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    Fourth Grade Takes Field Trip to Riverside Cemetery

    The fourth graders and their teachers visited Riverside Cemetery September 22, 2016. Before the field trip, students practiced rubbings in Science class.  The history of the Bickles and Conrads was taught in Social Studies. The Bickles homesteaded at the Maples and owned Riverside Cemetery until 1920.  This is where we hold our Pioneer Day activities.  Two of the Conrads were doctors. Students experimented with textures by making rubbings of different headstones.  While at the cemetery, students also visited the Bickle and Conrad gravesites.

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    Crete Rotary Club Donates Dictionaries

    Every year, the Rotary Club gives each Crete third grader a dictionary. The students were elated to receive these. They were ecstatic about the sign language and facts about presidents found in the back of their dictionaries. 

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    CPS Special Programs Celebrates National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

    Did you know that it is estimated that almost 1,600 people, age 18-64, in Saline county are without a high school diploma (US Census Bureau)?  That is 18% of the population!  Of course, some of those are high school students, but most are not.  As you can imagine, not having a high school education severely limits one's ability to find and keep family-sustaining work.  Harvard University estimates that by 2018, almost 65% of jobs nationwide will require some type of postsecondary education or training/certificate.  What will these folks do?


    Fortunately, in Saline county and throughout Nebraska there are programs which help these adults obtain the skills they need to finish their high school education and prepare for postsecondary education and/or training.  In Crete, this program is offered by Crete Public Schools Special Programs.  Special Programs is a collaboration of grant-funded programs that help adults and families connect with resources to help them succeed.

    Adult Education is one of these programs and offers adults an opportunity to learn English; gain citizenship skills; grow basic skills like reading, writing, and math; and prepare for the General Education Development diploma or GED.  Special programs is also an official Pearson Vue GED testing center which means a person can take the official GED exam right here in Crete.  

    All of these programs are generously supported by federal and state grants, Crete Schools, local businesses such as Smithfield and Dollar General, and private contributions.  

    This week our programs are celebrating national Adult Education and Family Literacy week which runs through the 1st of October.  You can help us celebrate in several ways.  First, read with your children and grandchildren and help them develop a strong literacy foundation.  Second, encourage those around you who may have cut their education short that there is a second chance!  Or, if that someone is you… do something good for yourself and take that first step toward completing this important milestone in life.  We can help and all it takes is a phone call or visit.  Don’t wait! Start today!


    Crete Public Schools-Special Programs

    Inside the Blue River Family Center

    325 E 9th Street

    Door #4- west side

    Crete, Nebraska 68333

    (402) 826-5228

    Ask for Diane, Ryan, or Cheryl

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    Great Start to New School Year

    It is great to have the first month of school behind us.  We have many success stories to share in such a short time of attending school.  Our teachers and staff work diligently every day to provide a great education to every student attending Crete Schools.  The test scores for last year’s State assessments in Reading and Math have been released for public review.  In summary, Crete Public Schools absolutely hit it out of the park!  Our scores are amazing.  If a person would rely on research to judge a school system, Crete Public Schools should not do well.  People unfamiliar with our school would say we have to many barriers to be successful.  Yet, on nearly every test, we beat the State average and many of our subgroups continue to make outstanding gains year-after-year. A great deal of this success is due to parental involvement in the education of their child’s lives.  Parent-Teacher Conferences are an important piece of parental involvement.  I would like to see every parent attend their conferences.  It is a time to meet each teacher and learn about your children’s future.  The schedule for Parent-Teacher Conferences is included in this newsletter.

    The test scores for last year are amazing, but we must keep looking forward.  We will have standardized tests again this year.  To assist with testing at the high school, we have implemented a 1-to-1 Chromebook initiative.  A group of teachers and a group of students are working to find apps which will assist every student with learning.  We have some unique plans for the 1-to-1 initiative in the future.  Again, parental support is needed to make this be successful.

    Not everything has gone as planned this school year.  We have had and we continue to work through busing issues.  Crete Public Schools outsources our busing to First Student.  This agreement has worked well in the past.  We continue to try to fix the issues we face and there are many things in busing we do well.  One of the problems is that we do not have very many local drivers.  This is a concern because drivers who do not live here may not know where a family lives.  If you have an interest in driving a bus, please contact the Crete District office at 402-826-5855.

    Thank you for all of your support of our teachers, staff and students at Crete Schools.  Together we can have many more success stories to share.

    Mike Waters, Superintendent





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    UNL Engineering Day

    Twenty-five middle school Enrichment students took part in UNL Engineering Day on Monday, Sept. 19th.  The students learned about the different types of engineering, and the kind of projects engineers work on.  The Crete students participated in four different workshops during the day; roller coaster design, building towers, ideas in computer programming, and making electrical circuits.

    After the sessions were over, the students walked over to view the stadium and met UNL football players, Nick Gates and Austin Rose, who graciously signed autographs and posed for a picture.

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    Calling All Cardinal Athlete Families

    Do you have old athletic shoes (cleats, spikes, shoes, ect..), shorts, or t-shirts that are not being used any more and you would like to get rid of? Crete High School would like to take any extra athletic gear off of your hands this fall! Please consider donating any lightly used athletic gear to Crete High School which will then be made available for Crete High students to get and use. You can drop off any donations at the Crete High School main office Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. If you have any questions, please contact Jordan Cudney at the high school at jordan.cudney@creteschools.org.

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Tasty Science!

The third graders are learning about testable questions in science. The students experimented with this question: Which M & M color . . .

Sep 27, 2016

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Bryan Health Awards Thousands of Dollar to Local Schools

Crete Receives $10,000

On Thursday, September 8th, Bryan Health celebrated their "90 Acts of Kindness" by surprising several schools with donations to . . .

Sep 9, 2016

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