August 2015 Superintendent Message
As the Superintendent for the Hershey Public Schools I want to welcome you to the 2015-2016 school year. I am anxious for the school year to begin. I am very excited and honored to have the opportunity to be the Superintendent of the Hershey Public School district. I encourage you to get involved in your school in any way that you can. Feel free to stop by my office or give me a call if you have any questions or comments throughout the year. I am positive that I can help facilitate the great educational opportunities that the students of the Hershey School District are already getting.
I want to take this opportunity to welcome the following new staff members to Hershey Public Schools:
- Ellen Chamley is our K-12 vocal music teacher. Ms. Chamley received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Doane College, in Crete, NE this past Spring.
- Tyler Cronin will be teaching 7-12 math. Mr. Cronin is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he received his Masters’ of Arts Degree in Education and Math endorsement in 2015.
- Jeff Brittenham received his Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2014. Mr. Brittenham will be teaching 7-12 Science.
- Andrew Glause will teach 7-12 Social Studies. Mr. Glause previously worked at Douglas County West Community Schools and is a 2011 graduate of Midland University in Fremont, NE.
- Mindy Ebmeier will teach secondary Special Education. Mrs. Ebmeier is an alum of Hershey and previously taught at Maxwell. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree and Special Education Endorsement from UNK, she also received a Masters’ Degree in 2005.
- Cynthia Elliott will teach 7-12 Business. Mrs. Elliott previously taught in the North Platte School System. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree and her Master’s Degree in Business from Chadron State College.
- Jared Thomsen will be teaching 3rd grade. Mr. Thomsen graduated from Hastings College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Ed, he had been teaching at St. Mary’s in David City, NE.
The instructional day for 7-12 students will run from 8:15 a.m. until 3:36 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and 8:15 a.m. until 2:39 p.m. on Friday. Elementary students will begin their day the same time as the 7-12 students at 8:15, but they will be released six minutes earlier, (3:30 p.m M-Th and 2:33 p.m. on Friday) to help ease traffic congestion. Students will not be able to enter the building until 7:45 unless they have made previous arrangements with a teacher.
The State of Nebraska has determined that Standard Response Protocol will be the Emergency training that school districts will follow. We are fortunate that we began training in this format during the last school year. This training is for Emergency Preparedness and covers situations involving a Lockout, Lockdown, Freeze, Evacuation or a Shelter in place. More information on this Standard Response Protocol can be found on our website. Information is also posted in each classroom. Staff and students will continue to train using SRP throughout the school year.
I am excited to announce that Hershey Public Schools is working with Lunchtime Solutions to provide a new and revised breakfast and lunch menu for our students. Last Spring, the administration looked into alternative ways to better meet the needs of our students while offering more choices each day for our students for breakfast and lunch. Lunchtime Solutions was selected primarily because of the variety of their menu, the number of choices available; two for elementary and four for middle and high school; a farm to table program with local farmers, and an emphasis on customer service. Students may purchase additional entrées or return as many times as they wish to the free fruit and veggie bar until they are full. As a mother of a student athlete, this assurance is the best news that I have heard since we began implementing the requirements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. I invite you to come to school and eat lunch with your child to see first-hand the new menus and choices that will be served!
You will see some updates when you attend activities at the school this fall. New tile has been placed at the bus doors and throughout the building, wood in the older part of the building has been sanded down and varnished. The West Gym had the wood refinished and the cement bleachers cleaned and repainted. The weight room received some additional squat, deadlift, and bench press equipment along with a few new murals being painted on the walls. Mrs. Beyer’s science room received a facelift with new tile being placed over the burnt orange tile.
Our staff has been working very hard to make information about Hershey Public Schools more accessible to parents, students and patrons of the district. We have a website, http://www.hpspanthers.org that is kept up-to-date with timely information. Our website has a SOCS app that goes with it that can be downloaded from the app store at either itunes, or the android store. This app has Push notifications so that you can get instant notice on your smartphone when an update is made. Please search for our app and install it on your smartphone or tablet. We also have a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram presence, just search for Hershey Panthers. If you follow Twitter, you can follow the Panthers using #hpspanthers. Our video streaming app is called The Cube, you can click on the live video stream link on our website to get signed up. It also sends out push notifications as well. As you see, there are many ways to get information about Hershey Public Schools!
PowerSchool also has a mobile app for students and parents so that you can keep up-to-date on grades and assignments daily. School announcements are also published each day in PowerSchool. School closing information will once again be given through the school call notification system called School Messenger. Have a great month and feel free to stop by my office or give me a call if you have any questions or comments.
Mrs. Jane Davis, Ed. S.