Update from Dr. Fisher

Hi Gibbon Nation.

Wow.  These past several weeks have been interesting and panic associated with COVID-19 challenged a sense of normalcy for the entire world.  What was considered normal a few weeks ago is no longer normal today.  That is especially true for educators and public schools. (Read More by clicking the title of this post)

Honoring Senior Class of 2020 #BeTheLight

Gibbon Nation.  Beginning Monday, April 20th, and each Monday through May 4th, Gibbon Public Schools will participate in the #BeTheLight Movement as we honor the Senior Class of 2020.  The lights at Gibbon Field will be turned on from 8:20 pm – 8:40 pm to “shine a light’ on the tremendous group of seniors who have bright futures.  8:20 pm is 20:20 military time and this gesture is one way of honoring the Class of 2020–a group of young people we are very proud of.  GO BUFFALOES.

Board of Education Meeting Agenda–April 16

Board Meeting Agenda — April 16

Board Meeting – April 16

NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING

The School District of Gibbon
in the Counties of
Buffalo and Kearney
in the State of Nebraska

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the meeting of the Board of Education of Gibbon, in the Counties of Buffalo and Kearney, in the State of Nebraska, will be held on the 16th of April, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gibbon Public School, 1030 Court in the Distance Learning classroom which meeting is open to the public.
An agenda for such meeting, kept continuously current is available
at the Office of the Superintendent.

Brian Kroll
President of the Board

2020 Graduation Ceremony

Due to extenuating circumstances and the COVID-19 pandemic, Gibbon Public Schools has made the decision to postpone the 2020 Graduation Ceremony until Saturday, July 25th at 1:00 PM.  This decision is dependent upon the impact of social distancing, the duration of District Health Measures, or directives issued by the Governor and the Nebraska Department of Education.  We take the health and well being of our students and community members very seriously and also want to honor the tradition of graduation. Please monitor the district’s website for future news about graduation.

FBLA Chapter ZOOM Meeting Wednesday

The FBLA April Chapter Meeting is scheduled for today, April 8, for all FBLA members at 3:00 pm. This meeting will be a ZOOM Video Conference and all members are asked to check Schoology for the ZOOM ID number.

Summer Driver’s Education Update

Currently, the Nebraska Safety Center is planning to hold summer driver’s education classes. We are looking into other options besides in-person classes but nothing has been finalized yet. Refunds will be available to students if they decide to cancel their enrollment, however, please allow 4-6 weeks for the refund to be processed and returned to them. The Nebraska DMV is still issuing first-time driving permits at certain locations. Students should go to dmv.nebraska.gov to see what locations are issuing permits and if an appointment is required. Students do not need to get their first permit from the DMV in the county they reside in, any Nebraska DMV will issue permits. We will keep you informed as new information becomes available.

Seeking Secondary Principal For 2020-2021

Gibbon Public Schools is seeking a highly qualified educational leader to serve as 7-12 High School Principal for the 2020-21 school year.  Gibbon High School is a 1 to 1 learning environment utilizing iPads and laptops.  Required qualities include expertise in curriculum, instruction, personnel management, the collaborative teamwork process and the building of community/parental partnerships. A dedication and commitment to school improvement and an understanding of the NE standards, assessment, and reporting system is desired. Click here for more details regarding this position and the application process:  Secondary Principal Position.
This position is subject to Veterans preference.  EOE

NSAA Cancels All Activities

Per Jay Bellar Executive Director of the NSAA:

All remaining NSAA activity practices and competitions, including district and state competitions, have been cancelled for this school year. These cancellations are part of a new Directed Health Measure issued by Governor Ricketts.  

GPS Communication Plan

The CoronaVirus Pandemic has forced the school district to indefinitely close its doors. Despite this reality, education for all our students will continue to occur through an alternate learning environment.
READ MORE. . .

Positive Mindset Zoom Every Friday

Mrs. Waddle, the guidance counselor, will be having a Positive Mindset Zoom session every Friday. The session for the elementary will be at 1 pm and the high school at 2 pm. Be sure to watch Schoology and email for the Zoom ID.

Grading Policy Alternative Learning Environment

Board Policy 611.05 (Alternate Learning Environment Grading Policy) has been added to the COVID-19 tab at the top of this page. Click here to view this policy in its entirety:  ALE Grading Policy.

Política de Calificaciones Política de Aprendizaje Alternativa

La Política de la Junta 611.05 (Política de calificación del entorno de aprendizaje alternativo) se ha agregado a la pestaña COVID-19 en la parte superior de esta página. Haga clic aquí para ver esta política en su totalidad: Política de calificación de ALE

Gibbon Fine Arts Booster Scholarship Available

The Gibbon Fine Arts Booster Club scholarship is now available. The application can be downloaded from the Students Tab – 2020 Scholarships link at the top of the web page. Applications are due by May 1.

LEARNING WILL CONTINUE IN GIBBON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

I am sad to share Gibbon Public Schools will continue to operate without students in the building, and we are preparing for the fact this might be the case the remainder of the school year. While the building may be closed in the traditional sense, PLEASE COUNT ON INSTRUCTION TAKING PLACE TIlE REMAINDER OF THIS ACADEMIC YEAR. This means learning for all students will continue in an alternate setting, and instruction will occur through Zoom, instructional packets, and other venues identified by the classroom teacher.

Gibbon Public Schools just finished our first week in an alternate learning environment, and we understand the Coronavirus Pandemic has placed additional burdens on our families. After all, parents and guardians must work to provide shelter, clothing and food for their children. However, we can’t ignore the ethical obligation to continue your child’s education. It is extremely important that your children participate in the learning experiences designed by teachers. Failure to do so may impact your child’s growth and development, ability to graduate, participation in extracurricular activities, or promotion to the next grade level.

The family of Gibbon Public Schools is saddened with how the 2019-20 school year will end for our students. Students enjoy coining to school, interacting with their friends, and visiting with their teachers. Students will miss out on experiencing traditional celebrations, participating in extra-curricular activities, and enjoying relationships nurtured this school year. While life has thrown us this new challenge, I am quite confident our entire community will respond in an admirable and heroic way. Please monitor your child’s completion of assigned tasks and do not hesitate to contact the teacher if you have any questions. We want to prevent students from falling too far behind their peers. Thank You.

I have added additional information that will serve Gibbon Nation well as they consider the best approach to contacting the school district or securing new, current information about the school district Office Hours. The office will continue to perform daily operational tasks; however, this will occur in a non-traditional way.  On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the office will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00. Although we will not allow individuals inside the building, we will have secretarial and administrative staff available to take phone calls, answer emails, and respond to requests. On Tuesday and Thursday, our staff will work from home and will be able to respond to emails. Please do not hesitate to use email to contact one of us. Please leave a message if you are unable to connect with any individual.

Here is the contact information
Dr. Vern Fisher, Superintendent – vern.fisher@gibbonpublic.org
Tina Godfrey, Elementary Principal – tina.godfrey@gibbonpublic.org
Troy Lurz, High School Principal – troy.lurz@gibbonpublic.org
Jeff Montgomery, Asst. Principal/AD – jeff.montgomery@gibbonpublic.org
Ken Waddle, Counselor – keri.waddle@gibbonpublie.org
Cindy Nickel Secretary, Elementary – cindy.nickel@gibbonpublic.org
Veronica Trevino Secretary, Secondary – veronica.trevino@gibbonpub1ic.org
Carlia Brundage Business Manager – car1ia.brundage@gibbonpublic.org
Brenda Avina, Translator – brenda.avina@gibbonpub1ic.org
Ed Uden, Technology – ed.uden@gibbonpub1icorg
Deanna Stall, Technology – deanna.stall@gibbonpublic.org

Office Phones
Elementary (308) 468-6546
Secondary (308) 468-5721

Social Media
Social Media offers parents, students. and the opportunity to frequently monitor different sites and learn more information. The District’s website will be updated each Thursday by 1:00 p.m.
Dr. Fisher’s Twitter Account — @fishervern
District’s Twitter Account – @gpsbuffs
Gibbon Boosters Facebook Page
Gibbon Elementary School Facebook Page
Gibbon Public Schools Facebook Page

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GEF Continuing Education Scholarships

The Gibbon Educational Foundation (GEF) will be awarding several Continuing Education Scholarships to graduates of Gibbon Public Schools for the 2020-2021 academic year. The guidelines and application for these scholarships can be downloaded from this website. The application is located on the Students Tab – 2020 Scholarships link at the top of this page. The deadline for applying is June 5.

Counselor Help or Support

Students, if you need help or support, the guidance counselor wants to hear from you. Please use the following link to check in with Mrs. Waddle; it is a safe place to express how you are feeling or to share a story:  COUNSELOR CHECK IN .

This link is also located under the Students Tab – Counselor’s Corner at the top of this web page.

School Closed in Traditional Setting–Learning Continues

Unfortunately, Gibbon Public Schools will continue to operate without students in the building, and we are preparing for the fact this might be the case for the remainder of the school year. While the building may be closed in the traditional sense, PLEASE COUNT ON INSTRUCTION TAKING PLACE THE REMAINDER OF THIS ACADEMIC YEAR.  Click here for more information:  Alternate Learning Environment.

Padres: Lea la carta del Dr. Fisher obre distanciamiento social

Estimado Padre, Tutor:

El distanciamiento social es un gran inconveniente. De hecho, de distanciamiento social son absolutamente necesarias para nosotros debe hacer nuestra parte para &enar Ia propagaciOn nosotros y a nuestros seres queridos que corren un alto riesgo es una gran interrupción. Pero las inten’enciones frenar Ia propagación de COVID-l9. Cada uno de este virus en este momento. Esto nos protege a de contraer enfermedades. . . LEE MAS

Parents: Please Read Dr. Fisher’s Letter on Social Distancing

Dear Parent, Guardian, or Caregiver:

Social distancing is a major inconvenience. In fact it’s a huge disruption. But social distancing interventions are absolutely necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19. Every one of us must do our part to slow the spread of this virus right now. This protects us and our loved ones who are at high risk for disease. . . READ MORE.