Chloe Higgins, President of the Youth Advisory Committee, provided an update to members of the Nebraska City School Board regarding a project she is involved with at the high school.
The Youth Advisory Committee is a youth branch of the Nebraska City Community Foundation.
“Every year, the youth committee can apply for a grant from the Nebraska City Community Foundation to put towards a project that will impact the community,” Higgins said. “This year, the youth received $7,000 from the foundation.”
Higgins said those funds were matched by the state organization, the Nebraska Community Foundation, making a total of $14,000 for the project.
Higgins said the youth committee project will be a curriculum for the leadership class at the high school.
The leadership class is for any student who has been elected to or wants to be elected to any leadership position in any school or community organizations, which even includes team captains on sports teams.
“It will include basic leadership skills,” Higgins said. “The idea was brought up because students in local groups such as Student Council or small groups that are not nationally affiliated like FFA is, do not get actual leadership training during high school.”
If funds allow, Higgins says the youth committee plans to have students in the class take the Gallup strengths-finder quiz and incorporate that curriculum. The class would include different speakers who will talk to students about how leadership skills are used in the real world. Higgins said she has plans and high hopes to have the program implemented by fall 2018.
“I’m listening to this message and thinking that you are going to leave this school better than it was when you came,” said School Board Vice President Teri Stukenholtz.
Following Higgins presentation, Nebraska City High School Principal Brian Hoover spoke to the board members about senior projects.
“Three NCHS seniors have been working on their senior projects all year long,” said Hoover.
On May 15, the three seniors will present their projects, time to be announced. One student will be presenting poetry, another on a political website and the third worked with a politician for their project.
Principals from the other Nebraska City schools were also present at the board meeting to talk about what’s going on in their buildings.
Middle School Principal Craig Taylor said the vocal concerts for sixth, seventh and eighth grade will be May 1 with the event beginning at 6 p.m.
Orientation days are coming up April 16 for Nebraska City eighth grade students. Orientation will begin at 5:30 p.m. for parents of current eighth graders to get their children registered for ninth grade classes.
On May 2, the 5th graders will visit the Middle School at 1 p.m. There will be a 1:30 p.m. dismissal for Middle School students that day.
Student Council members will be asked to stay to help with tours.  The fifth graders will be dismissed from the Middle School.
Principal Brent Gaswick updated the board for Northside noting that the first and second graders are doing Map Testing on Ipads.
“We’re seeing some great results by switching over from the desktop to the Ipad,” said Gaswick. “These are some of the highest scores we’ve ever seen.”
Gaswick said the EDGE Book Besties Group is sponsoring a Family Reading Night in the Northside Commons area on Tuesday, April 17. for all Northside and Head Start students and their families. There will be pancakes, prizes, and guest readers. Serving starts at 5:30 p.m., and the celebration begins at 6 p.m.
Kindergarten Roundup is April 20 with 77 kindergarteners expected. There will be no school for Northside Kindergarten and Preschool that day.
Nebraska City Elementary PTO is having a Color Run on Friday, April 20, at the Northside Elementary starting at 5:30 p.m. You can purchase a $5 Wristband on-site for  unlimited fun including: a bounce house, a Kids Conquest Dash, a Musical Health Walk (with prizes) and face painting.
The end of the year field trips for Northside include: the Kindergarten going to the Lincoln Children’s Museum on April 24; a trip to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo for the 1st Graders on April 25; and a trip to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo on April 26 for the 2nd grade.
Gaswick said cookie dough orders will be delivered on April 18. Students from Northside and Hayward Elementary brought in over $13K in total sales on that fundraiser.

Next Topic: NCPS Hirings
Elizabeth Purdham was voted in and approved by the board as the new secondary instrumental music teacher for Nebraska City Middle School.

Next Topic: NCPS Resignations
The school board then voted and accepted the resignation letter from Emily Kepler, Nebraska City Middle School math teacher. “I’m very sad to see Kepler go. She’s good,” said Vice President Stukenholtz.
Nebraska City Northside Elementary School’s second grade teacher, Lynn Soneson, is also resigning after this school year, and will not be returning for the 2018-2019 school year. She has accepted a teaching position for the Springfield-Platteview school district. Her resignation letter was also voted on and approved by the board.

Next Topic: Graduation List
The 2017-2018 Nebraska City High School Graduation List was voted on and approved by the board, with the contingency that all students complete their community service hours to be able to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Next Topic: Option Enrollment
The board voted and approved the 2018 - 2019 school year option enrollment request for one kindergarten student from Conestoga.

Next Topic: 2018-2019 ESU4 Core Services Resolution
The 2018 - 2019 ESU 4 Core Services Resolution was voted on and accepted by the board. The state provides some funding for these mental health services, which is based on the student enrollment numbers for each district. Although a “Core Services” funds draft has not yet been received for 2018-2019, said the 2017-2018 core services fund amount was $133K. Edwards said there is a meeting with ESU4 during the first week of May to get plans rolling for the fall.

Next Topic: Early Dismissal
An 11:30 a.m. early dismissal time for Nebraska City Public Schools’ last day of school, May 24, was voted and approved by the board at the monthly School Board Meeting on Monday evening, April 9.

Next Topic: Student Council Report
NCHS Senior and Student Council member, Sabrina Wampler, brought the board up to date with all of the events going on with the students of NCHS. State FCCLA convention was at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, April 9 through April 11, with a few NCHS students competing with Star projects.
State FFA Convention was April 4, 5, 6. During the ceremony, Nebraska City FFA received their chapter award, and five seniors earned their State FFA Degree.
The FFA Annual Banquet is on Friday, April 13, at NCHS at 6 pm. It will be a summary of their year, and the 2018-2019 officers will be inducted.