Sarah Hall

Business Operations Research

Michael Miller Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Emily Butler Food Marketing

Megan Patrick Hotel and Lodging Management

Matthew Klein/Brett Magana Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making

Macy Martischewsky Retail Merchandising

Jon Wiebe Retail Merchandising J

ed Weis Marketing Management

Ben Wiebe Automotive Services

Christine Scanlan Apparel & Accessories Marketing

3/20/12 > BMS Jazz Band Concert 3-22-11
March has been officially designated for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month. This year marks the thiry-ninth national observance.

In Celebration of “Music in our Schools” month, the BMS 7th & 8th Grade Jazz Band and the WNCC “Fire in the Pan” Swingers will be performing a combined Concert this Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the BMS Cafetorium.

BMS Jazz Band, under the direction of Michael A. Koch, will perform “You Only Get One Chance”, “Maximum Velocity”, “One Special Moment”, and “The Incredibles”.

WNCC “Fire in the Pan” Swingers, under the direction of Dr. Nathaniel Johnson, will perform “Hungarian Dance No. 5”, “Chicken Reel”, “Save The Last Dance For Me”, and “Bugle Call Rag”.

The groups will combine to perform “All Of Me”, “My One True Friend”, and “Secret Agent Man”.

The concert is free and open to the public.
2/15/12 > Barker named as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award

Scottsbluff High School Boys Cross Country Coach Jim Barker has been selected bythe National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) as a 2012 National Coach of the Year Finalist.

Barker will be honored at the National Awards Banquet at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, North Dakota on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. The Awards Banquet is held in conjunction with the NHSACA 47th Annual Meeting/ National Convention from July 21-25. This NHSACA Awards Banquet is held to honor Athletic Directors and Coaches in 19 sports from throughout the United States.

Barker led the SHS Boys Cross Country to their second straight state and district title during the 2011 season and had six individuals place at the state meet. He was also named Nebraska Boys' Cross Country Coach of the Year, for the 2010 season, by the Nebraska Coaches Association (NCA) at their banquet in July.

For more information about the award contact the NHSACA at http://www.nhsaca.org/ .

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2/14/12 > Western Nebraska Middle Level Instrumental Music Contest
Up-Coming Music Event: Western Nebraska Middle Level Instrumental Music Contest

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Site: Scottsbluff Senior High School
Contest Director/Host: Michael A. Koch, Director of BMS Bands

The Eighth Annual Western Nebraska Middle Level Instrumental Music Contest will be held on Saturday, February 25th at Scottsbluff Senior High School in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Area schools participating in the contest this year are: Alliance Middle School, Bayard Junior High, Bluffs Middle School, Bridgeport Junior High, and Gering Junior High.

Contest Director/Host, Michael A. Koch, has scheduled over 140 solos/small ensembles and 9 large ensembles for this years’ event. The solos will take place at Scottsbluff Senior High School from 7:30 a.m. to noon with the large ensembles taking the SHS Auditorium stage beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The judges for this years’ contest will be Gary Hall (Cheyenne, WY), Duane Johnson (Hastings, Nebraska), Lauren Stephens (Chadron, Nebraska) and Michael Stephens (Chadron, Nebraska). We are confident that they will make this event a very positive learning experience for all involved. The judges will have time to talk to each soloist and large ensemble and will offer encouragement and advice to help them improve as players. Our hope is that this early contest experience will give the students more confidence to try out for an Honor Band or to take a solo to District Music Contest as they progress through their school music programs.

The Middle Level Contest is open to the public. Please be aware, however, that the solo rooms are small. (Seating 10-15 people plus the judge and the soloist) We also ask that audience members follow appropriate performance etiquette while in attendance so that we might give these young musicians the very best experience possible. We know that you will be proud of their accomplishments.

A complete list of the contest results will be available around March 5th.

2/09/12 > Hovseth selected as National Merit Finalist

Scottsbluff High School is proud to announce that Senior Giles B. Hovseth has beenGiles Hovseth selected as a Finalist in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Hovseth is the son of Daniel and Lori Hovseth of Scottsbluff.

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2010 Preliminary sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (psat/nmsqt®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2012 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 283,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title. For more information visit www.nationalmerit.org or contact Scottsbluff High School.

2/07/12 > SHS Show Choirs Receive Gold Rating at NCDA Show Choir Competition
SHS Show Choirs Receive Gold Rating at NCDA Show Choir Competition

For more information contact:
Brad Ronne, Scottsbluff High School 308-635-6230

The Scottsbluff High School Show Choirs, the Choralaires and the 27th Street Singers, received a Gold rating at the Nebraska Choral Directors Association show choir competition. The western site of this competition was at Chase County High school in Imperial with 15 other performing choirs in attendance. The choirs are rated against a standard of excellence set by NCDA and given ratings based on NSAA music classifications. The Choralaires received a Gold rating in Class AA and the 27th Street Singers received a Gold rating in Class A.
2/03/12 > BMS BRASS ENSEMBLE SELECTED TO PERFORM AT STATE CAPITOL
BMS BRASS ENSEMBLE SELECTED TO PERFORM AT STATE CAPITOL

For more information contact:
Michael A. Koch, Bluffs Middle School 635-6270

Scottsbluff Public Schools would like to congratulate the Bluffs Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Brass Ensemble for having been selected to perform during "Music Education Week at the Capitol"!

We all know the importance of music in our schools and what better way to show it than to perform at our state's capitol building for our state senators and others in attendance.

The BMS Brass Ensemble will be one of ten musical groups from across the state to perform at the Nebraska State Capitol building in Lincoln. "Music Education Week at the Capitol" will be held during the week of February 27 to March 2 to promote Music Education to our state senators. The groups chosen submitted a recording, and were selected by members of the Nebraska Music Educators Executive Board.

The BMS Brass Ensemble students rehearse each Thursday evening from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. and are busy preparing for their 25-minute performance in the capitol rotunda. Their performance is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28th at 12:00 p.m. (CST).

Students in the BMS Brass Ensemble are:

8th Grade: Cooper Buchhammer, Teha Cabral, Sarah Cloud, Ryan Fox, Riley Lang, Olivia Michael, Craig Smith, and Anna Wiebe.

7th Grade: Elizabeth Belford, Josh Hergenreder, Adam Taylor, and Abby Tygart.

BMS Band Director, Michael A. Koch, directs the group.
Music Education Week at the Capitol is scheduled for the week of February 27th-March 2nd, at the rotunda of the State Capitol. Performances are held each day from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


2/02/12 > Bluffs Middle School earns Learning By Design Outstanding Project Recognition
Bluffs Middle School earns Learning By Design Outstanding Project Recognition

Scottsbluff Public Schools and The Schemmer Associates Inc. (Schemmer) are pleased to announce that the Bluffs Middle School project was selected for publication in LEARNING BY DESIGN’s 20th Anniversary Fall 2011 edition as an Outstanding Project. LEARNING BY DESIGN showcases the nation’s best education design and construction projects, from pre-K-12 to college and university facilities.

A jury of distinguished architects from the National School Board Association (NSBA) reviewed and selected the outstanding projects that appear in the Fall 2011 edition. Bluffs Middle School was one of two middle schools/ intermediate schools recognized and the only school from Nebraska to receive recognition.

Schemmer assisted Scottsbluff Public Schools with the transformation of the three-story, 1920s-era Bluffs Middle School. This enhanced learning environment currently serves 600 students in grades six through eight.

The architectural design of the school included a 95,000 SF renovation and a 40,000 SF new addition. Each grade level includes classroom and support space for two teaching teams. Educational program features of the new renovation/addition featured a new 750-seat spectator gymnasium with an overlook mezzanine; health classroom; locker rooms, weights/aerobics space; and a kitchen/cafeteria. Spaces included in the renovation were the administration, counseling, academic and specialty classrooms, and media center.

Designed with energy saving technologies following LEED® principles, the school is slated to receive ENERGY STAR certification. Key design elements considered in this rating include the new geothermal heat pump HVAC system. This system employs the earth’s heat energy to heat/cool the entire facility, ensuring occupancy comfort, reducing maintenance/repairs and lowering energy costs, while also minimizing environmental impact.

Over the past half century, Schemmer has developed into a comprehensive, single-source multidiscipline firm prepared to offer clients a complete range of architectural, engineering and planning services. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Schemmer has regional offices in
Lincoln, Nebraska; Council Bluffs and Des Moines, Iowa; as well as in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

For more information, visit SCHEMMER.COM.

The article reprint is attached.

1/20/12 > JV-V Girls Basketball Game at Sidney HS Scheduled for January 21 has been POSTPONED
The Junior Varsity and Varsity Girls Basketball game at Sidney High School scheduled for Saturday, January 21 will be rescheduled to Monday, February 13 at Sidney High School at 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM. The reason for the change is a scheduling issue and the postponement was with the mutual consent of both schools.
1/18/12 > Fremont Motors and Scottsbluff DECA partner to raise over $2000 to support chapter participation at State and National Career Development Conferences

Fremont Motors and Scottsbluff DECA partner to raise over $2000 to support chapter participation at State and National Career Development Conferences

 

 

 

Scottsbluff, NE - Fremont Motors, Scottsbluff DECA and members of the local community raised over $2000 for Scottsbluff DECA at a recent test-drive event, as part of Ford Motor Company's Drive One 4 UR School program. More than 100 people from Scottsbluff and the area test-drove a Ford vehicle at Bluffs Middles School last November, with Fremont Motors and Ford Motor Company donating $20 for each test drive.  All funds raised go towards funding student participation at the Nebraska State DECA and National DECA Career Development Conferences.

 

Since the program's inception in 2007, the Drive One 4 UR School program has generate over $7 million in donations for high schools nationwide. The money raised during the Drive One 4 UR School program has helped ensure that extracurricular and co-curricular programs, like DECA, continue in local communities despite budgetary constraints and funding cuts.

 

"I am pleased and thrilled that so many people from the area turned out to support Scottsbluff DECA, and what I consider our best Drive One 4 UR School event to date, said Phil Brooker, General Manager of Fremont Motors of Scottsbluff.  According to Derek Deaver, Marketing Teacher and DECA Advisor, "Fremont Motors and Mr. Brooker have been outstanding supporters of Scottsbluff DECA.  The support, resources, and contributions provided by Mr. Brooker and Fremont Motors are invaluable and have made a large impact on my students.  This just demonstrates their outstanding commitment to our schools and communities."

Photo:  (L to R) Phil Brooker, General Manager Fremont Motors Scottsbluff; Abby Benson Scottsbluff DECA President; Megan Gealy, DECA Vice-President; Ashley Pike, DECA Treasurer; and Terry Weddle, Office Manager Fremont Motors

1/18/12 > DECA Clips for A Cause Community Service Project to support TEAM Ashtyn

DECA Clips for A Cause Community Service Project to support TEAM Ashtyn

Each year 10,400 kids are diagnosed with some type of pediatric cancer. The Scottsbluff DECA chapter is selling "Clips for a Cause" which raises awareness and funds for "Team Ashtyn". "Team Ashytn" is a local foundation that provides assistance to cancer patients and families. The clips are sold at the Scottsbluff basketball games, and at the Scottsbluff DECA school store.  The Bearcat clips are a "C" with the paw prints and the Gering clips are a "G". Each clip also lights up. They are a great way to support your team and a very important charity and cause.

Scottsbluff DECA project managers for "Clips for a Cause" are Jeslynn Kearney, Briana Vallejo, Jordyn Nichols, Megan Patrick, Mattea Schmidt, and Andrew Holloway. Please feel free to contact them at Scottsbluff High School 308-635-6200. You may also contact Scottsbluff DECA advisor Mr. Derek Deaver at 308-632-6200. For more info and updates go to facebook.com/"Clips for a Cause".

"Clips for a Cause" Sale Dates:

Boys Basketball

Saturday Jan 21st @ 7:00 WNCC vs. Gering

Saturday Jan. 28th 2 @ 5:30 vs. Sidney

Thursday Feb. 9th @ 5:30 vs. North Platte

Friday Feb. 10th @ 5:30 vs. Lexington

Saturday Feb. 11th @ 12:30 vs. McCook

Tuesday Feb. 21at @ 5:30 vs. Torrington:

Girls Basketball

Friday Jan. 13th @ 5:30 vs. Cheyenne Central

Tuesday Jan. 24th @ 4:30 vs. Rapid City Central

Tuesday Jan. 31st @ 5:30 vs. Torrington

Friday Feb. 3rd @ 5:30 vs. Torrington

Friday Feb. 4th @ 5:30 vs. Sidney

1/12/12 > Kindergarten Registration for the 2012-2013 School Year
Registration of kindergarten students for the 2012-2013 school year, in both Scottsbluff and Gering, will be held February 21-24, in all elementary schools. Registration will be held at the elementary school in the family’s attendance area. Following is the schedule for SBPS:

Scottsbluff Public Schools:

February 21-24 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
February 23 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Parents are reminded that:

1. A student must be registered by the parent/guardian of the child.

2. A copy of the State Certified birth certificate is needed for registration.

3. Nebraska statute (79-214) requires that immunization, physicals, and visual examinations must be completed and a record provided to the school before the child enters. If these records are not provided priorto the first day of school, the student will not be admitted. The physical and visual examinations must be completed within 6 months prior to entrance

Immunizations required:
3 doses of DtaP, DTP, DT, or Td vaccine, one given on or after the 4th birthday
3 doses of polio vaccine
2 doses of MMR vaccine, given on or after 12 months of age and separated by at least 1 month
3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine
2 doses of varicella given on or after 12 months of age

4. A student must be 5 years of age on or before July 31, 2012. A parent or guardian of a child who reaches the age of five on or after August 1 and on or before October 15 may apply for Early Kindergarten Admission but must do so by March 1, 2012

5. Early Kindergarten Admission
Beginning with the upcoming 2012-2013 school year, students must reach the age of five years on or before July 31 in order to be admitted to the fall Kindergarten class. If your child will reach the age of five on or after August 1 and on or before October 15 a parent or guardian may apply for Early Kindergarten Admission. Applications for Early Kindergarten Admission can be obtained at the Central Office, on the school website and in each elementary building. In order for the school district to provide the necessary student assessments required for early admission, applications must be received in the central office (2601 Broadway) no later than March 1, 2012 for the 2012-2013 school year. Once the application is received, this process will include a parent interview and the administration of two assessments by district personnel (the Young Children’s Achievement Test and the Behavioral Assessment System for Children). The process may also include an observation of the child, and a recommendation from the current preschool or child care provider. Once the student has been assessed, results will be provided to the parent/guardian and placement will be discussed. If your child’s birth date falls between the August and October dates stated above, it is not too early to begin the process if you feel your child is capable of carrying the work of Kindergarten. For more information, contact Karen Johnson at 308-783-1134.

It is important that parents/guardians complete this registration as soon as possible so planning can be completed for next year’s kindergarten classes.

Parents with questions should contact the elementary school in their attendance area.
1/11/12 > SBPS Elementary Schools “Stand Up! To Bullying” January 16-20
SBPS Elementary Schools “Stand Up! To Bullying” January 16-20

As part of Scottsbluff Public Schools’ initiative to raise awareness and stop bullying, each of the five elementary schools across the district is hosting a Bullying Awareness Week January 16-20, 2012. The week’s theme will be “Stand Up! To Bullying” and various activities are planned at each school building.

Each school is having a Kids on the Block puppet presentation on the topic of bullying. The Kids on the Block puppeteers are led by Brenda Daum of Cozad and the group is sponsored by the Elks Club of Nebraska. For more information on the Kids on the Block visit their website at www.kotb.com.

Kids on the Block Puppet Show Performance Schedule

Monday, January 16th

8:50 AM - Longfellow (one presentation K-2 and one presentation 3-5)
1:00 PM – Lincoln Heights (one presentation K-2 and one presentation 3-5)

Tuesday, January 17th

9:00 AM - Westmoor (one presentation K-2 and one presentation 3-5)
2:00 PM - Roosevelt (one presentation K-2 and one presentation 3-5)

Wednesday, January 18th

8:45 AM – Lake Minatare (school wide presentation)

Each building will also be holding daily bullying awareness activities such as bullying book discussions, anti-bullying pledges, video discussions, and creating a bully free kindness wall. Schools will be holding Friday assemblies with student and staff anti-bullying skits, songs, and dances created throughout the week.

Members of the media are welcome to attend the Kids on the Block puppet presentation or the bullying awareness assemblies at any school building.

Parents, below is a list of anti-bullying resources for you and your student.

BUILDING A BULLY FREE ZONE:

http://pbskinds.org/itsmylife/parents/lesson­_plans/bullies_classroom_community.html

BULLIES AND VICTIMS: INFORMATION FOR PARENTS:

http://www.teachersandfamilies.com/open/parent/bully1.cfm

BULLYING BEHAVIORS: http://www.safechild.org/bullies.htm

CHILDREN WHO BULLY:

http://stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/HHS_PSA/pdfs/SBN_Tip_1.pdf

MY CHILD HAS A PROBLEM WITH BULLIES:

http://childparenting.about.com/cs/behaviorproblems/a/bullies.htm

MY CHILD IS A BULLY: http://www.4troubledteens.com/childbully.html

PTA WEBSITE ON BULLYING:

http://stopbullingnow.hrsa.gov/HHS_PSA/pdfs/SBN_Tip_7.pdf

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT BULLYING:

http://stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/indexAdult.asp?Area=wgat_we_know
1/06/12 > SHS to Present The Wizard of Oz
Scottsbluff High School Vocal Department is pleased to announce its Spring Musical . We will be presenting “The Wizard of Oz” March 29 – 31 at 7:00 PM each evening. Rehearsals are underway for this timeless classic.

Wizard of Oz Cast List
Production Dates: March 29-31

Dorothy – Maggie Hopp
Aunt Em – Megan Patrick
Uncle Henry – Brandon Krichau
Glinda – Karenna Booth
Almira Gulch/Wicked Witch – Ashleigh Smith Zeke/Cowardly Lion – Carlos Santana Hickory/Tin Woodsman – Aaron Aguallo Hunk/Scarecrow – Chris Brening Professor Chester Marvel – Michael Wright *Crows (Singing/Speaking)– Blaine Murphy, Cullen Calderon, Ethan Kosmicki & Logan Woodward *Trees (Singing/Speaking) – Courtney Imel, Mahalah Booth, Zoey Rada, Morgan Yost, Christine Scanlan General – Manuel Perez Nikko (Commander of the Monkeys) – Traver Pettijohn Flying Monkeys – Keenan Schmidt & Nathan Pritchard


Ensemble Men:
Micah Yowell
Courtland Marsh
Tyler Wolf
Bryce Meier
Ethan Rudy

Ensemble Women:
Ali Aguirre
Nikita Anderson
Nikki-Catrina Anderson
Jennifer Ayres
SteaVan Becker
Hannah Brown
Barbara Calvert
Daisha Carnes
Mikayla Castro
Michelle Clark
Rachel Clemens
Moriah Deines
Abby Fernandez
Mikayla Fulk
Ashley Hall
Elisha Hedman
Kim Hernandez
Hailey Himes
Bailey Imel
Alyssa Hoxworth
Allison Jenson
Kaylan Kama
Hannah Kaiser
Danielle Kuxhausen
Lexi Lynn
Sarah Mercer
Barbara Neal
Kassandra Perez
Megan Pilkington
Lauren Miller
Megan Miller
Od Purevsuren
Olivia Salazar
Bessie Sanchez
Brooke Scott
Bridget Sell
Brittli Sell
Casey Sigrist
Breanna Stewart
Alexandra Stricker
Allison Stricker
Katie Taylor
Hannah Thornton
Kim Ward
Rachel Weis
Logan Williams
Emily Yanke
12/14/11 > Roosevelt Student Council receives $500 from First National Bank
Roosevelt Elementary's Adopt-A-School Partner First National Bank presented Student Council President Majesty Maxwell and Vice President Jerryd Hernandez with a check for $500 at an assembly on December 14th. Roosevelt Student Council members visited First National Bank with a proposal requesting funds for their T-Shirt Campaign. The Council is raising funds in order to purchase a T-Shirt for every student and staff member in the school. First National Bank employees Laurie Morgheim and Jeri Goodwin were on hand to make the presentation to the students.
12/14/11 > “All Wrapped Up” DECA wrapping center
The Scottsbluff High School DECA Chapter has opened “All Wrapped Up”, a Christmas wrapping center, at the Monument Mall. The wrapping center is located at center court next to Vanity. The purpose of the wrapping center is to offer gift wrapping services. The wrapping center offers a large variety of wrapping paper, boxes and bows. The wrapping center is operated by Scottsbluff DECA members.

“All Wrapped Up” is a marketing and entrepreneurship project of the marketing students and DECA members at Scottsbluff High School. The purpose of the project is to teach high school students all aspects of marketing and entrepreneurship. The DECA members have been responsible for all aspects of the store development and the marketing of “All Wrapped Up”. Marketing aspects that the students have developed and implemented include business operations, pricing and merchandising, financial statements, management, promotion and advertising. “All Wrapped Up” is an excellent learning experience providing the DECA members with an opportunity to develop skills in the areas of marketing, management, customer service and human relations, merchandising and finance.

The store hours are:
Dec. 12th-16th Monday- Friday 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Dec. 17th Saturday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Dec. 18th Sunday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Dec. 19th-22nd Monday- Thursday 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Dec 23rd Friday Noon – 9 pm
Dec 24th Saturday 9 am – 3 pm

Scottsbluff DECA project managers for “All Wrapped Up” are Taylor Strong, Taylor Muzzey and Ashleigh Smith. Please feel free to contact them at Scottsbluff High School at 635-6230. You may also contact the Scottsbluff DECA advisors Mr. Derek Deaver or Ms. Brooke Elley at SHS at 635-6230.
12/01/11 > 7th Grade Girls BB Game Scheduled for 12/1 has been Cancelled
Due to weather conditions around Cheyenne, today's 7th Grade Girls Basketball game vs. Cheyenne McCormick has been cancelled.
11/30/11 > Scottsbluff Public Schools has an App for That

Scottsbluff Public Schools has an App for That

For more information contact:

Melissa Price, Communications Production Specialist 308-635-6225

The Scottsbluff school district has become the first school district in the area to launch an application that allows parents, students and district officials to access a host of information easily from their Android smart phone. Browse the Android marketplace to download the new Scottsbluff Public Schools app. Whether you are a student, parent, staff member, or community member, there is useful information available for you in an easy to access mobile format. Users may search the Android marketplace for "Scottsbluff Public Schools" to download the free app or from a web browser at the following link: https://market.android.com/developer?pub=Melissa+Price+-+Scottsbluff+Public+Schools.

Once installed, the app provides school district information such as; District calendar (including breaks, special events, and activities), news and announcements, Breakfast and Lunch Menus, One Tap dialing to all attendance centers and much more.

Melissa Price, Communications Production Specialist for the district, developed the App as a means to increase communications with members of the community who may rely on smart phones as their main or only method of accessing online information. "With mobile devices making up approximately 5% of all traffic to our website and smart phone usage on the rise, we felt it would be useful to simplify the information already available on our newly redesigned website, and tailor it to the mobile visitor," said Price, "Android's open source platform was a great fit for us as we were able to develop the app with no cost to the school district, and offer it free to our users with no third party advertising."

11/29/11 > Scottsbluff Public Schools Orchestra presents Musical Dinner Theater
The Scottsbluff Public Schools Orchestra will be hosting a Musical Dinner theater “Night of Music” Friday December 16th at 6pm at the Bluffs Middle School Cafetorium. This night of performances will include both the High School and Middle School orchestra. There will be quartets, duets and trios performing along with the Middle School and High School Orchestra. Both groups will be playing Christmas carols.

Tickets will be sold in advance for $10 for adults and $6 for students including a catered meal. Tickets can be purchased at Bluffs Middle School or Scottsbluff High School.

For more information contact: Ashley Hillman at Scottsbluff High School 635-6230
11/15/11 > Remembering Kathe Reyes

Remembering Kathe Reyes

 

Kathe ReyesAs many of you know, this weekend brought the passing of one of our organization's true icons, Kathe Reyes.

It is rare to see the kind of loyalty and dedication that Kathe, as Secretary to the Superintendent and Board of Education, has shown to our school district for so many years. Kathe represents as much of our history as anyone could - through her entire adult life - and constantly stood ready to dedicate whatever she had to give in providing selfless support to so many.  Kathe's obituary is below and condolences can be left on Jolliffe Funeral Home's Website.

Kathe and her family will be in the thoughts and prayers of everyone in the Scottsbluff Public Schools family.

Katherine "Kathe" Reyes
December 28, 1955 - November 12, 2011

Katherine "Kathe" Reyes, age 55, of Gering, died Saturday, November 12, 2011 at her home. Her Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at Christ The King Catholic Church in Gering, with Father Gerald Harr officiating. Interment will follow at the Mitchell City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be made to the church. A Vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at the church. Friends who wish may call at the Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and at the vigil service. Online condolences may be left at www.jolliffefuneralhome.com.

Kathe was born on December 28, 1955 in Scottsbluff. She grew up with her six brothers and sisters and large extended family in Mitchell, where her family were long-time residents of the community. Kathe participated in sports throughout high school and was a member of Mitchell High School's band and choir. She graduated in 1974. Kathe entered the work force immediately after high school when she began working for the Scottsbluff Public Schools Administration Office, a career that spanned the entire length of her adult life. Kathe served in several different roles for the office before becoming the Secretary to the Superintendent and Board of Education, where she worked for five different superintendents. In the words of current Superintendent Rick Myles, "It is rare to see the kind of loyalty and dedication that Kathe…has shown to our school district for so many years. Kathe represents as much of our history as anyone could…and constantly stood ready to dedicate whatever she had to give in providing selfless support to so many."

Throughout her life, Kathe pursued her love for athletics and often played volleyball in local leagues. An avid sports fan, one could always find Kathe in the crowd supporting her numerous nieces and nephews throughout their sporting endeavors. Likewise, she served as a supporter of many other students in the Valley whom she got to know through her work in the school system and her time as a volleyball official. This caused many beyond her biological nieces and nephews, to refer to her as "Aunt Kathe." Kathe officiated volleyball games frequently, and even served as an official for the state high school volleyball tournament. She was a tried and true Husker fan, particularly Husker Volleyball.

Kathe's job and involvement in the community made her well-known to many. People joked that it was impossible to go anywhere in the Valley with Kathe without several different people stopping her to chat. Kathe was known for her quick wit and humor as well as her cooking and baking skills that she loved to share

Most notable was Kathe's constant support and loyalty to her friends and most importantly, her family. She was the main caregiver for both of her parents in their later years as well as her sister. All too often it is easy to overlook a member of a large family---this was not the case with Kathe. She was a pillar of her family and her absence will be profoundly felt. She will leave being remembered as a devoted daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

She is survived by her siblings Carmelo (Lisa) Reyes of Gering; Vicki Reyes of Gering; Angel (Darlene) Reyes of Northglenn, CO; Gloria (Wendell) Redmon of Lansing, TN; Nicolas (Bea) Reyes Jr. of Scottsbluff; Jesse (Margaret) Reyes of Scottsbluff and Virginia (Paul) Ojeda of Scottsbluff; 26 nieces and nephews and 34 great-nieces and great-nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Nicolas Sr. and Margarita Reyes, brothers Jesse, Senovio and Marshall Reyes and sisters Esther and Trinidad Reyes.

11/08/11 > Greater Nebraska DECA Conference Results

The Greater Nebraska DECA Conference was held at in Scottsbluff at the Monument Mall.  Over two hundred and fifty students from Scottsbluff, Hastings, and Gering NE and Gillette, Laramie and Cheyenne, WY competed.  The conference was a great success, due in large part to the contributions of 40 local business and community leaders who served as judges for the conference.  Students were required to take a written test and participate in a judged role play. The scores of the two are added together to determine the top three places in each marketing area.  The thirteen marketing areas in which the students competed are:

 

n  Accounting Applications

n  Automotive Services

n  Apparel and Accessories Marketing

n  Business Finance

n  Business Services Marketing

n  Food Marketing

n  Human Resource Management

n  Marketing Management

n  Retail Merchandising

n  Quick Serve Restaurant Management

n  Restaurant and Food  Management

n  Hotel and Lodging Management

n  Sports and Entertainment Marketing

 

The following are the Overall winners from Scottsbluff DECA in each area.  Scottsbluff DECA had 13 overall winners,

 

Accounting Applications 3rd Place - Randy Wentz

Accounting Applications 2nd Place - Michael Hadden

Apparel & Accessories 3rd Place - Joey Orozco

Apparel & Accessories 2nd Place - Christine Scanlan

Automotive Services 2nd Place - Taylor Schlager

Automotive Services 1st Place - Ben Wiebe

Business Finance 2nd Place - Tyler Mickey

Business Finance 1st Place - Megan Gealy

Food Marketing 2nd Place - Ashley Pike

Food Marketing 1st Place - Emily Butler

Human Resource Management 2nd Place - Kelcie Menghini

Retail Merchandising 2nd Place - Jon Wiebe

Quick Serve Restaurant Management 3rd Place - Aubry Taylor

 

11/08/11 > Bluffs Middle School 20th Annual Canned Food Drive

Bluffs Middle School 20 th Annual Canned Food Drive

 

For more information contact:

Bluffs Middle School - 308-635-6270

 

The Bluffs Middle School 20th Annual Canned Food Drive will be held November 14th - 18th. Last year's total was 5,781 cans and we hope to surpass that number this year! Students are encouraged to enlist the help of their neighbors, family or friends, but not to go to strangers' homes. We encourage all of you to get in the spirit of the holidays and help those who are less fortunate. Any grade level that collects 1000 cans of food or more will receive an award. On November  23rd students will take the collected food to the St. Agnes food pantry which distributes food to needy people of all denominations in our community.  Soda, potato chips and perishable foods cannot be accepted but any other canned or boxed perishable food items will be appreciated. Contact BMS if you would like to make a donation.

11/03/11 > SHS World Languages Students present art at a Night in the Museum

Students of the World languages at Scottsbluff High School have researched art from around the world and we are presenting our art at a "Night in the Museum"

on Thursday, November 10th

from 6:00-8:00pm

in the SHS cafeteria.

Some of our art imitates the masters and some of our art is replication- we create our own art in the style of one of the masters.

We cordially invite you to our exhibit of the arts. We have drawings and paintings, musical pieces and dance, photography and sculptures, weaving, and poetry …. Help us celebrate the aesthetic value of art from around the world. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

11/02/11 > Make it Orange and Make it End! Bluffs Middle School Unites Against Bullying

With cyber-bullying, and "bullycide" receiving national media attention, Bluffs Middle School students, staff and administration are taking a proactive approach in creating a caring community at BMS. Bluffs Middle School will be celebrating its annual Unity Day on Tuesday, November 8th.  The students will be participating in the following bullying awareness activities on this day:

 

The Secret Life of Girls Theater Performance - The Secret Life of Girls is a play about bullying; bullying in the form of gossiping, keeping secrets, using friendship as a weapon, name-calling, exclusion, spreading rumors, backbiting, clinging to cliques and manipulation that becomes a prelude to dangerous behaviors such as depression, cutting, eating disorders, and premature sexuality.  Scottsbluff High School's Theatre Class, under the direction of Kara Rada, has partnered with Bluffs Middle School to perform the play for BMS students.  The play will be presented to our students on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at the SHS Auditorium at the following times:

 

9:00 a.m. for the 7th and 8th grade

1:30 p.m. for the 6th grade

 

Make it orange, and make it end - Students will be asked to wear orange as a way to unite against bullying and putting a stop to it at BMS. 

 

In addition to the Unity day activities, the Bluffs Middle School Counseling staff will provide ongoing bullying awareness and prevention information and activities for students throughout the school year including classroom discussions and presentations and its annual "Mix it Up" day where students spend lunch sitting in randomly assigned places and hold guided discussions at their lunch table to get to know other students.

 

Members of the Media are invited to attend either performance.  Interviews with the cast members and/or BMS students can be arranged.  For more information contact Bluffs Middle School at 308-635-6270.

11/02/11 > NSBA 8th Grade All-State Band Selected

We are very PROUD and pleased to announce that four BMS 8th Grade Band students were selected to the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association 8th Grade All-State Band this year! We have had students selected to this honor band for the past ten years and these four students continue the tradition.

 

NSBA 8th Grade All-State Band Selected

 

Megan Hayhurst (Flute), daughter of Mike & Robin Hayhurst, Olivia Michael (Trombone), daughter of William & Becky Michael, Jared Pilkington (Mallet Percussion), son of Brian & Linda Pilkington, and Craig Smith (Trumpet), son of Patrick & Michelle Smith were selected by taped audition to be members of the most prestigious and selective middle school honor band in the state of Nebraska.

 

This year, the N.S.B.A. (Nebraska State Bandmasters Association) Honor Band Committee selected 82 members and 23 alternates out of 324 auditions from 50 different Nebraska schools. 

 

The N.S.B.A. All-State Band will rehearse on Saturday, January 14, 2012 in the Fine Arts Building of the University of Nebraska - Kearney. The Band will be under the direction of Paula A. Crider, Professor Emeritus of The University of Texas and Immediate Past President of The American Bandmasters Association.

 

The Final Concert will be held in the Auditorium of the UNK Fine Arts Building at 4:00 p.m. (CST). The concert is free and open to the public .

 

For more information contact Bluffs Middle School at 308-635-6270.

10/31/11 > SHS Journalism Department receives NHSPA Cornhusker Awards

The Scottsbluff High School newspaper The Echoes and yearbook the Bluff have been honored with the prestigious Cornhusker Award from the Nebraska High School Press Association.  Cornhusker awards are the highest awards for publication excellence given by the NHSPA.  Scottsbluff High School was the only Class A2 school (enrollment 500-1099) to receive a Cornhusker for both the newspaper and yearbook.  This is the second year in a row that SHS has accomplished that feat.  "We were thrilled to have both our yearbook and newspaper from last year to be named Cornhusker winners," SHS Publication's Adviser Terry Pitkin said.  "The standards that must be met to earn a Cornhusker are very stringent and it's a real testimony to all of the hard work both staff put forth last year.  We were also very excited to learn we were the only Class A2 school to win a Cornhusker for both yearbook and newspaper.  We are definitely in some elite company."   

 

The NHSPA is an organization exclusively for secondary school publications - yearbooks, newspapers, magazines, broadcast programs, and online publications that provides resources to help high schools improve their publications including journalism camps and clinics, contests, and a publication critique service.  All winning state programs including the 2010-2011 Echoes and 2011 Bluff were recognized at the Nebraska High School Press Association Fall Convention on Monday, Oct. 17 at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. 

 

Schools earning this honor were chosen by independent publication judges after judging all submitting publications within a specific classification system.  For more information or a complete list of winners, visit http://nhspaonline.org/wordpress/?p=34 .

10/26/11 > Roosevelt 5th Graders Present “Heroes All”

Roosevelt 5th Graders Present "Heroes All"

For more information contact: Roosevelt Elementary 635-6258

The first program of the school year at Roosevelt Elementary School will be presented by the 5th grade class on Thursday, November 3 at 6:00 PM in the Roosevelt gym. The title of their program is "Heroes All," written by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson.

This musical tells the stories and honors the lives and accomplishments of Jesse Owens, Nelly Bly, Albert Einstein, Booker T. Washington, Helen Keller, and Charles Lindbergh. A wide variety of musical styles will be represented.

There is no admission fee for this program, and the public is invited to attend.

10/26/11 > TAKE THE WHEEL WITH FORD: Fremont Motors and local community to raise money for the Scottsbluff High School DECA Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TAKE THE WHEEL WITH FORD:  Fremont Motors and local community to raise as much as $6,000 for the Scottsbluff High School DECA Program

-Exciting test-drive fundraising event will generate much-needed money for Scottsbluff DECA, helping students in the local community.

Scottsbluff, Nebraska - across the United States, there are vital arts, academic, career education and sports programs that are being cut annually due to growing budgetary constraints and lack of funding. Today's youth are missing out on extremely valuable opportunities to expand their knowledge and diversify their interests, as well as the chance to have a little fun! Fremont Motors wants to keep these opportunities available for our local students and Scottsbluff High School.

Fremont Motors is bringing Ford Motor Company's Drive One 4UR School program to the Scottsbluff community in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for Scottsbluff High School. For every person who takes the wheel and test-drives a new Ford vehicle and Bluff Middle School on November 5th, Fremont Motors and Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the Scottsbluff High School DECA Program. The funds will help pay for the trips to State and National DECA conferences in the spring.

"We know funding for school programs is hard to come by, and we want to do our part to help make sure these programs remain available," said Mr. Phil Brooker the General Manager of Fremont Motor Scottsbluff, "we're excited to raise money for the Scottsbluff High School DECA Program."

The event, which will be held from 9am to 2pm, will feature the many vehicles from Ford's impressive line-up. "Whether you are looking to test out our larger vehicles, like the Explorer of F-150, or are more interested in a smaller sedan, like the Focus, we will be able to put you behind the wheel of your favorite Ford vehicle" said Mr. Phil Brooker. Dealership staff on site will be able to assist with all Ford vehicles and provide additional information about each vehicle available to test-drive.

Since the start of Ford's Drive One 4 UR School program in 2007, more than $7 million in donations have been generated for high schools nationwide.

To participate in this exciting event and get behind the wheel of your favorite Ford vehicle, please visit Bluffs Middle School between 9 am and 2pm on November 5th.

Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver's license. There is a limit of one test-drive per household. All test-drives will last approximately 7-10 minutes.

10/21/11 > Bluffs Middle School Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

Bluffs Middle School Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

For more information contact: Bluffs Middle School 635-6270

Bluffs Middle School is holding its annual Krispy Kreme Fundraiser. BMS Students are taking orders now until Tuesday, November 1st. The money raised will fund special events and Encouragement Day activities for students. Last year students sold a record 2200 dozen doughnuts and are hoping to break the record with this year's sale. Doughnut orders will be available for pick up at Bluffs Middle School on Saturday, November 5th from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Doughnuts are $8 per dozen. Contact Bluffs Middle School at 635-6270 to place an order.

10/17/11 > New Times for Parent Teacher Conferences at SHS

Mark Your Calendars - Parent Teacher Conferences will be October 25-27 at all school buildings. The time schedules are as follows:

Date  Elementary and BMS  Scottsbluff High School
Tuesday, October 25  4-7 PM  5-8 PM
Wednesday, October 26  4-6 PM  5-7 PM
Thursday, October 27  4-7 PM  5-8 PM

 

9/29/11 > BMS Students Attend Multicultural Youth Conference

Approximately 50 BMS Students attended the Multicultural Youth Conference Thursday September 29th at Western Nebraska Community College. The conference, which hosted over 150 area students, featured keynote speaker Carlos Ojeda Jr. founder of CoolSpeak. CoolSpeak is a youth engagement company providing speakers, programs and events geared toward motivating middle school, high school and college students and the professionals that serve them. CoolSpeak strives to provide inspiration so that learning can take place allowing each and every student and professional to achieve their fullest potential. The students enjoyed hearing Ojeda's story and how he was able to overcome obstacles in order to be successful. Not understanding his social, economic and cultural background, many of his high school teachers told him he would never amount to anything. Yet his drive, passion and dreams led him to overcome those obstacles and pursue a career of life learning and educational success, being the first person in his family to graduate from college with honors. His experiences have led him to always remind youth to, "never, ever, ever let anyone tell you who you are or what you will become. That's your destiny to fulfill, no one else's."

6th-8th grade students who attended the conference participated in games and activities centered around teamwork and group problem solving and discussed the importance of graduating and attending college, and how that will play a part in their future. Students also participated in breakout sessions with presentations by Ojeda and Lina Traslaviña Stover.

Stover's presentation was entitled "Little voices in your head." When it was time to go to college, the expectation was for her to follow her big brother's footsteps and attend college in Nebraska. Although all seemed perfect with Lina, she had a secret. The urges to be perfect and have control over her life lead her to develop poor self-esteem and develop an eating disorder. Eventually, the secret caught up with her and she got help. She shared the story of her struggle in hope of inspiring others to believe in themselves; to be human not perfect. Seventh Grader Tito Garcia said "It was Lina's relationship with her Dad that gave her the courage to seek help for her eating disorder. Her dad was always there for her."

Carlos Ojeda's presentation "Power of You" asked students several different questions that started with "Why?". When asked what the purpose was of the questions, eighth grader Ali Camacho said she learned "If you ask a question, you get an answer. If you get an answer, you have knowledge. If you have knowledge, you have power." Camacho was asked during the presentation "Why is it important to graduate?", her answer was "Everyone in life needs someone to rely on, and to teach them things, and I want to be that person." When asked the same question, sixth grader Andrea Garcia's answer was "So that I can get a good job, make money and help pay for my brother's medicine. One little bottle costs $350.00!"

For more information on CoolSpeak and Carlos Ojeda visit http://www.coolspeakers.net

9/27/11 > Shelby Aaberg named State Finalist for PAEMST 2011

Scottsbluff High School Math Teacher Shelby Aaberg has been named a finalist for the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the Nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. The awards are given annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The 2011 awardees chosen will be teachers teaching 7th through 12th grades.

Should the National Science Foundation select Aaberg as Nebraska's national representative, he would receive a citation signed by the President of the United States, a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities. Also being considered for this award in Nebraska is Lincoln Southwest High School Math Teacher Dave Hartman. More information on the program can be found here: www.paemst.org.

AabergLeft: On September 19, 2011, at the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference in Kearney, NE, Nebraska Department of Education Mathematics Director Deb Romanek presents Scottsbluff High School Math Teacher Shelby Aaberg with a plaque acknowledging his status as a state level finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching 2011.

9/27/11 > 2nd Dose of Varicella (Chicken Pox) Vaccine required for all students

In accordance with Nebraska State Law, all students must receive a second dose Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine for the 2011-2012 school year. This is required for attendance at all area schools. Students who have not yet received the vaccination need to do so as soon as possible. If your child has already had the Varicella (chicken pox) disease,this information needs to be on record at your child's school. Not sure if you need the vaccination? Need more information? Contact your local school nurse.

The following area clinics provide immunizations for children. This information was provided by the Panhandle Immunization Coalition:

Lakota Lutheran Center Clinic: September 27, 2011 3-4:30 PM Lakota Lutheran Center, 1200 East Overland, Varicella and Children's Flu Shots will be available

Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska (CAPWN) Immunization Clinic: M-F by appointment 308-632-2540 or 308-633-3314 Scotts Bluff County/RWMC

Community Health Immunization Clinic: 1st and 3rd Wed. 3-7pm and 2nd and 4th Wed. 10am-1pm by appointment 308-630-1126

Regional West Physicians Clinic Pediatrics: By appointment 308-630-1811

Regional West Physicians Clinic Family Practice: By appointment 308-630-2100

Western Family Medicine: By appointment 308-630-7977

Quick Care: 308-630-0800

9/26/11 > US Tennis Association Grants Received

The tennis court fundraising group, Scottsbluff Booster Club/Racquet for Recreation, announces that they received official confirmation on Thursday of awards from the Missouri Valley USTA granting $12,000 and from the National USTA grant granting $50,000 toward the construction of replacement tennis courts on the Scottsbluff High School Campus. Previous donations include the United States Tennis Association, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation, the Oregon Trail Community Foundation and the Quivey Bay State Foundation and donations from local businesses including Platte Valley Companies, Regional West Physicians Clinic, B & C Steel, Valley Bank and Trust and Ideal Linen Supply. Along with many individuals' generous donations, fund raising efforts now have reached the $150,000 goal set by the Board of Education as the minimal amount necessary to proceed with District funding for the balance of costs. The total project is estimated to be $338,000 as bid by L.E. Renner Sports Surfaces, Denver. The Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting, Thursday morning at 7:00 to vote on accepting the bid and moving forward with construction. Tax-deductible donations are still be accepted at Racquet for Recreation 2119 7th Avenue, Scottsbluff, NE 69361. For more information about the fundraising effort, call 308-635-3090. For more information about the USTA grant, contact Kristi Wright, ,USTA Facility Consultant, Adopt-A-Unit Coordinator, 919-349-0874.

9/20/11 > Kids Fitness Day for Third Graders
The annual Kids Fitness Day for Third Graders was held Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 at the Trails West YMCA Camp. Volunteers from local businesses and organizations spent the day doing fun fitness related stations with the students such as martial arts, yoga, step aerobics, shooting hoops, bean bag toss, soccer ball kick and obstacle courses while the students also circulated through learning stations with information on exercising and good nutrition
9/19/11 > Scottsbluff High School Announces National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Scottsbluff High School is proud to announce that Senior Giles B. Hovseth is a Semifinalist in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Hovseth is the son of Daniel and Lori Hovseth of Scottsbluff.Giles Hovseth

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2010 Preliminary sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (psat/nmsqt ® ), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship ® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar ® title. In February, 2012 finalists will be notified. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this Finalist group. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2012 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 283,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

For more information visit www.nationalmerit.org or contact Scottsbluff High School.

9/12/11 > Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Kicks Off
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program will begin the week of September 12th. This year Longfellow, Lincoln Heights and Roosevelt will be receiving a fruit or vegetable snack two times a week. Terri Allen, coordinator, will be conducting education activities for each of the schools throughout the year to help students learn more about the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
9/07/11 > Scottsbluff High School Announces National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist
Scottsbluff High School Announces National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist Scottsbluff High School is proud to announce that Senior Giles B. Hovseth is a Semifinalist in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Hovseth is the son of Daniel and Lori Hovseth of Scottsbluff. About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2010 Preliminary sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (psat/nmsqt®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. In February, 2012 finalists will be notified. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this Finalist group. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2012 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 283,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title. For more information visit www.nationalmerit.org or contact Scottsbluff High School.
8/31/11 > Pitkin named winner of 2011 Yale Educator Award.

Congratulations to Mr. Terry Pitkin, SHS Journalism Teacher who was selected as aTerry Pitkinrecipient of the 2011 Yale Educator Award.

The Yale Educator Recognition Program recognizes outstanding educators from around the world who have supported and inspired their students to achieve at high levels. Matriculating students are invited to nominate high school educators, and a committee composed of Yale admissions officers reviews the nominations individually and designates recipients. Of 228 nominations received for this year's Educator Award, representing 33 different states and 18 different countries, 50 teachers and 30 counselors were selected to receive the awards.

Mr. Pitkin was nominated by Karin Shedd, 2011 graduate of Scottsbluff High School. Congratulations to Mr. Shelby Aaberg who was also nominated for this award by Shedd

8/24/11 > Scottsbluff Public Schools and Scottsbluff Police Department partner to bring School Safety Experts to the Community

A critical key to school safety is the classroom response to an incident. Weather events, fires, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by school and district administration. Student safety also transcends the classroom and extends socially as well. Because of this, Scottsbluff Public Schools in partnership with the Scottsbluff Police Department, have turned to three nationally recognized school safety experts to develop (ERCM) emergency response/crisis management plans which implement the Standard Response Protocol and to provide guidance to school administrators, staff and law enforcement.  You can learn more about School Safety and the Standard Response Protocol by attending this free, public presentation:

 

Keeping Our Schools Safe

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

6:00 PM

Bluffs Middle School Cafetorium

27 East 23rd Street, Scottsbluff

 

This community presentation will include powerful reminders of the importance of school safety.

 

About the presenters:

 

John-Michael Keyes

On September 27th, 2006 a gunman entered Platte Canyon High School, held seven girls hostage and ultimately shot and killed Emily Keyes. During the time she was held hostage, Emily sent her parents text messages... "I love you guys" and "I love u guys. k?" After this tragic event, Emily's father, John-Michael Keyes, founded the I Love U Guys Foundation and developed The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) in conjunction with first responder agencies and emergency managers. The SRP is a common-language crisis response program that has been implemented in more than 2000 schools across the US.  Scottsbluff Public Schools is expanding our safety program to include the Standard Response Protocol (SRP). In the event of an emergency, the action and appropriate direction will have a universal language where all students, staff members and first responders will know the appropriate actions to take no matter what the situation.   For more information on John-Michael Keyes and the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) visit http://iloveyouguys.org/ .

 

A.J. DeAndrea

A.J. is an 18-year veteran of the Arvada, Colorado Police Department. He is currently assigned to Internal Affairs and serves as the Team Leader for the Jefferson County Regional SWAT Team, of which he has been a member for the last 15 years. Sergeant DeAndrea was an Entry Team Leader at Columbine High School (1999), helped devise and execute the tactical plan for the Hostage Rescue at Platte Canyon High School (2006) and Entry Team Leader during the Youth With a Mission shootings (2007).

 

John McDonald

John McDonald, Executive Director of Security and Emergency Management for Jefferson County Public Schools is responsible for the safety of more than 85,000 students and 12,000 employees in the largest school district in Colorado.  In 2010, John was honored as the Colorado School Security Director of the Year for his dedication and professional leadership during and after the Deer Creek Middle School Shooting in Littleton Colorado.

8/16/11 > Welcome Reception - Xiosheng Ouyang, China Exchange Program Teacher

  The Scottsbluff Public Schools Foundation cordially invites you . .

  Welcome Reception

  To meet and greet

  Mr. Xiaosheng Ouyang

China Exchange Program Teacher

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

4:00 PM

Scottsbluff High School Meeting Room

313 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, NE 69361

JOIN US in welcoming Mr. Xiaosheng (Andy) Ouyang to the community.   Mr. Ouyang is from Chenzhou of the Hunan Province of China and received his M.B in English at the Hunan University of Science and Technology and his M.A. in English Language and Literature at the Central China Normal University.  He will be teaching Mandarin Language and Chinese Culture classes at Scottsbluff High School and Bluffs Middle School this year as part of the two year China Exchange program funded by the Scottsbluff Public Schools Foundation in partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Confucius Institute.  The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Confucius Institute is a non-profit public institute with a mission of promoting and teaching Chinese language and culture in the state of Nebraska. More than 350 Confucius Institutes have been established world-wide by the Office of Chinese Language Council International, known as Hanban, a part of the Chinese Ministry of Education. Hanban aims to promote friendly relationships with other countries; enhance understanding of Chinese language and culture among world Chinese learners; and provide a good environment for learning.

8/11/11 > New SHS Parking and Dropoff Locations

Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, SHS students will have designated on-campus parking and pickup and drop off locations by grade level. 

Signs will be posted at all pick up and drop off locations for each grade level.  The locations are as follows:

Freshmen and Seniors: Southwest lot directly west of the gym

Sophomores and Juniors:  East parking lot

In order to facilitate a safer and more efficient student parking and driving experience, the following new parking and driving regulations have been adopted for the 2011-2012 school year.  Students must register their vehicle during the first week of school and be issued a color coded parking pass which must be displayed from the inside rearview mirror.  Students will also be expected to park only in areas designated for their grade level.

Student Vehicle Parking Rules

 

1. Student parking will be in the lots east (Far East - Sophomores) (East - closest to the building - Juniors) and west (South West - Seniors) of the main building, north in the baseball field parking area, along the streets on 5th, 4th, 3rd and 2nd Avenue. (The Splash Arena Parking lot is off limits to students - Faculty and Visitors ONLY) Faculty parking north of the building and east of the swimming pool is not to be used by students.

 

2. To facilitate identification, automobiles are to be parked front end in first; only one stall per car and have the parking tag prominently displayed hanging from the inside rearview mirror.

 

3. All students must be licensed and covered by insurance. The school is not responsible for the automobile or its contents.

 

4. Parking regulations are strictly enforced. It is considered a privilege to park on school grounds. Students will be expected to follow general traffic regulations. Suspension of driving privileges, and/or towing of vehicles may occur when violations of these regulations occur.

 

a. First Violation - Loss of parking privilege on campus for 30 days

b. Second Violation - Loss of parking privilege on campus for remainder of semester

 

5. All vehicles must be parked in authorized parking spaces. The SHS Student handbook also describes consequences for parking or driving violations.

 

Parking and Driving Regulations

Students parking on campus in non-designated locations, in Handicapped zones, in Faculty designated spaces or in visitor spaces will be subject to having their vehicle towed at the owner's expense. School officials will contact the towing company and the school resource officer.  Students responsible for driving in a reckless manner on school property will be suspended from school for a minimum of five (5) days with suspension possible up to and including expulsion from school, depending upon the severity of the reckless driving act. Upon return to school, the student will be banned from parking on campus for the remainder of the current school year. This parking program does not include any fees, fines or citations.

8/02/11 > Preschool Registration

Scottsbluff Schools Preschool Registration

Tuesday, August 9th

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Preschool (under the stadium) 2512  2nd Avenue

For information call 308-783-1134

 

This registration is for those who have not already signed up for preschool. Children must be 4 years old now or turning 4 by October 15th, 2011. Children cannot be 5 before October 16th. You will be asked to complete an enrollment sheet and sign up for the morning (8:15 - 11:15) or afternoon (12:15 - 3:15) session. Other documents needed include; a state certified birth certificate (with a raised seal), a physician completed physical, and current immunization records.  These documents are required prior to the first day of school, but can be brought to the registration night if you have them available.  For questions or more information contact Karen Johnson at Lake Minatare School (783-1134).