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Junior Class Magazine Sales

magazine sales

It’s that time of year again!  Fall is in the air and Juniors need to raise money for prom.  If you would like to help them out by buying or renewing a magazine subscription please click the link.  The online store contains LOTS of goodies besides magazines as well as many more magazine titles than the ones listed in the booklet.


Maps Testing

Maps testing starts on September 25th. Click the link below to see the schedule.

Maps Testing Schedule


Flu Season Will Soon Be Here!

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Increasing the number of people who get vaccinated each year helps to protect more people, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications. The North Central Health Department will be at the Boyd County School in Spencer to offer flu shots. Forms are available in the office or you can print them here. Check out the information below.

Flu Information Sheet

Child Vaccination Consent Form

Adult Vaccination Consent Form




 Homecoming Spirit Day

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Homecoming Fake Injury Day

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2017 Homecoming Coronation




Students and staff gathered at the Spencer baseball field on Wednesday, September 6th to enjoy roasted hot dogs and the Homecoming Coronation. The Spencer Volunteer Fireman were out and about serving hot dogs and drinks, and of course marshmallows to kick off the night.

Freshmen coronation attendants – Kaci Mashino & Kannin Ellwanger

Sophomore coronation attendants – Alex Brestel & Logan Carlson

Junior coronation attendants – Kiersten Wheeler & Lane Carson

Homecoming queen candidates were Gracie Hansen, Rhiannan Smalley, Jerica Hilkemann, and Kelsey Reiman.

Homecoming king candidates were Justin Drueke, Blake Ahlers, Clay Hansen, and Alex Reed.

Congrats to the 2017-18 Homecoming King and Queen is Blake Ahlers and Kelsey Reiman!!

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Diaper Drive for Harvey Victims

We would like to give a big thank you to everyone who donated diapers, wipes, and money for hurricane Harvey victims! Thanks to all of you, we were able to deliver 6, 728 diapers and 8,032 baby wipes to the Orphan Grain Train in Norfolk, who will make the delivery to Texas! Below is a picture of the Boyd County School Expedition with the back completely filled! Thanks for giving, and showing how much we care!



Homecoming Mathletes vs Athletes Day

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Homecoming America Day

Seen below, the Kindergarten class says the Pledge of Allegiance on America Day.


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Youth Frontier Retreats

IMG_0532Two Hundred and five 5th graders participated in two area Kindness Retreats-one on August 23 at Faith Community Church in O’Neill and another retreat on August 24 at Niobrara Public School.  One hundred ninety three 7th grade students participated in the Courage Retreat at Niobrara Public School on August 24. The following schools attended:  Niobrara Public Schools, Elkhorn Valley Schools, Verdigre Public Schools, O’Neill Public Schools, Elgin Public School, Chambers Public Schools, Orchard Public Schools, Clearwater Public Schools, Creighton Public Schools, Stuart Public Schools, Boyd County Public Schools-Lynch & Spencer, and Ewing Public School.

Our professional facilitators from Youth Frontiers came from Minneapolis, MN. This group provides research based programs for schools across the US and Canada on age related character education.

  • The purpose of the Courage Retreat was to focus on the fear and pressure to follow the crowd, along with how fear can keep students from acting with courage. The second talk focused on courage, and the admirable action of choosing to act with courage despite their fears. The goal of both talks was to help students ask themselves important questions like, “What effects do my actions have on my school, my classroom, my friends and myself?”
  • The purpose of the Kindness Retreat was to focus on how bullying hurts, which creates a sense of empathy among the students, and how kindness can make a difference. The metaphor of the kindness boomerang – knowing that if you want to catch the kindness boomerang, you first have to throw it out there, and it will come back to you. The second talk focuses on being a hero for classmates by using tools like “ICI” (Interrupt, Compliment, and Invite Away) to stand up for and help The goal of both talks is to help kids ask themselves important questions like, “What effects do my unkind actions have on my school, my classroom, my friends and myself?”IMG_0520

Each retreat included an opening session with games, small and large group discussions.  Both concluded with each student making a commitment to change one behavior of theirs to make a difference for themselves, their classmates, their school, and their community.

Thank you Ashley Hausmann, Sydney Atkinson, Emma Stahlecker, Elsie Magwire, Jacy HIlkemann, Rhainnan Smalley, and Kelsey Reiman.

Boyd County 5th grade students were:  Angelita Arellano, Elianna Arellano, Elizabeth Bernt, Emiliana Collin, Brooklyn Eckert, Maria Garcia, Carson Haun, Evan Hammon, Hudson Hoffman, Carli Jensen, Gage Keyes, Lillian Magwire, Grant McGill, Blaine Purviance, Cora Roth, Michaela Roth, Cash Sinclair, Mariah Strom, Ben Tiefenthaler.

Boyd County 7th grade students were: Timothy Atkinson, Halie Faus, Trevor Goesch, Kyra Gonzalez, Teegan Henderson, Caden Hilkemann, Amelia Hoffman, Leah Jockens, Amanda Johns, Troy Juhnke, Zander Kluckman, Brooklyn Neumiller, Nataska Zeisler.

Several organizations and business supported our retreats.  Cargill Cares from Emory, SD, donated $3750 towards the events.  Subway in O’Neill prepared the cookies for going home and donated 180.  Faith Community Church allowed the use of their beautiful new youth center free of charge, and North Central Dept of Health and Holt County Family Preservation Group contributed $500 for Holt County Schools, and Supt Amy Shane donated do nuts for the Kindness Retreat in O’Neill.

Thank you to all the schools that worked together to provide this opportunity to our students.

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2017-18 Homecoming Candidates

The results are in for the Boyd County king and queen candidates.

The candidates for homecoming queen are Jerica, Gracie, Kelsey, and Rhiannan.

The candidates for homecoming king are Justin, Blake, Clay, and Alex.

2017-18 Royalty candidates

Homecoming this year will take place from September 5th through September 8th.  The Homecoming Coronation will be held on Wednesday, September 6th at the Spencer baseball field.  The Fireman’s wienie roast will begin at 6:30 with the coronation to follow at 7:30.

It will be a busy week with many activities which are as follows:

Tuesday – America Day

  • Volleyball Tri @ Clearwater – BC/Spalding/OC – 5/6/7

Wednesday – Mathletes vs Athletes Day

  • Fireman’s wiener roast at the Spencer baseball field at 6:30 with the coronation to follow at 7:30

Thursday – Fake Injury Day

  • Cross Country @ Butte –  4:15
  • JV VB @ Spencer vs EPPJ – 4:30
  • Varsity VB @ Spencer vs EPPJ – 6:30

Friday – Spartan Spirit Day

  • Homecoming Parade – 2:00
  • BC/Creighton Football @ Spencer – 7:30
  • The Homecoming dance for grades 7-12 will follow the football game.  The dance will end at midnight.


2017 Eclipse!

The Boyd County 7th -12th graders, along with staff and administration woke early to head down the road to Stapleton to see the eclipse in its totality.  The day started out rainy and foggy, but when we arrived at Stapleton the clouds cleared and we had a clear and perfect view!  It was an amazing experience! A big shout out goes to Mr. Wellner for orchestrating this trip. Also, thanks to Mr. Brown and the school board for allowing this trip to take place.  It was an experience that won’t soon be forgotten!

Seventh grader, Leah Jockens managed to snap this fantastic shot of the eclipse in its totality.  Good work Leah!







Baby Black has arrived!!



Tanner and Sherry Black have welcomed their new baby girl!  Karsyn Lorene was born on August 17th at 4:43pm.  She was 7 pounds and 19.5 inches long.  Sherry and Karsyn are both doing great!



The 3rd graders got to start their year with a visit from Superintendent Brown.  Here they are pictured as he reads the book “The Book With No Pictures”.

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back to school

Boyd County students returned on Monday, August 18th looking bright eyed and bushy tailed!!  It was fantastic to see the lunch room so full of students as they gathered for their first day assembly.  Here’s to a great new year as Boyd County Public Schools!!

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The beginning of the year pool party was again a great success, with many students showing up to enjoy hot dogs, the balloon launch, and swimming!  KBRX was there with music and prizes throughout the night.  Boyd County’s new superintendent was on grilling duty, while many teachers and staff members were on board to serve chips and cookies with the hot dogs.  Of course, Mr. Hiatt was there to take his plunge off the high dive!  Fun was had by all!!

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