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KPS Kids Score on NeSA Test

Kearney Public Schools Nebraska State Assessments (NeSA) scores have exceeded state levels. The test measures student performances on the Nebraska State Standards and determines student proficiency on those standards. Tests are given to students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11.

"Our teaching strategies and our student scores continue to improve," stated Associate Superintendent Carol Renner. "We monitor our NeSA scores and use them to determine needs for curricular and instructional decisions and student support."

In the three academic areas tested (Reading, Math and Science), five of the seven grade levels met or exceeded Nebraska state scores. KPS students were one to four points below state standards in two grade levels: 7th grade math and 11th grade in math and science. Reading in 11th Grade demonstrated the greatest improvement with the number of students meeting or exceeding state standards increasing by 14%.

While NeSA is just one measure of our student's success, it shows us the trends in our academic progress," said Jason Sutton, Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction.
According to Sutton, KPS teachers use scores from the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) to individualize instruction for each student. "The increase of our NeSA scores over time are a demonstration that our teachers are customizing instruction to meet the needs of all learners." said Sutton.

Some of the interventions that KPS has implemented such as Targeted Reading Intervention (TRI) and Mastery Reading are showing an effect on student scores in grades 3, 4, and 5 where 90% of students meet or exceed state standards. "These interventions and professional development strategies have strengthened teaching skills in reading which in turn have helped our students reach mastery," stated Sutton.

"Our teachers never stop learning. Every year, teachers participate in training and discussions on ways to improve instruction," said Renner. "As our instruction improves, individual student performance improves. We are happy with the continuous progress of our students on NeSA, MAP and formative assessments. We are pleased with our teachers' dedication to each student's success.

 

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KHS & Sampson Construction Team Up in Theatre

A unique partnership has developed that will rival that of the Great Gatsby, the first play that will be performed at the KHS Concert Hall & Theatre.   Sampson Construction, the company that built the new school, will help students construct some of the elaborate sets for the first play. 

Because the theatre is new, as well as the lighting, sound and stage equipment, students and staff will need to get trained quickly on the intricate systems needed to run a play or concert.   “There was a delay in the installation of some equipment for the theater,” stated Mitch Stine, KHS Assistant Principal for Activities.  “Our staff and students need to learn everything very rapidly while also trying to prepare and rehearse for the play. It was going to be a huge challenge.”  Sampson Construction stepped in to help. 

Sampson employees will be working alongside Kearney High School students to help build the sets for the first play.   “We are excited to help the students get off to a great start in this magnificent theatre,” stated Leroy Bell, Sampson team member  . “It is fun for our crew to work alongside students on this creative project.  It’s not something we get to do every day.”

Jon Anderson, KHS Oral Communications/ Speech Teacher and the One Act Director, stated that Sampson’s help is making the project much easier and faster, and the students are getting advice from professional builders on ways to make the sets structurally sound. Anderson, with assistance from Sampson, was helping freshman Brennan Hanson build racks for the scene shop.  “We have never had a scene shop before,” stated Anderson.  “This room will be extremely useful for the next 50 years.”   

According to Kari Vyhlidal, KHS theater teacher, Sampson will the students build frames for some of the new flats that will fly down from the battens. “We can make it pretty,” Vyhlidal said referring to the set, “Sampson is helping us make it safe.”

Student actors Nathan Bonsall (Jr), Conner Garrison (Sr), Miranda Jenkins (So), Addison Parr (Jr), Masie Dulitz (Jr) and Tony Koetters (Sr), practiced a scene from the play in the ‘black box’, a practice room behind the stage.  “Gatsby is a classic,” stated one student.   All of the students already knew their lines and stage positions.  The students will have until November 4 to perfect their performances.

 

GATSBY TICKETS
The Great Gatsby, the first play at the new KHS:

  • November 4 & 5 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday Matinee, November 6 at 2:30pm.  
  • $10 for Adults
    $7 for KHS Students.
  • Tickets go on sale October 10, 2016 during school hours at the main KHS office.
  • Tickets may be purchased at Hyvee on Saturdays: October 15, 22, and 29.
  • Tickets may also be purchased in the cafeteria of Kearney High from 5-7 PM on Thursdays:  October 13, 20, 27, and November 3.
  • All Seating in the new space is reserved seating. 

 

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KPS Kids Score on NeSA Test

Kearney Public Schools Nebraska State Assessments (NeSA) scores have exceeded state levels. The test measures student performances on the Nebraska State Standards and determines student proficiency on those standards. Tests are given to students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11.

"Our teaching strategies and our student scores continue to improve," stated Associate Superintendent Carol Renner. "We monitor our NeSA scores and use them to determine needs for curricular and instructional decisions and student support."

In the three academic areas tested (Reading, Math and Science), five of the seven grade levels met or exceeded Nebraska state scores. KPS students were one to four points below state standards in two grade levels: 7th grade math and 11th grade in math and science. Reading in 11th Grade demonstrated the greatest improvement with the number of students meeting or exceeding state standards increasing by 14%.

While NeSA is just one measure of our student's success, it shows us the trends in our academic progress," said Jason Sutton, Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction.
According to Sutton, KPS teachers use scores from the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) to individualize instruction for each student. "The increase of our NeSA scores over time are a demonstration that our teachers are customizing instruction to meet the needs of all learners." said Sutton.

Some of the interventions that KPS has implemented such as Targeted Reading Intervention (TRI) and Mastery Reading are showing an effect on student scores in grades 3, 4, and 5 where 90% of students meet or exceed state standards. "These interventions and professional development strategies have strengthened teaching skills in reading which in turn have helped our students reach mastery," stated Sutton.

"Our teachers never stop learning. Every year, teachers participate in training and discussions on ways to improve instruction," said Renner. "As our instruction improves, individual student performance improves. We are happy with the continuous progress of our students on NeSA, MAP and formative assessments. We are pleased with our teachers' dedication to each student's success.

 

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KHS Receives EducationQuest Grant

Kearney High School Receives EducationQuest Grant
Funds will help increase college-going rate

(LINCOLN, Nebraska, September 13, 2016) – Kearney High School is among 28 Nebraska high schools selected to receive an EducationQuest Foundation College Access Grant – a program designed to increase the number of students who go to college. The school will receive $20,000 a year for four years.

In total, EducationQuest will award $840,000 in grant funds to the 28 selected schools over the next four years. The amount each school receives is based on their enrollment.

The grant funds activities such as college visits, financial aid sessions, scholarship searches, career exploration, ACT test prep, and completion of college applications. The program also promotes involvement with families and businesses to help ensure the program's success.

The recipient high schools have set goals to increase their college-going rates by approximately 10 percentage points over the next four years.

EducationQuest awards College Access Grants to Nebraska high schools every two years and has awarded 109 grants to 74 high schools since the program began in 2006.

EducationQuest Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve access to higher education in Nebraska. Headquartered in Lincoln, EducationQuest provides free college planning services, need-based scholarships, college access grants, and outreach services for community agencies. For more information, call 800.303.3745 or visit EducationQuest.org.

 

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KHS & Sampson Construction Team Up in Theatre

A unique partnership has developed that will rival that of the Great Gatsby, the first play that will be performed at the KHS Concert Hall & Theatre.   Sampson Construction, the company that built the new school, will help students construct some of the elaborate sets for the first play. 

Because the theatre is new, as well as the lighting, sound and stage equipment, students and staff will need to get trained quickly on the intricate systems needed to run a play or concert.   “There was a delay in the installation of some equipment for the theater,” stated Mitch Stine, KHS Assistant Principal for Activities.  “Our staff and students need to learn everything very rapidly while also trying to prepare and rehearse for the play. It was going to be a huge challenge.”  Sampson Construction stepped in to help. 

Sampson employees will be working alongside Kearney High School students to help build the sets for the first play.   “We are excited to help the students get off to a great start in this magnificent theatre,” stated Leroy Bell, Sampson team member  . “It is fun for our crew to work alongside students on this creative project.  It’s not something we get to do every day.”

Jon Anderson, KHS Oral Communications/ Speech Teacher and the One Act Director, stated that Sampson’s help is making the project much easier and faster, and the students are getting advice from professional builders on ways to make the sets structurally sound. Anderson, with assistance from Sampson, was helping freshman Brennan Hanson build racks for the scene shop.  “We have never had a scene shop before,” stated Anderson.  “This room will be extremely useful for the next 50 years.”   

According to Kari Vyhlidal, KHS theater teacher, Sampson will the students build frames for some of the new flats that will fly down from the battens. “We can make it pretty,” Vyhlidal said referring to the set, “Sampson is helping us make it safe.”

Student actors Nathan Bonsall (Jr), Conner Garrison (Sr), Miranda Jenkins (So), Addison Parr (Jr), Masie Dulitz (Jr) and Tony Koetters (Sr), practiced a scene from the play in the ‘black box’, a practice room behind the stage.  “Gatsby is a classic,” stated one student.   All of the students already knew their lines and stage positions.  The students will have until November 4 to perfect their performances.

 

GATSBY TICKETS
The Great Gatsby, the first play at the new KHS:

  • November 4 & 5 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday Matinee, November 6 at 2:30pm.  
  • $10 for Adults
    $7 for KHS Students.
  • Tickets go on sale October 10, 2016 during school hours at the main KHS office.
  • Tickets may be purchased at Hyvee on Saturdays: October 15, 22, and 29.
  • Tickets may also be purchased in the cafeteria of Kearney High from 5-7 PM on Thursdays:  October 13, 20, 27, and November 3.
  • All Seating in the new space is reserved seating. 

 

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KHS WINS GRANT

We did it! We've been chosen to receive an @AmericasFarmers Grow Rural Education grant this year. We couldn't have done it without our amazing staff, students and the farmers who nominated us! #GrowRuralEd

We're making big plans for enhancements to our math and science programs, thanks to the @AmericasFarmers Grow Rural Education grant we'll be receiving. This year we will purchase additional lab technologies for our science and agriculture programs and build a covered outdoor classroom near Turkey Creek with the funds. #GrowRuralEd

We can't wait to show off the new lab technologies and the outdoor classroom we'll be getting with our @AmericasFarmers Grow Rural Education grant. Our students can't wait either! #GrowRuralEd

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Thursday, September 29.
No school for ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOLS 

Friday, September 30
No school for ALL SCHOOLS.

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K+ is a partnership program where businesses and schools work together to prepare students for the future. Our K+ Program is flexible by design to match the needs and interests of the business with those of the school.

Junior Achievement, an elementary banking program and internships are a few examples of ways local businesses partner with Kearney Public Schools. Businesses may select a specific school or educational program to adopt.

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