Carlee Brownawell- Hershey Foundation January Student of the Month
Carlee is a student that is very motivated to be a leader in her service to others. She organized a very successful fundraiser for Operation Christmas Child that provided over $2000 in gifts to children. Teachers describe her as gracious, kind, and always thinking of others. She is also recognized as a great role model that leads by example while pushing herself to be the best that she can be.
Activities Director News Letter
The month of November saw the start of winter sports on the 18th. The Boys and Girls Basketball teams will start their seasons at Perkins County on December 5. The Varsity Wrestling team will start their season at the Ravenna Invite on December 6. The Jr High Wrestling Team finished their season on high note winning the Mullen Invitational tournament.
The Hershey High One Act Play Production started the season with an outstanding performance at Gothenburg on November 19. They continued their success at the SPVA Play Production in North Platte by placing 3rd. The One Act will compete in districts at North Platte the first week of December. The State Play Production is held at Johnny Carson Theater in Norfolk on December 12.
Hershey students participated the NCA State Sportsmanship & Leadership Summit held @ Kearney High on November 20. There were twenty-three students who participated along with four sponsors. The focus of the summit was how to be a leader in school, on athletic teams and in life.
Volleyball and Football athletes received recognition for their outstanding performances on the court and field. The Volleyball Team had two girls receive all conference honors. Tahlia Steinbeck earned first team honors and Delaney Love earned second team All SPVA. The Football Team had seven athletes earn All District honors. Eli McConnell, Coy McConnell, Nate Andresen and Austin Hoelscher were first team. Will Huebner, Levi Naranjo, and Josh Eshleman were honorable mention.
The Junior High/ High School Christmas Program will be held at 7 pm on December 9.
News from Mrs. Davis - Superintendent
The first semester is about over and I am very pleased with how the school year has gone. It has been a great semester with students having many opportunities for learning.
I want to encourage all parents to listen to their phone messages in regard to weather related school closings. Postings will also be made to traditional media outlets and on social media as well. We try to make the decision the night before whether to have a late start or close school, but sometimes that is not possible as weather can change really fast. We always keep in mind the safety of students in making all of our weather related school decisions. It is up to you as to whether you want to have your child attend school on a snowy day when we are still having school.
Congratulations to all of the athletes who have received post season honors and to the cast and crew of the One Act Play under the direction of Tyler Cronin for earning many awards so far during the One Act season.
Our winter sports season has started. We have many students out for winter sports. Good luck to all of the students as they prepare for the busy winter activities.
The semester will be over on December 19th, if the students reach their food goal in the annual food drive school will dismiss at 1:30. Classes resume for students for second semester on January 6th. Congratulations to all of our students for a fine first semester both in academics and extracurricular activities. I am always open to suggestions or comments on anything pertaining to school. Feel free to give me a call at 368-5574 or stop by the school. Have a great month, and Go Panthers!
Mrs. Jane Davis
News from Elementary Principal
Tis the season to give thanks, spread joy, and embrace love from family and friends! As we end 2019, I would like to thank you for your commitment to Hershey Public Schools. The success we have experienced since the beginning of the school year owes a great deal of support to the teachers, parents, & caregivers of families like yours. December will again be another busy month for us, with learning opportunities, events, & celebrations.
December brings about the beginning of the winter sports season and the end of the first semester of school. We ask parents to continue to communicate often with your child(ren) and his/her teachers as well as check online with PowerSchool to make sure daily assignments and homework are completed and handed in on time. Your parental involvement remains one of the most important factors in determining your child’s success in school.
In the past, there have been some issues with unattended children both outside the building and in the commons area during home basketball games. Please understand that when your child comes to school events, he or she is expected to stay in the gym under your supervision. As always, there will be at least one administrator on duty at every home event and we will be directing kids to stay seated in the gym for their safety and enjoyment of the event. Please assist us in this effort by keeping your child with you at all times.
The elementary Christmas programs are can’t-miss events! This year’s program is scheduled for Tuesday, December 3. The PK-3 concert begins at 6:00 PM with the 4-6 concert beginning at 7:15 PM. Both concerts will be held in the east gym. Please plan on arriving early so that you can reserve your seats!
The holidays are good times for storytelling around the dinner table or routines like bedtime reading that cultivate connections between home and school expectations. Children do best with regular schedules, and I encourage you to prepare for their return to school on Monday, January 6th, by instilling in them an understanding about the importance of being rested and ready to learn.
I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Empowering students to reach their full potential.
“Educating Every Student, Every Day, Every Way”
November News From High School Principal
Merry Christmas to you all! It was just a few short months ago we were welcoming our students back to Hershey Public School. We have had a great start to the school year with rigorous learning going on in the classrooms and many individual and team activities having successful seasons. As we continue the school year, I would like to remind everyone that our semester is nearing an end. On December 19th we will break for the holiday and the semester will be complete. Students are reminded that their grades will be final for the semester. I encourage parents to take an active part in checking a student’s grades with them to track their progress. This can be done through Powerschool which all students have access to. Parents can also download the mobile app for Powerschool. If parents need help getting into Powerschool to see their child’s grades you can call the high school office for help. Thank you for being an active participant in your child’s education.
Our National Honor Society is hosting a blood drive on December 4th at the Hershey West Gym from noon to 5 pm. If you are interested in donating blood, please call the school and we can get you signed up. National Honor Society member Emily Smith is the chairperson for this event. Walk-ins are welcome the day of the blood drive.
The Hershey Student Council is sponsoring a food drive for the food pantry in Sutherland which serves our area. Our school goal is to reach 2,000 points and the last day to donate is December 6th. Each donated item counts as either one or two points and each dollar donated counts as a point. If our goal is met we will release school on December 19th at 1:30pm. The elementary class that brings in the most points will receive a pizza party and the junior high/high school class that brings in the most points will get to shave the beards of some of our male teachers in the “Fear the Beard” contest.
I also wanted to mention the recent success our one-act play has had under the direction of Mr. Tyler Cronin. Cinderella, our one-act play was awarded SPVA conference third place on November 25th. They also competed in the Gothenburg One-Act Festival and received runner up. On December 4th they will compete in Class C-1 Play Production districts in North Platte. A great chance to see the play production will be on December 2nd at 7pm in the West gym in Hershey as they do a public performance.
On December 10th at 7:00pm our Junior High and High School music department will have a Christmas concert. Our students and sponsors have been working hard to prepare for this concert. Please plan on attending to support our students and staff.
I appreciate your support for our school and truly believe that we have the best group of educators in the area. We are very fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and caring staff. I am blessed every day that I come to school to be a part of so many dedicated educator’s careers. Please remind your children how lucky they are to be a part of the Hershey School system.
As always, remember that our teachers are available before and after school to meet with parents concerning their children. A phone call, e-mail, or parent meeting are options that are available. Parent involvement in education is a key factor in a child’s success. Thanks for all that you do. Happy Holidays!
Hershey High School Principal