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Upcoming Events
3/12/2015
3/16/2015
- School Board Meeting
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Administration Building, 1924 W. A Street, (402) 461-7500

2015-2016 School Calendar

 
    Orientacion
 
 Objectives: 
How will we know that we have met our goal? 


 Dashboard of Student Performance: 
How are we doing at meeting our goal?
 



These HMS educators recently traveled to San Diego to do a presentation about HMS at the National Asssocation of Secondary School Principal's (NASSP) Conference. They had about 200 people in their session where strategies and programs were shared with other educators. In turn, they listened to other schools present and were able to interact and ask questions about how they strive for success. 

L-R: Jayson Stoddard, Kristen Slechta, Brooke O'Neill, 
Michele Kimle, Tiffany Opperman, and David Essink.



The HMS 8th Notes music group recently raised money for the food pantry.
 



Congratulations to the HHS Wrestling team on their success at State! Nolan Laux finished as State Champion (2x) (42-0) and Connor Laux finished as a State Champion (9-4)! Huy Truong and Brandon Kile both took home 3rd place! Good Job Tigers!

 





 



 



 

Congratulations to the HMS 8th grade band for being selected as one of ten groups to perform at the State Capitol during "Music Education Week at the Capitol"! They will be performing on Friday, March 6th at 12 noon. 

The 8th grade band went through an audition process during the first week of the second semester for a chance to play at the Capitol. During this process, they pushed themselves to perform at a high level. They knew going into it that they were going up against other bands, choirs, and small groups from all-over Nebraska and that the judges could only fill ten spots for this event. Kudos to all of the students and their instructor for their hard work in preparing and being selected for this event!

 

 


 

Congratulations to the Hastings High Bowling Teams for their outstanding performances at the State Championships over the weekend. The Boys Team won their 3rd straight State Bowling Championship defeating Lincoln Pius and the Girls Team finished as State Runner-up falling to Lincoln Pius. Congratulations to both teams on a great season!
 


 

 Congratulations to the HHS Tiger Wrestling team for finishing as District 
 A-4 Runner-up! They qualified 10 wrestlers for the Class A State 
 Championships and they also qualified for the State Dual Championships! 

District Champions
Joel Smith (113), Nolan Laux (126), Huy Truong (152)

Second Place
Brandon Kile (132), Damian Collins (138), Devin Anthony (160), Travis Hartwig (195)

Third Place
Connor Laux (106), Dominic Rasmussen (182)

Fourth Place 
Colby Pedroza (145)


 



Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving for finishing 4th and 7th at the GNAC Meet on Saturday, February 14th. 

 

Boys Diving
Kaz Starr-Chavira 2nd
Carlos Roco 5th
Boys 100 Free
Tim Thies 1st
Boys 100 Fly
Jack Foreman 2nd
Boys 100 Back 
Johan Vizoso-Marino 3rd
Will Parker 6th
Boys 200 Free
Tim Thies 1st
Jack Foreman 4th
Boys 500 Free
Vizoso-Marino 2nd
Boys 200 Free Relay 3rd
Vizoso-Marino, Thies, Foreman, Parker
Boys 200 Medley Relay 2nd
Vizoso-Marino, Thies, Foreman, Parker

 

Girls 100 Free 
Katie Fast 1st
Laura McCarthy 6th
Girls 100 Back 
Katie Fast 2nd
Shyann Chitty 5th
Girls 200 Individual Medley
Shyann Chitty 6th

 


 

Click on the heading above to view an overview of the project.
At the November School Board meeting, the board approved a bid from Farris Construction of Hastings (approximately $4.15 million) for the Watson portion of the Elementary School Improvement Project.

At the February School Board meeting, the board approved a bid from Central Contracting of Kearney (approximately $3.098 million) for the Hawthorne portion of the Elementary School Improvement Project.

Money to fund this project will come from the Elementary Construction Fund.
Click here to view an updated site plan for Watson.

Construction is under way at Watson!

 
 


 



 

The first weekend in February, students from the HMS music group the 8th Notes, helped serve at the YWCA. They had asked how they could get more involved in the community. 
 




Welcome to these new HPS Board of Education members!
 
     Tracey Katzberg
Educational background
Central Community College, Hastings

Present Occupation
Interior Designer

Other Leadership Positions
President-Morton PTO
Board Member, United Way
Board Member, YWCA

Hobbies/Interests
Cooking, reading, and organizing.

Greatest Hope for HPS
I hope every year brings a stronger understanding of how to successfully educate our children. I hope we can connect to a higher level and see the results not only in graduation rate, but individual personal successes.

Greatest Challenge for HPS
Educating our youth on the budget we are given.

 

Brady Rhodes
Educational background
B.S. in Forest Biology with an emphasis in education (University of Vermont)
Master’s in Experiential Education (Prescott College)
I have taken the necessary trainings, supervisions and courses to be a General, Family and Community Mediator in Nebraska.

Present Occupation
I am a Co-Director of BoldLeaders, a non-profit educational organization that does work with students and adults locally, nationally and around the world in areas of leadership development, civic education, and community participation and dialogue.  
I am a practicing Mediator in all environments ranging from families to businesses to communities.

Other Leadership Positions
I serve on the Board of Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor and Agricultural Learning.

Hobbies/Interests
I enjoy being outside and love to camp, hike, canoe, with my sons and others. I read when I can and enjoy having 3-4 books going at a time (although finishing them is a rarity!). It has been great for our family to move to Hastings and get to know a smaller community.

Greatest Hope for HPS
Continue building the district into a world class learning community with great foundations, well-trained teams and abundant community partnership.

Greatest Challenge for HPS
Educating everyone at high levels, in a comprehensive way that balances both knowledge and “being” development.

 

Becky Sullivan
Educational background
Bachelor of Journalism (University of Nebraska Lincoln)
Masters of Science in Health Promotion (Nebraska Methodist College, Omaha)

Present Occupation
Wellness Manager at Mary Lanning Healthcare

Other Leadership Positions
Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors/Board Chair 
Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce
– Chair of Wellforce Committee
Hastings YMCA – Board of Directors/Executive Committee 
Healthy Hastings Coalition – member
United Way – volunteer
½ cent sales tax committee 
– Co-chair

Hobbies/Interests
Golf, piano, and attending my kids’ activities.

Greatest Hope for HPS
That parents and students at all levels are engaged with their education and the Hastings Public Schools system and feel a strong sense of wellbeing.  

Greatest Challenge for HPS
Maintaining or increasing education funding at the state level.
 
 
                          
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