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We will begin a month of testing in April to meet the requirements for the state of Nebraska’s standardized testing.  All 7th and 8th grade students will be taking the NSCAS (Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System) test.  There are three areas that are tested.  They are Reading and Math for all 7th and 8th grade students and 8th grade students will also take a Science test.  All 11th grade students will take the ACT test that is provided by our state at no cost to students.   

The testing schedule for our students is as follows:  

All juniors will take the ACT online on April 2nd.  Juniors that are absent that day will be required to take the ACT on a school day in the library.  It is very important that all Juniors are at school on time on April 2nd if they are able to be here.  Late students will not be allowed to test once the testing session has started.  

Our 7th and 8th grade students will be testing in the area of Reading on April 9th and April 11th.   Our 8th grade students will take the NSCAS test in Science on April 16th.  Our 7th and 8th grade students will take the NSCAS test in Math on April 23rd and April 24th.    

A couple of tips for having your child prepared for the upcoming tests are:  Talk with your child about the importance of taking their time on the test and doing their best.  Results for the tests will be available to parents in September.  It is important for students to show yearly growth.

Students should have a good breakfast and lunch on the days they are testing.  Our school has a breakfast and lunch program to provide these meals to students.  Please encourage your child to have a good meal each day that they come to school.  

It is important for students to get plenty of rest during the weeks they are testing.  Encourage your child to get adequate rest and to be to school on time.

Please try to schedule any appointments around the days that your child is scheduled to test.  Students that are absent on the testing days will be required to take their NSCAS test in a make-up session.  This will create more time that they will be absent from their classroom instruction.  If there is no way to avoid being absent on a testing session, please notify your child’s teachers, so we can make advance accommodations for your child to be tested.  

If you have any questions about the upcoming NSCAS tests please contact your child’s teachers or the administration at Hershey High School.  We will be happy to discuss your child and their testing at any time.

            Please take some time to discuss your child’s progress in the 4th quarter with them.  All grades and assignments can be viewed on PowerSchool.  If your child is struggling in a class, please contact the appropriate teacher or the administration.  

Easter break will be April 19th and April 22nd with students returning to school on April 23rd.  

On April 12th we will not have school due to hosting the District Music contest in our building.

One final reminder is that we will be having our activity and honors awards night for the senior high on April 29th at 6:30 pm.  Please plan on attending to honor the accomplishments of our students. 


Jeff Steinbeck

Hershey High School Principal

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