April 2017 Hershey Publ ic Schools, P.O. Box 369, Hershey, NE
The Nebraska Unicameral is looking at ways to reduce their
budget. One of the bills LB409 will
reduce the amount of net option funding to be paid to our
district in the 17-18 school year by $78,367
dollars. This amount equals 1.4 cents on our current levy. If
you recall, in my February newsletter I
outlined the reduction of state aid that our district has
received from the state since the 2007-2008
school year. It was a loss of $1,195,176. To put that dollar
amount into perspective, in this years
budget that would be 21.7 cents on the levy. We are no longer an
equalized district for purposes of
the TEOSSA formula because of the increased value of
agricultural land. Currently the only funds
that we receive in the form of state aid is for net option. If
you have any questions on the budget,
TEOSSA, or how any of the legislative bills will affect our
district, please give me a call or stop by my
We have just entered into our final nine weeks of the 2017-2018
school year. There are a lot of
activities during the fourth nine weeks to enjoy. Make sure that
you take the time to come and
support the students and staff.
We celebrated our eighth annual Academic Pep Rally which was
titled NeSA Round Up on March
31th to kick off the state assessment testing season or NeSA
testing. World Champion Bull Rider,
Dustin Elliott, spoke to the students about the importance of
setting SMART goals. Students in
grades 3-8 will test in Reading and Math. Students in grades 5,
8 will be tested in Science as well.
Juniors will take the ACT test on April 19th. This will be the
first year that the Juniors will use the
ACT test as a replacement for the NeSA reading, math, writing
and science tests. Please make sure
your child gets plenty of rest the night before their test
event. These test results are recorded at the
Nebraska Department of Education and will be used to grade both
your child and our school district.
We utilize these test scores to determine if we need to change
our curriculum or to determine if we
need to offer additional classes or sections to meet the needs
of our students.
I would like to thank the HELP Club for sponsoring the Kids
Carnival that was held on March 30th. It
was a huge success! Thank you to all of you who help to make
this event happen! It was wonderful
seeing so many smiling faces and families enjoying a fun evening
We will be hosting the Mike Troxel Invitational Track meet on
April 22nd. If you would like to help
time, pick or help with a field event it would be greatly
appreciated. Please give Mr. Thomas a call to
let him know if you can help.
Please give me a call or stop by office if I can ever be of
assistance to you!
Mrs. Jane Davis, Supt.
News from your Principal
We will begin a month of testing in April to meet the
requirements of the state of Nebraskas standardized testing. All
7th and 8th grade students will be taking the NeSA (Nebraska State
Assessment) test. There are three areas that are tested, they are
Reading and Math for all students and 8th grade students will also
take a Science test. All 11th grade students will take the ACT test
that is provided by our state at no cost to students.
The testing schedule for our students is as follows:
All juniors will take the ACT online on April 19th.
Our 7th and 8th grade students will be testing in the areas of
Reading and Math on April 4th, April 6th, April 11th, and April
13th. Our 8th grade students will take the NeSA test in Science on
A couple of tips for having your child prepared for the upcoming
tests are: Talk with your child about the importance of taking
their time on the test and doing their best. Results for the tests
will be available to parents in September. It is important for
students to show yearly growth.
Students should have a good breakfast and lunch on the days they
are testing. Our school has a breakfast and lunch program to
provide these meals to students. Please encourage your child to
have a good meal each day that they come to school.
It is important for students to get plenty of rest during the
weeks they are testing. Encourage your child to get adequate rest
and to be to school on time.
Please try to schedule any appointments around the days that
your child is scheduled to test. Students that are absent on the
testing days will be required to take their NeSA test in a make-up
session. This will create more time that they will be absent from
their classroom instruction. If there is no way to avoid being
absent on a testing session, please notify your childs teachers, so
we can make advance accommodations for your child to be tested.
If you have any questions about the upcoming NeSA tests please
contact your childs teachers or the administration at Hershey High
School. We will be happy to discuss your child and their testing at
Please take some time to discuss your childs progress in the 4th
quarter with them. All grades and assignments can be viewed on
PowerSchool. If your child is struggling in a class, please contact
the appropriate teacher or the administration.
Easter break will be April 14 and April 17 with students
returning to school on April 18.
One final reminder is that we will be having our activity and
honors banquet for the senior high on April 24 at 6:00 pm. We will
also be doing an academic awards presentation for 7-12 students
during the school day May 10th at 2pm. Please plan on attending to
honor the accomplishments of our students.
Hershey High School Principal
April Newsletter from the Activities Director/7-12 Assistant
The last quarter of the school year is here and activities will
soon become busy again. Weather has been nice at times but also a
thorn in our side on some days. Through it all our activity
programs are working hard at finishing strong.
I would like to congratulate Mr. Rolofson and our Speech team on
a very successful season. We had 2 students qualify for the state
speech meet in Kearney. Erica Schufeldt in Persuasive and Lanie
Allen in Entertainment. Erica has qualified for the state
tournament 3 years and Lanie Allen has qualified the past two
Hershey won the championship trophy in the jazz band competition
once again at the 2017 Southern Platte Valley Conference Music
Competition. The contest was held Perkins County Schools on
Tuesday, March 21, 2017. There were vocal and musical entries from
all 7 conference schools. Our instrumental and vocal music students
all performed well and are looking forward to District Music on
April 21st at Sutherland High School. As well as winning the SPVA
championship, our instrumental music and vocal music received
Instrumental Music Results:
Superior and Best of Conference:
Jazz Band Percussion Ensemble #1 (Trio) River, Reagan, Dalton
Percussion Ensemble #2 (Large Ensemble) Clarinet Solo - Lanie Allen
Snare Drum Solo - River Hudson Clarinet Duet - Lanie Allen, Ericia
Schufeldt Clarinet/Flute Duet - Lanie Allen, Kendal Naranjo
Saxophone Quartet - Celie Childears, Katie Compton, Kelsey
Folchert, William Stone Trumpet Duet - Christian Folchert, Reace
Superior Solos and Ensembles:
Percussion Trio - River Hudson, Reagan Hudson, Dalton Zeigler
Alto Sax Solo - Kelsey Folchert Tenor Sax Solo - Katie Compton Bari
Sax Solo - William Stone
Excellent Solos and Ensembles:
Clarinet/Flute Duet - Ashlyn Banks, Raychel Banks Flute Solo -
Kendal Naranjo Trumpet Solo - Christian Folchert
Vocal Music Results:
Kelsey Folchert and Andie Venzor Josh Eshleman and Andie
Kelsey Folchert Avery Fischer Marissa Newman Ben Fischer Aaron
Melvin Trey Legas
Show Choir Andie Venzor and Varsha Huebner Lexi Melvin and
MacKenzie Wolken Boys Ensemble-Sam Mackley, Josh Eshelman, Dawson
Seamann, and Aaron Melvin Girls Ensemble: Marissa Newman, Sydney
Reed, Katie Compton, Ericka Adkins, Danise Sianiqui, and Natali
Rojas We will be hosting the annual Mike Troxel Panther Track
Invitational on Saturday, April 22rd. The annual Hershey/St. Pats
JH Meet on Wednesday, April 12th. If you are interested in helping
with our track meets please contact the high school office and ask
for Sherri or myself. Tennis and Golf have both began their first
meets of the year and look forward a very exciting season. Tennis
has competed versus McCook and North Platte. Boys golf had their
first meet of the year on March 30th at Augusta. That is Augusta
Hills in Stapleton not the Masters at Augusta! There is just a
little difference in the golf courses!
Our Quiz Bowl team both in JH and HS have been going strong and
have brought home some trophies. The HS team placed 1st place at
the Hershey Invite. The JH team placed 1st at the meet in Arthur
County Invite. Our HS JV and V teams just placed 1st at the Paxton
meet. Great job Quiz Bowl team!!!
Activities Director/Assistant Principal
NEWS FROM THE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL
Its hard to believe that spring is already here and as the
weather begins to warm up it will
remind us that summer is just around the corner! Many outside
activities will be starting for
children and it can become difficult to remain focused on their
academics. It will be important to
continue to monitor homework and attitudes to insure that
students are continuing to show
responsibility, respect and a readiness to learn. With just over
seven weeks of school left, I ask
parents to maintain the school routine as much as possible.
Summer will be here soon but
there is certainly time for more goals to be set so that
continued growth can be seen before
During the month of April we celebrate our wonderful volunteers
but we appreciate you all year
long! We know how crucial volunteers are to the running of a
school. Our H.E.L.P. Club is one
of the best PTA organizations in the state and these wonderful
people continue to support our
students, staff and community in many ways! We have parents,
grandparents and community
members who help our students and staff individually, each and
every day. We have one of the
strongest TeamMates Mentoring Programs anywhere that provides
support and encouragement
to many of our students. We also have a large number of
volunteers who help us for specific
events and activities. I know we can never say it enough, but
thank you to all of you. Our
children grow emotionally and academically because of what you
Thank you all for your support for Hershey students, families,
and staff! It is truly a privilege to
work with such a great community.
DRESS CODE REMINDER
With the nice weather upon us, parents and students are reminded
to check the Student
Appearance section which begins on page 41 of the Parent-Student
Handbook. By doing so, it
could avoid a problem.
Our appreciation goes out to:
The officers and members of the H.E.L.P. Club for all the hard
work and dedication in putting on the annual Fun Carnival. The
Carnival seems to get better every year due to your planning and
execution. Your hard work never goes unnoticed and you provided a
great night for many of our students and their families.
All who came to the Carnival Fun Night and bought tickets,
donated food and other items, volunteered to work a game, ate
dinner and bid on silent auction items. Your effort and generosity
went to a good cause and we cant thank you enough.
Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will be participating in the state
reading, math and science tests
during the month of April. These tests are given in every school
in the state. Since
comparisons will be made, we want Hershey students to do their
best. Parents are asked to
see that their child gets a good nights sleep, eats a healthy
breakfast and comes to school with
a positive attitude.
The school has done several things leading up to the testing
dates that we hope will motivate
the students. Along with individual classroom goals and an
all-school pep-rally, the students are
being challenged to do their best with incentive packages for
high scores. All we ask is that
students take the tests seriously and do their very best.
Parents, please help us reinforce this
from home as well.
ACCELERATED READER POINTS
Students who have earned AR (Accelerated Reader) points since
the last newsletter include:
Tyce Didier KM
Jessie Knoles KM
Marcella Willard KM
Hadley Etherton KJ
Benjamin Frame KJ
Calvin Schaffert KJ
Brekkyn Baker KM
Macin Summers KJ
Alise Odean 1J
Toby Sward 2T
Adalyn Magill KM
Zane Morgan 1J
Jacob Koch 2T
Kora Addleman 3R
Timothy Caudillo 3R
Johnathan Kucera 1W
Theo Caudillo 1J
Mavrik McConnell 1J
Sawyer Willard 2H
Noah Murdock KJ
Ryan Rawles 1W
Brady Odean 3T
Kara Selken 5K
Ty Vaughn 1W
Khia Romero 2H
Landon McNeel 3T
John McNeel 3R
Tatume Rink 4K
Blaine Schrotberger 4K
Madison Haddow 2T
Jensyn Hampton 2T
Rachel Simonson 2T
Jacob Kreiling 3T
Samantha Hill 4D
Landon Farmer 5K
Ruby Nutter 5K
Kason Bruns 5G
Cole Murdock 2H
Jase Long 3R
Zoe Schmitt 4K
Krysta Eckhoff 5K
Lilian Huegel 3T
Riggin Hutchison 3R
Shelby Smyth 4K
Ethan Elliott 4D
Pake Dewey 6K
Eva McConnell 6K
Bailey Bell 5K
Ali Vaughn 5K
Addilyn Wilson 6K
Quintin Pinkerton 3T
Emma Hall 5K
Gracie Seamann 5K
Emma Elliott 4K
Ceiden Childears 5K
Maci Cox 5G
Logan Fletcher 4K
Lauren Haddow 6K
Madison Guernsey 6H
Natalia Toribio 3T
Peyton Fischer 5G
Kaitlyn Hendricks 6K
Bryce Bode 4K
Brodey Hund 5K
Brodey Hund 5K
Congratulations to the students for their effort and dedication
Erica Schufeldt and Lanie Allen for qualifying to compete at the
state speech tournament at the
University of Nebraska at Kearney on March 23. Erica finished in
8th place of a field of 18
contestants in Persuasive Speaking. Lanie finished 15th of 18
overall in Entertainment
Post-Season Basketball Honors
Congratulations to Clay Frels & Jason Davis for making the
Lincoln Journal Star C1 State
Basketball Team as Honorable Mention Selection.
The 2016-17 Yearbook is on sale and orders are being taken at
the school or on-line
through josten.com. Cost for the yearbook is $35.00 for advanced
orders prior to May 15. After
the deadline, the cost of the book is $45. No orders will be
taken after the publisher's cut-off
date of May 20. Please refer to the order form on the school web
page. Contact Rich Rolofson
for additional information.
Come and celebrate the RETIREMENT of: Leona McConnell, Bob Mark,
Merle Konken and
Lori Evans. There will be a retirement party held on Monday, May
22nd from 3:00 p.m.-6:00
p.m. in the Hershey School cafeteria. Cake, nuts, and
refreshments will be served! Please help
us honor and recognize the years of service they have given to
our school and community!
Grade Entering _____________________________________
Please Send This Form Back ASAP To Receive A T-shirt!
Dustin Jorgenson HERSHEY BASKETBALL
Box 18 or PO BOX 369
Hershey, NE 69143 HERSHEY, NE 69143
**OR DROP OFF AT EITHER OFFICE AT HERSHEY SCHOOLS
HERSHEY BASKETBALL CAMP
K - 6th Grade Boys & Girls
Date June 26-28
Time 9:30 am -12:00 pm
Tuition $45 (Includes Camp T-shirt)
Campers are taught all aspects of the game with an emphasis
on fundamentals. Campers will learn new drills to help improve
skills while enjoying a fun, energetic, and positive camp
Campers will also participate in contests and games.
Send this form ASAP to get your camp T-shirt reserved.
College Planning Bulletin A monthly college planning guide for
Nebraska high school students
SeniorsImportant FAFSA information for you and your parents
The IRS recently took down its Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) due to
security concerns. The DRT allows
students and parents to transfer income tax information into the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
If you already filed your 2017-18 FAFSA and used the DRT to
input your tax information, this
outage should not affect you.
If you and your parents have NOT completed your 2017-18 FAFSA,
follow these steps:
1. Complete the FAFSA at fafsa.gov. If you get an error message
when you try IRS Data Retrieval (page not
found or access denied), manually input your 2015 tax data.
2. Request an official tax return transcript of your 2015 income
tax data from the IRS. You will need the
transcript if the college(s) you list on the FAFSA request
verification of your tax data.
3. Respond to verification requests as soon as possible and send
all requested documents to the college.
Colleges will not award financial aid until the verification
process is complete.
For free help with the FAFSA or verification process, contact
EducationQuest to make an appointment. See
locations and phone numbers at the bottom of this bulletin. You
may also submit questions via Facebook and
Twitter. We will quickly respond!
College fairs happening across the state
Talk to representatives from colleges across the state, region,
and nation during upcoming college fairs.
Juniorsthese events will help you narrow your college choices
before taking the ACT this spring and applying for
college and financial aid early in the fall.
Seniorsattend if you havent made your final college
Lincoln Area College Fair Sunday, March 19, 1-3 p.m., Southeast
Grand Island Area College Fair Sunday, March 26, 1-3 p.m.,
Pinnacle Bank Expo Center
Scottsbluff Area College Fair Sunday, April 2, 1-3 p.m., Western
Nebraska Community College
Omaha Area College Fair Sunday, April 9, 1-3 p.m., University of
Nebraska Omaha Sapp Fieldhouse
Tri-State Area College Fair (South Sioux City) Sunday, April 23,
1-3 p.m., Marina Center
Before you attend, register for a barcode at
NebraskaCollegeFairs.org. Print the barcode (or download it to
smartphone) and take it to the fair so college reps can scan
SeniorsIts decision time!
Heres how to decide on the college thats the right fit for
Compare your college acceptance letters, financial aid award
notifications, and campus visit notes. List the pros
and cons of each school using the following criteria:
Location Is the college too close? If you come home every
weekend, you wont experience true campus life. Is
the college too far away? If so, you may not make it home as
often as youd like.
Cost Can your family afford the school? What can you expect for
financial aid beyond your freshman year? Did
you receive renewable scholarships? How much in student and
parent loans will you need to cover expenses?
Academic program Does the college offer the program that
interests you? What happens if you change majors?
Does the college offer other programs that interest you?
Student life Does the school offer activities you will enjoy? Do
you like the living arrangements provided by the
school? Will you have an opportunity to work on or near
Make your final decision by May 1 and then notify the colleges
youre rejecting so they can offer your spot, and
any financial aid, to another student.
April To Do List
___ Continue applying for scholarships.
___ Make your final college decision.
___ Start purchasing dorm essentials now to avoid sticker shock
___ Start looking for a summer job.
___ Attend a college fair in your area. ___ Schedule campus
visits while colleges are still in session. ___ Register by April 7
for the May 6 SAT. ___ Register by May 5 for the June 10 ACT. ___
Start looking for scholarships.
For free help with college planning, contact EducationQuest
Omaha Lincoln Kearney Scottsbluff
402-391-4033 402-475-5222 308-234-6310 800-303-3745 ext.
888-357-6300 800-303-3745 800-666-3721
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HERSHEY PUBLIC SCHOOL
MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017
The Hershey Public School Board of Education held their regular
meeting on Monday, March 13, 2017 in the board
conference room. Official notice of the meeting was advertised
in the March 9th edition of the Courier Times and
posted in three places within the Village. The meeting was
called to order @ 7:00 pm followed by the Pledge of
Allegiance and the notification to those in attendance of the
posted Open Meetings Law Poster. Members present
were Brenda Johnson, Lucas McConnell, Yvette Troyer, Bob Arnett,
Jodi Seamann and Steve Koch. Also present
were Superintendent Davis, Bookkeeper Konken, Principals
Steinbeck and Calahan. Principal Thomas was absent.
No guests were present.
**Approved the consent agenda which consists of minutes of the
February 13 regular meeting, bills for payment in
the amount of $497,570.63, all financial reports and
resignations of Tyler Cronin and Jeremy Thomas, retirements of
Merle Konken and Bob Mark.
**Approved the 2017-2018 school calendar.
**Approved the contracts for Jessica Giesellman (middle school
special ed) effective February, 2017 for the remainder
of the 2016-2017 school year and for Sam Siegel (history) for
the 2017-2018 school year.
**Approved the option IN of Knox Demaree (kindergarten), Bryce
Butterfield (9th gr) and Carter Butterfield (7th
gr) from North Platte Public School Dist #1 effective the
2017-18 school year.
Discussion was held on KSB board policies #3012, #3014, #5032 -
#5067 and 6000 series.
Review of 2016-2017 goals in preparation of the upcoming board
goal setting session.
Principals Reports: Mr Steinbeck report: Enrollment and
graduation update; Fourteen seniors have earned a Red
Cross red cord to wear at graduation to signify they have
donated at least 3 units of blood or recruited at least 10
time blood donors and Congratulations to Colton Clark who was
named HPS Education Foundation Student of the
Month for March. Mr. Thomas reported we hosted the SPVA speech
meet. Congratulations to Lanie Allen who
placed 3rd in her event. We also hosted the SPVA Quiz Bowl.
Congratulations to Bryan McGahan for his 3rd place
finish at the State Wrestling Meet. Also his 2nd place at the
AAU event qualifying him a spot on the National Dual
Team which will be held this summer at Disney World. Mr Calahan
reported on pre-school and kindergarten
orientation. Destination Imagination - all 8 teams will be
competing at the state competition in Kearney on April 8th.
Congratulations to Ashton Lambert the March HPS Education
Foundation Student of the Month.
No Board Reports:
Superintendent Report: Mrs Davis reported that Stephanie Apple
of Ogallala was offered the bookkeeper position.
Update on Legislative issues. Reminder of Board Retreat /
Training of Wednesday, March 15 at Rivers Edge. NRCSA
conference in Kearney on March 22-24th, NSBA national conference
in Denver on March 25-27 and NASB School
Law Seminar in Kearney on June 8-9.
Next meeting will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm in
the board conference room.
Meeting adjourned @ 8:35 pm.
I t i s t h e p o l i c y o f t h e H e r s h e y P u b l i c S
c h o o l D i s t r i c t n o t t o d i s c r i m i n a t e o n t h
e b a s i s o f g e n d e r , d i s a b i l i t y , r a c e , c o l
o r , r e l i g i o n , m a r i t a l s t a t u s , a g e o r n a t
i o n a l o r i g i n i n i t s e d u c a t i o n p r o g r a m s ,
a d m i n i s t r a t i o n , p o l i c i e s , e m p l o y m e n t
o r o t h e r a g e n c y p r o g r a m s .