Genius Hour, Touch Screens Among School Reports

NEBRASKA CITY – School staff updated board members Monday on innovation and accomplishments at Nebraska City this fall.

A 70-inch touch screen will be demonstrated at Northside October 22-25 to see how students interact and respond. The school plans to have the screen available for parent teacher conferences, October 24-25.
Hayward Principal Scot Davis highlighted the work done by Kate Sherwin, the H.A.L. (High Ability Learner) director for the district.

Sherwin has begun to implement the program “Genius Hour,” which encourages students to develop projects based on their passions.
Middle School Principal Craig Taylor reported on a new program by Katie Meredith called Mourning Hope. The program is “a grief support network designed to serve children, teens, young adults, and their caregivers in Southeast Nebraska who have experienced  the serious illness or death of a loved one.”

Brent Gaswick, principal from Northside Elementary, reported that the student of the month will now receive whole school recognition each month.

In other reports, Brian Hoover, principal at the High School, thanked the community for support of the homecoming parade.

Third Graders will visit the fire museum in late October. A Halloween parade is scheduled for 2 p.m.  on Oct. 31.

The Middle School  P.R.I.D.E. group will hold its dodgeball party on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Parent Teacher Conferences are also set for October 24-25.

The Nebraska City High School Student Council Representatives Fernando Dominguez and Eli McNeely gave reports on recent and upcoming events. Students said the move from a homecoming dance to an activity night was a success. Laser tag and door-prizes were a focal point of the night.
The Pioneer band recently competed at Harvest of Harmony in Grand Island. They received an excellent rating in the field marching portion of the competition.
The Student Council Safe Trick or Treat night will be held on October 31st from 4 to 6 p.m. That day the students have the opportunity to participate in a costume contest. National Honor Society will also hold a Blood Drive on Nov. 6.

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