Updates from high school student council members and building principals provided the most significant highlights for the Monday meeting of the Nebraska City Public School Board.

Updates from high school student council members and building principals provided the most significant highlights for the Monday meeting of the Nebraska City Public School Board.
Trey Pursel and Oliver Borchers-Williams provided updates from the high school student council.
Pursel said that American government students are showing civic engagement by writing letters to elected officials.
Pursel said students in communications class are performing a big questions debate by preparing the affirmative and negative sides of debates that will be judged by speech team members.
And, Pursel said, the Leadership Cadre group has been tutoring middle school students and will soon be helping out elementary students as well.
Borchers-Williams reported that around 200 people attended the holiday dance this year and that the holiday concert at the school received significant community support.
Academically, three students are doing senior projects with Chloe Higgins doing an internship with Rep. Jeff Fortenberry and Ashley Robinson publishing a book of poetry. Borchers-Williams said his senior project involved exploring Nebraska’s international relations.
Borchers-Williams said members of the student council learned a lot about other schools as part of a student council exchange with other schools from the Eastern Midlands Conference.
Also of note, Borchers-Williams said the FFA was in competition and that the speech team would also be in competition this weekend.
“We are kicking off a lot of seasons right now,” he said. “It will be a fun next month with lots of results.”
Principial Brent Gaswick gave the update for Northside noting that the school will host its Christmas concert on Sunday with the kindergarten at 1:30 p.m., followed by the first grade at 2:45 p.m. and the second graders at 4 p.m.
Gaswick said the school will host Apple Palooza and visit with Santa on Thursday, Dec. 21.
In one other note, Gaswick said Northside is experimenting with software that will track students for pick up and allow parents to report absences for their students all on mobile phones. The program is currently being tested as a way of making sure the right kids get on the right busses. The program will be shared with parents in the coming days with a live roll out of the software coming after Christmas break.

At the middle school, Principal Craig Taylor noted a significant event coming up in January. The Lego League Robotics competition will host some 37 teams at the high school on Jan. 6. 2018.
Taylor said the event has been awesome in past years and has out grown the middle school space.
“It’s crazy to see what these kids can come up with and how they can adjust on the fly,” said Taylor.
The contest is looking for adults to volunteer. For more information, contact the middle school.