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News From High School Principal

News from the High School Principal

Welcome to May!  With the end of online school nearing we have many events and activities worth mentioning.  First and foremost, is our Senior’s virtual graduation on May 9th at 10:00am.  This class of kids has worked hard and are finishing strong in their careers at Hershey in unprecedented times.  Please plan on viewing our graduation on the Hershey Panthers YouTube channel to help honor and celebrate our students.  This class of students has been very rewarding to work with and deserves the best.  I have seen many of the students in this class excel in academics and the activities that they participate in.  They are also a group of students that have set some lofty goals for their futures.  Each student in this class has many strong characteristics that will help them be successful in life.  Their parents and the staff at Hershey Public Schools have done an outstanding job of preparing them for life.  It is exciting knowing that they will become successful members of society and forever be a part of Hershey Schools.  We are also still planning a graduation ceremony for our seniors on August 1st at the Hershey football field.  This ceremony will take place at 10am and more details will be available as we get closer to the day of the ceremony.

I would like to mention our Hershey Education Foundation students of the month from the senior class for the 2019-2020 school year.  They are as follows:


August- Varsha Huebner                           January- Carlee Brownawell

September- Josh Eshleman                       February- Bethany Burklund

October- Samuel Mackley                          March- Celie Childears

November- Abigail Carter                          April- Ashley Kosmicki

December- Rachel Abbott                          May- Ambrosia Legg

Another exciting week that we have in May is Teacher Appreciation Week.  It will start on May 4th and run through May 8th.  On Tuesday, May 5th we will observe national teacher appreciation day.  This day is a day to honor and recognize all of the positive contributions that teachers make in our lives.  Please take some time to send a teacher an e-mail and maybe share a positive story about how you have been impacted by an educator.  As an educator, my best moments are when a student or former student tells me about the impact I had in their life and says thank you.  That is better than any gift I could ever receive on that day.  


I am pleased to announce the new staff that will be joining our team in Hershey for the 2020-2021 school year.  Mrs. Sara Anderson will be teaching K-12 Vocal Music and Swing Choir.  She is coming to us from the North Platte school system where she has been teaching middle school vocal music.  Mrs. Anderson is married to Mr. Drew Anderson who teaches Science to junior high and high school at Hershey.  


Mrs. Rebecca Brittenham will be teaching Instrumental Music and she will also be instructing our marching band.  She is coming to Hershey schools from Adams Middle School where she has been teaching band.  Mrs. Brittenham is married to Mr. Jeff Britenham who teaches high school Science at Hershey.  Mrs. Brittenham will also be helped with the Panther Pride Marching Band by Ms. Lori Evans who will be helping during marching band season.  Ms. Evans has been the director of the Hershey band and brings a wealth of experience to the program.   


Mr. Will Winchester will be teaching Skilled and Technical Sciences and will also be our Skills USA sponsor.  He is coming to Hershey from North Platte High school where he has been teaching welding and other trades.  Mr. Winchester has been very successful in the Skills USA program and he will continue to build our STS program that has grown in recent years.  


Dr. Doug Long will be teaching Science classes in our Health Career Academy at Hershey.  Dr. Long has been working at Great Plains Health and many people in our area know him for the time and treatment that he has provided local schools and individuals at sporting events.  Doug is transitioning to teaching which was the degree he initially pursued in college before making the switch to Athletic Training.  His classes will be dual credit which will allow our students preparing for college or the workforce to have the opportunity to gain credit at the high school level.  Dr. Long will also be creating an Athletic Training program for our students to participate in and will work in Hershey Schools with our athletes.  


Mrs. Rachel Peers will be teaching Algebra and Geometry and also coaching some of our activities.  She comes to us from Maywood Public Schools where she has been teaching Math.  Mrs. Peers was at Hershey when she student taught a few years ago.  


Mrs. Christie Copper will be teaching middle school special education.  She comes to us from North Platte High School where she has been teaching special education. 


Mr. Alex Lowther will be teaching K-12 Physical Education and Strength and Conditioning.  He comes to us from Flagler, Colorado where he has been teaching PE and sponsoring numerous activities.  He will be an assistant football coach and also assistant girls basketball coach.  


Miss Samantha Kennedy will be our new head girls volleyball coach.  She will replace Amy Beyer who has had a very successful career coaching at Hershey.  Samantha comes to us from Chase County Schools and she will teach 6th grade at Hershey Elementary.  


Please take some time to greet our new staff and make them feel welcome in the school and community of Hershey.  


A reminder to join our YouTube channel through the Hershey Panthers account.  Most of our activities are broadcast on the Hershey Panthers YouTube channel.  Please go to YouTube and like the Hershey Panthers account.  


I wanted to make sure that all of our students and families are aware that May 14th will be our final day of classes for 7th through 11th grade students.  Please encourage your children to finish strong with their teachers and make sure they are getting the most out of what teachers are providing at this time.  

As we work our way into the summer online, please remember to check our school website and social media for events and important information.  Over the summer, I am always available to talk with parents and stay in communication with your needs.  Please feel free to e-mail me at jeff.steinbeck@hpspanthers.org with any questions or needs that may arise at the end of the school year and during the summer break.  I will also try to keep up with my Twitter account and post some information there.  My Twitter account is @hps_panthers.  I hope that everyone is staying healthy and in good spirits.  I am really missing our staff and students and look forward to seeing everyone on August 17th when school resumes!


Jeff Steinbeck

High School Principal