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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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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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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 email@example.com.
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The 5th grade students are busy working on electrical circuits. STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, is a Wearable Technology class incorporating electrical circuits, computer programming, and sewing. In the picture, the students are modeling the bows they made that light up. One half of the fifth grade class participates first semester, while the other half will be in the class second semester.
Crete Receives $10,000
On Thursday, September 8th, Bryan Health celebrated their "90 Acts of Kindness" by surprising several schools with donations to . . .