The Good News Series
Inspiring stories and positive messages about students, clients, and schools in Nebraska.
Columbus High School hosted a Spanish Competition for the first time this year with 210 students from fourteen schools. Students from around the state showcased their Spanish skills in drama, folk dance, music, poetry, and poster/art. The event was open to any Nebraska student currently enrolled in Spanish III or higher.
Every day, in classrooms all across the state, students are opening textbooks, logging on to computers, and completing worksheets. But where do all of those materials come from? And how do we know the materials students are using to learn are actually teaching the right things? In Millard Public Schools, as in many Nebraska school […]
Imagine walking down a catwalk, all eyes on you, focused on what you are wearing. It’s a dream for an aspiring fashion designer: the bright lights, clicking cameras, and oohs and ahhs coming from the crowd. That dream came true for some of Nebraska’s most talented up-and-coming student designers featured during Omaha Fashion Week at […]
On a cold day in February, with a snow storm threatening, state senators began debate on a bill that focused on the importance of teaching civic readiness. In the balcony and on the floor of the legislature were dozens of leaders from Nebraska’s Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs). The students were celebrating their Legislative […]
Between school, work, and everything else life throws at us, stress can weigh on everyone, including teachers and students. York Public Schools have found relief from that stress with the introduction of therapy dogs in the classroom. The following video is a special edition of the Good News Series, produced by the Nebraska Department of […]
A new school year means new beginnings and nothing beats the excitement of a fresh start like kicking off the year in a brand new school. That was the case for both teachers and students at the new Adams Central Elementary in Hastings this year. Part of that excitement comes from several elementary programs finally being in […]
While many kids choose to stay at home and relax during the summer, there is an increasing trend of students choosing to attend summer classes throughout the state. Gone are the days when summer school was only meant to catch up on missed classes or retake courses needed to graduate. Now students are taking classes […]
“Kindness costs very little and pays huge dividends.” Those words spoken by Millard Public Schools Superintendent Jim Sutfin resonated with a large crowd of educators, civic leaders, and students at a ceremony proclaiming August 24th as #BeKind Day. The campaign builds on the efforts of Ralston Superintendent Mark Adler and his wife, Joni, who have used the […]
Columbus Public Schools knows collaboration is an essential element to student success, especially during the transition from school. A great example of that collaboration is a recent job fair aimed at graduating seniors. Area businesses partnered with Columbus High School (CHS), Nebraska VR, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and the Department of Labor to host […]
January 11th, 2018 started like any other day for South Sioux City Middle school teacher Jon Pickenpaugh. But in an instant, everything changed. “When they called my name everything went numb,” says Pickenpaugh. “I remember hearing my name and being in disbelief and shock. I remember walking through all of the students and receiving the […]
Not all work in education happens in the classroom. A lot of important work is done behind the scenes. That work is the focus of an innovation grant awarded to the Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council (ESUCC). With the $1.6 million grant, the ESUCC is going to incorporate multiple online educational and data collection systems […]
How do you get students excited about learning? How do you let them choose to learn the things that get them excited? That is the goal of Scottsbluff Public Schools’ Wall-to-Wall Career Academy model that will include six career academies. As students progress through middle school and their freshman and sophomore years, they will be […]
Imagine a school where every student was learning based on their own personal needs, skills, knowledge, and interests. Westside Community Schools are working to make that vision a reality through an Innovation Grant aimed at their Personalized 21st Century Learning Initiative. The idea is simple: let the students have a hand in their learning and […]
How do you get kids excited to learn? Nebraska’s Expanded Learning Opportunity (ELO) Design Challenge is eager to find out and the project is starting with robots, art supplies, and imagination. Beatrice, Grand Island, Boone Central, Centura, and Auburn are collaborating to design and test new models of ELO curriculum that support Nebraska Career Readiness Standards […]
Students at Plattsmouth High School (PHS) are preparing for the future like never before. Recently, the school was awarded a Nebraska Innovation Grant to refine its Wall-to-Wall Academy program. The PHS model is based on student interests, learning preferences, and career goals and involves extensive partnerships with community businesses and educational programs. “My goal is […]
Career Academies have been around since 1940 but they are taking on new life in Nebraska. A Career Academy is a sequence of academic and career technical courses which reflect a Career Cluster selected in response to local, regional, or state employment needs and demand for expertise. Many high schools across the state are offering […]
Perfection is a goal sought by many and obtained by few. 17 Nebraska students who were honored recently achieved just that – perfect scores on the ACT and SAT. Governor Pete Ricketts congratulated the students, their parents, and their teachers for the accomplishment. “Getting a top score on the ACT or SAT does not happen by accident. Students from Chadron to Omaha who achieved the highest level […]
There are many great stories to tell in Nebraska. Every school across the state has amazing things to share. In Lincoln the education moved out of the classroom during the Project Search Job Fair hosted by Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation. Hundreds of students with disabilities from the Lincoln area had a chance to test their skills, […]
There are many great stories to tell in Nebraska. Every school across the state has amazing things to share. In Waverly, elementary students wowed a captive audience February 10th with a project-based learning event about empathy. Commissioner Matt Blomstedt and State Board of Education member Patsy Koch Johns got front-row seats for the presentations. Kindergarten and second grade students demonstrated […]
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