Superintendent's District Update

The Falls City Public Schools held its regular monthly board meeting on Monday, October 11, 2021. Here are the highlights of the meeting.

     Girls High School Wrestling Program Under Consideration – Activity Director Don Hogue presented information to the Board of Education on adding high school girls wrestling as a NSAA sanctioned activity for the 2021-2022 school year. A cost analysis, potential wrestling competition schedule, estimated participation, and NSAA rules for girls wrestling were included in the presentation. The Board of Education is scheduled to consider the program addition as an action item at the November 8 regular meeting.

      Accountability and Student Achievement - The Nebraska Department of Education is seeking input from the public on the 2015 Nebraska Mathematics Standards. The information collected will be used as part of the standards review and revision process. The Nebraska Mathematics Standards survey is publicly available on the NDE homepage.

      With the passage of the ESSER III funding, the school district has significant resources available to purchase, adopt, and implement evidence-based curriculum to respond to students’ academic needs. The adoption committee is being formed this fall with a target goal of selection of K-12 English-Language Arts materials by spring 2022, and implementation beginning in the fall of 2022. Updates with K-12 Mathematics will follow a similar adoption process in 2022-2023.

     NSCAS State Assessment Data Still Embargoed - The 2021 Assessment Data has not been released. The new timeline is currently in flux but will be extended into October. NDE’s priority is to make sure districts have support for the release of data. The data embargo will continue until the public release.

     The District 56 data dashboard referred to as Schoolzilla is up and operational with 1st quarter achievement and profile data being updated daily now that the first quarter is nearing completion. Information is disaggregated by district, school, and student levels in a manner that will prove very beneficial in the school improvement and instructional decision making process.

State Board of Education Acts on Academic Standards - Last week, the State Board of Education approved revisions to Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts (ELA). The revision process began in the Spring of 2020 and continued throughout 2020 and 2021.

Health Education Standards: Additionally, the State Board of Education voted to postpone the development of the Nebraska Health Education Standards.

 F&M Bank Presents “Spirit That Pays” Donation earned by Tiger debit cardholders. F&M Bank is all about Family, Service, Community and Hometown Spirit! The Spirit that Pays Program was launched four years ago. The donation of $2,750 is one of the largest donations to date for the program. Pictured below from left, Alex Keithley, Gale Dunkhas, Tiffany Fouraker, Chelsae Campbell, Tim Heckenlively, and Rod Rowland.

The District 56 Board of Education acted on several items before concluding the regular meeting.

1. Approved the Final Reading on Policy Reviews and Revisions: 1) 6410; 2) 7116 Student; 3) 7117 Chronic Infectious Diseases/Students; 4) 7119 Drug-Free School Environment.
2. Approved the Resignations/Retirements Effective the End of the 2021-2022 Contract Year: 1) Robert Streit, High School Science Teacher, 28 years; 2) Robert Alderson, Elementary Principal, 3 years; 3) Katy Gifford, High School Special Education Teacher, 11 years.
3. Appointed Board President John Martin as NASB Delegate Assembly Representative for FCPS.

The next regular monthly Board of Education meeting is scheduled for November 8, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. in the Central Office in Falls City Middle School. Regular and special meeting agendas are kept in the Office of the Superintendent, Tim Heckenlively.

Falls City Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status or economic status in its programs, activities and employment.

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