North Platte Public Schools offers families the opportunity to transfer within North Platte Public Schools elementary schools. The Intra-District transfer form is available online (www.nppsd.org) until May 19, 2017. Final determination will be made in early June. Please complete a form for each student. Students who have been approved in the past do not need to submit a transfer request annually.
The North Platte Public Schools Foundation in conjunction with North Platte Public schools is excited to announce that Brandy Buscher and Brandon Petersen have been recognized as the BIG “Bulldog” staff members of the month. Both award winners are employed at NPHS where Brandy is the student services coordinator and Brandon is a Business Teacher.
Brandy was nominated by Associate Superintendent Tami Eshleman. Her nomination read. She collaborates with our building principals, counselors and teachers to provides resources to our students. Brandy represents NPPSD at court hearings and on community boards. Brandy works directly with the Backpack Program and recently, developed our high school pantry of food and necessities. Mrs. Buscher is responsible for implementing the Dare to Go Five Below program focusing on reducing absenteeism with our students. Brandy is our district Homeless Liaison and advocates for students at the state and local level. Brandy Buscher advocates for students and families of North Platte Public Schools. She is worthy of our BIG award by helping to eliminate barriers to learning.
Brandon Petersen was nominated by NPHS administration. They told the foundation that besides being a great teacher in the classroom, Brandon goes above and beyond in performing duties that help to improve both our high school and the district. Brandon has created numerous multimedia materials used to celebrate student, staff and our school. Brandon has been teaching for North Platte Public Schools since 2004. He teaches computer science and technology classes in the Business Department at North Platte High School. These classes include Information Technology, Information Technology 2, Digital Media, Advanced Digital Media, Graphic Design, Advanced Graphic Design, and Programming. Our mission in our department is to help students become problem solving, career-ready individuals who can make positive contributions to society. In addition to teaching, Brandon does the school’s newsletter and creative content for the “Bulldog Vision” video board in the gym.
The North Platte Public Schools and North Platte Public Schools foundation developed the BIG Staff recognition promotion to provide incentives for deserving teachers and support staff. The program is designed to recognize outstanding teachers and support staff for their contributions to NPPS. The nomination symbolizes the esteem and appreciation that everyone has for our school district employees.
Teachers are rewarded with a gift basket, balloons and a gift card to the Bulldog store at NPHS. The North Platte Public Schools Foundation is facilitating the program and takes nominations from principals and administration. Staff members will be awarded monthly throughout the school year and recognized at the end of the year Education After Hours on April 7th, 2017.
The Elementary Music Department is using a new music series, "Quaver's Marvelous World of Music". We are excited to announce that students have their own individual Quaver accounts and can log in using a mobile device or computer. Students can learn, practice and create music, anytime and anywhere! Please follow the directions below to get started!
Braiden Ruffin, champion again.
After finishing his junior season with just two losses, the North Platte junior topped the podium at the CenturyLink Center. As one of five NPHS wrestlers at this year’s tourney, he became the school’s first back to back champion.
Ruffin breezed through his first three matches, defeating Noah Ethen of Elkhorn South via fall, Nathan Lenz of Omaha Burke by a 14-8 decision, and scoring a tech fall-the calling of the match when one wrestler leads by 15 points-against Zach Baldwin of Columbus.
Those three wins brought Ruffin to the championship match where he faced Braden Trimble of Millard South. Ruffin had faced Trimble just a week prior at the District tournament where they met in the final of the tournament, Ruffin grabbed the upper hand there.
Ruffin emerged on top a second time, getting the pin and his second State championship medal. “Even though it didn’t look like the hardest, just the getting ready for it was harder than all the others,” he said.
Pre-match Ruffin was dialed in on his goals. “[I was thinking] this is something I can do. It’s something I’ve always been looking forward to doing,” he said. “I wasn’t nervous, but I did feel the pressure on myself.”
Looking ahead to next year, Ruffin isn’t backing down. “Knowing that it’s my last year, I just want to end it on the right page,” he said. Ruffin will start to write that last chapter in a little under a year, but for now, he’s Braiden Ruffin: back-to-back State champ.
What Makes a Great School District? A great school district is made up of a group of great schools working collaboratively and systemically towards a common purpose. The North Platte Public Schools are working collectively to become a great school district. Each school in the district is focusing on what matters most which is the students, teachers, principals, and systems that support learning. The District has been very busy planning and developing processes and systems to prepare our students to become productive, responsible citizens.
So what makes a school great? A great school has students who like what they do each day and are motivated to achieve their goals. All the NP schools have students who have different abilities, needs, and ambitions. To successfully teach all students, the NP staff understands every student is different. The teaching and interactions with students reflect an understanding of each individual student needs. Teachers understand students have different abilities and adjust their instruction to best help students be the successful. Key concepts are taught in ways to enable visual, auditory, and hands-on learners to understand and apply new knowledge. Students are actively involved in learning with a variety of opportunities to grasp key concepts and skills. Although there are high expectations to perform, it comes in a way that supports learning, with an expectation that students will succeed. It is our responsibility to provide the support to make this happen. The NP schools have an involved staff who work together to push themselves and their students to be the best they can be. The NP schools embraces the conviction that all students can succeed.
A great school makes available a supportive workplace that enables all staff and students to succeed in their roles. The NP teachers work to improve their ability to teach by collectively learning and using instructional strategies to better themselves and their skill of teaching. Effective teaching demands that the teacher be knowledgeable in the subject area. NP teachers have an in depth understanding of what is being taught and how to teach it effectively. NP teachers collectively take responsibility for student learning, actively collaborate, set clear learning targets, establish common expectations for learning, provide students with timely feedback, act on the information from assessments to differentiate learning through intervention and acceleration, and use varied instructional strategies to meet the needs of all students.
A great school has a safe, caring, supportive learning environment where students feel welcome and know that the staff cares about them. Each NP school strives to create a learning environment where students respect others and failure to do so is not tolerated. Students understand school and class rules and expectations, and adhere to them. When discipline is necessary, it is not vindictive, but just a consequence when a student does not do what is expected.
The NP staff go is committed to ensure every student is known, connected, and cared for. Students are supported through their transition years of kindergarten, sixth, seventh, and ninth grade years.
A great school has a building principal that earns the respect of students, parents, and staff with a clear purpose, high expectations, and the knack to help others succeed. The NP principals understand the people they work with, and are motivated to create a positive attitude throughout the school. The NP principals create a sense of trust built on being an honest and caring leader.
A great school understands that many factors go into helping a child become a productive, responsible adult, and there is no way one assessment a year can measure success or failure. The fact that so many people believe that one test on a couple of mornings each spring can determine school quality, teacher quality, and student learning shows an alarming lack of understanding in what makes a good school. The NP school leaders understand what it takes for students to succeed and be prepared for the next phase of life and to help create schools to educate and prepare the students of today and tomorrow.
The North Platte Public School District is working collectively to become a great school district. It is a district that collaborates to create and improve an effective integrated district-wide system to ensure adults have the capacity to support students and learning in collaboration with family, businesses, and community members.Dr. Ron Hanson
North Platte Public Schools will be offering an Extended Learning Opportunity for students. This invitation only program will be offered at Cody Elementary. This opportunity will be available for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. This 19-day program will begin on and will end on . It will run from with free breakfast and lunch being served daily. For more information contact your school’s principal. Individual elementary schools will not be having their own summer school program.