Tuesday, June 24, 2014


York Public Schools is extremely proud to be a part of a legislative advocacy group called STANCE. This group was formed in May 2013. STANCE stands for "Schools Taking Action for Nebraska Children's Education." STANCE is made up of 12 mid-sized districts that work together on trying to help ALL educators in our state to find more common ground and less battle ground.

Our mission statement is "STANCE supports equitable learning opportunities for all Nebraska children.”

STANCE Objectives include:

L Lead the discussion about equity and opportunity in an open and transparent environment, free of lobbying voices who are not superintendents

E Educate policy makers regarding the real effect of policy in clarifying the purpose of state aid formula components

A Advocate for policy that is understandable and predictable, which promotes cooperation and common ground needs of member schools

D Develop and maintain relationships with policy makers based on trust that results in policy supported by best practices of learning

We meet on the last Wednesday of each month at 10:00 AM at the NCSA Building in Lincoln. Our website, https://sites.google.com/site/stancene/, houses all of our meeting agendas, meeting minutes, and documents regarding proposed legislation.

STANCE is currently made up of the following districts:

Chadron Public Schools, Columbus Public Schools, Crete Public Schools, Fairbury Public Schools, Gothenburg Public Schools, Nebraska City Public Schools, Norris Public Schools, Seward Public Schools, South Sioux City Public Schools, Wahoo Public Schools, Waverly Public Schools, and York Public Schools.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Back to School Celebration ??

YPS is having a wonderful summer. We have lots of awesome academic programming offered through July 11th, a free lunch program offered through July 31st, professional development opportunities available for staff each Wednesday, etc. "Summer" is a very busy time and we're making the most of it to make our school district a better place.

We are kicking around the idea of collaborating with the YPS Foundation to put on a "Back to School Celebration and Community Pep Rally" on Tuesday, August 19th at East Hill Park. We're not sure if we're going to be able to pull this off but we're trying to make some tentative plans in the meantime. We're envisioning an ice cream social, inflatable fun for kids, music, stations to join the fine arts and athletic booster clubs, buy York Duke apparel, etc. We'd then move into the football stadium for a pep rally to recognize all of our fall activities, as well as students at YES, YMS, Emmanuel, and St. Joseph's.

If you have any thoughts one way or the other on this possibility, please let me know.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

The FREE LUNCH Program

York Public Schools is once again providing free lunches for any 1-18 year old this summer. Our grant-funded FREE LUNCH Program takes place at our PLAY Building located at 225 West 5th Street here in beautiful York, Nebraska. Lunches are served from 11:30-12:30 Monday through Friday from June 9th - July 31st. No meals will be served on Friday, July 4th.

We've served an average of about 28 free lunches this first week of the program. Typically we will see that number increase as the summer goes on. Last year, we had multiple days where we served 65+ meals. Any 1-18 year old is welcome. This program is simply meant to help young people get a nutritious lunch. Meat, starch, fruits, vegetables, and milk are provided each day.

Help spread the word about this free lunch program that is intended to help many of our students over the summer.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

1871 to 2014 and Beyond....

York Public Schools organized as a school district on June 14, 1871. Just think of the changes that have occurred in public education over the past 143 years! Heck, just think of the changes in public education over the past 14 years.

Change is the one constant that we all need to embrace. Whether we like it or not, change is always going to take place. I remember when I was teaching 3rd grade that this really "cool thing" called the Internet was starting up.

2014 is a wonderful time to be in education. Let's continue to plan for the future while embracing the effective strategies of the past. We have numerous tools at our fingertips today and we need to make sure we do all that we can to reach every student in every classroom.

I'm very excited and grateful to be a small part of YPS as we get set to begin our 144th year of educating children!