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2011-2012 SBPS Annual Report


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2011-2012 SBPS Annual Report

  1. 1. Page 2 Table of ContentsStrategic Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 District Leadership . . .Superintendent’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Quality Teaching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-6 2011-2012 Board of Education The Scottsbluff Public Schools’ Board of Education consists of six highly dedicated communitySafe and Equitable Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 members who donate significant time and energy for the sake of students and a quality educational program. These positions are uncompensated and require a lot of work beyond the monthly meetingsEfficient and Effective Systems. . . . . . . . . . . . 8 that the public sees. Board members have ongoing conversations with their constituents about what is on others’ minds as well as soliciting input on upcoming decisions. They stay current on educationalStrong Partnerships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 literature, relevant news events and the reams of performance data and communications that boardYour Neighborhood Schools . . . . . . . . . . .10-14 service requires. They attend local and regional seminars and conferences to remain informed and respond to media questions and requests for interviews. They represent all walks of life in our com-SBPS Honors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15-16 munity and do all they can to champion the needs of children and help to lead a strong, responsive educational system. Building Contacts Scottsbluff Senior High • 635-6230 Mike Halley, Interim Principal Matt Huck, Assistant Principal Justin Shaddick, Interim Assistant Principal Bob Kinsey Paul Snyder Lee Dick, AP/Activities Director President Vice President Bluffs Middle School • 635-6270 Dr. Andrew Dick, Principal Bert Wright, Assistant Principal Lake Minatare Elementary • 783-1134 Karen Johnson, Principal Lincoln Heights Elementary • 635-6252 Jodi Benson, Principal Mark Lang Kim Magana Ruth Kozal John Selzer Longfellow Elementary • 635-6262 Jana Mason, Principal 2011-2012 Central Administration Roosevelt Elementary • 635-6259 Galen Nighswonger, Principal Westmoor Elementary • 635-6255 Charlotte Browning, Principal This publication was produced by Scottsbluff Public Schools. For more information, contact Rick Myles Wendy Kemling-Horner Mike Mason Lavon Hood Melissa Price, Communications Production Superintendent Director of Director of Curriculum Director of Finance Specialist at 308-635-6200 or Student Services and Instruction
  2. 2. Scottsbluff Public Schools Strategic PlanGOAL: INCREASE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTQuality Teaching and Instructional Programming Superintendent’s Message . . .• Learning guides will be implemented in all grades in Lan- guage Arts (Reading and Writing), Mathematics and Science and expanded into other content areas What makes a school district great? What makes your SBPS to all community members - both parents• Teachers will utilize effective classroom strategies with a schools great? and those who are not currently raising school age focus on the following priority areas: children. It is intended to capture both what we are • English Language Learners Almost every day I have the opportunity to sit and and what we strive to be and to provide you a frank • Student Engagement • Literacy Development listen in on many examples of strategically planned representation of our realities, frustrations and chal- • School-Family Connections lessons, impeccably delivered by dedicated teachers lenges right beside the joys of pride and achieve- • Differentiated Instruction. in well managed, caring classrooms. I see students of ment.• Advanced Placement (AP), vocational and dual credit oppor- tunities will be increased. all ages eagerly chasing down solutions to complex• Implementation guidelines to support effective academic mathematics problems, Education is not immune from the societal worries interventions will be developed in Math, Language Arts/ creating hands-on data in we all face. In fact, in some ways, these concerns Reading and Science.• Student achievement will be strategically assessed using a exploratory science labs, are more impactful in our schools than they are in variety of tools. and inferring conclu- any other setting. After all, the stakes could not be• Supervision and evaluation procedures and materials will be sions of literal historic higher. The goals could not be more worthy. With reviewed and upgraded for all employees with particular at- proportion in their social this in mind, we hope this annual publication is not tention to new teachers. studies classes. I see a one-way communicative device but rather sparksSafe and Equitable Schools student readers of all further curiosity and conversation. Please feel com-• A web-based “Tip-Line” will be operationalized to support ages attacking literature Superintendent Rick Myles fortable in considering this a dialog – not a sum- student, staff and community reporting of safety concerns.• Training in the “Standard Response Protocol” will be from centuries-old classics, mative report. Your questions, your ideas and your conducted for all sites with staff, student and community today’s contemporary young adult literature, lively concerns are all welcome. understanding and support. graphic novels and timeless primary school fables and• School and district threat assessment processes will be updated. fairy tales. I see young chefs, designers, architects, Thank you for the support you provide to our• Card Access Security will be installed in all district buildings home builders, artists, musicians, athletes, performers, schools. This community is remarkable and pro- and campus security personnel will be retained at SHS. technologists, business people and linguists challenge vides an environment for learning and growing that• Site and district response protocols to dangerous and disrup- themselves in ways that demonstrate skills and abili- few can rival – and ultimately it is our students and tive student behavior (to include bullying) will be reviewed.• Data will be examined to determine the equitability of student ties one would never expect students of their age to our futures that benefit. participation in academic and extra-curricular opportunities. master. I get to see examples of what makes Scotts- bluff Schools great every single day.Efficient and Effective Systems and Practices• Schools will effectively assume increased responsibility for budgeting (para hours, supplies and equipment, and profes- Knowing that many of you may have little direct con- sional development). tact with your neighborhood schools on a daily basis,• Sound and strategic fiscal management will occur and be responsive to the trends and fluctuations of varied economic this publication is intended to provide a snapshot of factors and depleting resources. Every Student A Successful Future . . .• Internal controls and spending processes will be reviewed and modified as needed.• The district will utilize sound budgeting practices and operate in a fiscally responsible manner. The recruitment and reten- tion of quality minority candidates in teaching and adminis- trative positions must become a strategic priority. • 65% of last year’s senior class took at least one college class while in highStrong Partnerships and Relationships school.• All schools will facilitate structures and processes to involve • In the past 10 years Scottsbluff High School has had a total of 16 National both staff and parents in meaningful advisement and decision- making. Merit Finalists and Scholars.• Parent, student and staff survey processes and data collection timelines and processes will be formalized. • 5% of 2011 SHS Graduates are currently serving in the Armed Forces.• An enhanced District website will be initiated and main- • Over a half a million dollars in scholarship funds were awarded to the class tained.• External district communications will be provided in Spanish of 2011. whenever circumstances allow and warrant.• Parent education through workshops and formalized training • 66% of graduating Seniors attend College, Trade or Tech School. opportunities will be planned. • 25 Students from the class of 2011 earned at least one certificate from• Staff, student and parent surveys will continue and be used to inform decision-making at all levels of the District. Western Nebraska Community College before they graduated.
  3. 3. Page 4Quality Teaching . . . and instructional ProgrammingK-5 Students Read with MONDO BookshopScottsbluff Public Schools has implemented the MONDO Bookshop reading program in our schools for Want to know more aboutthe past several years. MONDO is a research-based reading program and in- what your student is learningstructional framework that provides high-quality literature and teacher resourcematerials. The program focuses on phonemic awareness, phonics/word study, in Math, Science or Languagevocabulary, comprehension, fluency, and oral language development. The pro-gram incorporates several instructional models including guided reading, shared Arts? Visit us on our websitereading and direct instruction of phonics. at toGuided reading provides a daily opportunity for teachers to help small groups view Learning Guides for each(four to six students) to talk, read, and think their way purposefully through atext. This instructional strategy is crucial to enabling students to become fluent, grade level and content area.established readers.Shared reading is part of whole class instruction and can be used with any level or ability. It occurs r District Reading Performancewhen students read a book or selection with a teacher or another experienced reader. A number of teach-ing points can be consistently reinforced during shared reading. Shared reading provides many opportu- 3nities to model fluent reading and is an excellent way to show students how to use strategies to problem- 4solve unfamiliar words. State of 5 NebraskaPhonics is taught in grades K-1 and as intervention with older students who need extra support in learn- 6ing key skills. The phonics program includes direct teaching of letter-sound relationships in a clear Scottsbluff 7 Public Schoolssequence and substantial practice for students in application and practice of their phonics knowledge. 8What About Those Test Scores?! It’s All About Curriculum! 11 0.00% 20.00% 40.00% 60.00% 80.00%While debates about testing and test scores will undoubtedly continue in venues from Congressionalfilibusters to family dinner tables, the bottom line is that we all want our students to do well. We all District Writing Performancewant our schools to be the best.Scottsbluff Public Schools has taken the tact that teachers will be successful when they have clear and 4consistent expectations in place that engage and challenge all of their students. With the right curricu- State oflum in place that supports all children acquiring necessary skills and knowledge, and it is brought to Nebraskastudents in an engaging manner, the formula for high test scores becomes a relatively simple equation. Scottsbluff Public SchoolsBeginning with the current school year, Science, Mathematics, Reading and Writing curricula have all 8been significantly revised with Learning Guides developed in each area for kindergarten all the waythrough high school. These plans have been developed by teams of teacher leaders and are correlateddirectly to Nebraska State Academic Standards. 0.00% 20.00% 40.00% 60.00% 80.00% District Math PerformanceYour teachers (in each of these areas) can all discuss these guides in depth and are implementing themin all classrooms. Elective classes and Social Studies will also be supported in this effort as State Stan- 3dards are developed. This clarity of curriculum helps teachers so they aren’t individually responsible for 4deciding what they should teach and when they should do it. It also helps to ensure parents and studentsthat there is a “plan” for how each child will navigate through core content to minimize redundancy and 5 State of Nebraskaomissions in instruction. 6 Scottsbluff 7 Public SchoolsStudents bring all different sets of skills and abilities with them to school. The SBPS curriculum bringswith it higher expectations for those that are ready and opportunities for students who need to “catch 8up” to do so through designated interventions and extra support. A diploma means a lot in Scottsbluff 11and that will always be of prime importance. To find out more, go to our website and look through our 0.00% 20.00% 40.00% 60.00% 80.00%Curriculum and Instruction pages (under the Departments tab).
  4. 4. Page 5Quality Teaching . . . and instructional Programming K K-8 Writing Workshops Scottsbluff Public Schools High Ability Sc Scottsbluff Public Schools uses a workshop instruc- tio tional model to teach writing in grades K-8. Writing Learner Program is presented as an ongoing process in which students fo follow a given set of procedures for planning, draft- Scottsbluff Public Schools recognizes the individuality of each in ing, revising, editing, and publishing their writing. student and is committed to providing a challenging learning envi- C Collaboration with peers and teacher is an important ronment to meet these needs. The mission of the Scottsbluff Public pa part of this process. The K-8 writing workshop Schools High Ability Learners includes a 5-10 minute mini-lesson on a writing inc (HAL) program is to provide ap-technique or strategy, 30 minutes of writing and/or conferencing and 5-10 minutes propriately challenging educationalfor the concluding group-share session. experiences that will encourage students to learn, to challenge them-K-12 Mathematics selves, and to contribute positivelyA high quality education in mathematics is essential to all students. Scottsbluff to society.Public Schools provides a comprehensive mathematics program for all students,kindergarten through twelfth grade. Mathematics education in the district is based The district recently made someon Nebraska State Standards and indicators at each grade level. These standards changes to the structure of our pro-specify what students need to know and how they will apply such knowledge. Mul- gram which will extend our abilitytiple teaching strategies are used to ensure that all students meet or exceed state to provide enrichment and accelera-standards and understand mathematics at a high level. tion opportunities to students within content area instruction – particularly, Mathematics, Language Arts Scottsbluff Public School Assessment Schedule and Science. Building Level Coordinators, and Content Area Special- ists, rather than a District HAL Coordinator, will assume responsibili- 2011 2012 Assessment Date Target Audience Purpose ties for working with teachers in all of our schools to support their Mondo September 6-23 Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 District work with students’ individual plans and achieving goals in these area Bookshop January 6-20 Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 specific to their interests and skills. May 7-18 Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 NWEA MAPs September 27-30 Grades,3, 4, 5 (new to State Reporting; SBPS) District/Placement There are four levels of service for elementary and middle school high May 1 –May 25 Grades 2,3,4,5 District Completed and Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, District ability learners in the Scottsbluff School District: Writing Scored October 1- 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Prompts 8; District Level Services: Programs and curricula that are offered to all Completed and Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, scored by May 1 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 students in all buildings. ASVAB November 2 Grade 11 District Statewide January 31 & Grade 4, 8, 11 State Reporting, District Differentiated Instruction: This level of service is provided in the Writing February 1 classroom in a heterogeneous environment. Differentiation is an ap- EXPLORE March 20 Grades 8, 9 State Reporting, District proach to planning and teaching that addresses the needs of all learn- PLAN March 20 Grade 10 State Reporting, District ers. Differentiation involves varied approaches to curriculum, instruc- tion and assessment. Educators adapt content (what is taught), process ACT March 20 Grade 11 State Reporting, District (how it is taught), and product (what the student does) to the unique NeSA- April 3 & 4 Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, State Reporting (AYP), learning needs, readiness, interest and learning style of each student. Reading HS District NeSA- April 17 & 18 5, 8 and HS State Reporting (AYP), Middle School Advanced Courses: This level of service is provided in Science District the classroom in a homogeneous environment. NeSA-Math April 24 & 25 Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, State Reporting (AYP), HS District InView April Grade 2 HAL Identification Building Level Services: These activities reflect the needs and re- Advanced May HS College Credit; District sources of individual schools within the district. These building level Placement activities may include the following: (AP) Math Counts Chess Club COMPASS TBD Grade 12 (HS) College Entrance/ (Optional) Placement Computer Club Jazz Band STARS Social Point of Instruction Grades 5,8 HS State Reporting (AYP), Show Choir Science Fair Studies District AimsWeb Ongoing Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, Response to Intervention; Book Club Technology Club 5, 6, 7, 8: others as Progress Monitoring Writing Club Honors Science needed
  5. 5. Page 6Quality Teaching . . . and instructional ProgrammingHigh School Transition Program Creates a Scottsbluff Public Schools PromotesPathway to Educational, Career and Life Goals Anti-Bullying AwarenessIn Scottsbluff Public Schools, we have flexibility in designing programs in order to With cyber-bullying, and “bullycide” receiving national media attention, Scotts-meet the changing and individual needs of our students. At the high school level, the bluff Public Schools students, staff and administration are taking a proactivestudent’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) focuses on the transition of the student to approach in creating a caring community within our schools. Throughout thelife beyond the completion of high school. Teachers assist students in identifying their school year, counselors will be holding various bullying awareness activities withfuture goals such as post-secondary education, employment after graduation, and inde- students.pendent living. They also help to identify support needed for students to achieve thesegoals. Students participate in various career awareness activities in order to match Bluffs Middle School celebrated its annual Unity Day on November 8th. Stu-their skills and interests to a career. This could include interest inventories such as the dents wore orange as a way to unite against bullying. All 6-8th grade studentsCareerScope assessment, work based learning opportunities such as the Job Shadow also attended a performance of The Secret Life of Girls. The Secret Life of Girlsprogram, or providing links to other organizations such as Nebraska Vocational Reha- is a play about bullying; bullying inbilitation, who under a new program will be placing students in paid apprenticeships the form of gossiping, keeping secrets,and on-the-job training opportunities that qualify for high school credit. using friendship as a weapon, name- calling, exclusion, spreading rumors,Students wishing to pursue higher education in addition to traditional counseling services backbiting, clinging to cliques andreceive assistance with course identification, the identification and development of neces- manipulation that becomes a preludesary skills for college readiness and self-advocacy skills. to dangerous behaviors such as depres- sion, cutting, eating disorders, andFor those students who hope to become employed after graduation, the Job Shadow Pro- premature sexuality. Scottsbluff Highgram helps students obtain the knowledge, attitudes, work behaviors and skills to make a School’s Theatre Class, under thesuccessful transition from school to the real world. Often, students select careers because direction of Kara Rada partnered with Scene from The Secret Life of Girlsthe work sounds interesting, looks glamorous, or pays well. Job Shadow enables wise ca- Bluffs Middle School to perform thereer choices as students experience the authentic environment of the work place, explore play for BMS students. After the play was performed, SHS students visited withthe requirements of the job, and compare actual experience to their expectations. With the Bluffs Middle School students about the issues brought forth in the of teachers and two district job coaches, students receive hands on instruction in jobseeking skills and work ethic awareness such as, punctuality, appearance, asking questions In addition to the Unity Day activities, the Bluffs Middle School has held its an-and honesty in communications. The support and mentorship of the job coaches and com- nual “Mix it Up” day, where students spend lunch sitting in randomly assignedmunity partners in many cases lead to the students successfully finding employment prior places and hold guided discussions at their lunch table to get to know other stu-to graduation. dents, and has received a grant from the Nebraska Humanities Council to train 75 BMS students on becoming a cyberALLY. Trainers from the Anti-DefamationNo matter what a student’s plans for the future, the High School Transition Program, League will be coming to Scottsbluff to train students in February. At the el-through training and planning, strives to help all students succeed in school, work and life. ementary level, counselors will be having a bullying awareness week this spring.Child FindDoes your child have trouble learning, speaking, hearing, seeing, walking or taking part in activities with other children? Or are you concerned about your child’s physical con-dition, learning or development in other areas?Scottsbluff Public Schools seeks to locate and identify all children who may have an educational disability. Any person may refer a child between the ages of birth and 21 years(who has not yet earned a regular high school diploma) for evaluation.The ‘Child Find’ requirements also apply to highly mobile children, homeless children, home schooled children, and children who are suspected of having an educational dis-ability even though they are advancing from grade to grade.Referrals may be initiated by contacting the Director of Student Services for Scottsbluff Public Schools (635-6200). For school-age students, building principals or classroomteachers may be contacted to initiate a referral for special services. Students enrolled in any private school within the geographical boundaries of Scottsbluff Public Schoolsmay also be referred to the Scottsbluff Public Schools regardless of where they reside. Students who attend private schools outside the geographical boundaries of Scottsbluffshould contact the district in which the private school is located in order to make a referral for a special services evaluation.
  6. 6. Page 7Safe and Equitable Schools . . .The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) Scottsbluff Public SchoolsScottsbluff Schools and our community clearly prioritize the safety and well-being of children Implements TIPS to Improveabove all else. Crisis teams, emergency plans and school safety drills are just some of the priori-ties that have been long been established in our district to help ensure that everyone knows exactly School Safetyhow to respond to an emergency or crisis. A priority for our administrators and other interestedstaff has been to update our practices and make sure that all staff is comfortable, confident and pre- TIPS is a comprehensive platform for reporting,pared. In September 2011, Scottsbluff Public Schools conducted training for its Teachers, Admin- tracking and documenting incidents and concerns.istration and other staff members on the Standard Response Protocol. TIPS empow- ers students,The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is based not on individual scenarios but on the response parents,to any given scenario. SRP demands a specific vocabulary but also allows for great flexibility. The teachers andpremise is simple - there are four specific actions that can be performed during an incident. community members to be heard and to anony- mously report warning signs and past, present and predicted crimes in our school community. The goal of TIPS is prevention and to help identify red Lockout Lockdown Evacuate Shelter flags and warning signs before an incident occursLockout is followed Lockdown is followed Evacuate is always Shelter is always or the Directive: “Se- by “Locks, Lights, Out followed by a location, followed by a typecure the Perimeter” of Sight” and is the and is used to move and a method and All TIPS reports are confidential and your nameand is the protocol protocol used to secure students and staff from is the protocol for will only be shared if you provide your contactused to safeguard stu- individual rooms and one location to a differ- group and self information. As protection. soon as a reportdents and staff within keep students quiet and ent location in or out of Make a report at is made, des-the building. in place. the building. 308-633-9999 or ignated schoolThe SRP is now in place in literally thousands of schools around the country and over the last year officials will re-or two has become the standard in school safety training. It is fully endorsed by the Scottsbluff ceive an instantPolice Department and has recently been adopted by the New York City Department of Education notification,to be implemented with all of their 1.1 million students in an additional 1700 schools. For more review the incident and take appropriate actions.information visit the I Love U Guys Foundation Website at With TIPS students and parents can report:Equitable Schools are a Priority for ALL kids •Possession of WeaponsScottsbluff Public Schools values the importance of high expectations for all children. Therefore, all •Drugs or Alcoholschools are reviewing the achievement levels of our students to analyze the results of this priority. •Harassment/IntimidationFor example, principals are examining participation levels of children in after school activities, in •School Vandalismaccelerated classes and in various elective opportunities. They are looking at grades, test scores and •Physical Assaultgraduation rates. They are considering gender, ethnicity, ability and socioeconomic factors. They are •Threats of Violencecomparing performance from one elementary school neighborhood to the next. They are looking at •Suicide Risksuccess in different classrooms, with different programming, with different interventions. They are •Abuse/Neglectlooking at survey data to determine the differences in performance between those who attend pre-school and those who don’t and what kind of advantage it brings to students whose families choose This is not an emergency reporting system andour own program. We are looking at discipline records. Who is expelled? Who drops-out? How do does not replace 911 in the event of a true emergen-our children who are identified as our brightest and most gifted progress? Do they grow as much as cy. If you or your child has a question or concernothers? What about those with disabilities or those acquiring English as a second language? How do in regards to this program please contact your localthey fare? This work helps ensure that all students benefit from the opportunities schools have to of- school building. Together, we can help stop schoolfer and are able to graduate from our system with multiple choices and possibilities ahead of them. crises before they happen!
  7. 7. Page 8Efficient and Effective . . . Systems and Practices The Scottsbluff Public Schools Business and Finance Department’s goal is to continue to Scottsbluff Public Schools serve students in the most effective and efficient way possible. From a budget perspective, this Revenue Budget 2011-2012 means we strive to minimize the impact of any reductions to education and academics. To do this, we constantly work to manage the costs of operating the District efficiently, and to mini- 1.5% 0.8% State mize the impact of financial challenges on the classroom. Other This goal is achieved by: 8.4% Local • Ensuring that funds are used to provide programs necessary for student learning 32.6% • Ensuring that budget and purchasing decisions are based on district priorities with the top Federal priorities being the education of students, and safety and welfare of students and staff 40.8% • Ensuring that purchasing decisions consider Return on Investment (ROI) to maximize the County benefit of the district’s investments • Protecting the classrooms (actions that provide direct services to students and indirect ser- 9.9% ARRA vices critical to students) • Considering safety and welfare concerns • Allowing school based flexibility when possible • Being balanced in how budgets are reduced Scottsbluff Public Schools • Moderating fiscal impact by looking for creative budget opportunitiesExpenditure Budget 2011-2012 • Keeping students first • Remembering that every dollar we save this year will cushion the impact for next year 1.9% Administration • Closely examining our expenditures on items that meet our goals and eliminating waste 4.7% Other Annual Financial Report Data 2009-10 2010-11 9.8% Operation & Maint 2.5% Average Daily Membership (ADM) 2,850 2,832 5.0% Staff Support Annual Cost Per Pupil ADM, Elementary 2,004 2,009 4.8% ADM, Secondary 845 823 57.6% Student Support Total Annual Costs $25,143,800 $24,956,139 10.5% Principals Annual Cost per Pupil $8,823 $8,811 3.6% 1.5% Federal Prog Due to efficient prac- 9.00 Students Per Staff Member Transportation 8.00 7.48 7.76 7.65 7.50 tices, SBPS has an 7.05 7.00 7.00 6.57 6.75 6.34 6.49 6.86 annual cost per pupil 6.17 Business Support 6.00 that is lower than both 5.00 the state and national Instruction average. We have 4.00 3.00 been able to maintain this low cost to the Want to Learn More? 2.00 1.00 taxpayers while at the Visit for 0.00 same time keeping a additional budget, audit, and low student to staff member ratio. tax levy information
  8. 8. Page 9Strong Partnerships . . . and RelationshipsSBPS Insider Brings District Information to Your Adopt-A-SchoolInbox or Mobile Device Ad Adopt-A-School is a program of the Scottsbluff/Gering United Ch Chamber of Commerce where area businesses and local schoolsThe SBPS Insider is an e-mail newslet- tea team up to promote education.ter promoting communication with allinterested members of the community Schools are partnered annually with area businesses and collabo- Schthat provides information about important issues in education across the district. rate on various learning and community service projects. BelowIssues of the SBPS Insider are produced and distributed on an as needed basis and are some examples of Adopt-A-School Projects in SBPS during theall subscribers’ contact information is kept confidential and used solely for that first semester:purpose. Subscribe online at to receive the most up to dateinformation on the happenings of Scottsbluff Public Schools either in your inbox or • Webb Orthodontics provided a dental presentation and goodyon your mobile device. Archives of past issues are also available for reading on the bags including toothbrushes to all Lincoln Heights studentsschool district website. • First National Bank presented on banking and savings to Roosevelt 5th gradersWe hope you find the Insider is a good way to discover what’s happening in our • Longfellow Students, Parents and Staffschools and stay informed of our diverse programs, activities and student expecta- carved pumpkins for the Riversidetions. For more information visit or contact Melissa Price, Discovery Center Spooktacular Event.Communications Production Specialist at 308-635-6200 or 400 Pumpkins were carved with the help of Discovery Center Board mem-Parent Opinion Survey Results Show Overall bers and WNCC athletes.Satisfaction If you are interested in learning more about the Ad t A S h l Adopt-A-School Scottsbluff Public Schools conducted a survey of program or are interested in getting your business partnered with an parents of all students in the district do determine pa- area school contact the Scottsbluff Gering United Chamber of Com- rental opinions and levels of satisfaction of three key merce at 308-632-2133 or components that drive student achievement, Quality of Education, School Climate, and Parent Involve- Afterschool Program ment and Communication. The questions were developed by a team of staff members at the District. The Scottsbluff Public Schools Afterschool Program provides super- vised afterschool activities, including homework assistance, recreation, A hard copy survey was created and copies were arts and crafts. The program is open to students in kindergarten through distributed to teachers to send home with students. 5th grade. Often children are unsupervised between the time school is Parents with more than one student were instructed dismissed and parents get home from work. Lack of supervision, struc-to fill out one survey for each school building their children attend. The survey was ture, and academic opportunities can mean squandered opportunitiesdistributed and completed in May 2011. One thousand, four hundred twenty one for children to learn, and can leave young people vulnerable. The SBPS Afterschool Program gives children educational, safe, and exciting places(1,421) surveys were completed which accounted for 57.15% of student enrollment. to spend their time after school.Overall, parents in the district seem to be very satisfied with the education being Scottsbluff Public Schools Afterschool Program sites are Roosevelt, andprovided at Scottsbluff Public Schools. When asked to rate overall school quality Westmoor elementary schools. Lincoln Heights and Longfellow students21.96% of respondents indicated that their schools’ performance was “Beyond Ex- are bused to Westmoor, where their parents can pick them up.pected Standards” while another 62.70% of respondents rated the schools’ perfor- The cost of the program is $3.00 per hour per child, and if the child ismance as “At Expected Standards”. on free or reduced lunch status, the cost is $2.00 per hour per child. You must pre-register your child by picking up an application at the attendingFor additional information or to see complete results view the full report on our school and returning it there. For more information, contact your neigh-website at borhood elementary school.
  9. 9. Page 10Your Neighborhood Schools . . . Preschool Preschool Provides the Foundation for Academic Success Scottsbluff Public Schools Preschool Pro- and social skills, increase self-esteem, enhance gram has two classrooms. The program their vocabulary and comprehension and pro- serves children of age 3 and 4 with special vide opportunities for observation, exploration, needs as well as four year olds who are pre- experimentation and making predictions. paring for kindergarten. All the classrooms are half day programs. Preschool helps Examples of our daily activities include; circle children to develop vital academic, physical, time, gross-motor activities, fine-motor activi- social, and emotional skills that will help ties, art, dramatic-play activities, music, sci- them prepare for entering school. Research ence, sand and water activities, block play and shows that a quality preschool experience is story time. the best preparation for later school and life success. Scottsbluff Public Schools has high Another integral part of the preschool students’ standards of safety and instruction to ensure s success is the Preschool Parent Club. The Par- Did you know? quality early care and education for young q ent Club is a dedicated group of parent volun- leaders. l teers who provide classroom support such as • The Preschool Program uses student organizing field trips or speakers for students interns at SHS, WNCC, & UNMC-College O Our preschool program gives students the and fundraising for classroom materials and fa- of Nursing. o opportunity to participate in a variety of cility upgrades. Currently, with the help of lo- e educational, creative, and fun activities each cal businesses, the Parent Club has raised funds • Preschool students learn sign language d day. The goal of these activities is to stimu- to soundproof the preschool classrooms. The and develop understanding for students l late their thinking, enrich their social skills, dedication of these parents sets a great example with disabilities through inclusive teaching e expand their attention spans, build their for students and creates good habits of parental im imaginations, improve coordination, help involvement in the classroom that will follow methods. th them express feelings and ideas, practice life students throughout their time at SBPS.Lake Minatare Families Commit to Succe in Reading and Writing SuccessAt Lake Minatare Elementary lofty reading goals The long morning waiting for school presents an- Lake Minatare Elementaryare being met by students with support from the other opportunity for reading. Buses are requiredentire school community. to arrive at Lake Minatare at 7:15 am so that BMS and SHS riders can get to their schools onFamilies at Lake Minatare believe in strong read- time. Once again, the gym bleachers have Booking skills and a love of reading. Students’ read- Boxes for students to select some reading mate-ing goals whether by number of books, pages or rial while they await the beginning of the schoolminutes require a minimum of thirty minutes a day. On any given day a visitor will find somenight (depending on grade level) of reading at students busy eating breakfast and others busyhome in order to be met. Whether parents are reading.reading to students or students are reading toparents and siblings, families are stepping up to Lake Minatare students also use the Night Writermake sure this happens daily at home. program that has been in place for numerous years. This is more than an opportunity to workLake Minatare’s rural attendance area serves a on writing skills. Each teacher assigns a topic forlarge geographic area once served by multiple students to discuss at home with their family one Did you know?schools. Students have very long bus rides to and night a week, after which they write about the • Lake Minatare school district was foundedfrom school. In order to make good use of time topic. Families have responded very positively March 10, 1889 in old Cheyenne County (it wason the bus, all buses now have “Book Boxes” to this program because it involves the entire family and requires everyone to make the neces- called Hill Top).where students can select a book to read dur-ing their ride. The school library restocks the sary time for conversation, many times around • In the last 9 years Lake Minatare produced 6book boxes frequently with new titles so students the dinner table. Students have varying ways of high school valedictorians.always have plenty of new books to choose from. sharing their writing during the week. Teachers • Six schools consolidated to form the currentSome students also use the bus time to read to also enjoy reading about the students’ insights Lake Minatare School: Lake Alice, Victory Hill,younger students with whom they share a seat. and the various family histories, traditions, opin- ions and values expressed in their writing. Highland, Fairview 50, Hillcrest and part of Hope.
  10. 10. Page 11Your Neighborhood Schools . . . Lincoln Heights Elementary Fifth Grade P.R.I.D.E. Team Teaches Leadership, Service and Responsibility Fifth graders at Lincoln Heights above and beyond. Elementary have the opportunity to participate in a group whose purpose is At team meetings students have brain- to serve as leaders in both school and stormed community service ideas such community. The PRIDE Team (Par- as playing bingo with the elderly, helping ticipating Responsibly In Developing the homeless, and serving at the veterans Excellence) begins after first quarter and home for the second semester. Since students attend monthly meetings and PRIDE team members are expected to participate in school and community be leaders and serve as role models in service activities. Students are selected school, the team members do school re- lated service projects such as helping out Did you know? based on an application process and this in the cafeteria during the annual Christ- year’s PRIDE Team currently has four-• At 82 years of age, Lincoln Heights is the oldest teen members. mas dinner and helping students in theschool building in the district. lower grades make cards for teachers. Team membership requires students to• During the recent student opinion survey, 100% attend every meeting, be willing to serve Mr. Behnke and Mrs. Krul the fifthof students agreed with the statement “My teachers both the school and the community, con- grade teachers at Lincoln Heights are the tribute to the group, work hard at school PRIDE Team leaders and Principal Mrs.want me to do my best.” Benson participates, as well.• Lincoln Heights was considered for closure in 2004 in your academics, be respectful to all students and adults, and be willing to gobut since then has increased enrollment by 70%. Longfellow ElementaryE i hEnrichment Cl b Provide Af S h Clubs P id After School Learningand Fun at Longfellow At Longfellow and other elementary opportunity to explore new things, experi- schools across the district, after school ment, express their creativity, connect enrichment programs have been started to with friends, and discover new talents. expand learning experiences outside of the classroom. The purpose of these clubs is to Some examples of the hands-on learning help students hone the skills necessary for activities that are happening at these clubs success in school by providing engaging include science labs and experiments, activities that reinforce the content learned math problem solving and strategy based in the classroom. games, community musical performances, blogging, digital storyboard creation, Did you know? Clubs were formed based on student inter- book discussions by author and genre, est and students have the opportunity to and video creation. • Longfellow students are currently partici- join activities such as book club, technol- pating in the Kiwanis B.U.G. (Bringing Up ogy club, creative writing club, art club, Additional enrichment clubs may be Grades) Program. offered in the future based on student science club and music club. Over 100 interest and levels of participation. A • Longfellow students in partnership with students at Longfellow are currently partic- Charter Communications are participating ipating in either the K-2nd grade or 3rd-5th monthly calendar of club dates and times grade clubs and are working on projects is available on our website at www.sbps. in The History Channel’s “Take a Vet to with other students who share similar net/longfellow. School” program. interests. These projects give students an
  11. 11. Page 12Your Neighborhood Schools . . . Roosevelt Elementary Roosevelt Elementary Teachers Becoming ESL Certified Across the United States, and certainly process. The same strategies which help at Roosevelt Elementary, there is a ELL students also enhance the learning growing population of students who of all students. Having a teacher who can qualify as English Language Learners help ELL students learn key words and (ELL). Currently at Roosevelt we have strategies for success is essential. Teach- ELL students in every classroom and ers who are provided all of the tools and two ELL teachers to serve these 109 strategies necessary to help all students students with various levels of support. excel in their learning is an important goal In order to better meet the needs of our of the school and the district. Teachers are students, every teacher at Roosevelt has already seeing benefits from beginning begun taking classes this fall to become this process with classroom tools they ESL (English as a Second Language) are able to implement immediately and Did you know? certified. positively impact every student. • During the most recent Parent Opinion Survey 9 out of 10 Roosevelt parents surveyed stated Through this training, our staff is being The Roosevelt staff is joining together they were proud to have their child attend Scotts- taught methods to enhance their skills to improve educational opportunities bluff Public Schools. and their knowledge of ELL student for all students. Through their personal needs which provides benefit in two ar- commitment of time, learning and imple- • Students graduating from SHS who attended mentation, ESL certification will improve Roosevelt may apply for a Roosevelt scholarship. eas. ESL certification provides teaching strategies which help ELL students over- student learning at Roosevelt. • 2nd and 3rd grade students can participate in a come difficult obstacles in their learning Dental Sealant Program which provides an exam, sealant and fluoride to help protect their teeth.Westmoor Students Use Accelerated Reader and Math to Master Read Westmoor ElementaryCore Competencies at an Individualized, Challenging Pace.In addition to traditional instructional mastered, as well as objectives requiringmaterials and methods, K-5 students at additional work. Accelerated Math providesWestmoor Elementary develop and practice tools for teachers to closely monitor indi-skills using Accelerated Reader and Accel- vidual student progress, differentiate instruc-erated Math. tion accordingly, and verify results. As they use Accelerated Math, students see that theirAccelerated Reader helps teachers create an efforts lead to mathematics proficiency. Ac-individualized reading program for every celerated Math tailors assignments to eachstudent. Through assessments, students re- student’s level, limiting frustration, and in-ceive a reading level range that helps them spiring continual advancement in mathemat-select books that will be challenging but not ics performance.frustrating. Quizzes taken after each book To help motivate Westmoor students to rack Did you know?monitor progression, assure comprehensionof materials read and help progress students up reading points and math objectives a • In 1960 the school was built, costing $349,504to higher reading levels at their own pace. weekly assembly is held where individual and employing 22 people. The latest six roomSince Accelerated Reader uses books read- students receive awards whenever they meet addition was more than double that cost andily available in classrooms, libraries and certain reading and math performance mile- there are now 66 staff members.even at home, students can choose books stones. Students look forward each week tobased on their own interests and stay ex- receiving awards such as Independent Read- • The Swanson sisters, Helen and Hazel, whocited about reading. er, Super Reader and Math Awards as well as donated a large sum of money to the Scottsbluff the positive recognition and encouragement Schools Foundation for elementary reading, wereAccelerated Math provides formative as- they receive from classmates, teachers, andsessment data on mathematics concepts parents who attend. two of the first teachers when Westmoor opened.
  12. 12. Page 13Your Neighborhood Schools . . . Bluffs Middle School Honors Opportunities Enhance Research Skills, Challenge, and Provide Recognition for Bluffs Middle School Students Students at Bluffs Middle School who desire erPoint presentation, video, or some other to challenge themselves academically to an type of teacher approved presentation tool or even higher level have the opportunity to scientific model or presentation to highlight pursue Honors Opportunities in Science. the topic. One of the greatest benefits of Hon- Honors Opportunities are available to all ors Opportunities is that a child’s learning is BMS students, so every student can be an student driven. Students self-select a topic of honors student at Bluffs Middle School! interest and then work on their own time at Honors Opportunities are assignment and their own pace. Science teachers serve as fa- project options that challenge students to cilitators and help guide the students through demonstrate a deeper level of understanding their project, and then evaluate the project for of content, concepts, skill and application. successful completion. Students are encour- Honors Opportunities provide an alternative aged to job shadow, visit museums, or con- Did you know? learning choice for students who have an tact experts in the field of science they are interest and desire to embark on more chal- researching.• The first known bond issue in the district lenging and advanced learning opportunities.was proposed in 1912. Students must meet all Honors Opportunity• BMS (then SHS) once hosted such coun- This program allows Bluffs Middle School requirements outlined on a contract to receivetry legends in concert as Ernest Tubb, June students to choose a science topic that they Honors credit. Any student who successfully are passionate about or are curious about. meets all requirements will receive recogni-Carter, Johnny Horton, and Hank Thompson Students then come up with an essential tion on their semester report card indicatingin the auditorium. question on the topic to research and then they are a Science Honors Student.• The tower portion of BMS was used as the complete a research paper, detailed Pow-first gymnasium for exercising and calisthenics.Scottsbluff High School Focuses on Student Achievement Scottsbluff High Schooland Preparing Students for the Next LevelWith two out of three graduates attending history in the individual competition placingpost-secondary school, Scottsbluff High 18th overall. Science students participateSchool keeps its focus on student achieve- each year in the NRD Envirothon wherement and college readiness. SHS’s students are tested on their knowledge ofAdvanced Placement program is a stan- subjects such as Forestry, Aquatics, Soil anddardized program that gives students the Wildlife. SHS has won the regional title theopportunity to take college-level courses last two years.while still in high school. This programgives students exposure to the rigor of For the students at SHS who are planning tocollege level courses such as Calculus, enter the workforce after graduation there isStatistics, History and Literature while a wide variety of vocational classes, handsstill in the high school environment and on career training and dual credit courses to Did you know? choose from. Programs such Constructionstudents can receive college credit for Trades, where students build a residence, • Scottsbluff’s original colors were dubbedcourses taken. “cherry & grey”. and ProStart, which teaches skills to begin aAcademic clubs and competitions at SHS career in food service and hospitality provide • Scottsbluff High School has won 50 teamgive student achievers the opportunity to vocational skills. Additionally, dual creditshine. The SHS Math Club has competed tech courses from WNCC give graduates an State Math Day Competitions in both Ne- edge in today’s competitive job market. • Last year’s SHS graduates are now attend-braska and Colorado placing 9th overall No matter a student’s plans for the future, ing college, trade and tech schools in 15 dif-in Class A at UNL Math Day. Senior ferent states across the country.Giles Hovseth scored the highest in SHS Scottsbluff High School provides the oppor- tunities for all students to achieve success.
  13. 13. Page 14Your Neighborhood Schools . . .SHS Bearcat Café Offers Healthy Meals, High School and Middle School Orchestra ProgramNew Look and Atmosphere Gaining in Interest and ParticipationAt Scottsbluff High School, changes Both the Scottsbluff High School and Bluffs Middleare coming to the cafeteria in the School Orchestra programs are seeing a steadycoming months. In an effort to keep increase in participation this school year. Understudents on campus in a safe, learning the direction of new instructor Ashley Hillman, thebased environment over the lunch hour, students cover a variety of material from differentthe facility is receiving a new student composers, genres and time periods. The studentsdriven makeover. Don’t worry, students will have had several public performances already thisstill be able to choose from healthy made from scratch entrees, fresh year at places like Monument Mall, Whiskey Creeksalad bar, fresh fruits and vegetables and daily a la carte choices. and the Village at Regional West. On DecemberThe new cafeteria, dubbed the “Bearcat Café”, will have a new look 16th both orchestras held a “Night of Music” dinnerwith a new menu, signage and restaurant style specials boards. The theater fundraiser which included with dinner variousroom will be decorated with posters of student activities and new student duets, trios and quartets performing Christmas Carols.round tables will provide a more social, relaxed atmosphere. A newroom layout designed by SHS drafting students will provide ad- Orchestra students also get the opportunity to participate in competitions just likeditional space and faster lines. So if your SHS student hasn’t been their band counterparts. Both orchestras will be competing at the District Musicto the cafeteria in a while, encourage him or her to give the new and contest in April and the high school orchestra has auditioned for the UNO Honorsimproved Bearcat Café a try this spring. Orchestra which will be held January 27-29. In addition, two students auditioned forSBPS Facility Upgrades the All State Orchestra in Lincoln.The SBPS Facilities Team has been busy this fall and winter with If you have a student in fifth or sixth grade that is interested in orchestra, the Afterenhancements to school buildings across the district. The Splash School Club for Beginners is a great place to start. All middle school students areArena facility, including the weight and wrestling rooms, received a welcome to join orchestra, but those with no experience need to attend additionalheating, air conditioning and ventilation upgrade this fall. after school lessons. At the high school level the prerequisite is two years of experi- ence either in the middle school program or through lessons.Currently, card access systems are being installed in all buildingsin the district. These systems help to ensure that our buildings areprotected and secure both during the school day and after hours. New Age Rules for Kindergarten AdmissionThanks to the dedication of the Racquet for Recreation members Beginning with the upcoming 2012-2013 school year, students must reach the age ofand the generosity of many local businesses and individuals, the five years on or before July 31 in order to be admitted to the fall Kindergarten class.SHS Tennis Court project is now under way. Once completed, theseimprovements will make the facility the best courts in western Ne- If your child will reach the age of five on or after August 1 and on or before Octoberbraska and a reliable long lasting quality facility for students and 15 a parent or guardian may apply for Early Kindergarten Admission. Applicationscitizens alike to enjoy. for Early Kindergarten Admission can be obtained at the Central Office, on the school website and in each elementary building. In order for the school district to provide theStudent Safety the Focus of SBPS Bus necessary student assessments required for early admission, applications must be re- ceived in the central office (2601 Broadway) no later than March 1, 2012 for the 2012-Drivers 2013 school year. Once the application is received, this process will include a parent interview and the administration of two assessments by district personnel (the YoungSafety is the first and foremost concern of all SBPS Transporta- Children’s Achievement Test and the Behavioral Assessment System for Children).tion staff. Your child is the most important person on the busand must arrive at school or home safely 100% of the time. To The process may also include an observation of the child, and a recommendation fromensure students are transported in the safest way possible all the current preschool or child care provider. Once the student has been assessed, re-bus drivers undergo rigorous safety training including driver sults will be provided to the parent/guardian and placement will be discussed. If yourroad testing, and bus emergency evacuation drills each semester child’s birth date falls between the August and October dates stated above, it is notshowing the students how to safely evacuate a bus in an emer- too early to begin the process if you feel your child is capable of carrying the work ofgency. All bus drivers also receive CPR certification and first Kindergarten. For more information, contact Karen Johnson at 308-783-1134.aid training in addition to their safe driver training.
  14. 14. Page 15SBPS Honors . . . Congratulations to our Students and Staff for your Outstanding Achievements!Academics National Honor Society inductees: Seniors: Maci Stouffer, John Tolomeo Girls Golf – District Runner-up and 3rd place in the State Tournament Ashley Pilkington - 8th (5th atGiles Hovseth – National Merit semifinalist Districts), Jordan York - 15th (6th at Districts) Juniors: Timothy Herman, Andrew Holloway,District DECA Overall Winners Spencer Lake, Lucas Parsley, Zoey Rada, SHS Football wins a second consecutive district titleAccounting Applications, 2nd Place – Mi- Bridget Sellchael Hadden, 3rd Place – Randy Wentz Girls Cross Country finished 4th place in theApparel & Accessories, 2nd Place – Christine Sophmores: Nikita Anderson, Nikki-Catrina District tournament. Taylor Muncie placed 6th atScanlan, 3rd Place – Joey Orozco Anderson, Kiley Guerue, Alex Harbach, Betsy Districts and 27th at the State Meet. Attie DonohoeAutomotive Services– 1st Place – Ben Wiebe, Holscher, Alyssa Hoxworth, Terrisita Klemm, placed 10th at Districts and 37th at the State Meet2nd Place – Taylor Schlager Morgan Lease, Rachel Madden, Alexis Mar-Business Finance, 1st Place – Megan Gealy, tinez, Tyler McCarthy, Savannah Menghini, Arts, Music, Drama, and Speech2nd Place – Tyler Mickey Kayla Pierce, Megan Pilkington, Shalee Rose-Food Marketing, 1st Place – Emily Butler, berry, Daniel Schaub, Jacob Schmid, Law- Bryce Meier, Malachi Belford, and Matthew2nd Place – Ashley Pike rence Seminario, Logan Woodward Mickey were accepted to the Macy’s Great Ameri-Human Resource Management, 2nd Place – can Marching Band. They performed in theKelcie Menghini The following students Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, MRetail Merchandising, 2nd Place – Jon Wiebe were recognized as West- November 24th 2011. NQuick Serve Restaurant Management, 3rd ern Conference ScholarPlace - Aubrey Taylor Athletes: The SHS Marching Bearcats earned a Superior Th Rating in the Old West Weekend Parade. RaJackson Heggem – Frederick Douglass and Megan GealySusan B. Anthony Award from the University Madeline Holscher Joshua Pilkington (mallet percussion) and Au- Joof Rochester. Jackson was selected by the Grant Lacey brey Taylor (oboe) were selected for the NMEA brSHS social studies department to receive this Morgan Yost All-State Band Aaward for his passion and excellence in the Ashley Hallsocial studies curriculum. Chadwick C Athletics Nagasawa NTaylor Strong – Bausch & Lomb HonoraryScience Award from the University of Roch- was selected w Girls Softball – District as an alter-ester. Taylor was selected by the SHS science Champions – First Statedepartment for her excellence displayed in the nate to the Tournament appearance Photo by SHS Journalism Department NMEA All-science curriculum. in SHS history State BandThe Echoes Newspaper and the Bluff Year-book– On October 17, Boys Cross-Country – State Joshua Pilking-both groups received the Champions– 2nd straight Ch ton was awardedNebraska High School tit – 12th title total (9 in title the “SemperPress Association’s high- cl B over the past 15 class Fidelis” awardest honor, the Cornhusker years, 3 in class A) ye for musicalAward. This is the second excellence fromconsecutive Cornhusker Anthony Parra – 3rd A the US MarineAward for both groups and Matthew Barraza – 4th M Corps.the second consecutive year Justin Pritchard – 7th Juthat SHS was the only Class Brendan Taedter – 16th Br Karenna Booth and Megan Patrick have beenA2 school to win the award Be Willis-Teff – 34th Ben selected to the Nebraska Honor Choir to be heldfor both the yearbook and Lucas Parsley – 42nd Luthe newspaper. February in Hastings.