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Park Principal 2017 National Distinguished Principal representing Nebraska

Park Elementary Principal, Katie Mathews, will be announced the 2017 National Distinguished Principal representing Nebraska by the Nebraska Council of School Administrators this Friday.  The National Distinguished Principals program honors outstanding elementary and middle-level administrators who ensure that America’s children acquire a sound foundation for lifelong learning and achievement. Each year, the National Association of Elementary School Principals congratulates principals from across the nation for their exemplary achievements.

This Friday, December 9, 2016, the Nebraska Council of School Administrators will award Mathews at the Principals' Conference at the Younes Center. Mathews and her spouse, Mike Mathews, will join 51 other honorees in Washington, D.C. for a dinner hosted by the State Department and a formal Award Dinner October 12 -13, 2017.

Katie Mathews, Ed. S., Principal of Park Elementary School for over 20 years, was nominated for the award by the Region IV Elementary Principals' Group. Mathews earned her bachelor's degree from Hastings College in 1984 and student taught in a multicultural program titled Cooperative Urban Teacher Education in Kansas City, Kansas. In Kansas she taught kindergarten and second grade for six years while obtaining her Master's Degree in Educational Policy and Administration from Kansas University. From 1990-1996, Mathews served as the Staff Development Specialist at ESU #9 in Hastings, Nebraska while she completed her Specialist's Degree in the School Superintendency at the University of Nebraska- Kearney. Since 1996, Mathews has served as a building administrator for Kearney Public Schools. In addition, she has been selected for several different leadership training opportunities through Kansas City, Kansas' Leadership Academy, KCK's Master Teacher Program, and KCK's Trainer of Teachers in Drug Prevention Curriculum, UNL's Leadership in Assessment Cohort, NCSA's Leadership Cohort with the Gallup Institute, and Grand Island Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Tomorrow.

Katie Mathews has provided leadership at the regional, state and federal levels in professional organizations including Nebraska Association for Elementary School Principals (President, State Representative), Nebraska Association for Supervision and Development (President and Board Member), has served on several boards for the Nebraska Department of Education, Served two terms on the Hastings College Alumni Board of Directors, has led several school districts on the External Evaluation, was an elected member of the Grand Island Board of Education, and served several local boards including the YMCA, UNK Chancellor's Committee for Skills for Success, Friends of Make-A-Wish Council, Chamber of Commerce Envoys, and Holy Cross Lutheran Church boards. In 2011-2012, Katie Mathews was the Fullbright Scholarship recipient for the International Administrator Exchange with Thailand.

 

 

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Give Where You Live...And Learn

KPS Thanks You for Participating in "Give Where You Live"

Thank you to everyone who participated in Give Where You Live.  Over $660,000 was raised to support local causes in and around the Kearney area.  The following KPS activities received wonderful support:

Buffalo Hills Room to Roam $1,710
Central $930
Friends Mentoring $1,117
Girls on the Run $405
Junior Achievement $2,562
KCLC $1,460
Kenwood Bridge $2,530
KHS Band $1,145
KHS SLC $1,385
Merryman Performing Arts Center $8,226
Northeast Bobcats at Play $1,703
Spotlight on the Bearcats $425
Teammates $3,800

If you missed Give Where You Live and would like to donate to any of these causes, please contact the KPS Foundation.

 

 

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Give Where You Live...And Learn

KPS Thanks You for Participating in "Give Where You Live"

Thank you to everyone who participated in Give Where You Live.  Over $660,000 was raised to support local causes in and around the Kearney area.  The following KPS activities received wonderful support:

Buffalo Hills Room to Roam $1,710
Central $930
Friends Mentoring $1,117
Girls on the Run $405
Junior Achievement $2,562
KCLC $1,460
Kenwood Bridge $2,530
KHS Band $1,145
KHS SLC $1,385
Merryman Performing Arts Center $8,226
Northeast Bobcats at Play $1,703
Spotlight on the Bearcats $425
Teammates $3,800

If you missed Give Where You Live and would like to donate to any of these causes, please contact the KPS Foundation.

 

 

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Park Principal 2017 National Distinguished Principal representing Nebraska

Park Elementary Principal, Katie Mathews, will be announced the 2017 National Distinguished Principal representing Nebraska by the Nebraska Council of School Administrators this Friday.  The National Distinguished Principals program honors outstanding elementary and middle-level administrators who ensure that America’s children acquire a sound foundation for lifelong learning and achievement. Each year, the National Association of Elementary School Principals congratulates principals from across the nation for their exemplary achievements.

This Friday, December 9, 2016, the Nebraska Council of School Administrators will award Mathews at the Principals' Conference at the Younes Center. Mathews and her spouse, Mike Mathews, will join 51 other honorees in Washington, D.C. for a dinner hosted by the State Department and a formal Award Dinner October 12 -13, 2017.

Katie Mathews, Ed. S., Principal of Park Elementary School for over 20 years, was nominated for the award by the Region IV Elementary Principals' Group. Mathews earned her bachelor's degree from Hastings College in 1984 and student taught in a multicultural program titled Cooperative Urban Teacher Education in Kansas City, Kansas. In Kansas she taught kindergarten and second grade for six years while obtaining her Master's Degree in Educational Policy and Administration from Kansas University. From 1990-1996, Mathews served as the Staff Development Specialist at ESU #9 in Hastings, Nebraska while she completed her Specialist's Degree in the School Superintendency at the University of Nebraska- Kearney. Since 1996, Mathews has served as a building administrator for Kearney Public Schools. In addition, she has been selected for several different leadership training opportunities through Kansas City, Kansas' Leadership Academy, KCK's Master Teacher Program, and KCK's Trainer of Teachers in Drug Prevention Curriculum, UNL's Leadership in Assessment Cohort, NCSA's Leadership Cohort with the Gallup Institute, and Grand Island Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Tomorrow.

Katie Mathews has provided leadership at the regional, state and federal levels in professional organizations including Nebraska Association for Elementary School Principals (President, State Representative), Nebraska Association for Supervision and Development (President and Board Member), has served on several boards for the Nebraska Department of Education, Served two terms on the Hastings College Alumni Board of Directors, has led several school districts on the External Evaluation, was an elected member of the Grand Island Board of Education, and served several local boards including the YMCA, UNK Chancellor's Committee for Skills for Success, Friends of Make-A-Wish Council, Chamber of Commerce Envoys, and Holy Cross Lutheran Church boards. In 2011-2012, Katie Mathews was the Fullbright Scholarship recipient for the International Administrator Exchange with Thailand.

 

 

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KPS is Counting Kids

Kearney Public Schools is counting babies, toddlers and pre-kindergarten students in our area as part of a school census study to determine future boundaries and school building needs.  Our community is thriving and we want to be prepared for the growth.  

 Please help the accuracy of our child count by reporting your children birth to 5 years old who intend to be enrolled in Kearney Public Schools.  Please complete the survey linked below and share it with your neighbors and friends. 

 https://goo.gl/UJdNs1

 Please note, this is NOT a registration to attend school.  School registration will open in January.

 Thank you for your being counted!

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450 ON STAGE AT INAUGURAL KHS CONCERT

THE FIRST KHS CONCERT INCLUDES A COMMISSIONED PIECE & 450 STUDENTS PERFORMING TOGETHER ON STAGE

The first Concert will be performed this December with performances by the band, choral groups and orchestra.  According to Nathan LeFeber, KHS Band Director, a special piece of music was commissioned for this inaugural event.

The first concert will take place December 13 at 7:30 and will feature the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Full Orchestra, and Concert Choir plus a performance of the commissioned work with all the music students.

The concert on December 15 at 7:30 will feature Chorale, Wind Ensemble, Girls Glee, Camerata and a second performance of the commissioned work.

According to LeFeber, the music piece was commissioned by the KHS Music Department with the help of the Nebraska Arts Council and several other funding sources. Part of the grant was that the composer, John Georgsson, would come to Kearney and work with KHS students engaging the students in the compositional process. Georgsson has made one trip to Kearney already and is planning to come back two more times to work with the students before the premier and then he will conduct the premier in the new space. “The idea behind the commission is to have a piece written that will feature all the music groups,” said LeFeber.  “It will demonstrate the unique aspects of the new Concert Hall and Theater.

“The commissioned piece will be in 5 movements with the middle three movements being a piece written especially for each band, choir, and orchestra,” said LeFeber, “and the first and last being a mass group where all the students in the music program will be performing.” There could be 450 students on that stage performing together.  LeFeber stated, “We will have the entire band and orchestra on the stage, the new grand piano on stage, and the choirs in the choir loft. It will be a magical sound!”

 

ABOUT JOHN GEORGESON
John Georgeson is a native of Madison Wisconsin and has taught high school music for over 25 years, worked in the music ministry, and now writes music for a living. He is a very gifted teacher and composer and we are all excited to see what he comes up with.

 

ABOUT THE CONCERT HALL & THeATRE

“This is a unique theater,” stated Van Phillips, the KHS theater consultant.  “It is only one of two in the entire United States.”  Phillips is the owner of the patent on developing a concert hall that converts to a theatre.  He stated that most build a theater and convert to a concert hall by bringing in costly, heavy band shells to improve sound.   The Kearney High School Concert Hall can be converted for theater performances in under 30 minutes and is built for acoustics requiring no shell for sound.   Phillips stated that like KHS, most schools will have 3 or 4 theater performances a year but will host many more musical performances.

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Three Receive Awards SPRINGER NEBRASKA MUSIC EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION EDUCATOR OF YEAR Sue Springer of Sunrise Middle School has been selected to receive the Music Educator of the Year Award by the Nebraska Music Educators Association. GARRINGER NEBRASKA ART TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION (NATA) ART EDUCATOR AWARD The Nebraska Art Teachers’ Association is proud to have Dan represent the organization as a passionate, dedicated art innovator in the class room and community, reaching so many with his gift to serve. JELKIN RECEIVES GRANT FROM JAMES PATTERSON AND SCHOLASTIC READING CLUB Connie Jelkin received a grant from bestselling author James Patterson to support the school library. In addition, Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with “bonus points” that teachers can use to acquire books and other materials for their classrooms. More News
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