Welcome to Falls City Public Schools District 56
Falls City, founded in 1857, was Nebraska situated on the “Lane Trail” through which free-state emigrants funneled into Kansas. The arrival of the Atchison & Nebraska Railroad in 1871 signaled the beginning of real growth for the community. Early in 1900 Falls City emerged as a poultry packing and dairy processing center. As the center of county business, it developed as a banking and financial hub for the area, as well as an educational center.
Today Falls City is the hub in a four-state corner – Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa. Falls City serves as a distribution center for this growing region. The town has thrived on good communications. The newspaper and radio station have created a positive relationship between Falls City and the surrounding communities.
Falls City Public Schools, also known as District 56, covers 320 square miles with 305 square miles in Richardson County and 15 square miles in Nemaha County. The school district is in the extreme southeast corner of the state. It borders Kansas to the south and Missouri to the east. The other boundaries of the District are hard to define because they are very uneven. The jagged boundary lines happened because, at the time of the closing of the former Southeast Consolidated Schools, numerous families from that district opted to become District 56 residents. While the district includes the towns of Falls City, Rulo, Salem, Barada, and Verdon, some families with adjacent free hold land in the villages of Dawson and Shubert are now district residents. The district consists of Falls City High School, grades 9-12; Alternative School, Falls City Middle School, grades 6-8; South Elementary, grades 3-5; North Elementary, K-2. North Elementary also has an early childhood program for preschool-aged students.
Falls City Public Schools provides education for all children. Falls City Public School’s Sixpence Program provides an early education service to birth to age three children and their families. This program is committed to helping children succeed in school and life by meeting the developmental needs of very young children and supporting parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. The children of this program develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively as they progress through the Sixpence Program. When the birth to age three children and their families have gone through the Parents as Teachers-Born to Learn curriculum, and they transition into the Falls City Public Schools’ Parent-Child Center, SENCA Head Start, or other local preschools with the early learning skills necessary to begin their formal education.
To significantly enhance the educational experience of our students, elementary classrooms contain mobile devices within the schools and high school students are 1:1 with Chromebooks. Utilizing mobile devices will allow students to collaborate, extend the learning environment outside the school day, enhance their 21st Century skills, and encourage lifelong learning. A portion of this initiative includes professional development and collaboration for teachers. Each year teachers from the district attend NETA or the Google Summit. Our students are utilizing technology inside and outside of the school building each day.
FCPS is committed to providing resources to support a safe and secure environment for students and staff. The Standard Response Protocol (SPR) is a uniform classroom response to any incident. Weather events, fires, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios planned and trained for by school and district administration and staff. The State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies conducted active shooter and intruder training sessions for all employees. Throughout the school year, staff completed school safety training modules where safety themes are tailored to specific groups of employees. Also, teachers utilized the Common Sense Curriculum for teaching digital citizenship to all students at every grade level. In addition, a presentation focusing on alcohol awareness and designated driving was presented to high school students.
Falls City has a proud academic and athletic tradition. Academically, our staff works hard to instill respect, responsibility, and resilience into our students. Students and faculty reach out into the community for various involvements and look forward to the opportunity to support our community. When Falls City is playing in athletic contests, our fans travel and support our athletes well. The patrons of our district support the administration, our staff, their students, and this district.
The Continuous School Improvement Committee revised action plans for each building that included activities shared by all schools. Falls City Public Schools used a three-tiered system that utilized multiple sources of data to identify students who needed additional support beyond the core curriculum. Another course of action included professional development and collaboration for all staff.
Falls City Public Schools will inspire our students to become innovative, resourceful, resilient, and responsible citizens.