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News from Mrs. Davis Superintendent

I am pleased to announce that Jared Thomsen will be taking over the responsibilities of the PreK-6 Principal for the 2019-2020 school year.  Mr. Thomsen has spent the past two years as the 7-12 Assistant Principal/Activities Director.  He is a graduate of Hastings College, and had been an elementary teacher for seven years, five at David City Aquinas and two here at Hershey.  We congratulate Jared and his family.  Mr. Thomsen will be replacing Jason Calahan.  Jason has been an administrator here since 2010.  Mr. Calahan will be the elementary principal for Buffalo Hills Elementary in Kearney.  We wish him and his family all the best; they will always be Hershey Panther’s in our hearts!

At the January Board meeting, the board approved to have GC-ID provide a facility study for the district.  This study will look at infrastructure, i.e. electrical, HVAC, and plumbing.  They will also work with a community committee comprised of patrons, parents, board members, staff and administrators to determine future facility needs and how they coordinate with curriculum needs.  The first meeting of this group will meet on Sunday, April 14 at 3:00 PM in the school cafeteria.  We are in need of volunteers for this committee.  This committee will meet 4-6 times through April, May and June.  If you are interested in serving on this committee to help address future needs of our district, please call Jane Davis at 308-368-5572.

I am thankful that our district did not suffer any damage from flooding or blizzards that occurred in many other Nebraska districts.  It is unknown how this natural disaster will affect the last half of the Legislative Session.  As you know we are no longer an equalized district for purposes of the TEOSSA formula because of the increased value of agricultural land.  Currently the only funds that we receive in the form of state aid is for net option.  If you have any questions on the budget, TEOSSA, or how any of the legislative bills will affect our district, please give me a call or stop by my office.

We have just entered into our final nine weeks of the 2018-2019 school year. There are a lot of activities during the fourth nine weeks to enjoy. Make sure that you take the time to come and support the students and staff. 

We celebrated our tenth annual “Academic Pep Rally” which was titled “NSCAS…GAME ON” on March 25th to kick off the state assessment testing season.  DeMoine Adams spoke to the students about setting goals and working hard.  Students in grades 3-8 will test in Reading and Math.  Students in grades 5, 8 will be tested in Science as well.  Juniors will take the ACT test on April 2nd .  This will be the third year that the juniors will use the ACT test as a replacement for the state reading, math, writing and science tests.  Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest the night before their test event.  These test results are recorded at the Nebraska Department of Education and will be used to grade both your child and our school district.  We utilize these test scores to determine if we need to change our curriculum or to determine if we need to offer additional classes or sections to meet the needs of our students. 

I would like to thank the HELP Club for sponsoring the Kids Carnival that was held on March 30th.  It was a huge success!  Thank you to all of you who help to make this event happen!  It was wonderful seeing so many smiling faces and families enjoying a fun evening together!

We will be hosting the “Mike Troxel Invitational Track” meet on April 18th. If you would like to help time, pick or help with a field event it would be greatly appreciated. Please give Mr. Thomsen a call to let him know if you can help.

Please give me a call or stop by office if I can ever be of assistance to you!

Mrs. Jane Davis, Supt.





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