Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members:
After the release of the Directed Health Measure ordering all schools to cease all in-person instruction until May 31, 2020, Keya Paha County Schools will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Education will be delivered by teachers continuing to provide eLearning to students. We will continue on the current eLearning schedule through May 15 for grades K-11. Seniors last eLearning day will be May 1.
Grab and go breakfast and lunch will continue to be offered using the same schedule and ordering procedure through May 15.
The traditional graduation ceremony scheduled for May 3 will not take place. We are discussing a possible alternative ceremony and/or an alternative date. There is too much unknown related to the COVID-19 spread to set another date at this time. We are going to do everything we can to have a graduation ceremony for the class of 2020.
The NSAA (Athletic Association) has cancelled all spring practices and competitions for the 2019-2020 school year.
If you have questions, please feel free to call or email.
Dennis Peters, Supt.
402 497 3501
Educational Continuity Plan and Expectations
Modified March 27, 2020
Overview & Purpose
We value our student’s education and resolve to provide meaningful educational experiences during these unprecedented mass school closures. In order to maintain a routine, access to teachers and access to curriculum, we have created the following plan. Please be patient and check back with us, we are certain that changing circumstances will require modifications to this plan. But we have to start somewhere!
We believe that the best access to education we can provide is for our students to interact with their regular classroom teachers on a daily basis. Students will maintain a consistent routine that mirrors their normal academic schedule. These schedules will be posted on the Keya Paha County Schools website site at (https://bit.ly/2y2x19p).
1. The current expectation is that students will join a virtual classroom for 20-30 minutes at a time for teachers to check-in, present direct instruction and provide learning opportunities. Teachers may “stay” in the virtual classroom to answer questions, but students will be free to leave to work on their assignments/activities/etc.
2. Expectations for the virtual classroom: BE PRESENT! Turn your video on! b. We do not expect students to sit in front of their screens for 8 hours a day, but we do think it is reasonable that they check in every hour with their designated teacher.
3. Attendance: Attendance for each class will be taken just like in a regular classroom. We need to work together in order for this to be a positive experience. So we ask to please ensure your student gets online.
4. Grades: Assignments will be graded. Due dates for completion of assignments will be adhered to within reason in accordance with existing procedures.
5. Supervision: we are going to need your help! We can not supervise as we normally would within our class. Parents and guardians, we are relying on you to help make sure your students are logging in and actively participating in their education.
6. Also, we cannot take the device away at night. So we recommend having a designated charging station (in the living room or kitchen or some other shared space) where students have to leave their device so they can sleep at night. 🙂 b. Please be aware of what your children are viewing, and contact us if you become aware of any sites that are problematic.
7. Communication: We will continue to communicate via Facebook, Twitter and the school webpage (http://keyapahacountyschools.org/). The BEST communication method with teachers is via email. The best way to contact administrators is through email or the school phone number.
8. This is the educational plan until we return to normal operations.
Education plan for students with disabilities
In addition to the education plan, students with disabilities have an alternate learning environment through the utilization of interactive video and multiple means of education implemented by Keya Paha County Schools. Regular education and special education services will be provided using this alternate learning environment. Teachers will be staffing the alternate learning environment beginning at 8 am on Thursday, March 19th. Parents will be notified by Prior Written Notice and an amended IEP. Please, if you have any questions, contact your child’s special education teacher.
- Every student will be issued a device (an iPad, MacBook, or HP computer) and a charger. Families are responsible for maintaining the device while it is in their custody and returning the device and charger at the end of the school closure period or the end of the school year.
- We understand that rural wifi has its challenges. There will be times when students AND teachers have difficulties connecting. We will troubleshoot as many of these problems as we can – but many times this is out of our control. We ask that we all be kind to each other as we transition. If you cannot connect try the following one at a time, in this order:
- On your device: turn your wifi off and then back on. b. Turn your router/hotspot off and then back on (unplug the internet cord for 10 seconds if you have one). c. If you are using a phone as a hotspot, go to settings, network, reset network settings (or settings, general, reset, reset network settings). d. Contact your internet provider. e. Keep trying to connect every hour or two until you can connect. Email your teacher and let them know what happened so they can send you what you need. (If it is your teacher who can’t connect, enjoy an hour of free time!) f. Let your teachers know if the problem happens consistently.
Update for KPCS 3-24-2020
March 24, 2020
Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members:
After consultation with the North Central Health Department and the Nebraska Dept. of Education concerning the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Keya Paha County Schools will remain closed through Friday, April 17. We will continue to monitor the COVID -19 virus pandemic threat to determine when or if school will re-open to finish the 2019-2020 school year.
Education will be delivered by teachers continuing to provide eLearning to students. We will continue on the current eLearning schedule.
Grab and go breakfast and lunch will continue to offered using the same schedule and ordering procedure.
Prom is postponed and an alternative date is being discussed. We will let everyone know when the decision is made.
The decision for school to remain closed or to re-open will be made on or before April 17.
If you have questions, please feel free to call or email.
Dennis Pewters, Supt.
· Starting Monday, March 23rd, we are offering a lunch and breakfast program for the kids while they are away from school. It is free to anyone 18 years and younger and will be served in a “Grab and Go” manner. Each bag will contain food for your child’s lunch and the next morning’s breakfast. If your child would like to participate, please come to the front door of the High School and someone will meet you there to distribute the amount of lunches you need for you children. There will be a list of what will be in the lunches on the school website. This will be offered from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm. Once again this is a free meal and you will not be charged for it
· The elementary & art teachers have put together a supply bag for all K-6 students, so they will be able to work on their course work and art work. Please go to the elementary front door and the teachers or secretary will supply you with your child’s or children’s bag
· eLearning will begin tomorrow Thursday, March 19.
*The ACT for the Juniors planned for Tuesday, March 24th has been cancelled.
· During the closure there will be no snows days. Teachers will work remotely.
· This is a fluid situation and is changing daily. Please contact the school if you have any questions. We will send out all calls, texts messages, and emails with more information, as we receive it.
We want to thank you for all your help as we navigate through the current situation.
Menu for week of March 23-27
Please call 402-497-3501 by 10:00am on the following days to order your sacks.
Pickup at 11:30-12:30 Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Lunch-Ham & Cheese sandwich on Bun/Apple/Milk/Lettuce & Tomato slices
Chicken Caesar Flatbread/Banana/Milk
Breakfast-Cereal bowl/Fruit cup/Milk
PB&J Sandwich/Fruit Juice/Milk
Lunch-3 Meat Wrap/Pear/Milk/Cookie
Chicken breast W/ Cheese on Bun/Lettuce & Tomato slices/Milk/Fruit
Breakfast-Cereal bar/ Fruit Juice/Milk
Cinnamon Roll/fruit cup/Milk
Lunch– Club Sandwich/Sliced Fruit/Milk/veggies
Breakfast– Doughnuts/Fruit cup/Milk
Below is the high school schedule we will run for the eLearning days starting on Thursday, March 19. Teachers could have taped video of them lecturing or it could be a live questions-answer session. Please be in contact with each teacher through email or Schoology. We are going to do our best for a successful transition. All classes will be run through Schoology, so the students only have one website to access, if you have questions let us know. You can call the school (402) 497-3501, if you need to talk to a teacher.
1st 8:00 – 8:30 lecture
8:30 – 8:40 work time & questions for teachers
2nd 8:40 – 9:10 lecture
9:10 – 9:20 work time & questions for teachers
3rd 9:20 – 9:50 lecture
9:50 – 10:00 work time & questions for teachers
4th 10:00 – 10:30 lecture
10:30 – 10:40 work time & questions for teachers
5th 10:40 – 11:10 lecture
11:10 – 11:20 work time & questions for teachers
6th 11:20 – 11:50 lecture
11:50 – 12:00 work time & questions for teachers
Lunch/Break 12:00 – 1:00
7th 1:00 – 1:30 lecture
1:30 – 1:40 work time & questions for teachers
8th 1:40 – 2:10 lecture
2:10 – 2:20 work time & questions for teachers
KEYA PAHA COUNTY SCHOOL
P.O. Box 219
101 Football Avenue
Springview, NE 68778
March 16, 2020
Keya Paha County Schools Information:
Keya Paha County Schools has decided that due to the COVID-19 concerns and in the best
interest of student health, public health and taking the recommendation of the North Central
District Health Department, Keya Paha County Schools will be closed March 17 – March 30.
We will reopen March 31st.
Teaches will be preparing e-learning lessons to share with students on Tuesday and
Wednesday and then begin e-learning with students on Thursday, March 19.
The NSAA (athletic association) has suspended all practices and events until March 31
More info to come as we work to keep students, staff, parents, and community informed.
We thank all students, staff, and community members for their support during these
Dennis Peters, Superintendent
Keya Paha County Schools
Tate M. was selected to receive a $200 SAE grant from the Braden Badertscher Power Your Potential Endowment. He will receive this grant at the State Convention this April! Congratulations Tate!
Today we had 2 students sign their scholarship letters of intent. Miah W. signed with NECC to play basketball and study Nursing and Sage M. signed with LCCC to compete in Rodeo and study Welding.
Public Service Announcement
Concerns over the new COVID-19 virus can make children and families anxious. While we don’t know where and to what extent this disease may spread here in Nebraska, we do know that it is contagious. As our families return from spring break, we ask that you remain watchful in yourself and children when it comes to symptoms of illness. If you know you have been exposed to sick contacts and you begin to experience symptoms of fever, shortness of breath, and cough we ask that you contact your healthcare provider on next steps. It is very important that we keep each other healthy and safe, so please stay home if you are sick. We encourage anyone who may feel the need to be seen at your doctor’s office or emergency room that you call ahead first, so staff can be prepared for your arrival.
Easy ways to keep yourself and others healthy: wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water, cough and sneeze into your elbow or tissue and throw the tissue away, clean or wipe down frequently touched surfaces and objects, eat healthy, get plenty of sleep.
As a reminder we are still in the middle of a busy cold and flu season, so please be on high alert for signs and symptoms of illness. If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please contact North Central District Health Department.
The penny wars ended Friday, the 28th, with the GREEN team as the winners of the pizza party. But I think they are all winners by the total amount of money that came in. $1,484.29 will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Nebraska in honor of our friend Zak Palmer. Good Job Everyone!!
Best of luck to the NC Wrestling Team as they travel to districts today at 3 PM and tomorrow at 10 AM in Greeley!
Interested in NVC Championship Shirts from the girls basketball team? Go check out this link to order your shirt now: https://nvcchampapparel.itemorder.com/sale. Orders are due at the end of the day Thursday!
On Saturday, the 7th our Lady Knights played CWC at West Holt. The girls gave their all and overcame a deficit of 24-6 to beat CWC with a score of 41-36. CWC was the number 1 seed and the Knights were the number 2 seed. Congratulations Ladies on winning the Championship for the second consecutive year. Go Big Blue!!
Speech Meet Saturday, February 8th
On Saturday, February 8th our Speech team traveled to Stuart for a competition. Our members include Koby F., Elijah C., Sky C., and Michaela F. We would like to congratulate Sky C. on placing 3rd in Novice Poetry and Michaela F. on placing 3rd in Varsity Poetry. Job Well Done Ladies!!
NVC All Academic Team
We would like to Congratulate the members of the NVC Principal’s All Academic Team for 2019-2020. Seniors are Sydney L., Alexis R., Sierra U., Miah W. Juniors are Koby Franklin, Adyson L., Keely M., and Hunter W., Great Job!
All District Football and Volleyball for 2019 Season
We would like to congratulate some of our local student athletes, to Sydney L. for making NVC All-Conference First Team and Keely M. for Honorable Mention in volleyball and Sage M. for D1-7 All District and Honorable Mention to Brandon M. and Ryan P. in football. Well done!!
Veterans Day Program-Monday, November 11,2019
On Monday, November 11th, our students will be hosting a Veterans Day Program at the high school gym at 10:30. Please come and enjoy the music and the program the students put together.
1st Round of Football Playoffs-Thursday, October 31st, 2019.
Tomorrow our NC Knights will be traveling to Sutherland, NE to compete in the first round of football playoffs. We play the Sutherland Sailors at 5:00 CST. KP players will leave for RC at 10:30 and the elementary and high school will have a tunnel walk for the players, coaches, and managers at 10:25 to wish them Good Luck.
Volleyball Subdistrict C2-7 @ Neligh/Oakdale
The following bracket is for Subdistrict volleyball that will take place in Neligh for the NC Knightsg. They will play Monday, the 28th, vs. Boyd Co. Spartans at 6:45pm. Good Luck!!
State Cross Country @ Kearney
Friday, October 25th, Daisy F. and Mariah O. will be competing in the State Cross Country meet that is held in Kearney. Their competition will start at 2:00. KP will have a send off for Daisy Thursday at 3:20 and at RC there will be a short Pep Rally at 8:00am on Friday morning at RCHS before the send off for the State Cross Country Participants. The send off will be between 8:15am-8:20am. We wish you both the Best of Luck and Have Fun!!
NVC Cross Country @ Neligh
We would like to congratulate Daisy F. for winning the Conference cross country meet yesterday that was held in Neligh. Also congratulations to the Knights girls team for placing second and the boys team for placing third. Great Job Kids!!
NHS BLOOD DRIVE – Friday 10/25/19
The National Honor Society is hosting a blood drive on Friday, 10/25/19. For more information, call 402.497.3501.
Graduation pictures…enjoy the hugs – there are a lot of them! Congratulations to the KPHS class of 2019!
SPRING CONCERT & HONORS NIGHT
Check out the pics here!
The FFA Banquet was fabulous. Thank you to all who supported the FFA program with donations, silent auction purchases, and labor purchases! You are appreciated. Pics available here!
Enjoy… here are the prom pics!
IT’S TIME TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!
2018-2019 TreeRing Yearbooks are ready to order. Softcovers are $34.11 and Hardcovers are $41.06. Each yearbook can contain 2 pages to be personalized by you. Hop online and order yours today! Check out Rebecca’s video if you need help walking through the ordering process. All yearbooks ordered by May 31, 2019, will be shipped to the school this summer at no cost to you. They usually arrive before July 1! If you have any questions, please let Rebecca or Mrs. Cardinal know!
PARENT INPUT WANTED – HISTORY STANDARDS
NDE’s Cory Epler has reached out to NE principals asking for help in getting input on history standards from parents around the state. Please view the email below and consider taking 10 minutes to take a survey! Click here to take the survey!
7th & 8th GRADE MATH CLASS – FLOOD RELIEF PROJECT
Miss Thornton is proud to announce that the 7th & 8th graders of KPCS sold 173 t-shirts and raised over $1,800 to assist with the recent flooding. Top salespersons for the 8th grade were Tate (1) and Allie (2) and for 7th grade, it was Courtney (1) and Jackson (2). Awesome job, math crew! Thanks for taking on such a great project. We also send out appreciation to all of you who purchased shirts and/or gave donations…THANK YOU!
60 MINUTES FEATURING CODE.ORG
Parents, Students, Teachers…If you have 13 minutes to spare, check out this fabulous 60 Minutes episode about Computer Science. Thank you for all of your support over the past 3 years for Computer Science and STEM at KPCS! Note: This episode highlights the gender gap in Computer Science. We LOVE for all of our students, girls and boys to participate in our coding and STEM activities.
LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL: PARENTS & GUARDIANS
Parents and Guardians, please read this letter about the Momo Challenge and visit with your children about its contents. Thank you!
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY HOSTS WINTER WINGDING
The Winter Wingding is an event hosted by the National Honor Society for all of the students at Keya Paha County Schools. It is held the day we get out of school before winter break, so this year it was 12/21/18. In this folder, you will find pictures from the day. Activities included a dodgeball tournament, ultimate team competition, coding with Spheros and Cubelets, Nerf war, games, and so much more! Enjoy!
KPCS HOLIDAY CONCERT
Enjoy the holiday concert pics from 12/20/18!
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY HOSTS FOOD DRIVE
The NHS hosted a local food drive and collected non-perishables through Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Goods were delivered to the food pantry in Ainsworth, NE. THANK YOU for all of your help and generosity!
WORLD-WIDE HOUR OF CODE
KPCS is participating in the world-wide Hour of Code on Tuesday, 12/4/18!
Check out this video on the Hour of Code!
Here are a few resources that you may find educational!
E-Cigarette Video by North Central District Health Department (3:44)
MRS. KECK IS COLLECTING STEM DONATIONS *UPDATE 11-27-18*
Right now, people are celebrating #GivingTuesday around the world — and it’s a very exciting day for my classroom in particular.
I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed, so I use DonorsChoose.org, the nonprofit classroom funding site for teachers. Today only (11/27/18), when you support my classroom, both you and I will be entered to win a $5,000 DonorsChoose.org gift code (aka the chance to spread even more joy). Here’s my teacher page:
Mrs. Keck’s Classroom Gifts of any size will enter both of us into the special classroom giveaway. Thank you so much for taking a look and considering a donation. I am so excited to bring my classroom ideas to life! Mary Kay
We created a Google Sheet with all of the Knight’s Sporting Results. We will work to keep this updated as soon as possible throughout the year! We added this to the links available to you on the left of the webpage. Enjoy!
Just a reminder that if you would like to add the KPCS Google calendar to your personal device, click on the “Instructional Materials” link on the left and watch the how-to video.