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Superintendent November 2015 Newsletter

            We just completed the first nine weeks of the 2015-2016 school year.  I want to thank everyone for all you have done to help make it a great start to a successful year.  I also want to congratulate all of the coaches, staff, activity sponsors and students for all of their effort in the fall activities. 

           I also want to congratulate the Panther Marching Band under the direction of Mrs. Lori Evans, they received a Superior trophy in the State Bandmaster’s Competition last week.  This is equivalent to earning a state championship trophy in a sporting event. This is the second year in a row that they have received this honor!

            Please attend the Veteran’s Day festivities that will take place at the school on November 11th.  The music department will have a Veteran’s Day Program at 9:30 AM at the school and the American Legion Post #279 will host a Ham and Bean supper in the evening with a program beginning at 6:00 PM.  State Senator Mike Groene will be the speaker followed by an auction to raise funds for the Legion.

            We have received news on our 2014-2015 State Report Card.  Our students increased their average scale score in math and also increased the district average and ranking.  We have been working very hard to improve our math scores.  Additional information about how Hershey compared to other schools in the state is available on the State of the Schools Report on the Nebraska Department of Education website (http://reportcard.education.ne.gov/).  I encourage you to review those results. We welcome the information that NeSA provides us.  This information is used to drive curriculum, instructional choices and best practices.

            The Federal Government also uses NeSA test scores for Adequate Yearly Progress or AYP.  This was is part of the No Child Left Behind legislation that was supposed to be reauthorized in 2008.  It has not yet made it to reauthorization and for the 2014-15 school year 100 percent of the students and student sub-groups needed to be proficient on the NeSA test.  We did not achieve the goal being 100 percent proficient on the NeSA tests.  We continue to strive for excellence and will continue to work toward this goal.

November 16th through the 20th is American Education Week.  Make sure that you say “Thank You” to a teacher for everything they do for kids in the Hershey School District.  Teachers’ put in a lot of extra time helping students and it is nice for them to hear positive comments from students, parents and patrons of the district.

I received notice from the Lincoln County Board of Equalization that our tax levy is the second lowest in Lincoln County behind Wallace.  They are listed at:  Wallace  .5873, Hershey .9423, Sutherland 1.0046, Maxwell 1.050, Brady 1.1440, North Platte 1.1697 and Dist. #44 1.2187.

Just a reminder that K-6 students do not have school on November 3rd for Teacher In-service and there is no school on Wednesday, November 25 and Monday, November 30 for Thanksgiving Break.

            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, Supt.